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6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

You have heard of the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Over the centuries, many cultures have created remarkable structures that the rest of the world marveled at. There are many that you probably never even heard of before.

Here are some underappreciated wonders of the world. Did you know about them?

1. Banaue Rice Terraces

Rice is one of the most important crops in the world. It accounts for 21% of all calories consumed around the world.

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A lot of rice is grown in the Farmed Rice Terraces in The Philippines. This is a remarkable structure that was built around the time of Christ. Many experts claim that if the steps were laid next to each other, they would stretch halfway across the glove. According to many Filipinos, it is the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

2. Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval is an exquisite palace in Paris. Ferdinand Cheval, a local postman began building it in 1869. It took him several decades to complete this masterpiece.

The most remarkable thing about this building is that it was built by a man with no formal training in masonry or architecture. The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval has been an inspiration for artists around the world for decades. In 1969, the building was classified as a historical monument by André Malraux, the French Minister of Cultural Affairs.

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3. Transfiguration Church

The Kizhi Transfiguration Church in Russia is a wonder beyond words. It is over a hundred feet tall, yet it was built without a single nail. How was it constructed? All we know is that it was built with thousands of logs, which were imported from the center of Russia. The rest of the dome’s history will forever remain a mystery.

One legend claims that it was built by a single carpenter, who used a single axe. The carpenter reportedly threw his axe into the ocean after he was completed, stating “there was not and will be not another one to match it”.

4. Tower of Hercules

While the stories of Hercules were born in Greek mythology, they have touched people all over the world. While the Roman Empire ruled Europe, they constructed a monumental lighthouse in the mythical demigod’s honor. The Tower of Hercules sits in Coruña, Galicia, a city in Northern Spain.

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The Romans built the lighthouse to last for eternity. They did a phenomenal job, because it is still in use today. The United Nations World Heritage Convention reports that the structure has been renovated:

“The Tower, built on a 57 metre high rock, rises a further 55 metres, of which 34 metres correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration directed by architect Eustaquio Giannini in the 18th century, who augmented the Roman core with two octagonal forms.”

5. Standing Stone of Callanish

Everyone has heard of the Stonehenges in Wiltshire, England, but few people have heard of the Standing Stone of Callanish, Scotland. This structure is very similar in structure, but has not received nearly as much attention.

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Ironically, the Standing Stone of Callanish is older than the Stonehenges. They are over 5,000 years old and were an important place for rituals for over 2,000 years. It is unclear why the specific location was chosen, but the Historic Foundation of Scotland speculates that it had something to do with astronomic activity near this site.

6. Eight Foot Great Dane

Major, an eight foot great dane from Wales, is the world’s biggest dog. He even towers above other great danes. This is odd, because the great dane species doesn’t even make the list of the ten largest dog breeds in the world. His owner, Brian Williams, says people come from all other the world to look at him:

“He is the biggest-hearted dog in the world. He is such a fantastic animal. People love seeing him. They play with him all day.”

Conclusion

We live in a world full of wonders and mystery. There are plenty of wonders that you never even heard of. Do you hope to visit them someday?

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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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