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6 Super Fun Ways to Stay In Shape

Staying in shape usually requires a lot of hard work and discipline. However, it can be easier if you enjoy doing it. So, here are six ways to stay fit and have a lot of fun in the process.


This is a great activity for the summer, but not exclusively related to summer months. Swimming in lakes, rivers or the sea is an enjoyable activity for most, but the fun doesn’t have to end when it gets cold. Visit your local swimming pool and get a season pass to just keep swimming whenever you feel like it. Swimming is beneficial for the proper functioning of your cardiovascular system, it tones your muscles and, at the same time, it keeps the pressure off your joints and bones. This is particularly valuable benefit for people suffering from arthritis or similar conditions, since it’s especially hard for them to stay active and fit by doing other activities which require too much leg or arm work.


To most of us, there’s nothing like the fresh air on our face while cycling, so this activity definitely falls under the category of fun. Bikes don’t have to be too expensive, and once you buy one, they don’t require too much maintenance, so they are a great investment. The wonderful thing about it is that you get to choose the scenery you prefer and just cycle wherever you want. Cycling is easy on the joints while it helps you build strength, and not to mention muscles. It does wonders for your heart and the cardiovascular system, while it helps you burn calories and get rid of those extra pounds. And there are special raincoats for bikers, so you don’t have to let rain or wind stop you from doing what you love and being in a good shape.


This is an action sport, but it can also be a wonderful recreational activity. It’s an outdoor activity and breathing in the fresh air is always good for you. Plus, it makes it faster and more fun to get from one place to another. It’s easy to get a quality skateboard and appropriate protective equipment, so you’ll be set to go in no time. Skateboarding provides ankle flexibility, improves your balance and coordination, while burning calories. It tones your leg and stomach muscles and you use your arms for balancing, all at the same time.


This is an amazing activity for all those who love winter and snow. Skis can even be rented, so you don’t have to buy your own. If you don’t know how to ski, you can always learn by getting instructions. Skiing will make your bones and joints stronger, improve the state of your cardiovascular system and strengthen your lower body muscles. Besides that, it will alleviate stress and you will sleep better afterwards. Plus, it burns calories, which makes it even more useful.

Rock climbing

Not only is rock climbing beneficial to your body, but also to your mind. This is another great outdoor activity for those who are adventurous and enjoy nature. However, if this is not the case, there are gyms with indoor artificial rocks and climbing walls. Rock climbing will boost strength in your arms, legs, back and neck, while improving your breathing and heart rate. You have to activate most of your muscle groups and your whole body in order to climb walls or rocks, so this activity will definitely get you in shape and keep you that way. Also, it clears your mind, gives you more confidence and it relieves the stress. So, choose an interesting place and get going!

Martial arts

This used to mean mostly karate, judo or taekwondo, but it’s not the case anymore. Today, you can take up Krav Maga or Mixed Martial Arts instead. Martial arts will increase your strength, mobility and flexibility. They will also improve your concentration and lower your blood pressure, while helping you stay healthy and in shape. You can even choose to practice indoors or outdoors, whichever you like better.

It’s not that hard to be fit when you’re having fun. So, try to have a good time while keeping in shape and doing exercise. After all, that’s the point of it all.


Luke is a fitness and health blogger at and and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

6 Tips to Protect Your Joints

When you’re working out, you should pay extra attention to your joints, especially weight-bearing joints such as knees and ankles, because they absorb most of the impact during strenuous bodybuilding training. Joint injuries are frequent in sports, and they ultimately lead to damage and disease, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike back or hip problems that are characteristics of old age, joint problems plague people regardless of how old they are. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that can help you stay injury free, and keep your joints healthy when you’re training.

Warm up and stretch

Joints connect two bones, and their surrounding smooth tissue, cartilage, as well as a lubricant, synovial, prevent friction between two bones. Warm-up exercises and stretching are essential for prevention of all kinds of injuries, including joint strains, dislocations, or sprains. Many people think that warming up is the same thing as stretching, which is a common misconception. These two procedures are complementary, and both are highly beneficial for improving joint flexibility and increasing mobility. A warm-up should start with joint rotations that will stimulate the production of synovial fluid. After warm-up exercises, comes stretching that will prevent joint stiffness, and ultimately injuries.

Watch your nutrition

Inflammations and excess fat are the greatest enemies of healthy joints. This means that you should eliminate sugar, processed foods, or carbonated drinks, from your diet as they stimulate inflammatory responses. Make sure to include foods rich in antioxidants, such as dark, leafy green vegetables, berries, or nuts as they can successfully fight inflammations. Orange vegetables are loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, essential for preventing rheumatoid arthritis and similar inflammation-related conditions. Fish like salmon, mackerel, or sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids, important for suppressing the production of enzymes that lead to cartilage erosion.

