20 December 2018

A Lazy Guy's Guide To Staying Fit And Motivated

Aah, fitness. Is there anything more difficult than staying motivated, especially when you just don’t like the gym? Whilst you can feel better after you actually motivate yourself to go, it can be a slog to get there, and there are so many things that you’d rather be doing (like sitting watching Netflix and, you know, getting fat). However, this isn’t the goal here, so we’ve put together a guide to help you to stay fit and motivated, without the boring stuff that usually comes with it.

Do a charity challenge
One way to be pretty sure that you’re going to stick to your fitness regime is to take on a charity challenge. What better way to motivate yourself than to know that you have a goal in mind (and a set time to get some training in) and that you’ll be raising a lot of money for charity, too? Not only this, but you’ll get to see the world whilst you’re doing it. From a bike ride across Kerala to a trek across the Great Wall of China, what are you waiting for? Get yourself motivated, get fit, and embark on an epic challenge whilst raising money for charity. It will help you to shed the pounds, we promise.

Find a sport that you love
Ok, running on a treadmill isn’t the most exciting thing out there, we’ll give you that. But getting fit is not limited to doing the same boring stuff over and over again at the gym, whilst the only thing that motivates you is the thought of a trip to the vending machine when this hell is all over. There are many sports out there, from boxing and other martial arts, to rugby and football, that can help you to become fit whilst you have a great time, and you’ll make loads of new mates too. When it’s just too cold outside to consider the gym, you’ll be thankful that you’ve found a sport that you really look forward to, come rain or shine.

Run a marathon
Whilst this also doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing ever, running a marathon is certainly a lifetime achievement. This is another way to raise a lot of money for charity, motivate yourself to get fit and feel like you’ve really done something important. If you sign up and start training, you kind of have to do it, you know? Especially if everybody finds out that you’ve put yourself forward. It’s a great way to get healthy, as it could be quite embarrassing if you find yourself stopping for breath after the first 5 minutes. We’re not saying that you should bribe yourself, but, ok, we kind of are…

So, there are many ways that you can stay fit and motivated, especially if you’re a guy who would prefer to sit on the sofa eating Dominos and watching reruns of The Office. Try out a charity challenge, find a sport that you enjoy doing, and push yourself to run a marathon. Good luck with getting fit, and putting the cookies down. We’re watching you…


19 December 2018

10 Last Minute Gaming/Tech Gifts Under £100

Christmas this year has come out of nowhere, we feel like we have only just finished celebrating the new year!  Well maybe not that bad but this year has gone ridiculously fast. 

Maybe not everyone is as organised as us, we clearly had everything sorted for Christmas last month……….. If you are one of them then check out our gift guide below and get the last-minute gifts for loved ones, friends… in fact anyone in your life.

In no particular order let’s get going, starting at number one is an item that should be on every gaming gift guide!

#1 NES/SNES Mini

I know what you are thinking, that are 2 different items but we don’t care. They are both amazing gifts and deserve a spot on the list. Full of classics that run smoothly (unlike more recent mini consoles). It is fun for all the family to relive them retro moments! Check out the crazy selection of mini consoles here

#2 Shadow Subscriptions

You cannot go wrong with a subscription like this for a gamer, give them the gift of EPIC gaming from pretty much any device! The Shadow service allows you to remotely access a high-end machine for a monthly fee. You can check out our review on Shadow here and make sure you visit the Shadow site for their latest offer!

#3 ADX Firepower M03 Mouse

This mouse is fairly low end, however, it delivers! It has great sensitivity and the functions needed for a great gaming experience. It obviously doesn’t have as much functionality as the high-end gaming mice from the larger brands, but if you are on a budget then this is definitely worth a shot.

#4 Gaming Bucket List Poster

Need some interactive wall art then check this out, it’s a list of 100 must play games. Agreed the list of games might not be for everyone but is a great present for anyone. Just get your hands on the game and scratch it off when completed. It makes a great to do list!

