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8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

8 Simple Eye Exercises To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

We exercise our arms, legs, abs, and even our behinds, but have you ever thought of exercising your eyes? Any eye doctor will tell you that it is good to keep your eyes healthy, and doing some simple exercises is a great way to improve the health of your eyes. Some exercises will improve vision, others will help people with tired or strained eyes, and still others will correct a lazy eye or blurred vision. Here are some very simple eye exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home:

1. You Can Keep Your Eyes Healthy By Closing Them

    There’s a bit more to this one, but even if you just made sure you slept an appropriate amount of time each night, your eye health would imporove! However, for this exercise you will also need to use your fingers.

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    1. Close your eyes
    2. Place a couple of fingers over each eyelid
    3. Press lightly for 2 seconds then release (Make sue you don’t press too hard!)
    4. Repeat 5 to 10 times
    5. Allow your eyes to re-adjust to the light once repetitions are finished

    2. Rolling Your Eyes Will Improve Eye Health

      Rolling your eyes is something you do when annoyed, but if done properly, it can help to improve your vision.

      1. Roll your eyes slowly to the left in a circle
      2. Repeat 5 to 10 times
      3. Roll your eyes slowly to the right in a circle
      4. Repeat 5 to 10 times

      3. Look to the Side

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        We look to the right and left all the time, but you may be turning your head more than using your eyes to do this, and your eyes still need this exercise to function better.

        1. Sit or stand still for this exercise
        2. Look as far right as you can (but don’t put too much strain on your eyes)
        3. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        4. Look to the far left
        5. Hold your gaze for 5 to 10 seconds
        6. Look back to the center for a second or 2
        7. Repeat this exercise 10 times

        4. Go Cross-Eyed

          Trying to look cross-eyed can be a bit painful, and is something that is usually done to make people laugh. But when you did it as a prank, you were actually improving your vision!

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          1. Pick an slender object like a pen to focus on
          2. Hold the object at arm’s length, in front of your face
          3. Bring the object towards your nose, slowly while keeping both eyes on it
          4. After it reaches your nose, slowly move it back to arm’s length
          5. Repeat 5 to 10 times

          5. The Surprised Look Will Keep Your Eyes Healthy

            You know that wide-eyed look people have when they are shocked or surprised about something? It turns out that this look is actualy good for eye health.

            1. Squint your eyes as if trying to se something far away
            2. Keep your eyes squinted for 5 seconds
            3. Open your eyes as wide as you can
            4. Keep your eyes open for 5 seconds
            5. Repeat 10 times

            6. Use Your Hands to Heat Your Eyes

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              If you’ve ever been annoyed by constantly seeing those “floaters” that come up when your eyes are strained or tired, you will want to try this exercise:

              1. Rub the bottom part of your palms together to heat up the skin
              2. Press (lightly) your palms over your closed eyes
              3. Hold for 5 seconds
              4. Repeat 5 times

              7. Refocusing Will Relieve Eye Strain

                So many people work on computers now, and it’s no secret that computer screens can really strain the eyes. If you find your eyes getting tired, or the images on your screen going a bit blurry, it is a good time to do this exercise.

                1. Look away from your screen
                2. Pick an object 10 feet away from you and an object 25 to 30 feet away from you (make sure both are somewhat in line with each other)
                3. Facing the objects you’ve chosen, put your thumb in front of your face, at arm’s length and focus on that
                4. Put your thumb down and look at the object that is 10 feet away from you
                5. Now switch to the object that is 25 to 30 feet away
                6. Work backwards from there and look at the object 10 feet away
                7. Put your thumb back in front of your face and focus on it at arm’s length
                8. Repeat this process 5 to 10 times

                8. Close Your Eyes – For Real

                  If your job requires you to stare at a screen for 8 hours, or you haven’t been getting enough sleep, or your eyes are just overworked, sometimes the best “exercise” to improve your eye health is closing them for a few minutes. Even if you are not able to go to sleep, just the act of resting your eyes will help relieve any strain on your eyes.

                  1. Turn off your monitor and turn your chair away from any bright lights
                  2. Lean back in your chair, or put a small pillow under your head for support
                  3. Close your eyes
                  4. Leave eyes closed for 5 to 10 minutes
                  5. Repeat twice per day

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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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