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Benefits of Morning Walks

Benefits of Morning Walks

 

Top 10 Benefits of Morning Walks

Benefits of morning walks

The Benefits of Morning Walks

Waking up early can be quite challenging for many of us. But getting out of bed early and doing some physical activity such as a simple walk can help you start the day right. Not to mention, morning walks also have several benefits to your health and well being.

A morning walk is a perfect activity you can do to ease up the rigidness of your body. On a clear day, it’s also the best way to catch the beauty of the sunrise. Here are several benefits of morning walks you shouldn’t take for granted.

Gives You Momentum

If you want things to get done for the day, it’s important to keep your ball running early. A morning walk is the best method to give yourself momentum. As you walk around your area, you also get the opportunity to observe the neighbourhood wake up and get ready for the day. This makes you more aware and connected with your surroundings.

By itself, an early stroll is already an accomplishment that only a few people can do each day. Scratching off your morning walk in your to-do list gives you the confidence to finish the other items on your list.

Allows You to Reflect

Another advantage of morning walks is it gives you time to reflect on some important things in your life. Mornings usually aren’t as hectic and as distracting as the rest of the day. Hence, you can think freely and be positive about the day.

As you reflect, it can also present you with the opportunity to be grateful for what you have. Just being able to walk and move around is already a blessing in itself. Thinking about everything good about your life also lessens your negative thoughts and doubts.

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Builds a “No Excuses” Persona

Aside from a positive mindset, a morning walk can also help us to be better “go-getters.” By doing this early morning activity regardless of how we feel, it helps us be a person with no excuses. And without excuses slowing us down, we can be unstoppable on everything we set our sights on.

Another perk of walking in the morning is that we can understand ourselves more. People’s routines are also connected with their personality. Morning people are often known to be hardworking and optimistic, that is why they can’t wait to start the day. A simple walk may reveal that you are at a point in your life that you want to get more out of life.

Allows You to Plan the Day

 Another unpopular benefit of a morning walk is it allows you to set your goals and priorities for the day. It’s a minimally distracting activity where you can still think while doing your simple routine. By gaining a sort of foresight, you can map out all of the things you need to finish on the day.

Because you are not yet on the nit and grit of the day, you can plan which tasks need precedence over the other. More importantly, the value of a morning walk is that it allows us to refocus on our dream and evaluating what things are needed to reach them.

Keeps Your Body in Shape

While it’s less intense than most gym workouts, morning strolls can still help keep our body fit and active. Brisk walking or a faster-paced walk is known to promote proper blood circulation and still burns a significant amount of calories. Moreover, it also lessens the stiffness in our joints and muscles.

A 30 or 40-minute walk can help you lose weight and get your energy high early. Furthermore, walking also causes increased heart rate which can strengthen it. Overall, early morning strolls benefits us by preventing many weight-related diseases.

Mental Benefits of morning walks

Improves Your Self-Image

We all have a picture of ourselves in our mind which we call self-image. It’s how we see ourselves in the mirror. One of the rewards of a morning walk is seeing yourself sweat it out and work for something good for yourself. This simple activity can help us see ourselves in a better light.

A person who wakes up early has all the image of a motivated person. After all, it takes a certain amount of will to resist that urge to spend a few more minutes in dreamland. In short, an early morning walk rewards us to establish ourselves as a person who is disciplined and committed to getting things done.

Time to Bond with Other People

 Morning walks become more meaningful if you are doing it with a group or with a person important to you. Strolling with your friends, walking club colleagues, your children or your partner is invigorating. Not to mention, it can also deepen your bonds with people you share it with.

In short, the value of morning walks can extend to our social and personal lives. Because walking is not extraneous, you can still talk about life and just about anything under the sun. It’s also a great way to catch up with friends and relatives who you haven’t seen for a long time.

Walk with your Dogs

People aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a morning walk. If you have a pet dog, you can bring them with you. This will make your strolls more interesting and less boring. For your dog, it’s also a great way to get some exercise and some sunshine.

You can think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. You may also not find another time in your busy schedule to walk your dog, so a morning stroll is just the perfect moment to do so. Your dog will surely appreciate that he gets to spend some time with you.

Benefits of morning walks

Get Your Dose of Vitamin D

Early morning strolls rewards us also with free Vitamin D. Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D which is important for bone growth, inflammation reduction, and immune function among others.

When sunlight hits our skin, it generates vitamin D which you can also get from dairy products like milk and cheese. The only time on the day when you can safely get vitamin D from sunlight is in the early hours of the day before 8 or 9 am, depending on where you are in the world.

