“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim RohnAdvertising
Fitness is key to our overall health. We all know it, and for those of us who take it seriously, we know how to train our bodies to keep in the best physical shape. Or do we? To truly understand fitness, we must first understand the body. Scientific research and anatomy is paramount to this understanding – we must know we are dealing with on the inside, in order to truly benefit on the outside. And just as an athlete or trainer knows, looking good on the outside means feeling just as good on the inside.Advertising
Understanding The Body
Your back is the number one place in the body that overcompensates for all the other areas that are not in proper use. For instance if we are not training our core muscles properly, our back muscles will begin to overwork, thus resulting in pain, or strained muscles. This need not be the case. However there are negatives for any area that we overwork, or over train. When we talk about fitness, and bodybuilding, we are talking about making each part of the body work at its strongest, building the muscles so that they work together and the body works at its full capacity. If we over train any area, we will land in some rather hot water.Advertising
Back To Front
It is actually better to overwork your back than your chest. Although the chest seems to be the more difficult part of the body to get into peak condition (we often see a good set of guns, but are less likely to see highly developed pectorals) it is very important to approach a chest workout properly. If you only work on your chest, the muscles do not necessarily grow and grow the way you think they might. In fact when you only develop the chest muscles, they grow tighter and tighter, and this begins to affect your overall posture in a way that likely does not match the desired result you were hoping for.Advertising
Excessive development of the chest (and underdevelopment of the back) can lead to a curving of the spine and a condition called ‘Kyphosis’, otherwise known as hunchback. With time the bones can compress, age and crack under the pressure, which is not only very painful, but the complete opposite of what was initially being aimed for. The overall area of the back contains much more muscle than the chest. The two must work with each other in order to develop the chest; unfortunately the back will look fine without the chest being as developed, but the same does not occur vice versa. Working only the chest muscles is non-functional, painful and dangerous. But working the chest and the back muscles, will develop the chest in the way you probably envision. Good posture never fails to look good!Advertising
Don’t bench press too often. It can cause you to lose muscle mass and strength rather than gain it if you do it too often. Know that an overall build will always look better, AND you will have less pain in other areas if all your muscle groups are working together as a team. Good back muscles will actually make your chest look bigger. When you pull those back muscles back and shoulders back, that chest you’ve been working will look even bigger. For this reason, it is important that your back is tighter and more muscled than the rest of your body. It’s very difficult for your back to look “too big” or disproportionate by working it too hard. It is, however, easy to overdo the chest muscles if you are not looking after the rest of your body properly.
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Last Updated on January 13, 2022
10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas
A honeymoon is important. The wedding is over. The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over. It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.
To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon. This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to. Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.
A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple. You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature. You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life. There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.
You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon. In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one. Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically. Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together. You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.
3. Island Getaway
People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc. Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget. You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car. It’s the view in paradise that really matters.
4. Fancy Resort
Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in. While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits. If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention. There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.
5. Road Trip
The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination. If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours. Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure. You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.
6. Charter a Boat
If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination. You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions. You’ll also be surrounded by people. For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.
7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City
If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it. Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity. The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart. Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house. If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).
8. Themed Retreats
There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about. Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.
9. Working Honeymoon
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation. For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization. You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason. Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc. Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community. Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.
10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events. Find one you’re interested in. If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals. Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into. If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.
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