WHY FAILURE IS VITAL TO SUCCEEDING YOUR FITNESS GOALS

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I think it’s safe to say, that we have all experienced failure, one way or another and sometimes it has gotten to us more than we intended. It can be too easy to give up when we fail our first fitness goal, or even our second, or third. But what if we told you that failure is a vital part of succeeding your goals? Failure can be viewed in many ways, such as not reaching your run time or distance when you wanted to, or even not hitting your weight target. It is important that whilst failure can be disheartening, you do not give in - for failure helps us to recognise where we went wrong, and how we can improve it for next time.

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When failure has reached us, we’ve used it as a chance to better our exercise routine to help us get closer to achieving our fitness goals. The challenge is to not let it beat you. Whilst self-pity may be at the forefront of your mind, it is important to realise that you need to move on, even if that means hitting another failure straight afterwards and facing that enemy time and time again to reach your fitness goals.

Focusing on your strengths won’t make you develop physically and mentally. Whilst it can feel great to be good at something, it is our weaknesses that need that need to be at the focus. It is when these areas are exposed, that you can strengthen your ability and mentality, but also bring you one step closer to your fitness goals.

Our biggest competition will always be ourselves, so work hard, fail, get back up and succeed.

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WHY SKATEBOARDING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Other than being an extreme sport which is great at keeping you exercised and socialised, skateboarding has a whole other can of health benefits just waiting to be unlocked…

FLEXIBILITY – Flexible ankles and a nimble body are the key ingredients when it comes to skateboarding. The more tense and inflexible you are, the more difficult it will be to learn how to skate. But as it is with everything, you’ll never get any better if you don’t give it a chance.

WORKOUT – When skating, you’re moving your whole body. Your feet and legs to are used to move and your arms to balance, whilst your body in turn, twists. The average person will burn between 150-500 calories per hour (according to ReSYNC Your Life: 28 Days to a Stronger, Leaner, Smarter, Happier You by Samir Becic). Not only will you be sweating, you’ll also be increasing your levels of endurance.

STRESS RELIEF – Skateboarding doesn’t exclusively decrease stress levels, pretty much any and all forms of physical activity can achieve this. For some, skating is an opportunity to take their mind off of other things. Not only can skateboarding help tackle stress, it can also affect your overall health. As with all exercise, you can help negate the risk of health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure.

PATIENCE, PRACTICE AND CONSEQUENCES – We’ve all seen the videos, the ones where someone attempts a really cool trick, but ultimately ends up regretting it. Well, skateboarding teaches you patience and eventually you learn how to calculate risks better. You’ll try that trick you’ve gotten hyped over and don’t land it, so you try again. This time, you’ll make minor adjustments to your foot positioning and speed. Failing that, you’ll start teaching yourself how to fall properly and build up your pain tolerance.

If you’re looking to try out a new skill, we highly recommend you give skateboarding a try. It’s not only physically good but will also help the mind and soul.

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5 TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR NEW YEAR’S FITNESS GOALS

Have you got your New Year’s resolution sorted? Not that everyone needs to make one. But if you’re looking to get fit, why not make this month your starting point? Here are our five tips to get your New Year’s fitness goals in order…

DEVISE A PLAN

Thinking that you want to get fitter and healthier is one thing, but if you’re really going to commit to it, you’ll need to devise a plan. Where do you want to be in three months, or six months even? Set yourself goals and then express how you plan to get to that point. Start by putting three days aside for fitness a week and see where it goes from there.

ARE YOU BEING REALISTIC?

Sometimes we can get a little carried away with our goals, if you’ve never really lifted weights before, you can’t expect to lift 80kg on the first hit. Build up your expectations as you would your weights. Go steady, besides, you can always increase your targets!

PREP YOUR MEALS

Don’t let bad eating habits get in the way of your New Year’s fitness goals. Just because you’re exercising regularly, doesn’t mean that you can get away with a fatty breakfast, lunch and dinner! Although, that does sound tempting…

If you’re serious about getting fit and healthy, do some research on healthier meal options – even if it is just adding more vegies to your diet, or cutting down on the caffeine or sugar.

To save time and stress during the day, why not prep your meals? If you’re a super busy person, take some time in the evening or early morning to prepare your meals for the day. Whack the slow cooker on and make some lunch. That way, you’ll be ready to face the day ahead.

PERFECTION ISN’T THE GOAL

This is the most important of our five tips – not every workout is going to make you feel like a champ. Sometimes, you can have a really naff session and get frustrated because you haven’t reached your goal for that day. But that’s okay!

Don’t strive for perfection, strive for doing a bit better each time.

ANY EXERCISE IS BETTER THAN NONE

Going to the gym isn’t the only way you can reach your New Year’s fitness goals. If you prefer the outdoors, why not try walking, running or cycling? And if you’re brave enough, take a dip in the sea (although, we wish you luck… it’s too cold for our liking!). Explore different ways you can get fit, find a couple that you like and alternate between them. Just enjoy it, don’t put too much pressure on yourself!

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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

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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

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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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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