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There is a point in many fitness fanatics’ lives when they hit a plateau with their workouts and fitness. They hit all of their goals and now wonder what’s next. It’s at this point that many decide to get shredded AF and become a bodybuilder.

Bodybuilding is an attractive fitness discipline for many people because of the challenge of it. There is a very strict regimen that must be followed and results happen regularly. It’s very targeted and you have to be very organized for it to work.

If you’re at that point where you want to take your fitness goals to the next level then becoming a bodybuilder is a logical way to go. In this article, we will go over exactly how you can get started on this journey.

1 – Find the right gym

Some gyms have a very big focus on bodybuilding. They differ from other gyms that do a bit of everything so these are the ones to look for. They have trainers there that understand the steps necessary to be successful. And the gym is always full of bodybuilders so the equipment is geared to this type of workout.

When starting any kind of hobby or lifestyle change, it pays off to be around people that are passionate about the topic. There is usually a community of people that love to help newbies that are getting started. Bodybuilding is no different. Often, there is a person that acts as a sort of mentor to somebody that needs to learn the ropes.

Ask around in the gym where you currently go and somebody there will likely point you in the right direction. There are also numerous forums online where there will be somebody that can answer where the best gyms are in your area.

2 – Set goals

Bodybuilding requires an almost obsessive amount of planning. It is essential to have a goal to strive for so the planning can be done effectively. Organizing yourself has to line up with the goals that you have.

It is also important to break down goals into milestones. Set the ultimate endpoint for your goal and what results you wish to achieve. Then, work backward to determine how to plan the route to get there. Along the way, you will have to set these milestones that act as road markers. When you hit these short-term goals, it indicates that you’re on the right path.

3 – Develop a routine

The goals you set are going to determine the routine. Each step of the journey is going to look different and the workout routine is going to change accordingly.

In the beginning, the focus is going to be on getting lean and developing muscle mass. Once you hit a plateau, it will be time to move on to another phase with a different routine to match. Usually, it involves incorporating isolation exercises and the weights and machines that work for those.

In every phase, it pays off to have a routine planned out and then stuck to. Understand what needs to be done and how much time it takes to perform each day. Then schedule your week to make sure that you are able to stay with the routine.

4 – Start out slow

The very beginning of the journey toward becoming a bodybuilder is to use the right weights. You likely already have some strength from the previous workout routine you were doing but you have to understand where you are starting out from. It’s important to use moderate weights, yet also know what your max out weight is.

This is the weight that you can lift at least once. Then, use weights that are 70% of the max weight number. This is how much weight you will be using to start out. Use these weights to do six to ten reps for three to four sets. You’ll gradually increase the weights until you’ve gone past your max weight.

5 – Target muscle groups

Each day is going to involve a different muscle group to work on to get good results. Best results come when you are doing six to ten sets per muscle group per week. This is assuming that you already have some mass to start with. A complete beginner will need to start out doing the whole body to get to a good starting point.

Conclusion 

It takes time, patience, and a lot of grit to become a bodybuilder. The payoff is an incredible body that is a testament to the hard work that you’ve put in.

 

 

When it comes to your mental health, you need to know how to spot the key signs that you suffer from a problem. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders out there, and it can exist on its own or alongside depression. People who suffer from anxiety disorder will find that life is a big challenge. Daily tasks are hard to do, and the mental toll can impact your physical health as well. 

However, it’s often hard to figure out if you have anxiety or not. Why? Because the main symptom is a feeling of nervousness or worry, which we all experience throughout our lives! So, how do you know if you’re just at a normal level of nervousness, or you have anxiety?

When do you feel nervous?

Are you only nervous before big events or putting yourself in positions you’ve never been in before? For example, the night before an exam will usually trigger nervousness, as will the day you start a new job. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have anxiety as it’s natural to worry in these situations. If you feel worried every single day when doing fairly normal tasks that you have always done – like going to the shops or ordering coffee – it could be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder. 

Do you suffer from panic attacks?

Panic attacks are when your heart rate increases, you start to feel in a state of panic, and you begin hyperventilating. They can be horrible to experience, and may even result in you passing out. If you regularly suffer from panic attacks, it is a pretty big indication that you suffer from anxiety. Normal nervousness shouldn’t lead to something this extreme, particularly not if they keep on happening time after time. 

Are you suffering from ongoing physical pains?

