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.

3 Easy Ways To Help A Friend In Need Of Fitness

There’s nothing worse than a friend trying to convince their nearest and dearest to do something that they simply don’t have any inclination of doing. If you are chilling in front of the TV with the latest box set and an awesome tub of gelato, there’s no way you’ll be saying yes to that pal who turns up at your door lycra-laden wanting you to whip on your gym gear and attend the advanced spin class with them. While you may have a friend who could do with a health overhaul, it’s not up to you to force them to face their fitness demons. They have to want it for themselves. And even then, you can’t be all guns blazing everytime you see them, trying to coax them to a boxercise session, head to the latest raw food vegan restaurant or stop them from buying a donut like an overbearing mother. Take a look at how you can help a friend in need of fitness without alienating them in the process.

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It’s all too easy to take an authoritarian approach when trying to help a friend in need. You need to be more relaxed and remember why you are friends in the first place. Go out, have fun, partake in a few drinks, meet up over dinner and don’t look perturbed if and when they order dessert. You need to be a pal and lead by example. If you have recently quit smoking and your bestie is interested in your latest e-liquid, consider purchasing them a vape kit to help them give the nicotine the heave-ho. If you’ve both been known to enjoy a bottle of wine or two or three on a night out, go teetotal for a little while. The chances are your friend will join you to support you, not realizing that it is you turning the tables on them. Sneaky and sly, but also caring and supportive!

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Gym Buddies

Forget about turning up their doorstep unannounced and making them attend a workout with you. Instead, ask your friend if they wouldn’t mind heading to the gym with you once or twice a week to help you train for a 5k run, a hike or a cycle ride. As a pal, they’ll be more than willing to do this. As you have more fun down at the gym, you will both be more eager to attend classes, try new exercises and have a go on more of the equipment. This will aid your friend’s fitness levels, help them lose weight and ensure that they lower their risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Rather than heading out for dinner, why not encourage dinner parties amongst your friendship group. Every week you could take turns to cook up a culinary extravaganza. You could challenge yourself to invent a three-course dinner party menu for under 800 calories. By doing this you are taking on a shared responsibility and it will prevent your friend from feeling so alone in their fitness quest.

Being a good friend isn’t about showing tough love. By doing this, you run the risk of your pal not returning your calls for a while or even losing your relationship altogether. Lead by example, talk lots and simply be a listening ear. When ready, you can embark upon a health journey together and be the ultimate supportive friend.

How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Whether you have been trying to live healthier or lose weight and are struggling with getting results and sticking to your routine, you’ll need to find a way to motivate yourself. From supporting your body to release more energy to rewarding yourself, there are several ways of getting fit with less efforts. If you want to keep on going even when you don’t feel like, read on for some useful tips.

Set Clear Targets

If you would like to stick with a program, you have to see where you’re going. Whether you would like to look perfect in your new bikinis or have more energy and stamina, you have to write down your fitness goals so they stick in your head. Set yourself clear and achievable smaller goals and an end result, so you can stay positive, even when you are struggling with your diet or exercise.

Work Out with Friends

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You can also find a friend to work out with, so you don’t have an excuse not to go, and you can both motivate each other. Alternatively, you can join a gym class and make friends, so you look forward to going every night, and catch up with others after the workout. Simply knowing that you are not alone and others are also making an effort will make a huge difference in your attitude.

Set Rewards

Don’t forget to reward yourself every now and then. Have a rest day when you only go for a relaxing walk or a swim, instead of sticking with your routine. If you have been denying yourself some food items, allow them on one day, after you have completed your routine. If you are not a foodie, a shopping trip could motivate you for sure as a reward, especially if you are feeling better in your skin already.

Dress Goals

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Another great way of motivating yourself to work out and eat healthier is setting a target dress size you want to wear and buying some items in that size. Your investment will motivate you alone, and you can keep on trying on the dress until it fits perfectly. It is, however, important that you stay realistic about your weight loss goals. You cannot drop two dress sizes in just a few weeks,

Focus On Inches not Pounds

You might not want to lose too much weight, instead improve your metabolism and tone up. To burn fat and turn it into muscles, while maintaining the elasticity of your skin, you might want to check out  oxygenplus.com to find out how to get more gain with less pain and support your body in its transformation.

When trying to embark on a journey of physical transformation, it is important that you change your attitude and focus on motivating yourself. Motivating yourself is easy, if you know what makes you tick. Whether it is a dress, a special meal, or simply feeling better when walking down the street, set clear expectations and rewards.

