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Don’t Become a Gym Gerbil

Don’t Become a Gym Gerbil

    When you’re at the gym do you sometimes feel like you’re just spinning your wheels?  You show up every day, put an hour in and get nothing back in terms of results.

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    Don’t let yourself turn into THAT gym guy.  Making a daily trip to the gym is a good habit but really how good is it if you’re not making any progress?  Time and time again I see the same people sitting on the same treadmill, bike, or StairMaster.  Like clockwork these people show up to the gym at the same time every day and do the same routine.  Ive worked in several different gyms throughout my career and I see the same thing everywhere.  People performing the same routine for years at a time with nothing to show for it.  Sure the routine may have helped you drop a few pounds in the beginning but what has it done for you lately?

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    Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    Your body is highly adaptive when it comes to exercise.  Especially when it comes to these low intensity, gerbil-on-a-running-wheel-type routines.  We see results at first because just doing any type of exercise at all is enough of a change to elicit some type of metabolic reaction.  In order to keep seeing results you need to create variety. And the more gym experience you have the chances are the more variety you’ll need.  Your body will become increasingly more adaptive as you make progress.

    In exercise you have several ways to create this variety in your routines.  By increasing intensity, shortening rest periods, changing exercises, switching exercise order and much more.  There’s no excuse to keep doing the same lame routine every day in and out.

    When it comes to your health and fitness getting into the gym, habit is a good thing.  But once you get that habit down make sure you make the most of it by switching up your routine every once in a while.

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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