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6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

Most ladies have the following in their purses: a cellphone, credit cards, IDs, some cash (or none at all), lipstick, and maybe a mirror. True, these things are all necessities that get used on a daily basis and are good to have in your purse in case of any emergency. But what if this happens:

You dropped your car key while you were out grocery shopping and you didn’t realize it until you got to your car. You went back to the grocery to check with customer service if anyone else has seen your keys and unfortunately, they said no. You feel your heart beat faster. Your car spare key is kept hidden in a drawer in your bedroom. Everyone is at work and there is nobody that you could call to pick you up.

1. Spare Car Keys

Your car is your personal shuttle that takes you places so you get to accomplish tasks, create new experiences, and see new things.

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If you don’t have the key to it, what good can it do for you? Also, there won’t always be someone to call for help if we lose our key. Everyone is busy. Make sure you have a spare key in your purse all the time.

2. A Pen

Have you ever been at the airport to fly to another country, and was only an hour away from the flight when you have checked in? Then you find out that you have to fall in line and fill out some immigration paperwork before you are let out to the gates? Only to realize that you did not have a pen to fill out the form and everyone else was too busy filling out theirs.

Yes, it has happened to me. And it was no fun. So, bring your own writing tool all the time.

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3. Dental Floss

Please don’t say gross. It is for hygiene. And what would you do if you were out on a date and noticed a piece of arugula stuck in between your teeth? It’s such a small a tool, it will not take up much space in your purse. So, have it in your purse.

4. A Small Pack Of Tissue

Spills always happen. No matter how careful you are. Also, what about that sudden runny nose that you can’t ever figure out where it came from? Or walking along the street and a car splashes mud on your feet?

Oh, and let’s not forget those unforeseen sentimental moments when you have to look up at the ceiling to prevent tears from falling. Have the tissues ready.

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5. Sunglasses

Have you ever experienced driving and you just can’t look past 10 feet ahead because the glaring sun is turning everything into blackness? For driving safety, always have a pair of sunglasses in your purse. Better to have it in there than to regret it later.

What about when you suddenly feel the need for privacy and just have that feeling that you don’t want anyone to see you, or recognize you? Have those sunglasses ready.

6. A Few Coins

Have you ever headed into the grocery and realized that you would need to get a shopping cart instead of a basket? And then realize that you do not even have a single coin to use for it? So, have that coin ready in your purse.

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And what about after waiting in line at the checkout, you find out that your purchases were on sale and you really actually only have to pay $2.25 instead of $12.00. But the cashier doesn’t have change for your $20 bill. And too bad you didn’t have those coins in your purse. Also, you may find yourself buying scratch-off lottery tickets, but your nails are just too short to do the job. Again, keep the coins ready for such occasions.

It takes only a few small things to make your purse trouble-ready. There will be situations when you will not have anyone to call on, but yourself. The best you can do is to have those little things in your purse ready to help save your day.

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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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