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7 Effective Ways to Stengthen Your Leg Muscles

7 Effective Ways to Stengthen Your Leg Muscles

If you suffer from weakness in your legs, you know your limitations all too well. From sunrise to sundown, you feel you can only do so much so fast, and for so long. Even worse, perhaps your chronic leg weakness is leaving you feeling sidelined from activity altogether.

Now, here comes some much-needed good news. You may be just a few short and simple steps away from leading a fuller life with two stronger legs to stand on.

To solve a problem, it often helps to locate the cause behind it. Many of the routine culprits that sit at the top the list for wobbly weak legs are all too obvious — too much physical inactivity and too little exercise, the wear and tear of aging, a hard-partying habit, smoking to any degree, low-quality sleep and dehydration.

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If this sounds like you, it’s within your power to do something about it by following these steps:

Consult a Physician

It’s important to know if you are suffering from another type of underlying health problem of some sort. If going to the doctor isn’t on your to-do list, it is now. Leg weakness could be a sign you are pregnant, fighting an infection, or dealing with another health condition.

In some cases, certain medications could be the cause. Whatever the case may be, you need to locate the reason for feeling the way you do. The devil you know is always better than the one you don’t, so root out that little devil, whatever it may be.

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Walk or Get a Massage

Once you get a green light from your doc, you need to get moving, and that relates to people of all ages. Specifically, if you are suffering from arthritis, you can start off on the road to stronger legs simply by walking more. This is a low-impact and low-budget activity just about everyone can do. Massage also can’t hurt. Well, if you’re stiff it may hurt a little, but the relaxing results are well worth it.

Work It Out

In time, should you feel ready to rev up your engine and ramp it up, there are many more steps you can take to a fitter, stronger you. Each of these activities are an option for people at all fitness levels:

  • Yoga has been around for centuries for a reason. It works. Plus, you need not be an expert of any sort. Just go to a studio where the teacher is patient, welcoming and watchful. Have him or her guide you through basic moves at the start. Don’t come out of the gate at top speed. In yoga, fast means nothing. On the contrary, you need to practice good form. If you rush at the outset, you are missing the point entirely.
  • Leg–strengthening exercises of various types to work different parts of your legs such as ,leg lunges, hamstring contraction exercises or pelvic lifts, and calf raises
  • Bodyweight squats  but as with yoga, watch your form and not your speed
  • Plus, resistance band exercises can also work wonders

Pace Yourself

As with any exercise program, you need to know your limitations, otherwise a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. If you start an exercise program at full throttle after a long period of doing zilch for exercise, you are filling your own prescription for pain. So use your head. If you have never exercised before, or haven’t in a while, get to a doctor first and ask for some advice about pacing and limits.

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Drink Up

As mentioned before, dehydration can be a common culprit for weakness and pain in many parts of your  body, not just your legs. If you increase your water or juice intake, you may well see a big difference in your energy levels way before you expected it.

In addition to water and juice, you can also fix yourself a glass of carrot juice or fix up one of these natural remedies:

  • Boil one cup of water, remove it from the heat, and add one teaspoon of fresh horsetail. Allow the tea mixture to steep for five minutes. Then, strain it and drink the liquid.
  • Another power-packed concoction that takes just a few minutes to make. Mix two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses into a  glass of warm water. Don’t worry about its    sweetness, either. It is much lower on the glycemic index than many other types of sugar.

Get Your Nutrients

If you suffer from leg weakness, you may also be vitamin deficient. And while you can get your vitamins from a jar, try going right to source: eat food that has contains them. Pack in some potassium, which you can get from bananas, plums, raisins, potatoes with skin and tomatoes. Magnesium can also help aid your muscles. You can get it from brown rice, spinach, lima beans and almonds to start.

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Also, make sure you are getting enough calcium, which works with protein to provide your body with the energy it needs to thrive. It can be found in  milk, cheese and various types of beans for starters. Finally, Vitamin B1 is also a must or muscle pain and weakness may wind up on the menu. You can find it in lentils, peas, and  long-grain rice.

Catch Some Rays

Studies show catching a few minutes of sunshine each day can provide you with much needed Vitamin D, which is instrumental in helping your body absorb magnesium and calcium from your diet.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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