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20 Fun And Exciting Activities That You Need To Try

20 Fun And Exciting Activities That You Need To Try

The boredom bug is always lurking, waiting to strike when you least expect it. Days of Indian summers turn to that of rainy fall. You have some unexpected time to kill before your big night out.  While visiting your Grandma Grettel, she’s busy to her knitting circle, leaving you to stroll in an unknown city alone. Boredom is rarely a pleasant thing, but if you keep an open mind, let your imagination run wild, and use the list below for reference, you’ll trade boredom for more-fun!

Friends

    Activities to try with friends:

    1. Coffee Cup Corral

    Create a challenging miniature golf course around your house using a coffee cup as your hole. You can also play this outside in an urban environments, too, but that’s only recommended for advanced players. (Added challenge : set stroke limits per hole).

    2. Pinecone Feed Off

    Make pinecone bird feeders using nutella, peanut butter, marshmallow paste, or any other ebidle substitute you’d like. Once finished, position the feeders outside and watch the birdies flock. (Added challenge: see who can attract the most birds at one time, capture it with smart phone, post it on Instagram to see who can get the most likes.)

    3. Sunrise 2 Sunset Stain Train

    Wake up early enough to watch the sunrise in the morning, then have a competition to see who can collect the largest grass stain (location doesn’t matter) before sunset. Losers by the winner free ice cream, after you watch the sun set, of course.

    4. Shaving Cream Slip’N’Slide

    The title pretty much sums it up. (Added challenge: measure distance and make it a fun competition.)

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    5. Sock Charades

    Write and act out a sock play for your friends. Length and subject matter are at the creators discretion. (Added challenge: try to make a play with more than 7 distinct sock characters.)

    Little Girl

      Activities to try by yourself:

      6. Super Secret Servant

      Offer someone a helping hand, or do something really nice for somebody randomly. Once you do, tell no one about it. Not your mom. Not your boyfriend. Not even your best friend Tootie. Not a soul. (Added challenge: do one random act of kindness for each day of the week. Tell no one.)

      7. Wet Hair Metal

      Wash your car in your driveway with your favorite music blaring for the whole neighborhood to hear. Alright, you don’t have to have a Pontiac Firebird or listen to Van Halen specifically, but you’ll be surprised at how this normally dull duty turns into fantastic fun with this minor tweak.

      8. Held for Ransom

      Make a ransom note from an old (pre-1975) National Geographic magazine by cutting out each individual letter and pasting them to form words and sentences. Proceed to slip it in your best friends mailbox. (Added challenge: stick around in the background and watch how they react.)

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      9. Spontaneous Stamping

      Hand write a letter or postcard spontaneously and send it to a close friend who lives a few states away, or is visiting another country. Not only is sending snail mail a lost art, but it will also mean a lot to a friend who hasn’t heard from you in a while.

      10. “Do You”

      This is your permission slip for one entire day of guilt free pleasure. You don’t want to get out of bed all day? Fine, dude! You want to eat ice cream for all 3 meals of the day? Green light, girlfriend! Whatever you can dream of, do you.

      Couple

        Activities to try with a significant other:

        11. Huntin’ Wabbits

        Make an “old school” Looney Toons-like trap out of a box, a stick, a long piece of string or twine, and something to act as bait. You and your significant other set up different traps in separate areas of the house using a different lure. First one to trap the family pet gets free dinner.

        12. Picky Picnic

        Pack a picnic using foods starting with a certain letter of the alphabet, like “W.” (Added Challenge: Use “Q”.)

        13. Fake a Film

        Mutually agree on a really cheesy romantic comedy movie, mute it while you watch, and voice your own dialogue and narration. (Added Challenge: pick foreign movie.)

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        14. Rainy Day Races

        Make an obstacle course using the entire apartment or house. The one not racing the course gets to set up, and the slowest after 3 trials cooks dinner. (Added challenge: involve the garage, basement, or attic.)

        15. Time Travel Taste Test

        Head over to your local library, grab a vintage cookbook (the older, the better), stop by the store, grab the necessary ingredients, go home, and feast. Your taste buds have now been transported to 1951, and chicken tetrazzini is still raging in popularity.

        Family

          Activities to try with your family:

          16. Wait Just a Mento

          Make a mento and soda bomb in a nearby park, backyard, or school. Be sure that parental supervision is nearby, or at the least have a mature friend around.

          17. Bullseye Balloons

          Draw a gigantic bullseye in the street nearest your house (front porch or stoop preferably). Chuck water balloons into the air and see who hits the bullseye first.

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          18. Finger Frenzy

          When’s the last time you (as the adult) painted using only your hands and fingers? That’s what I thought.

          19. Unknowing Nana

          Pay grandma and grandpa a surprise visit as a family. Surprises are always nice, but when the entire family shows up it’s even better. (Added challenge: don’t let distance determine anything. If they live states, or countries, away, plan it far enough in advance to make it happen.)

          20. Just Dance

          Spontaneous dance parties in the car, the living room, or the bathroom are a great way to bond while simultaneously eliminating boredom in a goofy way. (Added challenge: enroll in a dancing class as a family.)

          My grandma used to always say, “only boring people are bored,” and I’ll have to side with her on this one. Don’t let the excuse of boredom keep you from doing super awesome things with your family, your friends, and yourself.

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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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