Transform Your Backyard Into A Party Space

Want to throw lots of parties in your backyard this summer? Making sure that your home’s outdoor space is well equipped for socialising could be important for ensuring that all your guests have a good time. Here are just a few ways in which you can transform your backyard into a party space.

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Create a designated social area

If your backyard is just a lawn, you may want to consider adding a designated social area. Most people position this area right next to the house for easy access, but you may decide to locate it at the bottom of your backyard if this area gets the most amount of sunlight.

Creating a hard, dry, level surface for this social area could stop people’s feet from getting muddy and offer a stable surface to place furniture. The three main choices of surface tend to be gravel, patio and decking – each type of surface has its pros and cons.

Gravel tends to be the cheapest option and requires little maintenance – you may only have to rake it to keep it looking neat. It’s not always the most stable surface, but it will keep guests’ feet dry. Gravel may not be a good option with young kids – infants may try to put the stones in their mouth and it could hurt to fall on.

Patios tend to be the most favourable option. Laying a patio can be a little more expensive than laying down gravel and you may want to hire a professional to do it as it can require more precision. Patios require little upkeep – you can simply sweep them to keep them clean. Over time, they may start to get discoloured with dirt, in which case you may want to use a pressure washer to clean them.

Wooden decking is another popular option that you may want to consider. Decking can be easily elevated to keep it level, making it the most suitable option for sloped yards. It can be the most expensive option and the most time-consuming to build. That said, wooden decking is easy to clean and maintain – it may only need to be refinished every few years.

Invest in good quality outdoor furniture

Having good quality outdoor furniture is important when hosting backyard parties. There are many different materials that you can choose from, each of which has its advantages.

Wood tends to be a good weatherproof option, providing that it has been sealed. It can also be lightweight making it easy to carry. That said, you may want to protect wooden furniture in a storm to stop it getting carried away.

Metal outdoor furniture can be a little more resilient against winds. Cast iron generally won’t budge in a storm, however its heaviness means that it’d more difficult to manoeuvre around. Materials like cast iron are also prone to rust in the rain and may need to be regularly painted to keep them looking presentable. Aluminium could be a better option for offering something lightweight and waterproof.

Synthetic materials can also be good choices. You should avoid cheap plastic which is likely to flimsy and easily carried away by a strong wind. Instead, opt for premium synthetic materials. Such options may not be suitable for those that want to keep their backyard natural and eco-friendly.

Provide shelter from the elements

It can be worth having the option of shelter to hide under for when it starts raining or for when the sun is too intense. There are many different types of canopy that you can look into.

Umbrellas are the most basic form of shelter. These tend to sit in the middle of tables, although you can get large freestanding umbrellas. Umbrellas tends to be there purely to offer shade – in the rain they may not offer suitable enough shelter to keep your guests outdoors.

A gazebo or a marquee could be a better option for providing shelter against the rain. These are large fabric canopy structures that everyone can huddle under. Some people keep marquees up permanently in their backyard, whilst others use them as a temporary measure.

There’s then the more luxury option of an opening roof. This is a canopy fixed to the side of your house that can be opened or closed to provide shelter for when you need it. This can be the most effective form of shelter, but it’ll cost you the most. The most basic opening roofs are retractable fabric awnings that are pulled out manually, whilst more premium opening roofs can be operated via a button or even smart controlled.

Add some outdoor lighting

A good party is likely to continue long into the evening. For when the sun sets, you’ll need some form of outdoor lighting so that everyone can still see each other.

Candles are the most basic form of lighting and could help to create a soothing atmosphere perfect for when the party is winding down. You could even put these candles in lanterns to protect them from getting blown out by wind or rain.

Another affordable option could be solar lighting. Such lighting is powered by the sun, saving you the need to use batteries or trail cables out whilst also saving you money on energy bills. Solar lighting can come in all forms from fairy lighting to fixed wall lighting.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, you may want to get something that runs off the mains. There are spotlights and floodlights that can buy cable of lighting up a whole backyard. Just make sure that your lighting isn’t do bright that it annoys the neighbours!

Upgrade your barbecue

No backyard party is complete without a barbecue. Upgrading your barbecue could help you to cook more in less time, which could be useful for large gatherings.

