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THE LINK BETWEEN EXERCISE AND WORK PERFORMANCE

It’s well known that regular exercise can lead to better mental health, but did you know that exercise can also help with development within the workplace?

For some, waking up early and completing a fresh workout doesn’t appeal to them, or others may get up right away and go cycle, or even run before or to work. Here are 3 key factors to take into the workplace from your sports activities.

The Power of Analysis

Embrace constructive criticism, yes, you heard us right. Accepting that your workouts may not be perfect and that there are always things you can improve upon is key to self-development both when exercising, and when at work.


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Exercise Failure and Success

Learning comes from doing. Failing first-hand in the moment not only improves how you can analyse your mistakes, but it also motivates you to learn. The interchange of interactions and knowledge with your coach, personal trainer or work colleagues are all significant tools in your learning and development process. The sooner you go out and try something new, the quicker you will learn from your mistakes and discover how to make big progress.

Teaming with Success

Teaming means working with a range of teams and individuals to help further your expertise through the imitation of other’s behaviours. So, when you’re out on your next workout, why not exercise with some buddies? Observe and take notes on how to better your routine or the way you construct your workouts. This type of learning can be used both at work, and in the gym. Besides, teamwork makes the dream work.


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CLIMBING INTO CHALLENGES CAN MAKE YOU A BETTER LEADER

Being a leader isn’t all about getting the job done, it’s also about self-improvement and challenging yourself to be the best leader that you can be. Trying out a new challenge for the first time can be daunting, but when you really think about it, what’s the worst that can happen? Your fear is what is getting in the way of you and developing your leadership skills and qualities.

Let’s take climbing as an example. When you’re beginning the climb, you are there with the equipment, your instructor and your doubt. Trust and communication are both important aspects to making a successful climb. You’ll find yourself relaying communications and instructions to and from with your instructor, whilst realising your safety is in both their, and your own hands. The clearer your intensions, the clearer and more successful the results will be.


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Not only will climbing develop communication and trust, you’ll have to strategize your route. A successful climb will need careful and thorough strategy and planning – thoughts like, ‘ifI latch onto that bit, will I get a good hold on that ledge?’, will cross your mind, but that’s not a bad thing. Proving you can successfully plan and manage your route will prove that you can skilfully navigate towards your goals.

It’s not going to be easy. If at first you aren’t successful, try again. Analysing is one thing, but the confidence to push yourself to achieve what may seem impossible is another. If you want to succeed, you’ll need to consider both of these points.

Ask for feedback – it’s important to know where you’re going wrong and where you are doing well. Just remember, improvement is your goal! So, don’t get too hung up if the feedback is more negative than positive.

You’ll be learning in stages before you jump right into the deep end. From building up your log book with many different experiences like instructor led routes with graded rock climbs, led routes at a climbing wall and instructor led routes with outdoor bolt protected sport climbs. This may seem like a lot of prep work, but just like workplace scenarios, you can’t just expect someone to take on a task they’ve never done before and expect it to go smoothly without proper training.

If you’re interested in taking part in rock climbing, why not take a look at Mountain Training.


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MATTER CLOTHING’S 10 WORKOUT STEPS TO BATTLE WINTER WEIGHT

Matter Clothing's 10 Workout Steps to Battle Winter Weight

Some may wake up one morning, look in the mirror and think, ‘damn, I need to start working out ‘, especially with Christmas on its way and excessive winter eating… However, there’s so much more you need to think about before you immediately hit the treadmill and jump the rope.

 

  1. Consider what is achievable. If you’ve never really been into running, you can’t expect yourself to run for 20 minutes, five times a week. That’s both exhausting, and unhealthy – you’re not giving your body enough time to rest and repair the muscles.

 

  1. Get your workout goals in order – you should consider setting short-term, and long-term goals. Where do you want to be in a month’s time? Or even a year’s time? This is a great time to keep on track with your progress.

