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Reebok Athletes UNLOCKED

Reebok will host a live talent Q&A titled Reebok Athletes UNLOCKED: A Panel Discussion on Fitness, Training, and Performance, which will feature fitness trainer Jess Sims, elite athlete Annie Thorisdottir, long distance-runner, Justyn Knight. The panel will take place tonight, 6 pm EST on Tues, Oct 12, and all you have to do to join is sign up with your email for Reebok UNLOCKED, the brand’s loyalty program. Join the panel HERE.

The athlete panel is a part of Reebok UNLOCKED Week, a week-long virtual event from October 13-19, open to all members of Reebok UNLOCKED, the brand’s free loyalty program that allows consumers to earn points by buying and reviewing items. Reebok UNLOCKED Week is the brand’s first-ever member celebration rewarding its loyal customers, playing host to the brand’s biggest names, collaborations, and exclusive drops.

A host of exclusive experiences and products will be made available to members throughout Reebok UNLOCKED Week, including:

10/12: Reebok Athletes UNLOCKED: A Panel Discussion on Fitness, Training, and Performance featuring fitness trainer Jess Sims, elite athlete Annie Thorisdottir, long-distance runner, Justyn Knight professional basketball player, Tamara Young.

10/13: Reebok x Ghostbusters Collection (Adult shoes and hoodies and Kids’ shoes)

10/15: Reebok x Peppa Pig collection (Kids’ lifestyle shoes)

10/17: Archive Collection (An assortment of the best of Reebok’s collaborations brought back for a limited time including the Iverson collections, Jurassic Park, and Victoria Beckham Drop 5, among others)

10/18: Nano X1 Adventure (Men’s & Women’s cross-training shoes)

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Honest Marijuana’s Inside Look at Weed Candy

What’s Sweet AND Gives You a Satisfying High? Weed Candy!

Cannabis consumption is entering the mainstream these days, as legalization spreads across the country. While there are all the traditional methods of getting high: smoking a joint, using a bong, and so on, new consumers have fueled the development of new ways of enjoying weed.

Why? For the simple reason that a lot of people don’t want to smoke. Whether because they don’t like the taste, or the stigma associated with the idea of inhaling smoke, there are plenty of people who look for alternative ways to consume marijuana and the most typical method is edibles. While the earliest versions of these were largely focused on pot brownies and cookies, cannabis-infused edibles come in so many more varieties: drinks, pills, snacks, spreads, and even candies.

Without Inhaling, Weed Candy Hits the Spot

As already mentioned, weed candy is a great alternative for those who can’t smoke or don’t want to smoke. And there are serious medical reasons why smoking might be off the table. For example, people with preexisting lung conditions or who use supplemental oxygen can still get the benefits of marijuana, without the risk of explosion!

Other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal issues from eating disorders, digestive disorders, and nausea due to chemotherapy can find relief from their symptoms by directly ingesting the low doses of cannabidiol (CBD) found in high-CBD/low-THC cannabis candy. Adding to these reasons is the simple fact that discretion can be very important to people. By choosing edibles, like candy, you can get the relaxing high without smoke, smell, or coughing. 

Plus there is the added bonus that by getting your cannabis via candy, the effects last for quite a bit longer compared to smoking. This is because the candy, and the cannabis it contains, must first be digested. So, by smoking a joint, the process of getting high is much faster, as the THC moves directly from lungs to bloodstream without being digested, it’s just not an option for everyone. 

What Kind of Weed Candy is Available?

Variety is the spice of life, and consuming cannabis candy is no exception. Weed candy takes many forms. The most popular are lozenges (like Jolly Ranchers), lollipops (food on a stick is always better), and gum.

The type of candy you choose will depend on your situation. For office workers, class attendees, and those concerned about appearances, the lozenge is the most discreet. At other times, a nice lollipop or piece of gum can really liven up a slow afternoon.

Advances in Weed Tech Applied to Candy. Advances in cannabis technology have yielded some pretty amazing options, but few reach the level of nanoencapsulated THC. Too much of a mouthful for you? Just call it Nanobidiol for short.

