What Hiking Can Do for Men’s Health!

All kinds of men hike, from young and old, to big and small even a beach bum like me likes to get out in nature. Hiking is somewhat of a man’s sport because of its rough and rugged aspects. They have to trek through rugged mountains and harsh weather conditions that test their spirit and endurance. Men know that hiking is worth the effort if they want to stay healthy and fully experience the outdoors. Anyone interested in this sport should understand how hiking is beneficial to the optimal health of your mind and body.

Hiking for the Mind

Exercise is one of the best methods to relieve mental disorders of all kinds. People improve the state of the mind when they work the body.

When you exercise, you can reduce the harmful symptoms of countless diseases, such as :-
• Stress
• Depression
• Insomnia

Exercising in nature is at least a thousand times more effective, because people enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries. Mountain men have spent most of their lives out in nature, and it is no surprise why. Being out in the open with beautiful features like mountains, wind, rain and grass is guaranteed to increase your mental well being. Also, a lot of men like to boast about their accomplishments, so completing a major hiking adventure is a huge boast to their resume (and ego!).

Hiking is ideal for the mind when it is done in different environments and weather conditions. Running on a treadmill in a gym is not a good view of beautiful scenery, and can become quite boring. Hikers are encouraged to hike at different times of the day, take different routes and much . They should appreciate these differences if they want the fullest effects of walking.

Hiking for the Body

There are obvious benefits that come with hiking for the body’s sake. Walking comes with a host of benefits for different parts of the body, such as :-
• Heart
• Brain
• Lungs
• Bones
• Muscles and joints

Walking is an aerobic exercise that improves your cardiovascular health and helps pump blood into the heart. It also improves the balance and flexibility of different body parts from the legs to the arms. Your bones and muscles get stronger and better developed, so that you take on more rigorous work.

Hiking Gear for Men

There are certain hiking tools and materials that are made just for men. First, invest in boots that endure the long walks that wear out parts of the shoes. Buy boots that are sturdy and waterproof, along with being easy to clean and fit. Check out the name brands and customer reviews to see what everyone …

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Why my iPhone is my favorite camera

iphone photographyI love to take photographs. Nothing can be more fun than taking pictures of your loved ones or picturesque scenery. I enjoy capturing the precious moment of my 3 year old toddler. However, I know that I have to capture him at the spur of the moment. I do not get so much time to set up a DSLR. This is the time when my iPhone is my best assistant. I have been able to take so many photographs of my young one with the help of my iPhone. Now I encourage everyone to use the iPhone camera as you get great results.

I personally feel that you need to have a camera on hand all the times. I am an amateur photograph myself so I believe that I might need to capture a beautiful moment or a beautiful glimpse at any given time. It is not possible and practical to have your DSLR at all times with you. Interestingly when you own the latest iPhone you feel like flaunting it and it is with you almost all the time. This makes things easy whenever you see something beautiful or ‘snap worthy’, just take out your iPhone your pocket, and take the photo. The best thing is that the Smartphone industry is experiencing a boom so the manufacturers are making an effort to come up with more improved features. The camera of an iPhone has always been the center of focus, so now you can capture quality pictures. The quality is that good that it might even be difficult for you to figure out whether the picture is taken with an iPhone or DSLR.

Another funny thing is that when you plan to take a picture with the DSLR you might get so involved in figuring out the buttons that you might miss the moment. As a photographer I cannot afford to let this happen. You need to understand the psychological aspects as well. For example, I am an amateur photographer, but I still want to produce quality work. When I am able to take nice pictures with an iPhone it is something encouraging for me. I am convinced that I can excel in this field and can come up with better work. I am of the opinion that the iPhone is the best tool to learn photography and is perfect for beginners.

