We are often told that sports are important, and we have an innate feeling that this is true. When we play, we feel better, and when we watch, we enjoy ourselves. So it does seem to make sense. However, the question really is why? Why are sports so important? Read on to find out just some of the reasons why we all need more sport in our lives.
When we have sports in our lives, whether we play, go to games, or watch live sports like the British and Irish Lions tour, we will be able to make friends; we will be around people with the same likes and interests as us. This is crucial not just for children but for adults too, who often find it more difficult to make new friends as they get older.
Friends in our lives mean that we can enjoy more social events, have someone to talk to when we need advice or simply a shoulder to cry on, and we know there is always someone we can have fun with, whether that relates to a shared love of sports or not. Studies have shown that those with friends are happier, healthier, and may even live longer than those without, or those who have very few people they can rely on. One of the many benefits of friendship that can help you in every stage of your life and in every situation is good self-esteem.
Enjoying sports can teach us many life lessons as well. One of these is learning how to lose. Understanding that losses happen in life is important, no matter what you do for a living. If you’re a boss or an employee, if you own a business or work for someone else, if you are looking for work or have worked in the same place for a long time, knowing how to lose gracefully is crucial – you can have much better relationships and be more successful implementing this knowledge than if you always win.
You can also learn how to help others. Some sports are solo pursuits, but many are team games, and these are ideal lessons for showing people how to work together to be more successful.
A Mood Enhancer
Whether you are playing sports or watching sports, your mood will generally improve. Even if your team loses, you can still say that you enjoyed the game and the experience it offered you, and if you win, then that’s even better – a bonus to your good mood.
Doing something you enjoy will release ‘happy hormones’ into your body. Serotonin is one of these, and it fights against cortisol, which is the hormone that can make people stressed. Therefore, the more you do something you enjoy – such as sports in whatever capacity most appeals to you – the better your mood and the happier you will feel.
What’s really remarkable is that this happy feeling doesn’t only last for the length of the game, but continues for some time afterward. The more you get involved in your favorite sport, the happier you will be overall.
There are so many conversations that pop up when women want to lift weights. From the ridicule online by those who think they know better to the constant undertone of “weights will make you bulky”, women are often turned off the weights in the gym, and they really shouldn’t be.
Lifting is one the ways that women can become leaner, improve their stamina and ensure that they are at peak performance. When you choose to lift weights, you also choose to make sure that your body is prepped and ready. Whether you do this with Steel reviews or you get some advice from your doctor about protein-rich foods, you need to ensure that your body is ignoring the myths. With that in mind, let’s look at those annoying myths that are thrown at women when they want to work out with weights.
You’ll get too bulky. We mentioned that one, and it’s one that still tops the list. It’s an old myth and it’s been debunked many times, and yet it’s still thrown out there! Women are often afraid that they’ll go all Schwarzenegger instead of getting leaner. The thing is, it happens to men because of their hormones and testosterone. Women don’t have the same levels of testosterone, which means that they will be leaner than men would! Lifting is massively beneficial for women, as it helps to strengthen the muscles and the bones.
Muscle will turn to fat too fast. It’s a common myth, but muscle doesn’t miraculously change to fat. They are two very different things and it would have to be magic for this to happen. When you stop lifting, muscles will sag, and this ends up with losing tone and strength.
You should switch out legs and arms. There is absolutely no need to work one muscle group at a time when you can work them all. It’s alway easier to maintain one muscle at a time, but it’s not productive. Choose workouts that encompass all the muscle groups and make sure that you are working out regularly!
Weights are bad for your joints. It’s common that weights can put some stress on your joints. However, there are studies to show that when you exercise properly with the right form, you will strengthen those joints!
You have to go higher with weights to see results. This also isn’t true! You can lift heavier weights, but there’s no need.consistency is the key here, not the weight of the plate! Your ability to work out regularly is going to be the contributor to the way that you look.
You need to take supplements. You don’t need to take supplements to make your body leaner with weights. Weight lifting isn’t going to be about adding snooker balls under your skin, and the only thing that you need to do is ensure that you are safe and healthy while you do it.
You can lift and you should. All women deserve to be strong women!
I have been trying out the exciting new product, Eco-PlantMilk from Nutribuddy along with their Breakfast shakes. Their Eco-PlantMilk is the first of its kind – A blend of powdered vegan milk.
This powdered vegan milk was designed as an eco-friendly and convenient alternative to regular vegan milks. By coming in powdered form it has a shelf life of several months, saving on food waste and energy used to keep vegan milks cold. Their vegan milk is made of locally-sourced gluten-free oats.
I have been trying out this milk alongside their Breakfast Shake – which is their best-selling wholefood shake made from a blend of nutritious oats and seeds. They have a great range of storage too so you can keep it in a reusable jar and then mix it in the mixer as needed.
I have been having this for breakfast for the last week and really have been impressed with how easy it is to make, it tells you exactly how many scoops you need vs how much water and it’s easy to shake up as the bottle has a shaker ball included.
I have also tried the milk on my cereal on days I didn’t want to make a shake and it tastes really good. I am impressed with how nice it is as I have tried a lot of vegan milks as I stuck to a vegan diet a couple of years back and I still drink milk alternatives regularly. I like the subtle oat taste and it is a lot healthier than normal cows milk or most of the other vegan milks out there. It is super handy in powder form as you could always put some in a small pot to carry about with you if you struggle finding milk alternatives when on the go.