Nanobidiol is made using a cutting-edge process that minimizes each THC molecule and then surrounds it with a special membrane that gives the THC some unique qualities. Nanobidiol is not only smaller than regular THC, but it’s also more water-soluble. This decrease in size and increase in water solubility makes the THC more bioavailable. That means you’ll feel the high in 2-10 minutes, which is 6 times faster than other weed candy on the market that takes up to an hour to start working! 

How Weed Candy Works

The impacts of weed candy on your system can be thought of in terms of speed and duration. Smoking your marijuana is like a drag race: Its effects are felt almost immediately, but they’re over just as quickly. Cannabis candy is like a NASCAR race: The experience, though still great, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get going. In addition, the effects of marijuana candy tend to last quite a bit longer (from 2-6 hours) because the cannabidiol is slowly digested in the stomach. 

Is Weed Candy for You?

The benefits of weed candy are wide-ranging. Individuals suffering from both acute and chronic disorders can find relief inside a marijuana candy. Everything from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, to nausea, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, and muscle spasms can benefit from the way marijuana candy is processed into the body. Individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s Disease are especially benefited by marijuana candy and other edibles. This is because Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana candy can deliver cannabinoids directly to the site of the disorder and provide much-needed relief.

As With Any Cannabis Product, Quality Counts

Quality is always a concern when it comes to marijuana. Whether you get your fix by smoking or ingesting, you should at least verify the quality of the product you’re consuming. With weed candy, it’s important to keep a few simple things in mind:

Currently, there is no regulatory agency in place for marijuana candy. What this means is that there is no way to ensure the same commercial food-prep standards that apply elsewhere.This can mean that trace amounts of allergens (gluten, nuts, pet dander, lactose) can find their way into the marijuana candy. For people allergic to these things, it’s worth really investigating your sources, or even learning how to bake your own edibles. 

Similarly, there is no way to determine the quality of the cannabis used in the cannabis candy. Because the cannabis is hidden in the mix, it’s very easy for candy companies to dispose of lesser quality marijuana that can’t be sold for smoking. Buying from a reputable source is key. It’s not always possible, but purchasing a marijuana candy that has been lab-tested for potency and contaminants is preferable. The local dispensary that you’ve frequented for a number of years is a good place to start. If they don’t already sell marijuana candy, they might be able to find a reputable supplier.

Never Tried Weed Candy? 

If you’ve never tried weed candy before, we suggest that you purchase a piece or two from a trusted source and see what you think. If you like the taste and the effects it produces, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for in future purchases. As with every other method of cannabis consumption, the important thing is that you enjoy the ride. 

Quality Candy is Made with Quality Weed

Weed candy can come from any one of the more than 700 existing strains and be of any quality. The best weed candy, however, comes from high-quality, organic buds. 

With a good quality organic strain, you’ll need less candy to experience the same effects. In other words, a little will go a long way. You may have to pay a bit more for weed candy made from a high-quality extract, but you’ll be much happier with how you feel when you use it. So don’t settle for an inferior weed candy. Get some made from the best buds on the planet and experience cannabis and candy the way it was meant to be.

About Anthony Franciosi and Honest Marijuana Company

Anthony Franciosi also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana Co. – an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado. The company is a pioneer in the industry, using Earth-friendly recyclable tin cans with pure nitrogen to ensure only the highest level of integrity and quality, launching Honest Blunts, the first organic hemp-wrapped, machine-rolled cannabis blunts as well as inventing the patented Nanobidiol Technology, which reduces non-water-soluble substances like cannabinoids into a nano-size so they can be added to candy, transdermal patches, topical lotions, and other cannabis products for the cleanest, most efficient, and most discreet form of cannabis consumption.

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How to Stay Safe Gaming Online

Online gaming should be a fun and rewarding experience that, critically, does not have any lasting impact. Staying safe online is vital, especially when gaming, as it is all too easy for a fun and innocent activity to become malicious when the right steps have not been taken. That does not mean to say that gaming online is a dangerous activity. In fact, when you take the right steps, online gaming can be just as safe as playing in person with friends.

Use a VPN

A Virtual Private Network, otherwise known simply as a VPN, is a great measure that everyone should use while gaming online. When you connect to a VPN, you connect to an encrypted server, which means that it becomes a lot more difficult for cybercriminals to track your movements. Not only does a VPN allow you to play anonymously, but it also hides your IP address, which makes you even more difficult to track.

