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SPOT GPS Tracker & Messenger

Friday, June 11th, 2010
Spot GPS Messenger

Haven’t blogged for a while but just had to tap some type on this great little device, called the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger unit.

My sister and her husband love to load up a jeep and head off to the center [outback] of Australia. They would normally have a Sat Phone with them, but for the best part of  a month they are invisible to the world. However, this trip, which started a few days ago they have friends with them who have this neat little device which they use in their helicopter. I have been able to log into the Spot site and track their location – automatically sent at regular intervals throughout the day…..its fun and its comforting to know they are okay.

If things turn pear-shaped, a single press of an alert button and the Australian Rescue Center is notified of their distress and their location. Its one step on from the basic personal GPS tracker.

According to the manufacturers pages it operates anywhere in the world, and has the following attributes

  • Weight: 5.2 ounces (147.4 grams)
  • Dimensions: 3.7″ x 2.6″ x 1″ (approx. 9.4cm x 6.6cm x 2.5cm)

That’s definitely a take anywhere device – and quite affordable at the price on Amazon.

Check it out HERE

Gym Wars – Battle Of The Exercise Machines

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Had a very healthy set of reviews to do this month on exercise equipment. After many years of attending gyms in a smaller city, I found my motivation dropped once I had to tackle 20 minutes of city traffic just to get to my workout. By then my body was more tense than before I left the office, and took longer to warm up to get any real benefit from my one hour dedicated time.

So I became a home workout fan. Equiped now with a cabinet full of exercise VHS and DVD’s I can keep my programs varied depending upon the weather, my energy state and my mood. I don’t need to wear make up or trendy gear and can languish in my own shower afterwards – bliss!

My key workout equipment includes:

  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Hand weights – in three sizes
  • Large Barbell
  • Resistance Band
  • Inner Thigh Thingy
  • Hand Spring Grip
  • Yoga Mat

Not an exhaustive equipment collection but extremely adequate to give me a full body workout through flexibility, cardio and strength.

My elliptical cycle is a very compact, inexpensive model without all the programs but doesn’t need to be plugged into the wall, and is light enough to roll outside into the sun when I get the urge. It fits discretely into a main living room so I can watch television whilst working out [along with my chipping net and putting practice gear].

But it was time to upgrade my elliptical trainer so I set out to compare the options between elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, rowers and treadmills. My personal conclusions as to the best home exercices machine, in order or preference are:

  1. Elliptical Trainer – gives a full body workout, is easy on the back and knees.
  2. Rower – again a good body workout whilst protecting the body – but I wasn’t so keen with the sitting down
  3. Treadmill – rather boring and no upper body. Can still hammer the knees but does add more to helping with osteoporosis with that pounding!
  4. Stationary Bike – great for a 5 minute warm up for the lower body, but can be tough on the knees and if your feet slip during spinning – ouch! And recumbent bikes are great for those over 75 or rehabilitation purposes but you are kidding yourself if you think you are getting a good workout.

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