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8 Amazing Reasons Everyone Should Take Recycling More Seriously

8 Amazing Reasons Everyone Should Take Recycling More Seriously

The concept of recycling is not a new one. For centuries people have reused materials to improve efficiency and achieve all sorts of amazing things. During WWII, if not for the massive recycling effort across North America that turned old bed springs into guns and planes, things might have gone very differently. But in an age when we are faced with a line of specialized recycling bins everywhere we look, it can be easy to forget how important it is to take the extra few seconds to sort out our trash. Hopefully these 8 reasons why recycling is important help motivate you to do your part!

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    1. Almost Everything Can Be Recycled

    When we really try, it is remarkable how much waste we can recycle. Everything from batteries, to food waste, to clothing, electronics, glass, metal, paper, and plastic can be recycled. According to a Canadian report as much as 80% of typical household garbage is made up of recyclable materials or organic materials that break down easily. It is estimated that at least half of the materials thrown into the garbage by a person could be recycled instead.

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    2. Recycling Reduces the Size of Landfills

    Every piece of trash that is taken out of the garbage can and put into the recycling reduces the need to build more landfills and expand the ones already in operation. Taking a piece of land and devoting it entirely to becoming a massive mountain of garbage is a waste of resources. It damages the property value of the land in every direction and it removes habitat from wild animals that could make it a home.

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      3. Recycling Reduces the Amount of Materials We Take from the Earth

      The more materials we reclaim from our own homes, the less we need to take from nature. Recycling paper means less deforestation. Recycling metal means less mining and less mining pollution. Keeping nature intact benefits everyone and provides more space for wild adventures.

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      4. It Prevents Waste from Becoming Pollution

      Did you know that there is an enormous floating patch of garbage in the Pacific Ocean that’s alleged to be twice the size of Texas? It’s true and it was entirely preventable. By reusing the materials we already have, we prevent them from finding their way into the environment where they can be harmful to both people and animals. Think of the sea turtles next time you want to throw something in the trash. Eventually everything finds its way to the ocean.

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        5. It Uses Less Energy than Making New Materials

        Processing, reforming, and redistributing recycled materials requires less energy than building new things from scratch. That means we can better use our limited and expensive-to-produce power to accomplish more worthwhile things than building what we already have.

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        6. Recycling Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions

        Because it uses less energy than making new materials, recycling can help cut greenhouse gas emissions and slow the progress of climate change. There may not be any polar bears in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but they will thank you for recycling all the same from their intact ice floes.

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          7. Recycling Creates Jobs

          According to a 2011 NRDC report, increasing the scale of recycling operations could create as many as 2.3 million jobs in the US alone. It takes a lot of person power to sort and process all those recycled goods and with the economy on a half-decade-long roller-coaster ride, it pays to have a way to keep people employed.

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          8. Recycling Saves You Money

          An obvious but potentially unexpected outcome of recycling using less energy and requiring less raw materials is that recycled products cost you less to buy. You can also sell metals and other materials to scrap collectors for a profit. Think of your bank account next time you’re tempted to send an empty soda can to the landfill.

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          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

          1. Cat Camel Stretch

          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

          3. Jumping Jacks

          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

          4. Abductor Side Lifts

          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

          5. Balancing Table Pose

          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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            6. Leg Squats

            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

            7. Push Ups

            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

            8. Bicycle Crunches

            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

            9. Lunges

            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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            10. Bicep Curls

            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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