Do yoga or Pilates

Bodybuilding lifting and yoga are, practically, match made in heaven. A demanding and strenuous exercise regimen requires some kind of antidote, that can help the body to completely relax and recuperate. Although many weight lifters aren’t actually into Pilates, this low-impact training can actually help them improve their balance, as well as joint mobility and flexibility. Yoga is composed of various stretching exercises that can do wonders for sore and stiff joints, and improve the elasticity of the whole body.

Take supplements

Supplementation is one of the essential elements of any effective exercising regimen. Apart from regular supplements aiding muscle growth, there are those used for keeping your joints healthy. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the human body and it’s a major ingredient of the synovial fluid and cartilage, and its role is to protect your joints from injuries and make them more elastic. There are supplements that increase and retain hyaluronic acid in your joints, and they’re used to prevent injuries and disorders, as well as to treat them. A study has found that this supplement can alleviate symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. People who train a lot should make sure to take high-purity glucosamine in order to replenish the stores of this chemical compound, whose responsibility is to reduce osteoarthritic pain and swelling, increase joint mobility, and help repair the cartilage. Its production is reduced due to a natural aging process and sustained traumas, and this ultimately results in cartilage destruction, so it’s important to boost it with a high-quality supplement.  

Reduce stress

Believe it or not, but stress also contributes to joint issues and aggravate them. Namely, when you’re stressed, levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are soaring and wreaking havoc on your immune system. Apart from setting the fertile ground for various inflammations, cortisol has a negative impact on the production of collagen, a protein that makes connective tissues, by inhibiting its production and breaking it down. When you’re stressed focus on your breathing pattern and try to breathe deeply for 10 minutes.  Yoga is also beneficial for controlling cortisol levels, as this ancient practice incorporates meditation and diaphragmatic breathing.

Choose good shoes

As an athlete, you’re aware how important shoes are for your performance. When it comes to such high-impact activities such as bodybuilding, your joints are exposed to various loads that they have to absorb, meaning that they’re under a great deal of strain. That’s why it’s important that your shoes are comfortable, and that they provide support and stability. Unlike running shoes that should provide cushioning in order to absorb impact, shoes for strength training should have a thin sole in order to improve your balance.

Joints are extremely prone to injury, so it’s of vital importance to be careful and follow these tips in order to keep them healthy. Remember that joint injury can damage your cartilage beyond repair and ultimately result in various diseases, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Luke is a fitness and health blogger at and and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

5 Steps To Reduce Rage

It’s not rocket science to know that building muscle aids in boosting testosterone. One of the characteristics of high-T males that is most commonly documented is their drive toward dominance and reactive aggression.

Some people are prone to rage more than others, but anger is a feeling that many of us could use a bit of help in handling. The choices we make when angry can often come back to haunt us, but the cycle is hard to break. Anger has power – but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with that power, from letting it control you, to wielding it in a way that spurs you on to something positive.

Here are 5 ways to tame your inner raging bull:


1. Do the Opposite – Remember that Seinfeld episode when George turned his life around by doing the opposite of what he thought he should do? Well, think of this as the Seinfeld approach to anger management. Do the opposite of what you feel like doing when you’re mad. Instead of lashing out, develop empathy. The next time you feel like swearing at the guy who cut you off, just remind yourself that few people are jerks on purpose. You’ve probably been guilty of doing the same thing a time or two.


2. Blow Off Steam Wisely – After you’ve acknowledged your physiological response to anger, trying to tell yourself to stay calm is one of the worst things you can do (second only to being told to calm down). As a human being, you’re programmed to act out when you feel threatened and angry. You need to release the rage in a healthy way so do what you already love: push-ups, bicep curls, squats…hit the gym and take it out on the weights.


3. Choose Your Words Carefully – When anger’s talking, steer clear of using the words “never” and “always.” Such as “You’re always telling me what to do!” or “You never let me hang out with the guys!” Not only are you stating inaccurate accusations, you’re alienating people who might otherwise work to find a solution. Once you’ve cooled off (refer to #2), try expressing how you feel in a direct, non-confrontational way.


4. Rest Your Body and Mind – Sleep helps you function at your mental and physical best. In fact, good sleep improves your mood, your immune system and even your metabolism. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces more stress hormones. A lack of sleep significantly ups your chances of blowing up at someone.

No Beer

5. Drink Responsibly – When you’re thinking, “Damn. I need a drink,” think again. The trouble with alcohol is that it doesn’t relieve high anxiety or anger issues and could actually make them worse. In some people, drinking when super tense can underscore the dark side of whatever stressed them out and push them over the edge. If you’re stressed to the max and know alcohol can bite you back, grab your iPod and cool off (refer to #2).

In a nonstop world of challenges pushing you from annoyed to enraged, remember the toll anger takes on your health. If left unchecked, anger clamps down on your blood vessels and can even promote impotence. Not good. Plus, strong negative emotions mess with your blood pressure and hormone function and provoke inflammation. To make the change for a better mood, figure out what makes you happy and start doing it as often as possible.

Tristan "Lucky"Written by: Tristan “Lucky”