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3 Ideas How to Turn Your Trash into Treasure

3 Ideas How to Turn Your Trash into Treasure

There is a lot of pollution in the modern world. Whether it is air, water, or some other kind of contamination, people just don’t seem to care about the environment. Moreover, a lot of people still do not recycle, which only leads to creating more trash. This trash does not only look bad, but it also destroys natural habitats and further pollutes vast areas of the planet. However, if you want to be a good citizen of this planet and contribute to its health, you could start off by reusing and recycling.

Whatever “trash” you might think you have, like plastic bottles or wood crates, instead of throwing them away, you could make something out of them. Every old thing can find a new use. Therefore, use your imagination and get to work. Not only could you make your home look great, but you could also sell those creations and earn a little bit of cash on the side. Speaking of, here are a few ideas on how you could turn your trash into treasure.

1. Make furniture out of pallets

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    If you, by any chance, have some old pallets lying around, or you know where to find them cheap, you could turn them into something useful. For example, if you have a balcony or a front porch, you could make a few furniture pieces. Something like a sofa, chairs or even a coffee table. Even better, you could put this furniture inside your home. And, if you like this idea, here is how to pull it off.

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    In case you are not very handy, you can make the easier type of pallet sofa. But for this, you will need several pallets. First up, sanding the wood is a must. This will make it smoother and better. Moreover, you won’t cut or scratch yourself and it will protect any cloth from being damaged. Once you are finished with sanding, you can paint the wood in any colour, or just put a coat of protective lacquer.

    Then, depending on how many pieces you want (two-seaters or a corner sofa) and the height, connect two pieces of pallets one on top of the other. You can connect them with screws for more safety, but this is not necessary. On top of the pallet, you should put some cushions, for a more comfortable seating experience.

    Additionally, you can design it with or without the back – it is all up to you. And, if you want a coffee table, just make a stack of two pallets, for example. Sand and paint the wood, and that is it. For easier movement, you can put small wheels on the bottom.

    There are many other options as well, but what you want to make depends on your time and skills. Other than sofas, you can make tables, shelves, bars or even swings.

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    2. Use bottle caps in various ways

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      Everyone knows bottles could be re-purposed once emptied. Whether plastic or glass, each can find its new role. For instance, you can make chandeliers out of glass bottles or vases. There are many ideas that could be realized. However, if you use the bottle, the bottle cap will be left behind. Now, these tiny objects seem useless, but this is pretty far from the truth.

      From jewelry and accessories, to home décor – bottle caps just cry DIY. No matter the type, the caps can be made into bottle cap art with little to no effort. All you need is an idea and a bit of time on your hands. For instance, the first thing you can try to make is some kind of wall art.

      Using differently coloured caps, you can make shapes, and you can put your new works of art up on your wall. If, however, you want to freshen up your kitchen, you could make fridge magnets by gluing the magnet on the bottom of the cap. Or, you can make coasters for both glasses and pans. You would do this by connecting the caps with a wire.

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      If you get stuck in the design process, you can paint the caps or collect a specific drink cap, which would definitely make your DIY project unique.

      3. Make flower pots out of old tires

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        If you are a keen gardener and you want your yard to look marvelous, add some flare to it by reusing old car tires. Instead of buying ceramic or plastic flower pots, use your tires, which will last longer. They can withstand any kind of weather; therefore, they are perfect for the garden.

        First of all, plan the outline of your garden, like where do you want your flowers to be and in how big a space. Then, get yourself some tires, perhaps in various sizes. If you do not want them to remain black, you can buy spray paint and paint them in different colours. This would make your garden look more lively and fun, and the colours would go great with the flowers.

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        Once you are all equipped with the essentials, position the tires where you want them. For example, you can stack them on top of each other, or you can put them next to one another. Lastly, fill them with dirt, plant the flowers, and that is it. All you have to do now is keep your flowers healthy and alive.

        This DIY task is really easy and quick. Usually, old tires can be found in a landfill, or you can even try your nearest mechanic. When it comes to spray painting, that is simple too. Clearly, this task can be done by anyone, in just a few hours.

        Obviously there are lots and lots of items that could be recycled, and even more items to be made out of them. Anything from bottles, old clothes, or pallets could be made useful again. The only things you need, for any of the DIY project above, are will and imagination. Everything else will come easy.

        Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/og2t/ 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.

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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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