Defeating 'Gymtimidation': The Basics

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gyms can be incredibly scary and intimidating for newcomers to the scene - particularly if you are just getting started on a weight loss program and trying to get back in shape. It’s no surprise, then, that something like ‘gymtimidation’ exists.

The gym is full of muscle-bound guys and girls who look like they own the joint, and they are fit. Actually, really fit - in fact, they barely seem to break a sweat after a few hundred metre sprints on the treadmill and a weightlifting session with dumbbells the size of half a cow. At least, that’s what it seems like.

But the truth is somewhat different. Just because people look like they are running the show, gymtimidation happens to almost everyone, just in different ways. And if you want to get fit, you’ll need to face your fears, and defeat your particular version of gymtimidation once and for all. Here are a few ways of doing it.

Back in the Saddle: How to Start Dating Again After a Relationship Breakdown

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dating can be difficult even at the best of times, but coming off the back of a long-term relationship, it can seem particularly daunting. The first hurdle that needs to be overcome is simply making the decision to date again. Then, there are likely to be a whole host of other worries that begin creeping into your mind.

Whether you’re concerned about the venue, your image or topics of conversation, it’s understandable if your first meet-up back on the dating scene fills you with dread. However, there is love after love, and these tips will help you to move on and start dating again after a relationship breakdown.

Workout Your Travels

Sunday, January 29, 2017

You can still keep in shape even if you are going traveling – many people neglect their workouts when they are away as they either don’t have the time or simply want to relax and explore. However, it is important to maintain your physical health at all times (even if you are exceptionally busy) and your workouts don’t have to suffer just because you’re traveling for the holidays or are on vacation.

These days, there are more and more options popping up to help you stay fit while exploring across the world or on a short – or long - holiday. Whether you are spending what seems like hours on end in an airport terminal, staying for a few nights in a tiny hotel room, or enjoying well-needed, quality quality time with your family, there are still plenty of ways you can make the most of limited time workouts when you're on the go. You may not feel like working out at the time, but once you get into it and make it part of your traveling routine, it will move seamlessly into your schedule.


When you’re at an airport

There is good news for travelers who want to, or like to, keep fit while away: there are rooms dedicated to yoga rooms popping up in airports across the world - as are walking paths, pools, and gyms. In fact, some of the most-traveled and busy airports (including San Francisco, Dubai International, and Singapore Changi) all have invested in, and promote, fitness amenities within the airport. So, while you’re waiting for a flight, you can keep fit and take your mind off the boredom of waiting for your plane.

When you’re in your hotel room

If the hotel gym is too busy, too small, or you’re generally not a gym lover, in some hotel rooms you will find workout apparatus and videos, or you can even loan some of the hotel’s gym gear if you did not have space (or forgot) to bring your own, and when you do venture into the gym you’ll exciting group classes. Even if you’re not staying at a fitness-friendly hotel, you can still do a workout by using objects in the room which will mean you can improve your upper body and lower body strength without spending a penny more.

When you’re out and about

If you find yourself with some free time when you are on holiday, it could be a good idea to spend a few hours playing sports. Even if you are feeling lethargic, head to the golf course and swing away – improving your balance and strength. You may want to look at for some research. Or, you could head to the beach and sweat it out while playing volleyball.

All of us are becoming more conscious of our health and fitness, so why let that be neglected when we are traveling or on holidays? Incorporate a routine into your daily traveling schedule and you will enjoy your holidays whilst still maintaining fitness.

Admin Before Adventure: Travel Planning Essentials

Saturday, January 28, 2017

With all the excitement that surrounds a holiday, it’s easy to neglect the boring stuff. Researching the practicalities and logistics of your destination may seem like as though it’s sucking the fun out of your journey, but it’s actually the only way to ensure everything will go smoothly. So, before you set off, here are some travel tips to be aware of.