#5 Nintendo SNES Retro Print

Does the person you are buying to have wall space or a newly decorated games room or office? Then these are a great addition. They have the cover art for various games all with the Japanese release cover. They look stunning!

#6 ZBOX Subscription

There are so many subscription boxes out there and we don’t see this one anywhere as near as much as the others. When in fact it’s a great box for the price and who doesn’t love a monthly treat or geeky goodies! Check it out here

#7 Xbox Game Pass

If you can’t find the one game to buy some point why not buy them a library! The game pass gives you access to some great games online via your Xbox. The best thing about this is that there isn’t just budget title in there either. There is some great titles to choose from and something for everyone! Head over to the GAME to get your hands one on!

#8 Retro Gaming Sweatshirt

The gift of a retro gaming sweatshirt is a guaranteed winner retro microwave chicken dinner. Available in various designs these are available on many sites across the internet hence not linking any site particularly. Just search for the game you want and you are bound to come across something epic! Get searching now - Just make sure you buy the right size and don't buy too big... some people take offense!

#9 PlayStation Playing Cards

Christmas isn't just about gaming, it's about spending a bit of time with your family as well. So put down the controller, stop the steam, and have an epic game of SNAP with these PS1 Cards from Zavvi

#10 Dashboard Camera

With the number of drivers on the road these days that cannot drive, it's a great idea to get a dashcam. Yes, they just capture your drive, but the blame for someone else's error could be pinned on you if you didn't have one of these. They provide you with more protection than you think, especially if you are on the road a lot! Check it out here This is the Nextbase 312GW and I have been using it for around 2 weeks now and I'm loving it.

It provides you with a full 1080p high definition recording and a 140 wide angle6 element glass lens, It also features a magnetic Click & Go mount for easy installation, so you're not messing around taking it off after the journey.

The picture quality is amazing and I might be sharing a few videos from my travels at work on my youtube channel and possibly a full review once I've been using it in all its modes

To be honest, I do not think I've used it to its full potential yet and I have only just connected it up to my Android smartphone, If you're looking for a dashcam then I would strongly suggest checking out what NextBase have to offer.

And that’s the full round-up! Some really epic gifts that the gamer/techy in your life would appreciate all at less than £100! Do you have any other recommendations? If so drop a comment on this post with the URL and share it with the community.

This will be our last blog post of 2018, expect big things next year from the team at ABEV. 

Merry Xmas and have an epic New Year!


17 December 2018

Driving Your Dream Forward: Giving Your Car Restoration Business Plenty Of Mileage

Classic cars and vintage vehicles are continuing to grow in popularity with both collectors and those who want a characterful way to drive, once you have the passion for them, there’s no turning back. Therefore, the restoration of classic cars can be a lucrative business and provide you with a steady flow of income. If you have the passion and knowledge to bring an old vehicle back to life; starting a specialist garage could be a great business option, and get you out of an office job you hate. The following are some things to consider if you’re venturing into the vehicle restoration market and want to expand your portfolio of projects.

Know Your Crowd

However enthusiastic you might be about giving a car a new lease of life; not every car connoisseur will have your background and taste in vehicles. Therefore it’s vital that you get to know the market and who will be investing their money into your business. Visit classic car shows and gauge the age group and background of those who prefer to take their pride and joy to a garage, rather than fix it up themselves at home. Once you know who you’re aiming your business towards; you can begin to target the relevant magazines, websites, and car events.

Check out companies like One Sure Insurance before you’ve even set-up; you’ll want to cover all basis regarding your trader's insurance so that neither you or your future customers face any costly issues. Ensure that your target audience is aware that you’re there and let them know what service you can provide them with. It might take a little time to establish a strong presence in the market, but once you do, you’ll have a steady flow of customers through your workshop doors.  

