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10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

10 Paradise-Like Destinations for Divers

Paradise is a place where a person feels at peace with himself and his/her surroundings. It can be a distinct place for everyone—an exact location where they find peace, happiness, and serenity. For divers, these 10 paradise-like destinations are spots to reach a state of tranquility, bliss, and calm. If you are a diver out there, get ready! These destinations will leave you as breathless as they have left me!

1. Blue Heron Bridge in Florida
Blue Heron Bridge from Palm Beach County Florida in Singer Island. HDR image process in Photomatix Pro.

    Blue Heron Bridge is located in Riviera Beach, Florida. A notable idea of the “Blue Heron Bridge” is the fact that it’s one of the country’s top-rated beach dive sites.

    Furthermore, the marine life is extraordinary; its universal appeal puts it into Florida’s category of all-time “top favorite destinations.”

    Technically speaking, people fly in from all over the world, to simply take a look at this wonderful phenomenon known as the Blue Heron Bridge. However, scuba divers, this is true especially for you, if you love a beautiful view!

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    The best travel months are April to May & Mid-October to Mid-November.

    2. Gili Trawangan in Indonesia

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      Gili Trawangan, Lombok by Bart Speelman via Flickr

      Gili Trawangan may sound like a funny name, but trust me, there is nothing funny about it. It is a remote island destination, ensuring that you get your well-deserved peace and quiet. The scenery is beautiful and so is the ambiance. I tell you, you will be very pleased with this destination and its serenity. Please do visit this one. It will transport you to a place of peace that you could never have imagined before.

      3. Byron Bay in Australia
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        Byron Bay is located in the far north-eastern corner of the state of New South Wales, Australia. Byron Bay is located approximately 480 miles from Sydney and 103 miles of Brisbane.

        The best travel months are during December, January, February as the winters are not cold, but the summers are exceptionally hot. This one is another one of my favorites as it depicts something different. It isn’t like the other ones. There is something quite special and unique about this one.

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        4. Nakwakto Rapids in British Columbia
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          Nakwakto Rapids is a perfect place for scuba diving! According to a tour website, “the Nakwakto Rapids have been recognized as the fastest tidal surge in the world, and can run up to 17 knots during peak tidal changes.” If “paradise” includes adventures for you, this is the place to go!

          5. Point Lobos in California
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            Point Lobos includes two marine protected areas: Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area. It is a well-reknowned scuba diving destination as well.

            The best travel months are the summer: June, July, and August, as California’s weather is stable throughout the summer (and for most of the year as well).

            6. Isla Mujeres in Mexico
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              Isla Mujeres is in Mexico and is an island in the Caribbean Sea, which is Paradise itself. The island is 7 km wide; to the east is the Caribbean sea with a rocky coast and to the west is the skyline of Cancun. It is located extremely close to one of several coral reefs.

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              This one is another of my favorites. What time is best to visit this destination? Mexico remains hot, so Fall months are best. These include September, October, and November.

              7. Darwin’s Arch in Ecuador
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                Darwin’s Arch is located in the heart of Ecuador. It is named after Charles Darwin; the best part is that it lies in the Pacific Ocean where a variety of marine life exists.

                The weather of Ecuador is quite mild. However, the summers and coastal places can be relatively humid. Opting to go in the fall or spring is a better option.

                8. Bonaire
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                  Bonaire is as beautiful as it sounds, if not even more. Bonaire is located in the Caribbean Sea, and might I say that this is one of my absolute favorites from the list here.

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                  Bonaire’s economy is based off of tourism. It has a lot of warm climate which makes its livelihood off the summer months. Bonaire is an island that caters to thousands of scuba divers from across the world. Bonaire’s Marine Park offers visitors a chance to visit 86 dive spots. It’s home to over 57 coral species and over 350 recorded fish species!

                  9. Barracuda Point
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                    Barracuda Point is the most spectacular decision spot to dive. I mean just look at the picture above. Don’t you just want to go there after taking a close look at it?

                    To enjoy the full experience here at Barracuda Point, it is recommended that divers have already previously had 50 dives before going to this one. The maximum depth at Barracuda Point is 30 meters deep.

                    10. Jellyfish Lake in Palau
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                      Jellyfish Lake is as interesting as it looks and sounds. It is located in Palau and is a wonder to behold and that, my friends, is an understatement.

                      Palau has a tropical climate, but when rainfall ensues, then watch out. March, April, and May are wonderful months to visit this exotic destination.

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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