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October 4, 2018

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How to Stay Healthy at the Gym

October 4, 2018

While the gym is the perfect place to improve your health and fitness levels, it can also be a haven for many germs, viruses, and injuries if you are not careful. For this reason, you must proactively care for your health when working out.

To ensure you remain in tip-top condition when pumping weights, hitting the treadmill, or operating a rowing machine, here are some top tips on how to stay healthy at the gym.

Bring Your Own Gym Equipment

While many gyms will effectively sanitise their equipment, not all will follow the same hygiene standards, which can make a facility a haven for germs. To protect your health when working out, you should bring your own gym equipment with you.

For instance, take your own workout mat when enjoying a Pilates or yoga class, which you should wipe down with soap and water after each session. You also should bring your own water bottle over sharing a water fountain, as many members might use this.

Wipe Down the Machines Before and After a Workout

Think about how many people have held onto a treadmill’s handlebars throughout the day. Unfortunately, common infections can be passed on via surfaces, which could lead to you developing a cold or flu virus once you have left the gym.

Protect your health at the gym by cleaning equipment both before and after you use it. For example, you should use sanitising wipes to clean any surface you plan to touch before working out.

Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard During a Session

While you might want to push yourself harder in the gym each session, you must avoid overexerting yourself, which could lead to an accident or injury. For example, running too fast on a treadmill could ultimately lead to an unwanted quad pain/strain, and it could take weeks for you to fully recover from the injury. It is essential to avoid pushing yourself too hard at the gym, which can impact your physical health and your future performance.

Ask About Your Gym’s Cleaning Practices

If you are concerned about bacteria at your gym, ask a facility about their hygiene practices to ensure they have established a regular cleaning routine. For example, do they clean every workout mat borrowed by a member after each session, and do they have specific towels for wiping down exercise bikes and treadmills?

Don’t be scared to ask how often the facility and equipment is deep cleaned, which will provide you with some peace of mind when using their equipment and amenities.

Keep Your Feet Covered

It is essential to keep your feet covered when at the gym. For example, you should always wear flip-flops when in the shower, and you should wear them until you step barefoot onto your own yoga mat. This will prevent you from encountering athlete’s foot or a nail infection, as the fungus can, unfortunately, live on surfaces for a long time, even if a floor looks clean at first glance.

Lifestyle

Why Minimising Your Buying Habits and Investing in Luxury is the Future

October 4, 2018

In the past few decades – and even just this past decade – our buying habits have shifted dramatically. Things are cheap! We can pick up a new shirt one day, and have it cost so little that we could throw it away the next and buy something new. It is for this reason that 10.5 million tonnes are sent to the landfill every week.

Less than one hundred years ago the average woman only owned 9 outfits. These were made to last, could last a lifetime, and were typically much higher quality than anything we could buy in the mall today. Back then, 20% of a person’s income was spent on clothing, despite owning an average of 9 outfits. Today, we spend approximately 4% and are throwing old items out like they were tissues.

Choose quality over quantity, make it last, repair it – these are the mantras that are dominating the world and helping us all move towards a better place. To do this, you need to minimise your buying habits, and instead invest in better, more luxurious pieces:

How Well Made Was the Item?

Learning the ins and outs of materials and learning the difference between a well-made item and one that isn’t will go a long way towards investing in luxury pieces that might not have a designer label attached to them. The better the make, the longer it will last. They also tend to be more flattering and feel better when wearing, so it’s a win-win!

Can You See Yourself Wearing It Again and Again?

One of the biggest indicators for whether or not you should buy something is how often you can see yourself wearing it. That is why high-quality basics and neutrals can be such a great choice. They can be paired with anything and, due to their higher production value, will last you for decades. If they are designer, then you can even potentially benefit from a good resale value if you wanted to pass it on.

Can It Be Passed on to Your Children?

In some cases, investment pieces are so beautiful and timeless that they could be passed down from generation to generation. Pearl earrings, for example, are a timeless accessory, and the better the design, quality, and make, the more eternal it will become. Once you start thinking about a purchase in generational terms, your investment will immediately seem more appropriate. Buying luxury pearl jewelry should be both a treat and an investment, and the more you need to invest, the more incentive you will have to care for it.  

There is a worldwide movement to consume less, make what we have last, and to change our consumer habits so that not only can the world be a healthier place, but so that we can be happier, too. By saving up for big, luxury purchases, you can invest in your wardrobe and style, and, in the case of jewelry, even give your children and grandchildren a legacy they can cherish.