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50 Ways to Get Super Fit This Year

Add these fab tricks--covering exercise, nutrition, motivation, weight loss, recovery, and more--to your workout routine and you're guaranteed to see …

Fitness

10 Yoga Poses for a Strong Back

With New Year's Eve parties and winter vacations to warm destinations right around the corner, who doesn’t want a stronger, more sculpted back to …

Yoga

All the Fitness Inspiration You'll Need This Month

We'll share a different workout every day in January<p>Welcome to 2014, everyone! If you want to get fitter and healthier this year, we've got your back. Anyone who's looking for fun, new workouts to try (and some extra motivation) should follow our social accounts, STAT, because that's where we’re …

Positivity Vs Negativity: It's A Question Of Focus | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Well, not for everyone. Some people seem to have it coded into their DNA. The kind of person that has their house burn down, but the cookie jar …

Happiness

Enjoying Our Passions Instead of Focusing on Status and Approval

<b>“If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness, and, therefore, your</b> …

Detoxifying Mint Tea Recipe

Blending your own herbal tea is a revelation. Once you start, it's hard to go back to tea bags. This way, you're able to shape your blends to be as …

Tea

Firework's Misfire Leads to Dazzling New Year's Photo

After seeing this stunning photo on Flickr's blog, I knew we had to get the story behind it. Photographer Kimmo Kuloveski took this incredible photo on New Year's Eve, simply calling it <i>Explosive New Year 2014</i>. There was no explanation, just a dazzling photo of fireworks flying everywhere.<p>“The …

How to Be Free: 10 Simple, Transformative Daily Life Practices.

Daily life is a practice in which we can try to live as mindfully and happily as possible.<p>For me personally, that definitely includes the practice of …

Make a Better You in 2014 By Creating More "HeartSpaces"

2104 is right around the corner. I love a new year, a new month, a new week and a new day because each gives us the opportunity to start again – to …

Why Is Breath So Important in Yoga?

Why is there so much focus on the breath in yoga? What is the link between yoga and breath, and why is it so important (besides the fact that it …

Meditation For People Who Don't Meditate (A 12-Step Guide)

Congratulations! You want to meditate, but you’re not sure what to do. If you’re one who can’t handle too much esoteric sweetener in your spiritual …

Spectacular Photos of Bubbles Frozen in Frigid Temperatures

Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly took advantage of the frigid temperatures earlier this month by blowing bubbles with her son and photographing the spectacular results for her series dubbed <i>Frozen in a Bubble</i>. Using a homemade solution consisting of dish soap, karo syrup, and water, Kelly …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

Try one. Try them all. They work. Science says so.<p>It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably …

Happiness

Photographer Captures the Excitement of Dogs Looking Out of Car Windows

Lara Jo Regan, the Los Angeles based photographer behind early internet sensation “Mr. Winkle“, has now turned to capturing the infectious delight …

Los Angeles

21 Abstract Images of Christmas Lights

Photography

Photo Tip: The Benefits of Traveling Light

One of the greatest things about photography is that it rewards time spent taking pictures more than it rewards money spent on camera gear.<p>I often fantasize about heading out the door with just one camera hanging around my neck. But when I go on the road to take pictures for <i>Traveler</i> that’s not …

Three Essential Photo Tips

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>In the age of Instagram, everyone’s a photographer. But a few simple tricks still make snapshots actually worth showing off.<p><b>Traveler senior photo editor Dan Westergren offers his top three tips for shooting in the field:</b><p>1. <b>Understand light.</b> Get going before sunrise; everything …

How to Photograph Strangers

As a photographer and photo editor for <i>National Geographic Traveler</i>, people often ask me how I approach strangers when I want to take their picture — especially when there’s a language barrier. Here are my thoughts:<p>Taking a photograph of someone you don’t know is one of the most difficult things to …

The Simple Truth About Good Composition

<b>Reader Question:</b> What is meant by good composition and how do I achieve it?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Tip No. 1: Don’t constantly put subjects in the middle of the frame. Whether it is the horizon in a landscape or a person in a portrait, dead center is rarely the best place to put them in a picture because it …

Photo Tip: All About Exposure

<b>Reader Question:</b> Which exposure mode should I use with my camera? What’s the difference between “Auto” and “A”?<p><b>My Answer:</b> I’m going to start with a bit of background on the basics of camera settings. “A” refers to <b>Aperture Priority mode</b>. The user chooses the aperture and the camera automatically …

Photographing People When You Travel

A new travel gallery gives you tips from a National Geographic photographer on how to shoot portraits while traveling in a foreign country.

Why Shoot in Raw Format?

<b>Reader Question:</b><p>Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? Why?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Yes, National Geographic photographers shoot exclusively in raw image format.<p>Shooting in raw format allows for more flexibility in making the pictures look their best in post-processing, particularly when …

5 Layover-Worthy Airports

Could your next layover be the highlight of your trip? At more and more airports, a long layover can open a window into local culture–whether you choose to venture into the city or simply roam the terminals. When time is of the essence, we suggest a surgical-strike approach. While some airports …

Readers' travel photograph competition: 2013 winners

After 12 months of judging your travel photos under very distinct themes, we round up the best of the best. Scroll through to see the overall 2013 winner, who wins an Arctic adventure, including tours to see whales and polar bears, courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission. All the photos are …

Norway's Ice Music Festival - video

The world's only festival of ice music, will be held in Geilo, Norway, January 16-19, 2014. At last year's festival, we followed the process as sculptors and musicians made the instruments from lake ice, recorded the otherwordly sounds they produce and captured the final haunting performances in a …

top 10 countries

These 10 countries are destined for an epic year, whether they’re hosting festivals, cutting the ribbon on new attractions or simply raising their game for travellers. Feast your eyes on 2014's most unmissable destinations.<p>1. Brazil<p><b>All eyes on the pitch for 2014’s World Cup</b><p>A game of beach football …

Travel

How well do you know the world? Play Geoguessr to find out!

Think you're a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s Geoguessr – the game that proves how well you know the world!