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5 Signs You’re a Crappy Tourist

5 Signs You’re a Crappy Tourist

    Your ticket is booked. You’re packed and ready to go. Are you ready to have a good time on your next adventure? Good.

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    Before you go, remember that you’ll be a guest in another country. As great as it is to kick back and relax, you need to keep in mind that you might end up disrespecting locals or even the very place you are visiting.

    You don’t want to do any of the following five things and end up looking like a crappy tourist:

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    1. Sticking Your Camera Where It Is Not Wanted

    You may find that there are places of worship that do not allow photos to be taken in certain places. Many have signs alerting tourists where they cannot take photos. Some might even provide the reason. It is not only rude, but sacrilegious in some places if you choose to ignore their warnings. If you are lucky, locals, and employees will probably chalk it up to the fact that you don’t know any better. Some places aren’t so forgiving and will confiscate your camera or just your SD card. Not only will you lose the photos you just took, but possibly all the other ones from the rest of your trip.

    2. Being Rude When Negotiating

    Some countries will have markets and stores where it is very common to negotiate on an agreed price before purchase. Think about it: these shopkeepers are merely trying to earn a living. Yes, they maybe be over-inflating prices, but are you willing to get into a verbal argument over it? Be friendly but firm when stating what you are willing to pay. Be prepared to say, “Thanks but no thanks” and just walk away if you don’t like the price.

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    Another reason to be nice: you never know if other shopkeepers might be looking. If you are rude to one, who’s to say the others will be willing to do business with you?

    3. Ignoring Dress Codes

    Many religious sites and historic buildings will post strict dress codes (if there are any). Some will provide appropriate clothing in order for tourists to comply with guidelines, but some won’t. Don’t insist on going in if someone tells you that you’re not dressed appropriately. What makes you think you’re the only who doesn’t need to follow the rules?

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    Some tourists tend to forget that there are unofficial guidelines to dress codes as well. For example, in some Middle Eastern countries, women tend to cover their hair and cover their bodies. If you go in as a female tourist and ignore the dress code, the chance of you looking like a crappy tourist are high.

    4. Not Immersing in the Local Culture

    What is the point of visiting a new country if you are not even willing to try out a few local dishes? Of course, there are exceptions like dietary restrictions, but there is nothing stopping you from doing a little bit of research beforehand and finding out what you can eat.  Even if you don’t go out to a restaurant, the least you can do is go to a market and purchase some local produce to cook in your hotel room, provided that you have the appropriate facilities.

    5. Openly Criticizing Your Surroundings

    It’s rude in your own country, so why is it ok to do the same somewhere else? You’d look like a total jerk if you make comments like “The restaurants are so dirty here” or “This hotel is definitely not like the standards we keep back in the US.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t think people understand you. Chances are, someone might. Don’t forget that body language and the tone of your voice also speaks volumes.

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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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