 

  1. Find a type of exercise you can get on with and gets on with you. Everyone is different, some prefer to hit the gym, some like to be in the privacy of their own home with YouTube workouts. Do some recon and try a bit of everything, see how you get on.

 

  1. Take your time. If you’re going straight in for an intense workout after not exercising for a while, it’s going to hurt! Start off gradually and slowly build up your workouts into a routine.

 

  1. It’s not going to be all sunshine and rainbows. Loosing weight takes time and patience. Over this time, you may experience days where your workout wasn’t as spectacular as you thought. But that’s okay, just take a step back and try it again. Try not to get into the habit of bailing on planned workouts, it’s difficult, we know that, but you’ve got to keep going!

 

  1. If you’re looking to lose weight and get healthier, consider healthy eating. Try researching different meal ideas that are both fun and nutritious, so you can still enjoy what you eat.

 

  1. It’s okay to take time for yourself. Being selfish and saying no to a night out isn’t the worst thing that can happen, especially if you’re taking the time to beast through your workout.

 

  1. Make sure you up the anti when your body is ready. When you first set out, you may lose weight quickly, but as you continue to work out, your body becomes adjusted to the work you’re putting in, so it may become easier to run a few miles for example. This is your body’s way of telling you you’re ready for greater things – now’s the time to add the extra weight, or go the extra mile.

 

  1. Give yourself a reward. If you’re sticking to strict meal plans, zero alcohol and no wiggle room for free-time, you’re bound to feel down in the dumps sooner or later. If you’ve had a good week at the gym or had a killer workout, make sure you reward yourself with something you like. Besides, you’ve earnt it.

 

  1. Make your mental health is your top priority. It’s all well and good if you’re doing your workouts to help battle your mental health, but if you’re having a hard day, remember that you’re doing great and it’s okay to take a day to yourself if you need it.

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MATTER CLOTHING’S TOP 5 WINTER FITNESS GETAWAYS

Matter Clothing's Top 5 Winter Fitness Getaways

Winter shouldn’t just be a time for festive drinks and staying indoors with the heating and duvets. For some, winter is a time to try something new like skiing, winter hiking or trekking. We give our top five winter fitness getaways for the adventurous…

1 – Livigno, Italy – When the resort first opened in 1912, Hotel Livigno was the first inn to be built in this traffic-free centre. Get your mitts on value for money shops, to designer boutiques. But this beautiful resort isn’t just for shoppers, it’s also an amazing destination to try husky sledging, snowshoeing, fatbiking and horse riding. For more details on a 7 night stay at the living Inn Hotel Livigno.

2 – Moritz, Switzerland – The ideal place for the adrenaline junkie. Saint Moritz lends its hand to having a range of ice and snow sports, great for the daredevils amongst you! You can enjoy a toboggan run which is definitely not for the faint hearted (On this run, you can reach speeds of up to 140 kph!). There’s also the Bob Run, this is the last remaining natural ice run from St Moritz to Celerina.


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3 – Club Med, Worldwide – Are you a fitness family on the search for the perfect fitness getaway? Check out Club Med’s all-inclusive, family friendly resorts. Their ski resorts offer tailored programs for different ages, all the way up to teens. From as young as 4 years old, children can enjoy snowboarding or skiing classes.

4 – Dunton Hot Springs, United States – For those not worried about spending a bit more towards their winter fitness getaway, Dunton Hot Springs are both idyllic, and the perfect place to head out in search of adventure. Packages include skiing and mountain stays, where you can trek and ski, or even just enjoy the view.

5 – Jasná, Slovakia – This is the perfect fitness getaway for snow sport lovers. Based in the Low Tatras mountains, dog sledging, yoga sessions, natural springs, snowshoeing and skiing can all be given a go. And if you’re looking for a great place to stay, why not try the Dragon’s Lair Chalet which can sleep up to 19 people? There’s an outdoor hot tub, sauna and fitness area, but there’s also a private shuttle service to the slopes – sounds pretty good hey?

 

Where is your favourite fitness getaway?


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