Back To The Roots: The Top 5 Camping Locations To Try In Europe

Friday, January 27, 2017

If you feel that you are ready to abandon your trusted city life for a couple of days or weeks to recharge your batteries in a natural environment, it might be time to consider a camping holiday. Holidaymakers are more and more happy to give up a tropical trip to a touristic beach area for a holiday break that gets you back to nature: That’s what camping is about! But, just because it says camping on the tin, it doesn’t mean that you should spend your vacation at the back of the garden. Camping is a fantastic way to travel and discover new places. If you are planning your holiday abroad, here’s where to pitch your tent in Europe.  

Bring The Inside Out: How To FInd Your Personal Style

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We're all taught never to judge a book by its cover, except there isn't a single person in the world who actually follows that rule. The way that we present ourselves to the world has a huge impact on the way that people perceive us! And that's not necessarily a bad thing. What better way to show the world what you're all about than by showing it through your personal style? The problem that a lot of people have is that they simply don't know how to express themselves through their clothes. Well, don't you worry! Here are just a few extremely simple ways that you can find your own personal style that will show off your personality in the best possible way.

EXPLORING THAILAND: Of Buddhas, Elephants, Floating Markets, and Ancient Temples

Monday, January 23, 2017 Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Sah wah dee khrap, Thailand! My friends and I finally conquered the place of Buddhas, elephants, floating markets, and stunning historical temples and palaces. We arrived in Thailand at night and we only had a few hours to experience the nightlife in Bangkok. It was our first time in Thailand so we were really curious to see what the city could offer. The high-rise buildings, the heavy traffic, and the intense heat may not immediately give you a good impression, but don’t be quick to judge! This place is full of amazing tourist traps hat will surely get you hooked!

While we mainly stayed in Bangkok overnight, we only got to explore Ayutthaya the next day, an ancient city in the Central Plains of Thailand. We barely had one and a half day to explore Thailand so we took advantage of that time to do some touristy things in one place where we can experience the rich culture and beauty of Thailand, and Ayutthaya did not disappoint us!

So here it is…a glimpse of the ancient city of Ayutthaya and a sneak peek of the vivid night life in the city of Bangkok! Hope you enjoy this visual diary!

Plug And Play: Tech Essentials That All Travelers Should Carry

Sunday, January 22, 2017

When traveling abroad for long periods of time especially when backpacking, or flying to the other side of the world you really don't want to forget anything. While most countries will have substitutes, voltages can differ, products may not last long, and you may even get ripped off!

A Culinary Odyssey: Where to Travel for the Best Fusion Food

Friday, January 20, 2017

When done badly, fusion food can be an unpleasant experiencing, tarnishing the memory of treasured culinary traditions and leaving a bad taste in your mouth. However, when done well, fusion food demonstrates the importance of bringing together seemingly contrasting ideas to create something new.

If you’re looking for the best foods that look to bridge cultural divides, here are some of the finest treats that fusion food has to offer.

A Whistle-stop Tour of North America

Monday, January 16, 2017

North America is rightly regarded as one of the most exciting places on earth to visit. Here you have nature, wildlife, thriving cities, some of the world’s greatest cultural institutions and iconic pop culture hot spots. It’s also absolutely massive, so it’s difficult to do most of - or even a handful - of what North America has to offer in a single trip. But what if you could defy time and space and do it all in a week or two? It’s a nice idea, so we put together a selection of highlights that would make up a trip to North America if only physics would allow it.


Southern Necessities: A Feast For The Senses Awaits In South America

Saturday, January 14, 2017

When we think of South America, it is easy for Brazil to dominate the conversation, as it is the largest country. In many ways, it is also the most powerful in the region. No doubt, it has its place for anyone who wants to travel to the continent, but it would be a shame to ignore the rest of South America as a result.

While Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, most of the rest of South America fell under Spanish rule. This is evident in some of the influences on the region. However, the marks of the indigenous civilizations are still visible in South America's main tourist spots. Indeed, they are a major reason you may want to travel there.

Keep Yourself Safe, Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Friday, January 13, 2017

When travelling, an important factor - if not the most important factor - is to keep yourself safe. You should research the places you’re staying, know where to go and where not to go, the best route to and from your hotel (or wherever you’re staying) and the times public transport starts, and ends. Once you’ve done all that, and feel confident that everything is sorted out for that trip you’ve saved up so hard for, and you are ready to head off, what next?

