How To Make The Most Of Your Weekends

Down to the minute…

If you were one of the many that made drinking less alcohol a resolution this year, you should be enjoying hangover-free weekends and maybe some motivation to be more proactive. So, what can you do with your newfound spare time?

How many hours are there in a weekend?

After a week of working nine-to- five, how many hours do you have to yourself on the weekend?
Let’s say you wake up at 9am on the weekend (give yourself a lie-in), and go to bed at 11pm, that’s 14 hours a day that you have to play with. Take three hours each day off for meal time, and two hours per day for seeing family and friends and you’re left with 18 hours.

Become bilingual
Why not develop your language skills and learn something new? Benny Lewis, author of Fluent in 3 months and fluent speaker of seven languages, estimates that it can take around 400-600 hours to be a proficient speaker at B2 level. This is where you can express yourself on a range of topics and would have the ability to show someone around an area and give detailed descriptions in the new language. If you learnt at an average pace and it took you 500 hours, how many weekends would you have to give up? Say you spent eight out of your free 14 hours perfecting the new skill (any more than this could be too intense). This would take you 62.5 weeks — are you up to the challenge?

Get behind the wheel
Although some people decide not to become drivers (they might think it is too expensive or consider the environmental factors), it does have some benefits. You can look for jobs further afield, venture on driving holidays and visit family and friends that don’t live close by. With a full-time job though, driving can be difficult.

How long would it take if you used your weekends to pass your test?
The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) estimates that it would take you 45 hours to pass your driving test. With a non-intensive driving instructor, it’s likely that you’ll be able to take 2-hour lessons. The DVSA also advise that you should spend 20 hours revising for your theory test to ensure that you’re fully prepared. That’s 65 hours in total before you’re a fully-fledged driver! If you signed up for four hours of lessons a week (two per weekend day) you could complete your lessons in 12 weeks! For ten of these weeks, you should spend an hour per weekend day revising for your theory.

Get active
If you’re partial to jogging here and there, train for a half-marathon. Experts advise that you should be training at least three times a week. So, if you can fit a training session in mid-week you could be well on your way! Runner’s World suggest that 15 weeks is sufficient to train for the 13.1-mile race — what’re you waiting for?

If you don’t fancy something so strenuous, make walking your hobby. It depends on your weight and distance of the walk on how many calories you burn. For a person who weighs 130 pounds (9.3 stone) an hour walk at a moderate pace burns 120-140 calories per hour. If you spent four of your 14 spare hours walking the dog or heading out to the countryside, you could burn 520 calories on your days off!

You might’ve always fancied a winter holiday but didn’t think you had time available to learn to ski. There are many dry slopes in the UK that offer ski lessons. UK indoor ski slope, The Snow Centre, say that to achieve a ‘good’ level of skiing (be able to venture down advanced steeps on the mountain) you need to complete five of their two-hour lessons and two of their two-hour coaching sessions. If you spend five weekends completing two-hour lessons and two weeks on the coaching sessions, you’ll be ready to hit the slopes after seven weeks!

You can still improve your fitness and wellbeing with laid back activities too. If you have a swim and sauna session for an hour a day on the weekend you can still improve your fitness and wellbeing levels. One 30-minute sauna session can lead you to burn as much as 300 calories! And a 30-minute swim can burn 295 calories.

Learning a new instrument
It’s never too late to pick up a new instrument and start learning. Not only can you impress your
friends with your new ability, but you can use it as a way to de-stress and improve your
concentration skills. Suppliers of guitar lessons, Hub Guitar, have suggested that it takes around 312.5 to play at beginner level. This is where you have ‘an expanded grasp of fundamentals, and can play several pieces, albeit imperfectly’.

Spending eight of your free 14 hours per week could lead you to reach this level in 40 weeks.

Something different
There are loads of things that you could do on the weekend! You could learn to cook, take up
photography or even write a novel! Start being proactive and make the most of your weekends.

This post was created by The Waterfront Hotel, host of spa days in Bedfordshire.

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