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6 Hi-Tech Winter Fashion Trends You’ll Absolutely Love

6 Hi-Tech Winter Fashion Trends You’ll Absolutely Love

Many people feel disheartened when thinking about the inevitable long and freezing winter. The goal is to get through the season by successfully navigating from one warm spot to another. While there are great times to be had enjoying the outdoors, the cold is still cold.

Getting out each day to go about the normal routine will involve the normal cold weather gear like a coat, scarf, and a hat, but what if technology could make your day go smoother?

Check out these hi-tech inspirations that you can add to your go-to cold weather lineup. They are not only practical, but they look good and will help you to stay warm.

1. Ear Muffs by 180s

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Ear Muffs

    These are not just any earmuffs, but a pair that will keep your ears warm and deliver your own sweet tunes right into your ear canal. Instead of trampling begrudgingly through the tundra, you’ll be skipping through your own winter wonderland when your earmuffs also act as headphones.

    Your commute will no longer be the most dreaded part of your day when you can jam out to your favorite playlist or laugh along with your favorite podcast. This headphones/earmuff combo will work with most smartphones, so all you have to do is plug in and go. The water resistant outside shell and soft lining made of faux Sherpa will ensure that you won’t sacrifice functionality for comfort.

    2. Battery Powered Heated Jacket by Ravean

    Battery powered heated jacket

      Having a nice jacket is a given when you live in a place that is cold for any significant length of time. A heated jacket is the perfect item to invest in that will get you through a mild day and harshly cold night.

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      It is light enough to wear as a regular jacket but warm enough when you need it to keep you toasty on a camping trip. Never again be underdressed or overdressed, and you won’t lose the game of guessing what the weather will be like 12 hours in the future.

      3. Bugaboot Plus Electric by Columbia

      Bugaboot Plus Electric

        If you have never experienced the feeling of your toes being so cold you question whether or not they are going to fall off, consider yourself lucky.

        There are now boots available for purchase that are not only totally waterproof but also heat up thanks to a battery and a quick push of a button. There are 3 settings for heating, and you can even purchase an extra battery pack for the trips that will be longer than normal.

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        4. USB Heating Gloves by UsbGeek

        USB Heating Gloves

          Cold hands are very common in a cold room, but what about when everywhere inside and out is freezing? Heated gloves are the answer.

          This pair even has a USB plug that powers them so you can be productive while warming your digits. Focus on meeting your deadlines instead of fighting to keep yourself warm, since you will be able to have full function of your hands and fingers while they are warming up.

          5. Electronic Hand Warmer by HotRox

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          Electronic Hand Warmer

            This electronic hand warmer will fit in the palm of your hand or pocket with no problem at all. Normally shaped like a pebble and customization through multiple settings, you’ll be able to charge this warming rock from a wall outlet or via a USB cord to your computer. They heat up rapidly and are the perfect solution to prevent frost bitten fingertips when venturing outside on your commute.

            6. Heel To Toe Heated Socks by Hammacher Schlemmer

            Heel To Toe Heated Socks

              For the most part, these are a great alternative to dropping the cash for heated boots. These socks are powered by batteries and come with multiple heat settings to toast your toes.

              Each sock uses one C battery, and you can count on 10 to 12 hours of warming, depending on which setting you are using. Perhaps the best thing of all, you can feel confident that you will never have cold feet again thanks to the lifetime guarantee.

              When you choose one or more of these great hi-tech devices to keep you warm, you’ll get to enjoy winter, rather than wishing it was over already.

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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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