Does your stomach always seem to hurt and is it hard for you to eat? Do you get constant headaches that make it hard for you to concentrate or go to sleep? If so, this could be a big sign that anxiety has reared its head on you. Typically, people with anxiety will worry so much that it ends up hurting them physically. Your digestive system gets hit the worst, which is why stomach pains in anxious people are common. 

What to do if you have anxiety?

You need to seek help if you discover that you have anxiety. Of course, it needs to be diagnosed first, which is why you should visit a psychiatrist whenever possible. Thankfully, as it shows on sunnysideclinic.com.au, you can get consultations and appointments over video calls nowadays. For someone suffering from anxiety, this can be less socially awkward or terrifying than meeting someone face-to-face. 

The bottom line is that you need to seek help to understand your condition and figure out how to treat it. Anxiety can plague your life for years, making you avoid social situations and miss out on huge opportunities. Hopefully, this short guide has helped you realise when you have anxiety, and when it’s just normal nervousness. 

 

Pain around your hips and pelvic region is incredibly common, particularly for women. If you experience constant pain in this area, there could be any number of issues presenting themselves. Nevertheless, if chronic pain is what you keep experiencing, the chances are you’re looking one of these three issues as the source of the pain:

Hip impingement

Hip impingement occurs where muscle and ligaments get trapped between the hip joint. This sounds painful, and you tend to get a sharp pinching pain that radiates around the hip joint and deep into the pelvis. A good way to know if this might be your problem is by rotating your hip and seeing if the pain increases. For a lot of people, when internally rotating the hip, you get a lot of restriction and feel the intense pinching pain. 

This can be caused by any number of other issues, but poor hip mobility and bad daily habits are the main causes. Ironically, both of these are caused by something else; sitting down. Sitting in a chair or in a car for hours on end will destroy your hips and make it highly likely you suffer from an impingement. 

Arthritis

Yes, you can have many types of arthritis in this area of your body, given how many bones and joints there are in the pelvis. Hip arthritis is shockingly common, and it can occur due to – again – poor hip mobility. A lack of hip mobility can cause restriction within the joint that means the bones move against one another, causing inflammation. 

However, you can also suffer from arthritis in other pelvic joints, such as the sacroiliac joints. These are where the lower spine and pelvis connect, and you can develop sacroiliitis here, which is a type of arthritic pain. Arthritis is usually characterised by constant pain that gets worse when doing certain activities. The more pressure you put on the joints, the worse the pain will be. 

Endometriosis

This is a condition that only affects women, yet it can be a hidden cause of a lot of pelvic pain. As described on dereklok.com.au, endometriosis is a disorder where tissue that forms the lining of your uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity. It is a rare disorder, but it can cause a lot of pelvic pain. 

 

Signs that this could be the source of your pelvic pain include painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen before and during your periods, and lower back pain. If you suffer from any of these – and you only seem to get pelvic pain during or before menstruation – then this could well be the problem you’re suffering from. 

 

The problem with pelvic and hip pain is that it affects everything that you do. You use your hips for everything, so even sitting down can be painful. It’s important for the sake of your health & wellbeing to diagnose your pain and find solutions for it. Thankfully, if you suffer from any of the problems mentioned today, there are treatments for them. 

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When we consider breaking into weight lifting, most of us look at the physical benefits without really considering anything else. After all, muscle tone and strength gain are the most notable results on the table and, without them, we probably wouldn’t even think about breaching the weight section in the gym.

It’s certainly for these goals that we develop weight lifting targets alongside the best amino acids and protein powders to help get the job done. But, as with so many things in life, weight lifting has a great deal more benefits for our lifestyles than just what we can see on the surface. In fact, a healthy weight lifting habit could well provide you with everything you need to not only lift physical weights but to also keep on top of the daily lifestyle pressures that have sat on your shoulders for too long. Keep reading to find out just three of the reasons why that is, and how you can embrace these additional benefits with open, newly muscled, arms. 

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Pushing you out of your comfort zone

The best exercise regimes will always push you far from your comfort zone, with weightlifting, especially, always focusing on higher weight classes and larger lifts. If you achieve your weight lifting goals for the month, then this mindset could well give you a boost to push yourself more often, whether that be with regards to going in for promotion or moving into a new family home. Either way; weight lifting will provide you with both the physical and mental muscle that you need to make it happen. 

