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Build A Home Gym Instead Of Going Out To Exercise—Here’s Why

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Although many are hopeful that the vaccines can help us return to the normal we once knew, the Delta variant brings a much bigger threat to everyone who steps foot outside. It’s clear that staying inside remains necessary. Fitness buffs, in particular, have paused their regular gym routines. As a result, some build a home gym to stay fit despite the ongoing pandemic. Here’s why you should do the same and know which equipment you need for your exercises.

Gym-Goers Choose to Stay Home

Despite the virus, some gyms in Texas or Indiana remain open. Mask-wearing varies depending on the state’s policies. Even with observed health and safety precautions, the risk of contracting the virus is higher when you’re exercising with others.

Plus, even if you may be protected with a vaccine and want to continue your fitness routine, you may still be at risk of getting the virus. That’s why many fitness buffs around the world express the same sentiment that it’s much better to exercise and build a home gym.

Nirbhay Metha from India says he doesn’t want to go back to commercial gyms anymore. Similarly, Ben Barbanel from the UK has also expressed his intention of never going back to the gym and relying on technology to work out. Plus, Shylah May has also been fond of home workouts, and she’ll stick to that routine.

Why It’s Better to Build a Home Gym

Well, aside from the obvious spread of the virus, building a home gym can help you save some cash and time in the long run. Run Repeat reveals that an annual gym membership charges less than $500. But it can go upwards of $950, depending on the gym.

For one, you no longer have to share gym equipment (and a shower) with other people. That thought alone keeps you safe from getting the virus or spreading it to others.

Sure, you’ll be surprised at how expensive most gym equipment is. But most quality gym equipment can last a few years. With proper use and maintenance, home gym equipment can last up to seven to ten years.

If you have a home gym, you no longer need to commute, drive, or walk to your nearest gym. Therefore, you’ll no longer have to spend a few bucks on a bus ride or gasoline for your car when you can immediately use equipment at home.

Although a trainer may not keep a close eye on your form, you can always subscribe to online exercises. Most of them will give you detailed instructions on moving properly or remind you of your form when you exercise.

Equipment You Should Have to Build a Home Gym

Before you splurge on equipment you might not even need, it’s best that you assess which ones you’ll regularly use. Think about the exercises you usually do at the gym, for example, cardio or strength training. From there, determine which equipment is best suited to complete your daily workout routine. But, if you don’t have the luxury of having an ample space to fit all of the gym equipment you need, there are space-saver options.

Dumbbells

Dumbbells won’t take up too much space in your home. You can store them by using a drawer or a sturdy rack. Examples of dumbbells you can purchase are from Core Home Fitness or BWSS. You can move up or down a weight, depending on your workout.

Price range: $299 to $499

Mat

A mat is essential to your home gym. Even if you won’t do yoga, it’s best when you do exercises lying down. Plus, it’s an alternative if you don’t have a carpet. The ones from Yoga Zeal or Lululemon are worth buying.

Price range: $79 to $145

Suspension Training System

This one has different straps, which you can use at home or on the go. You can anchor the straps on a sturdy pole or column, and you can work up a sweat with the right exercise. A highly recommended suspension training system comes from TRX.

Price: $167.95

Bike

A bike is another useful gym equipment when you want to build a home gym. It’s not bulky like most treadmills or ellipticals. And in a few minutes, you can burn a lot of calories.

Price range: $130 to $399

Treadmill

Standard treadmills do take up space, but there are some you can fold and store. Plus, you can even multitask with some treadmills that you can put under your desk while working from home.
Price range: $270 to $600

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Mental Wellness

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We’ve got another Holiday Gift Guide for y’all! We know that 2021 isn’t much less stressful than 2020. And now that the holidays are coming up we need help more than ever. This season, give yourself (or a loved one in need of coping mechanisms) these mental wellness gifts. Here is our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for mental wellness. 

1. CalmiGo

If you’re an asthmatic with anxiety, this product will seem familiar. CalmiGo is essentially an inhaler for panic attacks. With calming lights and a lavender scent, you can calm yourself in three minutes. That’s one whole song. Who can’t endure one song in order to calm yourself? Say goodbye to panicked breathing into a paper bag like a comedy movie from the 1980s. Say hello to CalmiGo. 

