Tag: Feel

This 10-Minute Core Workout Will Make You Feel Confident As Hell

By now you know that a strong core (the muscles that surround and support your spine) is essential to mastering nearly every exercise. But did you also know that core strength holds the key to killer confidence too? For proof, check out this quick 10-minute core workout. 

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The do-anywhere routine targets your core muscles from every angle, which will cinch in your waist like a corset and help you stand taller, sit straighter, and walk prouder thanks to extra support for your low back and spine. Which is to say: You’ll be strutting into rooms like a boss in no time. This workout is the perfect finisher to your go-to cardio routine or a great option for busy days when you can’t make it to the gym. Plus, there’s a bonus AMRAP at the end to test your total-body strength and track your progress, so be sure to bookmark or pin this one. Getting in any movement—even if it’s just 10 minutes—makes you feel accomplished and proud, so press play to get started. 

To recap: You don’t need any equipment for this workout. An exercise mat is optional. 

Workout:
Plank Crawl
Superman Series
Side Plank Thread the Needle (R/L)
Reverse Plank (With Leg Raise)
Circle Crunch
Turtle
Inchworm (With Push-Up Progression)
Bear
Bonus AMRAP

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Vacations Won’t Feel Too Short If You Follow These 3 Steps

Vacations are great until you find yourself back in the office asking, “How did that go by so quickly?” Since most of us work more than 40 hours per week, all we want to do on vacation is rest and recover, preferably on a beach. But as Quartz points out, the less time you spend lying around, the longer your time off will feel. Next vacation:

  • Do something challenging. Take a road trip. The scenery is always changing, which forces you to focus on the present. Marc Wittmann, author of Felt Time, told Quartz that all of these new things make a trip feel exciting and memorable.
  • Try journaling. Rather than letting the days blur together, keep a log of what you do, so you can remind yourself of the amazing memories from your time off.
  • Don’t overdo it on planning. Planning makes time seem like it’s moving faster, Wittmann says. If you’re constantly thinking about the what’s next, you can’t actually pay attention to what’s happening in front of you. Make a general plan for the important things, like hotel reservations or flights, but keep your schedule more flexible on a daily basis.

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