How to Begin (Or Re-Start) Exercising

If it has been a while since you’ve exercised, or indeed you’ve never really done it before, then you likely already know how daunting the process can be. You’re starting from scratch, and you’re hoping to make it part of your life for the foreseeable future. That’s some pressure! So how do you get going, if the last time you put on some running shoes was when you were forced to participate in sports at school? We take a look at some useful methods below.

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Find Something You Love

You’re not going to last very long if you’re signing yourself up for the gym…and you already know that you hate the gym. While you may one day build up to exercising there, in the early days, it’s best to start by doing something that you love. There is no shortage of fun activities to try! Begin by, say, kayaking, or rock climbing, or cross-country skiing. You’ll be getting fit and healthy, and having fun at the same time – what could be better? Once the initial health hurdle has been overcome, you can take another look at joining that gym.

Get the Right Tools

Now, there’s no need to go overboard with exercise gear when you’re just starting out. There’s a lot of specialised, high-tech gear that you could buy, but which will be pretty pointless until you’re made exercising part of your routine. But you should ensure that you have the tools to exercise properly and healthily. That means buying workout t-shirts and shorts. It means finding footwear that works for you; you can click here for shoe insoles if you have foot problems. With the basics in your gym bag, you’ll be treating your exercising career with a degree of seriousness.

Don’t Have a Specific Goal In Mind

There’s nothing wrong with having a specific target in mind, per se. But while targets are mostly well-intentioned, they sometimes do more harm than good. If you’re feeling a tad underweight and set the goal of losing an inch from your waist, you might lose motivation once you conclude that the extra inch doesn’t bother you so much after all. So don’t make targets that rest on motive. Just start exercising for its own sake, and for the many benefits, it brings. You’ll be less likely to give up this way.

Do It For Three Weeks

Equally, don’t tell yourself, in resigned tones, that your life is going to be all about exercise from now on. Way too much pressure! Instead, just tell yourself that you’re going to do it for three weeks. If you want to give up after that time has passed, then fine – but what’s more likely to happen is you’ll begin to notice the benefits, and will want to continue. It takes around this amount of time for an action to become a habit, too, so you’ll be less likely to give up.

Believe that you can do it, and you most likely will. Now get going!

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Ideas For Improving Your Health This Year

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We’re all prone to making resolutions we can’t keep, and it’s often improvements to our health that we struggle to maintain. Maybe you don’t want to spend all of your spare time at the gym and live on a diet consisting solely of green vegetables. Of course, if that’s how you define healthy living then it might be time for you to change your mindset. A healthy lifestyle is all about getting the right balance in your daily routine. If you’re struggling to do that then here are some ideas that should help you to improve your health this year.

Get into a pattern of regular exercise.

You might not lead a completely sedentary lifestyle, but many of us struggle to maintain a regular exercise routine. Of course, regular exercise is the best way to stay healthy. The occasional 5-hour session at the gym will do less for your health than a daily 30-minute run. You’ll make exercise a habit if you find a physical activity that you can fit into your daily routine. Exercising will do more than keep you in good shape. Even a brisk walk can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and many other health problems. Keeping active will also keep your brain active; it’ll improve your mental health and keep you young throughout your life. A tiny dose of daily exercise can work wonders for your overall physical and mental wellbeing. It can even help to improve your sleeping pattern, but we’ll talk about that more in the final point.

Get into a better sleeping routine.

Another important way in which you could improve your health this year is to get into a better sleeping routine. Many of us don’t sleep well enough in modern society. It’s a product of the times. We’re all told that we need to be busy and productive people to succeed in the world. As a result, rest often isn’t a priority for many of us. But there are more negative health benefits to sleep deprivation than feeling tired. A lack of sleep can affect your mental health and even slow your metabolism. If you want to see the effects of a healthy diet and an exercise routine then you need to make sure you get enough sleep. Otherwise, your body won’t be getting the rest and recovery it needs to get into a healthy shape.

Of course, for some people, the problem is that they can’t get to sleep in the first place. If you have insomnia then it can be hard to get a sufficient amount of sleep even if you go to bed early. Stress, anxiety, depression and many other mental issues can make it difficult to switch off your brain and fall asleep. You might even want to see medical specialists at Advanced Urology if your sleeping routine has been disrupted by stress incontinence. We mentioned earlier that your mental health can affect your physical health. And, as already discussed, sleep deprivation only makes mental health issues worse, so it can be hard to fix this issue. That’s why it’s important to give yourself time to unwind and relax before bedtime. Meditation can help to quieten an overactive mind too; focusing on the present moment is a great way to center yourself and find your calm place. We’ll talk more about improving your mental health in the next point.

Cut back on excessive habits.

