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50 Things to Do to Conquer Winter Boredom

50 Things to Do to Conquer Winter Boredom

lt’s freezing cold outside.

You feel like you’ve been stuck inside the house for months.

You wonder if winter is ever going to end.

It can be challenging to come up with fun activities to fill your time during winter, especially if you normally spend lots of time outside.

However, there are actually loads of fun things you can do while it’s cold, both indoors and outdoors.

Winter offers unique opportunities that aren’t available during the other seasons, so don’t write just it off as boring or depressing.ICheck out this list for 50 ideas on how to beat winter boredom.

Winter might soon be your favourite season!

1. Do a jigsaw. This is perfect for extra-chilly days. Set the puzzle up on a mat so that it’s easy to move around and complete in stages.

2. Have a snowball fight. If you don’t fancy getting cold and wet, set up targets and see who can hit the most.

3. Have an indoor snowball fight. Not got any snow, or worried about injuries? Buy some soft indoor snowballs – they’re ideal for playing with kids.

4. Go bowling. Want to do something sporty and competitive, without freezing to death? Bowling is idea.

5. Go on a date. Make the most of your free time by planning a fun winter date. How about ice skating?

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6. Take winter photos. Sparkling icicles, buildings covered in snow, robins… Winter is full of great photo opportunities.

7. Plan warm outfits. Work out how to stay cozy and look good.

8. Bake a dessert. There’s nothing like a freshly baked cake to warm you up and make your house smell delicious.

9. Make winter decorations for your home. Cut snowflakes out of paper, make snowmen out of salt dough, and put together paper chains.

10. Wrap up warm and go for a walk. A winter walk can be lots of fun, as long as you’re wearing plenty of layers.

11. Visit a museum. Keep warm and learn about new things – lots of fun for families. Look out for special offers and free exhibitions.

12. Make a gingerbread house. Buy a kit, or make your own gingerbread from scratch. Have plenty of icing and sweets on hand to decorate.

13. Paint a picture. Tap into your artistic side – you could paint a pretty winter landscape, or a cozy log cabin.

14. Make fancy hot chocolate. Forget normal cocoa. Make it an event and go all out with marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles and candy canes.

15. Play an instrument. Always wished you were more musical? Get started now with free online lessons and tutorials for almost any instrument.

16. Learn a new language. Got a holiday planned for the summer? Get prepared now by starting to learn the language – there are plenty of online courses.

17. Build a snowman. Go traditional with a carrot nose and buttons for eyes, or get more creative with unusual accessories.

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18. Go sledging. Grab your sledge, find a hill, and go wild! Sledging is lots of fun, and climbing that hill is good exercise.

19. Have a movie marathon. Want to watch the entire Harry Potter series back to back? It’s winter, you’re allowed.

20. Make fake snow. Lots of fun for kids, and can make a great windowsill decoration.

21. Draw a winter scene. Use your imagination, or search online for cute pictures to copy.

22. Make window stickers. Stick to a winter theme with snowflakes, clouds and icicles.

23. Go to an art gallery. Take in some culture and enjoy a hot drink in the cafe.

24. Visit an indoor shopping centre. Get in some retail therapy without freezing on the high street.

25. Go the the cinema. There’s nothing like a good film. Bonus points if it’s winter-themed.

26. Make a cute tea light holder. Decorate jam jars with paint, pen, or cut-out paper to make a cute candle display.

27. Decorate a mug with permanent marker. Grab a black pen and go wild – you might end up with a new favourite mug.

28. Go to a ski slope. No snow? Visit an artificial slope instead.

29. Do an indoor exercise routine. Put on an exercise video and start getting fit – you don’t even need to leave your bedroom.

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30. Join the gym. Too cold to go for a run? Join the gym and take advantage of fancy equipment and good heating.

31. Have a bubble bath. Add a few drops of essential oil for extra relaxation.

32. Rearrange a room. A change of scenery can improve your mood during the colder months.

33. Cook a new recipe. Look for something hearty and warming.

34. Visit a new restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation, in case everyone else has had the same idea.

35. Learn to knit. Knit yourself a cozy scarf in your favourite colours.

36. Write a story. Wish you could write a novel? Get started now, while you won’t be distracted.

37. Make a short film. Write a script, film on your phone, and edit on your computer. It could be a masterpiece!

38. Start a blog. Got a passion you want to share? Create a free blog and get writing.

39. Learn to code. You won’t want to sit inside coding when it’s sunny outside, so get started now.

40. Cross stitch. Choose a cute winter design and frame it afterwards.

41. Build a blanket fort. Add fairy lights to make it extra magical.

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42. Organize an indoor treasure hunt. Loads of fun for kids – get creative with your clues and hiding places.

43. Put music on and dance. Let off some steam without having to leave the house.

44. Play video games. Choose an immersive game and it could last you the whole winter.

45. Fold origami. All you need is some paper – start with simple folds and work your way up to fancy designs.

46. Make homemade gifts. Save some money of Christmas pressies by making your own.

47. Read a book. Pick up a good novel and the hours will fly by – goodbye boredom.

48. Plan a holiday. Let yourself daydream about going somewhere warm and sunny.

49. Write a bucket list. Making plans for the future is always fun.

50. Start a scrapbook. Take photos, write diary entries, and collect happy memories.

Tired of winter boredom? Beat it now with the fun activities above.

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Eloise is an everyday health expert and runs My Vegan Supermarket, a vegan blog and database of supermarket products.

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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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