The most basic barbecues are charcoal barbecues. Some people prefer these for the distinctive taste that they give to food. They do however take the longest to cook on. Buying a large grill could allow you to cook more at once, which could make this style of barbecuing more convenient.

Gas barbecues are easier to get going and you can adjust the heat more easily. They tend to be more expensive than charcoal barbecues and buying gas may work out more expensive than buying charcoal. That said, for many the convenience makes up for the cost.

Electric barbecues are some of the most expensive grills. These tend to run off the mains and don’t require any fire. Like gas barbecues, they can be convenient allowing you to easily adjust temperature.

Offer some outdoor heating

Having some outdoor heating could also be handy for when the temperature drops in the evening. There are many types of outdoor heating that you can try.

Fire pits are the most basic form of outdoor heating. This involves building a designated area for lighting a fire. Some neighbourhoods may have restrictions on fire pits and they could dangerous if you have kids.

Chimineas are another option. These act as portable outdoor fireplaces allowing you to position them in the best suited place. They may not offer as much warmth as a fire pit and they may still have some of the same safety concerns, although neighbourhoods are less likely to have restrictions on them.

Electric and gas patio heaters are another option to look into. These forms of heating don’t use an open flame making them safer and are usually fairly portable. They will however cost you more to buy and to use.

Take anti-pest measures

When throwing a party, you may also want to deter unwanted visitors such as bugs. There are many anti-pest measures that you can take to keep your backyard critter-free.

When it comes to warding off wasps, you could try using wasp traps – these can be made using empty bottles containing a sweet substance to lure in wasps and trap them. Hanging up a crumpled paper bag can also sometimes deter wasps by making them think that it is a rival nest.

As for mosquitoes, citronella candles are a popular way of warding off these critters. Mosquitoes may also be attracted to still water where they like to lay their eggs – if you’ve got a pond, adding a filter or a fountain to keep the water flowing could stop mosquitoes nesting there.

Ants could also ruin your party by getting at food. It could be a good idea to keep sugary foods wrapped up. Getting rid of any ants nests in your backyard could also help to solve the problem.

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Gifts Every Biker Wants

When you have a biking enthusiast in your life, you know that everything they do generally revolves around their bike and more specifically riding their bike. Days out, motorcycle movies and the daily commute to work, it’s all about the bike.

While this makes it fairly easy when it comes to present buying, you don’t always want to buy them containers of chain lube but instead something altogether more exciting. In this blog, we take a look at what your biker is looking for and how to surprise them with the perfect gift.

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Music

Not just available for the car, having a soundtrack to your daily journey is essential, whether you’re on four wheels or two. For the biker the sound is coming from inside the helmet so the best thing you can buy is a set of bluetooth headphones that provide hours of entertainment.

Opt for a pair that have minimal trailing wires to avoid getting tangled up, some that just fit in the ear are perfect. Remember that the helmet can be snug so they will have to be as small as possible.

Your enthusiast will be able to sync their earphones up with their mobile phone for access to their ready downloaded playlist turning a good commute, into a great commute.

Safety gear

You’re all about keeping your loved one safe so take a look online and treat them to the very latest in protective clothing, gloves, boots and a helmet. The choice may seem overwhelming so figure out if your biker is an all-in-one or separates kind of rider and go from there. Find gloves that are warm and heated protecting the fingers from going numb and becoming unresponsive in the winter months.

With modern materials and fibres you should be able to find the perfect jacket and trousers that, while keeping the rider warm, are also waterproof and help to wick away sweat from the body keeping them cool and fresh.

Think too about their mid and base layers with a warm fleece and thermal underwear. It may not be glamorous but any biker would be grateful for warmth in the middle of an October commute to work.

Helmet camera

Not only great for capturing those epic biking journeys a camera can help keep a biker safe on the road by recording the behaviour of other drivers and acting as a deterrent against thoughtless or reckless driving. Pick up something robust and durable that is also waterproof and sits securely on top of the helmet.

Your biker is going to be spoilt for choice with all these fantastic ideas for gifts that making biking even more fun. From tech that provides entertainment and an additional layer of safety to clothing that looks stylish and helps keep those delicate areas protected in the case of a collision or slip. With all these great gifts to choose from you might even be tempted to give it a go yourself. Why not hop on today and see what all the fuss is about?

