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5 Hacks to Prepare for an Amazing Ski Trip

5 Hacks to Prepare for an Amazing Ski Trip

The upcoming ski season has many of us dreaming of the fresh powder days and beautiful bluebird ski moments to come. Skiing is arguably one of the most exciting things about the winter season, which will be arriving soon. If you’re used to skiing your local terrain, you’ve probably grown accustomed to riding on the resorts you’ve already explored in your area. Although this is fun for most of your ski days this season, it might be time to take one of your favorite winter pastimes on the road with a ski trip to explore new mountains and immerse yourself in different ski cultures.

Here are five hacks to help you prepare for an awesome ski trip in the 2016-2017 ski season.

1. Plan sufficiently

 As you probably know, packing up your equipment and hauling it off to the resort of your choice is no easy feat. Add on the unique challenges of traveling, and the entire process gets even more difficult. However, if you play your cards right and plan correctly, you’ll find that the additional work is well-worth the incredible experience you’ll have taking your skiing to a new destination.

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First, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your bases covered in terms of what equipment you’ll need to bring, how you should prepare for the weather, and what challenges you might need to plan for. Ski Utah offers a solid guide to help you navigate this portion of the planning.

As for identifying the right skiing destination, I’d recommend checking out some websites which offer lots of useful information such as snow levels and ski area features so you can make an informed decision. You can also check out this great guide on incredible places to ski.

2. Bring snacks

We all know that the cost of dining at a ski resort can get a bit out of hand. That’s why smart ski travelers bring their own snacks to munch on before, during, and after a day of skiing.

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Bring nutritional items that are easy to store and won’t get smashed easily, like an apple. You can also add in some granola bars for healthy carbs throughout the day. For lunch, pack a sandwich and maybe even a little dark chocolate to satisfy sweet cravings.

3. Take self-care items

One of the major differences between skiing at home and skiing on a ski trip is that you will need to reenergize at the end of the day to make sure you’re ready to go again on the next day of your trip. This is where the importance of self-care comes in.

Significant forces are applied to the feet and then transferred through the ankles and knees as we ski and this stresses the limits of our anatomy. This is why it is important to take additional measures to take care of your joints on a ski trip where you’re planning to ski each day.

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Bring an OTC pain reliever like ibuprofen or Aleve with you. Bring along a brace if you have a knee or ankle that often gives you trouble during a day of skiing. Practicing a little yoga prior to heading out for the day will also help you warm up your body and protect your joints. Here is a great guide with yoga poses all skiers should know.

4. Invest in the right equipment

Certain equipment is really worth the investment. For example, smartphone-friendly gloves are sure to come in handy when you’re out skiing on a cold day and waterproof base layers can be a real life saver on a wet, snowy day on the slopes.

Before you head out for your trip, check the weather to determine what gear you might need to accommodate it.

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You might also want to consider additional equipment like boot covers and ski straps to help you haul your gear from Point A to Point B during your travels. Although you probably have a system in place for carrying your gear around at your local resort, it would be helpful to have a little assistance from the right equipment when you’re carrying your skis through the airport and around new resorts. Read this helpful guide for some suggestions on this kind of equipment if you’re not quite sure where to start.

5. Use the resort app (if they have one)

Before you head out on your trip, check to see if the resorts you plan to visit have an official app. If they do, download it! This will help you stay informed on conditions and provide you with a digital map of the resort that you can easily store in your pocket or bag. Some apps also allow you to check the wait time on each lift as you maneuver your way through each new resort.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what it takes to prepare for a successful ski trip away from home, it’s time to start planning! Hopefully, these tips will prove useful as you embark on your journey to new resorts and new ski cultures across the globe.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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