Buy it now for $199

2. Komuso Design

What looks like a styled piece of jewelry is actually a breathing exerciser… I think. After some scrolling through and hunting for how this necklace is supposed to work, the site tells you that “most people don’t breathe properly.” (What is “proper” breathing? Sounds like it involves a corset, no?) Komuso’s Shift helps you breathe by placing what looks like a whistle into your mouth and … breathe. Shifts are available “for her” and “for him” (because, as we all know, breathing is gendered). 

At best, you can use it as a thing to play with if you’re the kind of person who needs to fidget. 

Buy it now for $85

3. Somnox

Is it a pillow? Is it a stuffed animal (or amoeba?) Am I going to be cuddling with it? You bet. The Somnox is a Sleeping Robot that helps regulate your breathing as you sleep. Anyone who battles insomnia (anyone with anxiety) will love this adorable little cuddle bug. Just look at it! I’m immediately relaxed for that perfectly snuggleable buddy. 

Get on the waiting list now

4. Gravity Weighted Chunky Knit Blanket

There’s nothing like a great blanket in the dead of winter. Gravity Weighted Chunky Knit Blanket sounds warm already. I don’t even care to read more. Sold. It comes in the comfortable named colors olive, winter white, and grey (if you can’t find the comfort in “grey,” you’re not going to make it through winter, sorry). 

Buy it now for $229

5. Gradient Signe Floor and Table Lamp

The right lighting can make a big difference in terms of mental wellness. Don’t believe me? Then why do they have a dimmer setting? Hm? Riddle me that, smart guy. The Gradient Signe Floor and Table Lamp is a stylish lamp so minimal that you barely notice it’s there. This light seamlessly blends colors from one to the next. One look at it and I already feel soothed. 

Buy it now for $299

6. Acupuncture Mat

No, it’s not the bed of needles you’ll see in an Arabian marketplace. This Acupuncture Mat gently stimulates across the body so effectively that you can’t help but relax. Anyone with aches and pains will find immediate comfort in this bubble-wrap-looking mat. 

Buy it now for $65

7. Cefaly

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows just how bad it can be. Some people have a routine for how to deal with them. This cute little device, Cefaly, has electrodes you stick to your head. This is a “consult your doctor” kind of device, but, hey, when you have a migraine, you’ll grab anything to prevent and/or treat it. 

Buy it now for $379

8. Muse 2

People who struggle with anxiety usually benefit from meditation. But anyone who has tried meditation is well aware of how difficult it can be to obtain that encompassing sense of silence. The Muse 2 is here to lend a helping hand that provides real time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movement. 

Buy it now for $249

Hope you liked what we picked for our holiday gift guide for mental wellness. Check out our other Holiday Gift Guides for 2021!

Happy Holidays and Be Safe!

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2021 Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals You Can’t Miss

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday are coming up! Do you know what that means? That’s right! Promo codes and discounts galore! We know that 2021 hasn’t been much better than 2020. We need all the help we can get. So, we put together a list of some of our favorite SaaS company’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

*Bookmark and revisit this page for updated Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions

BrandSavingsDurationDescriptionPromo Code
Fiverr20% Off Storewide; Up to 20% Off on Orders $500+ (on your first order)One-timeUnlimited Graphic DesignFIVERR20SALE; FIVERDOING20
Appolye25% discountLifetimeAll-in-one time tracking, employee monitoring, scheduling, and payroll management softwareCyber-Monday-25
EmailOctopus50% OffFirst Three MonthsEmail Marketing SoftwareCLICK TO ACTIVATE
HR Partner50% Off for lifeNow until November 30thEmployee records managementBLACKFRIDAY2021
Canva15% off all print productsBefore 11:59 AST on December 20, 2021DIY Graphic Design WebsiteGIFTING15
Wincher75% Off3 MonthsSEO rank trackerBLACKFRIDAY21
SendX40% – 50% Off On All Annual PlansNovember 26-29, 2021Email Marketing SoftwareCLICK TO ACTIVATE
Infinity20% off on all purchased plans and upgradesValid until December 1st, 2021Work Management Platform20%OFF
SalesHandyRegular 15%; Plus 25%; Enterprise 40%LifetimeEmail Automation ToolREGBFCM2021; PLUSBFCM2021; ENTBFCM2021
Cloudways40% OFF for 4 Months on all hosting plansNovember 23rd, 2021 – December 1st, 2021Managed cloud hosting platformBFCM2021

Happy Black Friday/Cyber Monday! Celebrate with some of the most generous discounts you’ll find online this holiday season. We know how hard these past few years have been, so all of these companies want to offer everyone a chance to enjoy a service they normally might not get a chance to experience.