Boosting your self-confidence

Weight lifting can also have a huge positive impact on self-confidence that’s running on empty, especially if you’re able to lift a set that once seemed out of reach. In some way this ties in with the point above, but it uniquely ensures that you’ll be able to face those new challenges without the pressure of self-doubt forever on your shoulders. This is invaluable for ensuring that you give yourself the credit you deserve when you deserve it, and also that you use this foundation to build a life that, pre-weight lifting, you never would have believed you deserved.

Putting you in the driver’s seat

In weight lifting, even if you have a personal trainer egging you on, no one but you will ever be in control, and this is our last and perhaps most importantly lifestyle lesson. After all, taking the helm in this one aspect of your life could prove the benefit of sitting in the driver’s seat for once, making you way more likely to stand up for yourself, recognise when suggestions aren’t helpful, and generally work harder to keep the pressure of other people’s expectations off your shoulders at long last.

Of course, with notable health benefits already on the table, weight lifting didn’t exactly need an extra selling point. Still, if you’ve been holding back because you don’t see the appeal of lifting weights for their own sake, then consider whether lifting these lifestyle pressures is worth diving in for instead. 

 

A lot of older people get lonely, and the pandemic has only increased these issues. If you have elderly parents, then your first priority was probably making sure they had enough food in and prescription medicines or worrying about the impact of Covid in care homes. Even as restrictions are eased, many older people are still being advised to stay indoors, so will still need some help. How can you best help them? 

Keep Routines As Familiar As Possible

If your elderly relatives suffer from dementia or other memory problems, then their routines are very important to their wellbeing. 

Inevitably, Covid-19 will have to cause some changes to routine. Try to keep as much from their normal routine as you are able to, and make some adaptions where you can’t. For example, if you always used to visit them on a Saturday morning, but can’t due to restrictions in your area, arrange a phone call at your usual visit time instead. 

Encourage them to get up at the same time every day, and keep to a routine with their hobbies and regular chores. Take inspiration from aged care support services and make time for hobbies and activities that they enjoy. Encourage them to have a usual mealtime and a plan for what they will have to eat. 

Take A Sensible Approach To The News

For a lot of elderly people, the News is part of their daily routine. However, it’s a good idea to practice some caution when it comes to the News at the moment. There’s a lot of worrying information about the pandemic out there, especially in terms of the impact it may have on the elderly and those living in care homes. All this information might only increase their fears and cause their sense of isolation and hopelessness to grow. 

Try to encourage them to get their News from a more balanced source, if you’re concerned about where they get their news from, with reports on things other than the Coronavirus included. There are other things still going on in the world, and balancing information about the pandemic with other news might help. 

Recruit Family And Friends

With visits to some care homes still not allowed in some areas, or more difficult in others, you might benefit from having a few different people to check in with your elderly relatives. Get family and friends together and plan a schedule of phone calls. Make sure these calls fit in with the routine of your parent but keep the calls regular. This way, your loved one will always have someone to talk to, something to look forward to, and a way to feel connected to their loved ones.

Family and friends can stay connected in other ways. You could write regular emails or letters with news from the family. If you have young children in the family, maybe they could draw pictures to send. If your parents are computer savvy, arrange video calls with the family so they can see every one, even while visits are more restricted. 

 

If you are someone who struggles with confidence, you are not alone. This at the very least should make you feel a little better, but it’s not enough to truly change your perspective and find that confidence you’ve always wanted. Too many people look for this confidence in other places. They expect friends and family to be the sole source of their confidence. While you can get some from those closest to you, it is your responsibility to boost your confidence, and here are three ways to do that. 

Get More Organized 

People who are constantly at sixes and sevens will never feel truly confident. They are not organized enough to feel properly prepared for anything in life, and this means they will never feel at ease with themselves. One of the key elements of confidence is to be prepared, as this allows you to finish what you started no matter how tricky it seems. 

If you struggle with organization, you need to make significant changes. Rather than wait until the last second to do something, start as early as possible, even if you only get everything ready at first. This can be going to work, carrying out presentations, or going on vacation. The more prepared and organized you are, the less stressed you will be, and this will immediately benefit your confidence. 

Know Your Faults 

We all have faults; there is no getting past that. But, the word ‘faults’ makes it sound like a bad thing. Sometimes, it can be, especially with bad habits. However, other parts of you are not ‘faults’ but are still something you want to change. 

