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5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

We all love life. In fact, for most readers out there, one of the great joys in life is to be found in the way we’re constantly coming up with ways to win at it better. Life hacks we like to call them. They’re so good that there is even a highly popular website dedicated solely to them…

With that said, i’m sure that many of you Life Hack devotees will be keen to learn more about how you can continue to hack life even when it’s over. The end of it all doesn’t have to be a time full of sorrow and grief. It can and should also be a celebration of who we were and a chance for us to put a big smile back on the faces of the people who loved us most. One last great life-hack. A post-life hack, whatever. The point is, you’ll still be winning.

These five alternative ways to go out in style should certainly get you rethinking about whether you might ultimately also fancy an ending a little bit different to the more traditional methods.

1. Italy: Sepoltura Albero

Sepoltura Albero means tree burial in Italian. One particular project that came to widespread media attention recently is called Capsula Mundi. This was developed by the Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli. According to the idea behind their concept, the client simply chooses their favourite tree, and the body is then encapsulated in a big egg placed beneath the seed or sapling.

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A traditional burial often requires a coffin. Coffins are made out of wood and the forests that are chopped down to make them are pretty useful for our planet. This facts means that eco-friendly burials have already become popular and this project simply takes that to the next level. And it is only a project at this stage. In fact it is an art exhibition at the moment, but the people behind it believe it really could be a legitimate post-life hack of the future.

The irony in this particular example is that this post-life hack would actually be illegal under Italian law.

2. Sweden: Grow Your Own Garden, Literally

A Swedish company called Promessa has come up with a system to provide another eco-friendly burial service, but this is much more than a just a concept. The people behind this project are deadly serious about its potential as a post-life hack.

Their machine cools the body to -18°C, and then uses liquid Nitrogen to turn this into a deep-freeze of around -196°C. A little bit of gentle vibration later and you’re all set. The resulting powder is buried underground and in 6 months time your loved ones will be left with fertile soil for growing some beautiful flowers or great big trees.

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3. The Ocean: One Last Dip

Burial at sea is already one of the most commonly popular methods for those people who are choosing alternative final arrangements. With the scattering ashes at sea log having been a favourite for those people who have lived their lives along the coast.

It is normally just the ashes which are scattered at sea, but it is also possible for a full sea burial to performed. You just need to have all the correct paperwork in place for this to be realised.

This exit has become so popular in recent years that there are companies offering complete cruises based around the final ceremonial act.

4. Switzerland: Diamonds Are Forever

A Swiss company is now offering a service that turns your beloved’s ashes into sparkling diamonds. These very unique diamonds are created by extracting the carbon from the ashes and then compressing the carbon at a temperature of 2,500 °C (4,500 °F). Basically recreating a similar environment to that in which natural diamonds are brought into existence by nature.

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It is not actually all that uncommon for people to wear ashes encased within jewellery items. This innovative and unique service just upgrades that method, with the associated costs that you would expect.

 5. Space: The Ultimate Post-Life Hack

Any big Star Trek fans will already be familiar with this method as it was the one chosen by Gene Roddenberry after he had faced the final frontier.

The ashes are sealed into a special kind of spaceship before being launched beyond the atmosphere. The orbit of this spacecraft are carefully studied so that the cremated remains do not contribute to any space debris. The actual destinations on offer are pretty awesome, with your available choices being either Earth’s orbit, the moon’s orbit, or all the way outside of our solar system.

In Earth orbit missions, the spaceship which carries you re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere and the ashes are burned up completely on return.

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Anybody hoping to sign-off with this ultimate post-life hack should know that it does not come cheaply. Just 2 grams blasted into deep space will cost you around $20,000.

Featured photo credit: JuergenPM via pixabay.com

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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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