Only Play on Trusted Sites

Before you begin playing online, it is important that you check to see that a site is trustworthy. There are many ways that you can check to see how trustworthy an online gaming site is; you could:

  • Check player reviews – looking at reviews of a gaming site, particularly the negative reviews, should help you learn if the site is unsafe. Make sure to check reviews at a respectable website.
  • Check for the right icons; some sites, like gambling sites, should be regulated by a range of international organizations. You should check to see if the site features the icons of the gaming authorities before playing.
  • Do your research; simply just reading up on the best gaming sites to use can help you to find the best, safe sites. Rather than doing the research yourself, you can easily compare the sites in one place and get playing a lot faster, safe in the knowledge that you are using a trusted site. Click here to compare. 

Keep Your Personal Information Private

Of course, sometimes, when you are buying an online game or signing up, you will have to input your personal details (only after checking the site is safe), but in other situations, you should keep your information private. For example, if you are playing an online multiplayer game, you should avoid using or giving out any personal information, including your name or location. Even if a player seems to be a friend of yours, you should never exchange personal information.

It is also vital that you use an appropriate username that does not give too much of your personal information out. You should also make sure to have a different password for every online gaming site that you use.

Install Anti-Virus Software

If you have taken the previous steps, then you can be pretty confident that you will be safe while playing online, but it is always better to be safe and sorry. You should install anti-virus software on your device to give you that extra layer of added security.

If you are playing games on a free site, it is common for these sites to use adverts, some of which might host more harmful, malicious software. You should be using a VPN and anti-virus software at all times to make sure you are staying safe online, whether you are playing a game or reading Wikipedia. 

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What Is A Football Prop Bet? Here’s What To Know Before Making One

Betting on sports can be a lot of fun and even be lucrative when you have luck on your side and know what you’re doing. But, there is an aspect that makes athletic wagers even more exciting. There is another type of sports bet called a prop. A “prop” is short for propositional bet. It is often a side bet that involves something very specific during game time. 

What makes it exciting is how random these bets can be, so winning gives you an extra jolt. Props take a lot more luck than just betting on the win or loss of a particular team or game, but there are ways that can help you improve your odds. 

In this article, we will go over exactly what a prop bet is and how you can make one yourself. 

Prop bet examples

The idea of a prop bet is to find something interesting about a player or team to bet on. An example would betting that the New England Patriots’ defense will score a touchdown in this week’s game. Or, you could bet on how many touchdowns Tom Brady will make for Tampa Bay against his old team, the Patriots. 

The possibilities are endless, which is what makes these types of bets so fun. You can see a good return if you actually win, since the odds are really stacked against you. Most of the time prop bets are pretty small, so you can keep it economical and hopefully make something in return. 

There Is A Little Bit Of Skill Involved

One of the reasons that these bets are played is because there has been some research conducted. For example, you can find out how many touchdowns a certain quarterback has made during the third quarter in his career. With this kind of information, you can make an informed bet.

There are lots of sites in which inform readers on these kinds of stats. That way, you can make a prop bet according to the information you feel comfortable with. Check the Awesemo NFL player props to get an idea of the stats that might be able to help you. 

If you are a new gambler, these bets may not be good if you have the intention of actually winning. They can be fun for the beginner when you do make a good bet that comes through. But, there is a lot of luck involved for that to happen. An experienced bet-maker will have better odds, though they are still not in your favor. 

Because of the nature of these bets and the high payouts, they are usually capped by most sports books at a couple of hundred dollars, or at most $500. One other thing to consider is that these prop bets don’t move in unison with the line. As the line changes, the odds likely stay the same for the prop bet. 

What are the benefits of a low-carb, ketogenic diet?

There are more than one million searches on Google every month regarding the keto diet and its benefits. Diets can become a fad, but it appears that the keto diet is most definitely here to stay for the long-term. This has largely coincided with people becoming more health-conscious and reading up on more health-related news. As such, diets like the ketogenic one are growing in popularity.

It’s worth noting that the keto diet isn’t necessarily suited to everyone, and you should most definitely give it serious consideration before starting it, but it is a diet that has resulted in numerous success stories. The high-fat, low-carb philosophy has gripped the world. As a result, more and more people are giving it a go and discovering its various benefits. One search on Instagram demonstrates just how popular it is, for example. 