It can be hard to think of everything you’ll need, and can genuinely be a stressful time (as most of us will know) when ensuring we are completely ready to go. The correct documents, the bookings, the flights (if travelling by air), the day-trips, the cash, something to carry those documents and cash in… and that’s where some of us need that extra bit of help.

Guys carry wallets, but not every guy necessarily thinks about how important a wallet is to their everyday life. But, it is. We use our wallets basically every day, and are things that we take for granted. When meeting someone for the first time, the impression you make is absolutely vital, even down to the minute details. Sometimes wallets, your personal gateway, don’t factor in first impressions but they should. Say, for example, you’re at a bar in a foreign city and don’t know anyone. You get talking to someone and head to the bar to grab a drink with that person.You slap your wallet on the bar. Turn around for a second. Look back to that person you were speaking to. They’re gone. Wallet’s gone.

This sort of thing happens all the time. Tourists feeling safe in a stranger’s company, only to be misled and stolen from. We’ve all read the stories, or know someone it’s happened to. But, there’s a solution to your wallet getting stolen or ending up in the wrong hands. Chain wallets for men could help with this sort of thing.

It’s almost impossible for someone to steal a chain wallet. If someone tries to tug it out of your pocket, you’ll know. Or if someone tries to grab it from the bar, you’ll know. It’s simple. A chain is already attached to the wallet when you buy it, all you’ve got to do is attach that chain to your jeans.

So, if you’re planning a trip away, or are going away pretty soon, it could make sense to add that little extra which could help to put your mind at ease, when out and about. We all know someone who has lost their wallet, when at home or travelling, and chain wallets can put a stop to the stresses of all that happens when you lose your wallet: cancelling your bank card, getting a new driving license, and the rest of all that stressful business. While not necessarily the best idea for everyone, for some of us it will help ease our travelling woes.

Does Buying Gifts For Your Family Ever Get Any Easier?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Buying gifts for your family is often a bizarre experience. On the one hand, you've known them for your entire life; you know them better than anyone else and you've got a genuine, strong bond. But on the other hand, trying to find them presents that you're sure they'll like is so stressful that it makes you want to pull your hair out! Why is it always so difficult to find the right gifts for them? There's always something that makes it harder than it needs to be. Either you can't figure out what to get, and if you can then you can't find it, and if you can find it then they've already got it! It's almost enough to make anyone throw in the towel and give up. But fret not! Here are some simple things that you can do to making giving your family members the perfect gift a much easier and more relaxed experience.

Look at their passions

Now this isn't just a matter of checking out which TV shows they like or what music they enjoy. Look at the things that they really love. What are they passionate about above everything else in the world? Being able to figure that out will give you a fantastic insight into the kind of gift that you should get them. If you can give them a gift that ties into something they truly care about, not only are they going to get more use out of it than something else, but it's also going to mean that much more to them because it shows how much thought you put in.

Let say for example they have this passion for music, you can check out some of the cool guitars here

Get personal

There really is nothing like receiving a completely personal present. The kind of thing that has genuine meaning to you and that no one else in the world will ever have. There are plenty of stores, both on and offline, that offer bespoke creations so that you can get someone a unique, one-of-a-kind gift. There are even some places where you can take something a little bit more ordinary and personalize it to give it that extra touch. If you're stuck for a gift for the sports fan in the family then why not look at some engraved golf trophies and medals?  You can personalize them with your own message, choosing to make it funny or sincere, the choice is completely up to you!

Go the homemade route

If you want to give a gift that really is one of a kind then why not think about making it yourself. You don't need to be a particularly skilled artist to be able to create something that your family members will love. The fact that you've taken the time and effort to create something for them will mean more than a gift picked off the shelf in a superstore ever could. There are hundreds of tutorials online showing you how to make some quick, cheap and easy gifts that your family is sure to fall in love with.

