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6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

6 Creative and Fulfilling Hobbies to Take Up After the Holidays

As the year 2016 is comes to an end, it is about that time to start thinking of new year’s resolutions. Of course, there is no need to go to the extreme of saying “new year, brand new me.” Perhaps you just need to try something that would help with self-improvement. Basically, you can take up a new hobby and start to add a new skill to your resume.

Pick something that is fulfilling and that can help you grow in a direction you wish, this way it will be fun learn. Here is a list of hobbies that you can try, or at least use as inspiration to find something you’ll gladly master. All of these hobbies can also help you earn a living, so you do not have to consider them as a waste of time but as a personal investment.

1. DIY

You can become addicted to DIY projects, which basically translate to craftsmanship. You learn how to create furniture out of items you don’t use, or garden decorations, or any sort of accessory. These are really popular and they give you a chance to add a unique touch to your home. Moreover, you can start creating jewelry or ornaments, since these are sold on etsy for good price.

When you are honing your skills and researching, you are improving your coordination, your creativity, and also learning how to fix various things without relying on a handyman. Also, it gives you a good skill set to build a tree house or something else your children will enjoy. So in a way, it is a skill that can also contribute to quality family time.

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Just pick something you find interesting and that you would like to master and start searching for tutorials. It is a good skill to know and a wonderful hobby, so there is no way you can go wrong with this.

2. Photography

    Can you be patient and wait for a perfect moment to capture something majestic? Do you love visiting different places and traveling? Then photography is a hobby you will enjoy. Bear in mind however that the more you commit, the harder it will get. You’ll start to learn photo manipulation, you will start to save money for better equipment, and you most definitely become a perfectionist.

    As a budding photographer, you will also most likely want start mastering Photoshop, then begin searching for cheap travel deals just so you can take new pictures. Plus spending time on Google Earth will definitely become your thing, because good photography is all about location.

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    If you have a serious interest in this hobby, you should go through this guide for beginners, to find the best camera for your purposes. You can go through Photoshop tutorials and see what the procedure for uploading stock photos is, in case you eventually want to make money from your photography.

    3. Making Videos

    You can also make video material and upload it on various networks that support it. Many people have made a fortune from vlogging, making videos and entertaining or educating people. It really looks like a fun and easy way to earn money, but don’t be fooled. Making videos requires a lot of devotion, but it is still really fun hobby. You’ll need to acquire a good camera and a good microphone for starters, and you’ll also need to have an idea about the theme of your channel and the topics you’d like to cover.

    Once you have the idea, you need to write a script for a video, then film it, and then comes video editing. This can also take awhile if you are still new to how the software or video editing tools are used, but mastering the basics should not be too difficult.

    It is definitely a hobby you will grow to like and if you upload quality content frequently, people will notice you. Almost anyone who succeeded claims that it took at least two years for the videos to be noticed and featured, so it is a question of determination.

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    4. Gaming

    In addition to making videos, you can take up gaming as a hobby. Games actually offer quality material for a video topic. New games are constantly coming out, and people who are not certain whether they should buy them want to see a video review, so the two hobbies can go hand-in-hand.

    The gaming community is very wide today, but if you were never intrigued by video games, you probably won’t like this hobby. Alternatively, you can go with board games, which are are also fun as you can play them with your friends, and if you are invested enough, you can even start designing them. It is really a fun hobby and it is great for all ages.

    5. Gardening

      If you have knack for aesthetics and harmony, and if you like plants and decorating, then gardening is definitely a hobby for you. It takes patience, but allows you to practice peace and serenity while you create your own slice of heaven, and is relatively inexpensive as a hobby. You will need seeds and a place to grow plants, so without a backyard it is not really possible. Sure you can collect and cultivate plants indoors, but it kind of defeats the purpose of gardening.

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      If you get good at this, people might call you to redecorate their garden, or you can even increase your home’s property value. However, profit should not be the main motivation here; you should pick up gardening for the sake of creating beautiful gardens and cultivating plants.

      6. Cooking

      Finally, you can always take up cooking as a hobby. You will most likely love it, and what’s more your friends will love you for it, so everybody wins. It gives you a chance to become good at something that is generally needed and there is a lot of room for you to be creative.

      You have seen how a lot of people have become famous simply because they are good at cooking, they even have their own TV shows, and some of them get to act like real prima donnas and yell at their underlings. Not that you should be that way, this only shows how a hobby can grow into a passion and lead you to fame.

      Much like gaming, cooking can be a topic for your video-making hobby. As mentioned, you can be creative so that people will view it just to see something new. Another upside is that you probably have all the necessary equipment, you only need the ingredients and some good recipes.

      To sum up, the year 2017 offers a lot of possibilities for improvement, and you can turn that quest for improvement into a hobby or hobbies. Hopefully this list inspires you or at least pushes you in the right direction. Pick something that you find fun and interesting; the learning experience will be more pleasant and you will therefore advance at a rapid pace.

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      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

      Video Summary

      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

      One Exercise, multiple benefits

      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                    How to hold a plank position

                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                      • Prolapse
                      • After prolapse surgery
                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                      • Previous childbirth
                      • Overweight

                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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