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The 30 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2017, if your new year resolution is to Travel
Time to start packing your bags: 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for budget travel. The dollar is enjoying historic highs — meaning your money goes much further in many destinations around the globe — and according to an American Express Global Business Travel report, airfares are expected to fall in 2017.
1. Mazatlan, Mexico
Why: The current exchange rate ($1 = 20.69 Mexican pesos) makes Mexico one of the most affordable destinations.
For the frugal traveler who wants to enjoy more culture than they might in the Riviera Maya, my top pick is Mazatlan. As the shrimp capital of Mexico and a foodie paradise, Mazatlan is teeming with awesome eateries and fresh, interesting dishes. Hotels (including all-inclusive properties) are extremely inexpensive and authentic since most aren't part of the huge chains. El Cid Marina has awesome pools that are perfect for families, great food and huge rooms. (Rates are as low as $100 for a family of four.)
You can also enjoy superb dining at a top-notch restaurant like Casa 46 for less than half what you'd pay in the United States.
Side note: Sinaloa (the state where Mazatlan resides) grows the bulk of produce in Mexico, so Mazatlan produce is unbelievably cheap as a result. You see this reflected in top restaurants all the way down to street markets.
2. South Africa
Why: In South Africa, the exchange rate is in our favor, but so is the fact that it's a developed tourist destination with a solid infrastructure. In spending a month in Cape Town earlier this year and relying on Uber to get me to and from meetings, activities and lunches, I averaged under $20 in transportation per day — a major win.
Hotels are cheaper, too: Take a standard room at Taj Hotels & Resorts in New York, and you are out about $786 a night, whereas in Cape Town, a room at a similar luxury property costs $266. Remember, South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, so seasons are the opposite: Consider going in low season (our summer) when hotels and safari lodges are even less expensive.
Airbnb and private villa rentals are also reliable and cheap options in the major cities. Travelers should also consider booking domestic airfare in advance for the greatest cost savings, since flights on South African Airways can sell out quickly.
The best value of all is the wine: Travelers can order a glass of one of the best locally produced varietals for less than the cost of a can of soda. For more information on travel in South Africa, watch "Michaela's Map: First Timers' Guide to Southern Africa."
3. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Why: The best way to get a deal in the Caribbean is to travel during the low season (end of April through mid-December) to destinations that have direct and frequent fights from your gateway; plenty of hotel inventory; and economies that aren't euro-based.
Puerto Rico fits the bill, and I'm a big fan of San Juan, which I think is seriously underrated as an easy and affordable getaway, especially for visitors from the East Coast of the U.S. Old San Juan oozes charm, and if you stay within the old city's two-square-mile radius you won't need a car rental to access great restaurants, sightseeing and shopping.
U.S. citizens can save themselves the cost of a passport since it's not required to visit, and since the U.S. dollar is the legal tender, there's no money lost on currency exchange. Hotel Casa Blanca and Villa Herencia are two of my favorite high-style/low-cost boutique hotels.
Why: Europe is on everyone's list of value-added trips this year and for good reason — the exchange rate is more favorable for American travelers than it has been in years. But the destinations I most dream about and long to return to are in South America, a destination that has long given travelers great value for money.
In Chile, I love Santiago for its vibrant food and wine scene — think tucked-away wine bars, delicious tapas and hip hotels in a beautifully chaotic city. For a lesser-known and truly special corner of the world, I love the small lakeside town of Puerto Varas. It is part of the lakes district in Chile and the northern start of Patagonia.
It is easy (and cheap!) to rent a car and explore this area. There is a surprising German heritage, so you'll see signs for "kuchen" (cake). With Puerto Varas as a hub, you can explore great places within a two-hour drive from the city: going to the top of a volcano, exploring waterfalls, finding the best cakes and food.
This area sees very few American visitors and everything is CHEAP. It's one of those places I almost want to keep to myself, but it's so special that I can't.
Why: With the U.S. dollar strong against the euro right now and the economic crisis in Greece keeping prices lower than other parts of Europe, it’s the perfect time to visit the beautiful island of Crete. Crete is a foodie dream come true.
A place where farm-to-table isn’t a new fad, it’s a way of life. The people here often live to be well over 100 years old so they must be doing something right! With truly stunning natural beauty (like Balos beach) and locals that welcome tourists with open arms, you are bound to have the trip of a lifetime and save a few dollars at the same time.
Why: For many, Morocco is the ultimate dream trip, and yet cost tends to keep most from visiting. But what you might not know is that it's one of the most affordable African countries, particularly when comparing flight costs. R
eaching Marrakech from cities such as Lisbon, Madrid and Paris may only set you back $40 to $100 roundtrip with many budget airlines. And this past Black Friday, flights from New York were a mere $400 roundtrip.