Big brands are now even selling keto-friendly products, and keto recipes have become a popular search option online. The keto diet certainly has its sceptics, too, though, which is why seeking professional advice before considering taking on a keto diet is worthwhile. In the meantime, let’s assess some of the basic benefits of a low-carb, ketogenic diet.

A low-carb diet reduces your appetite

Most diets lead to extreme hunger, which is why people lose motivation on occasions and ultimately give up. A low-carb diet, though, is proven to reduce a person’s appetite and therefore lead to fewer calories being consumed. Eating more protein and fat is filling and will keep you feeling full for longer.

It can lead to instant weight loss

Cutting out carbohydrates is one of the fastest ways to lose weight. Studies show that people who consume a low-carb diet tend to lose weight faster than those who are on low-fat diets. The reason being that low-carb diets get rid of excess water in your body, therefore lowering insulin levels as a result and aiding weight loss.

We are constantly told that diet must be mixed with exercise for sustainable weight loss, and there is some truth in that. As such, it means you need to eventually get off the sofa and switch off Netflix, or shut down the game of 9 Masks of Fire slot, and get active. Those weight loss gains might only be temporary, otherwise.

For example, studies have shown that a low-carb diet is particularly effective for up to six months, but after that, additional lifestyle changes might be needed to take the weight loss up a level, such as increasing exercise.

Reduces the presence of triglycerides

They aren’t commonly known, but triglycerides are fat molecules that circulate in your bloodstream and are a known cause of heart disease. Carb consumption among sedentary people can increase the presence of triglycerides, with the simple sugar fructose being a particular concern. A low-carb, keto diet lessens the risk of too many triglycerides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It helps produce more ‘good’ HDL cholesterol

 

There is good and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which contributes towards good heart health and a smaller risk of developing heart disease. Eating fat increases “good” HDL levels and can therefore aid heart health. A low-fat diet, on the other hand, can have the opposite effect.

 

Reduces both blood sugar and insulin levels

 

Ketogenic diets are also helpful for people with diabetes and insulin resistance as it lowers blood sugar and insulin levels drastically. Of course, if you’re diabetic, you should speak to a professional before taking on a keto diet, but some studies have shown that 95% of people with type 2 diabetes had significantly reduced or halted their glucose-lowering medication within six months.

 

Some of the foods you can eat on a keto diet include avocado, butter, cream cheese, coconut, leafy greens, nuts, meats, eggs, and fish.

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Looking to Try Something New in the Bedroom? Tips to Help

Sometimes we all need a helping hand when it comes to our relationships, and this is often in terms of the physical side of things. As time goes on, the spark can out of the physical relationship between couples, and this can be for many different reasons. The good news is that you can get it back – in fact, you can make it even more exciting than it was before by trying new things in the bedroom. This is a great way to add some spice and enjoy the thrills of new experiences.

There are lots of different ways in which you can spice things up and try something new in the bedroom, so it is well worth considering these if you want to take things up a notch or two! From using adult toys to enjoy new experiences to getting into character and fulfilling those deepest fantasies, you will find many different options. All you need is the confidence and willingness to try out something a little different.

What You Can Do

There are various ways in which you can switch things up in the bedroom and add more excitement to your sex life. Some of these are:

Use Adults Toys for New Pleasures

You can shop the best strap-on dildos, invest in couples’ toys, and even buy products for sensual massages, so there is no end of choice when it comes to adults toys. Many couples turn to these toys in order to add some excitement to their love lives, and there are many different products that you can choose from. You can browse the selections together from the comfort and privacy of your own home and choose ones that you both feel comfortable and confidence about using.

Live Out Your Fantasies

You may have various fantasies about what you would love to do in the bedroom, but you may not have had the confidence to talk to your partner about this. Well, the chances are that your partner also has fantasies, and by opening up, you can both fulfil these in the comfort and privacy of your own home. So, speak to your partner and do things such as dressing up, getting involved in roleplay, and creating scenarios that will enable both of you to indulge in your fantasies and try out something completely new and different.

Get into the Mood

Some couples have issues because they always try and rush moments of intimacy, and this is often because they lead rushed lifestyles. So, try to take some time out that will enable you to set the scene, get into the mood, and relax beforehand. You could even book a night away at some romantic hotel and enjoy complete privacy without disruptions. This will make it easier for you to enjoy some excitement and the thrills of a naughty night or weekend away.

