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5 Incredible Automated Technologies That Will Transform Your House Into a Revolutionary Smart Home

5 Incredible Automated Technologies That Will Transform Your House Into a Revolutionary Smart Home

If you take a look around at any given moment, you’ll notice you’re surrounded by technology. With phones, tablets, computers, TVs, and wearable devices, everything seems to be interconnected. While some would argue the rapid evolution of modern technology has had a negative impact on society – leading to laziness and dependence – the reality is that automated technologies produce plenty of positive results.

Perhaps this is no more evident than when you look at the rise of smart homes. With smart appliances, automated lights, and technologies that predict what will happen next, intelligent homes have become more than a dream. And while there are handfuls of intriguing technologies and devices on the market, let’s hone in on five of the top smart home solutions and how they can help you transform your traditional house into a revolutionary smart home.

ilumi Light Bulb

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    Light bulbs aren’t typically a very ‘sexy’ purchase. After all, most lights are pretty much the same. Well, that may have been true until ilumi – ‘the world’s smartest light bulb’ – came along. It’s the most sophisticated, highly-customizable light bulb solution ever to hit the market, and homeowners everywhere are using these simple innovations to transform stale rooms into sleek living spaces.

    The ilumi Smartbulb can be installed in any traditional light fixture and is remotely controlled via the accompanying Bluetooth app. Using the app, you can change the color, brightness, and tone of the light to meet your mood. You can also set up timers or ask the light to turn on and off as you enter and leave a room. While the ilumi Smartbulb may cost well more than the average person spends on a light bulb, the company claims each bulb has a lifespan of up to 20 years.

    Belkin NetCam

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      Smart home technology isn’t just about convenience. There’s also a big need for safety and security. That’s where the Belkin NetCam comes into the picture. At approximately $100, this small video camera allows homeowners to live stream HD video to their smartphone or tablet, regardless of where they are.

      The Belkin NetCam is equipped with night vision and a wide-angle glass lens that allows you to monitor your home, whether you’re in the upstairs bedroom or halfway around the world on vacation. It’s truly a revolutionary technology in home security.

      Bio Bidet BB 2000

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        A bidet isn’t the first thing American homeowners think about, but the Bio Bidet BB 2000 is anything but typical. Some of the features include a wireless remote control, hybrid water heating system, patented 3-in-1 single nozzle system, and adjustable water temperature, pressure, and nozzle position. The Bio Bidet BB 2000 also comes with a three-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (with an option for six years), which makes it a relatively low-risk purchase for homeowners trying a bidet for the first time.

        Netatmo Weather Station

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          With the Netatmo Weather Station, the way you check the weather will never be the same. This sleek smart home device allows you to analyze weather patterns, observe what’s happening in your home, and forecast the future. Specifically, it monitors the indoor temperature, humidity, air quality, and CO2 level of your home. Furthermore, it uses real-time weather readings to provide accurate forecasts and predictions outside the home.

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          Nest Thermostat

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            Finally, there’s the Nest Learning Thermostat. This incredible piece of technology allows you to control the temperature of your home from virtually anywhere in the world. However, it’s way more than a programmable thermostat. In addition to giving you customization features, the Nest actually learns your preferences and controls itself for optimal cost savings and personal comfort.

            Transform Your Home Today

            What are you waiting for? You don’t need a million-dollar budget to live in a smart home. With these five technologies, you can immediately revolutionize your living space and usher in the future of comfortable living.

            Featured photo credit: Jeremy Levine via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on May 22, 2019

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

            There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

            One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

            In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

            Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

            1. Cat Camel Stretch

            Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

            Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

            Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

            Here’s a video to guide you through:

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            2. Go for a Walk or a Run

            This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

            Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

            The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

            Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

            Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

            3. Jumping Jacks

            Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

            Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

            4. Abductor Side Lifts

            Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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            Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

            5. Balancing Table Pose

            This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

            Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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              6. Leg Squats

              Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

              Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

              The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

              7. Push Ups

              You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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              An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

              Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

              This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

              8. Bicycle Crunches

              There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

              Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

              9. Lunges

              Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

              Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

              This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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              10. Bicep Curls

              You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

              Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

              Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

              Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

              Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

              These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

              You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

              Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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