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5 Fitness Gadgets That Actually Work And Won’t Swallow Your Money

5 Fitness Gadgets That Actually Work And Won’t Swallow Your Money

People think home fitness equipments are the devil. They didn’t always think this, not in the beginning. Then they spend a few hundred dollars on something they’d seen on a late night television commercial. They were sold a big dream. A dream of an amazing body that will make them look better than ever before. A dream that will never come true. That’s because most of the gadgets you see are shockingly ineffective. People get them and realize nothing about their body has changed. The crooks who sold them the gadgets in the first place will tell them it’s their fault and they never worked hard enough.

But not every single one you buy is the devil. That’s where people get it wrong, which is pretty sad because they could get the body they always dreamed of if they bought an honest product. Not one that promised you the world and gave you peanuts. I guess you need to try to give fitness equipments another chance if you want to make some big improvements in your life. You won’t be sorry you did. You just need to research each product a bit more before you jump in. Let’s look at a few of them together to give you a little taste of what the good products are about.

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Gymboss

Everyone now has a pretty good understanding of how you can burn a lot of calories and it’s not by going for a jog. You’re much better doing something at maximum effort, having a break then doing it all over again. When you do intervals like this, it’s important you have something you can use to keep the time. That’s why the Gymboss is so great. Set the intervals to any time you want and it will tell you when to stop and start.

Vibram FiveFingers

Can a pair of running shoes be classed as a gadget? I think the answer to that is a big yes. You only need to look at them to realize they are like no other running shoe. This all goes back to the way they used to live in the olden days. Apparently, there was no Nike or Adidas footwear with cushioned soles. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. When people went running, they would do it with bare feet. Your FiveFingers will mimic this.

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A running watch

There are so many watches to choose from now and each one has special features that set it apart from the rest. Sometimes it’s just the look and feel. It doesn’t really matter which one you get as long as it has a few features. Measuring your heart rate is obvious. Tracking how far you ran and how long you took is also important. If you can find one in your price range that measures calories it’s even better.

Resistance bands

Someone found out that you could use resistance bands to overcome injuries and stretch a lot easier. They never gained too much popularity. Then someone came along and made them bigger so you could replicate proper gym exercises in your home. This encouraged more people to start using them and now some people don’t use anything else. They are handy for keeping around the home.

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Kinect for your Xbox

This one will obviously require an Xbox and must be one of the greatest ways to stay fit you will ever see. You won’t win any marathons, but you will have to move your body about which is still going to help you stay healthy. You get to turn your entire body into a controller and you have to move if you want the characters in the game to move. You definitely won’t want to go to the gym when you can stay at home and play your game console.

Featured photo credit:  diverse equipment via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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