Food is by far my main reason for visiting as often as I do, and typical meals can range from $2.50 to $15 for two, which includes appetizers, entree and unlimited mint tea. For vegetarians and vegans, the country is especially great, as veggies are cheaper than meat and fresh fruit smoothies are barely $1.
Souvenir shopping can get a bit intense when you realize leather goods such as wallets, handbags and weekenders run from $5 to $60. (A shopaholics dream!) When it comes to accommodations there's something to fit everyone's budget, my favorite being Riad Yasmine (only $80-$160 per night).
For those looking for Moroccan luxury while still on a budget, my go-to is Riad Kheirredine, which will have you living like a queen without breaking the bank and even provides a cell phone during your stay to ensure guest safety.
Why: Modern conveniences and history collide in Belize. It's a perfect place to take a budget romantic vacation. Many of the four-star hotels offer extras, like bicycle rentals, included in their low rates, as well as Belize's excellent local wines.
Some affordable resorts to check out are George Hardie's Las Vegas Hotel in Corozal (Northern Belize) and the oceanside Royal Caribbean Resort in San Pedro along Ambergris Caye. Both can be booked for under $100 per night.
Meals are also crazy cheap, but delicious. Two can eat at an upscale restaurant for less than $30, and much less at an everyday venue.
Why: Affordable upscale accommodations, cheap and remarkably healthy food and beautiful sights make Vietnam a standout among budget-friendly South Asian destinations.
Eat your way through historic Hanoi, kayak in the emerald waters of Halong Bay or relax in ancient Hoi An and the nearby beaches. There are clean, safe accommodations to fit everyone's wallet. In Hanoi, my favorite is the Tirant Hotel, near the old town, where you can bag a room for less than $70 a night.
Don't miss the Hanoi street food tour: For just $20 per person, a guide will lead you on foot or by scooter through backstreets, markets and footpaths.
You will eat like the locals and learn the names and ingredients in the dishes so you can order them again. And be sure to take the time to sip a bowl of steaming "pho" noodle soup in restaurants, push carts and food stalls, where a street meal and a beer can cost the same as a caramel macchiato at Starbucks.
9. Costa Rica
Why: Costa Rica is the one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and to be able to see this on a shoestring is an incredible opportunity.
There's a ton of national parks to explore, for instance, that only cost a few dollars to enter. Once there, you can then enjoy free self-guided walks that won't cost you a cent, but will deliver some great encounters with amazing wildlife like tapirs, monkeys, sloths and macaws.
Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Parks are two of the best. Public transport is also super cheap in Costa Rica, with buses generally less than $10, even for an eight-hour ride. This makes traveling between destinations in this compact country very affordable and means you can see a lot in a short amount of time.
In addition, budget accommodation in Costa Rica — even at some of the best surf beaches — can be as little as $6 per person. And a "plato tipico" (local dish) can be enjoyed anywhere for as little as $2-3.
Why: Portugal is a pocket of affordable travel in contrast to the rest of Western Europe, especially if you get off the highways and take the back roads (where you can also avoid tolls).
A bottle of delicious port and a plate of the day with a glass of wine can be found for around €5 each. Nowhere else in the world can its "California Highway 1 meets Tuscany" landscapes be enjoyed on such a budget, especially now that the dollar is strong against the euro.
Why: Although Ecuador is not quite as inexpensive as Peru to the south, it’s an easy and affordable destination to travel to, especially if you stay a bit off the beaten path. It’s a short cheap flight from Florida with budget airlines like jetBlue and TAME, and accommodation is pretty cheap.
Shop at your local market and you can get a week’s worth of groceries for $10. And Ecuador has lots of variety; from surf beach towns like Montanita, to the volcanic Banos with famed hot springs at the gateway to the Amazon basin, to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cuenca in the high Andes, there’s a lot to see. The bus systems are good and domestic flights cheap and plentiful. F
ind a free accommodation option like house-sitting or volunteering, and your trip can be even cheaper.
Why: Barcelona is ranked right up there with cities like Paris and London as one of the most popular European cities, but it is by far the most affordable. This is thanks to low-cost tapas restaurants, endless free attractions and affordable things to do.
Have a meal of tapas and wine at El Xampanyet for around €10-15. Soak up the rays on the beach at Barceloneta. Get lost in the La Boqueria Market.
And take the tram up to Tibidabo (only €5) for sweeping panoramic views of the city; it's also where you can experience a vintage amusement park and a gorgeous cathedral.
