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How to Finally Close That Suitcase Before a Flight

How to Finally Close That Suitcase Before a Flight

The absolute majority of flight passengers, especially those who don’t travel very often, experience one and the same problem: they tend to misjudge the amount of stuff they need and, what is more important, that can realistically fit into their luggage. As a result, many have to literally jump up and down on their suitcase to finally zip the thing. The problem is, of course, not with the size of the suitcase and not even with the airline regulations – the problem is with the way you think. So let’s try and find ways to change it.

1. Don’t Pack More Clothes than You Need

Clothes tend to constitute the most of travelers’ suitcases, and they should be the first candidates for removal. A good idea would be to keep track of everything you wear for a while (a week, for example) and judge how much you have to take by this. Don’t take things just in case or for occasions that are unlikely to happen. Be minimalistic.

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2. Try Singling out the Things You Absolutely Cannot Do without

A very good way to both eliminate your suitcase-jumping problem and decreasing your dependence on things is to try and gradually eliminate everything except what you absolutely must have on your person. You may, for example, try and limit what you take along with you to only what fits into a single carry-on bag – it is a wonderfully disciplining experience and an effective way to show yourself how little you need to lead a comfortable life.

3. Don’t Stock up on Beauty Products

Most major chain hotels offer complimentary cosmetic products as a part of the deal – so why not take them up on their offer? Even if your skin and hair care routine has been perfected to the level of a science, you may loosen up a bit for the duration of a trip without letting yourself go too much – and you will be amazed how much space all these shampoos, creams, and conditioners can free when removed.

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4. Don’t Pack Anything You Can Buy Where You Are Going

Sometimes you can buy things at home cheaper than they are going to be at your destination, so there cannot be any clear-cut rule along the lines of “take” or “don’t take.” You should consider some factors before making a decision on every item of this kind: luggage weight fees (will you save anything by taking it instead of buying on location?), how likely you are to actually need it, can you do without it altogether and so on.

5. Don’t Pack Valuables and Jewelry

They probably won’t take a lot of space when packed, but they can cause you so much trouble that an overstuffed suitcase can become the least of your problems. Tourists are always the prime targets for thieves and confidence tricksters all over the world, and luggage itself is often lost in transit.

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6. Find out the Weather at Your Destination

Both what it normally is at this time of year and what is said by more current forecasts. This will help you single out the clothing and other things you are unlikely to need and the ones that are almost certain to come in handy.

7. Try to Keep a Packing List from Trip to Trip

The list of things you are likely to need in its essentials doesn’t change all that much from trip to trip. Once you’ve travelled there, compile a list of everything you took, make notes of things you needed but didn’t have and things you never once took out of the bag. Save this list somewhere you will remember about it later on, in your smartphone’s notes, for example, and use its updated version the next time you go for a trip.

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People usually take much more than they need on the most trivial trips and end up wasting time, money and energy lugging suitcases around, paying customs and flight weight fees instead of enjoying their time. Learning how to travel light isn’t only financially beneficial – it teaches you how to do without excess and provides you greater freedom – so why not start learning how to do it now?

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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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