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10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

The glorious county of Dorset offers many gems. Here are 10 of them to enjoy during your stay.

1. Catch your own supper

Take your family on a fishing boat to catch your evening supper. There are many boat trips that offer this service in Dorset. A popular choice is Harry May, in Lyme Regis. He will take you deep sea fishing, where you will have a rod each to catch whiting, dog fish, bream, mackerel and skate, amongst others. On a good day, you can enjoy beautiful calm waters with the stunning Dorset countryside on one side and the endless turquoise seas on the other. Catch your supper, let Harry wash it and prepare it for cooking, then take it home to pop on the barbeque. Pure heaven!

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2. Stay in a chocolate box cottage in a rural village

Rent a cottage with family and friends and be immersed in the beauty of Dorset. With such varied landscape, you can enjoy meandering through pretty peaceful villages in the green countryside, stopping off in a pub with a roaring fire, or strolling along the Jurassic Coastline with glorious sea views and dramatic cliff edges.

3. Sip local ale in an old Smugglers Inn

Dorset boasts some of the best pubs in the country. Old Smugglers Inns sit along the coast with their huge open fires and stories of years gone by. Read this blog for a list of 17 cosy Dorset pubs to visit.

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4. Perch on a harbour wall with some fish and chips

There is nothing more delightful than enjoying fish and chips overlooking the water from where their catch originated. Spend some time in Weymouth harbour. It is a splendidly traditional harbour bustling with fishing boats and crabbers. Sit on the harbour wall and enjoy fish and chips from the Marlboro fish and chip shop. Then, you really must pick up a bag of Billy Winters (locally caught Weymouth Bay prawns) from the fishmongers to take home.

5. Enjoy a quintessential English seaside holiday

Not so hidden, but most definitely a gem, is the elegant Georgian seaside town of Weymouth. Sticks of rock, bucket and spade frolics, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides on the beach and a promenade with a carousel and penny drop machines. Tie a handkerchief on your head, roll your trousers up and get paddling!

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6. Visit the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas

Have a Dorset cream tea in the picture book cob and thatched village of Milton Abbas where sits, identical thatched white cottages all in a row. They look so perfect that they don’t actually look real and photographs of them are often used in Dorset postcards.

7. Watch the waves crash on the rocks of Portland

The sea around Portland is so treacherous that the Portland Lighthouse is still used today to guide vessels through the waters. This area of the sea is famously known as the Portland Race and many boats have become shipwrecked in this area over the centuries. Stand on the rocks, or even better, climb the lighthouse tower and just watch the violent seas below.

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8. Enjoy a show at the Electric Palace in Bridport 

Visit this cool vintage theatre for film, theatre, music and comedy. It’s an art deco gem, complete a bar, red velvet seating and really cool artwork. It’s a perfectly intimate setting and a must to visit.

9. Take the steam train to Corfe 

For some pure Enid Blyton nostalgia, pop on the steam train at Swanage and head through the rolling hills of Dorset to the pretty village of Corfe with old castle ruins. Corfe has some lovely pubs and is a real treat to visit and the castle is a cherry on the cake.

10. Walk along the Jurassic Coast 

A simple walk but oh so beautiful. The Jurassic coast is steeped in dinosaur history. Walk the dog, hunt for fossils, stop at a pub, watch the turquoise seas and find some secluded beaches. Take a picnic and enjoy it facing the Durdle door. A simple but perfect day out.

Featured photo credit: Weymouth Harbour Dorset via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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    Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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