Advice For Reducing The Cost Of Staying Healthy

Everyone knows that staying healthy can cost a lot of money if you aren’t careful. Junk food is usually cheaper than anything else you might find at your local store, and so those who struggle will often end up consuming meals that do nothing for their health. With that in mind, there are some tips and tricks mentioned in this article that will help you to save a fortune and ensure you don’t have to break the bank to care for your body and ensure it remains in excellent condition. As with anything in this world, sometimes you have to seek some advice and use some common sense for the best outcomes.

Buy your food in bulk

Lots of people make the mistake of visiting their local store every night on their way home from work to pick something up for dinner. That is a terrible idea because you could end up spending more than twice the amount each month that it would cost to purchase the same items in bulk. So, do yourself a favor and ensure you take the time to conduct a big shop once each week. Make a list of ingredients for healthy meal recipes you find online, and make sure you leave any junk food on the shelves. As you will discover, the price of purchasing six chicken breasts is much lower than three times the cost of buying two. You get the idea, right?

Work out for free at home

Many adults waste lots of money on gym memberships every year. There is no need to pay to get in shape and work out if you’re sensible. You could purchase some of the latest celebrity exercise DVDs and try them out at home. You could even start jogging around the streets in your local area if you think that idea will work for you. There are no limits to what you can achieve if you can find the right levels of motivation and stick to your strategy. Paying $40 per month for a gym membership you rarely use is a waste of time and resources.

Get the right medical insurance package

You need the right medical insurance in place if you want to ensure you never have to spend a fortune when you visit your doctor or the hospital for health-related issues. Learn about Medicare by searching online and reading as many of the most recent advice articles as possible. You can also ask for suggestions from your local hospital or doctor’s surgery. The people working in those establishments should have all the information required to point you in the right direction and ensure you don’t overspend this year.

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With a bit of luck; you can use the advice and suggestions from this article to limit your health-related spending this year while ensuring your body remains in perfect condition. The last thing anyone wants is to become unfit and unhealthy because that could result in lots of medical appointments and severe issues further down the line. So, create your plan today and turn your situation around!

Five Ways Exercise Makes You Beautiful

If you are looking for an extra reason to exercise, or are simply lacking motivation, you might want to know that exercise is proven to make you more beautiful. You will not only get the benefits of increased energy and weight loss, but also look and feel younger and more beautiful of you work out regularly. In case you need more convincing, check out the five ways exercise helps you look your best.

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  1. Radiant Skin

If you exercise your pores and increase your body temperature through exercising, you will benefit from radiant skin. Through sweating during exercise, you will detoxify your skin. Your face will appear more radiant, fresher, and smoother. If you would like to skip the next cosmetic treatment or exfoliating, you can simply do some HIIT exercises to get the same results for free.

  1. Better Posture

Our posture is supported by muscles, and the more you exercise them the better your body will look standing up or sitting down. If your lower back muscles are not strong enough to keep your spine straight, you will not only develop pain, but also walk differently. Working out on the squat rack can strengthen your back, neck, and shoulder muscles at the same time.  Women who often wear high heels can benefit from exercise the most, as they will have stronger spine muscles and calves to keep them in the right posture walking and standing.

  1. Detoxification

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It is also important to note that exercise releases some hormones and minerals that help your body flush out toxins. Not only from your skin, but also your internal organs and the invisible places. As you usually drink more water when you work out, you will help your body stay healthy for younger. A healthy body, in turn, looks and feels better.

  1. Visceral Fat Reduction

While most people start an exercise routine to get rid of the surface fat and “love handles”, working out and increasing your heart rate, exercising different muscle groups can also help you reduce visceral fat, surrounding your internal organs. This fat is invisible and can cause several health issues and digestive problems, even diabetes. If you can reduce your visceral fat, you can have healthy organs that will be able to release antioxidants faster.

  1. Goodbye Cellulite

If your main goal is to increase your self esteem, and you are unhappy about your cellulite, you might want to know that antioxidants and hormones released during exercise can tackle the problem. While creams and supplements exist to deal with cellulite, there is nothing quite as effective as working out vigorously for an hour or so three times a week. You will see a difference in just a couple of weeks, and your skin will feel stronger, firmer, and more flexible than if you were dieting only.

People work out regularly for many reasons. Some would like to live longer, others want to look better and feel more confident in their skin. No matter what your motivation is, you must know that exercise makes you beautiful in many ways.

How Exercise Works Out For Your Skin

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Congratulations – you’re working out religiously and avoiding junk food, and now you see the benefits. Clothes fit you better and seem more stylish, fatigue isn’t an issue any longer, and people are craning their heads on the street. Yep, they’re doing it to get a better look at the tall glass of water walking in the other direction!

