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Things You Need To Know Before Setting Up An Outdoor Home Theater

Things You Need To Know Before Setting Up An Outdoor Home Theater

Almost everyone watches movies in theaters for enjoyment and as a getaway from the stressful routine of life. People mostly watch them in theaters or multiplexes, which are very popular, especially in metropolitan areas.

However, watching a movie in an open theater is a one of a kind experience. Watching movies in open areas with the cool breeze and people you love, under the stars is kind of romantic. You can also have a family picnic while watching a movie, eating what you want, snuggled in your blankets.

This way of watching a movie is more personalized and private. If you don’t have any outdoor theaters in your area, then don’t worry, you can always have an outdoor movie theater right in your home.

You can invite friends and have a get-together or host a one dish party while enjoying the movie with your friends. Here’s how!

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Why should you purchase an outdoor screen?

This is a good question to ask before investing in an outdoor screen. If you are doing this once in a while, then I would advise you to rent a screen and have your party or family get-together and be done with it. You can rent it again when you want to enjoy that activity.

But if you are doing this more often, like every fortnight, then it is advised that you invest in an outdoor home theater screen.[1] That way you can enjoy it without waiting for your turn in the renting queue because, on vacations and special holidays, that tends to happens a lot.

What are the options available for having your own outdoor home theater?

There are a few options available in the market but choosing one depends on the budget that you can afford to spare for this investment. You can go for the top notch brands of projectors and screens if you have the money. But don’t worry, there are a number of affordable options available on the market too, thanks to a huge demand and things being manufactured in China for cheaper rates.

What is an outdoor home theater unit?

The outdoor home theater unit consists of a projector and the screen.

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Projector

The projector is the electronic component that is used to play the movie. The projector displays the movie images onto the screen for viewing. There are a lot of different types of projectors that are available for the display of movies, like multimedia projectors, simple movie projectors, projectors with HD display, projectors with diverse, or multiple input port options, etc.

There was a time when projectors were the expensive part of the unit but now you can find affordable options. You can also get used projectors in good condition and on cheaper rates.

The Screen

The screen is the white rectangular screen that is used to display the videos that are played by the projector. Conventionally, the screen is made of a certain material and is white in color. It is hung from a frame fixed on a tripod. But innovative ideas have altered that and you can get very interesting kinds of screens that can help you decrease the amount you pay for the outdoor home theaters units.

What different kinds of screens are available?

There are mainly three different kinds of the screens you can get for your home theater, and they are:

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Projector screens

These are conventional screens, as described above. They are white screens hung from the frame on a tripod. These come in all ranges and sizes. You can get a good bargain if you look for it.

Homemade screens

If your home theater budget doesn’t allow you to purchase a screen, don’t worry. Now you can make one at home all by yourself. In fact, you can involve your kids and family members as well in the craft project. That will make it more fun.

All you need is a blackout cloth that is matte and white in color.[2] Cut the size you want and you can hang it in between trees or make a wooden frame for it.

Inflatable screens

This is the most innovative kind of screen that you can get. It is very easy to set up the screens anywhere you want. You just need a good pump because if it’s not blown properly, it will affect your movie experience. This is also the most durable and long-lasting type of screen, and also the most unaffected by weather.

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Enjoying a movie with family in a private environment cannot get any better than having your own outdoor home theater.

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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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