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The Best Way You Can Spend Your Weekends

The weekends can come and go in a blink of an eye. But for some people, working Monday to Friday, nine to five is exhausting, which means that your weekends are often spent recovering from the stressful working week. But, when Sunday evening comes back around, many people can often think they have wasted this time off and not doing anything they have truly enjoyed. It is time to make a change. Here are some of the best ways that you can spend your weekends. Let’s hope it gives you the inspiration you need to boost your weekends.

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Go on a camping trip

As weekends are normally two days off, why not utilise that and do something a little different? Camping can be a great way to spend some time with friends and family, and packing the car up and going somewhere new can often be a cheap alternative to other holidays. Whether you just look at the stars or enjoy a fishing trip, it could be a great way to spend the weekend. Websites like outdoorgearonly.com could help, from fish finders to the right mattresses and sleeping bags, will ensure that the trip is comfortable and enjoyable for all involved.

Head away on a city break

If you can afford to, why not head away on a city break? Grabbing a flight on Friday night when you finish work and coming back late on the Sunday can give you two full days to explore somewhere new. Keeping the flight time to as low as possible can capitalise on the time that you have, and ensure that you make the most of it. Have you ever wanted to see somewhere new? Can you think of a city that you could enjoy on a weekend?

Enjoy a leisurely morning

Who says the weekend needs to be filled with activities or going away? Why not take the time to enjoy a leisurely morning? Sleep in for a few extra hours, head out for breakfast and allow someone else to cook up something for you. Go out for a stroll or walk your dog, and just enjoy the quaint and slow-paced life for a while. It could be all you need to recharge your batteries ready for another week in work.

Go on a hiking trip

Hiking can often be a great way to spend your time, so you may want to head out on a trek with your friends or family and spend your day doing it. Hiking is something that is one step future along from walking and taking a pleasant stroll. It can be labour intensive, and a workout, but so worth it to enjoy the beautiful scenery and picturesque views.

Spend it with the people you love

Finally, no matter what you do, ensure that you spend your weekends with the people that you love the most. Be that you family, your partner, your children or your friends. It can often be the people that you do things with, that can make it enjoyable and worthwhile.

Let’s hope this has given you some inspiration on how you can spend your weekends in the future.

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A Few Good Reasons to Get a Boat and Spend Some Time in the Water

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We live in a pretty cool time, today. There are all sorts of interesting and exciting hobbies and pastimes available to us that the average person even a few short years ago would have had no access to at all.

Without too much trouble, assuming you have an Internet connection, you can get yourself involved in hobbies ranging from mountain climbing to tabletop gaming, to historical re-enactment, to wood-whittling, to all sorts of DIY projects, to amateur web design and blogging, and more.

The thing is, with all of this choice available, many people find themselves a bit perplexed on where to start, and end up following the path of least resistance. And the path of least resistance tends to be passively consuming media and entertainment content, ad nauseam.

There’s nothing wrong with watching some shows on Netflix, playing video games, or any of that sort of stuff. But when these pastimes make up the majority of the way you spend your free time, you may be missing out on some more fulfilling hobbies.

The academic and author Cal Newport writes in his book Digital Minimalism that in order to remain balanced, happy, and healthy, it’s important to find the time for forms of recreation that get us physically involved in the world around us. He is especially fond of “old-fashioned” pastimes, of the sort our grandparents would have been familiar with.

Fishing and boating are some of the oldest forms of recreation around – and developed directly out of lifestyles and cultural practices of the past that were necessary for survival. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, finding out about what these pastimes entail, and even sourcing replacement parts for a boat, such as via Marine Battery Guy’s boat battery reviews, is also easier than ever before.

Here are a few good reasons to get a boat and spend some time in the water.

Fishing and boating are primal, ancient pastimes

Many of us these days feel kind of disconnected and detached from the natural world around us, and the “primal” and essential elements of life. If in doubt, you only need to look at the popularity of recent movements such as the Paleo movement, and the popularity of hobbies such as historical re-enactment, to confirm this.

There’s a good argument to be made that getting “back to basics” can help us to orient ourselves in the world more productively, feel better about ourselves, and simply have a better time.