13. Where: Guatemala
Why: Often bypassed in favor of nearby Costa Rica, Guatemala is unique unto itself in Central America. And because it's a bit more "off the path" in the region, it's also easy on the budget and a nice place to splurge.
The villas and hotels rimming Lake Atitlán have all the beauty you could want for a small fraction of the price you'd pay in Europe or elsewhere. From the lake, you can then delve into the country's unique culture by visiting the indigenous markets and villages in the Guatemalan highlands.
Lush Atitlan is a gorgeous, affordable place to stay in San Marcos La Laguna, the prettiest and most culturally interesting of Lake Atitlan's villages.
14. Bonaire & Curaçao
Why: In the deep Southern Caribbean, Bonaire and Curaçao are always out there on the edge of everyone's Caribbean consciousness. Both are known for scuba diving, but also for other water sports, hiking and amazing secluded beaches.
Vacation villas that let you live like a local are plentiful and affordable on both islands, but chain hotels like the Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino are an option on Curaçao (great if you're using points).
Bonaire gets its very first chain hotel at the end of 2016 when a Marriott Courtyard opens.
15. Las Vegas
Why: If you can avoid the slots, there are lots of free things to do in Vegas: The Flamingo's flamingo habitat, the fountains and conservatory at the Bellagio and the outdoor movies at the Container Park are just a few.
You can also find many places for cheap eats if you are willing to get off The Strip to do so. Check out the nearby Crown and Anchor, which serves up delicious British favorites, and Ninja Teriyaki Sushi 2 Go for fresh-made amazing sushi rolls in a no-frills setting.
Why: Sadly, the average income in Cambodia is about $950 per year. What does this mean for international travelers? Your international airfare might be expensive, but once you are in Cambodia, you can live well. Tuks tuks (a combo bike/taxi) and food cost just pennies. Even international hotel chains and luxury river boats down the Mekong are more affordable than other Asian destinations.
Before visiting, I suggest doing your homework to support luxury companies like the Shinta Mani Resort, whose foundation plays a large role in its community, building water wells, schools and farms and providing the best healthcare in the country to its employees. Culturally conscious companies like Aqua Expeditions sustainably introduce their guests to the communities along the Mekong River, including the floating markets and the farmers in the rice fields; the company can even arrange a conversation with a local Buddhist monk to discuss the significance of his journey from childhood to monkhood.
Why: If you're looking into an exotic long-haul trip, Bali offers a ton of high quality experiences for a great value. You can easily stay in a private villa overlooking stunning rice paddies with a private pool for around $50 per night. (Airbnb is a great way to go).
However, if you want to splurge a bit but not go overboard, a stay at a high-end luxury resort will still cost you less than a stay at a luxury resort, for example, in Maui. Not to mention, spa and transportation costs are quite low relative to other exotic locales, as well as the amazing and healthy food options that end up being a fraction of the cost elsewhere in the world.
Why: The weakened euro has made any trip to Europe more affordable, but this is especially true in Greece. The struggling economy craves tourist dollars and makes it known with affordable pricing on everything from hotels to food.
In Athens, you can book a three- or four-star hotel for well under $100, like 360 Degrees, a nice and modern hotel with a huge breakfast buffet included and an awesome location directly on Monastiraki Square.
Throughout the countryside, prices may be even better. Best of all, you can sit down to an amazing Greek meal with drinks (Mythos or Ouzo?), appetizers (Saganaki, anyone?) and entrees of your choosing for less than half what you'd pay in the States. Heck, you can pick up Souvlaki or a gyro for $1-$2. Souvenirs are insanely cheap, too.
Why: This forgotten corner of Europe is a wonderfully off-the-beaten-track budget destination in an otherwise very touristy and expensive continent.
With fantastic beaches along its coastline, including the fishing port of Saranda, Albania gives visitors the chance to enjoy the Mediterranean waters for a fraction of the usual price. Accommodation starts from as little as $5 per person and fishing trips or boat rides to the nearby islands are similarly well priced.
There's also some fascinating historical sites across Albania that are either free to enter or cost only $2-$5. From the moutainous medieval town of Gjirokastër to the Roman ruins at Butrint, this is a diverse and very different side of Europe, which is definitely worth visiting before the crowds do.
20. San Luis Potosí, México
Picture a perfect class III white water rafting experience through a limestone canyon of turquoise waters, a visit to a living garden of eden, complete with art sculptures, hidden pools, butterflies and waterfalls, a hike to the largest known cave shaft in the world, which you can rappel into, and a series of waterfalls for cliff jumping.
