Why I Quit The Gym & You Probably Should Too

Around new year 2017 I made a pledge: To quit the gym and get fit.

I know this sounds like a slightly odd inverted new years resolution, but for around 5 years I had been a committed gymphile (not sure that’s a word but there you go). My physique hadn’t changed radically except for slightly better arm definition and on occasion slightly better pecs. But for the effort I was putting in, not to mention the money, it wasn’t really worth the return on investment.

And what’s happened since I’ve quit the gym? Well, I’ve drunk a lot of beer, eaten a lot of cheese and done some very half assed exercise regimes.

The result. I’m about the same as I was when I was going to the gym.

The response from many gym go-ers will undoubtedly be, well you weren’t putting enough effort in at the gym or else you’ve been quite good with your self motivation.

Neither of those statements are true.

I used to go to the gym three times a week and put in an hour at a time – working hard on each set and making sure every minute in there was put to good use. I walked out of the gym dripping with sweat every time I went. Literally. Every. Time.

So my self motivation post gym has been good? Well. I used to run home from work on a weekly basis (about a 5 mile run). Aside from that and some runs around the park. That’s it.

So why do I think you should quit the gym?

First of all, if you’re one of those people who does about 2 hours, 4 times a week in the gym and posts selfies on Instagram of you in gym gear – this does not apply.

If you’re one of those people who goes for the social and seems to know everyone in the place and is full of tips and stuff… Probably doesn’t apply to you either.

I’m talking to the other 90% of the population – the people who go because they feel like they should. The people who when they get to the gym just go through the motions and do a few sets of this or that, or worse still just SIT on an exercise bike.

You’ve probably been sat at a desk all day eating cake and you’re watching the calories tick up on the digital display, waiting til it gets to the same number as that Krispy Kreme so you can go home.

Or, you’ve got to lose a stone so you can go on that beach holiday/get in that wedding dress/eat more cake on your birthday.

Or you saw a photo of Kate Middleton in a bikini on holiday somewhere glamorous again and decided you hate your flabby body and you really should do something about it.

Don’t get me wrong these are all noble reasons to get exercising – and exercise you definitely should. But in the gym? Not necessarily.

The gym is made for those body sculptors – the people who have actual fitness regimes and programs and have an end goal. And they will get to that end goal because, well, that’s what they really really want. When they’re not in the gym they’re planning their next visit to the gym and ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

Is that you? If it isn’t do yourself a favour and cancel your gym membership now.

What do I do now then?

Cancelled it? Saving yourself £60 a month already? Go you! Have a doughnut.

I’m joking don’t have a doughnut, that’s a terrible idea.

Food

First things first – it’s your diet. Hate to break it to you but that’s probably why you’re a bit flabby around the edges. If it comes in a packet and has ingredients that you don’t really understand – avoid it. If it claims boldly on the cover to be packed full of minerals and vitamins and to make you at least 6 times more attractive to the opposite sex – avoid it. Those ‘healthy’ breakfast bars and cereals or those low fat thingumyjigs. Swerve it.

So what to eat? Eat natural food. And not loads of it either.

Also drink water. Don’t go crazy, 2 litres is the recommended amount – about 4 pints of water.

But, you know when you’re thirsty? Have some water.

Exercise

When you’re taking in decent fuel for your body and not pumping it full of additives, you won’t have to work so hard to process it. This makes the exercise bit relatively easy.

My routine was this.

Every day I’d walk to the nearest tube station, which is about a fifteen minute walk away. I’d then get to my very sedentary work, get to lunch and then on my 45 minute lunch break I would walk as much as possible. Some days that was 5 or 10 minutes. Other days it was my whole lunch break. And then when I got home I’d either walk back home or I’d go for a run.

Total active time daily was around 1 hour 30 or more.

To amp up any exercise regime it is often a good idea to have fun while you’re doing it.

I’ve recently discovered parkour. Yes, parkour is famous for the people doing backflips and jumping across roofs but at it’s foundations it is simply a way to get from a to b in a slightly more interesting way. I’ll be honest, I’m not backflipping or rolling yet, but what I am doing is jumping onto things, pulling myself up walls or trees or doing press ups and sit ups in the park.

Basically, I’m doing resistance exercise. Trying to use my body for the things it was meant to be used for – climbing, jumping, lifting. But… Without paying a hefty monthly fee to do so.

Ways to get free exercise

There are plenty of ways you can exercise and not pay a penny. Parkour, for me, is a good one as it literally involves running outside and when I get to a bench I jump on and off it for a bit. Or if I see a tree or a fence I climb or vault it.

If you live in the country – or a smaller city nearer the country – good for you. You can probably run up hills, climb trees, swim in the sea or a river and so all kinds of free things.

In the big city it can be harder.

Running is a good start but some people find this can impact on their joints, especially without proper warm ups.

The simplest one is walking. Just walk as much as possible, as fast as possible and do it every day. Supplement it with some exercise outdoors and if you can do maybe ten or twenty sit ups and press ups too, you’ll find some good results.

Taking up a sport is probably the best way to stay in shape. Football, volleyball, dodgeball, cycling, tennis, yoga, pilates, swimming, gymnastics, hide the sausage… OK maybe not hide the sausage, but basically anything that keeps you moving and having fun.

