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Canada: 5 Reasons Why You Should Pay A Visit

Canada: 5 Reasons Why You Should Pay A Visit

Canada seemed to be in the news a lot during the US Elections. Many Americans stated that they would move to Canada if Trump was to end up victorious. South Park even made an episode where Canada built a wall to keep out Americans.

We all know what happened next.  Some Americans surely did follow through on their promise and move to Canada. For the majority, it probably wasn’t all that practical when push came to shove.

Whatever your reasons for thinking about a visit to Canada, either temporary or permanent, it’s definitely true to say that this country has grown in stature on the world stage over the last few years. If you are starting to ponder about where to head off to on your holidays this summer, Canada is definitely worth some serious consideration. Here are 5 of the biggest reasons why.

1. Canada Is Affordable

Anyone who has visited the US will know that it is a pretty expensive place to spend any length of time. Canada is certainly not a cheap holiday destination, in large part thanks to the cost of flying there in the first place, but it is definitely affordable. This is particularly true if you compare the cost of the Canadian dollar to that of the US dollar.

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A recent list actually claimed that Montreal is the 78th cheapest city in the world to stay. This might not sound all that good, but think about how many cities there are in the world. $50 a day was how much they worked out you would need to sleep, eat 3 meals, travel on public transport, visit a tourist site, and have a few beers at the end of it all.  More than reasonable.

2. Canada Is Ridiculously Beautiful

    A lot of people don’t realize just how huge Canada is. This might be because you haven’t met many Canadians. This isn’t really all that unusual as Canada has a relatively small population of 35 million. To put this into perspective, Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, has a larger estimated population than the whole of Canada. To make this even crazier, Canada is the fifth largest country in the world and is 24 times bigger than the whole of Japan, never mind Tokyo.

    These statistics help to give you an idea of how ideal Canada can be. It’s a huge land mass full of great natural beauty, but it’s also a place where you’ll probably never feel overwhelmed by the number of people around. There is more than enough space for everyone. And this space features some of the most awe-inspiring nature in the whole world. Glaciers, Niagara Falls, crystal clear lakes, incredible forests, the Canadian Rockies, Canada truly is a nature lover’s paradise.

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    3. Canada Welcomes Diversity

    In spite of having a relatively small population and a strong connection to France, with French still being a heavily used official language in large parts of the country, Canada is renowned for being a welcoming, cultural melting pot. It’s a country that people from many different cultural backgrounds call home.

    This diversity of backgrounds is something that visitors will most easily see in the major cities where urban hubs feature a wide range of ethnic neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops. It also extends beyond the different races and cultures of the people who live here.

    Due to its vast size, Canada is also highly diverse in terms of its environment. From its amazing mountain ranges to the peaceful coastlines, Canada is a country that has something to offer everyone.

    4. Canada Is Cool

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      Canada is undoubtedly an attractive tourist destination thanks to its great natural beauty, but this is also a pretty happening place. The major cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, and Ottawa are all lively urban centers where there’s always something going on.

      For lovers of nightlife, culture vultures, foodies, shopaholics, and everybody else in between, Canada’s cities are definitely places where you can spend a whole vacation. It would be a shame to not take in the wonderful country on offer while you’re around, but you’ll go home with happy memories and a smile on your face either way.

      5. Canada Is Fun For Everyone

      The sheer size of Canada is reflected in the options that it offers to its visitors. Whether you are a single backpacker on a round the world trip or a family looking for something to offer everyone, Canada really is an ideal place.

      For those who love the outdoors, Canada is clearly some kind of heaven on earth, but it also features fast-moving modern environments if that’s what you want to tap into.

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      Another facet that makes it particularly appealing to visitors is that Canada is a safe country to visit no matter who you are. Canada is not Utopia but this is a country that has very little violent crime. Of course, you need to take precautions and be sensible, just as you would when at home, but this is definitely a place where you can safely enjoy your stay.

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      Last Updated on November 20, 2020

      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

      Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

      One 2017 study found that:[1]

      “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

      This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

      Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

        As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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        Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

        1. Remember Your Why

        It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

        Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

        2. Go to Bed Early

        If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

        This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

        3. Make a Commitment

        I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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        Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

        You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

        4. Find a Friend

        If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

        Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

        Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

        5. Treat Yourself

        We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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        You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

        6. Change your Mindset

        Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

        When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

        7. Plan Your Day

        You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

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          8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

          Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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          For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

          9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

          Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

          10.  Set Multiple Alarms

          Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

          Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

          Final Thoughts

          About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

          Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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