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Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Not everyone has time to take three weeks off of work and live somewhere deep in the wilderness. The hustle and bustle of a 9-5 job with only a few days off a year leaves many of us bored and looking for ways to spice up the days. But many of us don’t want to dive with sharks or jump out of a plane, and many of us need to be home for dinner!

So how can you add some spice to your life without canoeing down the Amazon or climbing Mt. Everest? Check out these five products that will help add some serious adventure into your life, while still letting you be home by dinner time.

Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

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Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

    Rock climbing is by far one of the most awesome ways you can add some adventure into your life, but all rock climbers need to start somewhere, and chances are there’s a rock climbing gym located somewhere near you. Rock climbing lessons can be damned expensive, though, so adding something to your living room that can help you train is key.

    Check out the Metolius Wood Grips Training Board. The board is crafted with a bunch of rock climbing holds to help you target your weak spots and improve as a climber. You can easily hang the training board over a doorway in your house so you can work on a variety of climbing techniques. The smooth wood feels good on your hands, and it’s a great workout too. Adding one to your living room will help you prepare for when you can finally hit the backcountry for some serious rock climbing.

    Lifeproof Case

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    Lifeproof Case

      Not all smartphone cases are created equally. That’s definitely the case for an iPhone case from Lifeproof: these smartphone cases are shock-proof, snow-proof, dirt-proof, and water-proof, meaning they can survive everything from an overturned canoe to being dropped on a city sidewalk.

      Additionally, you can actually take underwater pictures with your smartphone with a Lifeproof case. Hit the river after work, go for a dip, and bring your phone in case you see any sweet fish. Lifeproof backs up their cases with a warranty, so you don’t have to sweat should anything happen to your valuable electronic.

      BioLite CampStove

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      BioLite CampStove

        The BioLite CampStove is arguably one of the coolest camping products on the market today. Funded from a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove cooks food using just sticks and twigs you find outdoors. Whether you’re cooking something in your backyard or in the backcountry, there’s no need to lug around fuel.

        The BioLite CampStove takes it a step further than just acting as a stove, however: the stove actually converts the heat from the fire into electricity that you can use to power USB devices, like cell phones, lights, or anything else. The technology is now being implemented on a bigger scale to help combat climate change in many countries around the world.

        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

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        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

          A good set of binoculars is something that can make adventures 10 times more awesome, and a great set of binoculars can make adventures even more awesome than that. A set of binoculars that records things? Yeah, it exists.

          The Sony Digital Recording Binoculars have the capability to zoom up to 25x while still recording full HD and 3D video. Whether you use them for backcountry animal viewing, bird watching, sports watching, or anything else, the fact that you can record what you’re seeing through the lens is simply awesome. It reduces the need for multiple products if you’re into bird watching, sports photography, or anything similar.

          Poler Napsack

          Poler Napsack

            While at first it might look a little ridiculous, the Poler Napsack might end up being the most practical, comfortable, and all around convenient piece of “clothing” you own. It’s sort of like a sweatshirt/sleeping bag hybrid, with no sleeves and a hood. While it might seem a little bit unnecessary at first, you’ll quickly realize how much  easier life is when wearing it.

            Whether you use it as a post-surfing way to heat back up or a puffy jacket to keep you warm around a campfire, the Poler Napsack will likely become your second home. You can zip up the shoulders so your arms stay warm down by your side, and you can cinch it open and closed at the bottom for your legs.

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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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