Purchases to Improve Your Life is going to be a monthly series compiling the most useful items and tech that I have discovered and use.
There’s tons of useless technology and items out there designed to specifically waste your time. You won’t find me recommending any video game consoles or movies.
The things I’ve hand-picked below are designed to improve the quality of your life in terms of productivity, business, health and fitness. If you want to become a winner, these are for you.
Please note: for 100% transparency I am not paid to endorse any of the programs below, I do however participate in Amazon’s Affiliate program.
Philips Hf3470 Wake-up Light
This Phillips wake-up light is hands down one of the best purchases I've made. Getting startled out of bed at 5am on a cold winters morning by the sound of the default iPhone alarm tone was never a pleasant start to the day for me - after trialling a number of different alarm tones and alarm clocks I decided to give these 'light alarm clocks' a go as they've gained a large amount of popularity as of late.
Waking up gradually as the natural looking light increases is a MUCH better way to start the day. The Phillips wake-up light also has audio options for chirping birds etc. however the light itself is enough to get me up and kicking ass in the early AM.
You can check out this Phillips Wake-up light here.
Firm Foam Roller
If you're a gym goer you should be foam rolling. Foam rolling drastically aids with recovery from my own personal experience. The purpose of foam rolling is to elongate the muscle you're rolling on after training. Foam rollers aid in reducing dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), increase your range of motion, help prevent injuries and get rid of those annoying muscular aches and knots you may have.
The firmness of a foam roller is based upon its colour, blue foam rollers are significantly softer than this black variation I am recommending, the big advantage of this firm black foam roller is it will not lose its shape like the blue rollers, and it also helps apply more pressure to the targeted muscle.
You can check out the foam roller I use and recommend here.
Hamilton Beach Digital Steamer
The health benefits and time saved using a steamer is a no brainer. I used to cook all my chicken and vegetables in a fry pan which was time consuming and required my attention.
2~ years ago I picked up this Hamilton steamer for $35 and haven't looked back since. Steaming food Is far better for your health then frying and is also way more efficient!
With an auto timer setting I can cook my chicken breast or kangaroo steaks on one level with my broccoli and assorted vegetables on another tier and then have them set to be automatically warmed upon completion.
You can check out the Hamilton Beach Steamer I use and recommend here.
SoundBot Bluetooth SB220 Noise Cancelling Headphones
I've gone through more sets of earphones for my MP3 player then I care to remember in the gym. I'm not one of those people that'll splash out hundreds of dollars unnecessarily for some of those Beats headphones, as the sound quality is average, the durability is questionable and the price tag is unjustifiable... in my eyes.
I found these SoundBot's on Amazon, at $25 a pair for some well built Bluetooth headphones (no pesky cables!) I'm more than impressed. The sound quality is decent for the price and the headphones don't leak sound.
You can check out these wireless gym headphones here.
If you've read any of my diet or supplementation posts on this blog, or my book 'BEASTMODE' I'm sure you would've come to the conclusion that I'm not particularly fond of supplements (simply because 90% of them offer no tangible results for their overpriced cost).
I spend the majority of my day indoors and before I began to supplement with Vitamin D3 I'm positive I was deficient in this nutrient.
Vitamin D can drastically enhance performance (if you are deficient in it and begin to supplement).
You can read up on my explanation of Vitamin D supplementation including its importance, how much to take etc. here.
Vitamin D and fish oil are my 2 staple supplements that I will not go without.
You can check out the Vitamin D3 supplement I use and recommend here.
And let's wrap this month's recommendations with some light reading...
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
A must read historic self-improvement book. In this book Robert Greene (best selling author, known for the '48 Laws of Power') lists and explains 33 strategies that can be implemented in your life for use in times of conflict - drawing on examples of use in the past. What I love about this book is that the strategies outlined can be implemented just about anywhere - the battlefield or the boardroom.
You can check out the 33 Strategies of War here.
That sums up my recommendations of Purchases to Improve Your Life for this month!
Have you used any of these products before?
What products have changed your life?
Let me know in the comments below!