Top this all off with a plate of homemade tacos and a local beer for $2, and you've got yourself a piece of adventure paradise on a budget.
Still very much under the radar to anyone outside of Mexico, San Luis Potosí could be compared to Costa Rica in terms of adventure and Cambodia in terms of affordability. Since Election Day, the dollar has been especially strong in Mexico, offering an even better excuse to travel south of the border.
21. Quebec City, Canada
Why: Take advantage of the weak Canadian dollar and travel north for a 25% discount on prices.
Enjoy a slice of Old Europe without the jet lag or the cost of a transatlantic flight. Indulge in some of the best French food outside France — steak-frites, oysters and pastries at a bargain price. Stroll and shop in the narrow cobblestone streets of the picturesque Old Town and enjoy night parades and ice canoe races during the colorful Winter Festival in January and February.
22. Buenos Aires
Why: One of the world's most intoxicating cities, Buenos Aires has only grown in popularity, but it's still relatively cheap compared to European and Asian capital cities. There are many green parks, French-inspired architecture, late-night dancing, custom leather shops and fantastic food.
Taxis are relatively cheap (around $5-8 a ride), but you should also walk for miles in all of the distinct neighborhoods, like Palermo (try Salon Canning, a super casual milonga, or dance hall, after midnight). Must-try cheap eat in Buenos Aires: anything dulce de leche. It is everywhere — inside crepes, drizzled over grilled bananas and in gelato.
Tip: Bring a ton of American cash and you'll get better deals in many places. For example, I bought my custom leather jacket at a shop called Uru Recoleta (close to the famous Recoleta Cemetery) and was able to buy it for much less than using my credit card because I brought American dollars.
On Sundays, the place to be is the San Telmo market for browsing leather, antiques, watches, jewelry and more.
Why: While Haiti still remains under the radar as a travel destination, many people have been flocking to the vibrant country, and I can see why: The island provides all the stunning Caribbean characteristics without the high costs. Outside of holiday seasons and the later part of the summer, flights from New York range from $300 to $500, and even cheaper when flying from cities in Florida.
The real gem is how cheap the hotels are, with many starting at $50 to $150 per night including airport transfers. Even the newest Marriott Port-au-Prince will only set you back $130 to under $200 a night for larger rooms.
One of my favorites is Wahoo Bay Beach, which has epic mountain and ocean views from its stunning pool and rooms. You can take small boat tours around the area for a couple of dollars per person. Lobster, conch and crab can be caught right from the water and prepared for you without costing more than $10.
24. Santa Catalina Island, California
Why: Santa Catalina Island is one of my new favorite places. It is way more than a weekend SoCal jaunt. Hotels are quaint and average under the $200 per night mark. The Avalon Hotel is a charming choice. It’s right in the center of town, making it an easy walk to almost any activity. There is plenty to do, like kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, ziplining, hiking or just beach sitting.
The Catalina Island Museum is a must-visit stop to get the full story of the island's fascinating history, including its Hollywood connection. Food and shopping choices are extensive.
And you don’t need a rental car. Getting to the island is easy: Catalina Express Ferry whisks you to there from three different ports, Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro. I prefer Long Beach because flights there are often lower priced than neighboring LAX.
Why: With 17,000 islands, you are bound to find the ideal paradise to suit your travel and budget in Indonesia.
There are stunning untouched beaches that offer world-class snorkelling and scuba diving in Raja Ampat, fascinating Unesco World Heritage Sites dating back to the 9th century in Yogyakarta and — everywhere you turn — the friendliest locals. In Raja Ampat, we found a homestay that included breakfast, lunch and dinner — plus it was right on the beach for around $29 USD per person per night. For more, see Food Fun Travel's "Bali Food Guide."
Why: The entire Balkans region is an excellent option for budget travel, and if you haven't been before, I recommend starting with Bulgaria.
From wine country to snowy peaks to the Black Sea coast, it's an adventure playground that every budget can afford. In Bulgaria's wine country you can get a full winery tour with multiple tastings plus bread and cheese for about $5 (check out Villa Melnik winery), take a hike through Bulgaria's famous sandstone pyramids and then sleep in a beautiful authentic style hotel like Zlaten Rozhen with breakfast included for about $30.
27. Cusco, Peru
Why: Most people who pass through Cusco are en route to the very popular Machu Picchu, but you should make sure to spend a few days, maybe even a few weeks in this colorful city. Not only is the city absolutely stunning and oozing with culture, most accommodations range from $20 to $100 a night. Peruvian textiles are extremely affordable and the vibrant colors are stunning.
