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Five Rad Festivals for Your 2017 Bucket List

Five Rad Festivals for Your 2017 Bucket List

Are you feeling the pressure of the holidays? Well, one might suggest it’s time for you to look ahead to 2017 and start planning your next bucket list adventure. Where do you want to go? Why do you want to experience _________? What if there were a way to not only visit ______, but also experience a once-in-a-lifetime event while there? In a way you’ll be getting more bang for your traveling buck along with better stories for the office break room. We’re going to highlight what we believe to be five unforgettable, bucket-list worthy festivals to add to your Wanderlist- er, lust.

1. Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival: 1/5/2017 – 2/25/2017

The cheapest flights are usually offered in January. I’m sure you can surmise why. Post-holidays, people have already traveled for the year and pocketbooks are slim. This festival is in one of the most remote places in the world, but lasts long enough that you won’t have to be restricted to just one week to get there! The Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival in China showcases not just a few pretty ice statues. Think more on the scale of castle-sized. Over 10,000 people carve sculptures for several weeks leading up the the opening. Bundle up. An extra suitcase of layers might be worth it. Details:

EVENT LOCATION

Songbei and Zhaolin Park, Sun Island, and Harbin Ice and Snow World
Heilongjiang, 150036
Harbin

EVENT PRICE

Free! There are options to purchase professional tours.

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Taiping International – HRB (CN)

2. Coachella: 4/14/17 – 4/23/17 (two weekends)

Coachella (which has gotten a bad rap due to non-authentic music lovers and way too many flower crowns) is still worth your time, money, and hard-earned time off. Why? Because when this many top artists come together in such a short amount of time, you get the best bang for your buck, festivalwise. Don’t forget your bandana to help filter your inhale when the dust storms kick up; but regardless you’ll have many photos to look back on and an experience that will make you want to come back again the next year. If you can still find tickets, here’s what else you need to know:

EVENT LOCATION

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201

EVENT PRICE

$375 plus additional for camping or overnight parking

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Palm Springs or LAX

3. Brighton Festival: 5/6/2017-5/28/2017

Art. Dance. Music. Immersive theater. Literature. Artist open houses. Beachside installations. With over 150 arts, music, theater, and culture events to choose from, the Brighton Festival continues to captivate the hearts of visitors in the “city on the edge”  in England. This festival which is known to “make connections with the real world” offers an ambitious and daring program for three weeks each May.

EVENT LOCATION

Brighton Dome areas and other venues throughout the city
Church Street, BN1 1UE
Brighton

EVENT PRICE

Varies per event. Some events are free! £10 for a Festival Standby ticket.

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Heathrow – LHR (GB)

4. Edge of the Lake: 6/30-7/2

This festival originally attracted German, Swiss, and French electronic fans from the surrounding regions of Sierre, Switzerland to its beautiful location – the alpine paradise of Lake Géronde. Now, it has reached over 5,000 festival-goers from all over the world, who come to hear more than 40 live bands, DJs, and performers getting the groove on with house, funk, electro, jazzy hip-hop, soul, and blues tunes.

EVENT LOCATION

Lake Géronde
3960
Sierre (Switzerland)

EVENT PRICE

Varies. See website Single day passes available. Camping packages available.

MAIN AIRPORT

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Belp – BRN (CH)

5. La Tomatina: July or August 2017 – TBD

If drinking sangria from the time you wake up and having the mother of all food fights sounds like a good time, this festival in Spain is for you. You won’t wear those clothes again (guys go shirtless), and you’ll be ankle-deep in tomatoes, but hey, you can say you took part in a festival that attracts upwards of 30,000 people a year. Chances are you’ll take the train or bus from Madrid or Valencia to get to this festival, but it will be so worth it!

EVENT LOCATION

Plaza del Pueblo
46360
Buñol, Valencia

EVENT PRICE

10 Euros – check website for 2017

MAIN AIRPORT

Manises – VLC (ES) or Madrid

Hopefully these five events give you some gusto to get through the holidays and start planning your 2017 travel. Whether you desire to travel solo, with a friend, or bring along the family, this list should get you started. Remember to always compare fares before you purchase and set a travel alert so that you can book your trip for the lowest price.

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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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