REAP THE BENEFITS OF EARLY BIRD, OR A NIGHT OWL RUNNING

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Whether you’re a day time runner, or a night time runner, or don’t do runningat all, here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your workout. Everyone has an opinion as to what time is better (with A.M. runningdominating the chit-chat), if we had one word of advice, it would be to experiment. It’s not one way or the highway, it’s what you feel works best for you, there are benefits to both types of running…

Early bird catches the worm! That saying is so over-used, and we’re not even sorry! Waking up at 6am can be pretty rough at times, but perhaps this will change your minds…

 

A.M. runningcan benefit you by:

  • Making you feel more energetic and refreshed throughout the day
  • Give you more ‘me time’ or time for socials in the evening
  • There are no excuses – you’re not having to plan around your evenings and workouts anymore
  • You have more of an appetite and can get a good night’s sleep

However, there are also downsides:

  • You may start feeling tired come afternoon
  • Having more of an appetite can be a negative if you aren’t considering your nutrition…

 

If you’re not a morning person, don’t stress! You’ve still got the afternoon or evening to get that workout checked off your list of ‘to-dos’.

 

P.M. runningis good for:

  • Spending more time in bed recovering
  • You can push harder knowing you’ll have a good night’s rest
  • You’ll wake up already refreshed in the morning

The downfalls to P.M. running:

  • Have to plan your socials and runninginto each week

 

Whilst everyone is trying to prove which is better, morning or evening running/workouts, it’s really your choice! It’s all about what feels right for you and your body, if you’re not a morning person, then so what! Take that extra hour in bed and don’t feel guilty (I know that I don’t!).

What are your thoughts on morning or evening running? Which works best for you and why? Let us know in the comments below.


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WHY REST DAYS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR WORKOUT

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Lots of us have that ‘must workout everyday’ mindset in order to reach our goals, but that isn’t the case. While daily exercise is good for your health, a daily strenuous workout at the gym isn’t.

Our bodies need time to recover and if you’re not sparing yourself this time, you are bound to be doing more harm than good. If your body is undergoing too much stress, you could face overuse injuries such as, stress fractures, muscle strains and joint pain [1]. Rest periods enable muscles to recover both stronger and larger. So it turns out, while we’re trying to build muscle in the weights room, it’s rest which actually forms them.


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Sleep is a major factor which should be noted! If you’re one for flicking on a new season of your favourite show at 1am, and not switching off until 3am, you should know that a lack of sleep is not only detrimental to your health, but it can also impede your weight loss goals. During sleep, your body’s assembly of growth hormone increases, which helps in rebuilding muscles after your workout [1]. So, if you’re not getting enough shut-eye on a regular basis, your workout efforts will be for naught!

A bad night’s sleep is also known to decrease your focus and attention, have negative effects on your memory and make you prone to mistakes [2].

However, sleep isn’t the only enemy amongst our daily routines… When your rest day finally arrives, don’t feed into temptation by digging into your favourite snacks. Or, if you’re really finding it difficult, ensure you are keeping track of what you’ve eaten and the number of calories you’re consuming – cutting out late night snacking is also a good fix to get into the habit of.

Now, we’re not going to give you a ‘one size fits all’ approach to how many rest days you actually need. Because lots of research suggests different things. Your rest days can depend on lots of things such as age or how many times you workout in the week. Just do what feels right for your body but allow some time to recover and let your muscles do their thing!

Have you got a workout routine that works well with your rest days? Or have you got tips on how to avoid giving in to temptation? Let us know, hit us up on Twitter!


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[1] https://www.theactivetimes.com/why-rest-days-are-just-important-working-out

[2] https://www.theactivetimes.com/health-benefits-good-nights-sleep

MATTER CLOTHING’S 5 WORKOUTS TO MAKE YOUR SEPTEMBER THE NEW JANUARY

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Want to know how you can make your September the new January? We’ve got 5 workouts to help you do just that, besides, there’s no time like the present.

1st January, as you know, is a time for New Year resolutions and the beginning of re-creating ourselves, but what if we told you that you didn’t need to wait 4 months? We’re already re-charged from summer, so what’s to stop you smashing your first 5k while the rest of the world is waiting to start theirs.

First things first, set a goal. What is it you want to lose? What do you want to gain? Are you looking to lose a few pounds, gain some muscle? Give yourself a timeframe – where do you want to be in 4 weeks, 8 weeks and so on.

