Essential Do’s And Don’ts For Fitness Beginners


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For too long, you have sat in your armchair watching people run past your window, Fitbits on their arms and sweat dripping down their foreheads. For too long, you have been ignoring your health, knowing the benefits of exercise, but doing very little to achieve them. It’s time to say so long to ‘far too long,’ and get into the fitness habit. But before you do, and especially if you are a fitness beginner, there are some essential do’s and don’ts you need to adhere to.

Consider the following as useful examples.

DO ensure you are physically ready. While we wholeheartedly recommend exercise, you don’t want to jump into anything if you are not healthy enough to start. If you have any prevailing health conditions, or if your body is proportionately out of shape, go and see your doctor, tell him you want to get into a fitness programme and ask him for his opinion. He should give you advice on further fitness do’s and don’ts in relation to your physical readiness, so listen to what he has to say, and follow his instructions to ensure you don’t come to any harm when exercising.

DON’T run before you can walk. Don’t lift 50 lb weights before you have tried something a little smaller. And don’t cycle 10 miles before doing 5. In short, we are telling you to pace yourself. If you push yourself too hard at the beginning, not only are you more likely to give up early due to exhaustion, but you might also do yourself an injury. Know your limits, start small, and track your progress, exercising in stages instead of doing something unrealistic for your strength and fitness levels.

DO choose an exercise you are going to enjoy. Think back to your gym classes at school and the sports you enjoyed as a child. What activities did you enjoy? And which activities did you hate? Remember, when it comes to your fitness routine, despite the word ‘routine,’ it doesn’t have to be a chore. If you pick activities that don’t appeal to you, no matter how many other people you see benefitting from them, you are bound to give up at an early stage. So, think about the things you might enjoy. There are a whole range of activities for you to take part in, be that something you do primarily on your own, such as walking, running, and swimming, to more sociable activities such as tennis, squash, and basketball. Give something new a go by all means, but if you have enjoyed something previously, consider returning to that activity when you’re thinking about keeping fit.

DON’T forget your pre-workout routine. While your main activity is the crux of your fitness routine, it is your time pre-workout that can make or break your time in the gym or out on the field. So, no matter what activity you are involved in, ensure you prepare yourself before going out. This starts with getting enough sleep, as you won’t feel energised when you’re working out, otherwise. You should also have something nutritious to eat and drink, as you need to fuel your body for the workout you are embarking on. Opt for something high in protein, such as a banana or a protein shake, and consider these cheap pre-workout supplements to give you an extra burst of energy. And then remember to warm up your body. If you don’t limber up first, you might injure yourself later on, so use these warm-up exercises as examples. By adhering to these pre-workout tips, you should perform better within your fitness routine.

DO buddy up with somebody. If you have friends or family members looking to get into shape, ask them to buddy up with you. Find an exercise you can both enjoy, and then benefit from the motivation and sense of camaraderie that you can offer each other. You will be less likely to give up early due to boredom or distractions this way, and it might also amp up the fun factor for you, especially if you are a bit of a social butterfly. Of course, if your workout buddy hinders rather than benefits your fitness routine, you should explain the problem to them, and continue alone or with a new buddy if necessary.


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DON’T forget to hydrate yourself. You will be losing a lot of sweat when exercising, so you do need to keep yourself topped up with water. Bring a water bottle with you, and look for a place to fill it up when your water runs out. If you don’t drink sufficient water, you will dehydrate, and this can cause you to cramp up, feel tired, and even faint. Hydrating is important before, during, and after your workout, so follow this guide to find out how much water is necessary for you, taking into account the varying factors within the article to determine how much H20 you should be drinking.

DO consult the experts. As a fitness beginner, there is no harm in asking for help. So, if you are going to the gym, for example, work with a trainer to help you make the most of your workout. Or if you are considering running as an exercise, hire a fitness coach to work with you. Of course, if you know anybody within your social circle or family group who is adept at fitness, curb the expense of an outside professional, and ask those closest to you for support. In all cases, however, check their credentials so you know you are getting the best and the right advice.

DON’T give up. It can be easy to give up on exercise. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, or if you aren’t in the right mood to slip your fitness outfit on, you can easily get out of the fitness habit. If this happens often, you might struggle to get started again, and all of your hard work previously will have been for naught. There are lots of motivating tips here, so if you ever do feel like giving up, refer to the ideas in the linked article to spur you onwards.