Design is In The Detail

After you’ve tempted the trade into your restoration space; you’ll need to have the knowledge and the emphasis on details to impress them and ensure they’ll return. Whether it’s the era of the wooden gear stick or the chrome plated finish of the automotive components; car lovers know exactly how things should look and function, so you need to as well.

Offer more than just the mechanic side of things; knowing the history and specialising in a particular period of classic cars will help to ensure that you’re the go-to company when it comes to their restoration. Hire in and outsource reputable experts to ensure that paintwork, upholstery, and radios are fitted and functioning successfully; your consumer base will begin to share your expertise, and you’ll increase the cars being driven towards your business.

A Perfect Location

Try to set up your garage, warehouse, or workshop in an area that most will be able to find and access. Although you’re dealing with cars; they might be at a stage where they’re not road-worthy and have to be delivered by tow truck or lorry. Ensure that you have ample space to carry out your work and storage space that will allow you to work on multiple projects at once. If you make an effort to gather together your customers, impress them with your skills and knowledge, and have the right environment for your business to expand; you’ll be en route to a winning restoration company.


9 December 2018

What Is Xbox Game Pass

Well, it's no hidden secret that all things over at Ablokeseyeview HQ are more Tech and Gaming related these days - our social media channels are just packed with gaming related news, pictures and clips of us playing, and also highlights from our stream on Twitch
(if you're not following on twitch and you want to drop us a follow then head over (HERE) and drop us a follow)

After Christmas, we will be putting together a Stream Schedule which we hope will push us on and stream four to five times a week playing a selection of different games.

We play and stream on all of the platforms which are quite expensive but we like to change it up and also play with different friends or fellow streamers, so having it all really helps. 

Like I said above, the cost of all this is quite high, and with me also having a 13-year-old son who I never see because he's Fortnite mad right now - like millions of other kids around the world - the cost is even higher.

The one good thing about us both having an Xbox though is that we can game share which keeps some of the costs down but we both do still have to pay separately for the Xbox Live Monthly Subscription, which is a pain in the backside but it does get used quite a lot so I think we certainly get our money's worth.  

Games are quite expensive too on the console and with all the new games coming out monthly and then with Christmas only around the corner we have found an amazing way of keeping the costs down and playing a lot of the top games. 

What is this I hear you ask?

Well, let me introduce you to The Xbox Game Pass library.

What is Xbox Game Pass library?
Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service available to customers to purchase multiple games at a set cost each month. Game Pass library includes over 100 great Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible titles including Forza Motorsport 7, Disneyland Adventures, Sea of Thieves, and Halo. It can be described as Netflix for video games. A Game Pass allows you access to the library to download and play all games. This continues until your subscription is canceled/expires, or a game leaves the Game Pass catalog.
How does Game Pass work?
  • Redeem Game Pass at www.microsoft.com/redeem.
  • Browse the Xbox Game Pass catalog or visit your Xbox dashboard.
  • Install your choice of games.
  • Play as much as you want, whenever you want.
  • Buy as a gift for a gamer or the whole family.
Why Buy Game Pass?
  • Play new Xbox exclusives the day they launch.
  • Access 100+ Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on your Xbox One.
  • Play Xbox Play Anywhere games on your Windows PC and Xbox One.
  • Pay only €9.99 a month and play as much as you want.
  • It's a perfect gift with unlimited games for the whole family.

How to redeem my Game Passcode?

  • Sign in or create your profile.
  • Enter the 25-character prepaid code, and then select Redeem.

But please don't get this mixed up with Xbox Gold Live because that allows you to play the games online with your friends, Xbox Game Pass allows you to access the games on the Libary

Now here comes the Fun Part!

How would you like to with a 12 Months Subscription to the Xbox Game Pass?

Well, the amazing guys over at Smyths Toys Store have got your back.

I wish you the best of look and the winner will be Randomly drawn on Christmas Eve.

