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No Gym. No Problem

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No Gym. No Problem

    Maybe it’s too expensive.

    Maybe you’re too shy.

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    Some people just plain do not like the gym.  It can be boring, intimidating, and it can seem somewhat redundant.  The good news is there’s another way.  Sports!  Here we’ll take a look at what I feel are some of the most appropriate alternatives to the average gym routine.

    In my eyes an ideal fitness program should consist of a few key elements.  Full bodied, primitive movement patterns, intensity, and recordable progression.  Here are my top four sports that I feel possess these ingredients.

    Rock Climbing

    It doesn’t get much more primitive than scaling a sheet of rock with nothing but your hands and feet.  Rock climbing incorporates a lot of flexibility, leg strength, grip and upper body strength.  All the elements you’ll need to be one ripped monkey.

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    The Motivator: It’s the perceived matter of life or death.  Succeed or plummet.  Of course you’ll be wearing the proper safety equipment, but no one likes the feeling of having to let go.

    Competitive Swimming

    I’m not talking about splashing around at the local pool.  I’m talking about timed laps.  To get the
    most bang for your buck try and learn all the styles.  Butterfly, breast, back and freestyle.  What with this being the Olympic season these should be somewhat familiar to you right now.  I like swimming as a replacement for the gym because of its low impact on joints, full fluid body movements, and a little something called dynamic variable resistance.  The harder you push, the harder it pushes back.  You have infinite room for progression.

    The Motivator: There’s something about being a great swimmer that makes you feel just a little bit more fearless when traveling.  The earth IS 70% water.  Why not conquer it.

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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    An art form becoming more and more popular as mixed martial arts is more widely accepted in the United States.  As far as movement goes you’re looking at a lot of gripping, pulling, lunging and lifting.  And that’s just on your feet.  Once you hit the floor you’ll experience positions that would make a Yogi cringe.

    The Motivator: It’s bad ass, plain and simple.  Not to mention nothing makes you work harder than the possibility of being choked.

    Gymnastics

    Sure doing gymnastics as an adult may seem a little obscure to you.  But it can be done I promise you that.  And I’m not talking about Olympic level gymnastics here.  Simply being able to master your own body and its weight is far more superior to anything you could achieve in the gym.  Start out slow, be patient, be confident, and trust yourself.  No one knows your body better than you.

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    The Motivator: Now, not only will you be able to dress like a ninja.  You’ll be able to move like one too.

    I won’t lie, I may be a little partial when it comes to the sports I’ve selected here.  But I can tell you this.  In the world we live in form will always follow function.  Master any one of these sports and you can be sure the results will follow.

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

    1. Camping

    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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    2. Staycation

    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

    3. Island Getaway

    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

    4. Fancy Resort

    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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    5. Road Trip

    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

    6. Charter a Boat

    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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    8. Themed Retreats

    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

    9. Working Honeymoon

    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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