Eating out in Cusco can be extremely cheap, if you know where to eat. Restaurants are quite affordable compared to most American and European restaurants, but street food here is the real winner. I'm personally addicted to ceviche and can't find it cheaper than $15 for a small portion in the states, but in Cusco's San Pedro Market you can find ceviche plus Peruvian fried rice for only $3.
On my last trip, I had steak and ceviche nearly every day and never spent more than $15 for two including a drink and soup.
Why: Meagen Collins: This ancient European country is starting to grab the attention of travelers from all over the world. Georgia has so much to offer — beautiful scenery, unique culture and tradition everywhere you look, and the food will leave you drooling for more.
Add to that the fact this country lays claim to being the birthplace of wine (winemaking here goes back 8,000 years) and you have the ultimate new travel destination.
In Georgia, you can get a full meal plus copious amounts of wine for two people in a higher end restaurant, with live entertainment and still spend less than $30 — total. But get there fast: Word is getting around about this little gem and it won’t be tourist-free for long.
Why: This country is one of Africa's best budget travel destinations, with some extremely affordable accommodation situated along white sand beaches and next to an azure ocean. (Check out Villa Sands or Terraço das Quitandas.)
There's great scuba diving, too, and you can easily feel like a millionaire here for nothing! For more ideas, see Big World Small Pocket's "17 Incredible Budget Travel Destinations Still On My List (That Should Be On Yours Too!)."
30. Dallas, Texas
Why: Dallas is often overlooked, but packed with fun, food and great places to stay at prices far below the national average. (The city was voted the most affordable destination in the U.S. last year by Priceline and continues to remain a great value.) Downtown buzzes with excitement and culture, and the nearby Design District is exploding with eclectic shopping for home décor.
The high-rise Omni Dallas has rooms with stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the city starting at just under $200, putting you in the center of the action. With a rental car, you can fully explore everything the city has to offer. Look at fringe cities like Grapevine and Plano for the charm of small towns of yesteryear with main street shops and eateries.
The Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine is convenient to DFW airport and offers full-out luxury at rates around the $200 mark.
Story of a food enthusiast, who quit his Job to follow his passion for food Full Time
We recently connected with Sawan & Vaishali, who is very passionate about trying out new recipes & showcasing them to the world through Nojoto via their collection “Vaishali Food recipes”
Mentioned below is the brief summary of our discussion with Sawan & Vaishali
Nojoto Team: Hi , could you tell us about yourself in around 250 words? Imagine writing a story on Nojoto. Sawan & Vaishali: I am a digital marketer by profession with over 9+ years of experience, and Vaishali is my wife who loves trying out new recipes everyday. Because of Vaishali’s proficiency in making new recipes, which of course is very amazing, and we thought why not pursue this art of creating new recipes full time & also educate more people - how to do it. This can actually be a great help for lot of people who are trying to learn new food recipes. It’s been 1 year, since we started doing this full time.
Nojoto Team: What triggered you to follow your passion for Food & Recipe? And how did your hometown & childhood influence your passion for food?Sawan & Vaishali: Vaishali was really good at cooking and her curiosity to try out new recipes was the trigger for following the passion for food. It’s been 3+ years since I am married to Vaishali, and 3 years back I was 40-50 Kg, and now I weigh over 90 Kg, so you can imagine the influence of her food , and really it’s hard to say NO to the new one.
Nojoto Team: What is the most fulfilling about sharing your Food recipes?Sawan & Vaishali: The most fulfilling thing about sharing our recipes is the love we get from people which keeps us going and trying out new recipes.
Nojoto Team: Do you think if Circumstances allow, you will pursue your passion for Food full time? And what is your future ambition in following your passion for Food & Recipe?Sawan & Vaishali: Yes, we already are doing this Full time and if circumstances will allow, we will build team and do this more aggressively, so that it can impact larger audience.
Our goal is two folds: - - One is to open a restaurant and give people the experience of new recipes, beyond which they eat at other restaurants.- Second is open a cookery class, where we can teach other people to make new and new recipes.
Nojoto Team: If there is a Recipe based on your life, what would be called?Sawan: Mera Ladoo <with a huge smile on the face>
Nojoto Team: Which one is your favourite food recipe?Sawan & Vaishali: Dhokla, and we have already shared its recipe on Nojoto also.
Nojoto Team: What is your favourite possession which defines you? Sawan & Vaishali: I guess all things are critical to create a perfect recipe, but we will give the most credit to Kadai, and below is the picture with our favourite Kadai
Nojoto Team: What do you love about Nojoto? And how Nojoto is different from any other social media platform?Sawan & Vaishali: - It is all about your interest for one specific thing and sharing stuff about that passion, so that it reaches all other like-minded people.- It helps me organize all my food & recipe related things in one collection.- Moreover, it’s very easy to use, and easy to share what you love on Nojoto. It needs little more improvements, so that it can become big, and I am sure the team will keep improving it.
