Wednesday, December 9, 2015

New Year's Eve: where you should spend it

Another New Year's Eve is right around the corner and it's time to decide where to ring in 2016! So, we asked the members of travel website, where they would spend December 31st if they could spend it anywhere on the planet.
Would you spend New Year's somewhere else if you could spend it absolutely anywhere? Click here to tell us about it!
1. Buzios, Brazil
"Buzios, is/was the best NYE I've sent in my entire life. You ask me why: the weather, the inexpensive hotel/pousada, the beach at night, especially at midnight when all locals - I mean thousands of people, traditionally wearing all-white or yellow clothing, stepping over seven waves and throwing the long-stem white lily in the water for good luck, and after that roaming the island on a lovely parade drinking, laughing, singing and listening to loud music until dawn." - Trippy member David Nader
2. Paris, France
"Paris. Final answer." - Trippy member Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer of Colorado
3. Edinburgh, U.K.
"Edinburgh! Even though it's so close to home for me (England) I have never been and the Hogmany event they have for New Years seems pretty legendary!" - Trippy member Rebecca Wood of New Zealand
4. Antarctica
"Antarctica!" - Trippy member Rena McLeod
5. Sydney, Australia
"Sydney Harbour from a boat." - Trippy member Maria O'Dwyer of Dublin, Ireland
According to Trippy members this is a far cry from Perth, Australia which they named one of the "Worst Cities on the Planet"!
6. Cook Islands
Photo by Robert Linsdell via Flickr
"Cook Islands. First to see the sun." - Trippy member Nardine Hunt of Tamworth, United Kingdom
7. Reykjavik, Iceland
"The biggest one on my bucket list is probably Reykjavik. The constant fireworks is supposed to be epic (do a YouTube search and see for yourself). I love that country, and I really want to go back and experience NYE there." - Trippy member Steve Gray of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
8. Madeira, Portugal
"Madeira, just check it out...The most amazing show in an incredible environment." 
- Trippy member Gonçalo Hall of Lisbon, Portugal
9. Tasmania, Australia
Photo by Nomad Tales via Flickr
"I would go to Tasmania for the Taste of Tasmaina Festival and then road trip around the beautiful island. There's so much to do and see!" - Trippy member Alicia Saba of Austin, Texas
10. A Remote Jungle Somewhere in Latin America
"It used to be the international date line "two for one." I believe some companies still do it. It's where you celebrate at some place on the west side of the date line, and then hop on a plane to celebrate on the other side of the date line. Now, it's probably some remote place in a jungle in Latin America on a boat, or a house rented with friends, with good wine, and a bunch of fireworks." - Trippy members Jacey & Scott Mahaffy of Fort Collins, Colorado
Would you spend New Year's somewhere else if you could spend it absolutely anywhere? Click here to tell us about it!

Just a wee jog can go a long way.

If you can't imagine running for longer than 10 minutes, you're not a lost cause in the running world. In fact, running for just 10 minutes, five days a week could be all it takes to reap running's big benefits.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that running for about 50 minutes each week -- or approximately six miles -- can protect the body from risk for stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even some cancers. A little bit of running might even teach you a few things about life.
If running really is your kryptonite (though it doesn't have to be: start here andhere), you'll relish the fact that walking can be just as good for you. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recommends walking to lead a more active life and to combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Both running and walking are accessible and cost close to nothing. All you need is a comfy pair of sneaks and perhaps a good playlist or two, and you're on your way. Check out the video above to learn more about the benefits of a 10-minute jog. 

2 Ingredient Crepes: You'll never guess the secret ingredient.

Two-ingredient recipes are here to save breakfast again. First, it was the two-ingredient banana pancakes. And now, it's this beautiful and fancy two-ingredient crepe recipe. Crepes might not be your typical breakfast fare, but now they can be.
If you've always wanted to make crepes, but were scared that you couldn't whip up these thin pancakes like the creperies do with such ease in France, this recipe from food blogger Diethood is just what you need to get started on your crepe-making adventure. The two ingredients in this simple crepe recipe are seltzer and flour -- so they're vegan, too! -- and they get the stamp of approval from Katerina of Diethood, who is a crepe master.
According to Katerina, in Macedonia (her country of origin) crepes are a traditional food; and using seltzer in place of butter and eggs is a popular way to make them when budgets are tight. Whatever your reason for wanting to give these beauties a try -- diet, budget, ease -- you should also know that they'll make you look like a cooking genius because they're so easy and so good. Here's the recipe.

Exercise reduces old peoples anxiety

Physical activity helps reduce anxiety and raise self-confidence in the elderly, according to new research carried out by Prof. Eli Carmeli of the physiotherapy department at the University of Haifa.

Moderate exercise has been shown previously to help prevent and cope with illnesses connected to aging. Carmeli and Dr. Einat Kodesh decided to study whether exercise would also have an effect on anxiety in elderly mice.

They worked with two groups of mice aged 17 months, which is considered old for rodents and put them through an “open field test” which caused them to be anxious. A day later, mice in one of the groups were put through exercise on a track daily for three months, while the control group was exposed to the same noisy conditions and location but not allowed to run.
old people
Cameras and a computer program were used to examine psycho-motor behavior connected to movement in an open space and measure the amount of anxiety, curiosity and self-confidence of the aging mice. The researchers found that those who had exercised were significantly more mobile than the control group and suffered much less from anxiety. Unlike those that didn’t exert themselves, they did not need medication, invasive treatment or any special medical care.

The researchers’ explanation was that exercise boosted brain activity by creating new synapses between nerves.

As a result, there was greater expression of brain chemicals that reduce anxiety. Carmeli said “it may be that exercise upgraded the physical fitness of the aged mice and that this also improved their self-confidence."