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7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are worth remembering until you’re old and wrinkly, and much more enjoyable to share with your children and grandchildren. If you’re an adventurous person, then you can’t get enough of hair-raising, adrenaline-inducing activities that push you to your limits and test your perseverance. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with a list of seven things you must do as soon as possible.

1. Cliff Jumping

If you’ve never been cliff jumping before, you’re missing out on a cheap, easy, and exhilarating activity that can be done in thousands of different locations around the world. All you need is a swimsuit, a safe cliff with plenty of water below, and a bit of courage. While you can plan a cliff jumping excursion to an exotic location halfway around the world, chances are there are also opportunities in your own backyard. Here are 15 of the top jumps in the United States.

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2. Zip Lining

Not exactly keen on the idea of jumping off a cliff? Maybe zip lining is more in line with your goals and expectations.

“Zip lining is not just about high-speed kicks. It’s a great way to really immerse yourself in the spirit of a place,” Expedia notes. “Whether it’s flying through rainforests in Fiji, past active Costa Rican volcanoes, over Hawaiian waterfalls or across the vineyards of Sonoma, few other outdoor activities give can give you such an eagle’s-eye view of the world as safely and as effortlessly as zip-lining can.”

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3. Sky Diving

Skydiving is the quintessential daredevil activity. It’s something everyone talks about, but only a fraction of people ever get around to doing. Once again, the great thing about skydiving is that you can do it anywhere. There are instructors in just about every large city and you can typically schedule an outing with very little notice. Once you conquer skydiving, everything else will seem simple and effortless.

4. ATV Off-Roading

If you prefer to be a bit closer to the ground but don’t mind high speeds and quick turns, ATV off-roading may be the perfect activity for you. ATV off-roading is not only fun, it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. If you’re looking to test your endurance and immerse yourself in nature, try planning a multi-day excursion where you camp along the way.

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5. Cage of Death

Have you ever heard of the Cage of Death? Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City, Australia allows you to enjoy the thrilling experience of diving with crocodiles – with a catch. Instead of free swimming with these dangerous creatures, you’re placed in a large aquarium-like cylinder that’s submerged into a tank of massive crocodiles. As a result, you get to enjoy the heart-pounding experience of swimming with 15-foot crocodiles, without the risk of losing a limb.

6. Hot Air Ballooning

If a brush with death isn’t your idea of being adventurous, don’t worry. There are plenty of other opportunities to be adventurous without staring down hundreds of razor-sharp teeth. Hot air ballooning is one of them. Try it out for yourself and see what you think!

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7. Swimming With Sharks

If you try the Cage of Death and enjoy the experience, you may consider swimming with sharks. There are a variety of different dives available, including free-dives with whale sharks and cage diving with great whites.

Start Planning for the Weekend

While it may take you several years to cross each of these seven items off your bucket list, you can start right away. Pick an adventurous activity, find a friend, and schedule your next weekend getaway. The only thing you’ll regret is not doing it sooner.

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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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