Check out Sawan’s Food Collection on Nojoto & the amazing recipes they have shared @ Nojotohttp://nojoto.com/collection/409/Vaishali-Food-Recipes
Do you think Gyms would work better if they were male only or female only? Can you explain which will be your preference and why?
Ha, ha, ha, ha
Okay, my first big gym experience in Kolkata.
It was integrated gym.
It was owned by the local municipality.
It was one of those multigym.
Before that I used to do only with barbells and dumbells in a small gym in my locality which barely accomodate people.
Now in this gym plenty of girls used to work out with us.
I am not going to lie, guys used to ogle at them but it was never crossing any limit of modesty as a result number of girls increased with time.
We had no problem with that
Contrary to popular opinion, I have seen guys actually interested in building their bodies than constantly obsessing over girls.
They actually was busy in their workout
What we (guys) had a issue that they used to talk a lot rather than working out
But thankfully guys were clever enough not bother to lecture them about anything
We used to quietly have an word with the guy that was in charge of that gym and let him handle the situation
I have never seen any ugly situation like trying to hit on girls and situation keep getting worse from there
I did see them talking after the workout when some guys were going together with some girls but other than that it was all pretty intense workout
I honestly never had any problems with girls in gym.
At first I did give a lecture to some girl that what is the correct way to do certain workout and stuff but then quickly realised let them do their stuff let me do mine
Honestly I personally never had any issues
Being an Indian the only problem I had that even though it was large gym but it was with too many people as a result it was hard doing workout at certain pace as finding the bench empty was quite a challenge
After some time I got pissed off decided to buy my own home gym(thankfully I could afford it then) and worked out with peace
Now I am an owner of few gyms and it has become a very good side business
What I tend to notice that girls normally when first join a gym they demand a separate times for their workout with women only
But as the time goes they themselves break that and work with guys and after few months there are no girl only time exist
This is my experience
What do you think?
15 Best Vitamins For Women
Nowadays women are more health conscious than what they were some decades back. Women who are responsible for bearing children and for rearing them, need to look after their health not only during the child bearing years but even after that in order to prevent the onset of ailments like breast cancer. Women are often found to neglect their health as they cater to the needs of their family. However, women are slowly realizing that they need to take in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which will provide them different vitamins and minerals for staying healthy. Vitamins are essential chemicals which are necessary to help the body function properly. As one ages, it is necessary to increase the intake of vitamins not only for younger looking skin as well as ensuring good health and a fortified immune system.
The Top 15 Vitamins For Women
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is known to have many beneficial properties for women.
• Vitamin A has anti oxidant properties
• This vitamin helps to rebuild and strengthen the bones, skin, soft tissues, teeth and mucous membranes
• Eye sight is improved
• Aging process is slowed down
• Immune system is boosted
Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A are:
• Whole eggs
• Red peppers
• Fortified cereals
These amongst others should be made a part of one’s daily or weekly diet.
2. Vitamin D
This vitamin is a fat soluble vitamin that is obtained mainly from sunlight as well as certain types of food items like:
• Fatty fish
Benefits• It is known to activate calcium and phosphorus which are the minerals required to keep the bone strong
• The risk of multiple sclerosis is reduced
• Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments like depression are resolved by stepping up the dosage of vitamin D
• It is known to reduce the symptoms of PMS
One should increase their exposure to the sunlight daily in order to prevent bone diseases like osteoporosis.
3. Vitamin K
This vitamin is known to play a major role in the human body in different ways.
• It will help to promote strong bones
• It helps to maintain normal blood clotting function in people
• It helps to reduce the risk of different kinds of heart disease
• It is known to help fortify the immune system as well as provide energy
The main sources of vitamin K are:
• Green, leafy vegetables
• Soybean oil
• Fish oil
• Whole grain food products
As one ages, vitamin K is necessary in maintaining the bone health as well as normal blood functions.
4. Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine and it is known to promote many vital functions of the body:
• It helps one to enjoy a healthy immune system
• It helps to produce particular hormones and brain chemicals which in turn can help reduce depression, memory loss and heart diseases
• It can even help to maintain the blood sugar levels
• Pregnant women need to have vitamin B6 whose lack of presence can lead to anemia and morning sickness
There are many food groups that one can take up to increase the level of this vitamin in their system:
• Fortified cereals
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is known to contain many beneficial properties for the human system, especially for women.