You might not notice the health effects of your bad habits today, but you’ll definitely start to see the consequences as the years go by. For example, teenagers can eat excessive amounts of food without putting on weight, but the metabolism starts to slow down as we get older. It’s better to make a change early in life whilst your body is still growing and more likely to recover. Treats are fine, but you need to be mindful of habits that are excessive. The occasional alcoholic beverage is fine, but drinking too much can damage your liver and even increase your waistline. The point is that everything is fine in moderation, but you need to cut back on excessive habits that have gone too far. And if your behavior is bordering on addictive then you might even want to seek therapy or other professional help. Make this the year that you finally confront your unhealthy habits and start making a positive change for your future. You’ll thank yourself in the future when you can continue to enjoy a happy and healthy life.

The ABCs Of Friendship

If you want to have good friendships in your life, then it needs to start with you. Some people won’t be worth the effort, especially when they put in very little themselves. But there are some gems that will be the friends that will last and last. But much like a romantic relationship, friendships do take work. So here are 26 things to help you to be a better friend, the ABCs of friendship, if you like.

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  • Appreciate – showing how thankful you are for things can make their day and show that they matter to you.
  • Birthdays – make sure you celebrate them in style on their big day. From looking at a birthday gift collection for the perfect gift, to partying with them, it is all good.
  • Communication – so important for any kind of relationship. Say what you mean.
  • Don’t Be Selfish – enough said.
  • Encourage – a good friend helps you to be a better version of yourself. So be that person for your friends.
  • Forgive and Forget – it can be easier said than done, but is vital for any friendship as we can all say and do things that we regret.
  • Generosity – give of your time and what you have to be better friend. Don’t buy friends, but bu generous.
  • Hug It Out – hugging can be a great thing with your bestie. It can help if you are feeling sad or stressed too.
  • Include Them – we all have family and other friend circles, but include them where you can.
  • Join something together – a club or a team can give you some common ground and more chance to connect.
  • Keep Promises – only make them if you can keep them/
  • Listen – a vital part of communication is listening. Are they trying to say something between the lines?
  • Motivate – from helping them to exercise more to motivating them to get a new job, it is all good.
  • No – sometimes saying no can be a good thing. Make sure figure out the balance.
  • Own Up – be honest, and own up to your mistakes.
  • Practice makes perfect – Sometimes you won’t do things well straight away. Stick at it.
  • Quash jealous feelings – we may envy their style or their other friends. Just don’t!
  • Respect – you are not going to treat someone badly if you respect them. Be sincere and value their opinions.
  • Speak up – if you’re unhappy about something, speak up about it. Then they will feel that they can do the same.
  • Trust – it is a vital part of any kind of relationship. Some people may break it, but allow them to work at it.
  • Understanding – we are all different and all do things differently. Just because they don’t want to go out one evening, doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong. They could just be an introvert, for example.
  • Visit – with social media taking over, it can be easy just to send them a snap. Visit and meet up when you can.
  • Work – working at a friendship is important. Make sure that it isn’t just one-sided, though.
  • Xtra Effort – a must for any happy friendship.
  • You – don’t forget yourself in all of this. If it turns toxic, it is time to get out.
  • Zero Negativity – because who likes to be friends with someone full of negativity?

Feeling Fabulous And Making the Most Of Your Weekends

Don’t you find that the weekends just go too quickly at the moment? You blink and it seems you miss them if you are not careful. Often weekends are there to ensure that you get the rest and relaxation that you need to help you crack on with the next week ahead. But they are also a great opportunity to do different things and really experience the world. So I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can continue to feel fabulous and make the most of your weekends.

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Do something to inspire you

Sometimes it is nice to do something that inspires you, and often things like going to a museum or an art gallery does exactly that. It gives you a chance to learn and expand your knowledge while also feeling inspired pin different ways. Websites like VirtosuArt.com can show you a great gallery to attend, however a quick search online will highlight some of the local attractions you have close to you. You may find that there are some great spots locally you don’t know existed.

Exercise and feel good

Exercising is a great way to spend your weekend and while you won’t’ be doing it all day everyday, there are aspects of activity you can do during the weekend that not only give you all the benefits of exercise but can also give you a fun activity and thing to do. Hiking, walking, swimming and running are all activities that can be enjoyed over the course of a weekend.

Catch up with friends and family

Maybe you want to socialise over the weekend and I don’t blame you. It is one of the only opportunities you get enjoy a later night than usual without the follow up of having to get up super early for work or other commitments in your life. Catching up with friends and family is a great way to spend your weekend.

Cook up a storm

Not all of us get the time to cook up meals from scratch during the week so use the time you have on the weekend to your advantage and really cook something up. Cooking can actually be very therapeutic as well so you may find that it is a relaxing activity as well as fun one.

Enjoy a pamper session

Again during the week we often don’t get much time in the evenings to ourselves, so a weekend is the ideal time to reinvest some time into yourself. It could be that you enjoy a pamper evening where you put on a face mask, give yourself a manicure or pedicure or even just enjoy a long soak in the bath with a good book. Bliss.

Paint the town red

Finally, why not go out and paint the town red? Or whatever colour you like. A night out may not be something you do too often these days, but a girls night out or a date night with your loved one can really inject the spark and happiness back into your life.

I hope that this has given you some inspiration on how you can make the most of your weekends.