These faults could include not being in the best shape of your life, or it could be wonky teeth. You need to find solutions to these, such as a fitness plan and invisible aligners if you want to feel more confident. It’s no good to have people tell you you’re perfect when you don’t believe them yourself, but you, and only you, can make the positive changes you crave. 

Put Yourself Out There More Often 

Whether for dating, seeing friends, or having new experiences, there are plenty of ways to put yourself out there more regularly. Doing so will prevent you from being scared to try new things, and it can introduce you to things in life you’d otherwise miss. 

But, those low on confidence will have a hard time pushing themselves to do this. As you are responsible for your confidence, though, you need to try. You can bring a friend along for moral support, but you mustn’t rely on them as a crutch for whatever you do. 

Owning This

At first, this new-found confidence will feel awkward, like you’re walking around inside someone else’s skin. However, understand that this is entirely normal, and soon enough, this strange skin will feel more familiar than your old one. With this coincidence, you’ll see how much your life changes and the different opportunities that open up for you, giving you a brand new lease on life. 

 

Moving to a new home can be a stressful process at the best of times, but if you’re relocating to a destination overseas, it can be even more challenging. Fortunately, these top moving tips will help you to streamline the process and make your international relocation easier than ever:

Research Your Destination

If you’ve handpicked your destination, there’s a good chance you’ll have already done a lot of research. However, if you’re relocating for work reasons or to be closer to family, you might not have spent a lot of time researching the actual location. If so, now is the time to do so. Pay close attention to road and transport networks, as you’ll be reliant on these when it comes to moving your belongings from one location to another. 

Plan Ahead

Moving is always easier if you give yourself lots of time to prepare, but, when you’re relocating overseas, it’s particularly important to plan ahead. After all, it can take far longer to move your belongings into your new home, so you’ll want to ensure that you won’t have to wait too long for everything to arrive. In fact, by planning ahead, you could even arrange to have your belongings shipped in advance so that they’re waiting for you upon your arrival. 

Look at Shipping Options

If you’re planning an international location, you’ll need to consider whether air or sea freight is most suited to your needs. As air freight can be so expensive, transporting your belongings via sea and road can be an efficient and cost-effective way to move them. With full truckload shipping, for example, you can get exclusive use of a shipping truck, which means you’re likely to fit all of your belongings in just one vehicle. Combining with the use of shipping containers, this can be a stress-free way to manage your overseas relocation. 

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Use Robust Packing Materials

If your packing materials fail, it increases the likelihood of breakages. When you’re transporting your belongings from one country to another, it’s essential to use robust packing materials, such as moving boxes, crates, or plastic containers. These can be secured while in transit and are unlikely to succumb to damage en route. 

Consider Renting Storage

If you aren’t sure what to take with you when you move or you’re only relocating temporarily, hiring a storage unit can be a savvy way to keep hold of your possessions. Often available at a low cost, you can ensure that your belongings are kept in a secure location until you return or decide to have them shipped to your new home. 

Planning a Relocation

Although planning an overseas relocation can be tricky, there’s no doubt it’s an exciting process too. By getting specialist advice, working with experienced international freight companies, and planning ahead, you can successfully streamline the relocation process. When you aren’t worried about packing at the last minute or paying extra for shipping costs, you can focus on your new adventure and look forward to arriving at your new home. 

 

Losing weight is hard, which is why I’ve put together a few tips to help those of you who are currently struggling with the process, it’s okay to struggle, but don’t give up, you can do this!

Get some therapy

Often, eating isn’t about food at all, it’s about emotions, and if you are someone who uses food as a crutch to handle tough emotions, you are always going to struggle with your weight if you don’t acknowledge, process, and come to terms with those feelings. A good therapist can help you with that, but if you can’t afford or aren’t ready to see one, sitting down and really assessing your issues can help too.

Identify your triggers

A lot of people who overeat have a trigger that causes them to do so. For example, they may reach for a chocolate bar when they’re feeling stressed, drink a coke when they’re tired, or hit Mcdonald’s when they want to celebrate. If you can identify these triggers, whatever they may be, you can think of healthier replacement activities such as hanging out with a friend getting a manicure, or meditating, to replace the foods with, and this should help you to get back on track and start losing some serious weight.

Consider surgery

If you are currently obese, you will find it much more difficult to lose weight and keep it off than someone who only has a few pounds to lose, and actually, studies have shown that weight loss surgery, like that offered at drmjaber.com.au, is the most reliable and realistic way for you to lose weight. These days, there is no shame in getting the help you need, and if it enables you to lose weight, stay healthy and transform your life, it has to be worth considering.

