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10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

When we consider traveling some of us dream of a blissfully relaxing break. Whereas for others, traveling is an addictive adventure. The feeling of exploring new lands by pushing our strength and courage to the limit is hard to match. For us, the most memorable sites are the ones that we risked life and limb to reach! For us younger travelers, adventure travel holidays build character, confidence and broaden the mind. Breaking out of the comfort zone and pushing our boundaries is highly rewarding. The only question is, are you feeling up to the challenge?

1. Exploring Venezuela’s Lost World and Angel Falls

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    Where better to start that the source of inspiration for Conan Doyle’s iconic adventure novel “Lost World”. The natural beauty is breathtaking, thick lush jungle stretches for miles with massive sandstone mountain tables peeking through.

    To reach Mount Roraima’s summit you’ll need to trek through the rocky maze and transverse raging streams. It will test both your endurance and strength of will. If you manage to make it to Auyán-tepui, you’ll be blessed to see the wold’s tallest waterfall at 3,200ft!

    2. Taking a Motorbike Trip Through the Siberian Wilderness

    Adrenaline junkers and avid bikers need not look further. Skilled riders are in for a grueling ride, but the rewards worth it ten-fold. Blazing around Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, is a site to behold and the wilderness of rolling valleys is astonishing.

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    You’ll need to rough it and camp out along the way, but the Buryat culture, thermal hot springs, and sprawling wildlife is breathtaking.

    3. Sailing Between Remote Islands of Indonesia

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      Ever wonder what it felt like to be one of the original explorers of the Far East Orient? Glide between tropical paradise islands in a traditional 110ft Phinisi wooden yacht. Explore remote conservation parks that are overflowing with both marine and island inhabitants. Highlights include mighty Komodo dragons, graceful birds of paradise and deadly manta rays.

      Once you’ve found the perfect hidden cove for exploration, why not moor up for BBQ and cocktails on the beach. Snorkeling or diving is a divine way to experience the untouched coral reefs.

      4. Fighting on Behalf of Turtle Conservation in the Bahamas

      Do your part for the planet’s wildlife while enjoying some of the world’s most pristine beaches and deep blue waters. Join a team of marine biologists and help save the sea turtles that inhabit the glistening waters of the Bahamas. Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger.

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      Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger. You’ll need to don your snorkeling gear and swim alongside their majestic creatures to check up on their natural habits.

      5. Scaling The Mighty Mont Blanc

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        Fancy a challenge? Climbing the third highest mountain in Europe is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll certainly need to be physically fit to pull this off, plus handy with crampons and ice axes. You fitness and fortitude will be pushed to the limit during this journey but the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

        Get acclimatized and revise basic training in Chamonix before taking on this incredible three-day trek to the top.

        6. Sailing Across Turkey’s Dorian Coast

        Keen sailors with an adventurous spirit should head to the marvelous Dorian Coast of Turkey. If you’re experienced and brave enough, you might consider chartering a yacht and hitting the waves. Otherwise, you can always learn to sail alongside a competent skipper and receive a Level 2 RYA Sailing certification.

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        After a long day pulling the rigging and steering the yacht there’s plenty of quiet marinas and beautiful remote areas to anchor up for a night on the coast.

        7. Paddling Through Think Jungles Rivers of Costa Rica

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          What better way to explore Cost Rica’s lush tropical jungles than by the river ways of Tortuguero. Some may opt for a boat, but taking to your paddle boards is without a doubt the best way to experience the wildlife. Seek out monkeys, exotic birds and toucans before checking out the local Sloth sanctuary.

          When night falls, take a stroll through the rain forest as it buzzes with nocturnal activity. Or consider a quiet dip in the Arenal Volcano’s thermal pools before leading to the pristine beaches nearby.

          8. Walking The Great Wall of China

          If you’re interested in historic sites and your legs feel up to the challenge, try walking (some of) the Great Wall of China. The architecture is as astonishing as the natural landscape. Marvel as the might wall zigzags off into the distance and across the ridges of the mountains.

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          From Beijing, you must embark on a 6-day trek to get there, a tribute of sweat! You’ll also want to check out the burial site of the Qing Dynasty Emperors

          9. Paddling By Day Wild Camping By Night in West Sweden

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            The western coastal waters of Sweden offers over a remarkable 8,000 islands ripe for kayaking between and setting up for the night. Your arms will be bulging and burning after padding off to find your own private island. You’ll be provided with maps and all the essentials for navigating and setting up wild camps.

            10. Exploring the Snowy Shiretoko Wilderness in Japan

            There’s no better time to trek across the Shiretoko Wilderness than during the snowy winter months. You may choose to trek by foot and spot Eagles or paddle across the Lake Kussharo and try your luck at fishing. After a tiring hike up Mt. Asahi, you’ll want to take to the relaxing hot springs of Toya Onsen.

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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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