• This vitamin helps to promote anti aging properties which is of great benefit for women
• It can help to fight cell damage that is related to aging
• It can even prevent heart disease
• It can prevent the formation of cataracts
• Other benefits are prevention of memory loss and certain cancers
If one takes up food rich in this vitamin they will be able to enjoy healthy skin and hair. It is included in most skin and hair care products. The main food items that are rich in vitamin E are:
• Corn oil
• Cod liver oil
• Sunflower seeds
6. Vitamin B12
It is essential that women consume food products that are rich in vitamin B12 as it aids many of the functions in the body.
• It is important for the metabolism process
• It helps the normal cell division process
• It aids in preventing memory loss
• It can help normal nerve and brain functions to occur
• Deficiency of the vitamin can lead to depression, confusion and irritability as well as mouth and tongue inflammations
It is best to incorporate the following food items in one’s diet to ensure that this vitamin is taken in right proportions:
7. Vitamin C
Most women are aware of the benefits of vitamin C and its sources as it helps to boost the immunity levels. There are many health benefits as well that this vitamin provides.
• It fastens up the healing process
• Promotes the growth of tissues
• Reduces the risk of cancer
• Reduces the risk of heart diseases
• It also plays a key role in the red blood cell formation process
There are many vitamin C enriched fruits and vegetables:
• Grape fruit
8. Vitamin B9
This vitamin is known to be a great friend to maintaining a healthy system in women.
• It helps to prevent heart diseases
• Reduces high blood pressure
• Can help to counter depression and Alzheimer’s
• Memory loss and cancer is also prevented
• Fetal development and fertility is promoted in women by this vitamin
One can gain this vitamin in the following food items:
• Dark green and leafy vegetables
• Orange juice
9. Vitamin B7
Vitamin B7 is known to help synthesize many important nutrients in the system.
• It can help in the formation of glucose and fatty acids
• The vitamin keeps the hair, skin and sweat glands healthy
• Normal cholesterol levels are maintained as well as bone growth and bone marrow
• With high levels of this vitamin one can keep aside problems like high cholesterol levels, depression and anemia
Some food items that are best sources of vitamin B7:
• Egg yolks
• Brown rice
• Yellow fruits
10. Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2 is known to offer the following benefits.
• It is essential for maintaining good health
• It ensures normal growth as well as normal metabolism process
• It will help one to get adequate energy
• It helps to strengthen the immune system
• The tingling or numbness that is felt by diabetic people can be reduced by this vitamin
• The reduction of fatigue, stress and anxiety is possible with this vitamin
• One can increase the dosage of this vitamin in order to prevent wrinkles, mouth ulcers, sore throat, itchy skin and other symptoms
Foods that are rich in vitamin B2 are:
• Organ meat
• Leafy vegetables
• Soy bean
11. Vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin. It is known to have many beneficial properties.
• It can help women look younger due to its anti ageing properties
• It helps aging women increase the ability of their skin to retain moisture
• There is an effective barrier that is set up against bacteria, viruses and other antigens
• It helps to increase the good cholesterol levels and lowers the triglycerides or the fats in the blood
• If skin is inflamed, the hydration levels are boosted by this vitamin in order to reduce redness
It is often found in serums, creams and lotions.
Thiamine or vitamin B1 is part of an enzyme that is required for many functions.
• It helps the enzyme to boost energy metabolism effectively
• It is vital for the nervous system to function effectively
It is found in the following food items in small or moderate amounts:
• Whole grain food
13. Pantothenic acid
This is a vitamin that is not mentioned frequently but it has its own unique role to play.
• It helps in the proper functioning of several enzymes
• It ensures the proper metabolism of the food in the system for energy release
This vitamin too has a vital role to play in the human system.
• It forms the essential part of many enzymes
• It helps to ensure that the energy metabolism process is going fine.
This has several functions in the human body.
• Helps in the DNA formation process
• Creation of new cells
• Creation of new blood cells
This vitamin is found in the following food products:
• Green and leafy vegetables
• Orange juice
• Refined grains
As a woman do you worry about your health? Not only is the right diet a key to younger looking skin and hair, it will also help to ensure that you stave off various ailments and diseases.
How can one become like Virat Kohli or big hitter of cricket ball like Chris Gayle?
Very simple practice, practice and practice in nets, your aim would be to become very good timer of cricket ball. This is the first lesson in cricket, if you want to be a big hitter.
However, if you want to be a hard hitter like Chris Gayle then it's a completely different ball game all together. Just follow how Virat Kohli did it from someone who was a orthodox touch player.