Thanks for reading!


Cutting Car Costs

When you’re saving up for study, a deposit for a home or just struggling to make ends meet, running a car can eat up so much of your income. We take a look at a few ways you can help keep this necessary cost down and make driving a more fuel efficient experience.

Driving Style

You’re always in a hurry to get to work or college but the style in which you drive could be eating through your fuel. With just a few simple tweaks and changes you’ll be stretching out that tank of petrol, freeing up your money to spend on better things.

For a start consider your braking and your accelerating. These two acts eat petrol when done at speed, so when you’re approaching traffic lights reduce your speed gradually and not at the last minute, if you can keep the car moving forward. Getting your car going from a completely stopped position requires more fuel than if it’s moving slowly but if you have stopped, move away gently without hammering the accelerator.

When you’re driving, think about where you are in the road. Being able to predict what’s coming up ahead will help you to make decisions ahead of time, all of which will avoid having to hit the brakes hard. Ease up into a higher gear as quickly as you can, higher gears are more fuel efficient.

Car Maintenance

Do you shove everything in the boot of your car? Half your wardrobe and various shoes and bags? It’s time for a clear out. The lighter you make your vehicle, the less hard it has to work to move you along, saving fuel. For the same reasons, to reduce unnecessary drag, make sure your tyres are pumped up to the correct levels and check them regularly.

Get your car serviced regularly to make sure everything is running as it should be. Though it might be a little costly, over time it can save you money through smoother running.


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Insurance

This is where the upfront savings lie. While it might be tempting to go with the cheapest quote, make sure that the coverage leaves you fully protected. You might lose out on hundreds in an accident if the small print leaves you without proper protection.

Look on auto insurance quotes comparison sites to find the best offers or go and talk to a broker in person if that helps.

Whether you use your car to get to work or college, or just need it to keep your life on track and your errands run, you too can help get the cost of running your vehicle down over the long term.

Think in terms of efficiency as well as finding cheaper fuel to make real savings. Get your car streamlined, working well and make sure your driving style isn’t burning through petrol. Finally, make sure to get a great deal on your insurance and you’ll find your driving costs start to fall. Drive happy, drive efficiently.


Five Ways You Can Improve Your Studying Experience

Studying at college or university is always going to be an exciting time for any budding student, but it can also be a terrifying and overwhelming experience when you first begin your educational journey in this way. You don’t have the structure of school, you are responsible in many ways for your own learning, and in some cases you move out of the parental home. A lot to deal with, right? So here are some of the ways that you can improve your studying experience.


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Make living away from home less lonely

If you have decided to move into a student digs, dorm rooms, or a house share, then it can feel quite isolating. Especially as at first you don’t really know the people you are living with in some cases. So a great tip is to do things that will make the experience less lonely and enable you to forge friendships and relationships. When you are in your room, for a while leave the door open. It encourages conversations and makes you appear friendly and approachable. Make time to get to know the people in your environment, cook for them or organise a night out so you all known each other a little better.

Include travel expeditions when it comes to studying

Sometimes being in the heart of something, or experiencing cultures and travelling can help you when it comes to studying and taking in more information. So if you can, try and include travel as part of your studying experience. This might be organised tours with your college or university, where there are websites specific to student tours that can organise such trips. Or maybe make it a thing you do with friends, where you combine a break away with educational purposes such as visiting museums and cultural landmarks.

Get involved with different clubs and activities

Colleges and universities have an array of clubs and activities, some include sports, some more intellectual, so find a few things that interest you and get involved. It helps broaden your horizons, enables you to make more friends, and can also help you towards your studying goals. Also it is a great way to enjoy some downtime without the unusual partying aspect.

Stay on a budget

It is so important for you to stay on a budget, especially if you are living outside of the home and studying somewhere new. You need to budget for food, your school and educational requirements as well as recreational activities in the evenings and on the weekends. The last thing you want is the stress of worrying about money.

Take good care of yourself

Finally, make sure you take good care of yourself. You need to ensure that you eat well, keep up with regular exercise and get some early nights in. Of course, there will always be times when you are nursing a hangover, or you just want to eat all of the carbs. But, there will also be days where you just want to feel your best, and your lifestyle can really help towards that.

