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The Beginner’s Guide To Joining The Gym

The new year will soon be upon us, and you may be considering joining a gym. That’s wonderful news, no matter your reason for joining, be it for burning off the Christmas fat, or to begin a healthier lifestyle. However, there are a few things we think you should know first. The gym can be intimidating for newbies, so to ensure you don’t quit early through fear or insecurity, here are some tips to help you.

Before you head off to the gym ensure you have everything you need. From towels to sweatbands, you need to load up your gym bag with the essentials. Our ultimate checklist has everything you need, so bookmark the page, and take note of everything we mention. You don’t want to be caught out, after all.

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Build up your energy first!

You might also want to build up your energy levels before you venture out too. This will ensure you don’t crash and burn when involved in exercise. Drink plenty of water, consider Muscle Rage Limitless, a popular workout drink, and eat something nutritious. Be sure to void anything high in sugar, as you will find yourself flagging after only a short period at the gym.

Leave the make-up at home

When you arrive at the gym, don’t worry about what you look like. You will be surrounded by hardened gym-bods (as well as loads of mirrors) and you might feel inferior in comparison. Especially if your body is out of shape, you may find yourself feeling more than a little envious. But fear not – they were like you once, though they will be too busy doing whatever it is they are doing to think about you anyway, so don’t assume people are staring at you.

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Warm your body up pre-workout

Remember your warm up pre-workout before you try out any of the equipment. You need to prepare your body, so limbering up is key to avoiding strain and injury.  Start at your toes and work upward, and get the blood flowing through your body. And bearing in mind you will probably be using an exercise bike as part of your routine, you might consider these stretching tips as part of your pre-workout.

Stay hydrated

Remember to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will be losing a lot of water through sweat, so keep yourself topped up to keep yourself energised throughout the session. There will be a bathroom at the gym, so you can easily refill your flask or water bottle if you run out.

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Take it easy, it’s not a race

Then take baby steps when considering what to do next. It’s the old adage; don’t run before you can walk. There will be a trainer on hand to guide you into what weights or equipment to use, so don’t be afraid to ask. And don’t go crazy like a child at a Jungle Gym either! You will only do yourself an injury. Follow this beginner’s guide to gym equipment, and you will serve yourself well.

Sweat. Rest. Repeat.

After your session, it’s time to recover. This is essential, as while you will welcome the rest anyway, your body needs this time to heal itself ready for your next session. Follow these workout recovery tips, and you will be bouncing back to the gym for your next session in no time.

We hope these tips were helpful to you, but if you’re a gym pro, please send us any further tidbits of advice for our gym newbies.

2018-11-14T19:51:44+00:00 November 14, 2018|Health|

Gym Bag Essentials: The Ultimate Checklist

When packing your bag to go the gym, there are some essential items you don’t want to forget. To avoid the potential for future mishaps, use the following guide as a checklist, and pack your bag in advance so you can always go prepared.

A gym bag

Okay, so this sounds obvious. How can you pack a bag if you don’t have one, to begin with? You don’t need anything too expensive; however, it needs to be big enough to pack your gym essentials. While you might not care about making a fashion statement, a carrier bag from your local supermarket just won’t make the grade.

A water bottle

Possibly the most essential (and life saving) piece of equipment you need. Going to the gym will exhaust you, and it is vital you keep yourself hydrated. There are many water bottles on the market, though you can always reuse a plastic bottle that you can refill when you need to. Not only can you drink plenty of water during exercise, but you can also give yourself an impromptu shower when you’re feeling hot and sweaty.

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A sports bra

We advocated the use of a sports bra on this website, and with good reason. You need to be comfortable when exerting yourself, and you won’t sweat nearly as much when wearing one. Please note: for obvious reasons this item is for women only. Male readers will have to face difficult questions when caught with one of these in their gym bag!

Nutrition bars

An extensive workout will give you hunger pangs, so carry a few nutrition bars in your bag. Otherwise, you may  give in to temptation on your way home and buy something unhealthy that is going to undo all the hard work you put into your exercise routine.

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Extra clothes

Whether you are going out straight after your gym session, or just heading home, a fresh pair of clothes will help you feel more comfortable. From a tank top to your socks, bring spare items that will do your body a favour after you have finished your workout.


Unless you plan on making very little effort during your workout, you are going to sweat! For your benefit, and for that of those around you, make sure you layer on deodorant before you get down to your exercise.

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An obvious option, but you should bring a couple of towels with you. One can be used to wipe your weary brow during exercise, and the other will be perfect after your shower. Many gyms allow you to rent a towel from them, but why should you pay money when you can just as easily bring your own.


A sweatband is a fashion accessory you don’t want to go without. Not only will a forehead sweatband keep the drops of sweat away from your eyes and body, but it will also keep your hair away from your eyes during those crucial moments of your workout. Buy a sweatband for your wrists as well, giving you the opportunity to wipe away any sweat without breaking your stride.

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Whether you use your smartphone or an iPod, make sure you create a music playlist to help you get your blood pumping during the session. Remember to bring a pair of headphones with you, as your music tastes may not belong to everybody in the gym; at least I find that’s the case with my 90’s tunes, haha. Why not treat yourself to some Beats headphones?