Improve Your Mood

Finally, the best perk of a morning walk is it improves our mood. Even though yesterday was a bad day, a good early stroll can help us get back on track. You can’t help but feel happy or uplifted when you exercise.

During walks or runs, our bodies release endorphins which is a neurochemical that decreases our pain and stress. For this reason, consistent morning walkers are usually more morally boosted than their bed-loving counterparts.

Conclusion

The rewards of an early morning walk are quite significant in our wellness and being. It may be a simple exercise or routine, but it’s one of the easiest ways you can add on your schedule to live a healthy lifestyle.

Boot Camp Instructor Krix Luther

Krix Luther

Author/founder

Krix the founder of Clean The Beach Boot Camp has a unique passion for saving the enviroment. It stems from his love for Free Diving and his attraction to the ocean. He launched CBBC back in May 2012 and was the first ever person to put Fitness and the Environment into one single event/activity. If you wish to contact him, try doing so on his social media below.

Bamboo Toothbrush

Why You Should Choose A Bamboo Toothbrush Over A Plastic One.

 Cleanse the mouth, but dirty the planet? by continuing to use a plastic toothbrush, you’re actually doing just that.

If you’ve ever wondered how much plastic has invaded your life? Then start looking at your daily needs, and its essential accessories. How about your toothbrush, which keeps your mouth clean and fresh every day. 99% of the toothbrushes used around the world, is made of plastic. And here’s a reality check – Almost 1 billion toothbrushes are discarded every year in just the US. 50 Million pounds of these toothbrushes end up in landfills every year. On the other end of the planet, in Australia, it’s 30 million toothbrushes that are thrown away every year. So with the standard plastic toothbrush, while your mouth stays clean, it leaves the planet dirty and polluted. Now that we have your focus on it let’s take a closer look at what’s all this fuss about, and how switching over to a bamboo toothbrush could help clean up this mess.

The different parts that make up a standard toothbrush:

The body of the toothbrush, which makes up the most part, is made of plastic, sourced from crude oil, and rubber for grip. The bristles are made from nylon and packaged again in plastic and a cardboard box. All of these items are non-biodegradable. Well except the cardboard, but the rest end up sitting for ages in a landfill somewhere or find their way to the ocean.

Landfill or the ocean, either way, we have polluted both beyond manageable levels. Plastic especially is of utmost concern since it doesn’t decompose but instead keeps breaking down into smaller and smaller particles, till they’re microscopic. And as it breaks down, the plastic continually leaks out toxic chemicals such as the deadly BPA. These toxins seep down and contaminate the soil and groundwater. Ocean pollution is even worse. Not only does our largest water source gets polluted, but also the marine animals and seabirds become a victim of our careless discarding of garbage. Just in case you didn’t know the actual scale of the problem, here’s a little eyeopener:  An era of plastic overkill

The larger animals get fatally entangled or choked by the floating plastic trash. The smaller ones ingest it, and as they get preyed upon, the plastic particles travel up the food chain. Already, one in four fishes is found to have plastic particles in their system. We know how much humans love and even depend on seafood. So for all you know, the plastic, that most people use to clean their mouth and then throw away, will in all probability end up, back in their mouths. That’s one very good reason to learn about and switch over to an organic bamboo toothbrush!

Also, the manufacturing of those nylon bristles on the standard toothbrush emits a greenhouse gas, nitroxide, which is 300 times as toxic as carbon dioxide. Consider the fact that, billions of people around the world put this plastic and nylon combo in their mouth every day, only to discard it away once or twice a month. The amount of plastic toothbrushes that ultimately end up in landfills and the oceans is staggering. A bamboo toothbrush, on the other hand, would have simply decomposed without causing the environment or eventually us, any harm.

That’s the truth behind this deceptively simple instrument used to keep our mouth clean. But the reality is that there are plenty of alternative materials, available in nature, that can be used to make environment-friendly toothbrushes. The simple reason it isn’t already standard practice is that plastic is cheap and convenient, that is if you can ignore its harmful after-effects. The corporate world has always been selectively blind to the well-being of our environment unless they stand to lose ‘customers’.

A simple switchover to bamboo toothbrush can help keep not just your mouth, but also your conscience clean.