Fishing and boating – as mentioned at the start of this article – are primal, ancient pastimes. When you’re out there in a boat, on the water, you’re engaging in an activity that humans have been engaging in since at least the Mesolithic era.

Just like camping, hunting, and woodworking, engaging in this ancient pastime can help you to feel “alive” in a way that surfing the web might not.

It’s a great way of experiencing space and calm, in an increasingly packed and busy world

We live in very busy and “noisy” times. Virtually no matter where you go these days, you’re going to be “on the grid” and will be bombarded by billboards and adverts, the latest celebrity gossip, the latest world news, and the latest updates from all your friends on social media.

There’s some evidence that being constantly bombarded in this way can erode people’s psychological health and sense of well-being. The mindfulness and meditation movements are a direct reaction against this “always on” phenomenon, and serve to encourage people to take a deep breath, find a bit of stillness, and relax for a while.

Boating and fishing are excellent ways of achieving this. When you’re out there on the water, even if only on a narrow river, you have a real tangible sense of being “away from it all” and are able to relax with your own thoughts, and the gentle lapping of the water against the hull.

A boat is a great way of exploring and seeing the world in a different way, through a different lens, and at a different pace

Things just look and feel different from a boat, in a way that can be truly breathtaking in its own right.

When people go on vacation and travel to new places, they are largely looking to experience the unfamiliar, and to see the world in a new light.

Since we spend the vast majority of our time on land, getting out onto the water offers a similar experience to getting away to a new country. It’s a great way of exploring, and seeing the world in a different light, through a different lens, and also at a different pace.

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Play Sports

We all know that playing sports is healthy. Not only does it encourage social skills and friendships, but it also gets children active which is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle. The good news is, there are lots of sports to choose from, so it’s likely you’ll find something your child enjoys. Here are a few ways to encourage your child to get involved in sports.

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Don’t Force Them

With the rise of computer games, social media and devices for children, it can be harder than ever to tempt young minds into playing sports. The important thing is not to force them into doing a particular sport. Even if you’re a keen football supporter or you’ve been watching tennis since you were a child, your own child may choose something entirely different. Allow them to explore the options, but only invest in equipment when you know your child is serious about playing.

Grace Under Pressure

Every sport is competitive, and competition can take its toll on children. When a child loses a match, it can feel like failure, even when they played their best. In most sports, children aren’t given trophies just for taking part, so learning to lose gracefully is part and parcel of playing sports. It’s also a great life lesson – being a sore loser won’t get your child very far. Teaching your child that losing is okay, as long as they have done their best will set them up for playing any kind of sport.

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Give Them What They Need

There are many sports that require parents to make an investment. Sports classes often cost money in themselves, but you may also be required to buy equipment and clothing. For example, youth baseball jerseys aren’t always cheap, but they do make a child feel like part of the team. Having the right equipment isn’t just about looking and feeling good; it’s about giving your child the best chance at succeeding in their chosen sport.

Lower Your Expectations

It’s easy for parents to put pressure on their children without realizing it. It’s important to allow your child to develop at a normal rate, rather than pushing them to achieve things sooner than anyone else. The only role you need to play is that of a supportive parent. Make sure your child attends practice as often as possible and he is surrounded by individuals who will encourage him to do his best.

Choose a Good Coach

Many child athletes stick with their childhood coaches well into adulthood and through their careers. Finding the right coach can take some time, but once you have a good one, they’re worth their weight in gold. Your child’s coach should have a proper teaching technique but also be able to distinguish the differences between each student. Knowing what a student needs and how to bring the best out in them is a talent only few coaches possess.

Remember that your child needs down time while playing any sport in order to create a balanced life.

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Overload Principle: Training with Purpose

How do you know you’ve hit a plateau?

Have you trained for countless hours with sparse results? Strict dieting with little to show for it? Strength training without the ability to increase weight? When was the last time you hit a PR, anyway?

Plateauing happens to athletes at all levels. It’s good for training regimens to become a way of life, but doing those sessions over and over again can become like mindlessly checking a box. Inputs remain the same–which can be detrimental to increasing performance outputs.

Incorporating overload principle into training may be one of the steps you need to get off that plateau.

