WORK, FREE TIME AND FITNESS – FINDING THE PERFECT BALANCE

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We’ve all felt the struggle – juggling work, our free time and then our overall fitness, too. Sometimes it can be hard, both mentally and physically, to keep up with everything, and all too often our general fitness, health and wellbeing can take a huge hit.

What’s important to keep in mind is that work is work, and therefore it should be left behind when you clock off. Taking your work home with you not only impacts what time you have for others, but can also put you in a darn horrible mood (trust me, we know!). It leaves you in an unescapable cycle, which quite frankly can always be tackled tomorrow.

Your free time is for you to chill, relax and de-stress. If you want to go out with friends, do it. If you want to catch a movie, why the heck not? Just don’t let your work and strict gym schedule get in the way – after all, everyone needs a little ‘me time’.

Although your free time is important, we recommend you try to get your physical fitness up too, whether it’s a walk round the park with the dog, a session at the gym or maybe even a dance lesson or two. We’re not saying you have to sacrifice your free time to keep your fitness up; just try to keep yourself active at least once a week (if you can do more, then great!). Keeping your fitness up not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also increases your motivation and sense of accomplishment.

Just take little snippets at a time and make your work out sessions work around you. There’s no point in overly stressing yourself because you’ve got plans up to your ears, and then after these are finally out of the way, you’ve got to go to the gym. Oh, heck no – nobody likes a ball of stress. Just find what works well for you and go for it.

Have you found the perfect balance between work, free time and fitness? Let us know how you tackle the struggle – get in touch on Twitter.

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ARE YOU ATTENDING JIMMY’S FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?

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During most of the weekends this summer you’ll either find us chilling in beer gardens or raiding the local ice-cream shops. Oh, and if you’re attending Jimmy’s Festival from 21st to 22nd July, you’re going to see us there too!

What is Jimmy’s Festival you say? It’s Ipswich’s annual celebration, where families and local foodies get together to enjoy good food and great music. Families have the option of a range of activities, from animal feeding and keeper talks, to storytelling and magic. While the rest of us (well, not us, but you can!), enjoy a nice cold ale or beer and enjoy this year’s line-up (to see which local bands are playing, click here!).

If you’re not feeling like the drive for a day’s visit is worth it, then stay the night, or three! – yes, you have the option to camp (or caravan) it up, and there’s even a designated area for campervans! If you get hold of a camping ticket, you’ll secure a space for three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at just a stone’s throw from the festival entrance. The campsite will also have entertainment and refreshments. For more details on camping, head to the Jimmy’s Festival website.

If you’re up for delicious food-tasting, stall-visiting and beer-drinking, you’ll be sure to find us. We’ll be there with our men’s collection of activewear and hands full with flyers. If you’d like to see what we’ll be selling, head to our Men’s page (Women’s to follow soon). Oh, and don’t forget to come and say ‘hey’ at our stall for a 15% off discount code from our team!

Also, if you’re attending this year’s Jimmy’s Festival, don’t forget to tag us in your posts with #MatterStyle!

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FINDING ‘THE’ PUB TO GO TO IN IPSWICH

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While the average person may constantly go to Spoons or Yates, the adventurous may seek Ipswich’s little hidey-holes and perfect getaway pubs. We’ve listed a few of our favourites below.

 

THE COSY CLUB

With hard wooden floors and furniture to fill a vintage fanatic with delight, The Cosy Club in Ipswich is the place to relax, put your feet up and eat. It’s right in the centre of town and is only a two-minute walk from the cinema. In fact, it’s in the same building!

 

ARCADE STREET TAVERN CRAFT BEER AND HERITAGE BEER

If you’re like us, and love your beer, this is the place you’ll want to head to – right now! Arcade Street Tavern will soon become your best friend – there are still far more we haven’t tried than we have tried. This pub can get quite busy, though, so be prepared for that.

 

ST JUDES BREWERY TAVERN

This is one of my favourite retreats. It’s never overcrowded, but never too quiet either. If you’re not bothered by a bit of rustic furniture and the odd leather jacket, you’ll be sure to enjoy this too. With home-brewed ales and beers, it’s the best place to spend your evenings (surrounded by high percentage beverages) … Oh, and if you bring your own tankard, you get 20p off a pint! Great people and great environment here – what can be better than that, right?

 

ISAACS ON THE QUAY

Sat right next to Ipswich’s quay is the restored historic site, Isaac’s. With four bars, a café and a rustic courtyard, what more could you want? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, pub-crawl; you name it. Situated right on the picturesque Ipswich waterfront, with boats and lights to watch while you eat and drink, I’d consider this to be one of the nicer places to visit.

 


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FROM CATWALK TO SIDEWALK – WHY THE ‘RIGHT’ SPORTSWEAR ISN’T ALWAYS NECESSARY

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We’ve all seen them; the ones who do / wear everything from the book. But are over-hyped and expensive sportswear, such as lycra, really necessary? We don’t think so at least. It’s about so much more than looking good – it’s about wearing what makes you feel confident and comfortable in equal measure.

 

Having the confidence to even exercise at all can be difficult for some. Not all of us enjoy wearing skin-tight tank tops in a room full of people. If we don’t feel comfortable in the clothes we wear, then how are we going to feel confident and motivated enough to work out?

 


We’ve designed men’s sportswear that not only helps you express yourself, but also makes you feel comfortable. To browse our activewear, head to our Men’s page.


 

Professor Karen J. Pine of the University of Hertfordshire writes in her book, Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion, ‘When we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it’. Which is true. If we put on sportswear, we can’t help but feel active. But if we’re not totally happy with how it looks, then we’re going to feel less active, and a little less motivated.

 

Get that feel-good.

Regular exercise not only makes you stronger, more toned and increases energy levels, but also reduces feelings of anxiety and stress[1]. However, too much exercise can have the opposite effect / no effect at all – in that stress and anxiety are either not reduced, or even increased. From experience, we would recommend three to five days of exercise per week, with each session ranging from 20 to 60 minutes.

 

How does confidence impact the way you exercise? Let us know on our Twitter or Facebook – we’d love to hear from you.

 

[1] https://www.livestrong.com/article/438937-how-does-exercise-affect-your-self-esteem/

 


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