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Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

I’m sure that at least once you have daydreamed about having a self-cleaning home of the future that answers your every command. You could enjoy your free time you’d otherwise spend on chores doing something you like — or perhaps, doing absolutely nothing!

Well, all you lazy cats (me included) should be happy to know that we’re getting closer to that. The advancements in technology aren’t quite as quick as we might have hoped, but they are reaching impressive levels. There’s another great thing about these gadgets that we can look forward to — they actually aren’t that unreachable price-wise and they don’t cost a small fortune. I bet the following six gadgets will definitely make it on your purchase list, so check them out.

Robot Vacuums and Mops

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    Endless sweeping, cleaning, and vacuuming will soon become a thing of the past. This is unfortunate news for people who are control freaks and who actually enjoy cleaning, but I’m sure they too will get used to it in time and perhaps transfer their focus to something more useful, like helping to clean the planet.

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    Dull and repetitive chores regarding cleaning floors don’t have to be on your to-do list anymore because there are robotic mops and vacuums that can take care of that. Just picture it: you turn on your brand new robotic vacuum and, well, that’s it. It does everything by itself. The only thing you need to be worried about is recharging its battery.

    Robot Litter Box

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      Having a pet without having to clean up after them? Although taking care of your cat is an important part of the whole experience, I believe that the nastiest part can be skipped.

      Having a robot litter box means you don’t have to clean it because it does that by itself and reduces unpleasant odors to a bare minimum. Several different cats can use it, so if your life goal is to be a cat lady, this should be no issue for you.

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      Window-washing Robot

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        I find this particular chore very difficult because I can’t ever manage to get my windows spotless — there is always some kind of stain I can’t seem to get rid of no matter what I try. Besides, hanging half your body out of a window that’s several stories high doesn’t sound like a good idea.

        Another smart little gadget to add to your robot fleet is a window-washing robot. They come with automatized and manual controls, so you can go either way. They are really useful when it comes to home use, but work for offices and cars as well.

        Humidity Monitor

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          When regulating atmosphere in your home, you probably think about dimming the lights and putting on some music, and all though these two are important factors of how you feel in your home, you should also have your health in mind.

          Temperature and humidity levels are another two things you should pay attention to because they affect both your health and your mood. Monitoring and regulating them is quite simple, all you need to do is get yourself a smart gadget or a smartphone app.

          Smart Plant Pot

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            Greenery affects a home positively in many ways – your mind finds it refreshing, it takes care of your air, it looks great as an ornament, and you can even eat it. Scientists are coming up with various shapes and models of smart pots where you can grow your favorite plants, but my absolute favorite are pots you can install on your walls.

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            Imagine having fresh spices on your kitchen walls and randomly picking the ones you need while cooking, or having fresh flowers in your living room that freshen up your air — whatever room you place them in will be enriched.

            Smart Bed

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              I personally have extreme difficulties with waking up on time. No matter how many alarms I set, I somehow manage to ignore them or hit snooze for hours. This can be very frustrating, especially if you want to have a career, because enjoying late mornings isn’t really a highly desired characteristic for employees.

              Having a smart bed that takes care of your sleep by regulating temperature and measuring your sleep behavior can be a real game-changer, for me particularly, and I’m sure that all of you who have similar problems will agree with me. The best thing about smart beds is that they wake you up when your dream phase is complete and they do so slowly, so there’s no need for morning anxiety. Who needs a life partner when you can have this bed?

              This is just my short list of robots and gadgets I consider necessary, but they make a nice robotic army, don’t they? I can’t wait to see what else will available soon — we’re getting close to having a real Jetsons family home of the future.

              Featured photo credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/ngMtsE5r9eI via pexels.com

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              Last Updated on September 18, 2020

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

              Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

              1. Exercise Daily

              It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

              If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

              Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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              2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

              Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

              One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

              This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

              3. Acknowledge Your Limits

              Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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              Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

              Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

              4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

              Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

              The basic nutritional advice includes:

              • Eat unprocessed foods
              • Eat more veggies
              • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
              • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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              Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                5. Watch Out for Travel

                Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                6. Start Slow

                Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                Final Thoughts

                Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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