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10 Fun Beach Games to Try out This Summer

10 Fun Beach Games to Try out This Summer

Summer time equals beach time. There’s no better way to spend your summer than at the beach where the combination of sand and water provides adequate ways to enjoy yourself. You can play fun games, explore the beach, and bring imagination and creativity into play. But you need to make a plan and have an idea about what you should do and prepare accordingly. So to make it easy for you, here is a list of fun beach games you can try out.

1. Water Bucket Relay

We love relay races. And what better place to try it than at the cool, summer beach? While the old egg and spoon race can be done, it doesn’t hurt to try out something new — water bucket relay.

For this, you’ll need a plastic cup, shell, shovel, or spoon so as to collect water from the sea. Then you run to the bucket to fill it while trying to minimize the spilling of water from the small equipment.

It can be played as an individual game or a group game. You will love the challenge as it requires both speed and control — to go as fast as possible while reducing the loss of water. The first to fill the bucket wins.

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2. Digging

Old is gold. Or perhaps this digging game will never get old. The main rule is simple: take a shovel and dig as deep as you can. Other rules can be varied as per interest.

You can simply test how deep a hole you can dig to decide the winner. See if you can fit in the hole or ask others to do so. Of course, you can try to fill the hole with water to see how deep it is. In the end, it’s about how deep the hole has been dug and how much you have enjoyed.

3. Frescobol

If you are ready for some new action, this game’s for you — it is a combination of racquetball and tennis. Frescobol was created on the beaches in Copacabana, Brazil by tennis players wanting to have some fun on the beach. It evolved from using tennis balls to racquetballs, resulting in a faster paced and more intense game.

Like tennis, the game requires two partners who work together to keep the ball in motion with controlled, precise movements that build core strength — all while having a blast. Now a Brazilian beach game staple, Frescobol has started to gain popularity in the States and beyond as one of the hottest new beach sports.

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To start you will need some frescobol paddles and balls; for the best experience you can use joga paddles.

4. Beach Bowling

This active game can be played by all age groups — little kids or grownups. All you need is “skittles” (bowling pins) and ball. Plastic bottles, cans, or boxes will do for the skittles. Adjust the distance of the skittles for the kids while you can go for the challenge. This improves gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

5. Beach Volleyball

The more, the merrier. If you have lots of friends, why not play volleyball? You can always go with real volleyball as most beaches will have a net set up. If not, don’t let it disappoint you. You can always improvise.

Take a beach ball and set up your net. That’s it! You are ready to go and start sending the ball across the net.

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6. Art in the sand

Why not try something creative straight out of your mind and draw it on the sand? Collect beautiful and colorful shells as much as possible. Now use them to draw a picture or letters or anything abstract that comes into your head.

Let your imagination take the lead. Be as creative as possible and use every shell and rock you have.

7. Sandman

One can’t always be tricked by “winter is coming.” It’s Summer — obviously not the season for snowman. But why let winter have all the fun? Be ready to make the snowman’s brother: the sandman.

You have all the sand you need. As for eyes and mouths, the beach is adorned with shells and pebbles. Also you can use feathers, or clothes that you have with you. Make your sandman come to life.

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8. Musical Spades or Towels

This is a modification of musical chairs, a classic game we all love — the difference being we don’t sit; we just collect spades. Put a number of spades that is one less than the total number of people. Now let them run in circle while we put on our favorite tunes.

Connect with speakers for extra fun. The person who doesn’t get the spade is out of the game. Race until one spade is left with the winner. Short on spades? No problem. You can always use towels or clothes.

9. Limbo Dance

Turn this Trinidad-originated limbo dance into a beach version. Make your own bar with whatever you have with you. A jump rope or even boat oar will do as a bar. Take turns limboing under the bar with your back facing the ground.

After each round, lower the bar and take your turn again. Make it more exciting by playing some loud music, but keep other vacationers in mind. This will definitely test your balance and entertain you.

10. Balance the Boogie Board

You will need a boogie board for this fun game. Line up near the edge of the water. Then stand on the board with your backs facing the water. The waves will come and you have to balance against the wave without seeing it. The winner will be the one who has balanced till the end.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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