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Building Muscle–How it Actually Works

Overload principle states that in order for muscle to increase in size, strength and endurance, it must be regularly challenged to produce an output that is as near as possible to maximum capacity. The technique pushes the body past its limits, further breaking it down to force adaptations that lead to performance gains.

Skeletal muscle is composed of fibers that contract when our muscles are put to work. During high intensity, challenging exercise, muscle fibers are broken down. These small breakdowns are called “microtrauma,” and cause the muscle to rebuild stronger, overcompensating to protect itself from other breakdowns with new muscle-building protein.

The rebuilt fibers increase in thickness and number, resulting in muscle growth. To support this, we need enough dietary protein to ensure the rate of muscle protein synthesis is greater than the rate of muscle protein breakdown; this is how our muscles grow.

The same process happens in all of the muscles of our body. The heart muscle also gets bigger with training, enabling more oxygen to be used by other muscles. An exercise-induced release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) stimulates the formation of blood vessels, leading to the capillarization of the muscle, allowing increased blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient delivery (which is a critical factor in muscle growth).1 More enzymes are also produced that are utilized in energy production.

A woman squatting in the weight room using overload training, which says that muscle fibers and broken down during exercise, then muscle growth is a result of the fibers increasing in thickness and number

Interestingly, when it comes to muscular hypertrophy (the building of muscle), the exact mechanisms aren’t totally understood; there are likely many factors at play. Current hypotheses include some combination of mechanical tension, metabolic fatigue and muscular damage.

But with training adaptations like overload principle, there can be results like slower utilization of muscle glycogen, greater reliance on fat oxidation, less lactate production during exercise, and adaptations to skeletal muscle.2 To produce muscle growth, athletes must apply a load of stress greater than what those muscles have previously adapted to.3

The idea of overload principle is rooted in how muscles grow–and it begins immediately after exercise, but can take weeks or months to actually manifest.

Practice Before Overloading

Before introducing heavier weight or adding more miles to an exercise program, it’s essential to have the correct technique for those exercises cemented. Muscle memory and the repetition of techniques with proper form are crucial for executing an exercise flawlessly.

Normally, these skills are best learned when fatigue doesn’t impact an athlete’s ability to perform the movements correctly.

But once introduced on top of a good skill base, overload principle can be a powerful tool to reducing the overall risk of injury.

Implementing Overload Principle

Without overload principle, fitness level is less likely to increase; training programs might not yield strength gains because the body adapts to static repetition.

There are two basic components of overload principle: the overloading, and the progression. Overloading is what we’ve discussed above, the adding of stress, weight, etc. to achieve greater fitness.

Progression is the way in which the overloading should be added to training. This can be achieved through an increase in frequency, intensity, time of exercise, or a combination of these.

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Are You FITT?

The FITT principle is a way to approach overload training strategically and safely, by overloading these different aspects of exercise.

Frequency: How often physical activity is performed, which is normally about three to five times per week.

Intensity: How hard a person exercises during physical activity, which can be measured in different ways and is different for everyone. Heart rate is one way to monitor intensity during endurance, while weight can illustrate intensity of strength training; however, neither of these measures something like flexibility.

Time: The length of physical activity. Again, time varies depending on the person and fitness goal. Stretch-training for flexibility may take 15 minutes, but the minimum for aerobic activity is about 20 minutes of continuous exercise.

Type: The specific physical exercise one is training to improve. Someone trying to improve strength might overload weight and reps; a runner looking to improve endurance might overload distance and time.

By using the FITT principle to understand overloading, this may also help with burnout. Often, we seek performance gains, increasing intensity wildly in the hopes of achieving our goals. This can lead to overly fatigued muscle and even injury.

Compartmentalizing overload training, and already knowing the movements on which you’ll overload, can help reduce some of the dangers of pushing your body past its limits.

How to Overload

You probably already have a training plan. It has days with long runs and short runs, rest days and strength training days.

But do those workouts all look the same, week after week? If so, you may be treading in workout water. It’s time to budget overload training into your workout plan.

A note: if you’re serious, it may be worth getting help from a coach. You can’t keep overloading the same thing over and over–that defeats the purpose of overload training in the first place. Always increasing the same element, like volume, may lead to another plateau. It’s important to mix it up, looking at your training plan like a journey: there will be peaks and troughs to keep the body guessing.

