Why You Should Be Fit In Today’s World

Halfway during a set in the gym did you ever wonder why you were lifting those heavy weights- or why you were running around without really going anywhere? Exercise is vitally important to the human body and perhaps if you learned why, it could help push you through that final set.

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Think of the core muscles in your body as the strong, central link in a chain that connects your upper and lower body, and when you hit that tennis ball or mop the floor at home, all those little motions either originate in your core or move through it. It doesn’t matter where the motion originates; it ripples upward and downward to all the adjoining links in this complex chain, and therefore, a weak or inflexible core not only makes you vulnerable to injury, it can also impair your day-to-day functionality.

A strong core enhances balance and stability, preventing common accidents such as falls during sporting activity. Let’s look at the importance of sustaining a strong core and how it affects your normal activities:

 

Daily Activities

When you bend to put your shoes on or scoop up your luggage, or when you turn to look behind you when sitting in a chair, you rely on the strength of your core to move with strength, stability and grace. The moment you get out of shape, all these simple tasks become difficult and painful, thus affecting the quality of life.

 

On-the-job Tasks

If your job involves heavy lifting, a lot of twisting or standing, then your muscles have to be in good shape. Less involving tasks such as sitting at your desk also engage your core, but perhaps not as intensely. Individuals who sit for long hours while typing on a computer also require regular workouts to engage more of their muscles and keep their core strong; and failure to do this can lead to stiffness, which tends to affect the back. Practice good posture and make sure to take breaks.

 

Sporting Activity

Tennis, swimming, hiking, kayaking, baseball, etc., all these activities are powered by a strong core, and that’s why professional athletes spend so much time in the gym. Even less mentioned activities such as golfing also require regular exercise in order to enhance strength and flexibility.

 

Housework

Activities such as vacuuming, mopping and dusting involve a lot of bending, lifting and carrying, and all these activities either originate or move through the core. Whenever your body gets out of shape even the simplest housework can become exhausting- which again, can be rectified by taking time to keep in shape. Regular exercises are enough to exert your muscles and have them working at their peak; and regular day-to-day activities can be used to keep the body healthy.

 

A Healthy Back

Back pain can be debilitating and sometimes extremely painful, but the good news is regular core exercises can be used to promote a healthy back. If back pain strikes, try a regimen of core exercises and visit a doctor. Medication works best when coupled with therapy or some type of core exercise.

Weak, unbalanced core muscles can undermine your ability to perform even the simplest tasks, but regular exercise can empower you and have a profound impact on your mental and physical health. Find a way to keep fit and see the difference it makes in your life.

The Best Places On Earth

We live on an extraordinary planet, and taking the time in life to travel to the best places on Earth should be something that you make a priority. Deciding upon what places on Earth to visit will depend upon your particular interests. Not everyone loves big cities, and not everyone is a nature lover. If you want your travels around the Earth the be meaningful you need to make a list of what your interests are, and then decide the best places to visit.

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Regardless of what your interests are there are some places that everyone should try to see at some point in their lives. The idea of making a bucket list might seem a little morbid, but it doesn’t have to be. You can treat it as a to do list, and list out all of the places you would like to see. The following list is meant as a guide that can help you to consider some of the places on Earth that you should visit.

1. The Grand Canyon. One of the great wonders of the natural world, photographs simply do not do the Grand Canyon justice. It’s enormous and majestic, and situated in norther Arizona it also boasts clean fresh air. Taking the time to walk around the rim of the canyon can be breathtaking, but going down a trail to the bottom of the canyon is a much more unique experience.

2. New York City. New York City is the exact opposite of the Grand Canyon. It is an urban metropolis that is often considered to be the greatest city in the world. New York City boasts an iconic skyline, as well as attractions that are sure to entertain anyone.

3. The Pyramids of Egypt. The Pyramids of Egypt are a wonder of the ancient world, and a testament to what mankind can accomplish using simple intelligence and hard work.