Well I would like to end this with a few useful tips, as they can definitely help an amateur photographer. Try to start with taking simple pictures with your iPhone. When you target complexity at the initial level then you can never get the best results. Taking pictures from a low angle would introduce the interesting …

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The Light Holiday Approach

holiday travellingI have always been passionate about traveling. I am a family man and I love to take my family on trips. Not taking them just wouldn’t be the same. We all love visiting beaches. I have this liking for the beach because of my surfing passion, so a holiday to a beach is my ultimate dream. Secondly, when I am on holidays it gives me a chance to observe my surroundings and revisit my photography passion. I also feel that when you are traveling especially with a toddler then you should not be having a lot of luggage with you. The main reason is that the luggage will keep you weighed down – it is important to focus on your toddler’s essentials.

I believe that one should travel light. And if you agree, then here are a few tips that can help you travel light.

* Checklist preparation: Now the first thing you need to do is to make a checklist. Only take those items with you that you actually need. Do not overburden yourself. Write down all your essentials and as you pack them just select the item on the checklist and cross it off, so to act as a cross check This checklist is definitely very useful.

* Planning the wardrobe: Choose clothes that add to your comfort. Remember you are going on holidays and will not have all of your wardrobe at your peril, so you have to feel comfortable. Go in for a minimalist style of trends and fashion . You also need to make sure that your wardrobe is appropriate as per the climatic conditions of the place you are visiting.

* Packing the smart way: Well let me tell you a little secret – the best way to travel light is by rolling your clothes like a paper and keeping them in your suitcase. You need to roll or keep flat – compressing the clothes would also help.

* Keeping boots, jackets and coats handy: Coats, jackets and the boots are bulky attire so it would not be a smart idea to keep these items in your suitcase. You can simply wear them. This would save you from two kinds of hassle. You would not need to carry the extra bulk around, and secondly, if you start to feel cold during the journey then you would not need to open up your bag to take out the warm clothes.

* Carry a single bag: This may sound hard, but it is not really that difficult if you try. Initially you might find it a problem, but gradually you would start to find it fun to travel light.

Follow these five super tips and bring …

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How can a surfer keep fit away from the beach

how can a surfer keep fit away from the beachSurfing is an addictive sport, for any surfer – novice or professional. This goes for me aswell, however, there are times when I am compelled to stay away from the beach and water due to winter or the rainy seasons. The biggest question that arises in this scenario is maintaining my fitness. I just cannot compromise on this aspect at all. Surfing has forced me to derive a solution and I came up with some simple exercises that can be done at home without needing any expensive equipment. The positive aspect is that these exercises that I am about to mention are an authentic solution and will leave you active and vibrant. Before I discuss the exercises I would like to give you a simple tip that would help prepare your body for the workout.

Preparing your body for the workout

When you initially move to these exercises your body may feel sore, but these simple tips will help you. You can massage your body. Secondly stretching helps a lot and creates the much needed flexibility in the muscles. You also need to keep yourself hydrated so drink lots of water throughout the day. Now let us take the plunge into the world of fitness. Here are the exercises I swear by.

The exercises to follow

Make sure that you do these exercises for about 40 to 45 minutes. This would be the adequate time to follow. It is up to you to take a break during the exercises. However, if you can manage them in one go, then that’s up to you – and well done!

* Hundred jump ropes: You would be surprised to know that jumping ropes are very useful in burning those extra calories. This is quite a cost friendly way to exercuse. You would not need expensive equipment like a treadmill.

* Hundred jumping jacks : This workout is definitely a hard-core exercise. You are getting so many benefits in one go. Firstly this exercise helps in relieving stress so if you are worked up about missing your surfing then start it right away. Jumping jacks is a great strengthening and cardio-vascular exercise as well.

* Thirty push-ups : Well the push-ups are yet another way to promote your fitness. When you would be doing your push-ups on a regular basis they would build and strengthen the major muscles in the body.

* Thirty sit-ups: The sit-ups would strengthen the muscles in your abdomen. This exercise will make everyday activities like lifting things a lot easier.

* Fifteen step-ups: The step-ups are a compound workout. This exercise tends to mimic the real life movements. It strengthens your muscles, so it is a must do.

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