Secondly, you need to think about what you most commonly fail on. Whilst the word ‘diet’ gives us all shivers, don’t think diet – think lifestyle changes instead, losing a few pounds and exercising will help your mood. If you find it hard to stick to a diet, ask yourself why? What am I finding difficult and how can I change this? If late-night snacking is an issue, slowly remove the temptations from the house and start replacing them with healthy foods.

Lastly, get your workouts in order! Below you will find 5 workout ideas to help smash your September resolution.

Battle Ropes – This isn’t just some workout fad where you noisily slam some ropes into the floor in the corner, it’s so much more! Ten 15-minute bursts of battle ropes have proven to produce the same heart rate as cycling or an all-out full-body sprint [1].

Rowing – According to Harvard University, a 30-minute spritz on this machine at the gym will not only develop muscle, it also improves flexibility.

Barbell Rollouts – Yes, you heard us – this brutal workout is enough to get us all wavering in defeat. But fear not, this core burner of a workout burns fat faster than traditional cardio! [1].

Clean and Press – Lose weight fast with this full-body gruelling workout. You’ll be pumped lactic acid in no time! But fear not, for this workout will become your closest friend.

Burpees – By working your abs, arms, chest, legs and shoulders, this will leave you a sweaty mess. This full-body workout is great for priming body fat and smashing your muscle building goals.


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[1] http://www.menshealth.co.uk/lose-weight/the-14-best-exercises-for-weight-loss

MATTER CLOTHING: HOW TO BATTLE STRESS WITH PURE EXERCISE

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EXERCISE! We’ve all experienced it, a bad day at work or an overflowing home life, can all too often become too much. So, it’s no shocker to hear that 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress regularly [1]. Now, we’re not here to tell you that exercise can help reduce stress, because that’s a well-known fact. We just want to give you some pointers and ideas to help spruce up your workout and battle that ball of stress head on.

Cardio is a great way to reduce physical stress; by blowing off steam and pushing that stress and anxiety out the window, not only will your muscles de-tense, you will sleep better for it too. Running improves the blood flow and the amount of oxygen travelling through your body helps to release endorphins [2] – the good stuff. These endorphins trigger your mood and can give you a more positive outlook and put you in a better mind space when undergoing tasks.

Why not give this a shot at the gym, hit the treadmill or the cycling machines? Or if you’re not an active gym-goer, head over to the local park and do a couple laps. For exercise which doesn’t include running, check out Men’s Health’s 20-Minute Cardio Workout.


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For those who find it difficult to go to the gym, fear not – there are other ways to help conquer the wall of stress.

Distract yourself with exercise – yeah, we said it. Switch the TV on, read a book, catch up with friends or blast some music at home, just as long as you’re combining your workout with things you find relaxing.

If you’re more of a spontaneous individual, keep a pair of trainers or a swimsuit and towel in the boot of your car. That way, if you’re out an about with time to spare, just say ‘screw it’ and dive right in. Did you know that swimming in the sea is also a great fighter against stress? The minerals within the sea help relieve irritability and increase feelings of calm. Through combining the benefits of exercise and the therapeutic effects of being in nature, you can combat stress.

What are your tips and tricks to help reduce stress? Let us know – ping us a message on Twitter or Facebook! #MatterStress #MatterExercise

Here are some of our top 5 coaches to help you get strong and get fit:

Yoga with Adriene

Do Yoga with Me

The Body Coach

On the Regimen

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[1] https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/blog/great-britain-and-stress/

[2] http://www.lifetoliveit.com/fight-and-reduce-your-stress-now-with-cardio-exercise/

The Ever-Changing Nature of Streetwear

To some, the term streetwear can often be misunderstood as just jeans and a baggy t-shirt – it’s so much more than that. With streetwear’s ever-changing and evolving nature, it’s hard to pin down exactly what the term means. The fashion trend is much more about expressionism and personality of young people. What do you see when you think of the term ‘streetwear’?

Whilst many may see the men’s hoodie as the typical anti-social statement, the hoodie was actually meant to keep athletes warm. But not too long after its introduction in the 30’s, the hoodie began making its way onto the streets – and with the hip-hop and skater culture of the 80’s and 90’s, brands such as Adidas and Nike took the market place. The next stage of streetwear took place when Japan, in the late 1990s, began popping up brands such as BAPE. This led the streetwear fashion onto what we have today.

With celebrities such as Kanye West introducing the hoodie into their clothing collections, it’s clear to see that this simple item of clothing has connections deep in the history of youth culture – and if history is any indication, it’s going to stay.


