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How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

How To Cliff Jump Without Getting Hurt: Dos And Don’ts

Extreme sport is not for the weak: Requirements include the ability to fall down. If you’re going cliff diving you’re likely in the mood for adventure, or have been drinking near a cliff. In the event that you decide to jump off said cliff here are some Dos and Don’ts for safe cliff diving. Unless you’re a professional or highly experienced, a tremendous cliff is not advisable. You have been warned, but just like the advisory of Miranda Rights you may not have the ability to adhere to recommended guidelines.

Leap of faith: look before you jump

Look before you jump. If you don’t, you can be the guy that plows into your friend in the water and ruins the trip. Did I mention you should bring friends? And that there should be water at the bottom? You would think that would be obvious but you’re the one doing a cliff jump right? Take a survey of the surrounding area and closely inspect the landing zone. If the water is too murky to see from your cliff jumping spot then you should inspect it first.

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Water depth

Make sure the water is deep enough and that you’ve secured the cooler at the top of the cliff. This may be a remote area, but there could be hikers that want your precious hard iced tea. If you jump with a beverage, make sure the top is on it. I know that your beer doesn’t have a top. This means you shouldn’t jump with it in your hand. Try taking a drink of it, now remember that you left your things on the cliff and you and all your friends are in the water.

Be safe and aware

You’re not in this for the chicks are you? Okay, if she’s watching you better be sure you really want to jump. Please also be advised that however many ads you saw for your phone that say that it’s water proof they have all lied to you. Better leave it somewhere safe. Being focused on the jump and aware of your surroundings is very important. Be aware of Dave at all times, the one that likes to push people off the cliff because he’s either to impatient and can’t wait for his turn, or he’s just a moron.

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Always feet first

You should always dive feet first, over 90% of professional divers do this on their jumps. Safety is the most important thing during your fun. So remember feet first, just like this tourist here. It should be known without me having to mention it, that if you’re going to jump from a very high place into water it will hurt if you land straight on your face. Dive feet first to prevent this, and also to prevent landing your face into an unseen rock underwater.

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    This looks like it will hurt.

    Don’t panic

    When you’re in the air try to avoid thoughts like “Oh No! I’m going to die!” or “Is the water really deep enough?”. You should enjoy your time spent in the air. So just a recap, don’t panic, stay cool and try not to yell like a pre-pubescent girl as you’re falling. If you’ve never dove before I can’t explain it to you in just one sentence, but you need to break the water clean with a nice entry point and keep a rigid pose. Be aware also of your voyage underwater, try to steer parallel to the water after entry as much as you can, or just away from sharp pointy rocks.

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    Spots to try

    There are some prime locations on island nations, and I would recommend the ones that are in warmer climates. However if you’re looking for something closer, then you might want to comb a beach for a nice area to jump from. Rivers can always be prime for jumping as well. You can bet that there are good cliffs to dive from.

    Featured photo credit: katie moley via tourismontheedge.com

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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