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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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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’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