A Whole New World: Three Ways Travel Makes You A Better Person

Monday, January 09, 2017


There are a lot of things that make traveling a genuinely amazing experience. It's the sort of thing that everyone should get the chance to do. Especially the kind of traveling where you find yourself completely and totally outside of your comfort zone in somewhere new and unfamiliar. Sadly, a lot of people are a little bit scared of that kind of traveling. 

The idea of giving up all of the familiar things that they're used to, even for a while, can be a pretty daunting idea. But travel can be one of the most remarkable things that you'll ever do. One of the most important reasons that travel is so amazing is that it actually makes you a better person. Not only does it offer you something amazing, but it helps form you into someone with more to offer the world. Don't believe me? Well here are some ways in which travel really can make you a better person.

Boys Toys: Time For Some Seriously Manly Fun

Sunday, January 08, 2017

We hear a lot about home women have been emancipated from the drudgery of life as housewives, now able to go out into the world of work and pursue their own careers. But men, who were once chained to their work and family lives have, to some extent, been emancipated too. There’s just so much stuff out there for men to do - everything from entertainment to sports - that makes life just that little bit better. Weeknight evenings no longer involve trying to force your way into a tin of spam while watching the six o’clock news. With Netflix, gadgets and adventurous activities to enjoy out of the house, there’s never been a better time to be a man at leisure.

With that said, what are the best boys toys out there in 2017? Let’s take a look.

A New Dawn (Or Dave): A New Image For A New You

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Yes, so it's the new year, and no doubt you've been thinking about going to the gym, eating well, or just putting down that chocolate that you're holding in your hand right now! And you know what, I can't blame you. We all hit that point when the calendar changes, and we all feel guilty about our Dad Bods or paunches, but I'm not here to give you advice on how many crunches to do! There are merely three rules to take on board if you want to get back into your old jeans from many years ago (or 2016).

Get Yourself Back To Nature With These Camping Tips

Friday, January 06, 2017

Living the city life can make people feel worn out and in need of relaxation. Indeed, that is why so many folks abandon those ideas of foreign holidays for something a little different. Getting back to nature if one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels and remember the important things in life. You could go alone, with friends, or you could take the entire family. Getting your kids away from those games consoles will only have a positive effect. They might complain about it, but they’ll thank you for years to come when they have happy memories. With that in mind, some tips on this page should help you to get things right.

Fall In Love With Food All Over Again: How To Reignite Your Passion For Cooking

Thursday, January 05, 2017


We can all get a little lazy with our cooking and eating habits from time to time. Blaming our lifestyles and how we busy we are to the lack of healthy eating and making nutritious and balanced meals. We can all be tempted by those ready meals and think we are getting a good meal, but are we really? Getting ourselves into this rut can only be causing us more harm than good. So as many people strive to start the new year on a healthier diet, I thought it was the perfect time to share with you some of the ways you can reignite your passion for cooking once more. I hope it inspires you to get back in the kitchen.

Helpful Steps To Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Traveling is a wonderful passion. You can experience exciting new things in amazing new places. Whether you’re planning on taking a road trip or going skiing, getting out of your house and going somewhere new is thrilling.

But what happens to your house while you’re gone? Burglars often take the opportunity to rob houses while the owners are away traveling. It’s important to take some measures to secure your home before you leave. Here are some of the steps that can help keep your home safe while you’re away on your travels.

Outback Adventure: Travelling To The Land Of Aus

Monday, January 02, 2017


Traveling the world is an aspiration held by most people. But, unfortunately, far too few of us ever get to realize this dream. If you can’t travel everywhere, though, it doesn’t mean that you can’t travel anywhere. And, if you’re going to travel, you should go somewhere particularly special. Australia ticks all of the boxes when it comes to special. With dozens of different types of terrain, some massive cities, and one of the most diverse and isolated ecosystems on earth. With so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to start.

Six Things Only Real Campers Know

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Whether you’re somebody who loves to sleep under the stars or you only drag yourself along on a camping holiday reluctantly, there are some things that only real campers know. Check out some of these things that those who stay inhotels and bed and breakfasts will never understand.


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