A bamboo toothbrush solves much of the trouble that the standard toothbrush brings along, which is plastic! At iBanPlastic, along with spreading awareness on the various issues around plastic, we also aim to provide access to the right tools needed in the fight against plastic pollution. And in this endeavour, the all natural Bamboo Toothbrush is one such item in our eco shop. Even the bristles of this organic toothbrush are of a plant-based material, and the packaging too is just cardboard and utterly free of any plastic.

Unlike commonly presumed, eco-friendly products won’t burn a hole in your pocket. There are plenty of organic alternatives to help break the plastic addiction. What better way to start, than by switching your plastic toiletries. Because, if you truly mean to keep your mouth clean, then It’s time to start using a bamboo toothbrush.

Obvious as it now seems, replacing plastic is not really rocket science. At least not when it comes to our simple daily needs. The bamboo toothbrush is a fitting example of this. Nature has always been able to supply us with our essential needs. It is merely a matter of breaking the plastic habit. The solutions are plenty if only one looks for it. Feeling motivated? Here are 5 Awesome Tips To Reduce Plastic Waste From Your Daily LIfe.

Awareness leads to empowerment. And now with the knowledge of bamboo toothbrush as the smarter and healthier alternative to that sinister plastic toothbrush, you too have the choice of empowering yourself and others.

The Stress Bucket

The Stress Bucket

Stress Bucket

Stress Bucket

How To Keep Your Stress Bucket Light, Conscience Clean & Fitness Level High!

If you’ve flown all the way to Thailand, then surely you have plans to visit some of its famous beaches. However, if you’re a health conscious person, or even generally aware, then the sight that greets you at some of these beaches is quite depressing and energy draining. This is because, garbage, and not just the sight of it, weighs quite heavily in your stress bucket.

If you’re wondering what we’re talking about, then simply put, the stress bucket model gives a very apt analogy of how the amount of stress in the body (the bucket in this case), affects its health and performance. Clean the beach boot camp, with its unique approach to personal and environmental health, tackles the stress bucket issue in multiple ways. For this, we need to understand, what are the factors that add stress to the bucket, and what are the mechanisms that can help release some of that stress.

Firstly, it is evident, that the sight of a clean and pristine beach, makes one feel good. A dirty sight, on the other hand, is quite the mood breaker. This has a negative psychological effect on our body and contributes significant stress to the body. The lesser obvious fact is that the contaminants from all that trash are going to enter your system, causing you some serious harm, in the long run, if not immediately. This is because, sooner or later all those contaminants will pollute the water and food source that ultimately, enter our system.

Clean the beach boot camp has been designed such that, it helps to release stress both physically and mentally. The various exercises that you first perform have been proven to be very effective, making CBBC, great for fat loss! Successfully managing to lose weight is a very satisfying feeling and needless to say, a stress buster! The CBBC session also specifically include activities such as meditation, stretching, yoga and long walks on the beach, all of which help release excess stress. There are also, many benefits of barefoot training which almost all of the participants enjoy since it is quite natural to want to feel the sand under your feet as you move about on the beach!

That last part where you walk along the beach, you are also required to pick up and help clear the trash that is littered about. According to anyone who has ever participated in CBBC, this act, gives a sense of immense satisfaction for having done your bit in helping the planet. The various physical exercises help to reduce the physical stress in your body, while acts of good karma help release a large amount of mental stress, ensuring your stress bucket remains pretty light!

It is a faulty approach, to take care of your body, but be indifferent to the condition of the world around you. Because, at the end of the day, no matter how physically fit you try to remain, if the environment around you is polluted, then sooner or later it will enter your system too, negating any good you may have done for your body. That is why it is so important, to not just ensure a healthy personal lifestyle, but also that the environment you live in, is equally healthy!

The truth of the matter is, there are way too many inlets for stress to enter your body, such as the habits that affect your physical health, drinking, smoking, work stress, financial problems, family life, negative media etc. Surely, one cannot completely eliminate stress from one’s life. In fact, some of that stress is necessary just like some pains are necessary! So the trick really is in Balancing the thick and thin in life, using the stress bucket model. Managing to lower your stress levels and maintaining it there is the best course of action for a healthy life. Have you ever felt a heavy load of stress being lifted, because you performed some good deed? That is the bonus feeling CBBC gives you, apart from stress release gained from its effective workout routine. If you’ve had similar experiences with acts of good karma, then please share it with all of us by commenting below.

Boot Camp Instructor Krix Luther

Krix Luther

Author/founder

Krix the founder of Clean The Beach Boot Camp has a unique passion for saving the enviroment. It stems from his love for Free Diving and his attraction to the ocean. He launched CBBC back in May 2012 and was the first ever person to put Fitness and the Environment into one single event/activity. If you wish to contact him, try doing so on his social media below.

