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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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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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