4. Any of the island paradises of the South Pacific. If you want to relax and get away from it all, there are few places on Earth that can match the atmosphere and natural beauty of the South Pacific. Featuring friendly natives, tropical weather, and unmatched natural scenery, everyone needs to spend some time in the South Pacific.

5. Alaska. Alaska is one of many cold weather environments on Earth, but it is the one that is quite possibly the most stunning to visit. The outdoor scenery is simply a marvel to behold. The landscape features mountains covered in year round ice and snow, and also an abundance of wildlife.

6. Yellowstone National Park. Home of old faithful, Yellowstone National Park is one of the greatest outdoor areas on Earth. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, then this stunning park should be at the top of your to visit list.

7. The African Savannah. Many people who go to Africa will tell you that it feels like going home. Africa is one of the last truly wild places on Earth that you can visit. You can book a safari tour and spend time visiting and seeing some of the most thrilling wildlife on Earth.

Importance of Education on Fracking

The increasing demand of banning fracking on our earth has compelled several institutions to research about public opinion in this regard. It has been proved through various surveys that despite of the increasing use of this process most of the people are little or not familiar with this term. Even those who know about it are unable to express their views in support or against it. Before discussing the importance of educating people about fracking you should have brief information about this concept.

What is fracking?

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This is a process which is used to break rocks deep into the ground for extracting oil and natural gas from them. it is also known as hydraulic fracturing of the rocks. Most of the oil and natural gas companies involved in extraction of oil and gas from the rocks lying deep under the ground use this method. They drill deep wells in the ground to inject lots of toxic fluid including sand, harsh chemicals and water at extremely high pressure to fracture the rocks to extract oil and gas from them.

Reason of opposing this process

Fracking, the process of breaking underground rocks for the extraction of oil and natural gas is facing opposition from various social sectors as it is supposed to be dangerous for mankind. According to them it can contaminate not only the underground water but also the air you breathe in. it is also dangerous for your health as it accelerates the change in climate. But even after so many incidents of spills and accidents and oppositions due to fracking, it has been exempted from main environmental laws.

Reasons of considering fracking dangerous

This process is considered dangerous because right from drilling well to transfer of wastes it increases the risk to your health as well as water you drink. The growing risk of damages caused by fracking can be obvious through the following evidences.

 

The contamination of water near fracking sites has made people living near by seriously ill. The tap water of some of these areas catches fire due to higher amount of methane in the water.Though the chemicals used by oil and gas companies in fracking process is not known precisely but it is assumed that they may contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors which can be harmful for mankind. Leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from fracking sites also contributes in frequent climatic changes.Along with all these facts it can be harmful for the water you drink, air you breathe in and your general health in various other manners.

 

But despite so much opposition fracking process is used by the oil and natural gas industry to meet up the increasing demand of oil and gas all over the world and reducing stock of these natural resources.

 

So it becomes important to educate people about the pros and cons of fracking process so that oil and natural gas can be extracted from the deeply underlying rocks. Federal government and big corporations involved in extracting the natural resources are also contributing in taking care of the people living in these areas.

Ecofriendly Watersports


In the past I’ve discussed the importance of thinking about the environment while we’re travelling. In this post I’m going to drill down and suggest a few watersports that are ecofriendly.

There are many popular watersports that have negative effect on the environment. Pretty much anything that involves a motor is going to be carbon-emitting to some extent, and things like boat trips and jet skis can also be devastating to marine life. There are dozens of studies out there that suggest that watersports are harmful for a wide variety of reasons. this overview on the topic states that noise, rapid movement, and pollution all have impacts on marine wildlife and water quality.

Now, I’m not saying that nobody should ever get on a boat or ride a jet ski. As long as these activities are done in moderation, in the grand scheme of things the overall impact is probably negligible. However, I do believe that there are a number of equally enjoyable activities that have less of a negative impact on the environment. The activities that I’m about to suggest are also healthier for the participants.