All of the above are great, but they’re not the reasons you decide to shed the pounds. After extensive research, you decided to do it because it helped your skin; however, the impacts in this regard aren’t as obvious. In fact, loose skin as a result of losing weight can look worse than fat.

Fear not, though, because underneath the hood there is a process at work. And, you’ll reap the rewards in the long-term if not in the short-term. Here’s how exercise helps your skin.

Skin Aging

Whisper it quietly because it’s like Beetlejuice. In fact, never say the words three times in front of the mirror because wrinkles may appear out of the blue. Without a doubt, the fight against aging is the biggest battle women face. It’s not just that lines and bags are hard to beat; it’s the mental aspect. Their appearance is a sign that the process is underway, which means we aren’t as youthful as in the past. Although everyone knows it’s going to happen one day, it’s still a shock when the first gray hairs appear. Thankfully, exercise helps to combat the process. Please note it doesn’t stop it completely because nothing can prevent Mother Nature from collecting her prize. But, working out does deliver more O2 and nutrients to the skin which help it keep its childlike appearance. If there was ever a reason to hit the gym, this is the one ladies and gentlemen!

Muscle Toning

Fat Bastard lost weight in the Austin Powers movies “Goldmember” and looked worse than before! Yep, if there is a bit of weight to shed, the skin can become floppy and limp. After all, the mass that held it in place before is no longer there. Now, there is an empty void where the fat used to be, which is a positive thing overall. Still, the fat needs replacing with something healthier if the skin is going to retract to its normal state. The good news is that exercise can help. The bad news is that it’s a tiring and difficult journey. The replacement is muscle. Of course, building it is harder than losing weight in the first place. To begin with, you have to eat the right amount of calories and perform exercises to the letter. Plus, there is an essential mix of weight lifting and cardio. Phew, it’s tiring reading it! Still, the result should be more toned and sturdier skin.

Obesity Side-Effects

Being overweight can lead to problems which happen inside and outside the body. Things such as heart disease and organ failure are well-known because people are raising awareness. What people don’t realize is that obesity can cause issues on the outside of the body. Now, they are nowhere near as threatening, which is why they don’t get as much attention, but they are a problem for lots of individuals. Let’s face it – a skin tag on the end of the nose isn’t very pretty. Considering we all want to look out best, exercise does help to ease the ego. If working out isn’t enough, figuring out how to remove skin tags naturally is the next best option. Remember that exercise flushes out dead cells and debris, too, cleansing the skin from the inside.

Flare-Ups

By a show of hands, how many of us would love to eradicate spots for, let’s say eternity?! Granted, there’s no way to tell how many hands have shot up, but we can all agree it’s a decent amount. Gone are the days of full-on acne, yet a pimple may appear out of the blue and without warning. Even worse, the healthy option states “leave it and don’t pop.” Although it seems impossible, exercise can help reduce flare-ups. To begin with, it removes dirt and grime, therefore reducing the number of bacteria. Secondly, it eases tension and limits exposure to stress as it allows us to expel the pent-up, negative energy.

Sebaceous glands

These are the glands that produce oil, and they work overtime when the skin is greasy. Working out limits their activity and that stops everything from the face to arms getting covered in a layer of oil. In short, exercising promotes firm, moist skin.

Does this post make you want to work out more? Go on – do it for your skin!

Wrapping Up That Yo-Yo Dieting Cycle Of Yours

One of the biggest issues for women is weight. Hormones. Childbirth. Stress. Pizza. You name it, your weight will suffer for it. When you reach your goal weight, you celebrate by hitting the beach in the new bikini that is three times smaller than your usual size. You’ve worked hard, and the beach strut is the reward. You feel good. You feel confident. You reward that confidence with the all you can eat buffet on offer in the resort restaurant and that dress that you spent so long dieting to squeeze into is suddenly too small again. So, it’s back on the dieting horse again.

That there is the problem. Yo-yo dieting is something that we all participate in, and before you know it, you’ve been on a diet for the best part of your life. It’s not easy to break the weight cycle, though. Like an exclusive club, once you’re in it, you’re in it. We spend cash on books and videos and supplements and replacement shakes; but those efforts don’t stick. We look for a quick fix to get to that dream dress, and it’s those quick fixes that can very quickly ruin our relationship with food as a whole. If you want to stop yo-yo dieting and really lose the weight for good, you have to believe that you can balance the scale. We’ve got some excellent tips to help you get there:

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Change What Soothes You

Food is fuel, it’s a necessity to life. You don’t NEED to eat to make yourself feel good, and turning to food in a time of turmoil is a very quick way to ensure that you will fail in your dieting efforts. Stress eating can lead to binging, which leads to weight gain – and thus the cycle continues. You need to find something else to soothe your stress. Picking up a hobby, talking to a professional athttp://frankinstitute.com/ and even switching what food that you pick on can help. Swap the junk tin for a bowl of apples and make nice on the fruit.

