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This Is Why You Should Visit Maldives At Least Once In Your Life

This Is Why You Should Visit Maldives At Least Once In Your Life

Many people love to travel, to experience different cultures, places, cuisines, and sights. Many of them also fantasize about discovering an island paradise where they can jump into clear blue seas straight from their bungalow and be greeted and feted by friendly locals.[1]

The southwest of the southern tip of India is such a lovely place. The Maldives is a collection of coral islands and atolls that offer a wondrous array of tropical experiences. If you aren’t familiar with the magic or the beauty of this incredible place, read on to learn why the Maldives needs to be added to your travel bucket list.

A little about the Maldives

One of the smallest countries in the world, and the smallest in Asia, the Maldives is comprised of 1,192 islands over 90,000 square kilometers. Its waters are home to a number of marine ecosystems, and its white sand beaches are world famous.

Unfortunately, due to climate change and rising sea levels, the Maldives are at risk of disappearing into the sea. Although this will not be happening anytime soon, the impact of this slow encroachment is not yet fully understood. So, the sooner you visit, might prove to be better.

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The local culture is influenced by its proximity to India and its conversion to Islam in the 12th century. Mainly a fishing economy, the Maldivians discovered a major new revenue stream in tourism in the 1970s.[2] Since then, they have developed into an enticing tropical island destination.

Spreading the wealth of relaxation

Once thought of only as a honeymoon destination for couples, the Maldives has embraced its position as a once in a lifetime island destination for all, for play and even for work.

There are office outings and then there are awesome office outings. What separates run of the mill team building trips from trips that actually build teams, often comes down to the enthusiasm and the commitment of the man in charge. Chatri Sityodtong, the founder and chairman of mixed martial arts company ONE Championship, stepped up and shared a piece of ONE’s success through an all-expense paid trip to the Maldives.[3] But it wasn’t just him.

Mr. Sityodtong took his 100-strong team to the Maldives where they played on the beach, snorkeled with exotic sea life among colorful coral, and partied the night away, sounds luxurious, right?[4] What looked like frivolous fun also created bonds that should go a long way to ensure further future successes. And confirmed Sityodtong’s title as “Best Boss in the World”.

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Whether you win the workplace lottery and your boss treats you and your colleagues, or you are vacationing with family and friends, the Maldives is a perfect destination to mix sun, sea, sand, and fun. Plus, you may learn something new about a unique culture and habitat.

Until recently, visitors to the Maldives could only stay at one of the resorts, isolated and separated from the local population. Now, the rules have been relaxed, opening up the local villages to foreigners and a booming guesthouse and homestay economy.

Things to do in the Maldives

So, it does not matter if you stay at a guesthouse on Maafushior or at the five-star resort Soneva Fushi on Kunfunadhoo, the breadth of experiences available during a visit to the Maldives has grown. In addition to being an island paradise, there are many things you can do there. Here are some activity ideas to add to your itinerary for when you visit Maldives:

Scuba diving or snorkeling

No visit to the Maldives would be complete without an exploration of the sea life. Considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world, there are countless types of environments, from shallow coral reefs to deeper explorations of caverns and channels. This variety also means that any level of diver will have an unforgettable experience.[5] For those that choose to stay closer to the surface, there is plenty to see while snorkeling. Anyone venturing into the water will be sure to witness an amazing collection from the thousand species that make the Maldives its home.

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Whale sharks or manta rays

This deserves a separate mention because the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll is a year-round home to these lovely giants. These large fish species are considered endangered. There are a number of sites where you can swim with manta rays. These are rare opportunities that you should take advantage of. To swim alongside these magnificent creatures is a truly awesome experience.

Explore the capital

Most visitors to the Maldives will transit through the capital of Malé on their way to and from their accommodations, but the capital city is worthwhile to spend some time in and explore. The most urbanized of all its islands, Malé has a number of historic sites that should be visited, such as the Friday Mosque. Built in the early 18th century, it is one of the oldest in the country and an amazing example of a construction built from coral blocks.

Visit a local village

Now that visitors can venture beyond their all-inclusive resorts, you can enjoy the company of lovely locals in nearby villages. As long as you remember that this is a Muslim country and act appropriately (women should cover up and no one should even think of asking for or trying to share a beer), you will find your respect appreciated by a friendly, open people who will be happy to share their culture and traditions. You may even be invited to join a fishing trip.

Relax on adhoni

The traditional fishing vessel for Maldivian fisherman, the dhoni, started as a sailboat, but many now are outfitted with motors as well. Constructed from coconut trees or more modern fiberglass, there are many available for leisurely day trips or overnights for visitors to discover the islands from a different aspect.

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Try the cuisine

It may be stating the obvious, but the main ingredient of local Maldivian dishes is fish, like tuna and mackerel.[6] Coconut, breadfruit, taro, and other root vegetables are locally grown and are also featured. Curries may seem to dominate, and there are various cooking styles employed. You might find savory fish cakes and sweetened rice among your choices to dine from.

Discover a new water sport

In addition to the incredible sights awaiting underwater, you can enjoy thrills on the water. Water skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, kayaking, and so much more are available at multiple resorts and many local guesthouses.

Or you can just relax away on the beach, soak in the sun, and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of your little slice of exotic paradise.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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