First of all, Virat Kohli isn't God, he is just you and me like normal Indian, but then how he reached where he is - he was a chubby boy like most Indian kid, but with tremendous hunger to learn and willing to do anything(positive things) to be better than before is actually the key for him.
Now, let's come to the most obvious thing, he has very good techniques. But many Indian cricketers are also have that who are struggling in domestic cricket and people generally consider them boring cricketer with limited potential for international cricket. Because there is some reality attached to that. One thing these guys have in common in India that they know how to play big innings. But they lack kind of fitness and mentality Virat kholi possess. Virat also was not that impressive in the beginning of his early career in domestic cricket despite his obvious success in under 19 cricket, but so did some others before him. What separate them from him- timing and hunger and absolutely no compromise attitude. When he entered the IPL (which was at it's beginning too), he suddenly came into contact with the sport strengthening work out and also rise of the Internet helped. Most of the South African, Australian, New Zealanders, West Indian and English cricketers follow Base ball hitting strength-oriented workouts and that's why they hit the way they do. Virat learned all this faster than everyone because of his un put down - able attitude. He quickly realized what he needs to do to be a top quality cricketer who has the ability to destroy and also adapt according to the situation and also build innings(this is very important as this separates him from someone like Pollard). The workout ethics and international athletic diet helped him become more gritty than ever before and also very very strong in mind(which fuelled by his attitude). He wants to be best in the world and win everything that is in front of him, look at how he builds innings, no lethargy, he does what needs to be done, no matter how hard he has to work in the process. This is because of his international athletic training which every young Indian cricketer should do with absolutely no compromise attitude and don't forget not to be someone like Pollard. This is pretty much what makes Virat kholi what he is. You don't need to copy Virat kholi's stance and batting techniques. You can emulate(this is coming from a guy from Kolkata who has nothing to do with Mumbai or Delhi, so you can trust it is actually unbiased) Rohit Sharma's batting techniques too. I personally think he is an outstanding batman but the difference between him(even though he too is a very hard worker) and Virat is - Rohit doesn't possess that kind of ruthless mentality and willing to do anything to be perfect attitude. Virat now trained himself in such a position that he can train hard in gym even after scoring a hundred in one of days in a test match so that he can turned that into a double hundreds. That is what we called sports endurance in gym. Being a gym freak, let me tell you, anyone can be like that, but no one can teach you that Virat kholi type of attitude. You should be able push yourself in the correct manner to have that.
This is athletical body building :
You can follow UFC light weight fighter Jose Aldo's training and diet.
If you want to be someone like Aldo then diet is very important, in fact in some cases more important than what you are doing in gym. So I am giving the diet that Aldo follows (remember what works for him may not work for you perfectly because every person's requirement and metabolism is different and diet should be according to that, so this is a good example to follow and as you know more about your body, you can decide what works best for you or you can consult with a dietician, you can choose not to follow this)
Breakfast at 8.30am: 2 pieces of toast and a cup of coffee with milk.
At 10.30am: half of a cereal bar.
At 2pm: lunch is salad, chicken or fish.
At 6pm: other half of cereal bar.
At 9pm: salad with chicken or fish.
Goes to bed at 11pm.
Work out :
12 burpees with medicine ball.
2. 12 pull up
3. 12 body excess weight shoulder press
4. 12 reverse rows.
5. 12 single leg squats (each and every leg).
6. 20 push up.
7. 30 seconds planks (elbows).
8. 30 seconds planks (top of the push up placement).
9. Three 10 seconds sprints with 32 seconds rest in between.
Other than the 9th one, every workout has to be done without the rest. Total 9 workouts are called 1st circuit. Relaxation for 1 minute and then repeat the next circuit other than only doing 11 reps for the 1st five physical workouts.
Give the MMA workout program a try out and see if you can beat Jose Aldo's time of significantly less than 35 minutes. Good luck.
This is how basically an athlete trains himself in gym.
Now notice this following picture and practice every cricket shots(orthodox or unorthodox) using that resistance bands(you can find it online)
Now follow these cricket hitting strength training videos -
This video is about Baseball but it works for cricket too perfectly.
This is a renowned baseball player who knows a thing or two about hitting, just remove everything that is associated with baseball and soak everything that is perfect for cricket because baseball and cricket are very similar except a few things.
This guy is also renowned for giving strength hitting tips for baseball and again get rid of the baseball part and soak everything else, he has some valuable tips about what you(a cricketer) should be doing in order to be better at hitting and over all fitness, don't ignore anything, everything is valuable here.
These guys are more general but follow their tips too.
Last but not the least, this is absolutely top level athletic workout, this is excellent for your core.