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4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

Morning rituals…we all have them. What are yours? The most popular ones tend to be brushing your teeth, making a cup of coffee or tea, going for a run, or planning out your day. We have all formed habits over time that help us get our day started.

What if I told you that I know four morning rituals that will amp up your energy, health and life? Would you practice these four simple morning rituals daily? Or at least experiment with them for a month? If you’re a Lifehack enthusiast, you’ll love these four morning rituals that will work toward supercharging your overall health.

1. Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water immediately upon waking

Why should I drink water as soon as I wake up? Well, our body content is about 75% water, our brain is about 75% water, our blood composition consists of about 92% water, and our muscles are around 75% water. We are majorly made of water and it is an essential element that we need to live, but you probably knew that already.

Here’s what you may not know about water and hydration. When you wake up in the morning after a night’s sleep, you’re already in a state of dehydration. Your body needs water to kick start the system healthfully, especially in the morning.

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A challenge many of us face is not knowing we’re dehydrated when we really are. When we feel thirsty, we have actually gone past the point of initial dehydration. If you’re not drinking water throughout the day, chances are, you are living in a dehydrated state consistently.

Drinking water in the morning provides many benefits:

– Purges toxins from our blood (helps us get rid of morning grogginess)
– Increases cell renewal rate (helps maintain healthy body functioning)
– Boosts metabolism (helps with weight loss)
– Purifies the colon (helps us remove waste from our bodies)
– Makes nutrient absorption easier (helps us get more out of the foods we eat)

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Add lemon with that water.

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2. Drink an organic greens juice

A nutritious greens juice is an excellent way to start your morning with essential vitamins and minerals you need, along with a healthy alkalizing boost of chlorophyll to help balance out the slightly acidic state your body may be in the first thing in the morning.

One of the greatest greens juices you can have in the morning is wheatgrass juice and there are at least 50 reasons why you should drink it everyday.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: For an easier way to have a wheatgrass juice daily, I’ve experimented with organic, freeze-dried wheatgrass juice powder from stores and online. Make sure it’s field-grown for the highest nutritional density.

I’ve found Kamut grass juice to be the best and most convenient for me, and it allows me an easy way to enjoy the benefits of greens juices on the go.

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3. Rebounding

I’m not talking about the version referenced here, referring to a romance directly following a breakup. I mean jumping on a rebounder to literally jump start your day and your lymphatic system. Since your lymphatic system is basically your body’s garbage disposal, rebounding in the morning is a fun way to detoxify your system and get a nice boost of energy.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Rebound in the morning for at least 10 minutes while reviewing your day’s goals and visualizing how you want your day to be.

4. Have amazing sex

Who doesn’t want to have amazing sex in the morning? A roll in the hay is a fun, great way to start the day – especially if you’re not a morning person. There are also many amazing health benefits that make having amazing sex a morning ritual that’ll supercharge your heath and sex life:

It boosts your mood, making you happier
Starts the day with love
A roll in the hay keeps the doctor away
– It releases stress
– Gives you something beautiful to reflect on throughout day
– Helps you feel more present
– Brings about a youthful glow

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BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: There’s been a recent craze about HIIT (high intensity interval training), yet no one has talked about HIIF (high intensity interval f**king). Try it out next time by going at it as fast  you can for 30 seconds, then take a 10 second break, then repeat for 5 sets. You’ll boost your heart rate and metabolism and get your body into gear to burn more fat – as well as giving you and your partner some pleasure in the process.

There you have it, 4 morning rituals that’ll super charge your health and give you the energy you need to make the best of your day. Try them out for a month and let me know how your life changes by commenting below!

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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