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8 Signs You Should Shower In The Morning Instead Of At Night

8 Signs You Should Shower In The Morning Instead Of At Night

A shower isn’t just a shower anymore… People often use them for a variety of reasons from relaxation and perking up, to just getting the sweat and grime off after a long day at work. But when your shower actually does matter as a health choice – and while people are pretty evenly divided between “night showering” and “morning showering”, there is pretty good evidence mounting that taking a shower at the beginning of the day is actually better for you! Let’s take a look at eight separate signs that suggest you should be ‘rub-a-dub-dubbing‘ in the morning.

1. Cold Hands and Feet

Coldness (or numbness) in the hands or feet can be a sign of poor circulation. But it’s not just your hands and feet that suffer: sluggish circulation of the blood can cause a whole variety of issues, from heart problems to slow wound healing after an accident. A morning shower, especially a cold one, can actually help with this problem because it causes the blood to rush to the surface of the skin, helping improve overall blood flow.

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2. Anxiety and Worry

The signs you should be looking for aren’t just physical, there are emotional symptoms too, that can be addressed by showering in the morning. Anxiety and worry about work, relationships or money can really take its toll on your health in the long run. Fortunately, there are small lifestyle changes you can make, like taking a shower in the morning, that can help alleviate these feelings naturally. This is because the increased flow of blood to the brain helps with the overall function of the neurons, and also seems to have a protective effect against stress.

3. Fatigue

If you just can’t seem to get a move on in the morning, no matter how much you have slept the previous night, this is an another sign that a morning shower is right for you. Studies have shown that having cold showers early in the day help boost the central nervous system and to stimulate the adrenal glands, both of which mean higher energy levels and more pep in your step as you start your day.

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4. Frequent Infections

If you seem to catch every cold, cough and sniffle that’s going around even when you are washing your hands constantly and living off vitamin C, you should also consider taking a shower in the morning. Studies have shown that this can actually help your body produce more white blood cells, which are vital to your immune system, and help to fight off bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause illness or disease.

5. Acne and Oily Skin or Scalp

If you suffer from acne and have oily skin or scalp, this problem is often a little worse in the morning, to begin with. However, cool showers in the morning help balance and regulate the natural oils in the skin, and help to reduce excess oiliness, and problems like acne, that can make it worse. It is a ridiculously easy beauty tip!

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6. Nasal and Chest Congestion

Allergies or a viral infection like a cold or the flu can leave you with a miserable, with a stuffy feeling in the morning, as the mucous tends to build up at night and leads to pain and discomfort the next day. However, the steam from a warm shower taken early in the morning can help with this problem naturally. Steam is great for loosening up accumulated mucous, which otherwise causes discomfort in breathing naturally.

7. Low Fertility

If you are a man trying to father a child and need tips to make it easier to conceive, you should also consider a cold shower in the morning. Research has found that cold showers can help not just to spike up testosterone levels but also to increase the production of sperm, giving you a better chance at being able to start a family.

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8. Toxic Build-Up

People are exposed to a variety of toxins through the food they eat, the water they drink, medications, and just in the air that they breathe each day of their lives. However, there are everyday ways to help reduce the possibility of these unwanted substances building up in your system, cold shower in the morning is a good remedy. Cold showers not only help stimulate the blood but also stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluids that help to cleanse the body of toxins and keep it healthy.

So make the effort to get up fifteen minutes early and jump into that shower! It is a great way to get your day started and apart from making you just feel better also has an array of health benefits to offer you.

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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.

Video Summary

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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