The breakfast shake comes in different flavours and I really like this chocolate one. It’s easy to make and quite filling for a powdered shake.
Overall I have really been impressed by what I have tried and I love how they have the reusable jars as well as it makes it a lot more sustainable. All of the ingredients are ethically sourced and as well as being vegan they are gluten free so ideal for anyone on a strict diet due to allergies.
When you are in the zone for getting on top of your fitness, nothing can stop you. It’s just you and your ability to do better for your body and you are there, ready to do whatever it takes to enhance your inside health and your outside health! You can’t improve your fitness by detoxing with juices or popping fat loss pills. You can’t even drink meal replacement shakes and hope that your fitness improves, either. If you want to get fit fast, you’re going to need to make some big changes and stick to them, so the biggest tool in your fitness box is going to be your own willpower!
You should always speak to your doctor before engaging with any diet or exercise program, but you should also consider what you like and what you don’t like. You need to know which exercises will make you happy rather than wanting to jump off a cliff because you have to do the sit ups you hate. The point of exercise is to feel good, and whether you use whey protein powder every time you workout or you choose to bypass exercise and focus on food first, you need to be ready and willing to do what you can to make important changes in your life and in your health. So, with this in mind, here is everything you need to get fit fast and feel good for it!
Eat Enough. So many people believe that they need to cut back on their calories to the extreme to be able to get somewhere with their fitness and weight loss, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you want to get fit you need to figure out your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) and you need to deduct around 5-600 calories from that number. This puts you into a calorie deficit and when you do this, you will keep eating what your body needs for weight loss while keeping yourself fuelled for exercise. Eating enough is important if you want to ensure that you are able to push your body enough while you engage in cardio and strength workouts.
Choose Protein. You can add a protein shake per day to your calorie allowance after you workout – it’ll aid in muscle repair. It can also help to maximize your fitness by eating plenty of lean protein, fruit and vegetables. You can bet that this is going to help your body to feel good, look good and you’re going to have boundless energy. Everything in moderation, but choose the foods that are nutritious first.
HIIT. High intensity interval training – or HIIT – is popular because it works. If you want to get fit fast, it’s going to change your shape and help you to take up less space when you work out. You can increase your capacity for calorie burning, and you can bet that even after you’re done working out your body will be feeling it.
Strength Training. Muscle does not weigh more than fat, but it does take up less space while weighing the same. It’s dense and has less volume, and it’s important that you incorporate strength training into your routines so that you can ensure that you are gaining a good balance of cardio workouts and lifting. You won’t bulk out unless you intend to!
Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anything else is struggling!
I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.
This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink￼. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.
Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.
Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.
This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma.
They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.
They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.
A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.
Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.
Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.
This lip balm set contains:
1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.
This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.
This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.
Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.
“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”
This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.
“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”
This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.
I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.
I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.
For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.
I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.
Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.
I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.
These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.
This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.
This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:
Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry
It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.
Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.
This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.
I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.
I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.
The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home.
This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!
Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.
They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!
These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.
This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.
The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come.
This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.
This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:
• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.
• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.
• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.
• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.
• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.
• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.
On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!
This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.
You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.
Most people set themselves goals in life and have things that they want to achieve by a certain time. For most of us, one of those goals comes and goes every year and we never really get round to achieving them. The summer body goal is the one that we have in mind. Pretty much everyone goes on one holiday a year, and it’s usually to some beach resort to soak up some sun and forget about the troubles of the world. But we don’t always feel confident going out there and getting out bodies into a bikini. Body confidence is such a hard thing to master, and because of social media and the other pressures in life, it can seem like we’re never going to get the body that’s as perfect as the ones we’re seeing on the internet. Yet we dream of this summer body every single year, and might even put some effort into achieving it, but only for the month leading up to the date of the holiday. So, we’re going to show you how this year can be the year of getting your summer body because you have to start now! Dig deep and find that determination, and follow the tips we have in this article.
The mistake people make is failing to be consistent with the gym and fitness, and getting the balance wrong. We would highly recommend getting into the gym if you do want to get the body of your dreams. But rather than spending 10 minutes on the treadmill and sneaking out hoping that nobody saw you leave so quickly, do a mixture of cardio and weights. A nice incline walk for around 15 minutes will burn around 120 calories, and get the blood pumping. If you’ve taken a pre workout supplement this should feel like nothing to you. You can then go onto weights to tone your body up, as well as burn those calories. Experts say that the perfect mix in the gym is to do weights and cardio. There are apps you can download that will give you a structured gym routine to follow.
Consistency is key if you want to get the body that you want. As we said, most people decide to get off the sofa and do something with just a few weeks to go until the holiday. Que a terrible diet full of minimal calories. The way to do it is to be consistent from now until the summer. Make sure that you’re doing the same thing week in, week out, and we promise you’ll get some of the results that you want to. They say that it takes around six weeks to get into a new health and fitness routine if you don’t already have one. That sounds like a lot, but what are six weeks of keeping your head down and sticking to a healthy eating routine? Even if that routine means you keep the weekend as cheat days and have a few bad meals to keep that balance. After the first two weeks, you’ll notice a minor weight loss and improvements to your mentality. After the six weeks, you should be fully engrossed and committed to what you’re doing. Those six weeks are a small price to pay for the summer body that you want.