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11 Incredible Things Only People Who Do Planks Every Day Understand

11 Incredible Things Only People Who Do Planks Every Day Understand

1. Strengthen Core

Just marinate on the word “core” for a second. Core being the most centralized position of a body. Things that move you are connected to your core. Wouldn’t you want to move with more ease? Doing planks strengthens your core, a stronger core means that you can move your body more easily. So if your just looking to get the advantage on your opponents in a pick-up game of basketball or you are a dedicated athlete that competes at a professional level, planks can help.

2. Better attitude

Research has shown time and time again, the emotional benefits of exercise. Doing planks can elevate your heart rate and provide those happy molecules called endorphins to give you a more positive outlook on your day. People who do planks are less likely to suffer from depression or just general sadness. So do a plank and feel great about yourself!

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3. Develop tone

Who doesn’t want those toned and sculpted abdominals? Doing planks can help create definition in your abdominals. Everyone always wants that extra boost of confidence when they are at the beach. Making planks an integral part of your workout regimen can help develop a more defined core.

4. No gym membership, no problem

Talk about an economical exercise. Planks require zero dollars.

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5. Fit for all levels of expertise

From the beginner to the more experienced gym rat, anyone can do planks. It doesn’t require a tremendous amount of coaching. So if you’re just picking up a workout regimen, don’t fret. Planks are super easy to learn and the more that you do them the more challenging you can make them. In no-time you’ll be doing 2 minute long planks with ease.

6. Something you can make your own

Once you have the generic plank down pat, you can start adding your own variations to make it more difficult. This helps keep yourself motivated. Workouts can get stagnant after doing the same thing over and over again. Believe me, change is a very good thing when it comes to exercise. Just alternating knee raises to your chest during your plank can provide some muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is a very good thing, it can give you more definition and give you that burn.

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7. Sense of accomplishment

Setting a new personal record time for holding a plank can give you those warm, fuzzy feelings of accomplishment. It’s the act of setting goals and attaining them that makes you feel like you are challenging yourself. Once you’ve mastered the plank, start setting goals. Say “In a month, I’m going to plank for 3 minutes.” This creates competition in yourself. Working towards something and reaching some sort of goal is what gives you a feeling that you are leading an effective life.

8. Live longer

Research shows that people who are physically active and exercise regularly are more likely to longer than people who abstain from exercise completely. You didn’t think that doing planks could be adding time to your life, did you? Of course doing only a 1 minute plank every day isn’t enough exercise alone. But doing planks every day establishes a good habit. Good habits like exercise are what help people live longer, healthier lives.

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9. Better posture

I’m sure everyone remembers their mother telling them “sit up straight!” Well planks can help with that. There are many different schools of thought on what the ideal posture is. It can vary based on your body type. A plank uses your body weight as resistance to train all those muscles that work together to keep you upright. A plank is a exercise that is very individual. Doing planks regularly can train your body to have a more healthy posture that fits your body type.

10. The global exercise

If you’re a person that likes to travel, or someone that has to travel for business, a plank is an exercise that knows no zip code. Again, talking about habits, just doing a 1 minute plank in your hotel room when you wake up can help to define your core and maintain your health. It requires no equipment and can be perform literally anywhere. It doesn’t have to be in your hotel room. You can bust out a plank if your lounging in the park or on the bus (careful with that one).

11. Life is all about balance

This is true philosophically but also holds validity when thinking about your body. Doing planks everyday can give you better balance. Having better balance helps with better performance with sports or just walking around. Just being more capable of stabilizing your body can help keep you nimble on your feet.

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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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