Eat more protein

If you’re struggling to lose weight because you always feel hungry, one thing that can really help is reducing the carbs on your plate and replacing them with more lean protein. Protein is far more satiating than carbs and unlike carbs it won’t spike your blood sugar and make you feel ravenous again an hour after eating. So, although you don’t need to give carbs up completely, readjusting the balance of carbs/proteins on your planet could be a smart move.

Try fasting

The idea of fasting scares a lot of people, but numerous studies have shown it can be beneficial for losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and reversing symptoms of diabetes, Thee are numerous ways to do it but the most popular are 16:8 where you eat within an 8-hour window and then fast for 156 hours each day, and 5:2 where you eat normally 5 days per week, but only have around 500-650 calories on the other 2 days. Eating this way not only reduces your calorific intake but also makes it easier for your body to burn fat. After a couple of weeks, it feels completely natural and you will rarely feel hu7ngry when fasting, so there is nothing to be scared about.

Good luck with your future weight loss.

While we’re always told to get regular exercise, we don’t always show how much about the importance of rest and recovery. Rest is just as important as exercise. And if you are undertaking a strenuous exercise routine, it is pivotal. It allows your body to repair and recover. Because if you skip these rest days, you will soon face burnout. So let’s show you some of the benefits of taking regular rest days, and how you can do them right.

It Reduces Risk of Injury

If you drop form during an exercise, you could cause yourself a significant injury. This is especially true when it comes to running. We can get into the zone when it comes to running, but this means that we aren’t paying attention to our bodies. While any ankle and foot clinic will preach a lot about it, it’s beneficial for you to reduce the risk of injuries that can impact your life many decades from now. When it comes to running, many people find that their knees and ankles give in. This is why when you start any form of exercise that you focus on form first and foremost.

It Prevents Muscle Fatigue

Exercise will deplete the glycogen levels in your muscles. If you don’t replace these, you will get soreness and muscle fatigue. Your muscles require glycogen to function, even when you’re not exercising. And this means that you need to get adequate rest. One of the best ways to replenish your glycogen stores is to eat a good quality carbohydrate as soon as you finish working out, such as sweet potatoes.

It Improves Your Performance

You will know if you haven’t got enough rest. Because the next time you go back to the gym or start running, your performance won’t be as good as it was. And when you start to get like this, you may lose some motivation. It’s important to remember that you may push yourself, but over-training will decrease your performance over time. It decreases your endurance, makes your reaction times sluggish, but makes you less agile. By resting properly to improve your performance, you need to have an adequate amount of protein to increase your strength gains. Usually, this is approximately 1 gram of protein per 1 lb of body weight.

It Improves Your Sleep

Exercise is excellent for sleep, but if you don’t get the had a good sleep, your hormones could go out of balance. Because physical activity boosts cortisol and adrenaline, if you over-exercise, this can overproduce these hormones, which will impact your ability to get to sleep, meaning that you will feel like you are running on empty. If you are someone that struggles to get to sleep to come out especially if you are exercising a lot, this could be a sign of overtraining. But it could very well be that you are training too close to bedtime. Make sure that you exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime, but make sure that you eat at least 2 hours before you hit the hay.

In today’s world, people seem to see business and stress as some kind of a badge of honor. But it shouldn’t be. We shouldn’t wait until we’re at the edge of physical and mental exhaustion before we take a break. 

It’s important for our mental and physical health that we look after ourselves. You might not think you’re tired because you don’t have a super stressful job, or have anything to really worry about. But the fact is, just having to be constantly switched on almost 24/7 takes its toll. It might be less easy to anticipate that being constantly stressed or your mental health is suffering, but it can still happen. 

Your skin is suffering

Skin is often a great insight into overall health.  If you’re starting to get run down, it can react by breaking out into spots, or going completely in the other direction and becoming dry and flaky. You might find you’re getting more cold sores or mouth ulcers and find yourself needing ulcer cream to treat them. Either way, it’s not ideal and can really dent your confidence. 

You’re moody

If find yourself with a shorter fuse than usual, or a bit weepy, then your tiredness is having an effect on your mood. If you feel that it is more than a simple case of burning the candle at both ends, speak to a professional that can help you. Mood swings can really cause issues with friends and loved ones if they persist. 

