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8 Places To Visit Before It’s Too Late

8 Places To Visit Before It’s Too Late

Do you have a wish list of amazing places you want to visit on this Earth? If so, this article is for you. Climate change, environmental disasters, and over development threaten to wipe out some of the planet’s most spectacular places. If any of the 8 discussed in this article are on your list you should move up the date for your trip. These places may deny access or disappear altogether in as little as a few decades.

1. The Seychelles

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    The Seychelles Archipelago is a cluster of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Powdery sand, topaz water, and lush green hills are “ordinary” sights in this tropical paradise. The archipelago is unique, with 45 of its islands formed from granite! Huge granitic boulders are scattered on beaches and throughout cities and towns. The Seychelles are in danger. Rising sea levels and beach erosion because of coral reef destruction threaten the island paradise. Some scientists see the entire island chain entirely submerged in 50 to 100 years.

    2. Antarctica

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      Antarctica is one of the most spectacular places to visit on Earth. It’s enormous ice shelves and majestic mountain ranges are stunning examples of nature’s grandeur. Scientists warn the icy continent is melting. While it may be a long time before it thaws entirely, steps to shrink the environmental impact of tourism mean stricter limitations are on the way. Don’t wait too long to book your trip, visit while you still can.

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      3. The Athabasca Glacier, Canada

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        The Athabasca Glacier is the most visited glacier in North America. It is conveniently located alongside Highway 93 between Banff and Jasper in the Alberta, Canada. It tumbles down impressively from the Columbia Ice Fields, the largest ice fields in the majestic Canadian Rockies. The glacier itself has been melting for 125 years, with its Southern edge receding almost a mile already! Parks Canada says it is melting quicker, losing 6 to 10 feet a year and is in danger of disappearing within a generation.

        4. Taj Mahal, India

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          An ornate mausoleum of white marble, The Taj Mahal is the sparkling jewel of Muslim art in India. Built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife, The Taj Mahal currently hosts 3 million visitors a year. India’s star attraction may be barring entry soon as heavy foot traffic, air pollution, and poor restoration have eroded the structures integrity both internally and externally. Until the magnificent structure is sound, the days of up-close encounters are numbered. If the Taj Mahal is a must see for you, you should travel soon. Pollution is gradually staining the stunning mausoleum a sickly yellow color.

          5. Venice, Italy

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            Venice, an Italian city heralded as one of the most romantic places to visit in the world may soon go the way of Atlantis. Known for epic grandeur, seafood feasts and its beguiling network of watery canals, Venice has been sinking slowly for years. A steady increase in severe flooding year after year has scientists theorizing how long the city will remain above water. Some say it will be uninhabitable by the turn of the century.

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            6. Beaches on Oahu, Hawaii

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              Known as “The Gathering Place”, friendly Oahu is the center of the Hawaiian universe. It boasts all the allure of the Islands with the buzz of busy Honolulu and slow paced Island life on Northern and Eastern shores. The most visited Hawaiian Island; Oahu welcomes 4.5 million travelers each year. Surprisingly, many of its star attractions are in serious danger. A shocking amount of Oahu’s coastline has been eroded because of rising sea levels. Studies found 24% of Oahu’s beaches have narrowed significantly or disappeared altogether.

              7. The Dead Sea

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                The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Some say its mineral rich waters relieve conditions from psoriasis to arthritis. For the past 40 years, countries bordering the Dead Sea have been siphoning huge amounts of water from the River Jordan, the seas primary water source. This has caused the water level to drop 80 feet! Shrinking the Dead Sea by a third already, scientists believe it could dry up in as little as 50 years.

                8. The Galapagos Islands

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                  The Galapagos Islands are magical. Visiting this special collection of islands, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon an alternate universe. Sea Lions are the heralds for this utopian colony of diverse animal species. The Galapagos Islands have been in danger before, threatened by economic and environmental degradation. The islands are in jeopardy today because of massive tourism growth and smuggled animal species. Both threaten delicate ecosystems and many native plants and animal species. Some of the Galapagos Islands will never be as they are at this moment. Sadly, the environmental condition on some Islands is much worse now than even 10 years ago.

                  Are any of these spectacular places to visit on your list? I hope reading about their possible fates motivates you to book a trip soon. Where all of them aren’t in danger of completely disappearing, it may become impossible to gain access or experience some in the same state they are in today.

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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.

                  Video Summary

                  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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