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4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

4 Lessons You Can Learn From Being A Runner

Running is for everybody. Being skinny, obese or fit, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be 10 miles to consider ourselves runners, but 20-25 minutes of running for beginners is quite good. I define running as nirvana between the body and mind.

Running is beneficial in every aspect. It is beneficial for overall health; it can raise the levels of good cholesterol; it can boost our immune system and it can help in every way, literally. The good news (since it’s an overall problem on a global scale): running can help us lose weight. Sorry for being Mr. Obvious, but that’s the truth. Actually running is the second most effective exercise considering burned calories per minute. First is cross-counrty skiing.

Many runners around the globe cling to the so-called “positive drug” of running. To some extent it is sweet torture for the body, followed by joyful experience. As people say, “nothing is for free”; neither is the happiness followed by the sweet torture. After all, it is still a drug — albeit a very positive one.

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There are 4 lessons you can learn from being a runner. Three of them are encrypted during the run and the last one is the joyfulness by the deciphered code.

Never underestimate yourself

Denis Waitley, motivational speaker and writer, says that “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” I have personally seen people older than 80 years in no physical shape run the full marathon. That’s my personal best motivator, that we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves.

Running can make us self-confident and boost our self-esteem. The experience in achieving a goal is widely known. Simply by the fact that we set and achieve a goal (to run 30-35 minutes or run 6-7 miles) we feel much happier and empowered.

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Runner’s meditation

Runner’s meditation is a form of meditation while moving your body. Our brain is relieved from bad thoughts and it is forced to think on our left-right legged frequent steps. Although it feels automatic, the brain is forced to give commands to every part of our body. By the fact that it gives commands to the body and makes symphonically perfected movements, it is relieved from the aberrations accumulated from everyday life.

After only a few minutes of running, the brain starts to relieve hormones that naturally improve our mood. One of them is the endorphin, or so-called “feel-good” chemical.

To grasp the runner’s meditation we have to be advanced runners. At the beginning we may struggle, but after a while we will be fall into whole new level of runner’s nirvana.

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The accordance of body and mind

Imagine as the body argues with the mind that he is always pessimist. The mind always hurts the relationship between them and the body always wins the argument.

The best way to see body and soul as one is with running. It’s the balance between the physics and psyche. If we lurk a bit inside the process of running, we can conclude that by the process in the physical world, the body forces the mind to make ourselves feel good. By doing the movement of running, the body drags the mind’s attention away from the negativity and, in a positive way, forces the mind to produce feel-good chemicals.

“The feeling”

Since we deciphered three of the codes, “the feeling” is the outcome of all three. It’s the feeling when we stop, when we stretch, eat a banana, and get a hot, steamy shower. While we are busy torturing our brain to release feel-good chemicals, we get prepared for the final feeling. I call it “the dessert”, except it’s not physical cake or something sweet. It’s like feeding the brain with cake without touching a spoon.

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We cannot explain how being in love feels or how being drunk feels. We can’t explain “the feeling” either, but we can give pretty good example of how to get to it. GO RUN.

Featured photo credit: Archi Trujillo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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