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20 Activities to Do With Friends That Cost You Zero

20 Activities to Do With Friends That Cost You Zero

Socializing is very important—it helps you build your happiness and makes you feel that you don’t exist for the sole purpose of producing and making and income. The conventional ways of hanging out with your friends sometimes can be very expensive, or at least more expensive than you are able to afford.

The great news about this is that there are several activities you can do with your friends without burdening your budget.

Zero-price activities are only a matter of creativity, and can be even better than the conventional solutions.

Here are 20 of them.

1. Cinema at home

This is one of the most classic solutions. Why spend money on a movie ticket when you can just watch a movie in your house with some friends? A DVD, popcorn and drinks are just what you need for a night of good-natured enjoyment.

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2. Game night

A simple card game, UNO, Monopoly, Chess or some board games can be a great solution for building a great dynamic within the group.

3. Innovating dinner time

Instead of leaving everything regarding dinner for one person, you can always suggest that each person you invite brings a surprise food to share with the rest of the friends.

4. Video Games

For this one it’s highly recommended that you pick games that everyone can play: you might like Pro Evolution Soccer or FIFA; however, not everyone might be fond of sports video games. If you have a Wii, it can be just perfect. Mixing video games and fun games is a terrific solution to spend quality time in your own house.

5. Poker night

This is a traditional one, everyone is well aware of poker nights where you share food, laughs, probability calculations and some bluff into the mix. But for the sake of zero cost, try to play it in a recreational way and not to win money at all cost.

6. Walking in a flea market

In the era of shopping centers, these flea markets became “irrelevant.” But did you know that great products and interesting sellers will get you hooked there? Just focus on the observing, though, and don’t take out your wallet. Seeing a flea market with your friends can be a unique experience.

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7. Walking in a park

With a simple walk you can enjoy the benefits of fresh air, physical exercise and the company of your friends—all of these without spending a penny.

8. Bike-riding

If your city was built with bikers in mind, then pick yours and go for a walk with your friends. Don’t know how to bike? It’s a good pretext to start learning then!

9. Going to museums for free

There are days when the entrance for museums is free. There are several cultural masterpieces that you can see with your friends and maybe learn a thing or two regarding your ancestors’ past.

10. Skating

This one might seem as a strange suggestion, but skating represents some of the happiest moments in our youth. Why not try to remember those moments?

11. Wine-tasting

Tasting wine can be a great pleasure, combined with an amazingly good aroma and a quiet environment. Look for wine-tasting postings around your neighborhood. If you can enjoy this context, try it with some friends who appreciate the fine things in life (for free!) like you do.

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12. Local music

Some bands often held free gigs in order to increase their popularity. Listening to music is always a relaxing activity.

13. Sight-seeing

Not all cities have this possibility, but if you have, do it! Watching your city from a higher ground lets you view your surroundings in a different perspective.

14. Standup comedy

There are several comedians that do it for the sake of the art; going to a simple bar to listen to great jokes can increase your humor and boost your feel-good hormones.

15. Watching the stars

The citylights make it impossible to see the stars, so why don’t you walk to a place to admire the night sky and spend a few moments there with your closest friends? Pack a whole lot of stories—and don’t forget to bring water.

16. Volunteer service

Challenge your friends to help the unfortunate. It’s very rewarding!

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17. Sledding

Pick your sled or some plastic and make the most of it if you have snow near your city!

18. Go to the beach

Sun, sand, sea, swimming, strolls, seagulls—all of these are available depending on the season, but the beach will always replenish the energy within our bodies.

19. Picnic

A nice picnic is perfect to create excellent interaction with nature. Try it instead of an expensive restaurant; you’ll see the food tastes even better!

20. Make the most of happy hours—at home!

Your happy hours can exist outside of a bar, you know. Why not ask some of your friends to come over and tell them to bring a bottle of their favorite beverage with them?

Featured photo credit: Japanexperterna.se/Hanami picnic via flickr.com

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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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    Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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