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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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

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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/

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?

 


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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.

 

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

 


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DOES CONFIDENCE MATTER TO YOU? GEORGE YAPP LOOKS AT A SMART PLAN

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We all know the feeling – waking up early and heading to the gym before work, only to find it jam packed with fitness fanatics and a display of physiques like you’ve only ever dreamt of. This rickety lack of self-confidence all too often obstructs us from reaching our goals and aspirations. Here, we’ll speak about how confidence is indeed everything, whether you’re taking part in sport, or just going about everyday life.

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Build a plan that is both challenging SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) – and if your plan is too easy, try and toughen it up a little. This is just one of many steps which can be introduced to increase your confidence and up that shining self-belief.

 

 

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The clothes we wear both help express ourselves, but also are a big part in building up that puddle of self-confidence. If you’re not comfortable from square one, you’re bound to feel insecure and wish you’d really not worn that ripped tank top or that you’d put on those quirky tracksuit bottoms. Find something that makes you, you, and go with it.

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We’re not saying that you have to be fit and healthy to be confident! While most of us (including us), could give up everything for a slice of pizza right now, you shouldn’t be ashamed – you should own it.

Having strict meal plans and never-ending, soul-destroying and heart-wrenching diets only forces us to feel guilty and even less confident when we fail them, and quite a lot of them don’t even work anyway! The best way to tackle this is to slowly remove the rubbish from our diets. So, those daily pastries you love so much? Maybe reduce them to two a week.

“Confidence isn’t something which you can gain instantly, it’s something which is built up over time.” George Yapp explains. “If this is something which you’ve struggled with, try and start with the little things like finding clothes which you’re comfortable in, to trying something new like surfing or skate boarding. Quite often, once you find that you’re quite capable of adapting to new skills, you’ll feel that little confidence boost in yourself”.

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