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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.

Featured photo credit: Woman Standing On Red Rocks Celebrating Success/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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