• Sailing – Learning how to sail a boat can be a lot of fun – you pick up a tremendous amount of knowledge about the sea and the wind, and it’s a great mix of relaxation and physical exertion. While sailing can disturb the water, the effect it has is less than that of a motorized boat because sailboats move slower and are smaller than most boats that have motors. If you want to learn how to sail, it’s essential that you have a qualified instructor show you the ropes. While I don’t sail myself, it seems like this guide may be useful for beginner sailors.
• Surfing – Surfing is the best watersport for the adrenaline junkies out there. There’s a reason why there’s an entire surfing subculture. People who learn how to surf and get good at it almost always end up falling in love with the sport. I’m a reasonably good surfer myself, but for beginners, I’d recommend trying a standup paddle board. These boards are basically surfboards, but you also use a paddle for added stability and balance. If you’re reasonably athletic and you’re not afraid of wiping out, you might want to just jump right to a regular surfboard. If you’re looking to rent or buy any kind of surfing equipment, I recommend you read up on the subject – you can read about the best surfboard for your particular needs here. Some surfers won’t leave shore without a good knife strapped to their ankle — research the best survival knives here.
• Windsailing/Windsurfing – For those of you who find sailing too tranquil and surfing too exciting, windsurfing (or windsailing) is falls right in the middle. Windsurfing is one of those things that looks easy on paper but is actually pretty difficult. If you’re committed to trying this, you should expect to spend plenty of time in the water. On the other hand, once you get the hang of it, having the wind in your sail can be a pretty exciting feeling, and even though you’re not moving that fast in absolute terms, when you’re out there on the water it can feel like you’re going a million miles an hour if you have a strong wind at your back. Here’s a reasonably good Wikihow article on windsurfing.
• Good old fashioned swimming – whatever happened to just swimming? It’s probably the most environmentally friendly watersports, and it’s almost definitely the healthiest. Swimming, especially if you’re near the coast, is very environmentally friendly. Usually marine wildlife will avoid areas where there are a lot of humans. The creatures that do live near the coast will be used to all the activity, so your swimming normally won’t be a disturbance.

So, the next time you go to the beach, consider a few of these healthy, more environmentally friendly activities. Not all watersports have to involve a motor.

A Couple of Environmentally Friendly Holiday Activities

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I love travelling – but I also try to keep the environmental impact of all the various methods of transportation that I use in mind. Things like trying to minimize travelling via plane, taking buses/trains rather than driving yourself, and of course, my own natural inclination towards cycling whenever I’m travelling – all these things help to keep from harming this wonderful planet that we live in.

However, it’s not just the modes of transportation that can harm the environment – many different tourist activities also have some impact in terms of carbon use and pollution. Many common tourist activities are damaging to the environment. For example, anything that involves riding on a boat will take some toll on the planet, due to the use of oil and gas (and hence carbon). Boats (and many water sports like jet skiing) also have an impact on the marine wildlife in the surrounding areas. I’m something of an adventurous soul myself, and there are a range of activities that are still very adventurous (and extremely fun) that are far less damaging to the environment

I know that in this country, a great many people are fans of hunting. Trips to sanctioned hunting areas are exceedingly common in this country. Frankly, I find the entire idea of hunting repulsive – I just don’t understand why anyone would ever want to harm a perfectly innocent animal. If you’re a hunter, I strongly encourage you to try shooting at a range instead. As you can probably imagine, I’m not really a fan of guns, but I do occasionally go to an archery range. Hunting is a despicable activity. Going to a shooting range or an archery range is safer and you don’t have to kill any animals in the process.

I looked around on the web and found this site, which is full of recurve bow recommendations. I urge you to go pick out a Recurve bow and get rid of your guns. The next time you have the immoral urge to kill an innocent creature, take your new bow and go target shooting. I fully endorse the practice of shooting bows/guns at targets. It’s a humane alternative to the barbaric ritual that is hunting.

