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5 of the World’s Best Destinations for Active Vacations and Adventure Lovers

If your idea of a great trip involves lots of activities and adventures, you will find that there are many out there that make excellent getaways. Here are some of the best destinations in the world for more active and adventure-centered vacations.

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
Top attractions: Acadia National Park covers most of Mount Desert Island in Maine. It is home to breathtaking natural attractions that include lush forests, stunning inland lakes, and scenic views. It is an excellent destination for people seeing active adventures with a wide selection of activities that include biking, climbing fishing, hiking, horse-drawn carriage tours, skiing, swimming, and rowing among many others. Some of the must-see sights include the Bubble Rock, Cadillac Mountain, Carriage Roads, Gorham Mountain Trailhead, the Jordan Pond Nature Trail and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail, Otter Cliff, Park Loop Road, Precipice Trail, Sand Beach, Schoodic Point, the Thunder Hol, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia among many others.

 

Chile
Chile
Top attractions: With much of the country covered by mountains and wilderness, Chile has a wealth of natural scenery and outdoor activities for nature and adventure lovers. It is home to pristine lakes and rivers, vineyards, and breathtaking glaciers and landscapes. The countries most popular attractions include the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, Lauca National Park, Los Pingüinos Natural Monument, Pucón in the Lake District, Pumalín Park, Rapa Nui National Park, numerous reviers like the Río Bío Bío and Río Futaleufú, Termas de Chillán, Torres Del Paine National Park, Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), Valparaíso, volcanoes like the Volcán Parinacota and Volcán Ojos del Salado.

 

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Top attractions: Galapagos Islands is an adventure destination for the bucket list. It is home to several animal species many of which are unique and rarely seen elsewhere. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities like birdwatching, boating, diving, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing. Other must-see sights include the giant tortoises and other animals like the Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, and sea lions; the Charles Darwin Research Station, Chinese Hat, Las Loberias, the lava tubes, Los Gemelos, Tortuga Bay, and the Wall of Tears.

 

Iceland
Iceland
Top attractions: Iceland has stunning scenery in spades. Its mesmerizing midnight sun, breathtaking northern lights, and wonderful natural attractions are just some of the many reasons to visit the country and explore beyond beautiful Reykjavic. There is no dearth of things to do like camping, hiking, horse riding, and whale watching, Make sure not to miss some of the country’s amazing sights that include the black beaches, the Blue Lagoon, the geothermal baths, geysers, Gullfoss Waterfall, Kirkjufell Mountain, Landmannalaugar, Maelifell Volcano, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park, Þingvellir National Park, Skaftafell Ice Cave, and the Vatnajökull National Park.

 

Zhangjiajie China
Zhangjiajie, China
Top attractions: Zhangjiajie is home to some of the dreamiest and whimsical sights in the world. Among the must-see sights when in the area are the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Bridge of the Immortals, Huang Shi Zhai village, the Suoxiyu Nature Reserve (Baofeng Lake, Yellow Dragon Cave), Tianmen Mountain including nearby attractions like the 99 bends, the Cliff-Hanging Walkway, the Glass Sky Walk, Tianmen Mountain Cableway, and Tianmen Cave.

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Four Books That Will Inspire You to Get Fit

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There is a huge divide between wanting to get fit and keeping the motivation to do it. As soon as the excitement wanes, following through becomes harder. And only those who stick to it succeed in achieving their fitness goals. If you are thinking of getting back or staying in shape, here are some books that will inspire and motivate you to keep fit. So get ready to put your best moisture wicking shirt on and start sweating it out.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

“I realized that the answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated question of what we should eat wasn’t so complicated after all, and in fact could be boiled down to just seven words:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar

“The benefits that research shows for regular exercise are truly astounding: more energy, better sleep, less stress, less depression, enhanced mood, improved memory, less anxiety, better sex life, higher life satisfaction, more creativity, and better well-being overall.”

This Year I Will.. by M. J. Ryan

“Finding a positive motivation also engages your emotional brain to work for the change, not against it. Remember, it wants to go toward pleasure. So the more emotionally pleasurable your positive motivation, the more it will help you achieve your goal.”

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Simple Ways To Improve Yourself

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Improving yourself should never be hard.

Improving yourself should be easy for you to not only improve your physical condition, but also your mental condition and emotional condition and just about any other aspects in your life.

Below are simple ways to improve yourself:

Exercise More Often

Exercising is not just limited to helping you get more active and shaped up physically. It also helps you get more inspired and shaped up mentally. It even helps you get more passionate and shaped up emotionally. Moreover, exercising helps you improve yourself in ways that only you can really work out to achieve – like being more self-disciplined, being more patient, being more determined, being more responsible. Furthermore, exercising helps you improve yourself in ways that even you can’t believe you can really work out to achieve – like lowering the risks of acquiring serious diseases and getting closer with your loved ones.

Help Other People

As they say, no one has ever become poor by giving. This goes especially true for those who are looking to improve themselves. Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s not like you’re just buying your way into heaven. You see, improving yourself is not just for your own sake. You also see, improving yourself is not just for loved ones’ sake. It’s also for the sake of those who are in need. It’s also for the sake of those who are not wanted. Even more so, it’s for the sake of humanity itself. For this, you can volunteer to cheer up the seniors in retirement houses or the juniors in children foundations. The list is endless – you just need to find what works best for you.

How about you? How do you improve yourself?

Do you know any other simple ways to improve one’s self? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Building the Mindset that Promotes Fitness and Wellness

Setting health and fitness goals is easy. It is following through with the things needed to achieve them that often make it tough. Healthy living along with habits like working out regularly requires commitment. In the end those who can stick to the requisite activities and behaviors are most likely to succeed at whatever fitness goal they set. To keep fit, you have to create or strengthen a mindset that promotes fitness and overall wellbeing.

 

Mindset Matters

Self-belief and willpower help fuel success at anything you set your sights on. Given the amount of internal and external resistance you may have to deal with to achieve your health goals, maintaining a positive attitude can help you sustain your motivation. You set yourself up for success when you create a fitness mindset built on commitment, grit, hard work, persistence, and self-discipline.

 

Self-Discipline and Support

Self-discipline allows you to form good habits that bring you closer to your goals. You have to evaluate your lifestyle and determine what beliefs or behaviors that hinder you from achieving your fitness goals. Write down the things you need to change or improve on and keep track of your progress.

Support from family and friends may be a source of encouragement and inspiration. Share your goals including plans that may need some adjustments on your diet, exercise routine, and other changes you may need to put in place. This can help the people around you to find ways on how to provide the help and support you may need.

 

Building Lifelong Good Habits

Once you create a healthy mindset, it usually becomes easier to develop behaviors that make healthy living possible. Cultivate healthy eating habits that would help you fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally. Get adequate sleep every night, maintain a daily exercise routine, and sufficient amounts of rest and relaxation. To accomplish all the things you need to do to improve your health, you need to consistently tap into your healthy mindset to keep you going despite whatever challenge that looms ahead.

Not everyone has a healthy mindset but everyone can develop it if they want to. Maintaining a healthier mindset is a lifelong commitment that you need to constantly work on if you want to achieve the results you want. Fortunately, staying positive about the whole process and continuously honing your self-discipline can make the journey to better health easier and more fun.

Staying fit is a choice. If you think that there are certain areas in your life you need to improve so you can enjoy better health, now is always a great time to start making changes that would help you live a healthier and more balanced life.

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