Living it Up in Libjo

I always look forward to visiting new places especially those off-the-beaten-path types. These places are not usually teeming with tourists so I feel like I own the place. (Yes, I have a very active imagination. Didn’t I say I was a dreamer?) So when an opportunity to visit Libjo in Dinagat Islands came up, I was thankful that I had no important activity in my calendar. I thank my friend, Bryan, for inviting me to talk about blogging and photography to high school students there. I had a wonderful time living it up in Libjo.

Libjo is a municipality in Dinagat Islands. Dinagat Islands is a province in Caraga Region in Northern Mindanao.  To get there from Butuan City,  we traveled by bus to Surigao City, took a jeep to the port and rode the boat for Libjo. The boat ride took us almost 4 hours.

Port in Libjo.

Libjo is a charming little town with so much potential for tourism.  We had time to just stroll around the town and the introvert in me just loved the peacefulness of the surroundings: no traffic, no crowd, no pollution.

This is the park and government center in Libjo. Children of all ages hang out at this park.

We walked further to reach an area overlooking the sea.

From this vantage point, I get to see these views. This is a great reward after walking a few kilometers.

There is a fishing boat docked below.

Libjo has rice fields that looked like small terraces.

Awesome, isn’t? Wait till you get to the beaches.

Beach hopping was part of the workshop so that the students can get some inspiration with their writing and practice photography.

So we hopped on a boat and we passed by this view  on the way to our first beach.

Don’t you want to just hang out here and relax?

How about sipping buko juice and scooping the yummy meat afterwards?

Say hi to my friend, Bryan, who made this trip possible. Thanks, Bry!

Libjo has white sand beaches with wide shoreline that we have enough space to jump…

… and do some yoga.

How about some quiet time in the blue lagoon?

I love hanging out in the grass under the coconut trees.

Oh, the students had fun, too.  I hope they learned something from this workshop.

My heart is full. Even for a short time away from the city life, I get to live a little better.

I will be back,  Dinagat!

Living it Up in Libjo

5 Things You Should Know About Starting a New Workout Routine

Before you start a new workout program, there are basic things you need to know about workout procedures. If you are training as an athlete, training for an event or for weight loss, these are the basic tips you need to bear in mind. Preparation for the workout is very important. If you meet the basic Pre workout requirementyou will easily achieve the results that you seek. Doing so will enable you to regularly train and achieve the results. You should train for at least three days per week in order for the workout routine to yield results.

Here are 5 things you should know about starting a new workout routine:

  1.    Choose a proper meal plan

Having a meal plan helps you to eat a healthy diet. A proper diet and regular exercises are the two key aspects of weight loss and keeping fit. You cannot ignore the importance of diet if you are thinking of starting a workout program. A diet rich in proteins is recommended. Green vegetables and plenty of fruits are also good for you. You should also include wholemeal carbohydrates for energy supply. You should also include appropriate supplements.

  1.    Set clear goals

If you set clear goals then you will work out towards the goals and you will achieve them. Do not set unattainable goals. This will only lead to disappointments. With clear goals, it becomes easier to design a good workout program. Do not rush the process. If you are working out to lose weight or training to keep fit for athletics, remember it will take time. You should be patient.

  1.    Minimize chances of injury

You can do this by preparing well for the workout. Taking the appropriate supplements before a workout can help minimize your chances of injury. You should however not be afraid of intense workouts. The major cause of injury during a workout is due to a high-intensity workout. You may suffer some soreness, tight muscles and stiffness at some point. With time your body acclimatizes and you no longer feel the pain.

  1.    Level up your exercises

You should start with low-intensity workouts. As the program advances, you can increase the intensity of your work out. You should not do the same sets every time. This is one way through which you can get a new boost of motivation when you try something new. Having a partner for moral support is also highly recommended. This will also help you to keep on track.

  1.    Post workout recovery

After intense workout, you should rehydrate your body by taking plenty of water. You should also eat healthy snacks and appropriate supplements. Ensure that you get enough rest as well so that you are relaxed on your next workout session.

These are the five important tips you need to bear in mind when starting a workout program. It is a good idea to invest in appropriate workout gear. Ensure that you stay focused and motivated. You should continuously challenge yourself and keep up the workout routine. If your goal is to keep fit, then you will achieve it if you follow these tips.

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