Your digestion is all over the place 

Tiredness and stress can cause all sorts of problems with your stomach. If you already live with IBS or a similar condition, it can exacerbate them. More often than not, it will manifest as indigestion, bloating, or issues going to the toilet. Not ideal. 

You can’t stabilize your weight

Lack of sleep and too many stress hormones can throw our metabolism out of whack. Add to that you’re probably not taking the time to eat properly, you’ll find yourself putting on a few unwanted pounds, or losing them through lack of proper nutrition. 

What can you do to slow down? 

Not everyone has the luxury of just being able to take a complete break from everything (but if you do, take it). Some time away on vacation can work wonders, but only if you completely relax.  Find ways to take any stress or responsibility out of your life. Have you volunteered for too many things? Spend far too much time doomscrolling on social media? The answer is usually different for everyone. Some overworked people choose to hire in help for things like cleaning and gardening so that their free time isn’t spent on chores. For others, hiring a childminder a few times a week can take the pressure off 24/7 childcare and allow them to concentrate on themselves or other tasks they aren’t getting done. 

Don’t feel guilty about trying to reduce your life workload. If it makes you a happier and less stressed person, that’s a good thing. 


There is green living and green life. While we tend to assume these are the same, there are some non-negligible differences. Typically, you would describe your living habits as your lifestyle. On the other hand, when it comes to long-term commitment and our interactions with all sorts of factors that can influence your choices and your path, this is what you call life. Why is it important to make the distinction? 

Most of us understand the need for an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We appreciate that we have to make choices to put the planet first because there won’t be anything left for the future generations otherwise. Adopting a green lifestyle can be as effortless as you want it to be. Switching from a green energy supplier, for instance, doesn’t compromise your energy supply, but ensures that you can carry on using your devices without damaging the planet. Indeed, you are in full control of your lifestyle choices, so you can make the changes you want and need. But not everything in life is within our control. 

Can I make my funeral eco-friendly?

It’s an uncomfortable topic. But when you think about it, death is by far one of human’s least sustainable customs. The proof is we can still find artifacts that date back from hundreds or thousands of years ago in the ancient burial sites. Sure, we call it history. Environmentalists would argue that our relationship to death isn’t environmentally-friendly. Can you make your passing greener for the planet? It’s a topic that is worth discussing with professionals. The team at Phillip Stephens Funeral Home is experienced in answering many questions from individuals who are worried about organising their passing in the best possible manner. They understand that the grief process can stand in the way of eco-friendly choices. 

Are green weddings still enjoyable?

Your wedding day is often a dream come true. How many of us have a clear image of what they want from their big day, down to the dress and the music? There are some options to make your wedding more sustainable. However, couples can find it tricky to have a fully ethical wedding. Once you accept it, you can focus on the choices that will make a long-term difference. Easily accessible locations, for instance, can reduce travel impacts. Yet, that can be stressful for international families! You can also opt for an eco-friendly menu. However, you need to consider dietary restrictions from your guests! The bottom line: Eco-conscious weddings are growing in popularity. We can gradually expect more green services to become available. 

Can I be a green parent?

Every parent begins their journey with green intentions. But as a parent, you need to be realistic. Raising eco-friendly kids is no easy task. Parenthood can be exhausting and stressful, so you have to be kind to yourself too. Sometimes, it’s more convenient to buy a less environmentally-friendly product because, in the long term, it’ll preserve your sanity. Green parenting is not always achievable, but you can still make eco-conscious choices. 

Is green sustainable in the long term? In theory, eco-friendly strategies are good for the planet. But they may not be good for ourselves. As long as green initiatives remain time-demanding and stressful in terms of life choices, we won’t be able to turn our green living into a green life. Of course, things will get better in time and we’ll produce better solutions. But for now, you have to accept that you can be only as green as your mental health will allow. 

Spending a fun weekend away from home can fill you with good energy. Numerous research studies have shown that people who spend time in nature and engage in outdoor activities enjoy better physical and mental health. Outdoor activities are also great opportunities to create memories with friends and family and to find joy and accomplishment in simple things.

Are you wondering how to unplug? Here are three ideas for a weekend of outdoor fun away from home.

