This is a collection of random things that I use to varying degrees & frequencies, for a variety of applications.
This is truly a jumbled assortment of miscellanea I've dug up in the world of the esoteric.
Things listed are simply items I've personally tried & found benefit from, or simply improved utility above the commonplace versions.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions or better alternatives. I'll add them to the testing list, and update this list if they succeed.
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Our feet aren't designed to be squished into shoes all day. They should be wide, flexible & strong - like a 2nd set of hands - gripping the floor.
Many common injuries began with weak feet, (physios may be jobless if it weren't for shoes & chairs). These separators help spread your feet out, creating better grip, improved stability & strength.
A strong squat, fast sprint & high vert-jump ALL begin with strong feet.
~$6 from Amazon
The muscles controlling our breath are incredibly important; many books have been written on just this. Training your lungs to breathe easily, with more power & volume, can have pronounced effects on fitness (cardio & strength), cognition, sleep, speech volume, confidence, hormones and heart health, just to name a few areas.
This one does the same job as the $200+ versions.
~$40 from Amazon
Aside from looking like something from the bedside drawer, this thing is fantastic for releasing muscles (much like those things in the bedside).
They're an Aussie invention, designed to be versatile, so you can configure the best combo to trigger whichever muscle you need.
They're basically the swiss-knife of mobility tools.
Full set is about $300
Essentially, these just increase the circumference of the bar you're holding, thusly forcing you to recruit more muscle just to save from dropping the weight. They're useful for increasing grip strength & promoting forearm growth. Often grip strength can be a limiting factor for upper body strength, so these can really help progress your training.
~$40-45 - various sizes available. Blue is the one I use.
Great for developing back growth & strength for rows or pulldowns. If you've used either of the ones I own, then you'll know how well they instantly improve your strength and promote more efficient/effective muscle recruitment.
~$120AUD each. Shipping & currency rates can sting.
Harbinger seem to be the most durable brand I've tried, and these particular straps I've found to be the most comfortable of their range. There's a little bit of wet-suit material (neoprene) on the inner-cuff, which means no bruising or torn skin once you get up above the 100kg+ per hand milestone.
$30 from Amazon
Ever tried putting pre-workout into a water bottle? Then you've probably spilled powder all down the side of the bottle. These little funnels are a quick fix. Plus you can store 1 dose inside, instead of lugging the entire tub around. A small funnel from Woolies would do a similar job, minus the storage compartment.
$5 or free
Glass drink bottle
Plastics have damaging effects on your hormones, DNA, mitochondria, brain, vascular system, digestive system and tons more. Few countries have banned BP-A plastic, but there's more letters to the alphabet, BP-C or -S is just as popular & just as bad.
Using a glass bottle is an easy way to avoid drinking plastic. Here's the one I throw about without too much worry.
$40 on Amazon
Glass food containers
It's easy to think how much plastic is leaching into your food as it sits in a container - triple that if it's been put through the microwave. A quick google will tell you the damaging effects that plastic has on your hormones, dna, mitochondria, brain, vascular & digestive system and tons more.
These containers gave me a bit of peace of mind when storing food.
$75 for 10 pack
CGM - Librelink
If you're tracking blood glucose levels, this is undoubtedly the easiest way to gather continuous data without pricking your finger every 5mins. Freestyle CGM shows data on their app in real time, meaning you can eat a meal and watch your blood-glucose rise & fall in response, all on an easy to read line chart. Useful for anyone with diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, or if trying to stay in ketosis. If these things where cheap I'd use them for the rest of my life.
$93 - (50% off for first time buyers)
Weekly pill organiser
Solves the issue of opening up every single container every morning & night; saving time & cognitive resources.
Of all the varieties I've tried, this one holds the most pills per section, whilst still having the snap lock; which stops a weeks worth of pills spilling out on the floor.
$14 off eBay
I use these almost daily to highlight key-pages in books I'm reading, as they're small enough to look neat, and the entire pad is compact enough to serve as a bookmark.
I use my own 'SINCH' colour coding method for flagging key-pages to re-read later.
$1-5 from Officeworks
Easiest way to apply a Blue-light filter to your TV, laptop, phone and houselights? Wear eye-glasses that block blue light directly at the eye.
These are very useful if you don't have LED lights fitted as your house lights or if you can't help watching TV late at night.
The more fashionable options are a pricey $120-300, so I've also listed the $4 pair I personally used (also FAR less fashionable).
Ecosa - mattress & pillow
I made the switch to memory-foam and wished I'd done it years prior. It ameliorated my back, hip & neck stiffness. I also noticed they keep my body at a stable temp far better than other mattress' (I overheat easily).
I mainly picked this brand because they're Aussie made & owned, unlike deceptive brands out there (koala, sleeping duck, etc).
Plus they have a free 100 night trial.
