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11 Incredible Things Only People Who Do Planks Every Day Understand

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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).

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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 January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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