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Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

When you think of a day out with the girls it’s normal to think of relaxing activities such as a spa day or an afternoon tea but isn’t that too predictable? Are you getting set in your ways? It could be time to shake up your life, step in to the unknown and try something totally different for a day?

Wouldn’t it be great to answer the question, ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ with ‘I’m white water rafting’! How impressive and how exhilarating, you’ll finally have something exciting to talk about at your next dinner party! Read on for our top tips on how to take your life to another level.

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    1. Trampoline in a cave

    Now I know this sounds a bit odd but we all know what fun we used to have trampolining as a child so imagine having this experience in a cave? This is a great excuse to travel to stunning North Wales where a disused slate mine has been transformed into a giant playground called Bounce Below with three huge trampolines.

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    To add to the fun, you reach the trampolines by train and each is linked by an 18.28m slide. So you’re having fun, excitement and doing something totally different with your best mates and think of the energy you’ll expend with all that activity, not to mention the freedom you will feel as memories of childhood come flooding back. This has got to be better than the usual get together over a glass of Pinot?

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      2. Sky diving

      Are you afraid of heights? Then face your fears and get ready for a great day out and one you will never forget! Think about it, you will be joining the ranks of extreme sports enthusiasts – that’s something to brag about! One of the most accessible adrenaline sports, tandem skydiving is a safe way of stepping outside your comfort zone and a great way to view your local area from a different perspective!

      You can jump close to home or make a weekend trip out of it and travel somewhere beautiful to experience this amazing sport. A bonding experience, to share with your best friends as well as another thing to tick off your bucket list! If you get the bug then you could even take it a step further and qualify to do solo jumps.

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        3. Shooting Party

        Once seen as a sport just for men, as the popularity rises, the number of women’s shooting clubs are on the increase. There are also a number of Ladies Days offered at top shooting clubs where beginners can learn to handle a gun and take their place in the shooting line!

        You will be surprised at how much fun a day’s clay pigeon shooting will be and ‘ladies only’ also means you can learn in a relaxed environment minus testosterone-fuelled male pressure! A great way to spend the day with your friends, to learn from experienced tutors followed by a delicious meal and a drink in the clubhouse.

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          4. White water rafting

          If you like water but rowing on the pond in your local park doesn’t excite you then how about you and your girlfriends raise your blood pressure by trying white water rafting? Instructors will ensure you are kept safe at the same time as having lots of thrills and fun. So if you have a great sense of adventure you will be running the rapids in no time at all.

          Full kits are provided so you don’t need to worry about safety equipment and wetsuits, all you need to do is turn up with your friends ready to enjoy a fast paced exhilarating ride.

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            5. Go climbing!

            Now don’t think I’m advising you and your besties to pack your lunch, put on a warm jacket and start heading towards the snow-capped summit of K2! There are plenty of indoor opportunities to get your first taste of climbing. However, if you’d prefer to experience the great outdoors there are many schools that offer day or weekend courses that will give you the exhilarating experience and a real feel for what climbing is all about.

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            Obviously you will need a certain level of physical fitness for a weekend like this, however no experience is necessary and all courses will be pitched at the level of ability and aspirations of the group. A healthy, fun and exhilarating experience with amazing views is guaranteed.

            These are just a few of the amazing experiences available for you and your friends to try. Life is for living and experiencing different things. OK, there is a time and place for chilling and enjoying a quiet lunch or spa day but perhaps it’s time to put your plans for sitting on your sofa with a bag of popcorn and your favourite boxset to one side? The question is, have you and your friends got the courage to dip your toes into the world of the adrenaline junkie?

            Featured photo credit: Bisley Shooting Ground via bisleyshooting.co.uk

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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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            If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

            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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