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5 Exciting Ways To Spend Your Holidays

5 Exciting Ways To Spend Your Holidays

So, the holidays are coming, but you don’t feel much enthusiasm about it. You have already been to all the traditional holiday destinations, tried everything offered by travel agencies and the prospect of yet another trip to yet another similar-looking location bores you out of your mind.

Congratulations – it is high time to try out something really exciting and new; the world still has a lot to offer!

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1. Go Extreme

If lying on a beach or shooting selfies against the backdrop of all-too-familiar landmarks has acquired this ‘meh’ quality for you, why not go and actually do something? There are dozens of extreme travel activities available in all corners of the world, ranging from well-known thrills of bungee jumping and ziplining to more exotic pastimes like sandboarding and ice-climbing. Just make sure you are physically fit enough for these kinds of exertions and follow all the safety precautions – at least if you don’t want to get more excitement than what you’ve bargained for.

2. Take up a New Hobby

Trying out something new and having a good time doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel far away from home. There are hundreds of activities that can bring excitement and novelty into your life – why not sign up for a course in one of them? Your vacation will be more than enough to master the basics of a new skill and have time to practice it. It may be something artistic, like floral design or crafting, or a physical activity you’ve never thought about, like bouldering, or just something far away from your usual circle of interests – and who knows, perhaps it will be a beginning of a new passion?

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3. Throw a Party

If you don’t go anywhere during your holidays and know that some of your friends stay in town as well, you may liven up the time by doing something as simple as inviting all of them over and throwing a big party. Just make sure to organize it in a way that would turn it into a memorable occasion that both you and your guests will remember fondly for years to come. There are dozens of ways to bring an element of surprise into any gathering – organize a theme party, or think of an unusual menu, or ask guests to invite along people outside of your usual circle of contacts – just let your imagination run free.

4. Go to a Music Festival

Music festivals are being held all the time in all parts of the world – you may time your vacation with one held nearby, or travel overseas specifically to get to one. If you put your mind to it, you are certain to find something that will cater to your tastes in music and lifestyle.

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5. Tick Something off Your Bucket List

A ‘bucket list’ is a list of things you want to do before you kick the proverbial bucket; perhaps you have one, perhaps you’ve seen the examples of them on the Internet, it doesn’t really matter. If you really want to do any of those things, why not do one (or more) of them right now, without putting it off any longer? There is no time like now, after all, and most things that we think would be great to do ‘sometime’ usually don’t get done at all.

With any luck, this list will show you that there is much more to holidays than usual routines repeated year in and year out. There is always space for something new, and there are always possibilities to spice up your life no matter where you are and how much you can spend.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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