With 6,100 affiliate gyms around the world, CrossFit, started by Greg Glassman, is quickly becoming a household name in fitness. You may have seen friends on Facebook proudly flaunting their newly toned bodies and wondered what CrossFit is all about. Unlike a typical gym, a CrossFit “box” does not have any weight machines- your body is the machine. There are ropes, bars, rowing machines, Olympic weights, kettlebells, jump ropes, gymnast rings, medicine balls, plyo boxes, and gigantic tires. CrossFit encourages “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” Each day there is a different WOD (Workout of the Day) and participants constantly strive to beat their own records in time, reps, and/or weight. The most athletic and motivated CrossFitters go on to compete regionally for a chance to go to the international CrossFit Games. In honor of all the people pushing themselves beyond their physical limits, we searched Instagram for some awesome CrossFit pictures to show what it’s like. It took a lot of sifting through ripped up hands because these workouts are no joke, but we hope this collection will motivate you to kick your fitness up a notch. [Read more...]
St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” With the rise in remote jobs, more and more people are traveling while they’re still young, rather than waiting for retirement, and seeing others living this way through social media is helping wanderlust to spread like wildfire. It’s also causing a positive shift in global consciousness, since the more people travel, the more accepting of other cultures they become. Mark Twain said it best:
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.
To celebrate those with wanderlust, like most of the Visual News team, who have caught the travel bug, and spend their free time planning their next trip, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of travel pics that will undoubtedly have you price checking plane tickets to someplace awesome.
Although it has only existed in the West for a relatively recent 400 years, the Eastern world has been drinking tea for over 4500 years! According to an ancient legend, Chinese Emperor, Shan Nong, discovered it in 2737 B.C. He preferred to drink boiling hot water and one day some leaves randomly fell in while he was walking through his garden, giving off a strong, pleasant aroma, making the first cup of tea. Through the method of seeping in boiling water to make tea, the Eastern world discovered medicinal benefits of many different plants. It wasn’t until the 17th century that Dutch and Portuguese sailors introduced tea to the West through trade with China and it quickly became a status symbol for the wealthy. A century later it was enjoyed by people of all walks of life as imports expanded and prices went down. [Read more...]
Om! Whether you’re looking for a fountain of youth, more flexibility, strength, or a balanced mind, yoga can help. It’s no wonder that yoga studios are popping up all over the US. In the past four years, the number of Americans practicing yoga has gone up by nearly 30%, with 8.7% of adults involved in a yoga practice. (HuffPost) Whether you prefer sweating it out in a 105 degree room for Bikram yoga, energizing yourself with other yogis in a class, popping in a video for home practice, or creating your own routine, give it a shot. I can’t remember where I heard this quote, but I love it, “Saying you’re not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath.” Most people who do yoga have gotten to be as flexible as they are because they do yoga. We searched Instagram for this collection of strong, proud yogis to inspire everyone to give yoga a try. [Read more...]
Robin Williams has said that “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” It’s a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you actually want to be outside! After trudging through crazy winters my whole life, growing up with lake effect snow in Cleveland, then sloshing through the grey puddles in NYC for 5 years, I was always delighted at every sign of Spring. I didn’t think I would experience that in California, but I was wrong. Though the Winters here are much milder, I am so happy that Spring is finally here and I love seeing the blossoming trees and chirping birds everywhere! [Read more...]
Remember when your mom told you not to play with your food? Well we invite you to throw all of those rules out the window and take some inspiration from the creative collection of people we present to you today. I could look at pictures of delicious food all day long, but these creative displays are beautiful for more than just their imagined taste. If you love making food art too, join artist Red Hong Yi who started the Instagram hash tag #creativemarch (which has extended into April) to share some creative dishes! To celebrate our gratitude for having such an abundance of food that we have time to transform it into art, we searched Instagram for a collection of food art photos that will make you smile as your mouth waters. [Read more...]
Remember planking and owling? Those memes are long gone. The newest craze is Hadoukening! The photo fad started in Japan and has quickly spread throughout the world. Based on the smooth battle moves of Ken, Ryu, & Sakura in the Street Fighters game, Hadoukening involves sending opponents flying through the air with a surge of spirit energy! We searched Instagram to bring you some of our favorite Hadouken-ers! Try it yourself this weekend because like most trends, the hype will not last long! [Read more...]
With the belief that swans mate for life, they are a symbol of love and fidelity. So much so that in love studies, scientists dub those cute couples who have been married for decades and still seem crazy about one another “swans” to support their claims that true love does exist. I have always been fascinated with swans ever since reading The Ugly Duckling as a child, which I misinterpreted thinking that a swan was still in the duck species, but only the lucky ducks become swans. [Read more...]
After the refrigerator, a clothes dryer is the biggest energy hogging appliance out there. Consumer Energy Center estimates that it costs an average of $85 to run annually, which adds up to $1,530 for the average lifetime of a dryer on top of the cost of the dryer itself. Although East Coast winters would make it hard not to use a dryer, there are plenty of months when the sun will do all that drying for free, yet in the US there are outdated laws in some states from after World War II that make hanging clothes outside illegal (JustLiveGreener.com). Since 1995 Project Laundry List has been working to get these laws changed and has helped with the passage of “right to dry” legislation in 11 states so far. If you have a minute, sign the petition so that all Americans can have the right to use free energy to dry their clothes. To bring awareness to this issue and encourage sun-kissed laundry that won’t shrink, we searched Instagram to show you how beautiful clothes lines can be. [Read more...]
In his highly acclaimed book, Cities and Countries, Roman Payne beautifully explains what travel is all about:
Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.
If you haven’t read Cities and Countries yet, I highly recommend it. To celebrate the beauty of cities all over the world and encourage everyone to travel to find their perfect place, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of cityscapes.