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How Online Clothing Services Help Guys Who Hate to Shop

How Online Clothing Services Help Guys Who Hate to Shop

Let’s be serious:

If there’s one stereotype that has any merit to it whatsoever, it’s that men really dislike shopping for clothes.

I know that’s a blanket statement, and I know there are men out there who go to great lengths to look their best whenever they step out into public.

But there are a lot of guys out there who, if they didn’t have a significant other to advise them to do otherwise, would be just as happy walking around in a hoodie and sweats every day of their lives. (Believe me; I’m one of them).

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For those of us who still suffer from flashbacks of back-to-school shopping with their mom whenever they walk through JC Penney, the Internet can be a Godsend.

But most websites simply provide the exact same choice of clothing as is available in stores. Sure, you don’t have to drag yourself out to the mall, but you still have to actually put some effort into picking out clothes that look good (or, at least, that you think do).

Luckily, there are now services that will do all the work for you. Some clothing subscription sites for men include Bombfell, Curator and Mule and ThreadLab. With sites like ThreadLab, you have to do is simply be yourself, and a new wardrobe will be sent to your door whenever you need it.

There are numerous benefits to these new wardrobe-creating services, including:

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Individualized Service

Sites such as ThreadLab focus on individual customers’ needs rather than forcing trending styles on unsuspecting victims of fashion.

ThreadLab’s TJ Thompson explains the process: “ThreadLab has developed algorithms and a proprietary data model to take the pain out of shopping. Just tell ThreadLab a few things about yourself including style preferences and body measurements, and we’ll ship perfectly fitting clothes from top brands you know, right to your door.”

Using information gleaned from the profile you submit upon registration, ThreadLab’s computers know exactly what you like to wear, and will bring you exactly what you need, when you need it.

Saving Time and Energy

For many of us guys, clothes shopping is just…well, boring. We’d much rather spend our free time doing something enjoyable or entertaining. Picking out new pants is anything but exciting.

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Even shopping for clothes online can be a hassle. It’s bad enough that in-store selections are huge, but once you hop on the Internet, the selection absolutely explodes. No wonder Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing every day.

Sites like ThreadLab allow you to pick the type of clothing you want – jeans, hoodies, polos, and more – and does the rest of the work for you. You’ll never be forced to debate the pros and cons of two plain white t-shirts ever again!

Meaningful Feedback

Part of the experience when using these services is providing feedback to the company.

But this feedback goes beyond simply saying whether or not you are pleased with the service. The feedback you give not only helps the company provide better service to all of its customers; it helps you as an individual customer, as well.

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When you provide feedback upon receipt of a set of clothing, your profile will be updated on the site’s database. The company will then have a more refined idea of what you’re looking for in clothing products, and will better be able to serve your needs in the future.

Easy Returns

When you have to return an article of clothing to the store, it’s not always a pleasant experience. Maybe you’ll only be able to exchange the item for something of equal or lesser value. Maybe you don’t have the receipt and the person behind the counter won’t accept the return at all.

ThreadLab, on the other hand, offers a return policy that is guaranteed. If you decide to return a piece of clothing (before wearing it, of course), you can do so within a full year, and you’ll receive your money back. Returns work much like they do with Amazon: you’re provided with a return label, and all you have to do is pack it up and ship it back out.
So, guys: I’d say happy shopping, but you won’t really be doing much actual shopping anymore, will you?

Featured photo credit: Men, shopping / Aleta Valiant / Flickr via farm4.staticflickr.com

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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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