Learn Five Ways to Capture Memories

Learn Five Ways to Capture Memories

Most of us travel to unique places or meet unique people. Sometimes we encounter such fantastic moments that we wish to swim in the memories forever. The best way to keep these memories alive is to freeze them. Luckily both old and new technologies allow us to be able to accomplish this quite easily. In fact, modern lives are so well documented it’s easy to know what’s going on in the life of someone you haven’t seen in years. Certain memories lend themselves more readily to certain means of recording and storage.

Archive photos.

There are lots of photographers who capture beautiful moments like births, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings at very affordable rates. Also most gadgets including phones, tablets, and even any office or gaming laptop that are under $100, have fantastic cameras that allow you to capture memories. You can create photo albums or digital photo frames for storage. It’s also possible to have backup storage of soft copies. Many older hard copy photos can also be converted to soft copies for ease of storage and safe keeping. Currently, there exist hundreds of apps for storing photos off-site for a long time.


Write a biography or keep journals.

You don’t have to be a famous personality to write your biography. There are precious relations, memories, and seasons that would be wonderful to record. You can have a notebook computer file for such purposes. Alternatively, you can have a private online blog or memory book. A journal enables you to capture the different seasons of life and the various emotional and mental journeys that you walked through and how they influenced your view of reality and relationships. Well-written biographies with properly-defined timelines are always treasured. It’s often easier to write down your thoughts than verbalize them into a recorder.


Create a scrapbook.

You can pin awards, certificates, testimonials, memorabilia, and precious letters into a scrapbook. You can also have a small scrapbook with old photos, which you can fix or edit with Photoshop or PhotoLemur for Mac users. In it you can let friends or loved ones write beautiful thoughts or memories about each other. Make sure the scrapbook memory captures as much of your essential stories as possible. These books could be general or dedicated to specific topics like cooking or child development. The books, trophies, and memorabilia can all be stored in a keepsake box. These are boxes (preferably wooden or metal) which act as a treasure chest of all the times that you value.


Record an oral history.

The best part about modern recordings is that they don’t have to be top-quality. Most digital phones have video cameras that provide remarkable quality. If there are beautiful family moments like a Christmas message from a distant relative, a goodwill message to/from Granny, or a visit abroad, they can all be recorded. Capturing voice and motion images of events adds more life and realness to the memories being captured. It’s also a very efficient tool to record family traditions and family history that are on the brink of getting lost.

Make a video.

There is a high probability that you have lots of movies that can no longer be played in the old format. You can have them converted from VCR to the latest format for preservation. Videos differ from oral recordings in that they are less officious and of better quality. You should enlist the service of a skilled videographer, whether they own the best drones available in the market to capture moments from high buildings, or just high-end DSLR cameras to record the moments for weddings, graduations, or birthdays. Well-made videos tend to connect the younger generation to people and events from the past that they may have missed.


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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:


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]


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.


    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.


    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.


    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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