How To Slow Down The Single-Use ‘Plastic’ Rampage

How To Slow Down The Single-Use ‘Plastic’ Rampage

How To Slow Down The Single-Use ‘Plastic’ Rampage

Causes of Plastic Pollution

It was the shocking condition of trash, mostly plastic, that had first pushed me into starting Clean The Beach Boot Camp program. Although it was a healthy body that was on my mind, it was pretty clear from the sight of things that without a healthy environment, health was just fancy talk. In only five years of starting CBBC, we managed to clear off more than 1.12 million pounds of trash worldwide. By then, it was obvious to all of us involved, PLASTIC is the main culprit, and we needed to take it down.

Clearing trash that had already washed ashore was only dealing with the effect and not addressing the cause behind the issue. If you follow the whole chain of events before the plastic garbage makes its way to our oceans or beaches, you will soon reach the common people, regular households and most probably, your own home. We may not have much control over all the logistics and environmental factors that go into garbage management, but we do, however, have complete control over what we choose to bring home… And by that, I mean SINGLE USE PLASTIC.

Why fuss over ‘single-use plastic’?


Well, for starters, we produce somewhere around 300-400 million tons of plastic every year. About 90% of these, get dumped, not recycled. In just Europe, over 100 million plastic bags are given out every year. Over half of these, are used just once! And it’s the same case with plastic wrappers, straws, cups… The list is quite long. Remember that plastic takes over thousands or even millions of years to decompose. Hence, the now popular but scary term, ‘Single Use Plastic’.

Although plastic, in general, is a huge concern, narrowing it down to single-use plastic makes it far simpler for us common folks to do something about this issue. So now, let’s take a look at some of the common variety of these inorganic pests that we can get rid of right away!

Plastic Straws


Did you know, you can drink pretty much anything directly with your mouth without the help of a plastic straw? It might even feel more natural and easier. Jokes apart, do you seriously need that straw? Because, although seemingly small and innocent looking, these little buggers are manufactured in the billions around the world and almost always ends up clogging our waterways and landfills.

“500 million straws are used and thrown away every day in the United States alone.”

Besides, if you do prefer to sip through a straw, there are stainless steel alternatives that you can proudly flaunt. But that’s not the actual issue here. Most of the time, there is a store policy in play that instructs its staff to stuff the customer’s bag with plastic straws, cups and cutlery at the slightest hint of them buying something to drink or eat. And when you consider the fact that hundreds of millions of customers walk in and out such convenient stores, fast food joints etc. every single day with a handful of plastic straws just to be thrown away, the reality is quite unnerving. Here’s an example, of one of the world’s largest chain of convenience stores showing no concern for the environment – 7-Eleven & Plastic: A ​​Tragic​ ​Saga. But it’s still important that each of us does our part. So, #RefuseTheStraw!

Plastic bags


The dreaded plastic bag! Probably the mother of all these single-use pests. The plastic bags finds its way into everyone’s hands and comes loaded with other plastic items in it.

Can you imagine, a million plastic bags were given out around the world, in just the last minute. And all of it gets discarded the moment the person carrying it, reaches home. It’s not rocket science on how to avoid this menace. Just take your own cloth or paper bag with you the next time you go shopping for groceries. Plus it makes you look way cooler than the ones with the noisy plastic bags. That’s probably the main reason some of the retail stores now opt for paper bags instead!

Coffee Cups


Another seemingly harmless everyday thing makes it into the list of avoidable and harmful single-use plastic items. Once again, citing the example of 7-Eleven stores, an astounding 1.1 million coffee cups leave their store every day. And this not including the other beverages that too are sold in the millions every day or the additional straws, spoons etc. that they pack for you.

“The United Kingdom alone discards around 3 billion coffee cups every year!”

If you must have your coffee on the go, then you should consider carrying along your own mug or flask with you. Besides, the plastic used on the inner lining of coffee cups are not of the highest quality and have been found to be leaking BPA and other toxins when in contact with hot or acidic items. And if you are sitting down at the cafe, then it really is a no-brainer to opt for a mug, isn’t it?

Water Bottles


This one here has many readily available alternatives, and yet it is one the major plastic pollutants out there. The plastic bottles we use to quench our thirst is slowly clogging up and poisoning the very source of water! Even a flimsy water bottle, takes about 1000 years to decompose.

