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7 Reasons To Buy Glasses Online

7 Reasons To Buy Glasses Online

Glasses seem to be everywhere these days. They’ve gone from being an object of ridicule for their owners (remember those ridiculous “four eyes” jokes?) to a prejudicial sign of intelligence (thanks to Steve Jobs and co) and a pretty strong fashion statement (take almost every major celebrity today as an example). There are two categories of people who wear glasses; those who wear them due to medical prescriptions or optical deformities, others just put them on because they look cool and are in vogue. Whatever reason you wear them, you definitely can be given a pass. However, a main problem arises when you need to purchase them. This problem is mostly faced by those who use glasses as a fashion statement. You have to find the glasses that fit perfectly, have the right color and probably aren’t too common. The other category of people who wear glasses might also face this problem, if they’re fashion savvy and not the usual everyday nerds you see around.

When purchasing the perfect pair of glasses, you have two options; you can either look for them at local stores and malls or you could simply get them online. The latter choice has come under heavy scrutiny as the credibility and reliability of online shopping has been questioned recently.

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I use glasses myself, although I only use them as a part of my outfit. Personally, I’d still prefer to shop for my glasses online. Below are a few reasons why you should, too;

There’s a wider range to choose from

Shopping complexes and buildings have limited space to showcase their stock, thus limiting the amount of things they can put on display per time. They also rotate stuff from time to time, meaning that the pair of glasses you would have loved could actually be in the store, but not on display-if only you could have come a week later or a week before (get my point?). Online shopping clients don’t have this problem and in my opinion, this is the biggest advantages online shopping has over shopping malls and establishments. You get to see a wider range of items to choose from and your possibilities are extended. It also gets easier as most online shopping sites and apps enable you to search for the specific type of glasses you want, if you have a specific pair in mind. You can search type, name, brand, color, etc., if you have something in mind, the items you see in a store are limited. However, with online shopping, your selection range is extended.

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It saves stress a whole lot

This is another strong advantage of online shopping. With shopping in a store, you have to leave home, take a bus (i.e., spend some money and time), get to the store and begin looking for what you want specifically. This whole process can be annoying at times and the worst part is that you might not even find what you’re looking for and in a bid not to repeat this process, you settle for something less (wasting EVEN MORE money). With online shopping, however, you can save yourself all this stress and get the job done from the comfort of your bed or couch. Just log on to your shopping site (or app), search for your desired pair and that’s it. Granted, you might have to wait a few days for the delivery but this is more advantageous, don’t you think?

Free online fitting

One point where online shopping was losing was the fact that you couldn’t try your glasses on. Now, that’s a thing on the past. Major online shopping clients are now equipped with a virtual mirror that can give you an idea of what you’ll look like if you decide to purchase a particular pair of glasses.

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Same quality, less price

Due to the possibility of legal action, online retailers are compelled to provide products that are of good quality. This means that whatever you buy at a store, you can get the exact same thing only; no differences. Shopping online also costs less. Online retailers don’t ask for commission, so you don’t need to pay for that. Buying glasses in stores can also be expensive due to other services that come along. With online shopping, these expenses are cut off meaning you get the same service for a far cheaper price.

Shopping online is safe and fast

Online shopping retailers have a safe checkout process that secures your financial details, so you don’t need to worry about any third party having access to your vital information. Y our delivery also comes within days of ordering, so you don’t have to wait that long to get your glasses.

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An awesome customer service is available

Online shopping sites have customer services that are available 24/7. You can call or chat with them if you have any issues with your order and rest assured you will be attended to and get the appropriate solutions to your complaints.

If you have a problem, you can also return a pair of glasses easily

Most stores might not accept a return of glasses due to the damages you may (or may not) have caused. Online retailers accept returns and exchange within an agreed time period. A few of them could even give you a refund if you choose not to purchase another pair.

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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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