Check out some of our other Holiday Gift Guides!

Happy Holidays and Be Safe this year!

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Holiday Gift Guide: LEGO Sets That You Need

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This holiday season, it’s important to never, ever let the child inside you die. That would be, like, totally lame. Anything we can do to foster that spark is worth the investment. Whether that’s with video games, board games, or epic Nerf battles, you need to encourage your youthful side to play. In my case, it’s LEGO. 

Here are some LEGO sets that will bring you back to childhood

Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child 

The Child, Baby Yoda, or Grogu. It doesn’t matter as long as you can build him. This LEGO set, featuring 1,073 pieces, allows you to move his adorable little ears, posing you how you see fit. It’s impossible not to smile at a little LEGO Grogu, amirite? 

Buy it here for $79.99

Infinity Gauntlet

This 590-piece model of the iconic weapon from Avengers will have your enemies all over the known universe trembling that they may be reduced to dust. One snap, and the food crisis will suddenly become far more manageable. 

Buy it here for $69.99

Super Mario 64 Question Mark 

Don’t smack your head on this. Nothing will come out. Well, money won’t. Instead, you can fold out microscale levels including Peach’s Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Trouble. Play for hours with 2,064 pieces or fold it up and leave it on display for your guests to go, “?” 

Buy it here for $169.99 

Seinfeld Set 

What’s the deal with this 1,326-piece set? You can recreate classic Seinfeld moments, but in LEGO. Elaine’s goldfish, Kramer’s thirst-inducing pretzels, or sit around and yada yada yada about nothing. For fans of LEGO and Seinfeld alike, this set is definitely sponge-worthy. 

Buy it here for $79.99

Adidas Originals Superstar Athletic Shoe

Maybe you’re not as amused by a giant LEGO shoe as I am, but this set comes with real laces. 731 pieces make up this buildable version of the iconic sneaker. Since real shoes are best used on feet, it makes much more sense to put a LEGO shoe on display. 

Buy it here for $79.99

R2D2 

*excited beeps and whistles!* Recreate your favorite droid with this 2,314-piece set. This R2D2 is capable of head swiveling, periscope rising, and other gadgets and doodads so you can (kind of) pose him any way you choose. 

Buy it here for $199.99

Ship in a Bottle 

For those of you who have always wanted to build a ship in a bottle but never wanted to dedicate that much time or patience, LEGO is offering you a consolation prize. This 962-piece rainy-weekend project is surely just as satisfying as the incredibly time-consuming nautical hobby counterpart. 

Buy it here for $69.99

DC Batman Batmobile Tumbler 

If you like some hardcore goth-bro energy, then this LEGO batmobile set is for you. Boasting 2,049 pieces, the tumbler from the Nolan series is one of a kind. Featuring Batman and Joker minifigures, you can rule the night one brick at a time. 

Buy it here for $229.99

Titanic

Titanic-enthusiasts rejoice! Here is the most unsinkable model, a model that God himself could not sink. At a price more affordable than a one-way first-class ticket, you will spend as many hours to build this thing as it took to construct the actual Titanic. Featuring detailed interiors, you can build the famous Grand Staircase, smoking lounge, swimming pool, and much more. Just keep an eye out for that LEGO iceberg, roight ahead!

Buy it here for $629.99

NASA Space Shuttle Discovery 

Designed in collaboration with NASA, this Space Shuttle Discovery set coincides with the 40th anniversary of the very first shuttle flight. With 2,354 pieces, you can spend hours constructing this iconic piece of human aerospace history. There’s even a cute little Hubble Telescope you can build alongside. 

Buy it here for $199.99

Fender Stratocaster Guitar 

Recreate this iconic 1970s guitar made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton played, only LEGO. Make your musician friends seemingly jealous with this nonmusical set. 

Buy it here for $99.99

Darth Vader Helmet – $69.99

Recreate the famous dark lord’s helmet and feel the power of the dark side. With 834 pieces, you can immerse yourself into the world of the Sith and feel what it’s like to rule the galaxy. 

Buy it here for $69.99

There are many, many more LEGO sets out there to choose from. But these are the sets we think are awesome. However, when it comes to LEGOs, everything is awesome.

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