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15 Ancient Ruins You’ll Regret Not Visiting In Your Lifetime

15 Ancient Ruins You’ll Regret Not Visiting In Your Lifetime

If you are going to go on a vacation simply to recharge your batteries, then a nice weekend in the country, say within a 100 mile radius of your home town, is more than enough to help you relax. However, avid travelers find much more satisfaction in exploring other cultures, learning about the history of the world, and taking in some of the magnificent works of architecture left by our ancestors.

If you fancy yourself a world traveler and a lover of culture, instead of a mere tourist, there are tons of unique awe inspiring ancient ruins for you to explore. Here are some of the most beautiful.

1. Koh Ker – Near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Koh Ker

    About 75 miles from Siem Reap in Cambodia is a beautiful and well-preserved temple, and a number of other ancient structures, among the jungle covered hill slopes. The ancient city of Koh Ker was built from sandstone and brick. It features an impressive seven-tier pyramid among other spectacles.

    2. Petra – Ma’an Governorate, Jordan

    Petra

      Raising out of the coarse sands of the Jordan desert, the sandstone cliffs are host to a wonderful and ingenious piece of architecture – a city carved in the rose-colored stone. The Rose City was established nearly 2500 thousand years ago. It has been a very popular movie location in the recent past due to its unique style.

      3. Borobudur – Magelang, Indonesia

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      Borobudur

        In a wide clearance in Magelang, surrounded by hills and forests, lies a huge stone structure – the world’s largest Buddhist temple. It features nine raised platforms, with a huge central dome and over 2,500 thousand relief panels. There are also hundreds of statues depicting the Buddha. It is an inspiring experience, regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not.

        4. Bagan – Mandalay Region, Myanmar

        Bagan

          A relatively small ancient city, covering an area of 42 square kilometers. This unique gem is a host to well-over 2000 Buddhist temples. There are fun activities like balloon rides over the area, but one can simply take a stroll and experience the awesomeness firsthand.

          5. Pompei – Near Naples, Italy

          Pompeii

            Probably the best preserved ancient Roman city in the world, Pompeii was wiped out when the nearby volcano erupted. Fortunately, the volcanic ash that covered the entire city actually helped preserve the architecture, artworks, items, and even the bodies of the inhabitants. Exploring its streets is like taking a walk through history.

            6. Chichen Itza – Tinum Municipality, Mexico

            Chichen Itza

              This vast Mayan archeological site is a true marvel of ancient ingenuity, featuring a huge pyramid known as El Castillo. People actively lived there from as early as 600 AD to about 1200 AD. There are a multitude of different styles of buildings to be observed at this silent testament to the might of the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America.

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              7. Teotihuacan – Just Outside Mexico City, Mexico

              Teotihuacan

                A wonderfully preserved and impressively sized ancient site, with numerous stone pyramids and paved streets, Teotihucan is truly something to behold. There is a lot to explore in one place. There is a reason why they called it “the birthplace of the gods”.

                8. Tikal Ruins – Petén Basin, Guatemala

                Tikal Ruins

                  Here is another great Mayan city with tall stone structures that have stood the test of time. It just goes to show how developed the pre-Columbian civilizations of America were. The big temple is 47 meters high, with a steep staircase leading to the chamber on top, where you’ll also find an excellent view of the surrounding area.

                  9. Asklepieion of Kos – Kos, Greece

                  Asklepeion

                    This ancient medical center has been ravaged by the passage of time; however, its parts are quite well conserved, particularly compared to some other Greek ruins where only a few small stones still remain. It was built to commemorate the famous ancient physician Hippocrates, as well as honor the god of healing, making it an excellent pilgrimage site for medical professionals.

                    10. Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England

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                    Stonehenge

                      A nearly miraculous feat of ancient engineering, Stonehenge features huge man-made rock formations in a circular layout. These Neolithic structure make us wonder just how the ancient peoples that inhabited Britain managed to produce such a grandiose monument.

                      11. Sunken Ancient City of Heracleion – Alexandria, Egypt

                      Heracleion

                        A once great and proud metropolis, the city of Heracleion lie sunken underneath the sea for over a millennium, until it was finally rediscovered in 2000. There are tons of beautiful statues, inscribed slabs, and all manner of ancient wonders for the eager scuba diver to explore.

                        12. Ephesus – Ionian Coast, Turkey

                        Ephesus Ancient Greek City

                          A powerful and beautiful Ancient Greek city, dating back to the 10th century BC, Ephesus is incredibly well preserved, given all the wars the Greek states had seen during their time, not to mention the elements eating away at it for millennia. There are many world famous examples of early Greek architecture to be seen, and a lot of them are in fairly good shape.

                          13. Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand

                            An astounding number of buildings still remain in excellent condition in the Ayutthaya National Park, pointing to a glorious past where Ayutthaya was a capital of a large kingdom. It’s worth mentioning that extensive repairs and reconstructions have been done over the years, helping this site retain much of its former glory.

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                            14. Ellora Caves – Maharashtra, India

                            Ellora caves

                              It mast of taken tons of devotion, hard work, and skill to carve out 34 different caves to create these breathtaking temples. The site features Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples standing together proudly, as a silent reminder that people of different religious creeds can live in harmony. The Ellora caves are simply amazing.

                              15. Ancient Tombs – Valley of the Kings, Egypt

                              Luxor tomb

                                No list of wonders ancient ruins would be complete without the many Egyptian pyramids. However, the pharaohs that ruled the so-called New Kingdom went a step further and had their giant tombs in the hills of Luxor. There are 63 tombs across the Valley of Kings, with the last discovered quite recently in 2005. It seems that the valley still holds a few secrets that we are yet to discover.

                                No serious traveler should go through their entire life never to have seen some of these amazing and inspiring ancient ruins. You get a new-found respect for our ancestors who were, among other things, creative artists and incredibly gifted architects.

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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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