These are just a few of the different options you can try in order to give your physical relationship a new lease of life.

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The Latest Slot Technology This Year

Online casinos offer video slot titles that have now become increasingly popular in recent times because of the ability to play almost anywhere and anytime, providing there is stable access to the internet. Online video slots have continued to attract more players because of constant improvements and advancements in technologies used within online casino websites and applications, resulting in more entertaining titles with thousands of video slot titles now available to play in today’s market.

Pooled Progressive Jackpot Slot Networks

One of the most impressive online slots technology advancements is within the progressive jackpot segment of the video slots industry. Developers such as Microgaming, Playtech, and Pragmatic Play all manage jackpot networks found on the best slot sites online today, which are usually those licensed by the MGA and UKGC. Now putting a progressive jackpot game online is one thing but fostering payouts worth millions is another.

To help the jackpot in a network rise faster and to larger life-changing amounts, developers link multiple video slots to the same jackpot. For example, in the Playtech Age of the Gods jackpot network there are more than 15 slot titles, a table game, and a virtual wheel of fortune game all linked to the same jackpot. Each game has a different theme, reel count, pay lines, and so on to attract different types of players, and each bet a player makes 5% contributes to the jackpot.

With more game’s titles all connected to the same progressive jackpot, the jackpot will rise faster because multiple games will attract more players which also means bigger wins. Some of the largest networks right now include the aforementioned Age of the Gods by Playtech, then there is Microgaming’s WowPot which has 5 slots and counting as well as its Mega Moolah network which recently paid out a whopping €19.4 million jackpot!

Play video slots anywhere on web browsers or mobile applications

One reason that these slot titles have grown in popularity is down to the developers who have created them. They have been able to take advantage of advancements in the slot title’s code itself, which seamlessly transfers data from a web browser and displays onto different models of mobile or tablet devices effortlessly. This code can adjust to different screen sizes whilst displaying a functional and user-friendly platform without the need to install additional software.

With the ever-changing and improving technology in mobile applications, larger online casinos create their own online casino ports to boost the performance however many players have suggested that video slot titles run smoothly on either a traditional browser or a dedicated application these days. This is most notably because of HTML5 technology, with the code now more responsive than ever and through browsers such as Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and many more it can recognize different operating systems instantly and adjust accordingly to present the casino’s website in the best possible way, resulting in a near-perfect online gambling platform.

Popular video slot titles selected by casino aggregators

Casino aggregators are business-to-business companies offering services that provide online casinos and function primarily as a one-stop solution for casino operators. With the latest technology ever-changing, connecting developers with suppliers and operators of online casinos has never been easier. The one-time integration provides a variety of video slot titles, payment systems, and takes care of an online casino website’s technical issues using first class technical support teams which usually operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The casino aggregator, also known as a “casino games hub” or “game aggregation platform,” will offer access to a diverse portfolio of video slot titles developed for online casinos via one-time single API integration. Online casino operators can leave the hard work to the aggregator to select the most popular and innovative games in order to save themselves time and important resources.

Random number generators provide realistic gameplay

Random number generators are an important technology used by developers in video slot titles that have the primary aim to deliver an experience as close to a land-based casino as possible. A random number generator or RNG will achieve this by producing random results that give players a chance of winning against the house. A powerful computer program or algorithm can reel off vast sequences and pools of numbers instantly, which translate to a recognizable result or outcome for the player, giving a realistic and comparable experience to a land-based casino.

Return to player percentages

Video slot titles come into their own for return to player percentages with online casino players’ primary aim to secure winnings on their initial stake. The high percentages in video slots are attractive for players with an RTP around 96%. Often this is the minimum for online video slots, which basically means that the title expects to pay back 96% for every $1 wagered. However, what some players do not know is that an RTP ratio is in fact measured over a longer time frame, especially with video slots, and effectively this could mean a payback after hundreds of spins. This RTP also does not define the size of the win, so in theory, wins could be minimal.

