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Start With 20 Seconds Per Day And Then Your Body Will Transform

Start With 20 Seconds Per Day And Then Your Body Will Transform

What's the deal with the plank exercise?

Many people all over the world have followed the 28 day, to 4 min plank challenge to see what body transformation occurs. When the plank exercise is done correctly, you strengthen your entire body through maintaining rigidity, just like a plank of wood.

Benefits of the plank

Plank is considered as “one of the most efficient bodyweight static exercises for strengthening the core”, according to Go Fit Stay Fit. Additional benefits include strengthening legs, back and hand muscles, and melting away unwanted body fat. Aside from improved strength, long-term benefits include better balance and endurance.

How to do the perfect plank

For maximum results follow the technique outlined in the below video.

Use this technique over 28 days for the desired results.

28 Days Challenge

Dаy 1      20 seconds
Dаy 2      20 seconds
Dаy 3      30 seconds
Dаy 4      30 seconds
Dаy 5      40 seconds
Dаy 6      Rest
Dаy 7      45 second
Dаy 8      45 seconds
Dаy 9      60 seconds
Dаy 10    60 seconds
Dаy 11    60 seconds
Dаy 12    90 seconds
Dаy 13    Rest
Dаy 14    90 seconds
Dаy 15    90 seconds
Dаy 16    120 seconds
Dаy 17    120 seconds
Dаy 18    150 seconds
Dаy 19     Rest
Dаy 20    150 seconds
Dаy 21    150 seconds
Dаy 22    180 seconds
Dаy 23    180 seconds
Dаy 24    210 seconds
Dаy 25    Rest
Dаy 26    210 seconds
Dаy 27    240 seconds
Dаy 28    As much аs you like or cаn

Featured photo credit: David Guison via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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