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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!

Have you got any other fitness tips? Let us know – visit our Facebook or Twitter and tag us!


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

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

 

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.

 

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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