Giveaway Ended


6 December 2018

The Guy's Essential Guide To Staying Healthy This Winter

If the colder months are an excuse to miss workouts and curl up on the couch with a tin of quality street, then you have come to the right place. After all, staying fit and healthy is difficult at the best of times, but around the Christmas period, it can seem all but impossible. Luckily, I have some top tips for us guys that want to stay healthy even over the festive period. Read on to find out what they are.

Swap to home exercise

There is no shame in admitting that it can be one hell of a struggle to drag ourselves from a warm and toasty bed each morning, and out to the gym. That is why it can work best in the colder months to change your exercise routine to something that is more home-based. Then you don't need to brave the cold, and that limited motivation you have will still be enough to keep you moving your body regularly.

Luckily, there are plenty of home exercise options to choose from. One is bodyweight exercise which uses your own body as resistance to ensure its effectiveness. The best thing about this method is that you won't need to buy any new equipment and you can do them anywhere from your front room to a hotel room, making it much easier to stay fit.

Alternatively, you may wish to invest in a workout DVD like the ones discussed at https://www.coachmag.co.uk/gear, and no I'm not talking about the kind that TV presenters do in pink Lycra. Instead, pick something like the titles from the famous Beach Body series like P90X which are notoriously difficult and challenging, and should keep you in tip-top shape over the winter period.

Boost your immune system

Another essential part of staying healthy in the wintertime is to keep your immune system working at optimum. This is because illnesses such as flu and colds are much more common in the winter period, and these can wreak havoc not just with how you feel but stop you from enjoying your workouts and socialising as well.

That's why it's a fantastic idea to take supplements that will boost your immune system and give you that extra lift you need to fight off any infections. Multivitamins can work well for this, a topic that is discussed in more detail at https://www.dailymail.co.uk. You can even get adult gummies versions now, so there's really no excuse for not taking them each morning.

Another alternative is to take echinacea which is a natural antibiotic and, and is known to boost the immune system. Do remember to read the label before taking them though, because such supplements are meant to be consumed for a short time with breaks if they are to remain effective and keep you as healthy as possible during the winter.

Minimise the Xmas gain

Another major health issue that us guys are particularly vulnerable to over the winter period is that nasty old Christmas weight gain. After all, it would truly take a man of steel to refuse that extra helping of turkey and stuffing or those whiskey chocolates that were so kindly gifted by Auntie Mabel!

Luckily, there are some methods you can use to minimise weight gain over Christmas and take off any extra pounds that you do end up putting on.

One method, in particular, that is effective is to limit yourself to eating whatever you like on just the three days of Xmas. Then you can go back to your routine afterward. Of course, if you don't quite have the willpower to do this, or have parties to attend, before and after that date, you can choose to do a weight loss program afterward instead.

In fact, a plan like the ones at https://www.nutritionalcleanse.co.uk  that runs on meal replacement shakes and even chocolate snacks for when cravings hit can be a fantastic way of boosting your weight loss after a Christmas blowout. Something that can help you get back to looking like and feeling as healthy as possible in no time.

Get enough sunlight

Lastly, remember that as the post at https://www.netdoctor.co.uk suggests, we humans need vitamin D from sunlight to thrive. In fact, it can have a significant impact on our mood. Unfortunately, with the clocks going forward and the nights pulling in, we can end up getting to work in the dark, and then leaving in the dark too. Something that means we don't get enough sunlight to produce the vitamin D we need.

Vitamin D in winter can help you stay healthy.

That is why it can be a good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, supplement your diet with vitamin D, or even use a lightbox in the wintertime. This is because doing so will likely help to keep your mood positive, and that can also help you with your exercising, your immune system, and weight control too, ensuring that you say as healthy as possible even when it's cold outside. Brrrrrrrrr!


