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53 Fun Things You Can Do This Weekend

53 Fun Things You Can Do This Weekend

It can be easy to lapse into a predictable routine at the weekend, especially if you’re on a strict budget. However, there are plenty of fun things to do during your days off, and to prove this here are 53 examples of activities to liven up your free time. They are cheap, fun, and entertaining, so give them a go!

Exercise

1. Go For a Walk: A brisk walk is healthy and can be a fascinating pursuit.

2. Go For a Run: It’s free and great exercise.

3. Learn to Juggle: This fun and healthy pastime is a great way to impress your friends, and Lifehack’s guide can teach you the basics.

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    4. Go Swimming: Find your nearest leisure center and go for a swim.

    5. Drum: You don’t need a drum kit – get some percussive objects and work out a groove. Just don’t blow anything up, like Keith Moon used to.

    6. Dance: Turn on the radio, or stick on your iPod, and dance away to your favorite songs.

    7. Community Sports: There are many community football, cricket, baseball or basketball teams you can join. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people whilst working out.

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      8. Watch Wildlife: Heading out to a local park, or into the countryside, is a free way to see nature in action.

      9. Head to the Playground: Most communities provide a free park replete with a playground. Those swings and seesaws are fun no matter how old you are.

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        10. Do Some Gardening: Head into your garden! If you live in a flat in the city you can check supermarkets for indoor potato or tomato growing bags and herb gardens.

        11. Car Boot Sales: Go to, or throw, a Car Boot Sale to interact with your community.

        12. Check your Community Calendar: Visit your council’s website for details on upcoming events.

        13. Join a Film or Book Club: Most film or literature fans will be able to find a weekly club. Here you’ll be able to meet like-minded people and discuss your hobby.

        14. Visit Friends: Organize to meet with friends and spend the day talking and having fun.

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          15. Volunteer Work: Consider doing some volunteer work for a charity. As experience it can go on your CV, can introduce you to new people, and provide a welcome feel-good factor.

          16. Visit Free Museums: Check your council’s official website for information about the free museums in your area.

          17. Visit a Zoo or Wildlife Reserve: Visiting a local zoo or wildlife center is a terrific way to spend an afternoon – use a search engine to fine your nearest center.

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            18. Become a Dog Walker: Check locally to see if any busy neighbors need any of their pets walking, or put up an ad to be a dog walker.

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            19. Make a Homemade Pizza: Follow Lifehack’s guide to perfect this treat.

            20. Make Some Bread: A simple, cheap, and educational practice, here’s how to bake a loaf.

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            21. Pop Some Corn: A very easy, fun, and delicious cooking experiment. This is how to make Popcorn.

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              22. Organize a Budget Food Contest: Have friends round with the rules of cooking something for under $10. Mark the results and reward the winner.

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              23. Netflix: Netflix.com is a very cheap online streaming video service. Sign up to watch amazing shows such as Breaking Bad and Arrested Development.

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                24. Free Films on YouTube: Typing “Full Movie” into a YouTube search brings up dozens of free films to watch. Check Rotten Tomatoes to gauge if they’re any good.

                25. Go On a YouTube Marathon: It’s an amazing resource for fun and creative videos; go on a wild search for the funniest videos you can find.

                26. BBC iPlayer (Europe Only): Europeans can enjoy the BBC’s programmes thanks to the iPlayer Global app. David Attenborough, Top Gear, Horizon, and QI (amongst others) await you.

                27. Play Free Online Games: There are hundreds of free online games you can play. Check Lifehack’s Relaxing Games guide for a start.

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                  28. Search Wikipedia: Knowledge seekers can take advantage of this incredible free encyclopedia. Pick a random topic and you can spend hours finding out fascinating facts.

                  29. Craigslist/Freecycle: Search your local Craigslist or Freecycle for information on free events. Search for your localized version online.

                  30. Blog: If you want to write digitally you can start a blog (free on sites like WordPress) and connect with the world.

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                  31. Have a Board Game Day: Want a break from the internet? Try these classics: Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Chess, Risk, Cluedo, Checkers, Battleship, or Snakes and Ladders.

                  Be Creative

                  32. Draw: All you need is a pencil or crayons and some paper, then let your imagination run wild.

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                    33. Make a Paper Fortune Teller: Great fun for all ages, this simple activity creates you an amusing fortune teller. Follow this free guide and experiment away.

                    34. Play Pen and Pencil Games: Noughts and Crosses (tic-tac-toe), Hang Man, Battle Ships, and other classics can be easily played with a pencil and some paper.

                    35. Play the Sentence Game: Take it in turns to write a sentence on a piece of paper. Fold the paper over after you’ve finished, and then supply one word on the next line for the following person. You can make some hilarious stories this way.

                    36. Make a Kite: Build a homemade kite to fly somewhere!

                    37. Have a Go at Origami: This traditional Japanese art form involves paper and skill – learn how to master it with websites such as Origami Instructions.

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                      38. Creative Writing: A computer, or pen and paper, is all you need to be a writer. You don’t need to be Hemingway, just write whatever enters your head.

                      39. Write a Letter: Letter writing is a forgotten art. It’s more personal to write a letter to a friend or relative, and it’s always nice to receive one back.

                      40. Raid Pinterest for DIY Ideas: Pinterest offers a myriad of ideas for design work. Have a look and see what you can make out of trash or cheap supplies.

                      41. Volunteer at Your Local Theater: You can see if they take volunteers, such as ushers, for some additional experience.

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                      42. Audition for a Play: Take things a step further and audition for a local play.

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                      43. Play Hide and Seek: This is a terrific way to entertain your children, but it’s also fun if you’re adults with a gleefully immature streak!

                      44. Hopscotch: Teach your kids how to play this classic game, or relive your youth by having a go again. Here’s a basic guide.

                      45. Build a Fort: The chances are you have a duvet or sofa. Cardboard boxes are also useful. Construct a mini-fort for yourself and your family and enjoy being childish for a day.

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                        46. Have a Kip: A 20 minute sleep can do wonders for your day, restoring energy and waking you up.

                        47. DIY or Cleaning: Fix a wonky shelf, clean the flat, or wash your bedding. It burns calories and provides a feel good factor.

                        48. Read: Reading is a great accompaniment to your life. Head to your local library for classics, and here’s a list of 20 books for inspiration.

                        49. Learn a Foreign Language: Nothing is stopping you from taking up French, Japanese, Italian etc. Try Babbel or Verbalplanet for a wide range of language courses.

                        50. Make Bubbles: You can go about this in different ways (such as buying a solution from a store), although you can make bubbles with household products.

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                          51. Listen to the Radio: Purchase a cheap radio, if you don’t already have one, and enjoy some free entertainment. It’s an often forgotten, but very enjoyable, service.

                          52. Volunteer at a Race Track: Motor sport tracks always need marshals for their events. Volunteer to keep track safety at a premium.

                          53. Buy a Small Pet: A fish, bird, or hamster can provide plenty of relaxation and entertainment.

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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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