Let’s hope these tips help you improve your studying experience.


10 Easy Ways to Save Money Before and During Your Travels


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Although travelling is an amazing experience it can be one of the most expensive things you buy. From flights and accommodation to food and activities, the cost of a trip can soon start to add up. Whilst it is difficult to travel on a budget, it’s definitely not impossible. To help, here are 10 easy ways to save money both before and during your travels.

Before

There are lots of different ways to save money before you travel, including:

– Set Yourself Goals For Transport, Accommodation And Spending Money

One of the best ways to ensure you’re saving enough money for your trip is to set yourself savings goals for absolutely everything. Whether it’s your transport to and from your airport, your flights, your accommodation or your spending money – the more you calculate before your trip the more likely you are going to be able to save enough. Whilst it can be hard to calculate exact prices, a rough estimate is definitely a great start. For tips and tricks on setting budgets for travelling, you can read this guide here.

– Stop ‘Treating Yourself’ As Often As You Can

One of the worst things about having a ‘treat yourself’ mentality is that more often than not, you end up buying things that you don’t need. Whilst it is nice to have a treat every now and again, a great way to save is to ask yourself if you really want the item you’re buying. If you do, wait thirty days and then go back to buy it. If you still really want it after waiting a month, you know it’s going to be a worthwhile purchase. If not, you will have saved yourself some money.

– Pack Your Own Lunches And Make Your Own Coffee

A big expense for people that head out to work each day is the morning coffee and lunch-break must-haves. Whether you love getting a bagel from the local coffee shop or enjoy tucking into the snack box at work, cutting down on these costs could save you more than you imagine. Rather than taking money to work, think about buying in bulk each week and packing your own lunches. They can be just as tasty!

– Consider Taking Out A Loan To Fund Your Trip

If you are really struggling to get the money together but know it’s going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity, why not consider taking out a loan to fund your trip? Whilst people often look at this method negatively, it’s actually a great way to spread the cost of a trip. For more information on loans like the secured joint loans from Evolution Money, you can visit this site here.

– Ask Someone To Help Keep You Accountable

If you think you need a bit of encouragement to help you save, why not ask someone to keep you accountable. Whether they join in and save with you or regularly check up on you to see how you’re doing – this is a great way to ensure you’re staying on track and hitting your targets!

During

There are also lots of different ways to save money during your travels, including:

– Consider A Travel Card With Zero Charges

When travelling there are lots of different cards that you can use instead of carrying money, but the best ones are those that have zero commission and charges. Whilst you still get charged to withdraw money from your standard bank, an online bank will allow you to do this free of charge when travelling. Ideal for those that don’t want to carry large amounts of cash with them, these cards are becoming the norm for those that travel often.

– Set A Budget For Each And Every Day

Although you will have set overall budgets for each aspect of your trip, setting them for each day is also important. The best thing about doing this is that you are able to see exactly what you’re spending and when giving yourself the opportunity to carry money over if you need to.

– Shop Around For Flights, Accommodation and Activities

If you’re making your travel arrangements on the go, it’s important that you’re doing everything you can to shop around. Whether that means using several different sites to check flight prices, using comparison sites for accommodation or finding discount codes for activities – there are so many different ways to save money whilst travelling it would be a shame not to waste them. For a guide to saving money whilst booking travel online, you can visit this site here.

– Eat At Local, Independent Place Rather Than Chain Restaurants

When travelling one of the biggest costs you will come across is the food that you eat. Having to eat three meals a day as well as snacks can really eat away at your budget, no matter where you’re staying. Whilst it’s okay to have a few treat yourself meals during your travels, the best way to save money is to find the places that are off the beaten tracks. You won’t find any compromise on quality but you’ll definitely feel the difference when it comes to price. You may be surprised at what you find too!

– Prioritise What You Want To Do And What You Want To See

If you really need to save on money one of the best things you can do is prioritise what you want to do. Whilst it may mean missing out on certain activities, you need to think about which activities mean the most to you. If you really don’t want to miss out on anything, try putting everything into an order of importance – allowing yourself to work your way down the list if you have enough money. If you’re lucky, you may find you are able to do everything by the end of your trip.

Are you trying to save money for a trip? What about while you’re travelling? Let me know what changes you can make to help you save in the comments section below.