A runner using overload principle, which stats that runners should increase distance, increase intensity and increase speed

When Running

Running with overload principle in mind applies the same techniques as strength and resistance training: increase difficulty (in some way) systematically.

Adding intensity to your workouts is a good place to start. Speed workouts and hill training can help improve muscle strength, overall speed and eventually, race day performance. These intense workouts should come twice per week, incorporating things like interval training, tempo runs, hill workouts or lactate threshold training (which could serve a dual purpose as being both a difficult workout and help you improve your lactate threshold).

Adding duration to runs is also an essential way to overload. One long run per week should be added to a training plan. Many runners prefer to conduct these long runs on weekends (specifically Sunday), because Monday is a popular rest day. You can even add mileage to this run over the course of several weeks.

There are also tools that can help overload training. A weight vest can be added while running or walking to increase lower-body strength and endurance. And running with a training mask on can make your respiratory muscles work harder, which increases respiratory compensation threshold (RCT) and can improve endurance performance.5

Ample recovery time is also important; muscles need time to recover. Work in a rest day after a day of overload training. Since you’ve just pushed yourself further than you’re used to going, recovery will help encourage those gains. If resting isn’t an option, try alternating hard training days with easy training days.

When Weight Training

You probably already strength train or cross-train between regular workouts–these strengthen muscles and joints, decreasing the risk of injury.

The type of strength training varies by athlete depending on their goals. Many employ circuit training, weightlifting or plyometrics training. In general, overloading would include increasing the number of sets or increasing weight used in this training.

The safest way to overload is first to increase reps or sets, getting as comfortable as possible with the exercise, then increase weight.

For example: let’s say you’re doing three sets of eight reps of bicep curls with 10 lb dumbbells. When overloading the following week, jumping to 15 lb dumbbells would be a 50% jump in weight–which is too much to overload. Instead, overload by increasing the number of reps or sets. Try for three sets of ten reps or four sets of eight reps before increasing weight.

On the flip side, someone pushing 100 lbs on a bench press would likely be able to increase weight to 105 lbs–that’s only a 5% jump in weight. For exercises with larger muscles, the overload increment can also be larger. Still, it’s best to focus on increased reps or sets before jumping up in weight.

To approach overloading systematically, make sure you keep a training log to track each increase in weight for all your exercises.

A woman lifting a barbell using overload training, which states that lifters should first increase the number of sets and reps, then increase the weight when the movement has been mastered

Overloading Outside of Exercise

Even though overloading happens in the gym, building muscle happens outside of it. All that overloading might be for naught if you don’t recover properly.

We’ve outlined the best supplements for runners to take, but here’s a high-level look at what can help increase muscle and improve recovery.

BCAAs: These branched-chain amino acids provide the body with building blocks to maintain lean muscle mass.6 The body breaks down protein into these amino acids, which then are sent throughout the body to be used again in protein building–and thus, muscle-building. One study even showcased they alleviated skeletal muscle damage.7

HVMN Ketone: Can be used before, during and after workouts. HVMN Ketone has been shown to increase the efficiency of working muscle by 28%,8 and in testing, athletes went ~2% further in a 30-minute time trial.9 For recovery, HVMN Ketone decreases the breakdown of intramuscular glycogen and protein when compared to carbs alone,9 while also expediting the resynthesis of glycogen by 60% and protein by 2x.10,11

Protein: Whey, casein and soy protein are the most popular choices here, and all should be taken post-workout. Whey is a great source of BCAA, and is absorbed the fastest by the body. It’s largely considered the most effective protein for building muscle.12 Casein protein is slower to absorb, so it can be taken before bed. One study showcased consuming it before bed led to a 34% reduction in whole body protein breakdown.13

Overloading to Measurable Gains

Overloading may be the best way to break the body out of its routine and spur the growth you’ve been looking for. By pushing the body past its limits, even for a set or an extra mile, your body will adapt to be able to handle that stress during the next training session.

It’s important not to over-overload. This can lead to injury and be detrimental for your overall training goals by putting you on the sidelines for a few weeks. Measured overloading is the best approach, tracking the increases to understand how they’re helping work toward your goals.

Take it one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be off that plateau and on your way to climbing a whole new mountain.

