Have you ever fantasized about living off the grid? This incredible New Zealander, Warrick Mitchell gets to live deep in one of the world's most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. He lives in the New Zealand's oldest national park is nestled in a vast wilderness that is accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day's walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way. What do you think? Would you be able to live in such a remote location?
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Throughout history, there has been a natural companionship between man and horse. This companionship has earned the horse a special place in history as it has served man in war, mobility, productivity, and agriculture. The horse has played a large role in contributing to the enhancement of civilization. Because of this, it has earned a lot of recognition and honor. When thinking of horses, great qualities and virtues come to mind such as: nobility, power, grace, strength, freedom and beauty. We think horses are exceptionally beautiful beings, and as such, we have compiled a list for you of our favorite 10 breeds. Which ones are your favorite?
10. Morgan Horse
The Morgan Horse is one of the earliest breeds to be developed in the United States. Morgans have served many roles in the course of American history. They served as coach horses, general riding animals, and even as calvary horses on both sides of the American Civil War. This breed is known and appreciated for its versatility.
The Haflinger breed is also known as the Avelignese. This breed was developed in the late 19th century in Austria and Norther Italy. Haflingers are generally compact and chestnut in color. They have a distinctive gait that is described as being both energetic and smooth, and they are well-muscled yet elegant horses. While this specific breed was developed in the late 19th century, its ancestry can be traced back to the middle ages. Haflingers were developed for mountain terrain and are known for their hardiness.
The Marwari are a rare breed from the Marwar (Jodhpur) region of India. They can be easily identified by their unique, inward-turning ear tips. The Marwari are a hardy breed that is descended from crossing Arabian horses with native Indian ponies. The Rathors (or traditional rulers of the Marwar region), were the first to breed this kind of horse in the 12th century. These horses were used for centuries as calvary horses in the Marwar region and have been extolled for their loyalty and bravery on the battlefield.
This American breed is recognized most widely for its distinctive spotted coat. The Nez Perce people Native to America are responsible for developing the first native breed of Appaloosa in what is now the United States. Settlers originally referred to this breed as "Palouse horse" most likely because of the Palouse river. The breed almost disappeared following the Nez Perce war in 1877, but thanks to some dedicated breeders the breed has grown to become one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The Appaloosa was named the official state horse of Idaho in 1975.
Mustangs are often referred to as "wild horses," but because they are descendants of previously domesticated horses, they are more appropriately termed as "feral horses." The original mustang horses were Colonial Spanish horses, but over time they have mixed with other horses. Mustangs are generally described as being "surefooted" and known for having good endurance.
The Akhal-Teke breed is the national emblem of Turkmenistan. They are known for their speed, endurance, intelligence and the distinctive metallic sheen of their coat. Their shiny coat has earned them the nickname of "Golden Horses." Besides being beautiful, they are actually very hardy and adapted particularly to survive in severe climate conditions. They are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds in the world.
The Andalusian is also known as a "Pure Spanish Horse," and it is a horse bred on the Iberian Peninsula. Although it can trace its ancestry back over 1000s of years, it was officially recognized as a breed in the 15th century. Throughout history, the Andalusian has been recognized for its prowess as a war horse and it was highly prized by nobility. This breed was also used as a tool for diplomacy by the Spanish government, and Kings across Europe rode Andalusian horses. While they have a history as being warhorses, they are also known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility.
3. Gypsy Horse
Also known as the "Irish Cob," The Gypsy horse is native to the British Isles, although it is particularly associated with the Roma (gypsy) traveling people of Britain and Ireland. It wasn't considered a breed until 1996. This breed is highly prized for its feathering, or the long hair that starts below the knee and flows over the hooves. The Gypsy Horse was bred by the Roma of Great Britain to pull the vardoes, or wagons, in which they lived and travelled.
With their distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian Horse is one of the most recognizable in the world. Native to the Arabian peninsula, this breed is one of the oldest in the world. There is archeological evidence that suggests this breed can be traced back at least 4,500 years. Throughout history this breed has spread around the world through war and trade. Arabian bloodlines can be found in almost all modern breeds of riding horses because of their speed, refinement, endurance and strong bones.
With only 6 more days until Memorial Day, it's time to start thinking about sunscreen and skin protection again. As you take to the beach (or pool, river or lake) in the coming days and months, have you stopped to consider how you will protect your skin this summer?
Over the past 10 years, several studies have shown that many sunscreens are actually toxic and do not necessarily protect us from sunburns or skin cancers. In fact, when people end up relying on sunscreens that boast extra SPF and extended protection, they tend to stay out in the sun for extended periods of time, thereby damaging their skin more.
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just published their 10th annual guide to sunscreen in which they list the best and worst sunscreens on the market in the US. The EWG also clearly states that the use of sunscreen should be the last resort in terms of sun protection. Before resorting to sunscreen they suggest these tips:
Wear Clothes: Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by at least 27%.
Find Shade or Make It: Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.
Sunglasses are Essential: Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.
Plan Around the Sun: Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.
Don't Get Burned: Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.
Check the UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.
While these tips may seem to put a damper on your summer plans, following these guidelines as much as you can will keep your skin healthy and more protected from both burns and skin cancer in the long run.
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If you must be out in the sun for long periods of time and do not want to follow the tips listed above, then do wear sunscreen. When choosing the safest sunscreen, here are some things to keep in mind:
- There is no proof that sunscreen prevents skin cancer
- Don't let high SPFs fool you
- Vitamin A - a commonly used sunscreen additive - may actually promote the development of skin cancer
- European Sunscreens proved better UVA protection than American sunscreens
- Sunscreen doesn't protect the skin from all types of sun damage
- If you avoid the sun, check your vitamin D levels. If they're low, consider taking Vitamin D supplements
To learn more about these topics, check out this in-depth article on the "8 little known facts about sunscreen."
