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Start Your Day Like A Champ

Sometimes, it seems quite impossible to wake up feeling renewed and refreshed even if you’ve actually managed to bag 8 solid hours of quality sleep. Despite our best efforts, there's a cloud that hangs over our heads. Luckily, there are things we can do to help disperse the fog and get us as prepared as possible for the day ahead. Here are 5 simple tips to get your day started right.

1 Meditation

Yup, you read right. Give your brain some time to sort itself out and clear off the mental cobwebs. You want to spend a few minutes to just be free of thought. Get yourself as comfortable as you can and just be quiet and still. Focus on your breathing or if you can feel it, the beating of your heart. Bring yourself back if you find your mind wandering. It’s the perfect way to adjust for the day. Start with a few minutes and build on it as you gain proficiency.

2 Stretching

After a night’s rest, your muscles and joints are likely to be a little stiff. Develop a stretching routine and gently go through it. It’s important to take it nice and slow as many of us girls have slightly lower blood pressures in the morning. We want to avoid being dizzy and lightheaded. A good stretch gives your body time to wake up and lets your blood circulation flow smoothly again.

3 Rehydrate

We loose a significant amount of moisture during sleep. Since our body operates best at an optimum hydration level, it makes sense to replenish the fluids we’ve lost overnight as soon as we wake up. A simple warm glass of water and a slice of lemon would suffice, or go for your favourite breakfast smoothie. Sure, most wouldn’t think twice about reaching for a cup of joe, but hold that off until you’ve had a chance to drink some water as coffee is a natural diuretic and you’ll end up passing more fluids out in no time.

4 Scalp Massage

This could be one of the universe’s most underrated early morning routines ever! A nice, thick brush with rounded bristles can perform miracles! The brushing motion stimulates the nerve endings in your scalp and promotes blood flow and circulation. It relaxes the scalp, which in turn allows your forehead and facial muscles to loosen up as well. It does wonders for your hair and you end up feeling nice and tension-free.

5 Smiling And Positive Thoughts

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that have the greatest impact. A simple act of kindness, a helping hand. These little things often have the greatest power to motivate us to reach towards betterment — for ourselves and others. Try giving yourself a couple of big smiles in the mirror before you leave the house. Looking at a face smiling back at you has measurable psychological benefits. Give it a try!

Best Fitness Tackers For 2016

It’s time to move our butts! There's never a "best" time to exercise, so it made sense for us to pull out a quick overview of the fitness trackers currently available on the market. Exercise is an important part of everyday life and we shouldn’t neglect this aspect of our general health and wellbeing. These devices are able to measure a number of different physical parameters. The most basic being things like steps taken, distance covered, calories burned and some can even determine the quality of your sleep. More sophisticated models include heart rate monitors and more advanced, more accurate sensors as well as exercise training guidance and metrics. Refer to each models’ specifications for more details and the capabilities on offer. These devices are handy for giving you feedback on your workouts and are a great way to motivate you into doing a little exercise.

Note, we haven’t included every model from every vendor under the sun, mainly because there are so many, and we took into account brands and models that should be relatively easy to find at retail stores across Asia. Apologies if we’ve missed your favourite brand, but at least for most of us who are new to these types of devices, it should suffice as a gentle intro.

Samsung Gear Fit

Launched with its flagship, Galaxy series of smartphones, Samsung’s Gear Fit is a little larger than most other dedicated fitness trackers, but this isn’t so bad when you consider the large crisp AMOLED touchscreen it affords. It’s tied to the Samsung system so you must use one of the compatible Samsung smartphones. You get close integration with mobile notifications and built-in GPS capabilities in addition to the fitness tracking features like heart rate monitoring, calorie, speed, pace measurements. 

Garmin Vivofit 2

One of the coolest features of the Vivofit 2, is that the battery life is incredibly long. It’s fully waterproof and designed to be worn 24x7. Tracking steps, distance calories and sleep quality right out of the box, it can also measure heart rate with a separate heart rate monitor. The display in the Vivofit 2 has a backlight and newer, more colourful band options.

