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10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

Whether it’s for work, college, or traveling, backpacks are an essential part of daily life. So backpacks need to be practical and look good. They need to keep up with the demands of the modern world and be an expression of your personal style.

Nowadays many well-designed backpacks have functions that go beyond any regular bags. After interviewing all of our outgoing colleagues who are fashion (and backpack) lovers, we have hand-picked for you 10 of the best backpacks available today.

1. BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat

    The innovative BagoBago backpack has a hidden stool seat built into it (supporting up to 130kg) – so you’ll never get stuck without a place to sit ever again.

    The bag itself – which is waterproof and washable – has plenty of space, with a storage volume of 1,342.5cu.

    Best for: nature walks or commuting in the city.

    BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat, $119.99

    2. Wolffepack Escape Backpack

      The Wolffepack Escape is the world’s first orbital backpack – you can easily swing the backpack round to the front, even with the bag still strapped to your back.

      It’s the best of both worlds – the comfort of a backpack, and the easy access of a satchel, messenger bag or shoulder bag. It’s also great for quickly protecting your belongings from theft.

      Plus it boasts super strong Dyneema® cords that can support 300kg.

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      Best for: Quick and easy access on the go, and to quickly secure your belongings in busy areas.

      Wolffepack Escape Backpack, $179

      3. Progo Carry On Backpack

        The attractive angular-designed Progo Carry On Backpack is great for short-stay visits when you just want to pack and unpack quickly and easily.

        It has an integrated removable shelf (4 layers) that you can hang in any closet.

        An internal mesh compartment inside the main compartment will provide space for your undergarments or other flat belongings.

        Best for: travellers, especially those hopping from location to location.

        Progo Carry On Backpack, $249

        4. Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters

        The stylish Backpaix is billed as the world’s first ‘smart’ urban bag – and it really does offer a host of features for the modern commuter.

        Just some of the features include the ability to: charge your USB devices, mount a GoPro, and interact in Bike Mode.

        It’s a great-looking backpack to take your gear around in (check out the distinctive LED badge) and includes a separate pocket for shoes.

        Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

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        Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters, $250

        5. TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag

          Appearances can be deceiving. The TrustBag looks like a simple gym bag – but it’s so much more.

          The special fabric used to make the bag is ultra-soft – yet it’s one of the strongest, most advanced fabrics in the world.

          Amazingly, it can resist cuts, ripping and abrasion – and until recently it had only been used by the army and security services as protective gear.

          Best for: a lightweight bag safe from damage or theft.

          TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag, $179 (grey)

          6. Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage

            The Lifepack has some great features for the demanding commuter.

            Its Solarbank consists of a 3-in-1 powerbank, bluetooth speakers and solar charger.

            It has an integrated retractable lock to secure your belongings. And if you’re caught in a shower it has a built in rain cover.

            You can organize your multi-faceted life using separate compartments – the ‘life zone’ and the ‘work zone’.

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            Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

            Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage, $199.99

            7. Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag)

              Take care of your little one in style with Jule’s Bag. It’s a unique no-fuss changing bag designed especially for dads.

              When you open the backpack, you’re greeted by several compartments for keeping everything organised and accessible – from sanitary care items, to spare clothes, to food.

              The bag also transforms into a changing mat (waterproof and washable). And there’s a clever detachable waste bag to ditch dirty items.

              Best for: On-the-go dads who want a fuss-free way to look after their precious baby companions.

              Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag), $150.96

              8. ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack

                If you’re looking for a dedicated camera backpack, the ELECOM Off Toco could be the one for you.

                It has a special interior with moveable pads to configure the space two ways to fit your camera and lenses.

                The handy removable camera inner case is great for on-the-go camera and lens use.

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                Best for: photographers.

                ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack, $131.78

                9. NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack

                If photography, sports, or art is your thing, the NIID-UNO I is a great choice.

                Its mega storage space fits laptops of up to 15.6 inches. And it has a smart organizing system: 3 different types of specially-designed interior panels for cameras, sports equipment, or art supplies.

                It also has a handy USB charging port.

                It’s made with a durable Eco-Polyester exterior with a water repellent coating to keep your valuables safe.

                Best for: mobile photographers, sports people, and artists needing to store their gear while navigating the city or countryside.

                NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack, $79.99

                10. Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack

                You’ll get great all-round functionality with the Korin ClickPack Pro.

                It has four kinds of security functions. It can charge your devices on the go, and you can organize your gear in its five major storage compartments.

                Plus you won’t get caught out in a bad weather thanks to its double layer rain protection.

                Best for: nature walks or city commutes in unpredictable weather.

                Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack $193

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                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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