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9 Dynamic Ways To Boost Your Internet Speed

9 Dynamic Ways To Boost Your Internet Speed

The internet is one of the most important and useful parts when it comes to using a computer, not to mention our daily lives. But sometimes it can become so annoying… If you’re facing slow internet speeds, bad reception or other internet-related problems, no worries! Here are 9 dynamic ways to boost your internet speed.

1. Change Your Modem/Router

A bad modem is one of the major causes for slow internet speed experienced by some folks. Using a modem for an extended period of time can be the cause of recurrent internet connection failures or your internet connection randomly dropping. You might unknowingly blame this on your internet service provider(s). So perhaps try to change your modem or router as this may solve your internet speed problems instantly.

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2. Scan Your Computer For Viruses

Another important thing to do is to scan your computer for viruses as cyber threats can cause havoc to your computer, potentially increasing the likelihood of identity threat and eventually slowing down the internet speed. There are a lot of antivirus softwares available on the internet that you can download to scan your computer.

3. Test For Interference From Your Software

At times, some computer programs (or even your antivirus software) can get in the way of your internet speed. It is quite frustrating, but it is identifiable. You can find out if this is the cause of your slow internet speed by simply switching off your internet, applications, etc… one by one and then checking the speed again. (Remember: it is mandatory to have good virus protection installed on your machine.)

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4. Have A Look At Your Filters

That’s another important step to boost up your internet speed. If you’re using internet that is also attached to a phone line, then try to ensure that you have excellent filters mounted on your phone line. These filters are available in the form of plugs that you can easily attach to the line; they’ll filter out any possible interruptions and disturbances.

5. Get Rid Of Your Cordless Phone

You may not agree to this statement that cordless phones play a major role in slowing down internet speed even if you have filters installed on your phone line; however, this can be the case. You can do an isolation test by replacing your existing phone set with another one and see if your speed improves.

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6. Plug Straight Into The Modem

Wireless internet connection can be a bit slower compared to plugging directly into your modem. To plug directly into your modem, get the cord out of the box and put it straight into the modem, particularly if you’re using a desktop PC and you won’t move it frequently.

7. Test For Outer Interference

There is a high possibility that you have a sound system, iPhone, iPad or any other electronic device nearby your modem. If that’s so, you may have to make sure if these devices are causing electromagnetic interference or not. If you want to  increase internet speed, move your speakers and other electronic devices away from your modem.

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8. Don’t Put TV Cables Near The Modem

Do you have any TV cable boxes close to your modem? If you do, then they might be the reason for your slow internet speed, (even if you’re not using them). Look into moving the TV cable box away from the modem, if this is the case.

9. Refresh Your Modem

This may be the easiest yet most powerful one. Turn the switch of your modem off and switch it it on again. This process is called power cycling. This will refresh the connection and speed up the internet connectivity.

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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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