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7 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults You Should Buy Right Now

7 Amazing Coloring Books For Adults You Should Buy Right Now

Get those pens, markers, and colored pencils ready! And if you don’t have any, go right out and get some. The adult coloring book craze is here, and you will definitely want in on it. Remember how you felt when coloring as a child? It was calming; it allowed you to experiment with colors and color combinations. As an adult, you can now do the same.

When you are stressed over an intense project. When you are in the midst of a boring project and need a break. When you need to calm yourself to get ready for bed. When you just need a quiet diversion, your coloring book is there. It’s great therapy, it’s fun, and it gets your creative juices going.

There are several adult coloring books that have hit Amazon’s top 20 list. One publisher, in fact, has sold over 3 million since the beginning of 2015. Here are 7 of the most creative coloring books for adults, so sharpen those colored pencils!

1. ColoringNotebook

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    ColoringNotebook is the “new kid on the block” in the world of adult coloring books. It is a new startup now taking pre-orders for hand-sewn, made-to-order notebooks with incredible coloring pages inside. The hardback cover is made from Japanese paper and covered in soft leather and you can choose blank, doted or lined paper for jotting notes.

    The coloring pages have been designed by graphic artists from all over the world and include animals, mandala, abstracts and patterns, as shown above. This happy combo of a coloring book and notebook will bring you hours of fun and mental relaxation!

    Pre-order price: $19.95

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    Regular price: $25.95

    2. Yellow Bird Indie Rock Coloring Book

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      If you haven’t visited the Yellow Bird website you should. The site is dedicated to supporting indie rock musicians – individuals and bands – primarily by T-shirt sales advertising the musicians and designed by great illustrators. Now, Yellow Bird has created both a coloring book and a coloring poster book, featuring some of the great designs from its illustrators. The poster book is unique, in that each poster is removable for framing (or not).  If you are into indie rock and/or music in general, you will love these designs and have great fun adding your personal touch by selecting your own palette of colors for each design.

      The story of Yellow Bird is inspiring in itself. Two college grads decided to set up a site to promote indie rock musicians and to support an array of charities at the same time. As the illustrators design the T-shirts, and now the coloring and poster books, the sales support both the site owners and the musicians. As well, each sale results in a donation to a charity of the musician’s choice.

      Indie Rock Coloring Book: 32 pages – $10.00

      Indie Rock Poster Coloring Book: 30 removable posters – $25.00

      3. Outside the Lines Coloring Book

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        Here are 256 pages of illustrations by true contemporary masters of cartooning, graphics, music, photography, street artistry, and animation. Assembled by author Souris Hony-Porretta, a blogger about arts and culture, Outside the Lines coloring book holds 256 pages of just phenomenal pictures, patterns, designs, cartoon characters, and more that will inspire your creative juices as you select just the right colors.

        What a great book to keep at the office, just for those times when you need a break from a really intense or boring project, or when everything is just “getting to you.” Or what a great way to “wind down” in the evening before going to bed. There is a lot to be said for art therapy for kids. Now you have your own art therapy without the cost of a therapist.

        Amazon Price $12.40

        4. The Sneaker Coloring Book

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          Have you ever shopped for tennis shoes and just not found what you wanted? Have you ever just wished you could design your own tennis shoe? Well, here’s the next best thing! The Sneaker Coloring Book has100 pages of every style and type of tennis shoe from every major manufacturer since 1916 – all ready for you to color, customize and design.

          And who knows? If you come up with something really cool, you could even submit it to a manufacturer for consideration. Each shoe is on its own page, with a side view, for full design. Let the unrequited designer and artist in you shine with this 216-page book.

          Retailer price: $19.95

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          5. The Art of Nature Coloring Book

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            Contemporary interior design is now re-inventing the look of nature, both in color schemes and in wall décor. Perhaps inspired by a growing concern for our environment people value scenes from nature, in both traditional form (scenery and still life floral designs), photography, and in newer more contemporary depictions of both land and water animal life. This has perhaps inspired Adams Media to create The Art of Nature coloring book of 60 illustrations for the adult artist in you.

            Each can be hued according to their color suggestions or according to your own creative flair. Several of them together would make a great wall grouping – they are simple, natural, and certainly versatile, just like nature. One of the best examples of the illustrations can be found on the book cover itself (shown above). Wonderful detail!

            Retailer price: $11.45

            6. Big Fashion Book

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              Minjee Kang is a South Korean fashion designer who has published several books of inspiring fashion designs. If you have always been passionate about fashion and like the idea of creating your own color palettes for clothing, accessories, make-up, and so forth, Big Fashion Book is a must for you! Pages and pages for coloring, and who knows? You might just be inspired to create some of your own design. You know the fashionista in you is dying to get your hands on this great adult coloring book!

              Retailer price: $16.00.

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              7. Thrill Murray

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                Who doesn’t love Bill Murray? What an actor/comedian legend! Some of the greatest comedies of all times (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Lost in Translation, Life Aquatic). Thrill Murray is a stunning coloring book for yourself and as gifts for all of your Bill Murray fan friends. Over 20 illustrators collaborated to create these 20 illustrations of Murray straight from the movies for which he is most known.

                If you don’t feel too creative, that’s okay too. As you can see by a sample page from the book – one half is colored by the illustrators, the other half in black and white for you to color. You can either copy the colored image or get creative and turn Bill Murray into what you want him to be!

                Retailer price: £5 (aprox. $7.68)

                Amazon price: $12.89

                Featured photo credit: Marianna Spiritakis via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                Video Summary

                Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                One Exercise, multiple benefits

                There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                  1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                  Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                  • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                  • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                  • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                  • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                  2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                    Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                    Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                    3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                      Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                      4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                        Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                        A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                        A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                        On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                        5. You’ll improve overall balance

                          Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                          6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                            Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                            7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                              Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                              How to hold a plank position

                              1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                              2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                              3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                              4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                              5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                              6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                              7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                              Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                              Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                How to improve your plank time gradually

                                1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                • Prolapse
                                • After prolapse surgery
                                • Pelvic pain conditions
                                • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                • Previous childbirth
                                • Overweight

                                Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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