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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 January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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