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However, the hoodie hasn’t always been portrayed as positive. The typical stereotype of anti-socialism and violence comes all too often comes to mind. After the loss of George Zimmerman, the fact that he was wearing a dark hoodie and looked ‘suspicious’ has come into light.

Even though the hoodie has been a staple in hip-hop culture for years, the piece of clothing is now being portrayed as criminalistic – but it doesn’t have to be…

Daniel Maree, a 24-year-old digital strategist formed the Million Hoodie March. The idea was to transform the hoodie from ‘a symbol of suspicion to a symbol of empowerment’ – in that the hoodie does not predefine the individual who wears it. Thousands of people gathered, wearing hoodies, to help prove this point.

Are you a streetwear fanatic? Why not ping us your favourite urban streetwear photos? Tag us using #MatterStyle in your post and have the chance to get featured on our Twitter or Instagram! #matterhoodie


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[1] https://www.monocloth.com/blogs/blog/the-evolution-of-streetwear

MATTER CLOTHING’S FESTIVALS AND EVENTS TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS SUMMER

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Are you running out of ideas for stuff to do this summer? Well think no more! We’ve got a few festivals and events which you should be adding to your calendars…

 

11th August 2018 – Gather your team of up to 10 people in preparation for this year’s Dragon Boat Racing and The East Anglian Festival! The 12th East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival is to be held at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft and is open to everyone – no matter the experience level! 30 teams are expected to battle it out in front of thousands of spectators over the 200m race course. For details on how to enter, click here!

 

4th September 2018 – If food and beer take your fancy, read on!… Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester will be hosting a doughnut and beer tasting event. With unique recipes and their finest draught beer, you’ll be taken on a tasting experience by their experts. If you’d like to know more or to book your tickets, head to the Three Wise Monkeys website.

 

8th September 2018 – Manson on the Moon bring their first debut festival at Trinity Park in Ipswich. You’ll hear from performers such as the British indie headliner, The Libertines. Other such as Tom Grennan, Twisted Wheel and Bessie Tunrer will also be playing. Enjoy summer with the hottest new artists and rad street food in this friendly atmosphere. Want to know more or buy your tickets? Click here!

 

8th September 2018 – Get ready for this year’s Forbidden Forest! Created by rave enthusiasts, the festival will play a variety of dance and clubbing music to keep the night alive. Hurry though, because tickets for this event are going sparse! Click here to purchase yours today.

 

Are you attending any cool events or festivals nearby that we haven’t mentioned? Why not ping us a link on Twitter?

 


 

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MATTER CLOTHING’S 5 SPORT IDEAS TO MAKE THE BEACH YOUR ACTIVE HAVEN

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During British Summertime, our beaches are jam-packed with sandcastles and tiny footprints. Some may see this as a sanctuary for kids, but we’ve got reasons as to how it can be just as much excitable for adults as it can children. The beach is a place where adults can thrive in competition to see who’s gonna score that next volleyball point for their team, or to take a dip and swim a couple of lengths. So, if you’re looking to sports to keep you active this summer, read on.

 

  1. Volleyball – yeah, we know we mentioned this one before, but doesn’t a volley matched with a couple of beers sound pretty darn sweet? (especially in this heat!). Next time the family’s down or you’re out with your mates, grab a couple of cold ones and start a match.

 

  1. Kayaking or Canoeing – This is a great way to enjoy the hot weather, but also to keep your fitness levels up. Kayaking and canoeing use a lot of core muscles, and so this is a great way to squeeze in that workout while relaxing at the same time – who could want more than that, right?

 

  1. Swimming – Mostly when I see people in the sea, I think ‘What a maniac’, or, ‘They must be freezing!’. But actually, swimming in the sea not only increases your mood, but also your health. The salt water can help your immune system function, improve circulation, promote overall well-being and hydrate your skin [1].

 

  1. Learn to windsurf – Try something new. The sea is full of adventure and wonder, so why not use it to your advantage?

 

  1. Not a fan of the sea? Why not try kitesurfing? Not only are these three wheeled karts considered one of the most exhilarating extreme sports, the buggy can also achieve up to 50mph – that’s quite impressive for a dune runner… Not sure where to look? Why not check out The Kitesurf Centre.

 

Got an activity that’s not on our list? Let us know! Hit up our Twitter or say hey on Instagram!


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[1] https://www.livestrong.com/article/400377-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-swimming-in-sea-water/

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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