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Author: Jen Woo

1 Mar

Photograph As Though You Could Go Blind

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“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.” – Dorothea Lange It’s quite a romantic notion being a photographer, as you are continually looking for beauty in each fleeting moment. It forces you to take in the world differently, and though we can be perfectionists in angles and lighting, you are considering the potential in everything. When you absorb your surroundings this way, life becomes far more bountiful and teeming with promise. Truly, it is possible to find greatness in anything, regardless of how small or meek. In that sense, it is also easy to spot something that you know others will be drawn to—a plunging waterfall, a glimmering sunset, the Aurora Borealis. These are all images that...
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17 Jan

5 Research Findings That Will Change Your Workouts Forever

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Maximize your workouts with these new findings Guess what? New studies show that there are a few minute changes that you can incorporate in your workout to make it more effective and efficient. We've done the research and compiled them all here: 1. Looking for intensity in your workouts? Blast your favorite playlist. If you've ever taken a class, you know just how much of an impact a killer playlist makes. This study had participants complete high-intensity interval workouts on spin bikes in sessions with and without music. Results show that people enjoy grueling workouts more and are more likely to continue with interval training in the future. Make the most of your workouts with these wearables that not only track your goals, but also let you...
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4 Jan

How To Do A Post Holiday Physical and Mental Detox

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Start the New Year off right with a detox. Here are some simple ways to clear your mind and body from eating right to exercise to mental wellness. Stay present The key to detoxing mentally is to stay present. Start with breathing exercises and maybe even yoga. Just a few minutes each day makes all the difference. Consider what you'd like to manifest for this year and act mindfully. Keep track of it on your phone, or a journal so you can revisit it. For guided breathing exercises, try Fitbit Charge 2 or Bellabeat LEAF.                             Reboot nutrition Start your morning with warm lemon water and cayenne to boost your metabolism. Lemon works with your digestive system to alkalize the body, clear the mind and...
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28 Dec

Foolproof Ways To Slay Your Health Resolutions

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It's that time! We've all got our 2017 resolutions on the mind. Whether it's shedding some pounds or better health overall, here are some foolproof strategies to help you stick to your goals. 1. Resolutions should be both specific and measurable. A recent study showed that vague, broad goals can make people depressed. Break down goal components with numeric benchmarks and keep a checklist to solidify the task and keep you on track. Make sure your goals are measurable, results-focused and time-bound with our Fitness Resolutions Kit and Atlas Wristband.         2. Resolutions should be manageable rather than a fantasy. Creating a new habit doesn't happen overnight and you don't want to burn yourself out. Your brain likes comfortable old habits over new, different ones so...
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17 Nov

Traveling For Thanksgiving? Here Are the Best Headphones To Take With You On the Road

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Jam out to your favorite tunes on the way home for Thanksgiving. Here are our top picks broken down by category: Wireless Who wants to deal with a bunch of cords, especially while you're traveling. Harman Kardon Soho Wireless and Jabra REVO are a couple of super sleek, ultra crisp headphones that are easy to slip on and off fuss-free, and they look great. Super Comfortable A pair of headphones can have the greatest sound quality in the world, but if they're not comfortable, you're not going to use them. Audio Technica ATH-M50x and Sennheiser Momentum M2 are some of the cushiest headsets around! Noise-Canceling Sometimes you just want to drown out the rest of the world. Guy who keeps clearing his throat next to you? Crying...
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15 Nov

This is How Many Calories You Eat When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

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When we don't get enough sleep, we eat more to make up for the lack of energy. A new study shows exactly how much food we gorge on on those days when we're dozing off. Results showed that people who slept less than 5.5 hours ate an average of 385 more calories than those who had a proper night's rest. What's even worse is that when you're so tired, you're much more likely to eat foods that are high in fat and skip protein. Make sure you're getting not only enough sleep but full, restful sleep with our Sleep Tracking Kit. These ingenious devices allow you to track your sleep to see what factors are affecting your Z’s and how to improve the quality...
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3 Nov

The Most Comfortable Headphones Ever

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As important as sound quality and aesthetic is comfort. If your headphones are too heavy or push against your ears, there's no way you'll wear them all day. Here are our most comfortable headphones, tried and true, by our team. We have worn these on our morning commutes, all day at work, and then back home. Sennheiser’s fascination with detailed and precise sound is manifested in their Momentum headphones. Brushed stainless steel and fine leather round these out and add a perfect finish to their premium sound. Sony’s unique DNC software engine and Dual Noise Sensor technology reduces everyday sounds by up to 99.4% so it's just you and your music. Balanced and accurate sound reproduction allow for pure listening. Audio Technica ATH-M50X Contoured ear...
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14 Oct

This Brand Turns Your Heartbeat Into Jewelry

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Who knew something so beautiful could be created with just your heartbeat? DDB Group Hong Kong just launched a new jewelry line that they say is a "personalized gift that is literally from the heart." Appropriately named, "Crafted by My Heart," the agency transforms the rhythm of your heartbeat into a ring. Teaming up with Tribal Worldwide Singapore, the ring is created with an iOS app that records your pulse. From there it takes that data to create a pattern for a ring, in either gold, silver, or black silver. There are two base designs by jewelry designer Nomera Ajmal, but according to the agency, each ring "is assigned a different algorithm to ensure that no two pieces are alike."   Want to try more...
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13 Oct

4-Ingredient Recipes That Are Absurdly Easy To Make

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For all of the non-cooks, or people with schedules too busy to have to deal with buying ingredients, prepping, cooking and then finally eating, here are 4 great recipes that make being in the kitchen a joy. Taken from Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World ($14, amazon.com), these recipes take no more than four steps and use six or less ingredients. Cream of Winter Squash With Hazelnuts Serves: 4 20 hazelnuts 1 3/4 lbs winter squash 7 oz. light cream 1/4 cup hazelnut oil, plus extra for drizzling 1. Crush the hazelnuts. 2. Peel the winter squash and cut it into large cubes. Place in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Boil for 35 minutes. 3. Add the cream and hazelnut oil. Return to a boil. Remove from the heat and blend...
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