Q size: $850 - Pillow: $120
They frequently have 20% off
LIFX - smart-lights
I've not touched a light-switch since 2017. It's akin to flipping the dial on the TV or listening to the dial-up modem whir & buzz. Once you've got these in, you just set the routines and never think about lights ever again. Much like you probably no longer stress if someone wants to use the phone while you're on the computer. They have some cool ambient lighting strips too.
LIFX is Aussie made, but the Kogan (chinese) version is much cheaper.
I was quite sceptical about this one, but after doing the research it made sense enough that I bought a cheap mat and gave it a try. Admittedly it felt like laying on a bed of scattered Lego the first time, however it was oddly soothing after a few attempts. Here's the cheap equivalent that I use.
Jouyou Kanji (常用漢字) chart poster
Really helpful for learning the Jouyou Kanji - the ~2200 most common letters of the kanji alphabet - especially if you chunk them into a few characters per day and try to create visual mnemonics to aid the memory encoding/retrieval process.
$40 - There's probably a free (massive) pdf online
Wyze - Home security
Cheapest wifi sec-cams around, plus their app's easy to use. I've used them since late 2017 with zero issues to date. It's worth the peace of mind knowing that your phone will alert you if the cameras detect anything suspicious at home.
They have 3 versions, regular set-position, a 'cam-pan' that moves like a spotlight & an outdoor version.
Single cam $100
Rotating cam $85
Xiaomi Mi - Air Purifier 4 Pro
Air-pollution is linked to cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer's. If you're optimising the human body, it's wise to optimise the gas surrounding it; esp whilst asleep. Furniture and paints release toxins into the air, paired with fungi & mould already present. Clean air's essential.
Mine auto-runs from 7pm-4am daily.
$320 (smaller models are cheaper)
Humans sleep best in places that are: cold, dark, silent, humid, and are perceived as safe. This device provides the humidity, to improve sleep quality .This one can be set to routines or automations, based on other factors (eg. turn humidifier on when I tell google "goodnight" and the outdoor temperature is >20°C, and time = 7pm-12pm).
Note: I had to dismantle this to pop out 2x LEDs that don't switch off.
$39 from Kogan
Google Home Mini
I have these littered through the home. They're useful for basic commands (turn on the TV/Lights/A-C), queries (what time does Woolies close?), and listening to synced music throughout the house, among others. I've used these 2x daily, at minimum, for the last 5 years. Unfortunately, after acquiring 'Nest', they now shamefully use a proprietary power plug, and nixed the micro-USB (as if Apple taught them nothing).
Similar to the Mini, but the larger speaker gives it a fuller sound, and much deeper bass. Plus the extra microphone's means it detects voices farther away. I only have one of these, as the cost didn't seem justified after buying the mini.
Unfortunately, after the Nest acquisition they replaced it for an ugly pillow speaker with better speakers.
Redragon - M913 Wireless Mouse
This one seriously upped my desktop efficiency. The 12 thumb-buttons allow custom mapping, enabling you to assign common shortcuts to a click of the thumb. I use crtl-v/c/z/y, alt page, alt browser tab, back page, page forward, play/pause, bolden and delete.
Plus the LEDs are customisable and softly pulse while you work.
I would've paid >$250.
Pegasi II - Light therapy glasses
Based on the discovery of specific neurons in the eye, sensitive only to blue & yellow bands of light, and only when light is from above. These neurons likely detect sunrise & sun light, only. Thus, the glasses can reset & shift your body-clock on demand, by providing those wavelengths from above the eye.
I'm in testing phase of these, and will update with a verdict soon-ish.
$300 on Amazon
This small ring can track a few biometrics while you sleep or work.
Tracks: HR, HRV, breathing rate, body temp, movement, sleep stages, and sleep patterns.
Pairing it with Snorelab allows me to see a lot of useful data. The ring's pretty much unnoticeable after a week, and lasts for 9 days per charge.
$400-550 depending on colour
Of all the smart-home stuff I use, this one still makes me feel like I'm in The Jetson's. Kogan offer 20+ versions of varying price, but this seemed higher value to cost ratio.
It runs for 2-3hrs daily, while I'm at work, then returns to it's charging base. It does a decent job too. Worth it if you loathe vacuuming.
$230 from Kogan
Evidence is growing around the benefits of infrared light on the human body. Literature shows a host of skin improvements like acne and anti-wrinkle, as well as improved fertility, conception, fat loss, energy levels, hormones, DNA repair, and more. Useful articles here, and here. Dosing guide here.
$1100 from Red Man Light
Connecting to ground alters the bodies biology by changing the charge of electricity running through cells. Ground is negative, but a build up of positive charge can cause dysfunction throughout the body. Sleeping connected to the earths negative charge and frequency has been shown as beneficial for myriad benefits.
$250-316 depending on size.
Here's the cheaper version