Challenge Yourself with Kayaking or Canoeing

 Kayaking and canoeing are fun activities that your whole family can enjoy. Because they’re such popular activities, there are many clubs and rental services near large lakes and rivers that provide equipment, guidance, and even training. A quick online search is bound to reveal dozens of opportunities for kayaking and canoeing nearby.

It’s important to add that canoeing and kayaking can be extreme sports, but can also be peaceful and relaxing activities. You can paddle on a calm lake or canal, or you can have an adrenaline-filled trip down a rapid river. In any case, being near water can have a calming and energizing effect on your mind. Also, paddling is an efficient way to tone your upper body and get your dose of exercise without going to the gym.

Go Fishing

Fishing is an excellent way to unwind after a busy week, and many consider it akin to recreational therapy. When you are fishing, you’re fully immersed in nature, you breathe fresh air, and the soothing sound of water lapping against the shores helps you relieve stress. But you are also rewarded with a feeling of accomplishment when you reel in your best catch of the day.

Using your outdoor skills and having a bag of fish to take home as proof of your deftness gives you a unique feeling of empowerment. Get the best musky reel when fishing in freshwater, and you’ll fill your bag in no time. End the weekend by cooking the fish with your friends and family and enjoying a nutritious, healthy, and delicious meal together.

Plan a Cycling Tour

A cycling tour in an area with unspoiled scenery and beautiful natural landscapes can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your weekend. Besides being a perfect work out, cycling comes with a lot of flexibility. You can cycle casually at a pace you’re comfortable with, or you can push yourself a bit and see this as a chance to test your endurance. You can stop anytime, soak in the scenery, take photos, and even have a picnic.

Just like fishing, canoeing, or kayaking, cycling is an activity that helps you refine your awareness, retrain your focus, and learn patience. You will find yourself forgetting about stress and responsibilities and rediscovering the joy of being present in the moment. Because cycling releases endorphins, you’ll feel physically empowered, mentally free, and at the same time more appreciative of natural beauty.

Don’t waste another weekend in front of the TV. Challenge your mind and your body with fun activities that can restore your energy and revive your enthusiasm for life.

If there is one thing that we have all learnt in 2020, it is the importance of self-care and looking after ourselves. Below, we will look at some of the different ways that you can do this during 2021:

Don’t let any health issues go unattended to

Whether it is pain in your back or you suspect you need BV treatment, make sure you get the problem dealt with quickly. Don’t ignore issues until the point where they become unbearable. Take action.

Treat yourself to a pamper treatment

Treat yourself to a pamper treatment now and again, whether this means getting your nails done or having a massage. Some of the different options for nail treatments include: 

  • Acrylic nails and infills – If you constantly bite your nails or just don’t seem to have any luck growing them, then acrylic nails are ideal. The beautician will add the tip right on the end of your natural nail and then cut and shape it to a length and style of your choice. The acrylic is applied on the top afterwards. These nails look stunning; natural yet glamorous. 
  • Power gel and infills – If you are someone who prefers the natural look and do not want any colour or polish, then powder gel nails are ideal. The result will be stunning, clear and shiny nails. So, how are these achieved? The beautician will simply put on the tip and afterwards the beautician will apply two coats of gel.
  • Natural nail manicure – This includes cuticle removal, nail sharpening and varnish. It is ideal for those who just want a little bit of enhancement. 
  • Spa Pedicure – This service includes having your cuticles pushed back, nails trimmed, shaped and polished, and your arms and legs massaged. 
  • Gelish – There is nothing worse than chipped nails. So why not treat yourself to a polish that will not tear, peel or chip for up to three weeks? If that wasn’t good enough, this dries instantly – meaning you don’t have to worry about any dents or smudges. 
  • French Specialist – Traditional French nails will never go out of fashion; elegant and glamorous. 
  • Callus Peel – This is a great treatment which quickly softens hard calluses. The beautician will then scrape and file them away so that your skin is left feeling soft and clean. 

Take time to do nothing but relax

Another thing that you need to do to put yourself first in 2021 is to take the time to relax. Spending some time every day doing nothing apart from chilling, reading a book, or relaxing in the bath. The issue for a lot of people today is that we are always on the go. We never relax and take a moment to focus on ourselves.

We hope that this has given you some suggestions to help you look after yourself and put yourself first throughout the coming year. It certainly cannot be as bad as 2020, right?

Men are becoming more interested in perfecting their grooming regime. Below, we look at two areas of this. 