For lists of the best sunscreens for adults and children visit the EWG website, where they rank sunscreens in terms of safety and effectiveness.
Written by Rajmani Sinclair, May 24, 2016
Ra Paulette is an American cave sculptor based in New Mexico who digs into hillsides to sculpt elaborate artistic spaces inside mountains. Reviewer Martha Mendoza in the Los Angeles Times described the caves he created as shrines, as hallowed places, a "sanctuary for prayer and meditation" while others describe the caves as works of art. The caves are finished with "scallops, molded curves, smooth ledges, inlaid stones, narrow pods and crusty ledges." His caves attract visitors worldwide.
Paulette is self-taught; he never studied architecture, sculpting or structural engineering in a formal school. He works with hand tools such as shovels, pick axes, and scrapers. According to one source, he is paid only $12 per hour. Paulette grew up in northwest Indiana along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Paulette created Windows in the Earth Shrine in northern New Mexico for a resort north of Santa Fe so that visitors could climb a third of a mile, enjoy the view, and step inside the sandstone cave space to "meditate, write", enjoy the art, or even hold a wedding ceremony. The shrine took Paulette two and a half years to complete. Paulette's sculpture was the subject of a 2014 documentary entitled Cavedigger.
In 2014, Paulette described his artistic approach:
It has a lot to do with the juxtaposition of opposites: the sense of being underground with the light streaming in; the intimacy of being in a cave, yet the columns end up very large, sometimes thirty to forty feet high.
You can see more of his creation at the video below:
Guess what?! From the moment you start your workout- regardless of what it may be- the benefits of exercise begin. Within seconds your mood improves, your heart rate increases, blood is delivered to your muscles and you start burning calories for fuel.
All you need is at least 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 days per week with some resistance training and you'll add years to your life and improve its quality! Exercising is an amazing way to look younger, be happier, feel more energized and maintain a healthy weight.
All this is great but what is really happening…
While you are working out:
1) Smile! All those feel good endorphins are being released so you feel motivated and energized.
2) Just breathe! During cardio, you strengthen your lungs as they breathe faster and deeper to deliver extra oxygen to your muscles.
3) Bye, bye bulge! During cardio, your body burns primarily fat for fuel. Up your aerobic intensity and duration to further boost your body’s fat-blasting power.
An hour after completing your workout:
1) Immune System- proteins called immunoglobulins are elevated every time you exercise. These proteins strengthen your immune system and fight off infection.
2) Mood- serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine are released in your brain to help you mellow out and feel stress-free. For optimal mood-enhancing results, do high intensity interval training!
3) Weight- you are burning off calories even while you rest. You can increase this after-workout effect by strength-training at least twice a week.
4) Hunger- Exercise burns through your energy stores so your blood sugar levels drop. Make sure to listen to your hunger. Refuel and rehydrate properly!
A day after your workout:
1) Muscle- a day after strength training your muscles start to rebuild themselves and repair the microscopic tears caused by weight lifting.
2) Heart- who doesn’t want to make sure to maintain a healthy heart? Just one workout will lower blood pressure for hours afterwards. Go for high intensity cardio for the most heart-tastic effects!
3) Brain- as blood and oxygen flow increase to your brain, you are extra alert and focused. Capitalize on this momentum to clock in some study time. Your ability to memorize is at a high post-exercise!
The week after your work out:
1) Reduced risk of diabetes-The more you exercise, the more sensitive you are to insulin which lowers your blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of developing type II diabetes.
2) You can go harder and longer- your VO2 max, a measure of your endurance and aerobic fitness, has increased so you can keep stepping up your fitness routine!
3) Think thin- you get slimmer. Did you know that reducing your diet by 500 calories a day and exercising will help you lose at least a pound a week?
In the long term after working out:
1) You’re so strong! You can lift more/ do more reps as your muscle endurance increases.
Quick tip: when you can do 15 reps a set, switch to a weight that's two pounds heavier and go back to 10 reps. Work back up to 15 reps and then repeat this. By increasing the number of pounds you lift, you'll sculpt and strengthen better and faster.
2) You’re so fit! As you keep at it, you are exchanging fat for muscle and looking super good.
3) You’re so smart! As you work out, growth-stimulating proteins in the brain are activated and you get more brainpower as new cells are formed.
4) You’re so refreshed! Cardio workouts, like running, for 30 minutes a day for three weeks improve your sleep quality.
5) You’re so beautiful! Besides increasing longevity, working out reverses skin aging. Exercise keeps your skin youthful and even helps it regenerate thanks to the protein IL-15 that is released while you get your sweat on. This protein stimulates skin cell’s power centers, or mitochondria, to be fitter and healthier, making skin appear and act younger.
After a year, working out gets easier as your endurance and aerobic fitness increase, your heart rate lowers, your cells blast more fat on an ongoing basis, and more!
Make sure to maintain an efficient metabolism through upping your workout intensity. Keep your body guessing with different methods of fitting in a great sweat session!
Although you can snag some extra benefits by exercising outdoors, such as getting more vitamin D from the sun, the most important thing is not where you work out or what exercise you do, the key is that you keep challenging yourself so that you remain motivated and consistent.
Author: Gal Shyli Dayan
Janes, Beth. "Can Exercise Make Your Skin Look Younger?" Shape July-Aug. 2015: 62-64. Print.
Red hair occurs naturally in 1–2% of the human. It occurs more frequently (2–6%) in people of northern or western European ancestry, and less frequently in other populations. Red hair appears most commonly in people with two copies of a recessive allele on chromosome 16 which produces an altered version of the MC1Rprotein.
The entertaining video below created by Buzzed explains some interesting and fun facts about redheads.