2018 New Year resolutions and how tech, apps and gadgets will help you achieve each of them

It is the time to write the New Year’s resolutions, such as maintaining contact with old friends, having a healthier, more balanced life, studying, saving and so on. To help you finally achieve your goals this year, we have listed the 5 most popular ones in the world, collected from the Internet, google searches and surveys and we show you how to comply with the help of technology. Applications, robots and gadgets are at your service to help you achieve your goals for 2018.

1. Live life to the fullest

 

Living life to the fullest has been crowned as the most popular New Year resolution to begin 2018, according to a GOB survey. Experts relate this goal to an economic improvement, the crisis not being our main concern, to a greater awareness of the limited time we live and to the desire to organize all aspects of our life in the best possible way to enjoy every moment.

It is recommendable to start by introducing new plans each day, such as going to the theater to see an improvisation, taking dance classes or marking pictures of animals in nature. For those who need inspiration, the All Events in City app (free for iOS and Android) offers an endless number of activities to enroll in, sorted by proximity and thematic. In the same way, traveling is for many a way of living to the fullest, since it combines new food, new cultures and great experiences to remember. Technology in this case could serve with a list of applications for trips that you should not miss and that you can find here listed.

2. Spend more time with our friends and family

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We are increasingly aware that social relationships make us happier, more prosperous and more ambitious, so it is not surprising that it is a New Year’s purpose to maintain them and regain contact with special people we do not see often. We all know that sometimes it is difficult to meet, we have endless groups to chat, we decide what to do and finally we have a hard time finding each other in the crowded centre of the city, calling over and waiting for them.

Wave Let’s Meet App (free for iOS and Android) is an application that facilitates the meetings, enabling people to share their location in real time and simultaneously with whoever they want when they are going to meet. Thus, people can set a meeting point on the map, see how to get there and where are the others with incredible accuracy. Once there are no long waits on the street suddenly meeting with friends seems much simpler.

While it is easy to meet for a coffee there are multiple ways to have a great plan with friends, such as spending a day outdoor hiking, biking or simply enjoying the nature. One cool gadget worth to carry on is the DJI Mavic Drone. This drone flies over the group of friends and records astonishing videos at  4K 1080p quality.

3. Get fit and do sports

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Doing sports, living a healthy life, eating fruits and vegetables are part of our end-of-year purposes. We barely have time to go to the gym every day, prepare a healthy smoothie for breakfast and make an elaborate dinner. Therefore we like applications such as 30 Days Fitness Challenge (free for iOS and Android), which establishes a light monthly plan with exercises to do at home and without equipment of 30 minutes or less per day to strengthen our health and get those desired six packs.

For the adventure getaways we recommend to get a pair of wireless headphones, resistant to sweat and inclement weather and with enough battery for the entire day. One of the most popular brands of 2017 is Jaybird X3 wireless headphones, designed to cushion outside noise and calibrate the sound adapted to the movement by bike or running. They have bluetooth, equalized and a comfortable cable that connects both headphones behind the head.

4. Eat healthy

For all of us who are not experts in nutrition, counting calories it is already a tough New Year resolution. That’s why we love using applications such as Mealime (free for iOS, Android) that do it for us, at the same time they offer us tasty weekly menus that include the caloric intake and the necessary nutrients for each lifestyle.

If, in addition, a gadget can facilitate the task of cooking healthy soups and juices for us, great. Scott Soupmaker is a high-tech mixer that produces soups, creams, purées and pastes without the need for any knowledge on our part. The robot also comes with a function for the busiest: the one to clean itself. Lastly, for those who have any serious addiction such as smoking, it is a good time to curb the intake or cut it cold turkey with the help of Smoke Free app (free for Android).

5. Avoid procrastination and be organized

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Procrastination is one of the great scourges of modern society. It is the ability to delay the activities that we should do and leave them for another time. Being more productive and avoid procrastination has become one of our main concerns, as well figuring out how to be more organized. There are several methods in which technology can help, such as the Todoist app (free for iOS and Android), which is a complete organizer for task and lists by priorities, colors, people in charge and deadlines.

