Fitness

Gym Etiquette

All You Need To Know About Gym Etiquette

For many people joining a gym for the first time and then going along for their first workout, it can often feel akin to their first day at school or in a new job. Not knowing anyone, wondering what it will be like, and the realisation that you do not know where everything is so you find yourself wandering around, obviously looking lost, can all make you feel like the quintessential newbie.

Thankfully, most gyms are welcoming, with staff and other members happy to welcome new people, and the vast majority of them being friendly and helpful. However, there is one way in which those levels of friendliness might be tempered, and that is if you fail to follow normal gym etiquette. Whilst there may be specific nuances in individual gyms, the etiquette in each will be akin to the dos and don’ts of gym etiquette we have outlined outline below.

Gym Etiquette Dos

Wear Appropriate Clothing: The gym is not a fashion show, nor somewhere that you should ‘dress to impress’. Instead, your clothing should be appropriate for the workouts you plan to follow, and be worn for comfort and safety, rather than their style.

Practice Good Hygiene: Apart from obviously showering after your workout, as you use equipment ensure that you wipe it down with a towel to remove sweat, for example. We are sure you would hate it if you went to sit at the bench press and the seat was covered in someone else’s sweat. Yuk!

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7 Proven Tips That Will Help You Stop Smoking

We are going to assume you are reading this, either out of interest or more importantly, that you wish to give up smoking, so what you will not be reading here is a list of reasons why stopping smoking is highly beneficial for your health. We presume you already know that it is, plus all the negative consequences of smoking for one’s health.

So, we will instead outline 7 proven tips that thousands of smokers have used to help them stop smoking, and stop for good. We list them in no particular order as that would suggest one of them is more likely to work than the others. The problem with that is that each individual will react positively or negatively to specific stop smoking techniques. So, choose which appeals to you most, be it #1, or #7, or indeed all of them.

#1: Give Yourself An Extremely Powerful Reason To Stop

Nothing will keep you motivated more in weaker moments if stopping smoking is a means to an end. By that we mean you set yourself a powerful reason for stopping with examples being around to see your grandchildren grow up, using the money you save to send your children to college or to buy yourself a new car.

#2: Tell Everyone You are Stopping

Nobody likes to admit they are weak-willed or a failure, and whilst it might be a negative motivation, the important point is that they still work. So, tell as many people as you can that you are going to stop smoking, and in addition, ask them to encourage you if they ever see your resolve is weakening.

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Why Walking Is So Beneficial To Your Health

Whenever you listen to fitness experts talking about exercising you will likely hear them discuss all kinds of activities such as jogging, aerobics, swimming, weightlifting and yoga, to name but a few. Whilst each of these have varying benefits, they also require certain physical attributes and a commitment from participants in terms of time.

Add all that up, and those who are less disposed to exercise, will more than likely see these as the ideal excuses not to exercise because a) They are physically unable to participate, b) They do not how to participate, or c) They do not have the time to participate.

However, there is one form of exercise that almost everyone can participate in, regardless of their fitness, how much time they have available, and it does not require any equipment either. Further, it requires no special skills as we have all been doing it since we were about 12 to 18 months old. We are talking of course about walking, something which we do every day, and most of us take it for granted.

With no possible excuses not to do some walking, there is no reason even the most sedentary amongst us cannot use it to get some exercise. No doubt even then some will be asking “How can walking possibly count as exercise and be beneficial for your health when you are moving so slowly”, and to be fair it is a reasonable question, so let us answer that question for them, and you if you are also wondering.

Walking Can Aid Weight Loss: Every physical activity burns calories, and that includes walking. By walking you burn calories, and the beauty is that you can control how many calories you burn by altering your pace, the distance, the terrain (flat or sloping) and the length of time that you walk. As you know burning calories is one of the most effective ways of controlling and losing weight.

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7 Healthy Eating Habits You Should Try

If you do any amount of research into staying fit and healthy, you will undoubtedly find copious text relating to the fact that what we eat plays a huge role in our well-being. Everything from diets to help lose weight, to lists of healthy and not so healthy food can be found. No doubt for some, the reason they have not yet altered their eating habits to healthier ones is that the sheer number of available diets make their head spin trying to decide which one to pursue.

You will be pleased to know that in this article we are not going to outline or recommend any specific diet that we believe you should follow. For a start, every person reading this will have different dietary needs, so any single diet is not going to be suitable for all of them. Instead, what we are going to do is highlight a range of healthy eating habits, many of which can be incorporated into any specific diet you may be following, or at least compliment it in some way.

As with any advice relating to health and nutrition, before implementing it and changing your dietary habits it is advisable to check with your doctor to ensure that they are suitable for you, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition.

#1: Start With A Plan: Any diet or goal relating to your health has a better chance of success if you have a plan to achieve it so plan your meals and your food shopping carefully and sensibly well in advance, including meals out.

#2: Drink More Water: Did you know that 60% of your body is water? To remain healthy, drinking plenty of water is essential. Replace sugary drinks and some of your caffeine drinks with water, and if necessary flavour your water with natural, unsweetened fruit juices.

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A Beginners Guide To Meditation

Whenever the subject of our health and well-being is raised, in most cases the subject being discussed relates to physical health, at least that was the case until recently. With the world being more attuned to the importance of mental health, especially in light of how people had to cope with all that they had to face due to the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is more aware that the health of our mind is every bit as significant, as the health of our bodies.

There are many ways in which our mental health can be affected, both positively and negatively, and if we were to write fifty books on these subjects, we would still barely be scratching the surface. Instead, we are going to look at one subject, and it is one which you will be pleased to know, seeks to impart positive effects on your mental well-being.

The subject we are referring to is meditation, and it is one that, sadly, far too many people know very little about. For those that do know about mediation, and more importantly, practice it regularly, they will all tell you that meditation is a positive experience and one from which they benefit enormously.

What Is Meditation?

Let us first define what meditation is, at least from a general perspective given that meditation can be practised in many ways. The most basic definition is that meditation is a calming and quieting of the mind. An analogy is comparing a busy road junction at peak times with cars, buses, and trucks all noisily driving through, with what that same junction is like at 3 am with barely one car per hour driving through it.

Substitute all the traffic going through the junction with the thoughts that are going through your mind when it is active and busy. With meditation, your mind is quietened, with your thoughts reduced to a bare minimum as you become more mindful.

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5 Exercise Activities That Can Be Done During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time in a person’s life when many of their normal activities might take a back seat and that may include a postponement of their exercise and fitness routines. It is often thought that whilst pregnant, women should not be partaking in anything physical in nature, however, that is not the case for most individuals.

An expectant mother may be advised by her doctor to refrain from physical activity due to a medical condition or an enhanced risk to her or her unborn baby’s wellbeing that exists. However, for the majority of pregnant women exercise is not only possible but is encouraged. With this in mind, we thought we should highlight outline some exercise activities that can be done during pregnancy.

However, before we go into the details we must make the disclaimer that before undertaking any exercise, including those that follow, every expectant mother should seek the advice of their doctor to ascertain if there are any medical reasons why they should not. So, do not do any of the following exercise activities until you have been given the green light to do so from the medical professional who is advising you during your pregnancy.

Pilates

One of the core objectives of Pilates is to improve a person’s posture and balance. These become even more prevalent during pregnancy, especially as your baby grows larger. Pilates can help strengthen your core muscles including your pelvic muscles which can be invaluable during childbirth. Pilates will also help improve your posture as you are walking, something you will be especially grateful for in the latter stages of your pregnancy.

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