4 December 2018

3 Changes You Will Notice When Developing Yourself

Self-help and personal development is nothing new. It’s been practised for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It some ways, it is the story of human history. The desire to be better and learn better ways to cope with the challenging world around us is something we often feel in our bones, but sometimes that can be corrupted. Our lives can be quite easy to live through these days. We wake up in a comfortable, secure apartment. We drive to our jobs in an air-conditioned vehicle. We sit in an office working for a prearranged set of hours. We come back and make use of our time how we want. While that hardly describes the default lifestyle of most people, and of course life is much more nuanced than that, sometimes the convenience put upon us can make us forget the primal need to explore, to build and to better ourselves.

It could be that taking up a new hobby like working out or martial arts, or simply taking the time to develop your goals is the calling you have for 2019. If so, it’s important and inspirational to consider the personality changes that will occur within you:


You’ll often start to see the possibility in your life when you begin to work on yourself. This is because you’ll be getting more competent at life for sure, but also because you’ll have looked to the future and planned for a positive result. This means that effect will bleed into other aspects of your life. You might notice yourself organizing your schedule more appropriately, eating functional foods to stay at your healthiest, squeezing in gym sessions when you can, and even taking the risk to talk to that person at the bar you find charming. The possibility is what life is made of, and often we can close ourselves off to it. We ask you - what if you didn’t close yourself off?

Challenges, Not Obstacles

When you begin to develop yourself, you see issues that arise as challenges, not obstacles. You realize that everything has an Achilles heel and that you can manage to find it if you’re diligent enough. It might be that you begin to know your worth to learn that you’re being treated badly by a social contact, or even at your job. Before you might have shied away from a resolution. Now you could focus on the issue directly and discuss the problem with the relevant person in question. Ensuring challenges are met and obstacles are put in their considerably smaller space only keeps this momentum going.

Social Connection

When you develop yourself, you notice that your social life blossoms. You are no longer someone who looks down on life, but who grabs it by the horns. This is magnetic. No one wants pessimistic and down people in their life. They want people who they can feel connected to, who they feel hopeful with. In turn, you will attract those types of people, and the positivity spiral can only go upwards from there.

With these inspirational tips, it might be that developing yourself becomes more attractive than ever.


Finding New Ways To Push Your Fitness Ambitions

two gray dumbbells

Most people like the idea of living a healthy lifestyle, improving their diets and making sure that they get enough exercise each day. The work which has to be done in this area can often be hard, though, creating a set of challenges which most people struggle to overcome, eventually leading to giving up on their goals. This is a shame, as you have loads of different options when it comes to boosting your motivation, and this post is going to be showing you exactly how to do it. Exploring some great motivation boosters, it should make your life much easier when it comes to going to the gym.

Tracking & Comparison: While they cost a little bit of money, modern fitness bands are great tools when you’re trying to improve the way that you live. Tracking various aspects of your active lifestyle, they will give you a good idea of how well you’re performing on a daily basis. Once you’ve collected enough data, you can start to compare it with other people’s results. For example, if you want to run as far as you possibly can each day, you could join scoreboards with others who have similar goals.

Gentle Persuasion: It’s not always easy to rely on yourself to do the right thing, and a lot of people find that they are able to do far better with their exercise when they have someone pushing them. Enlisting the help of a personal trainer may sound like an expensive measure to take, but these professionals are often very affordable, designing their services to work for normal people. This is a great way to know where you might be going wrong.

Find A Buddy: Like having a personal trainer, having someone to go to the gym with you will make it harder for you to skip your workouts. You will have another person relying on you, making the whole thing into much more than just your own motivation, along with giving you another person to compare results with. This is an excellent way to make sure that you don’t skip too many days of your exercise.

Talk About Your Goals: It’s easy to set yourself a lot of different goals only to break them when you’re keeping them to yourself. You won’t have any external pressure to achieve them, and this means that it will be hard to keep yourself on the right track. If you make it known to the people you care about that you’ll be pursuing a fitter lifestyle, they will be able to push you in the right direction. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about what you like, instead of finding ways to make this part of your life different.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on your own motivation. There are loads of ways to improve this side of your fitness, especially when you’re willing to put some time into it. Of course, though, it isn’t always as simple as making yourself go each day.

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