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We Are All the Same: Popular Stars Who Were Bullied at School

We Are All the Same: Popular Stars Who Were Bullied at School

Many of us tend to think that celebrities are superhumans. Sure thing! Fortunate enough to be born under a lucky star, they don’t know what the bitterness of life is. In fact, it is far from true. Stars are also people, so nothing human is strange to them. There are many complicated life stories hidden behind a snow-white smile. Some celebrities faced a problem of bullying at school just like you or your kids — and just like many people all over the world. Do you want to hear their stories? If so, get ready to discover some new facts about your favorite stars you had no idea about.

1. Christian Bale

Christian Bale

    Christian Bale got interested in theater at a fairly young age. When he was nine, he was featured in a commercial for the first time. His classmates didn’t like his hobby. They bullied him and beat him up. However, the talented teen didn’t give up. And what happened later? Bingo! He showed up on a TV screen as Batman! This is probably one of the most desired male roles. Today, Bale is a world-famous actor who has received numerous awards including an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

    2. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba

      Believe it or not, but a stunning beauty Jessica Alba suffered from bullying at high school. She was victimized for her Texas accent and buck teeth. Also, she was quite an awkward teenager. As a result, her peers taunted her. Alba managed to overcome her clumsiness and become a model. Now she is a successful actress and entrepreneur. And this grown-up girl with buck teeth was ranked number six on “The Most Beautiful Women in the World.”

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      3. Winona Ryder

      Winona Ryder

        Secondary school was the absolute hell for Winona Ryder. She was beaten up by a group of bullies. They shouted some anti-gay words at her and called her a boy. She had a short haircut in those years because of her obsession with the movie “Bugsy Malone.” As the actress recalls, she dropped out of school after one of the beatings. One day, her old bully asked her for an autograph at a cafe. She swore loudly at him. The strength of mind helped Ryder recover from bullying and build a successful career in film industry.

        4. Taylor Swift

        Taylor Swift

          No pain; no gain. Taylor Swift is the living proof of the old wisdom. The singer admitted that high school bullies inspired her to start writing songs. And you know what? These days, people all around the world admire her talent. Swift is a top 10 most followed people on Instagram.

          5. Steven Spielberg

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          Steven Spielberg

            At school, Steven Spielberg was victimized for being a nerd. He stayed away from noisy parties and devoted himself to studies. His peers bullied him for this.

            Life has shown that Spielberg did everything right. His runaway success in movie-making owes a lot to his diligence at school. He is known as a distinguished film producer, movie director, and business person of our age. The sheer fact that Spielberg was ranked second on The Great Living Directors speaks for itself.

            6. Madonna

            Madonna

              You could hardly find a person who hasn’t heard of Madonna. She is a very recognizable person on the modern music stage. But in hindsight, she wasn’t always that well-liked. The Queen of pop music had a tough life at school. She said that boys called her “a hairy monster” and bullied her because of that. So what did she do? She ceased to shave her armpits. This is so typical of Madonna, isn’t it? She is well-known for her rebellious nature. And she has been ranked 43 on The Best Singers of All Time the years after.

              7. Lady Gaga

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              Lady Gaga

                Without a doubt, Lady Gaga has got her style. She began to wear extravagant clothes since school. No wonder her classmates called her a freak and made fun of her. It made her life unbearable. However, the singer managed to pull herself together. She stopped paying attention to all the gossip behind her back. These days, Lady Gaga has dedicated fans all over the globe. She calls them “little monsters” and encourages them to be who they are no matter what. Fortune favors the bold. 

                8. Kate Winslet

                Kate Winslet

                  Some teens get bullied at school because of their weight. Kate Winslet was one of them. She has never been a slender child. Her classmates teased her and called “blubber.” Such offensive nicknames made her feel horrible. But she didn’t give up on her dream to become an actress. Over the years, the ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan. Currently, we know Winslet as one of the most beautiful women in the world. She also won an Oscar for one of her roles.

                  9. Daniel Radcliffe

                  DANIEL RADCLIFFE

                    During his adolescence, the Harry Potter star wasn’t a popular teen. His class fellows considered him “uncool” and poked fun at him. On one occasion, 14-year-old Radcliffe even put up a fight with his 19-year-old bully. In fairness, it must be said that such battles look spectacular only in the movies. It was a negative experience for both guys since they punched each other for real. Now Radcliffe is the one having the last laugh. At his young age, he is a famous actor and a role model for many teenagers across the globe.

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                    If you are being bullied now, keep in mind that school is just a phase of your life. It won’t last forever. Everything will get better. The next time you feel oppressed, recall those celebrities from the list who experienced bullying as well. If they managed to get through it and pick themselves up, you can do it, too. Your time to shine will come! Make no doubt about it!

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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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