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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.

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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