How To Remove Unwanted Body Hair 

Men’s body grooming is a huge industry. It’s not just because it’s endorsed by famous stars such as David Beckham or Daniel Craig. It’s not just that it’s advertised so well that no man can resist purchasing specialist shaving products. It’s that men have been waiting for these products for years, and now they finally have them.  

Men’s grooming has allowed men to admit that they aren’t that happy being hairy, and thanks to the plethora of products available to men both online and in the shops, they can now do something about it. Smooth skin is trendy and totally in with the fashions of today. If you have dry skin, you can find specialist cream for dry skin to help you get that smooth look and to ensure your skin is better prepped for waxing. 

Keeping a tidy moustache and beard is important when it comes to looking smart, and using a beard comb and trimmer is an ideal way to keep your facial hair from looking unkempt. It makes a big difference. Checking on your nose and ears is also an important addition to your male grooming routine. You may not realise it, but you could have tufts there that need to be removed. For hair in other places, shaving won’t cut it, so you should book into a waxing clinic – or try doing it yourself at home. Either way, once the hair has been removed it won’t grow back for a good few weeks, and you won’t have to worry about it. If you have a problem with a ‘unibrow’ then don’t be shy about investing in some tweezers and plucking and shaping until you look more like yourself again.

Using Dry Shampoo And Other Hair Products

Men’s hair products have evolved over the past few years and now there are as many styling and cleansing products for men as there are for women; and that includes dry shampoo. Dry shampoos have been around for a long time – the Romans used them (they really had very little else), and although they fell out of favour for a while, they are back on trend now. 

Using dry shampoo means you can keep your hair looking healthy and clean whilst reducing the number of times a week you wash it. That’s great news because washing your hair the traditional way with water and a liquid shampoo can strip it of its essential oils, damaging it in the long run. Dry shampoo is really handy when you’re in a situation when you want your hair to look good and clean, but there isn’t any water around – perhaps you’re camping, maybe you’ve stayed out all night and need to get straight to work, perhaps your boiler has broken and the thought of a cold shower just doesn’t appeal. It works by absorbing the oil from your scalp and hair, and although it shouldn’t take the place of regular shampoo in your male grooming routine, it works wonders as an interim measure.

In the past, acupuncture was considered pseudoscience and there was a lot of doubt about its effectiveness. But in recent years, there have been a lot more studies into it and now many medical professionals agree that it can be an effective treatment for a lot of different health issues. If you haven’t considered acupuncture before, here’s how it works and some of the health problems that it can treat. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

When you have an acupuncture treatment, small needles are inserted into the skin at certain points. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that this addresses issues with the balance of energy in your body. Although that may not be the reason that it works, studies show that it can be very effective for treating a range of different health issues. 

A lot of people find the idea of acupuncture quite daunting because having needles inserted into the skin does sound quite scary. However, if you have it done at a professional facility, like Unwind Health and the procedure is carried out by a professional, it’s perfectly safe. The needles are incredibly thin so, the majority of the time, you will barely feel them going into the skin and you shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure. 

What Problems Can Be Treated With Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is now used as a treatment for a range of different issues, especially localized pain in certain areas of the body. These are some of the most common problems that are treated with acupuncture. 

Back Pain 

Back pain is such a common problem, especially as you get older, and it can be very debilitating. When you are in constant pain, even the simplest everyday tasks can become incredibly difficult. If you see a doctor, they may be able to prescribe medication to help deal with the issue but acupuncture is often more effective. In fact, it is the number one reason why people seek acupuncture treatments in the first place. It is believed that acupuncture encourages the release of opioids and endorphins, which reduce feelings of pain. 

Chronic Headaches 

We all get the occasional headache but if you experience constant headaches, it’s important that you seek treatment. You should see a doctor to make sure that there are no serious underlying issues that are causing your headaches. If there are not, acupuncture may be the best treatment for you. It can relieve tension in the back and neck, which often leads to headaches, and it will help to manage the pain as well. 

Respiratory Issues 

Respiratory issues can be very dangerous and finding the right treatments to manage them can be tough. But if you haven’t tried acupuncture yet, you may find that it gives you a lot of relief. Acupuncture helps to stimulate blood flow around the body, which boosts the immune system and also helps to open up the lungs. Although it won’t deal with the root cause of respiratory issues, it can help to relieve the symptoms. 

These are just a few of the many health problems that can be treated with acupuncture, so you should definitely consider it if you are concerned about your health.