Another great way to spend time when you’re on holiday is to go rock hounding. Other than the drive to and from the location that you’re rock hounding in, this is a completely environmentally friendly tourist activity. While looking around for rocks may not sound like a whole lot of fun, I’ve done this myself and it makes for a great little outing. If you have kids, it can also be highly educational – I’m on board with any activity that can help people better understand the wonderful world that we live in. Rock hounding is a great little introduction to some basic geology. It’s also a great excuse to go outdoors, get some fresh air, and do a bit of light exercise. The best part of rock hounding is when you spot a rock or stone that looks particularly unique. Your mind will start buzzing, and you’ll begin to wonder whether or not the stone you found is valuable. Nine times out of 10, you’ve probably not picked up anything truly rare. On the other hand, taking a bag full of rocks back to the hotel and trying to identify them can be a great deal of fun (especially if you’re naturally curious about the world like I am). I used the identification chart on semi precious stones guide the last time I went rock hounding, and although I didn’t actually find anything even remotely valuable, it was both an educational and entertaining way to spend the day. I highly recommend getting a guide as well. Many of these rock hounding guides don’t cost a lot, and they’re really passionate about the rocks and stones, so you end up getting a really good experience.

Other eco-friendly tourist activities include hiking, bird-watching, and camping. If you’re vacationing in an urban area, try to rent a bicycle and ride around the city rather than driving. If you like doing stuff in the water, opt for swimming, surfing, windsurfing or sailing – something that doesn’t involve a motor. All it takes to help the planet out is a little more consideration and planning on your part. If everybody decided that they would try to live in a environmentally sustainable way, the world would be a much better place.

5 Home Improvement Tips That Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

I am often get asked for my most favored energy saving tips and while there are so many available there are a few that I think are cost effective and relatively easy to implement. For many people going fully passive regarding their energy usage is still quite a long way out, but that does not mean that you should just sit back and waste energy. So, for today’s post, I want to highlight some really simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint quite drastically.

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

To this day lots of people still have old fashioned light bulbs which use an awful lot more energy than the latest energy saver ones. Yes, they are more expensive and it would probably put a hole in your pocket if you replaced every bulb at the same time. What I recommend people to do, is to add one new light bulb every time they go to the store for a weekly shop. Within a few months you will have all the bulbs replaced and will be saving energy without a once off large expense.

Attic Insulation

This is probably the best way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. There are many ways to do this, including spray foam, rolled insulation and blown in insulation. The best thing you can do is work out your attic insulation cost for a specific standard you want to achieve. Once you know how much insulation material you need you can head down to your local Home Depot, buy the material and hire the insulation blowing machine. It really is a simple DIY job that I have seen many people in my family do without any problems.

Cavity Wall Insulation

This is a bigger job than attic insulation and is only necessary in older houses where there is little to no insulation in the cavity wall. You will need to hire the services of a professional, but if there is no insulation in your walls this is something you should consider. Certainly get the attic insulated first, but you will not see the really big improvements until the whole building has an adequate amount of insulation.

Smart Thermostats

These have really taken off in the last couple of years and are relatively inexpensive to have set up. Basically, they learn over time what your preferences are for heating and at what times you tend to need heat the most. They then calculate the most efficient way to deliver your preferred levels of heat and in some cases can reduce your heating bills by over 10%. It is a simple solution and quite cost effective as well.

Switch To Night Rate Electricity

A lot of people think that this is purely a money saving thing to do, but it will indeed reduce your carbon footprint as well. Delivering electricity at peak times of the day requires very inefficient running of power stations. Some estimates go as far as saying that there is up to a 30% difference between the low usage and busiest times of day. What this means for you personally is that you should set timers on appliances like washing machines, dish washers and dryers so that they run during the night. I have been doing this for years now and it really is no inconvenience.

I’d love to hear from my readers in the comments sections about any ideas for energy savings.