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15 Extreme Things to do During Your Visit to Utah

15 Extreme Things to do During Your Visit to Utah

Utah is quite possibly one of the most underrated travel destinations in the U.S. The state often goes overlooked in favor of other awesome adventure states like Colorado, Arizona, and California. That’s why I’m here to tell you that Utah can be just as awesome when you do it right. In fact, thrill-seeking travelers love the fact that Utah never leaves them with a lack of extreme activities to do next.

To help you make your next trip to the state one to remember, I’ve listed the top 15 extreme things to do during your stay. Check them out!

1. Jeep Crawling in Moab

Taking in the gorgeous views of Moab’s red rock is best done by jeep. You can choose to head out on a guided tour, or rent your own Jeep to make the adventure your own. Twisted Jeeps offers rentals as well as recommendations for trails and excursions. If you’re looking for a guided option, Dan Mick’s Jeep Tours offers adventures on various trails around the town.

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2. Downhill Mountain Biking in Salt Lake

Few things in life are as exhilarating as pushing down high mountain trails at rapid speeds on your mountain bike. The Salt Lake area provides plenty of opportunity to make this happen during your trip to Utah. The local resorts have awesome trails that take you up via ski lift, and place you right at the top of a mountain trail. Trails.com has listed a few popular spots for local riders. You can also ask your gear shop for a few suggestions. Check out SLC Bikes for rental gear if the resort you choose doesn’t already have a rental shop.

3. Cross Country Mountain Biking in Moab

Moab is famous for it’s incredible slick rock mountain biking trails. Obviously, you’ll want to check these out if you’re in the southern part of Utah during your visit. Poison Spider is a great place to rent your gear, get suggestions for trails, and catch a shuttle to your destination.

4. Paragliding

Paragliding is extremely popular at the point of the mountain in Utah County. This is an exhilarating activity you can take part in even if your trip is set to stay close to Salt Lake City. Just a 45 minute drive will take you out to this local spot for awesome paragliding. Check out Utah Paragliding for pricing and info.

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5. Skydiving

On the topic of air sports, Utah is a fantastic place for skydiving. Our gorgeous mountain landscape will make your experience one of a kind. Skydive the Wasatch offers packages for single and tandem flights along Utah’s gorgeous valley.

6. Skiing/Snowboarding

Obviously, a winter trip to Utah is a must. We tout the title “greatest snow on Earth” for a reason. While you’re here, check out famed resorts like The Canyons, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, and more!

7. Ski Jumping at the Olympic Park

Have you ever tried ski jumping into a giant pool atop the amazing Wasatch Mountain range? Probably not. That’s why you should do it! During your visit, you’ll want to visit the Park City Olympic Park for awesome activities like ski jumping and bobsledding.

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8. Wake Boarding at Lake Powell

There are few places in the world quite like Lake Powell. Here you can take in gorgeous red rock views and canyons, all while enjoying your time on a boat with friends and family. Wake boarding is huge here thanks to the open space the lake provides. You can check out competitions and courses to make your wake boarding experience even more extreme. See trip options at LakePowell.com.

9. Hiking at Narrows at Zions

The Narrows at Zions National Park are an incredible hiking experience for travelers from all walks of life. You can check out hike and trail info through the National Forest site.

10. Kite Boarding at Deer Creek

Ummm hello, fun! What’s better than wake boarding? Wake boarding combined with a bit of paragliding. Check out Uinta Kite boarding for pricing and info.

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11. Bouldering

Utah is known for being one of the lucky states situated along the Rocky Mountain Range. That’s why rock climbing and bouldering are incredibly popular here. You can rent your gear and get instruction and guidance from Mountain Adventures.

12. White Water River Rafting

The Colorado River offers world-class river rafting you simply can’t miss. You can get a guide and gear at a local shop in Moab. Red River Adventures offers options for single and group travelers.

13. Waterfall Repelling

This is a pretty amazing experience. Whether you’d prefer to repel down a waterfall or hike up to enjoy its beauty, Utah offers your opportunity. Check out Utah High Adventure to book a trip.

14. Ice Climbing in Provo and Cottonwood Heights

This activity will obviously require the right conditions, but will be well worth the effort should the climate be on point for ice climbing during your visit. Mountain Adventures offers private lessons, gear, and tours for newcomers to the sport.

15. Snowmobiling

Naturally, another snow-related item MUST be on this list! Snowmobiling is a major sport in Utah thanks to our awesome snow. Check out Lofty Peaks for rentals and tours.

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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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