Fitbit Flex

This is a sexy, slim and minimalist tracker. It tracks your activity level, sleep quality, calories burned and distance traveled. What’s cool is that you can program the lights to indicate your goal progression. It can also vibrate to wake you up at the best point in your sleep cycle.

Polar Loop 2

 

For the more experienced girls out there, the Polar Loop is an interesting one. It too, is tightly integrated with the companion (currently iOS only) app. It will prompt you throughout the day, guiding you towards meeting the goals you’ve set. The display on the band being used effectively to deliver the prompts. It can also link to an external Polar heart rate sensor for more accurate measurements.

Jawbone Up Move

This is the entry level fitness tracker from Jawbone. If you’re new to the fitness tracker trend, or you are just looking for something that gives you basic information about your movements, then this will fit your bill. It measures steps taken, active time, idle time, sleep micro-movements and calculates distance and calories burnt.

Misfit Shine

 

 

For a really light and minimal device, the Misfit Shine has to be it. The beauty about this device is that it’s so versatile, you can wear it on your wrist, clip it to clothing or hang it depending on the attachment accessory you’re using. It tracks the basics like steps, calories and sleep, but does really well with workouts like running, cycling and swimming. It doesn’t have a display so all your data is tightly integrated with the smartphone app. 

Jawbone UP 2

Fairly lightweight, but very attractive, the Jawbone UP 2 replaces the outgoing UP24 and is a step up from many average fitness trackers offering basic monitoring. It tracks steps, calories and also monitors your sleep quality, waking you up at the best point in your sleep cycle. The 2 integrates more tightly with the accompanying iOS and Andriod app to offer features like Food Logging and Smart Coaching. It’s a nice looking device to wear and ticks all the basics.

Fitbit Charge

The Charge is similar in form factor to the Fitbit Flex, but adds a small display and additional features. It tracks your daily activity and exercises and even has a Caller ID function when paired with a smartphone. It too has the sleep quality monitor and vibrating alarm. It’s a good step up from the Fitbit Flex especially for the more sporty types. For an even bigger step up, the Fitbit Charge HR includes a built-in heart rate monitor as well.

Sony Smartband Talk

The Sony Smartband Talk is unique in that it incorporates built-in voice control features allowing you to make calls from the wristband. This, in combination with its very simple and legible E-Ink display technology, makes it an easy device to use. The battery life is pretty good too, thanks to E-Ink, and you can even receive WhatsApp notifications. As of writing, Android only.

 

5 Simple DIY Accessories To Make

Accessorising a look doesn’t have be an expensive exercise. A little creativity, some helpful odds and ends lying around and an adventurous spirit are all you need. Here, we’ve gathered 5 super simple and awesomely cool DIY accessories projects from around the web for you to try. All of them can be completed in an afternoon. Hope these will serve as an example to get your own DIY creative accessory juices going. Try them out and see how things go!

1) Freestyle Headbands

These headbands are not only incredibly simple to make, they are also deceptively stylish! All you need are a strip of fabric and a piece of elastic. The resulting look is as creative as the fabric you choose. But the gem is in how quick and easy it is to set this up. Take a look here.

2) Understated Embroidery Wrapped Hair Combs

Aside from being an essential tool in the fight against bad hair days, the humble comb rarely gets a second thought. This brilliant idea takes the hair comb to a new level of practicality. Transform your comb into a posh accessory you can wear, and have the tools you need to keep your hair in check all day! Instructions here.

3) Turn Your Necklaces Into Hairbands

We’ve all been there at some point before. Our prized beaded necklace snaps or just seems to have lost its lustre. Well now, here’s a way to breathe new life into them by turning them into gorgeous headbands that will transform your look. Check out the instructions here.

4) Upgraded Elastic Hair Tie

This project is perfect for those of us who like to reach for the nearest hair tie. Whether its to just throw our hair together to get hands-on with something, or whether its the only thing we know what to do with our hair, this tip is priceless for its simplicity and ability to upgrade our accessories. Follow the instructions here.

5) Deceptively Simple Leather Hair Tie

Yet another, fantastically quick and easy project to try out. The leather look has a real polished quality to it and since it’s so easy, you can make tons of these before-hand and in different colours to suit your mood. Take a look here.