Actually yeah maybe hide the sausage.

However you do it, get some exercise and crucially, don’t do it at the gym. Unless you NEED a weights rack to sculpt those tight buns of yours, you’re only wasting your money.

16 Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is considered one of the oldest spices and unsurpassed ingredient in the kitchen. It has a very pleasant smell and taste and is used as an addition to fruit salads, pies, and other desserts. Many people like the coffee that sprinkled with a little cinnamon, because it gets a special flavor. It may also be added to tea and other drinks.

In fact, one has to distinguish between two types of cinnamon. One is Ceylon cinnamon, which is better and recommended for consumption. The second is the Chinese cinnamon, which is of lower quality, and as such is suitable for industrial production fresheners, scented candles and the like. Chinese cinnamon is not recommended in the diet because it contains more coumarin than allowed. Ingredient coumarin in larger doses can cause liver and kidney damage.

See why cinnamon is good for your health.

1. It controls blood sugar levels – Several studies have shown that cinnamon has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is a popular natural remedy used by people suffering from type 2 diabetes.

2. Treating fungal Infections – Studies have shown that cinnamon oil is effective in the treatment of infections caused by Candida, such as Candida Tropicalis and Candida Albicans.

3. It relieves the symptoms caused by poisoning – Cinnamon has a strong antibacterial effect and is excellent in the treatment of stomach problems caused by salmonella and E. coli. Ground cinnamon, oil or tea of cinnamon, are effective in neutralizing stomach problems.

4. Helps in the treatment of symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome – Cinnamon drastically reduces the unpleasant symptoms of irritation bowel syndrome, especially helps with flatulence. This plant stimulates digestion and helps in the treatment of bacterial infections. In addition, cinnamon is an excellent remedy for stomach cramps.

5. Helps with osteoporosis and arthritis – Cinnamon is rich in manganese, which helps build bones, blood and connective tissues in the body. People who have less of manganese in the body frequently suffer from osteoporosis and arthritis. In pain due to arthritis can help massage oil of cinnamon or sipping tea cinnamon.

6. Cinnamon affects cognitive development and memory – Regular consumption of cinnamon protect the health of the brain and improve concentration.

7. It is powerful antioxidant – Cinnamon is one of the top foods rich in antioxidants. They help regenerate cells and relieve the body of harmful free radicals.

8. Helps with weight loss – Cinnamon improves circulation and can speed up metabolism. Therefore, you will be successful in the fight with overweight.

9. Relieves muscle pain – If you feel pain in your muscles it will help you massage cinnamon oil.

10. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides – This spicy plant operates Prevents heart disease, due to lower the level of triglycerides, cholesterol, and excess fat.

11. Cinnamon improves the health of teeth and gums – Cinnamon oil is often used in the production of chewing gum, candy freshening breath, mouthwashes, and toothpaste. This is primarily due to the strong antimicrobial effect of cinnamon.

12. Relieves colds, sore throat, and cough – Tea made from cinnamon or tea with cinnamon positive effect on problems caused by a cold or a sore throat, and can alleviate a cough.

13. Relieves symptoms of PMS – Since it is rich in manganese, cinnamon is a great way to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of PMS. This spice relieves spasms and relieves tension.

14. Against the symptoms of food poisoning – Cinnamon calms ailments caused by food poisoning, can neutralize bacteria, fungi, and other microbes.

15. Regulates menstrual cycle – Cinnamon helps women who have polycystic ovaries so they can regulate the menstrual cycle.

16. Relieves a headache – If you are suffering from a migraine or regular headaches, first aid can be tea of cinnamon.

There are so much more cinnamon benefits, but we should use it carefully because if we use it too much it could cause damage. Use Ceylon cinnamon to eliminate coumarin related side effects.

Joining the Mindfulness Classes for Various Goals

Getting to know about various ideas in dealing with your great mind which will affect much to lots of things in your life is such a great thing. It will also help you getting the better chance to make your life much better effectively. Perhaps it is such a good idea learning much about the Mindfulness. Sure, it offers a bunch of advantages for you if you learn and practice it regularly in a right way. There are so many good things which can be expected from it and it is such a good way to deal with the problems which we may experience. Learning it is a worth thing to do, for example from Mindfulness Mavericks.

Learning about the Mindfulness and practice it properly yet regularly is such a good idea. It will help us getting more things, including being the better one, getting the more, and even enjoying the more without dealing with the depression. We need to realize that our stress and emotion management affect much to our life and we need to find out the right solution in dealing with it. Then, the mindfulness can be one of the ideas to solve it. We can go to the experts where we can learn and practice it properly as like at MindfulnessMavericks.co.uk where we can get lots of info and also practices it well.

There, we can learn much about Mindfulness and practice it well. Joining to the mindfulness classes can also be a good idea. They have lots of options of the classes which can be chosen based on our condition and also need. It is including dealing with the goals or aims which we want to reach, for example to calm the anxious minds. You also can enjoy the class which can give you some knowledge and info about the basic or general of mindfulness, the benefits, and so on.