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8 Things People Enthusiastic About Outdoor Activities Understand

8 Things People Enthusiastic About Outdoor Activities Understand

If you’re a fan of all things outdoors – hiking, skiing, kayaking, climbing, etc. – you’ve probably run across people who think you’re crazy, daring, or strange. That’s okay, because there will always be people who understand you. Here are eight things all outdoor enthusiasts understand well.

1. Showers are Optional

Let’s be honest, it’s totally fine to go without a real shower for a few days. And by real shower, we’re talking about a man-made enclosure with plumbing fixtures and heated water – not a lake or mountain stream. This doesn’t make you nasty or strange – it just means you don’t rely on the comforts of home.

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2. The Best Companions are Dogs

Have you ever thought to yourself, next time I’m taking this excursion by myself? This is frequently the case when you travel with people who don’t love the outdoors as much as you. Well, the good news is that dogs love the outdoors and will never complain. They also make for great protection when hiking or camping in remote locations. For example, American Bully Standards come in all sizes and are very protective of their owners. Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend for no reason!

3. Pictures Never Do Nature Justice

Have you just stopped taking pictures? At some point, you realize that pictures – no matter how great the camera – never do nature justice. The view is always so much better in person, and a picture somehow cheapens the experience. Instead of texting a picture to your best friend, your message is something like, “You’d have to be here to understand.”

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4. Packing Light is a Must

If you’re proficient at packing for an entire weekend in a small backpack, you know you’re an outdoor enthusiast. You understand how to pack only what you need and – because you know you have to carry it with you – very rarely pack things that are non-essential. That means no hair products, pillows, or extra pairs of shoes.

5. There’s No Such Thing as Sleeping In

Can you even remember the last time you slept in? Outdoor enthusiasts typically wake up early to get a jumpstart on their day. Or, if you’re camping in the wilderness, the sunrise serves as your natural alarm clock. Sleeping in late makes you feel guilty and lazy.

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6. Crowded Places are Intimidating

It’s not that you don’t like people, but you probably try to avoid crowded places as much as you can. You’d much rather be hanging out with a couple of your friends on a cliff overlooking a stream than rubbing shoulders with 50,000 people at a sporting event. Crowded places are intimidating because there’s just too much going on.

7. Fall is the Greatest Time of the Year

Fall is hands-down your favorite season of the year. Gorgeous foliage, cool weather, less crowded trails, and the steady crunch of leaves beneath your feet are music to your ears. You also totally understand what people are talking about when they say fall has a scent. It’s difficult to describe, but you know that smell. It’s cool, relaxing, and unique.

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8. Communication is Sometimes Hard

Is your voicemail inbox filled with messages you haven’t yet had a chance to check? Outdoor enthusiasts are sometimes hard to get in touch with. After all, you sometimes leave your phone and email behind for days at a time. This can be frustrating for friends and family members, but it seems totally natural to you.

As someone who is enthusiastic about outdoor activities, it shouldn’t surprise you that people don’t always ‘get’ you. Well, the good news is that there are other people who understand what you’re all about. If these eight things sound familiar, you’re not alone!

Featured photo credit: Zach Dischner via flic.kr

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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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