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How 20 Minutes of Boot Camp Can Do Wonders

A sure fire way to get back in shape and be at the peak of your physical and mental performance calls for a stint in a boot camp. Often mentioned in the media, in health and fitness magazines, featured on television and popular with celebrities and sportspersons, boot camps are becoming a rage.

With just 20 minutes of boot camp routine performed thrice a week instead of spending more than an hour at a regular boot camp, you can mould your body into great shape and become the envy of your friends. All other forms of body exercises pale in comparison to boot camp. Muscle groups from head to toe are vigorously exercised and toned in a boot camp drill. Just follow the following routine diligently either in the comfort of your own home or a gym and watch an amazing transformation in the physical fitness and shape.

Keep this systematic plan in mind that each session runs in a cyclical loop of exercises to be repeated at least thrice before moving on to the next exercise. Remember not to take any break in between the exercises and to flow from one routine to another without pause or to catch a breath. This ensures optimum body toning, muscle elasticity to improve and cardiovascular strength and stamina to increase.

Let us begin with an exercise called Burpee keeping your body upright with hands in straight line above the head, start to leap vertically and when landing on the feet, kick out both legs in a straight line once and on the fall kick out with both legs behind perpendicular to the floor. Repeat this in quick succession thrice before moving on to the next routine.

Next grab an exercise ball and place it under your shin, with the body straight and hands planted on the exercise floor, try to make the ball travel towards your chest by bending the hips and roll it back towards the shin, repeating as often as ten to fifteen times, for best results. This is a great work out for Abs and abdominal muscles.

Moving quickly to the third routine, use approx.10 pound dumbbells. Hold them shoulder high and go down in a half squat position until your knees and backside are parallel to the floor, also pushing the dumbbells above your shoulder get back in standing position. Keep repeating for at least twelve times before moving to the fourth exercise.

Again hold the same weight dumbbells and take a giant step forward and touch the back leg knee to the ground, synchronizing with the lift of the dumbbells towards the shoulder, putting strain on the biceps and forearm. Get back into position and follow the routine again till the count of fifteen.

The last exercise involves kicking out one leg while standing straight towards the side, much like a karate kick, then bring it back to its position and step back with the other leg and squat down holding that position and come back to the starting stance. About fifteen repeats of this exercise will be enough.

All the above should finish in just about twenty minutes to be really effective. Keep at it and get compliments about how great and hot you look from family and friends. Believe me its worth all the trouble and boot camp is the most powerful method to get back in shape.

Acquiring Low Cost Camping Gear

Camping can be a very stress relieving, fun, and agreeable experience for the nature lover, outdoor enthusiast, or someone who simply wants to “get away from it all” for the weekend. There is specialized equipment involved and picking the correct camping gear can be a very problematic task, especially if you are on a tight budget. Have no fear, it is very possible to go camping and be comfortable without breaking the bank.

A camping list can be broken down into a couple of parts and each could be referred to as “major” and “minor” camping lists. Items in the “major”camping collection include things such as your tent, sleeping bag, stove, canopy, lantern, etc. While these items tend to assume a higher upfront cost, they also tend to last the longest and would not need to be purchased again for many years to come. It is still possible, however, to save money in this list as well.

Major Camping Gear can be purchased at respectable prices at big discount stores such as Walmart. While the camping gear sold at places like these might not be of the highest quality, if you are just trying out camping and in need of camping gear, this is an able place to start. Craigslist and eBay are also smart resources for these things at significant savings. At a minimum, you will need the following:

1. Tent

2. Sleeping Bag

3. Lantern

4. Stove

5. Cooler

Minor Camping Gear is where the bulk of savings will occur. You may come up with many, if not every one of these items already in your house. Many of these items can also be purchased for next to nothing at thrift stores and garage sales. This list includes items such as cooking gear, cooking utensils, plates, cups, personal hygiene items, etc. Below is a list of the least required minor camping gear you may already have:

1. Cooking equipment (pots/pan, cooking utensils)

2. Eating Equipment (plates, cups, bowls, eating utensils, etc.)

3. Dish washing equipment (dish soap, wash and rinse basins, sponge, etc.)

4. Flashlight (headlamp, handheld, etc.)

5. Rain gear (raincoat, rain suit, umbrella, etc.)

6. Personal hygiene (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.)

7. First Aid Kit (bandages, antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, etc.)

8. Large Tub (to hold the above gear)

To save the most money, shop around, ask around, and talk to friends that camp frequently. You may know someone who camps all the time and has an excess of camping equipment lying around they may be willing to let you have for free. With a little research and cleverness you may just be amazed at how much you can acquire for so very little money!