Carrying your own stainless steel bottle is the safest, smartest and also the cheapest way to drink water! Just fill it up at a water fountain or simply ask at the cafe or restaurant you were in.

Plastic Cutlery


If you regularly have your lunch at work using plastic plates and spoons, keeping some of your own environmentally friendly dishes in the office kitchen will only make you look like a more aware and smarter person. You will also have a much cleaner conscience, knowing that the plate you had food from won’t turn into a toxic food for some other life form by getting dumped in the ocean.  

These might seem like tiny steps, but make no mistake – Each person’s effort in this fight against single-use plastic has a significant effect in bringing down the harm caused by it. After all, it is not just the big corporations, but us common folk that are the primary consumers of single-use plastic. When we all stop consuming, the corporations will have no choice but to heed to the need of the hour – and that is to stop this plastic rampage!

ibanplastic is one such movement, fighting the plastic problem haunting our planet using the support of individuals like you and me. If you too have taken some meaningful steps to reduce the usage of single-use plastic, please share it through your comments and get a few others motivated enough to act!

Taiwan Takes The Fight Against Plastic To The Next Level

Taiwan Takes The Fight Against Plastic To The Next Level

[vc_row][vc_column][charityhome_vc_section_title title=”Taiwan Bans Single Use Plastic” sub_title=”Taiwan Takes The Fight Against Plastic To The Next Level” slogan=”Declares Ban On Plastic Straws, Bags & Utensils. Further, To Phase Out All Single-Use Plastic By 2030.”][/charityhome_vc_section_title][vc_single_image image=”10952″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Routine shopping activities and the regular visit to the convenient store is about to have a massive change in scenario. News from the Hong Kong Free Press reveals that Taiwan is all set to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, cups, bags etc. Once implemented, this will be one of the biggest moves against plastic, across the world. As more awareness spreads about the catastrophic damage this inorganic material is causing to the environment, Taiwan’s decision throws light on the global momentum the fight against plastic is gaining.

An official of an Environmental Protection agency based in Taiwan, Lai Ying-yaun, says the government plans to drastically cut down the ocean pollution caused by plastic trash, which also inevitably gets into our food chain. To achieve this, a complete ban on single-use plastic will be in place by 2030.

A long-term plan, such as this, also makes it possible to further build upon regulations currently in place, like an extended recycling scheme, additional expenses for plastic carry bags etc. In 2019, the regulations will initially begin by banning restaurants from handing out plastic straws to customers. From there, diners will be directed to ban plastic by 2020, entirely. Even department stores will have to pay extra if they want to give out free plastic containers, bags etc. These fees will be increased by 2025.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to reports from the Hong Kong Free Press, these small but significant steps will, by 2030, ultimately conclude with an all-out ban on all single-use plastic items such as straws, bags, utensils etc. Lai Ying-Yaun points out the steel or even edible alternatives for straws, and even to the fact that straws are probably not needed at all, and their ban will not result in any inconvenience.

Every year close to 400 million metric tons of plastic is produced globally, with almost 10 million tons finding their way into the ocean. Taiwan’s war on plastic comes as no surprise if one is to consider the current magnitude of plastic pollution.

“If you still don’t have a clear picture, imagine a garbage truck full of plastic emptying itself into the ocean – every minute!”

The declaration by Taiwan contributes to a much more prominent headway against plastic as the different governments around the world agree that the convenience of single-use plastic pales in comparison to the damage it causes. A global ban was recently proposed by the UN against the amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans. Canada has similar plans to propose later this year for the G7 summit. Councils across Scotland have banned plastic straws, and even Malibu recently forbid restaurants from handing-out plastic containers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”10951″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Plastic straws, a predominantly unnecessary item, has especially caught the attention of many environmentalists. Just in the US, close to 500 million plastic straws are given out each day. Since the US barely accounts for 4.4% of the planet’s population, the actual amount of plastic straws thrown out each day is unimaginable. These figures should be frightening to you since the flimsy plastic straws, are single-use items and cannot be recycled. Which means all of those hundreds of millions of quite useless items will end up polluting our oceans for a long, long time.

Taiwan has set a brilliant example by going one step ahead and banning many other widespread single-use plastic items. This move will hopefully influence the more significant users of plastic to give up on this non-biodegradable material.

Slowly, but surely a wave of change is forming. You can help in speeding up the fight against plastic by spreading awareness through sharing inspiring articles such as these or even your own story by commenting below![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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