Swap Your Goals

No matter what you do in your life, there will always be an event to slim down for. Weddings, reunions and even a Friday night out happen all too often. If your dieting goals are leading you to an event, put the brakes on. The constant crash dieting can really cause you to cling onto those calories that you’re trying to let go of. See your weight as a life goal. You don’t want to ‘slim down’. You want to be healthy. You want to feel good in your skin. Aim to live a healthier life and you can hit that goal faster than you thought possible.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a complicated thing to do. You also don’t have to spend your week wondering when you are ever going to enjoy a pizza again. The day is now. Buy the pizza, but only eat a little. It’s all about balance to drop the string on that yo-yo for good.

Restore, Revitalise and Relax: How To Feel Fabulous With Food and Fitness

You stare into the mirror each morning and you aren’t happy with what is standing in front of you. Everyday you inspect your curvy hips, wobbly thighs and squishy cheeks. Overcoming these insecurities will never be easy. We all have hang-ups when it comes to our bodies, but often we don’t realise that they are what make us fabulous. You should never what to change who you are, but it is important to be healthy. I bet you didn’t know that most of the things you don’t like about yourself can be tweaked and tightened up in a flash. No surgery or drastic diets needed, all you need to do is adjust your lifestyle little by little. The beauty will shine out from within and you will feel goodinstantly. Start today and use food and fitness to live a brighter life.

Glamourous and Glowing

You’re skin look dull, tired and full of blemishes. You can’t remember a time you woke up and felt flawless and free of make-up. Did you know that food can influence the way your skin looks and feels? It doesn’t matter if you’ve invested your savings into the most expensive, premium skincare brand on the market; if you aren’t feeding your body the correct nutrients your skin will suffer.

Make sure you incorporate skin-plumping foods into your diet, such as avocados and fresh salmon. The rich, good fats in these foods will feed your skin from the inside and give you a glow in no time. If you’re suffering from inflamed zits or skin blemishes try starting your day with a hot mug of water with a slice of fresh lemon. Lemon contains antioxidants that will instantly relieve your skin of bacteria causing blemishes. Blueberries are another amazing antioxidants so try and get these into at least one of your meals each day. Make sure you’re drinking enough water too to keep your skin hydrated and your body functioning well.

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Fuel Your Fitness Regime

You might have started a new exercise plan which promises quick and easy results, but you’re just not seeing on yourself. You’ve been sticking to it religiously and your body just doesn’t seem to be responding. No matter how hard you’re working in the gym, you need to complement that hard work with the correct nutrients. You need to feed your body the correct products at the correct times in order to see those results in the gym.

Before you head to the gym try and make sure you’ve had some form of complex carbohydrates, this will fuel your body with the energy it needs to work hard in that spin class. You could have organic porridge, wholemeal toast with peanut butter or even some Greek yogurt with homemade granola sprinkled on top. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs, they are you friend if you’re going to the gym! After a hard workout your body will need adequate supplements to repair its muscles. You’re going to need high protein foods such as eggs, lean meats and green veggies after you hit the gym. If you’re opting for a smoothie try adding a supplement of protein powder for an extra boost of muscle repairing formula. If you are consuming protein powder and building muscle you’re more likely to feel leaner and more energized. So if you’re looking to lose fat and gain muscle this would be a great idea for you.

Be Kind To Yourself

Stop beating yourself up for skipping a gym class or indulging in a slice of cake at your friend’s birthday. We all have a life and we should be allowed to live it to the fullest without consequences. Life is about balance and as long as you are having healthy meals and exercising often, you should never feel bad about giving yourself a treat. We all have goals we want to reach, but try and make them tangible. Stop looking at numbers on a scale or measuring tape for a start. Try and set goals such as, fitting into a new pair of skinny jeans, rather than reaching a certain weight. You will never truly know your weight as it fluctuates so much throughout one day. Do yourself a favour and throw away the scales, they are not your friend!