Fitness tracker

To help you see how many calories you have lost during your session, a tracking device is a must. Your smartphone probably has an app that will do the job, but serious aficionados should consider buying one of these fitness trackers, which are some of the best currently on the market.

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Training shoes

Invest in the right pair of shoes, and you will get the full benefit from your workout. You need to avoid blisters and cramping, so buy something that will give you the comfort you need. From using the running machine to lifting weights, you need something that will cushion your feet and leg joints.

Shower shoes

We can never have too many pairs of shoes, though we probably wouldn’t wear shower shoes anywhere else! No matter how clean the gym shower looks, there are hundreds of pairs of feet a day treading across the floor spreading bacteria. Your feet will thank you for the purchase.

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2018-05-10T21:32:57+00:00 May 10, 2018|Health|

I Made These 3 Tiny Changes and it Transformed My Everyday

It’s hard to believe, but you’re nearly halfway through the year already, and you’ll finally be coming out the other side of the freezing cold weather. Surely this should be when all the resolutions and lifestyle changes should be made and implemented, right? It’s so easy to get sidetracked into staying indoors (where it’s warm) and eating comfort food in front of Netflix in the winter months, and after what feels like the longest winter ever, it’d be no surprise if your health and fitness have been last on your list of priorities.

But hey, it’s crucial to a long and happy life that you look after your body as much as you can. You’ve only got one after all. And, with spring (kinda) here, and summer just around the corner (fingers crossed); there’s no better time to take on some fresh changes that will give you a much-needed boost and kick-start into the warmer months.

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Fortunately, there are plenty of small changes that you can make and things you can enjoy that will ensure you’re leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Nobody’s here to tell you off for eating chocolate when you have a craving, or tie you to the treadmill for hours a day; it’s about enriching and enhancing your life with great things.

You’ll love the way you feel when you’re fit and healthy, and you’ll reach a point where you can’t imagine not having those healthy choices in your life, which will see you through the colder months again at the end of the year (sorry for mentioning them). The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want to make some positive changes to their lifestyle so that they’re as happy, fit, and healthy as they can be.

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Plenty of hydration

It sounds so simple, but so many women are forgetting to stay hydrated throughout their day. Drinking the odd coffee at work and enjoying a glass of wine on a Friday don’t count towards flushing your toxins away, and ensuring that all of your organs (including your brain) are able to function efficiently. Caffeine and alcohol can contribute to dehydration, which is why they can cause headaches, migraines, and even UTIs.

Your liver and kidneys need plenty of water to flush out those nasty toxins, and drinking plenty of water every day will help to prevent diseases of your organs, and keep lesser-known conditions like anasarca at bay. Simply make sure that you’re getting into the habit of drinking a glass of water afterwards and throughout the rest of your day. Eight 500ml glasses, evenly spaced through your day will not only keep your insides in tip top condition; you’ll have fresh, youthful skin to look forward to as you’re glowing from the inside out.

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Nourishing food

Pack your plate full of colourful and nourishing ingredients and forget about sad salad leaves and a soggy tomato (nobody wants to eat that regularly, or ever). When it comes to your vegetables; the more colour, the better. Finding fresh and seasonal produce to add to warm salads, stews, and soups will ensure that you’re able to satiate a large appetite and will know that your nourishing your body with plenty of vitamins and fibre.

Doing a bit of research now will ensure that you can kick your bad food habits and fill up on tasty alternatives for the rest of the year, so check out some simple and delicious recipes online and get inspired. It’s not about starving yourself or going hungry, as this will only make you reach for the sweet stuff; it’s just time to enjoy more of the good stuff (that will definitely fill you up).

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Fitness fun

For you to stick to your exercise and fitness plan, you’ll need to find something that you enjoy and look forward to. If you hate running and have bad knees; it’s no use telling yourself that you’re going for a run every day, as you’ll go out once and do a U-turn, before giving it up completely. I ran a half-marathon a couple of years ago and pushed myself a little too far weeks before the race, and although I ended up completing it, I did end up with an injury that’s still with me today. It’s cost me a fortune in therapy to resolve it and it’s getting better but I’ve been looking for different ways to exercise that are low-impact and only using my treadmill occasionally. 

I absolutely love the sea, and in the summer you’ll find me in the water almost every single day. Whether I’m out on my kayak or hiring a stand up paddle board, I could easily spend hours out on the water. Even in the winter, I try and get out in my winter suit at least a few times… my partner thinks I’m 100% crazy even I drag him into the freezing ocean on a random Thursday evening. Living just 2 minutes from the beach, getting back on a surfboard and investing in more lessons was an obvious choice for me so I picked up a 7′ 6 NSP SurfBetty last month.

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Surfing isn’t for everybody, especially if you’re not near the coast. You don’t have to get in the sea to exercise – it’s worth looking into the latest fitness trends and signing up for some classes near you. Look at it as another way to socialise, and get your health and fitness levels up in the meantime; it’s a win-win. Other people will always encourage you to keep going back, even when the weather sucks, so keeping your fitness light, fun, and social is the best way to start your new way of life. And, who knows what exercise it could lead to next!

2018-06-04T01:09:51+00:00 May 2, 2018|Health|
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