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10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

Have you ever considered that doing more healthy things before you go to work each day will actually improve your day rather than hinder it? It might be time to make a change to your normal, everyday routine just to see what effect it might have on you and your surroundings. You’ll never know unless you go for it!

If you want to feel invigorated and ready to tackle the day ahead, try these simple tips for 30 days and you’ll never go back to hitting the snooze button again!

1. Get up 20 minutes earlier

This might be a struggle, especially if, like me, you find it hard to tear yourself away from your duvet when the alarm clock rings. I used to be a ‘bed hugger’ until I started working for myself. Then I realized that I worked better in the mornings than in the afternoons or evenings. Because of that I now get up at least an hour earlier than I used to and have become a lot more productive as a result.

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So how about trying it? Make that extra time in the mornings count, so you aren’t as stressed trying to fit everything in first thing. This will also help with the other tips I’ve got lined up for you!

2. Meditate and set intentions for the day

Before I do anything in the morning, I go to my quiet place and I meditate. This sets the mood for the day and is a great way of setting your intentions for how you want the day to go. It also gets you into a place of feeling calm and relaxed. If you have to drive or battle with train commuters on your way to work, you’ll deal with things in a less reactionary way after meditating. So begin your day just like other healthy people by visualizing your day ahead and making sure it’s a good one!

3. Drink hot water with lemon

If you want something to set you up for your day in a healthy way, then drinking a hydrating and nourishing hot water and lemon drink is a great choice. It’s known for activating digestion and is another positive step toward better health, so why not?

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4. Sit and watch nature

This is a great way to really get yourself in touch with your natural surroundings and appreciating all that you have at that very moment. How often do you just sit, listen and watch the birds and the environment they inhabit? We spend so much of our lives rushing from one thing to the next that we forget how lucky we are to be alive. If you can take five minutes out of your usual morning routine and observe, you’ll be amazed at what’s just outside your back door.

5. Do a bit of exercise

I’m not talking about a full on hour at the gym or a sweaty 30 minute run. It’s more like a gentle walk in nature to get you outside, relaxed and fully alert. Healthy people find this not only energizing, but know that the benefits of stimulating the brain will start the day off with a clear and clutter-free mind. Taking some exercise—even if it’s just ten minutes—is better than none. You’ll feel great and look great, so where’s the harm in that?

6. Always eat breakfast

I know that if I’ve not eaten anything for breakfast, I’m like a bear with a sore head, so I make sure I eat something every morning. Not only do I eat breakfast, I make sure it’s healthy and always includes some kind of fruit. Healthy people like to eat breakfast because it’s brain food; it’s a sure fire way to be more effective at work and it’ll make you a lot more fun to be around. If you can, try to make your breakfast something really tasty—so tasty in fact that you’ll hate to miss out on it!

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7. Make your lunch

Making your lunch before you go to work is a great way of ensuring that you make time to take that well-earned lunch break. Think about it: how many times do you work straight through your lunch, or take what seems like an age to think about what to have so that you’ve already wasted half your lunch break trying to decide. Do yourself a favor: pack all your healthy favorites beforehand so you’ve got the whole of your lunch break to enjoy them!

8. Make time to schedule your to do list

We’ve all got a mountain of stuff to do each week, let alone each day, so why not take the stress out of your day by organizing things you are definitely going to accomplish that same day. If you do this, it will take all the anxiety and stress out of making important decisions. It will ensure that you know what tasks you have to complete and it’ll remind you to do them. After all, the only person who will be letting you down is YOU! However, it’s important to be flexible as other things can crop up at the last minute, which can mean you’ve got less time than you thought. Remember to always stay calm, don’t panic, and reschedule for the next day if you have to. As long as you do that, there really is no harm.

9. Listen to uplifting and inspiring music

Forget the TV or the radio for once—the early morning news can bring you down. Instead, opt to listen to your favorite track, and get your mood lifted each morning. Music is a great way of bringing you back to the present moment, which can help you focus on the good stuff and stop any anxiety or worries about future commitments.

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10. Be grateful for all that you have each day

Take time to reflect on your life and what you already have. If you can take time to make a list of all the things you are grateful for each morning and reevaluate your life as it currently stands, it will make you appreciate all the goodness you have around you. Doing this one thing each day will make you feel fantastic and inspired. After all, being grateful is the key to happiness and abundance.

So which of these 10 tips are you going to try for the next 30 days?

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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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