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15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

15 Things To Look Forward To In 2016

New Year is already here, and we’re going to witness different types of events. The best way not to miss all the right stuff this year is to know when they’re going to happen and create a reminder in your smartphone. This article brings you 15 things you simply can’t miss this year. Just like Oprah said once “Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right.” Let’s find out what to expect in 2016.

1. The X-Files returns

After more than 13 years of absence, the most famous FBI agents in the world, Fox Mulder, and Dana Scully are making their big comeback. Outstanding agents are ready to continue where they left, investigate government’s cover-ups and alien conspiracies.

The X-Files mini-series premieres January 24, 2016, on FOX. First two episodes will be focused on shows mythology while remaining four episodes will bring back classic writers for standalone monster series.

Make sure you don’t miss the new investigations of Mulder and Scully. Remember to switch to FOX and many latest stuff. The truth is out there.

2. Leap day

It isn’t an event per se, but those who were born on February 29 will finally get to celebrate their birthday. Yes, this year we have a leap day. Below, you can see some fun facts about leap years:

The famous poet Lord Byron was born on a leap day

People born on February 29 are called leapers or leaplings

Rapper Ja Rule was born on February 29

Anthony, Texas is the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. The town even hosts a festival dedicated to the leap day

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In Greece, getting married on leap day is considered a bad luck

February 29 is also a Rare Disease Day

It is believed that “leapers” have special talents.

3. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Batman and Superman are fighting against each other, a new threat Doomsday created by Lex Luthor will endanger mankind. Both superheroes will have to set their differences aside and fight the villain.

The unique plot isn’t the only reason Batman vs. Superman is highly anticipated. People also want to see how Ben Affleck portrayed one of the main characters. Superman is played by Henry Cavill.

Movie’s going to be released in March. See your two favorite superheroes in action in cinemas worldwide.

4. Game of Thrones Season 6

Is Jon Snow alive? What happened to Sansa and Theon Greyjoy aka Reek? How’s Cersei’s revenge going to look like? There are so many questions whose answers will finally go to be replied to in Game of Thrones season 6.

HBO announced the 6th season would premiere in April although they didn’t set the exact date. We’re also going to see Bran, who wasn’t on the show last season. This time, he’s all grown up.

In 2016, you don’t want to miss the most popular show on the planet. If you haven’t watched the show before, start now to catch up.

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5. 2016 Olympics in Rio

Although it ‘s hard to believe that Olympics in London were four years ago, this summer we can enjoy watching one of the most appreciated sports spectacles in the world – Olympics. This year, Rio will be the host and its perfect time to enjoy summer vacation while supporting athletes from your country.

The Olympics will begin on August 5, and the closing ceremony will be held on August 2016. Get the props, buy T-shirts in colors of your country and support the talented athletes who’ll fight for the most prestigious prize ever – the Olympic gold medal.

6. William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary

April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. What many people don’t know is that according to historians, William Shakespeare died on his birthday.

Shakespeare was one of the most notable literary talents in history and played a significant role in development and progress of English language. To mark the death of this genius, make sure you write one of his many plays or sonnets.

7. US Election

The presidential campaigns are heating up, and it’s going to be interesting to see who will replace President Obama as the most powerful man on Earth. What we can expect in 2016 is to see how presidential candidates will occupy world news and fight for their place in the White House. One thing is for sure, US election of 2016 will be one of the most interesting yet.

The elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, so if you’re a US citizen don’t forget to vote and make your contribution to the history.

8. Euro Cup 2016

2016 is going to be fascinating for all sports fan. Before the Olympics, you can enjoy watching European football teams fight for the title of the best team on the Old continent. The Euro Cup 2016 will be held in France, and it’s going to last for a full month (June 10 – July 10).

Get the tickets and head to France to enjoy a major spectacle watching your favorite players show what they’re made of. Or you can organize Euro Cup watching parties at your home. Have fun.

9. Adele tour

You play Hello and other Adele songs on your phone every day. You sing Adele’s greatest hits in the shower. Well, in 2016 you can watch Adele performing all the marvelous songs that made you cry in your city.

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After announcing European tour dates, Adele also made US fans happy by announcing she will travel across the country as well. The tour will start in July which means you can still get your ticket.

10. Queen of England turns 90

On April 21, 2016, Elizabeth II Queen of England will celebrate her 90th birthday. In 2015, she has become the longest serving monarch in the British history. It will be interesting to see what types of celebrations will the Queen have this year.

If you plan to visit the United Kingdom, you should do so in April and experience the magic from the “first hand.”

11. Jupiter at opposition

The biggest planet in the Solar system will be at its closest approach to Earth, and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than in any other time of the year, and you’ll be able to see Jupiter all night long. Set March 8 in your calendar, get the telescope and don’t miss this astronomic phenomenon.

A good pair of binoculars will also allow you to see Jupiter’s moons appearing as dots on either side of this magnificent planet.

12. Penumbral lunar eclipse

Here’s another astronomic phenomenon that you can’t miss this year – penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23. It occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow or penumbra.

The moon will slightly darken, but not completely. The eclipse will be visible in eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the West Coast of America (including Alaska). Don’t miss this great event. Although it’s going to be visible without a telescope, using this “tool” can only add to the magic of the entire experience.

13. 4K screen becomes norm

In 2016, we can expect that 4K screens will take over and become the new standard. There are already tons of 4K monitors and TVs, but not so much on phones. Technology experts assume that’s going to change with the release of new smartphones.

Make sure you watch tech news and get the latest release of your favorite smartphone with new 4K screen. Watching videos and photos on phones will become even better with 4K screens.

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14. Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun

On May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will move directly between our planet and the Sun. It is a very rare event that only happens once in ages. Viewers with telescopes and solar filters will be able to see the dark disk of the Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. Other transit of Mercury across the Sun will be in 2019 and the next one after that in 2039.

Get your approved solar filters and telescope and don’t miss this rare event.

15. iPhone 7

Apple tends to release new iPhone each year, and it is assumed the biggest tech news and event of the year will occur in September with the release of iPhone 7. Although we still don’t know how this new smart-phone will look like, it’s quite sure the new device won’t have a headphone jack. It means that wired headphones will go through the lightning connector instead, but wireless Bluetooth headphones will work as usual.

Tech experts assume that with the absence of headphone jack Apple is in the bid to make the phone even thinner. The new device will have improved performance and more memory.

Conclusion

Throughout this article, you have had the opportunity to see a broad range of events that will mark 2016. Get ready to plenty of sports events, prepare yourself for the astronomic phenomenon, watch your favorite TV shows, and plan to visit London in April.

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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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