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Mindful Movement

Stop snoozing your alarm in the morning and start your day peacefully. Forget the rushing around and barely brushing your hair before you leave for work or college. Start your day with a relaxed mindset and your body will feel happier straight away. Practice yoga and meditations for a few minutes each day to allow your mind to escape to a world of calm serenity. If you’re unsure where to start, there are tonnes of awesome apps which can help you to start up a routine of meditation and yoga. Deep breathing techniques and calming poses will help your body to reset. You will see a noticeable difference if you suffer from anxiety and you will feel stress free as soon as the day begins. Give it a go and try it with a friend if you need a little helping hand.

Revel In Relaxation

Always allow yourself time to relax and recuperate after a stressful situation. Maybe you have a crazy deadline to meet at work or you’ve been staying up late working on a project. If you have a long, hard stint of work today make sure you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Reward yourself and you will feel more motivated to get to the end.

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Try Something New

It’s always fun to take up a new hobby or pursuit. Whether it’s a new sport or healthy recipe, it’s a great idea to keep you occupied and get your body into gear. The chances are you’ll make a new friend or even start up a hobby that develops into a career. Don’t be afraid to give anything a go and get the moral support you need from your friends and family.

Don’t delay in starting your health and fitness journey today. Your body will feel the love it deserves and as long as you’re living a fulfilled and happy lifestyle you’re definitely on the right track.

Running Injuries That Are Easy To Avoid

Running is a great way to stay in shape and it doesn’t come with a lot of the same dangers as competitive team sports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t injure yourself. Runners have their own set of risks to deal with and if you don’t run with good form, using the right gear, you could put yourself out of action and it’ll take a while to recover. There are a couple of injuries that runners often fall prey to, here’s what they are and how you can avoid them.

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Plantar Fasciitis

This is just a fancy name for an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. It usually gives you a sharp pain in the heel or the arch of the foot. It can be a slight annoyance but if you leave it untreated for too long, it’ll soon become incredibly painful. The two main causes are overworking and lack of proper footwear. If you haven’t got proper running shoes on, you won’t have enough support and you open yourself up to injury. Choosing the right one is a bit of a minefield but if you check out the Running Shoes Guru you’ll find plenty of great reviews to help you find the right ones. Good support should stop you from getting Plantar Fasciitis, as long as you aren’t running too often.

It’s tempting to get out and run every day when you’re constantly competing with yourself and trying to smash your best time. But you’ve got no chance of beating your record if you can’t run at all. Even with the best running shoes, your feet can only take so much. If you overwork them you’ll almost certainly end up with problems, so always take a couple of days off throughout the week.

Achilles Tendinitis   

This one is the Achilles heel of runners everywhere. All it means is that you’ve got inflammation in your Achilles tendon. It takes a long while to heal because there isn’t that much blood flow to the area so preventing it is vital. You’ll get pain around your heel and up the back of your foot, there’s also a lot of swelling that can make it unbearable to walk, let alone run.

Tight calves are one of the main culprits of an Achilles injury because if your calves aren’t taking enough of the impact, it all gets put on the Achilles tendon. If you overtrain and your calves are suffering because of it, you’re likely to develop an Achilles injury. You’re also at risk if there are sudden increases in the intensity of your training. If you’ve decided that your current training regimes just aren’t pushing you hard enough, you’ll want to take things up a notch. But if you go from running twice a week to five times a week and increase the distance at the same time, you’ll hurt yourself. Always increase the intensity gradually over a few weeks and you should be fine.

Iliotibial Tendon

This is a tendon that runs from your hip to your knee and there are all sorts of ways that you can damage it. If you’re feeling a sharp stabbing pain in the side of your knee when you run, that’s a sure sign of an IT injury.

Running downhill a lot is one of the causes because the angle of the incline puts extra stress on your IT. When you run, you usually run with a slight lean, even if you don’t notice it. Running on different sides of the roads helps you to balance it out a bit but if you’re always taking the same route, you could be putting extra stress on your legs. Changing up your route to cut out hills and run in different directions is the best way to avoid an IT injury.

Runner’s Knee

If you experience a dull ache under the kneecap whenever you run, you’ve got runner’s knee. It’s caused by different things in different people but there are a couple of common causes. Not wearing proper footwear is one, but that can be said of pretty much any running injury. Running on uneven ground is another big cause of runner’s knee that can be solved fairly easily by changing your route or buying running shoes with a spongier sole. If you’ve got weak quads or hips, your knees are picking up all the slack.

When it comes to sorting the problem the bottom line is, don’t run if it hurts. Try new footwear and always put an ice pack on it when you’ve got pain.

Most running injuries are caused by overwork, bad form, and lack of proper footwear. If you know what you’re doing and you invest in the right gear, you should be fine.