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Top 6 Friendliest Cities in the US

Top 6 Friendliest Cities in the US

Travelling is the most amazing thing you can do for your body and mind, because it makes you feel free and fills you with positive energy. You feel inspired by all the gorgeous places you go to and sights you see, from ancient buildings and relics to breathtaking modern architecture.

Exploring new cultures and the stunning artwork of different civilizations only adds to the beauty of all the places you visit, especially meeting the locals that add that special charisma to the cities. Your travel experience is definitely a lot better because of those friendly faces and smiles you come across along the way. It’s the people who make a city special and, when they are visibly happy, hospitable and always greet you with a warm smile, you cannot help but feel like home. They are the ones who make your stay amazing and make the city they live in friendly, warm and welcoming.

There are a number of beautiful and friendly cities in the world, but here, we will explore the six friendliest cities in the United States, so let’s check out what they have to offer and why they made the list.

San Francisco, California

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    The famous Rudyard Kipling once said: “San Francisco has only one drawback – ‘tis hard to leave.”

    He was never more right. This beautiful city has mesmerizing sights wherever you look and it makes you never want to leave it. Among San Francisco’s famous landmarks, the most iconic one is definitely the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the things this city offers that seems out of this world is the fog throughout the whole year, making the city look like actual paradise.

    This city has amazing activities everywhere and for everyone, from concerts and exciting nightlife to volunteering activities and community art projects. All of those things make the locals happy and stress-free, and those are the main reasons why they are all so welcoming and greet the tourists with open arms. Throughout the whole year, San Francisco treats its residents with amazing art, music, literary and theatre events, making them both happier and healthier and making the tourists fall in love with it.

    If you haven’t already visited San Francisco, be sure to put it on your bucket list, since you are certain to meet only friendly and easy-going people there, who will make your stay the most wonderful experience ever.

    New Orleans, Louisiana

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      New Orleans is a city known for its vibrant music scene, amazing art and history, and a fascinating mix of African, American and French culture. The locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and chances are that you will end up getting to know your future best friends there. New Orleans is the cradle of Jazz and has a number of music festivals throughout the year, making the city alive at all times.

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      If you visit this fabulous city in the winter, you must witness the Mardi Gras Carnival, the annual celebration of New Orleans, where you can enjoy amazing music and meet extraordinary people. New Orleans is definitely one of the most charming, electric and energetic cities in the world and its locals are the most awesome people you will ever meet. It has that Southern charm you will absolutely adore, as well as the greatest spirit you will ever encounter.

      You must visit New Orleans at least once in your life, for a breathtaking experience that will definitely leave a lasting impression on you.

      Austin, Texas

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        Austin is known as the “live music capital of the world” and, let me tell you, for a very good reason. The city is overrun with musicians and loving and friendly people at every corner. The beautiful capital of Texas can become your new home pretty easily, since you will fall in love with it the moment you go there. I know I did. It has a number of tourist attractions and parks you can visit to enjoy your time and recharge your batteries after a crazy night out at its fabulous clubs made for every personality.

        There is something for everyone in Austin and you can engage in a lot of fun activities, from biking and hiking to boating in some of its gorgeous lakes, where you can find a lot of friendly locals jogging. Austin is a highly social city and it is truly one of the friendliest ones in the United States, with neighborhoods full of happy and youthful people who will make you never forget their beautiful city.

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        Salt Lake City, Utah

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          Salt Lake City is among the top friendliest cities in the United States because of the locals who will literally treat you as family when you go there. They are known to be extremely friendly and they absolutely love making the tourists feel at home. You will have a truly fascinating experience if you visit Utah’s capital and its amazing residents will help you have the best adventure of your life.

          Salt Lake City is known for its incredible restaurants and shopping scene, art and museums, as well as the historic Temple Square, the 19th-century neo-Gothic Mormon Church. You can find pretty much anything you wish in this family city to make your travel experience one of the best ones ever.

          Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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            Pittsburgh is one of the liveliest cities in Pennsylvania that lies on the three rivers known as the Golden Triangle, which has made this city a natural commercial center, rich with natural beauties, as well as a number of museums and historic parks you can visit. If you go to Pittsburgh, you are certain to meet amazing people that will make you feel as if you’ve gone to heaven.

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            That’s the exact feeling this beautiful city will inspire in you, where the locals are most welcoming and friendly towards tourists. They like helping people and taking them under their wing, which will make you absolutely love both them and the city. They are among the kindest people you’ll ever meet and they are very passionate when it comes to sports, so you’ll definitely have some new friends to go to a game with and give your team spirit a little push.

            So, make sure you include Pittsburgh in your tour across the United States, since the locals will surely enrich your life spiritually and make you experience the best adventure ever.

            Park City, Utah

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              Park City is another city viewed as one of the friendliest in the United States, thanks to its locals who are extremely friendly and welcoming. This city is rich with fascinating culture and history, as well as a lot of incredible places that bring the city to life. The community of this stunning resort city of Utah includes some of the kindest people in the world, which is exactly what makes Park City so lovable and friendly. It is a small town with a big heart that can warm you up pretty easily, even in the coldest winter days.

              It’s no wonder it made it to the top of the charts in the America’s Favourite Places survey – it has that kind of charm you simply cannot resist.

              If you are a passionate traveler like me, you must check these amazing cities off your list. I am certain you will find them as stunning as I did and it will be unimaginable not to come back, just to take another look at them up close and feel their friendly spirit. If you haven’t already visited these cities, pack your bags right now and set off for an adventure of your life. Bon voyage!

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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.

              Video Summary

              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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