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Looking At : May 27, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Silentmode (Music-Enabled Sleep Mask)

Very interesting combination.


Very interesting combination. I've tried out a number of ways to listen to music (or audiobooks) as I fall asleep, with my current preference being audio via the TV (with an off-timer set for 15mins or so). The Silentmode looks to beat them all. If anyone's tried anything like this, I'd love to hear your thoughts. In the meantime, a spot of video :
The Silentmode Music-Enabled Sleep Mask.

Why Sleep is More Important Than Diet (Shawn Stevenson on Health Theory)

Love it.



We talk a lot about sleep on this site - it's easily my favourite form of recovery - as well as optimal nutrition. This is a fascinating discussion of both. Love it.

Looking At : May 20, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Luft Qi (Portable Air Purifier)

Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ).


Interesting idea (though I do have a few questions ... ). In particular - range (I'd love to use something like this in the gym, without carrying it around from one station to the next); and effectiveness for various types of pollutants. As for the item itself, a spot of video :
The Luft Qi Portable Air Purifier.

Meathead Meal Prep (Brian Shaw)

Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.



Interesting look at some of the regular meal prep (the meat) for a competing Strongman.

Looking At : May 13, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bala Bangles (Wearable Weights)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. Although I'd usually like something a little heavier, the 'wearable weight' approach would be ideal for several things. To give you an idea of what I mean by 'wearable weight', a bit of video :
Bala Bangles.

100 Push Ups A Day (THENX)

Great way to get a few push-ups in.



Good way to get a few push-ups in (100 in this case) - different varieties, multiple sets.

Looking At : May 6, 2018

What we were talking about this week on Google+, Twitter and Nuzzel



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.



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