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8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

8 Things Will Happen When You Start Wearing Glasses Instead Of Contact Lens

Wearing glasses has not always been a popular fashion decision. Remember the old adage, “Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.” Fortunately, times have changed and eyeglasses are more useful, popular and fashionable than ever before.

I personally abandoned my contact lenses after suffering a corneal abrasion that never healed properly, which makes contact lens wear difficult. At first, I struggled with the change, but as time marched on, I grew to discover many advantages and subtle life changes from wearing eyeglasses.

So what exactly will happen to you if you start wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses?

1. You’ll become more approachable.

Perhaps the most interesting change I noticed immediately when I abandoned contact lenses was that when wearing glasses, I became more approachable. Strangers talked to me on elevators instead of staring at their smartphones. People approached me at the local coffee shop and grocery store. Moreover, I became a source of advice and guidance to strangers and also colleagues.

Do my glasses have superpowers? Probably not. I sat in my armchair and contemplated the psychology of this phenomenon. I decided that ultimately, people form first impressions quickly and with the simple addition of eyeglasses, I was different in a profound way.

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The truth is, many studies show that those who wear glasses are perceived as more intelligent and successful. This finding is significant and partly answers why glasses make you more approachable. Eyeglasses also humanize you. Your glasses say, “hey, nobody’s perfect,” which helps people open up to you.

2. You’ll experience improved eye health.

When you see your ophthalmologist, is he or she wearing contact lenses or glasses? Typically, I notice that they wear glasses. There’s a reason for this fact. They know the risks of contact lens use.

Contact lenses cover the cornea of the eyes, which decreases the oxygen supply. When the oxygen supply is not sufficient from overwear of contact lenses or other factors, such as sleeping in contact lenses, hypoxia can occur which leads to red eyes, discomfort, temporary blurred vision and inflammation. This also increases your chances of getting an eye infection, which can be serious. Sometimes it can lead to vision loss. Moreover, dry eyes frequently occur for those who wear contact lenses.

Fortunately, wearing glasses frees you from dry eye discomfort that can occur from the frequent use of contact lenses. The risk of hypoxia-related complications is decreased, which lifts a heavy burden off your shoulders.

3. You’ll enjoy more freedom.

One of the immediate advantages of wearing glasses instead of contact lenses is you regain your freedom. With contact lenses, comes planning, scheduling and baggage. Lugging around eye drops, lens cases and solutions is a burden. Ensuring you remove your contacts on a schedule and using rewetting drops throughout the day is also inconvenient. What’s fantastic about eyeglasses is they only require a little cleaning rag and a sturdy case.

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Imagine you are an outdoor person who likes overnight camping or you are planning to hike a Colorado 14er. Carrying solutions and other contact lens paraphernalia weighs you down. Eyeglasses will give you the freedom you need in these situations. Or, perhaps you spend a lot of time traveling on business. Having the freedom to take a nap on a long flight without first removing your contact lenses in a tiny, turbulent bathroom is an amazing benefit you will certainly enjoy.

4. You’ll emphasize your signature look.

A signature look is not just for artists, designers and those who are famous. Anyone can establish a signature look, and wearing glasses is an excellent way to determine it. When I think of a signature style defined by wearing glasses, John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Jackie Kennedy and Tina Fey come to mind. Even fictional characters, such as Clark Kent, Claire Underwood and Noah Bennet have an unforgettable look, which is defined by their eyeglasses.

Is your style preppy, hipster, classic, bohemian, high-fashion or rocker? Do you have your own unique look? When you start wearing glasses, you can play up and define your unique style. For example, bold spectacles will completely transform you from “meh” to “geek-chic.” Or, a beautiful pair of designer frames will accentuate your high-fashion look.

5. You’ll see better at the end of a long work day.

I spend a lot of time on my laptop each day. Before switching to eyeglasses, by the end of a long work day my contact lenses would dry out and I felt as if I was looking through foggy windows. My eyes would be red, tired and sometimes they would twitch. Now, when wearing glasses, these problems are virtually eliminated.

Like me, a large number of people spend hours each day using computers and mobile devices, which can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged use of these devices contributes to dry, watery and tired eyes, and even blurred vision. These problems are exacerbated by contact lenses.

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When wearing glasses, your eyes will feel more fresh and invigorated, especially if you choose modern eyeglasses with anti-reflective coatings. These coatings provide improved comfort when using computers or other devices for long periods of time by reducing glare. They decrease glare by minimizing the light that reflects off the surfaces of your eyeglasses. As an added bonus, they improve night driving by increasing your field of vision and reaction times.

6. You’ll save some cash.

Contact lenses are expensive. With Hydrogel contact lenses, you typically pay $250 – $350 in the United States for a yearly supply, depending on your lens prescription. Solutions and drops can add up to nearly $350 yearly. Considering most contact lens wearers also purchase a pair of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, these costs really add up.

The cost of eyeglasses varies depending on the frames, lens category and add-ons. Nonetheless, an important fact to consider is that you can purchase many eyeglasses online that start at $95. The cost of eyeglasses increases with progressives, complicated prescriptions and add-ons such as photochromic lenses that darken when you go outside. However, the costs are typically less than with contact lenses. Even with all of these add-ons considered, most people who ditch the contact lenses and start wearing glasses save money over time.

7. You’ll emphasize your best features.

With carefully-chosen eyeglasses, you will emphasize your best features, while deemphasizing the features that you don’t like as much. Shape, detailing, color and fit can make your look.

For example, perhaps your eyes appear droopier than you wish or your forehead and upper-face are narrow. In this case, wearing glasses with cat eye frames will give your eyes a natural lift. Or maybe you have beautiful blue eyes and you want to highlight this feature. In this example, choosing eyeglass frames with a color that contrasts from your blue eyes, such as copper or red, will accentuate your amazing eyes.

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8. You’ll be more memorable.

Looking like everyone else is boring. One of the overlooked benefits of wearing glasses is you will stand out in a crowd. The uniqueness of your style will make you more memorable, which is a great asset in our competitive world.

Imagine you are interviewing for a job against ten other candidates. What can you do to stand out? Wearing glasses will give you a unique, memorable style, which will get you noticed.

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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.

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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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