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5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

When my mother would tell me to go outside, get some fresh air, and participate in some outdoor activities, that used to mean no computers, no tv, and no electronic gadgets of any kind. I suspect that most of us mean roughly the same when we tell our kids to get their heads out of a screen. We were definitely not expecting them to go outside willingly, as they have been in troves, to play the new game Pokémon Go.

Attitudes towards video gaming and the internet have changed a lot since we were kids, but even with our high levels of tolerance for electronic entertainment, there does seem to be something a little bit off about playing too much Pokémon Go. Especially after incidents such as two players falling off of a cliff because of their attachment to the screen.

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Here are some great activities for your child to take up this summer that aren’t Pokémon Go.

Bowling

Although it doesn’t usually appear on lists of kids’ all-time favourite sports, bowling can be a great activity in any season. It’s no track run, but it is a great way to stay physically active and healthy. Even more so in air-conditioned bowling alleys as temperatures soar to record heights this summer.

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The deal gets even sweeter when you take a look at programs that give kids free bowling over the summer. Bowling is a great physical and social activity that’ll get your kids out and about without sending them off cliffs.

Activities at the Library

Yeah yeah, I’m not the first person to say this, but there’s so much to be discovered at your local library! If your kids are playing Pokémon Go, though, you can trick them into checking out some books. It’s no secret that local businesses are jumping on all of the opportunities that Pokémon Go affords, with promotional offers and Pokémon lures to attract customers.

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Libraries across the country are also taking advantage of these marketing opportunities. This library director created badges based on the ones that players can earn in older Pokémon games. Except in this iteration, players earn badges by completing book and library related activities, rather than by battling Pokémon.

Playing a Musical Instrument

Pokémon Go is all about training to become the very best, like no one ever was. You can harness this pursuit of excellence and encourage your child to work at developing a difficult skill like playing a musical instrument. Try creating a badge system like that librarian and award badges for musical milestones, like graduating to a higher level method book or learning a new piece.

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If you live in a rural area or you just don’t want to commit to a drive across town once a week, online music lessons are a great way to save time and money while working with a high-quality teacher.

Go Camping

Camping is the classic outdoor activity. It’s got everything from fresh air and jaw-dropping scenery to exhilarating hikes and exciting boating adventures. Plus, in this day and age, there’s the added benefit of little to no wifi or 4G. Your kids may not believe you now when you tell them that there was once a time when you couldn’t get the internet on your phone, but they’ll come around once they’re confronted with the “harsh reality” of device-free living for a few days. If you want to ease them into it, try setting up your own glampsite and explore the outdoors in style.

Take a Trip to the Zoo

Many Pokémon are based on real world animals. Everything from lions to tigers to bears are covered in the Pokémon pantheon. Some are obvious, such as the aptly named Squirtle, a water-blasting turtle Pokémon. Others are not so much. Encourage your child to figure out what Pokémon look like what animals and to learn more about those animals.

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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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