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Bored? 4 Things To Do When You Have Extra Time

Bored? 4 Things To Do When You Have Extra Time

We all fall into a funk sometimes. We all sometimes think to ourselves, “What am I doing with my life?” or, “I have no motivation to do this.”

When we think these things, it can discourage us or make us feel like we’re wasting our time. The truth of the matter is, however, that we are just plain bored. We have reached the end of our attention span and need to spice it up. There’s nothing wrong with us, we just need to go do something!

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You’ve already taken the first step to relieving your boredom by finding this article — congratulations! The next steps are vitally important, so read on for four things to do when you have extra time.

Exercise

I know everybody hates being told to “go exercise” or that they “need to exercise more.” Maybe, if you’re a teenager or child still living under your parent’s roof, you know the feeling of “Now that you’ve told me to do it, I don’t want to do it.”

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Well, I’m not your parent and I can’t force you to do anything, but it would be a good idea. You might even consider looking into different sports. Once you learn about all the different benefits of sports and physical conditioning, you may never want to stop.

Grocery Shop

Grocery shopping is a great thing to do to help relieve boredom. People can never have too many ingredients to make great food for themselves or their families throughout the week. Your family and friends would love to come home to dinner and treats made just for them! You could even deliver some treats to your neighbors just to share your spoils. Plus, there is nothing better than wandering through the grocery store and finding new exotic foods to try out.

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Buy A New Book

Whether or not we admit it, we all like to read. Whether it’s online or holding a physical book, our brains yearn for the knowledge and entertainment that books hold. Why not try going to your local book store or finding an ebook that you can start reading today? You could even go to the children’s section of the library and try to find old books that you remember from your childhood. By doing something like this, you keep your mind sharp and stay super entertained. Reading is a great pastime!

Try An Online Class

The internet is an amazing thing. There are so many classes available to take online. Why not try something different, like a foreign language class or something challenging like online engineering? It takes brain power and will do you good in your efforts to relieve your boredom and better your knowledge as a human being. Taking online classes is a great way to further your education and use your time wisely. It is always a good idea to do everything you can to keep your mind sharp and on top of things. Taking classes online is definitely something that is worth your time.

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But Seriously…

There is definitely nothing worse than being bored. As soon as you feel yourself starting to get bored, try to remember these simple suggestions! You never have to stay bored. Get out there and do something — anything! There are many ways to relieve boredom and these are only a few. You can find a new hobby to throw your time at, and maybe even develop a passion that you never knew you had.

I hope that I helped to alleviate even a little bit of that nagging feeling of boredom that we all have grown to hate!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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