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6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

Everyone always looks forward to the weekend, it signals the end of a long boring working week for most of us. Do you think about your weekend though and realize you have nothing fun planned and no ideas of what to fill your weekend with? Try something new! Have a look at these activities you should totally try this weekend.

1. Anti-Gravity Yoga

You might think hanging from the ceiling in a silk hammock and working out is further down on your list of things you want to do on the weekend, but it’s really accessible and a completely new way to experience yoga. It’s great for anyone whether you are a yoga master or just a beginner, although it isn’t suited for women who are pregnant. Anti-gravity yoga has advantages over standard yoga as it allows you to try out different positions called inversions which causes blood to rush to your head which is great for your thyroid and pituitary glands. The style of this kind of yoga also improves blood flow, can help to increase strength and flexibility, and will stretch out your spine. Find out locations all over the world here!

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2. Skydiving

If you enjoy thrill or just want to challenge yourself then skydiving is perfect for you, approximately 3.1 million skydives take place every year so why not be one of the 3.1 million!  People have been jumping from 15,000 feet since the 18th Century when a Frenchman called Andre Garnerin in fact jumped from a hot air balloon. Freefalling during a skydive can last anywhere between 45 seconds and 80 seconds and you could reach a speed of up to 130 mph. I recently did my first skydive in my home area of Cambridgeshire where the centre take a video of your dive for you! Definitely somewhere to check out if you’re in the UK.

3. Run 5K for Charity

Feeling charitable this weekend? Find a local fun run and sign up, get your friends involved and make them run with you (or walk, after all it is for fun). There are lots of different charities you can support and some races are specifically organized for certain charities. Not only are there a range of charities but there are also different types of runs you can take part in where you can dress up or get covered in colored powder on a color run.

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4. Zip Lining

Zooming along a zip-line in a beautiful location is an exhilarating way to spend part of your weekend, as there are over 700 zip-line courses worldwide you’ll be sure to find one near you. Is it great views you’re after? Then check these amazing zipline tours out. Worried about it being unsafe? Be assured that even though zip-line cable is only half an inch wide but it has a break strength of 22,000 pounds even an 8-ton male African elephant could hang from a zip-line and not break that cable (although he would probably be too big for the harness).

Just remember to make sure you wear the correct footwear when you go zip-lining and leave the flip flops at home because if your flip flop falls off the last thing everyone will want to do is waste valuable zip-lining time looking for your lonely sandal, don’t be that guy.

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5. Indoor Rock Climbing

If the weather isn’t looking excellent for your weekend or you don’t have access to a real cliff face to climb on (although this isn’t recommended unless you’re a rock climbing expert) then indoor rock climbing is your solution as the artificial structures are built to mimic the experience of climbing a real rock. When you go to a climbing centre there are lots of really helpful, experienced staff who will set you up with all of the safety equipment and spot you as you climb as you are always attached to a member of staff who will stop you from falling. With lots of different difficulties of walls to try, there will always be something for everyone to try.

6. Zorbing

Rolling down a hill while sealed inside a giant transparent inflated plastic orb, why not? Loads of companies offer fantastic zorbing experiences where they have their own custom built runs down different gradients and terrains of hill. If you’re not in to rolling down a hill at speed you could try the water alternative, still sealed inside the plastic ball you can then walk or roll around on water. Find out more about zorbing here!

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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