Crypto Casinos

Online casino payment methods have improved in recent times and we often class casinos into three categories; land-based, traditional online, and cryptocurrency casinos. However, only recently have they accepted cryptocurrency deposits and withdrawals, which use the latest blockchain technology. With the masses introduced to Bitcoin back9 in 2017, it was only a matter of time before cryptocurrencies reached the online casino sphere and major online casino brands adopted the virtual currencies as a tender.

BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, XRP, DOGE, USDT, and Dash are the most popular cryptos used, and they mainly share the same benefits. Depositing via cryptocurrency is fast and more discreet, often used in countries where gambling on video slots is illegal. Players can store their crypto safely in an offline wallet and the processing times are almost instant nowadays. Cryptocurrency can be highly volatile, so whilst being more discreet, the value of your winnings can fluctuate from day to day.

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Improve Your Concentration with Our Six Step Guide

With so much information and technology at the tip of our fingertips these days, it’s difficult to stop your hand itching to reach out for an item such as your phone to keep you occupied whilst you’re…already occupied. As a collective, we seem to have lost our ability to concentrate fully on one singular task or form of entertainment, and we get easily distracted by our smartphones, games consoles, and televisions.

At home, this potential for distraction is harmless – if occasionally a little disruptive to your enjoyment of things – but at work, A lack of focus can lead to long-term issues with our overall concentration levels. In turn, this can prevent us from being an effective worker. Research has indicated that office workers are distracted on an average of every 11 minutes, with a significantly longer period of time required to return attention back to the original task at hand once they’ve disengaged with the distraction. Basically, our penchant for having everything at the touch of a button has meant that we spend more of what’s supposed to be our productive time trying – and failing – to stay on task.

If you’ve found yourself struggling to stay focused on a job, task, or activity for a sustained period of time, then it’s time you learned some tips, tricks, and habits that will help you maintain concentration and improve your performance at work – both short-term and long-term!

Brain Training

With our smartphones constantly by our side, containing every single piece of information and activity that we could ever possibly want to pursue, our brains are simultaneously in constant overload while never having to actually think for too long about anything. But live your life too much like this, and you’ll find your ability to recall information, problem-solve, and be creative diminish markedly.

Just as we train our bodies to be more effective, there are training activities you can get involved in that help to stretch your mental capacity and re-establish the all-important links and connections in your brain that help you to perform different tasks throughout life, and to maintain the type of street smarts that will help you to succeed in your everyday life. A 2015 study noted that spending just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week on brain training games and activities can help build your concentration levels

Games such as crosswords, sudoku, puzzles, and word searches all help you to train your brain and improve concentration levels and street smarts, whilst also learning to control your mind and body through utilizing these essential street smarts outlined here. With a focus on self-improvement, Ed Latqimore’s work in this area offers you the chance to analyze your personal experiences and reflect upon them to forge ahead with a better life; in this case, it means acknowledging your weaknesses and acting upon them. Rather than seeing your poor concentration as a limitation, put your energy into moving past this and overcoming it.

Go Green

Most of us learned about photosynthesis and the production of oxygen through trees and plants at high school. But did you know how this fact could impact the environment you create for yourself when you’re working?

As well as being colorful splashes that enhance the decoration of a room, plants are good for our mental health and ability to think. For one thing, caring for plants – including their watering schedule and any plant feed or humidifying requirements – can provide you with a regularly occurring focus that helps to improve your memory skills and mood levels, and the inclusion of plants in your space can significantly boost your mood. Secondly, they help to produce oxygen. When you have more plants in your workspace (or anywhere else you fancy, really), this oxygen can help to stimulate your brain and cause it to work more effectively. This makes problem-solving and memory recall faster and more accurate, as it prevents your brain from feeling tired and sluggish. If you’re a constant yawner throughout the day, this tip is definitely for you!

Game Time

For years, parents around the world were united in their belief that video games help atrophy the brains of growing teens and children. Studies in recent years, however, have purportedly shown that this isn’t the case; in fact, video games can actually have a positive effect on the brain’s growth and ability to maintain high levels of concentration.

Small studies suggest that video games can help to build your visual selection memory, which enables you to concentrate on one task and successfully ignore distractions around you – almost exactly the opposite of what many parents thought that games would do to young minds!

There’s no need for this to be limited to just teens and children, though, as adults can benefit from this activity, too.