How do you get off the plateau? Share in the comments below.

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Authored by Nate Martins •
September 25, 2018

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Bring Out Your Inner Big Kid

Everyone deserves to bring out their inner big kid. You have to admit, there is one bubbling away inside of you that you just can’t fight sometimes. The weird little dances or voices that you do, the silly things you think in your head, and the desperation to have the imagination of your children as you sit and watch them babble away to themselves. But sometimes, you really do realise that life is just getting too serious. You’re always thinking about things that you need to do, purchases that you probably shouldn’t have made, and bills that you’re going to have to pay. It’s a stressful time to be an adult, and at any point if you were to try and let out your inner child, you might feel a ton of guilt that you’re not living up to your responsibilities, or that you might regret it later. This is something that we have drilled into our own minds, due to the expectations of society. But you really do only have one life, and you only have one chance to go and live it before it runs out. If you’re going to live your life, you really do need to think of ways that you can bring out your inner kid, and we’re going to talk about a few of them today!

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Toys & Gadgets

This is one of the most underrated ways that you can let out your inner big kid. There are so many different toys and gadgets out there, and despite what some people might say, they’re not just for children. Adults can have endless amounts of fun with the gadgets that are out there today, and they really can help to bring some light into your life when you constantly feel as though you’re doing the same thing. So, gadget number one on our list for those of you who are looking for some fun, is a hoverboard with bluetooth and lights. Hoverboards were a big craze not so long ago, especially with the younger generation. They can be used both indoors and outdoors, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to have some fun with one. Even if it’s just taking one around the street, or using it to get around the house, it’s still all good fun. Because you’re doing something different, and using such a cool gadget to whizz around even the smallest of places like your home, you do feel like your inner big kid has been let loose!

Another gadget on our list of cool things to have, is a VR headset. Now, this one is really easy to get sucked into, because you’re entering yourself into a virtual reality, and you never know, you might like it more than the reality you’re in at the minute. VR has been around in its most basic form for a while now, but with poor graphics, design, and all round use, people weren’t too bothered about it. But now all of the tech giants are getting involved, everyone seems to be excited about it. There’s just so many things you can do with them, from playing a game, to watching a movie, to feeling like you’re lying on a beach sunbathing. It all depends on what you like to do, and what experience you want to get from it. But one you put the VR on and get plunged into that virtual reality that you might not have experienced before, we just know that you’re never going to want to come out of it!

Doing Something Totally Crazy

If you want to bring out your inner kid, doing something crazy is definitely the way to do it. Doing something that makes everyone say to you ‘ I can’t believe you did that’, because being crazy just isn’t the norm for most people. But when you do something totally crazy and out of the ordinary, you’re going to feel amazing for it. You’ll feel as though you’re taking yourself out of the circle of life that you’re used to, and it just feels so exhilarating to do it. It could be something you’ve always wanted to do, and it actually could be pretty mundane in the grand scheme of things. But for you to do something that’s out of the ordinary for you, it makes it crazy! One thing you could do that’s definitely not the norm, and is definitely a bit crazy, is going to do something like skydiving. It’s rare that people actually go and do something like this, although you do hear of a lot of people doing it for charity. Whether you do or don’t is up to you, as you really would only be doing this to bring out your inner kid. But if the thought of jumping out of a plane thousands of feet off the ground is too much for you, then you could do something a lot safer, such as indoor skydiving. It’s fun, you’re contained to only falling a few feet if you ever had to, but you still get that crazy feeling of skydiving. Whatever you chose to do, just make sure it’s something away from the norm for you, but it helps you feel alive!

Holidaying With Friends

This is one of the best things that you can do if you want to bring out your inner kid, because when you go on holiday with your friends, something in your mind just changes. All of the sudden you really do feel like you’re a big kid with no responsibilities. The only responsibilities you have are eating too much, drinking too much, and soaking up too much sun. No matter what age you are when you go on holiday with your friends, you’ll always turn into giggling people who care about nothing more than having fun. To truly bring out your inner big kid on a holiday with friends, you’re going to have to think about doing things such as quad biking, or renting a scooter, or going to the water park. Whatever age you are, all of the above are fun as long as you’re prepared to let your hair down and go with the flow.

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