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10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

The beach is an enticing place. The cool breeze, the lapping waves, and the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect escape from our hectic and busy day-to-day lives.

It’s no wonder that so many of us choose to visit beach resorts for our vacations.

However, there are some issues with spending time beside the sea. These include, how to keep your valuables safe when you decide to paddle or swim – and how to stop your expensive electronic equipment from getting damaged by water or sand.

To make your beach vacations as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-have beach items.

Enjoy ice-cool wine while relaxing at the beach

    This neat winecoat bag allows you to safely and easily carry wine to the beach. And if you want the wine to be served chilled, there is room for an ice pack. You can also fill it with any beverage you like, by using the disposable beverage bag.

    Amazon customer rating: 4 out of 5 stars (184 reviews)

    Menu Baggy Winecoat, $26.95

    Protect yourself and family from the sun and rain

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      This easily portable, large canopy unbreakable could be just what you need to protect yourself from rain, spray or sunlight. The umbrella features an impressive UPF 50+ protection, as part of its rugged, water-repellent cover.

      Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (1506 reviews)

      Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 8-Foot Canopy, $39.98

      Two bags in one – a mesh beach bag and a soft cooler bag

        This handy, lightweight item offers two bags for the price of one. The main compartment is a decent-sized mesh bag, while the lower compartment is a 12-can capacity insulated cooler bag. Two outside pockets with zipper and waterproof lining keep your car keys, cash, and smartphone within easy reach – and secure on the beach.

        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (139 reviews)

        MALIBU Beach Bag – 2 in 1 Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Cooler, $24.95

        This unique ground sheet will stay free from dirt, dust and sand

          Dirt, dust and sand will disappear before your eyes due to this mat’s unique weave. The ‘one-way sift’ ensures dirt or sand particles simply fall through to the ground – and don’t come back up. The mat is UV stabilized to prevent fading, and is easily cleaned (and dries instantly) – should drinks or food be spilt on it.

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          Amazon customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (379 reviews)

          Sand, Dirt & Dust disappear – CGEAR SAND-FREE MAT, $45+

          Keep your valuables safe with this water-resistant beach vault

                Worried about your valuables when spending time at the beach? Well, the Beach Vault could be just what you need for peace of mind. Using an ingenious design, it allows you to lock your valuables into its large storage compartment, and then the whole thing can be buried in the sand and covered by a towel or rug. As you’d expect, the Beach Vault is water and sand-resistant.

                Amazon customer rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

                The Beach Vault, $59.99

                The easy way to keep your smartphone safe from sand or water

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                  If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your smartphone, then you’ll definitely be interested in this item. It allows you to insert your smartphone into its water-resistant pouch, which once sealed, will protect your phone from the elements. The pouch is made with a high-quality material that allows you to make use of your phone’s touchscreen. And perhaps the best feature of all… with your phone safe within the pouch, you can use it to take underwater pictures and videos.

                  Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (893 reviews)

                  Mpow Waterproof Case, $9.99

                  Enjoy the most comfortable seat on the beach

                    Want to feel like a VIP on your next trip to the beach? Then give the KAISR Boss self-inflating sofa a try. Not only does it look cool and comfortable, but the neat self-inflating technology means you won’t have to break a sweat to get the sofa inflated.

                    KAISR BOSS Self-Inflated Sofa, $43

                    Keep your beach essentials safe, dry and clean with this floating bag

                      This lightweight, compact and durable storage bag won’t let you down! That’s because it’s built to float on water. This means that you can keep your beach gear dry – even if your bag is caught by the incoming tide. The bag features an easy open/close mechanism, and is simple to dry, due to its smooth exterior surface.

                      Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 reviews)

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                      MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag 10L, $12.98

                      Store your diapers, swimwear and much more in this stylish bag

                        With 15 patterns to choose from, this machine-washable, leak-free bag could be your perfect beach companion. Diapers, sunscreens and first-aid items are just some of the things that this bag will hold. The exterior of the bag is 100% cotton, while the remainder of the bag is made from BPA-free, lead-free and PVC-free materials.

                        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (247 reviews)

                        Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Sealed Wet Bag, Avocado Damask, $13.95

                        Rust-resistant, impact-resistant, and water-resistant portable safe

                          If security of your valuables is a priority for you – then consider this portable safe. Not only is it impact and water-resistant, but it also features a heavy-duty flexible steel cable to securely lock around almost any fixed object. And if that’s not enough for you, then you might take a fancy to the earphone/charger access port, which allows you to listen to music or charge your devices while they are securely locked within the safe.

                          Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (567 reviews)

                          SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access, $40+

                          We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of must-have beach items, and it just remains to say…

                          Stay safe, stay cool – and have fun on your next beach vacation!

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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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