Be Strict with Tech

Emails, notifications, social media apps, messaging apps – these are just some of the distractions we deal with each day (and that many of us struggle to ignore!). Sure, it seems great to have your emails on your phone, or have notifications set up so that you know when that picture of Insta has been liked, but when it starts to impact your day-to-day life and ability to concentrate on one task at a time, it’s a bit of an issue.

By turning your phone into focus mode, turning off notifications, and limiting the apps you can use during set times, you can encourage some self-discipline and enjoy your reading uninterrupted once more.

Social Stimulation

Another essential way of improving your concentration levels is to regularly socialize with others (in person, if you can), as back-and-forth conversation on a singular topics or related topics can help you to maintain focus, thus improving your concentration abilities. Spending a lot of time alone and not engaging in any form of socialisation on a regular basis negatively impacts your ability to concentrate on what others are saying and follow the various strands of conversation and interaction.

So, even if you enjoy a little chilled-out alone time, make sure you balance it out carefully by talking and interacting regularly with friends and family – it could work wonders for your focus!

Health is Wealth    

Maintaining good health is another sure-fire way of building your concentration levels. A balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals, as well as a good range of proteins, fats, and carbs, can help to keep your brain healthy, whilst avoiding caffeine, smoking, alcohol, and sugary foods can prevent brain sluggishness and the inability to concentrate.

Sleep is also a major factor in brain health, as it helps us to solidify connections and remember facts, figures, and experiences that have occurred throughout your day. Poor sleep prevents you from being able to concentrate effectively, reducing your creativity and productivity. So, turn off the blue lights at least an hour before bed (including your phone, television, and computer), get out a book, and snuggle into bed – you’ll be doing your brain a favor.

In our busy world, full of endless distractions of things to see, do, and experience that are constantly on the go, it can be hard to slow down and find ways to stop your brain from flitting between subjects and activities. This list of tips and habits that you can build into your everyday life, can help you to go against the grain and maintain your concentrations levels so that you reach your potential every day. Which do you think will help you the most?

 

 

 

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Seven Activities for Competitive Friends

If you don’t know the sore loser in your friendship group, chances are, it’s you. But that’s okay! Losing sucks, and it only means that you’re competitive. 

While your competitive side might not be for everyone, there are plenty of activities you and like-minded friends can enjoy together so see who actually is the best. 

Monopoly

Is there any game as intense as Monopoly? This game has the power to split up families when competitive people are involved. Everyone knows the layout, rules, and tactics, making it the perfect get-up-and-go game available for friends old and new. 

Grab the board, head to the pub, or connect with players across the globe on online gaming platforms

Obstacle Courses

If you and your friends want to take the competition into the outdoors, to find out who would win in a survival of the fittest situation, an obstacle course is a great way to have fun while also testing your fitness skills. Whether you set up your own at a local park, or head to an existing course, you’re in for a tiring day. Whoever reaches the end in the shortest amount of time (without cheating) is the winner. You could even make a crown and buy a personalized medal. 

Placing Sports Bets

Placing bets certainly ups the ante when it comes to competitiveness—as there’s the chance to win (or lose) money. If you want to get ahead, check out this Asian handicap betting guide to help you place winning bets every time. Head to the bar for a few drinks, or create a sweepstake for the next big tournament to see who’s the luckiest member of the crew. 

Arcade Games

Retro games are some of the best ways to battle against friends. Whether it’s air hockey, Space Invaders or Mario Kart, rally up the group and head to the nearest arcade in your area for a great night of competition, fun, and inevitably, a little bit of losing. 

Fortnite

Avid gamers can totally get lost in the world of Fortnite, and compete against local friends and those further away. The video game has taken the world by storm, so chances are you’ve already given it a go. But if not, it’s available for just about every gaming device!

Dodgems

If there’s a fair or carnival in town, there’s no better place to compete for the title of carnival king or queen. Head on over to the dodgems or test your strength on the high striker. Don’t forget to grab come candy floss on your way out! 

Trivial Pursuit

For those who prefer a battle of the brains, Trivial Pursuit will have you competing for hours. You’ll all be quizzed on different topics to see who knows what, and—of course—who knows the most. 

Hey, if you and your friends have tons of time to waste this summer, you might even be able to do all of these activities so that everyone can at least win once. That way, everyone can go home with no hard feelings, feeling like a winner and being smug about the losers.