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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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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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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

Matter Clothing: How to Battle Stress Levels with Pure Exercise

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/

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