5 Quick Ideas For Awesome Christmas Decorations

It’s that time of year again when the Christmas festive season comes around. If you live in a snowy area, perhaps there’s not much you need to do get that instant yuletide feeling. For those of us in warmer climates, adding a little Christmas spirit can also be easy with a little creativity and experimentation. We’ve found five amazing ideas from around the web for you to add some festive decorations to your living space and to spruce up the holiday period. Whether for yourself or to create an ambiance for visiting friends and relatives, these ideas are simple and quick to realise. Enjoy.

 

String Christmas Decoration

This is one of our favourites! Mega chic and uber stylish! Bring some class to your interior design! It’ll take a little work, but seriously, the result is well worth the effort! Look for light string, yarn etc., something light and thin. You’ll need paper to make the cone and some stiffener (suggestions in the instructions). Now, obviously if you’re going to use real candles, make sure your cone is safely big enough. Otherwise, have fun with the instructions here!

Home Made Potpourri

For a super simple, yet aromatic and visually delightful decoration, look no further than the humble potpourri! This couldn’t be any easier to make. Grab a handful of dried fruits, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and anything else that offers a wonderful aroma and you’re in business! You can hang them in a bag or leave it in a nice decorative bowl. Instructions here.

Hanging Cookie-cutter Ornaments

For those who like to get the hands “dirty”, this is a great suggestion. All you need is clay and some cookie cutters. Shape the clay and use pretty much any instrument you like to add details and personalise your creations. Then hang ‘em up and enjoy! You should be able to find the clay at most stationery or arts supply stores. Take a look here.

Stylish Crayon Ornaments

This is a really really cool idea and will really up the posh factor for any Christmas tree! Get colourful and let your imagination run free! Deceptively simple and loads of fun to make. Instructions can be found here. Take a look and give it try!

Cinnamon Stick Candle Decoration

A little cinnamon and spice makes goes a very long way to sprucing up the festive atmosphere. Just look at this absolutely gorgeous cinnamon candle piece! Its so incredibly simple to make and yet add a fantastic touch to any home decor. Check out the instructions here. If you can’t get a glue gun, you can just as easily go for double-sided sticky tape or add additional strand of string-ties. Check it out.

 

5 Things To Do This Christmas

Christmas is that time of year where most of the world takes stock to celebrate, relax and take a breather just before the end of another year. For some, it’s a welcome time, for others, the extra time from the break of daily routines may actually pose to be an interesting challenge. We came up with 5 things to do over the break. Whatever you do, we hope you have a great time!

Pamper Yourself!

That’s was obvious! Never get round to booking that treatment you always wanted? Perhaps this is your chance! If not the whole nine yards, why not a facial or a massage? We need to pamper ourselves from time to time. It’s a good opportunity to slow things down and have your time managed by someone else for a while as you give in to the moment.

Catch Up With Friends

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a fellowship that will assemble together like, anytime, then you’ll need to plan ahead. Everyone seems to have a hectic schedule and to make sure everyone is free at the same time on the same day can sometimes be a challenge in itself. Figure out a place to be, set the time and get everyone’s confirmation early.

Expand Your Horizons

For some, the break is a great way to go somewhere and see the world. It doesn’t even have to be far, or even on another country. Take the time to choose a place you’ve never been to but want to see. It could be a nearby town/city/state etc. Just give yourself an opportunity to explore the world around you. We often miss subtle details, glossing them over as we go about our lives. If you have the chance, immerse yourself in a different culture, go somewhere with less/more people. Take a small adventure.

Be With Mother Nature

It’s nice to change environments from time to time. For city dwellers, the countryside is a great place for a quick getaway. Go camping or hiking. Get to know the world around you. Be close to mother nature. Get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Away from cars and machines and pollution. See the world in its natural beauty. 

Shut Down

This might sound unusual, but perhaps some quiet “me” time could be interesting also. If you’re the type of person that needs “time-off”, this could be a great thing to do. Just switch off and give yourself some privacy and down time. Snuggle up in bed with a book. Go for a walk in the park. Have a well-deserved power nap. What ever you choose to do, make it time spent well and for yourself.