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7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

I believe we are in a spiritual revolution, and more people are focusing on natural ways of healing. When watching TV shows, movies, and news channels, you’ll hear more about how natural healing and meditation is good for you. It calms down the mind, can help with movement, and allow you to live a more enjoyable life. For this reason, I decided to write about the power of meditation and why you should incorporate meditating into your life.

1) Reduce Stress

Meditation is a natural way to reduce stress in your life by taking control of your mind and emotions. It forces you to relax to a point where you forget about daily stresses. The other alternative to meditation is to take anti-anxiety medication which can cost money, and you’ll rely on pills every day you are faced with a stressful situation. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to handle stress by meditating so you have a permanent solution which is cheaper and one which you control.

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2) Improve Concentration

When meditating, you are allowing yourself to concentrate on your internal energy. In the beginning, this can be very hard, however, over time you’ll get better at centering your energy while clearing your mind of other distraction. As you automate this process, you’ll notice how you’re able to focus better on daily activities and in general throughout life. Remember, while meditating you are moving clutter from your mind so the next time you face any distraction, you’ll know how to remove distractions blocking you from doing your work.

3) Healthier Lifestyle

When people start to work out daily, it improves all aspects of their life because people generally want to eat well, stop smoking, and drink less. The same can be said about meditation because this can help you feel good and relaxed. When you feel good, you want to do good so will avoid anything which makes you feel otherwise. Meditation helps with relaxation, focus and simply makes you feel good so you no longer want to do anything which harms your body.

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4) Increase Happiness

When I finish meditating, I feel much happier because I don’t have unwanted stress in my life. In fact, Studies have shown that brain signaling increases in the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases on the right side, responsible for negative emotions.

5) Networking

With so many people meditating, you now belong to a community or group which shares the same interests. It’s a great way to meet new people and share new experiences. The popular movement has caused meditation classes to flourish at my gym and local community center where I go daily. I have met different types of people and this has increased my social life since after we go for dinner and socialize on the weekend as a group.

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6) Cardiovascular Health

The connection between stress and heart disease is well-documented. Stress can increase the risk of heart disease which is way avoiding stress is always recommended. I mentioned above how meditating can relief stress which lowers the risk of heart disease, however, the practice of relaxation can also lower blood pressure. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it has been shown that “meditation induces relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop.”

7) Improves Goal Setting

To feel the benefits of meditation, you should do it daily or 4-5 per week. This means you need to get into the routine of taking out time to meditate. Just like getting up to go to work daily requires dedication and good habits so does meditate. As you start to keep a solid schedule to meditate, you’ll notice it improves how you complete other tasks in your life too.

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Final Thoughts

There are several other reasons to meditate so do your own research to learn how it can help benefit your life. However, through my own research, I’ve learned that meditation can increase happiness, lower stress, and help improve your overall lifestyle.

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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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