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7 Extreme Summer Activities To Remind You That You’re Alive

7 Extreme Summer Activities To Remind You That You’re Alive

There’s nothing like a little adrenaline rush to bring perspective to your life! Here are 7 things (ok, technically way more than 7) you can do this summer if you’re feeling adventurous, extreme, or just plain out of your mind.

1. I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed!

Whether you’re like Ricky Bobby and just want to go fast, or if you’ve ever wanted to be a race-car driver for a day and try out a high performance Formula One car, there are plenty of driving experience facilities and schools where you can push Porsche, Ferrari, and BMW automobiles to the red line. Of course, if you’re already the proud owner of an exceptionally speedy vehicle, you might try taking it down to the Mojave Mile and push 200 mph in the desert.

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    2. Extreme Distance Under Extreme Circumstance

    Nothing says extreme like running the equivalent of five and a half marathons through a 100 degree desert over a 6 day time span. The Marathon Des Sables in Morocco is one such foot race. It requires competitors to train for years to compete, lest they become casualties in the Sahara heat.

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      For those who aren’t quite as keen on the life-and-death aspect of racing, there’s always the Sopelana Naturist Race in Spain, where you can run a nude 5k at whatever pace you like.

      3. Sharks, Bulls, and Crocodiles, Oh My!

      For those that really want to get extreme with animals, riding an eight-second bull is always a thrill, but running from them instead is even scarier. This is what thousands of people do in Pamplona, Spain every year from the 6th to 14th of July.

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        If The Running of the Bulls isn’t your cup of tea, maybe fishing for bulls is – bull sharks that is. It will sate your appetite for large animal encounters. While there’s nothing quite like shark fishing to make you really appreciate the power of these animals, only the most extreme will swim in a cage with them in the open ocean. Shark-powered surfing would be at the top of the list, if it weren’t fake.

        What’s not fake is the 16 foot long crocodile that you can get face to face with when you enter the Cage of Death in Australia. If you can handle 15 minutes with nothing but a couple of inches of glass between you and these prehistoric beasts, you’ll survive the once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you’re too afraid, well, just don’t let them see your crocodile tears.

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          4. Bugs, Blood, Poison, and Devil’s Water

          Maybe live animal experiences aren’t your thing. Perhaps you prefer them dead and on a plate in front of you. Japanese wasp-filled crackers are just one delicacy to try this summer. While you’re in Asia you might also check out balut, a half-developed bird (usually duck), that is boiled and slurped out of the shell.

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            If you’re feeling really extreme, find somebody that knows how to prepare the dangerous pufferfish, Fugu, considered a dangerous delicacy. You have to have a license to serve this fish, and the only way to obtain it is to prepare and eat it yourself. If you survive, you get your license. If you find yourself fixated with poisonous delicacies, you might try a cobra blood and heart shooter, which is exactly what it sounds like. Because the heart is served still beating, certain animal rights groups deem the practice inhumane.

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              If animals are out of the question for your extreme summer dining experiences, then maybe the world’s spiciest tequila will do the trick for you? Devil’s Water is a seven pepper tequila infusion that includes the spicy habanero pepper. This drink will make you cry if you’re not prepared for it, so make sure to pick out a tequila you enjoy and stock up on tissues to wipe your nose and eyes with.

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                5. There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…

                What’s more extreme that conquering a mountain by climbing to its summit? Climbing five in a row, of course. The Mt. Huashan peaks rise up 7000 feet above the Shaanxi Province in China. They are littered with Taoist temples, and are only accessible by treacherously narrow planks and stairs carved into the cliff face. If you can get over the heights, the range is a beauty to behold.

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                  While you might expect to see Everest on this list, climbing mountains is tough work. Why trek up to the summit when instead you can just skydive past it? Forget expending the effort climbing up and down, just let an airplane and gravity do all the work.

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                    Speaking of gravity, those that prefer keeping their feet firmly planted might want to try Nicaragua’s hottest new activity, volcano surfing (pun absolutely intended). Cerro Negro is an active volcano outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Somehow, that doesn’t stop visitors from hiking and boarding down its slopes!

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                      6. Going Crazy in City Limits

                      The outdoors might not be for everybody trying to get their thrill seeking fix. For those that find comfort among the glass, asphalt, and metal of city skyscrapers, the Edge Walk in Toronto might just be the ticket for a good time. The CN Tower stands 116 storeys above the ground. Participants are encouraged to push their limits and lean back, allowing nothing but the tether to keep them from falling to the street below.

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                        While many enjoy going to the intense Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas every summer, few will have the guts to hang suspended off the side of the stratosphere while they spin around for the Insanity Ride. While you get a full view of the Las Vegas lights, the sounds of your own screaming may be slightly distracting.

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                          7. Cool Off In the Ocean

                          There’s nothing like catching a little sun by the pool during the summer, unless that pool is a deep dark tunnel that extends roughly 666 feet into the ocean. Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest known seawater tunnel. The world’s unassisted freediving record holder, William Trubridge, conquered 100 meters of it in 2011.

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                            For those just trying to beat the summer heat, a quick kayaking trip to Antarctica may be in order. Paddling through frigid waters and floating ice might seem like a chore at first, but the unique sights of glaciers and marine life like seals and whales make this experience worth it.

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                              Just Remember…

                              While living life on the edge can be exhilarating and produce unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, nobody wants to begin a summer that they won’t come back from. Even those who plan on a relatively mundane season would do well to brush up on and observe summer safety protocols now and again.

                              That said, don’t let anything stop you from going out and having the summer of your life. Sometimes getting your blood pumping and your adrenaline flowing in the sunshine are just what the doctor ordered to remind you what it is to be alive!

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                              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                              3. Jumping Jacks

                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                6. Leg Squats

                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                7. Push Ups

                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                9. Lunges

                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                10. Bicep Curls

                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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