Not only apps do a great job to help us stay focused, there are great gadgets to help such as  Atentif Hour Glass. This app uses the pomodoro technique that suggests to work for 25 minute intervals (called pomodoros) to rest 5 minutes. The clock alerts the owner of every stage while the sand falls. Simple and effective.

Have you felt identified with this list? Tell us in the comments what your New Year’s purpose is and we will help you find the app or gadget that best helps you. Happy New Year!

5 most desired sport gadgets to use in 2018 – Amazon best sellers

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is doing sports and having a healthier lifestyle. Have you considered going hiking, skiing or biking next year? Well, you’re not the only one. Amazon has unveiled the list of the 100 best selling products of the moment per category and this year there is an amusing quantity of devices and products designed for adventurers.

There are hand and foot heaters, gadgets for doing all kinds of sports, foot counters, thermal goggles, portable purified water bags and much more. Those who have behaved well this year but are still unsure about what to ask Santa Claus for Christmas this year or want to make a great gift can get some ideas from the selection of products we have made among the most popular sales on the e-commerce website. Get inspired!

Water filter

When the hiking trails ends in exotic landscapes such as jungle areas, warm riversides, lush forests, deserts or wild mountains, having a portable water is a basic safety measure to ensure the water we drink has the right quality. This Life Straw water filter kills most types of bacteria and filters up to 1000 liters of water contaminated with chemicals such as iodine or chlorine.

The filterer works like a straw through which we can drink from a bottle or fountain. We already know that outside our regions it is not recommendable to drink tap water as we are not used to the local bacteria so this filter is perfect for the holidays.

 Hand warmer

 For skiing, snowboarding or simply strolling through snowy slopes, hand heaters are our our favorite accessory when temperatures below zero make the limbs to freeze. To warm the hands, the most popular product is the pocket Zippo hand warmer, which springs heat for twelve hours through the side holes or the small device, once is filled with lighter fluid. Keep one in each pocket.

Bike wheels with LED lights

Those who love biking know that being visible from the distance is a primary rule when we talk about safety on the road and it is extremely important when we go biking in the darkness of the winter. Among the most popular items for bikers such as clothes with reflectant materials, we have found Activ Lites, a great wheel with LED lights spread over the border that are visible from hundreds of metres.

The wheels come in different colors and can be seen from various angles. The best part is that they last for hours with an impeccable and clean light. The lights work with battery so they light even when the bicycle is parked. It is suitable for both children and adults.

Speaker for camping

Portable music is the soundtrack of the holidays and a good hiker is willing to have a quality, lightweight and durable speaker to brighten up the nights of camping.  makes The Apie speaker more suitable for adventure goers than other speakers is its robustness and stiffness, able to withstand falls, scratches by friction and extreme temperatures. It is also resistant to water and other non-corrosive liquids. We can easily hang it from the backpack and put our favorite playlist on the phone.

Helmet with LED light

When we realised that a helmet with a built-in light was a popular item we imagined ourselves going on an expedition in abandoned mines or natural caves. However, its use extends far beyond the cavities of the terrain and has become the essential accessory of the hikers. With it we can feel relaxed when we are walking down the mountain and the beginning of the night falls on the slope.

The LE Headlamp helmet is comfortable to carry, lightweight and its powerful LED light ensures hours of blatant light. As the creators point out, it is useful even for the most mundane activity, such as reading at night in the camping tent.

