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Strolling, It Turns Out, Is Good for You

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For many of us—especially before the start of the pandemic—walking was a means to an end, a straightforward way to get to a planned destination. Since COVID hit though, more people are walking around their neighborhoods or on trails simply for the benefit of their physical or mental health.

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But even if you do go on strolls without goals, you’re probably checking your phone, or thinking about what’s for dinner, or listening to a podcast, or doing any number of other things to distract yourself from the actual walk.

Instead, try flaneuring—the art of leisurely wandering. Taking a stroll (especially in an unfamiliar place) with a “goal” to simply notice your surroundings can have a calming effect and possibly increase your sense of happiness and well-being.

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Aimless wandering is also used as a mindfulness practice. It’s a technique taught in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs, which encourage “choiceless awareness,” or openness to what is unfolding in front of you. Instead of focusing on a specific movement or activity, aimless wandering encourages you to notice what’s around you, move toward those things, and observe and appreciate them.

While the overall experience is unstructured, there are a few ways to maximize your wandering. Here’s what to know before you go.

  • Leave your phone at home (or put it out of reach in a bag) to avoid inevitable distractions.
  • Find a safe place so you can relax while you walk. It’s probably best to avoid aimless wandering across busy intersections. Likewise, consider whether you need to be hyperaware of your surroundings, and tell someone where you’re going.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. It’s tough to embrace aimless wandering when you’re cold or if your feet hurt.
  • Make it a game. Erika Owen, author of The Art of Flaneuring, suggests adding a tiny bit of structure to your wandering can be a good idea. For example, plan to turn around when you see a certain color car.
  • Get off autopilot. In choiceless awareness, you move toward anything that catches your eye rather than of toward a destination. You may also try matching the pace of your breath to your footsteps or taking very slow steps to notice each part of your foot touching the ground.

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As winter approaches, you can also incorporate flaneuring into your friluftsliv (open-air living) practices.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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