Would you dare to try these? 👉 5 extreme holiday adventures with friends

The holiday season is all about spending time with your loved ones and enjoying the time off. However, for some of you, summer is synonymous to adrenaline. If you are deciding between going climbing, diving or skydiving, follow this mini guide for the tips for the most extreme places in the world to do outdoor activities. You will find in the end some tips to keep you safe 😉

Diving between sharks, rays and morays

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There are some outstanding places for diving to experience the most dangerous animals in the world. Among the most wonderful, we recommend the Galapagos Islands, in Ecuador, an ode to the purest nature. You can dive between penguins, sharks, marine iguanas, huge turtles, rays and, of course, giant tortoises. To see the Tiger sharks, Tiger Island in the Bahamas is an unsurpassable destination for nature photographers and adventurers. More extreme still, is to dive in a cage in Gansbaai, South Africa. Sharks reach several meters and it is very dangerous to swim next to them. If you can handle the experience, it is something you will never forget.

Trekking a volcano

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Other intense activity is mountain trekking, but if it occurs in a volcano that also casts coloured fumes and toxic substances, then it becomes an unforgettable experience. You will need a special equipment, a guide, a gas mask and lots of energy, and it is advisable to conquer the summit before the sun goes down. Some of the most famous scenarios are Agua Volcano in Guatemala and Ijen volcano in Java, Indonesia. The latter is characterized by ejecting blue lava that can be seen when the sky is clear.

Climbing on a glacier

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In southern Argentina you can find some amazing places, but one of them is without a doubt the Pertio Glacier, a glacier full of cavities, paths and vertical hollows of hundreds of meters high. It is an unequaled adventure, not suitable for claustrophobic, since in many occasions you get to climb in very narrow cavities and with little illumination. It is an activity that requires patience, since it takes several hours and you need to wait for your mates. Until your friend does not go up you can not go up, so be prepared to wait hanging, while watching incredible views.

Whitewater rafting

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If you want to test yourself and fight the wind, the water and the gravity, whitewater rafting is an opportunity to prove your strength, strategy and coordination. Some of the more extreme areas are in the Copper Canyon in Mexico. It is a system of 6 guns of about 600 km of length, with several streams of diverse rivers. An experience only for veterans. Another unique spot are placed in Pokhara, Nepal, in Colorado, United States, and in White Nile, Uganda.

Skydiving in incredible places

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If you have already thrown yourself into a height between 14 thousand feet and 20 thousand feet, then you can afford the luxury of looking around and appreciating the landscape. Among the places that are known as the most beautiful in the world to do skydiving, you can find Queenstown, in New Zealand, Cairns in Australia or Livingstone in Zambia, where you will see in your fall the Victory falls.

Tips for your extreme trip

Security is very important when you go on an extreme trip so we recommend 3 tips to be safe while doing extreme outdoor sports:

1. Look at the weather forecast

Even if you go with an instructor that will tell you whether or not you can do the activity, a sudden rain or a little more wind can turn your already risky experience into a real danger. A nice app for this is AccuWeather, which also gives you information in specific places like rivers, canals, waterfalls or volcanoes. If you need something more specific, Windguru gives you a complete plan of wind forecast, tides, maximum and minimum temperatures and everything you need to know to do water sports.

2. Do not be all alone

Share your location in real time with your closest friends, with the instructor, the guide or who is doing the same activity as you, so you both know at all times how to find and help you. Wave Application is our free app where you can privately share your location with whoever needs it, from 15 minutes to 8 hours, our most used option in extreme sports.

If you really are in trouble, be sure to have downloaded iSurvive, an app that in just three taps will be sending an SMS with your location to your contacts, and it will be updating it every few seconds. It also connects you immediately with the emergency services. Another possibility is RapidSOS, developed by MIT. Once you tap the screen, It will call the closest emergency services, no matter where you are in the world.

3. Protect your skin

Sun, ice or toxic gases can be very harmful to your skin and you will have serious problems when you return. It is best that you always keep your skin moisturised and protected from the sun, as well as being immunised against mosquitoes and other insects. Just in case you forget, you can use QSun, an app that measures the temperature, the clothes you wear, your skin color and tells you how much sun protection you need.

You already have the whole pack, enjoy your trip and please send a pic to our Instagram 😉