A couple of years ago, when I purchased my first weight bar, I didn’t put much thought into its quality or type, because barbells are just barbells, right? That logic led to a world of disappointment when I broke it just a few days later, without even using that many heavy plates on it. Thereafter, I decided I should probably do some research before I buy another one so that I don’t end up wasting money while trying to save up on buying a cheap model instead of a more expensive, better-quality one.
Before you can make a well-informed decision, you need to understand the barbell’s anatomy. Typically, barbells feature a 28-29mm diameter shaft, and they come in various shapes and sizes. They typically weigh either 20kg or 15kg. The shaft of the barbell is built with a special machining process that gets the bar’s length and diameter. There’s a part on the shaft known as a “knurling”, which is the cross-hatched, rough surface. (more…)
Being physically active not only helps you stay in good shape but also has some great health benefits. Swimming, jogging, running, walking or working out are all great forms of exercise and a means to improve both your physical and mental health. However, to make the most out of your experience, all of these sports require some sort of a basic equipment. So, if you want to start working out, it is a good idea to get the basics. Here’s my tip – a foam roller. This versatile piece of equipment can be used in various ways for different purposes. It is easy to store, it is lightweight and affordable – which means anyone can buy it. Now let’s take a look at its different uses and benefits.
Low-density rollers – As a beginner, low-density foam rollers are your best choice because they are the softest and the lightest ones. Also, they are great for people who had a heavy workout a couple of days before and are experiencing sore muscles. These simple pieces of equipment are designed to work out the “knots” in your muscles, which are also called trigger points. In other words, they work just like a deep massage can be intense sometimes. Still, you shouldn’t feel so much pain – if you do though, maybe it is best to choose a softer density roller and work your way towards using a firmer one over time. (more…)
The best way to stay healthy and fit is to do a bit of cardio every now and then. A slow paced run can really help get your blood flowing, make you more active and make you feel great for the rest of the day. Unlike other exercises, you won’t feel the type of muscle pain that comes from lifting weights, you’ll just feel full of energy and maybe a little sweaty. And even if there aren’t any good jogging spots where you live or the weather isn’t really suitable for running, there are ways you can do your cardio exercise at home.
The best way to work up a sweat at home is to get yourself an exercise bike. Not only are exercise bikes as good of a method for exercising as going for a run, but there are a few benefits that they can offer which can really help you switch out your workout routine every once in a while. One of the ways in which such a bike can do this is by allowing you to switch gears and make it more difficult or easier to move the peddles depending on whether you want to work up a sweat or build some muscle in your legs.
Teak is one of the most popular types of wood in the world of furniture and that’s for some very good reasons. It is hard, strong, and durable – it can withstand being exposed to the elements, which makes it one of the best choices for outdoor furniture. Plus, it is aesthetically pleasing, which makes it the ideal material for your garden seating. In today’s blog post, we will focus our attention on the extremely practical pieces of art known as garden benches. (more…)
Reaching 50s is a really exciting time in life. You probably feel really grounded regarding your career and your family, and you are comfortable with yourself. However, your style and wardrobe might not be keeping up with how you feel about yourself. You might be questioning whether certain trends are right for your body and age, or which brands and designers you should shop for. Simply said, fashion for women over 50 can be really confusing. (more…)
If you’re thinking about adding a pair of sandals to your summer footwear collection – good idea! Even though they have a bad reputation among certain groups of people, nobody can really blame you for wanting a bit of ventilation on your feet as the temperatures rise. But the truth is, whether you look good or not in sandals – it all comes down to how you wear them. So unless you’re wearing them at the beach, there are some simple guidelines that you should follow. Here are some of the strong dos and don’ts that you should consider when thinking about wearing sandals.
First and foremost, take care of your feet. Since you’ll be exposing them for the world to see, make sure they look good – cut your toenails, get a pedicure even. Pedicures aren’t manly enough for you? Then you’re not manly enough to rock sandals, it is as simple as that. Just because there’s this unwritten rule that pedicures are just for women, that doesn’t mean that everyone should blindly follow it and that it is true. By the way, plenty of men get pedicures, including a lot of celebrities.
Next, make sure you get high-quality sandals. There are various mens sandals Australia online stores where you can find quality and modern male sandals. If you’re confident enough, ask for the type of mens sandals Australia beachgoers wear and ask them where they got them. Look for comfort, style, and durability. Furthermore, it is a good idea to roll up your pants a bit when wearing sandals. Since the goal is to get proper ventilation in your feet, roll up the pants above the ankles and do a pinroll. Pinch the inseam and fold it in. Cuff the pants once so that they look neat when wearing sandals. It’s a classic summer look that will get you more style points.
Now that you know about the do’s of wearing sandals, here are some of the don’ts. The first don’t is (and it’s a big one) – don’t wear sandals on a date, or in the office. No matter how good or cute you think your feet may look, just don’t wear sandals on formal occasions. You should always dress to impress, and even though some men can seriously impress with their sandals, they should just save them for informal occasions. The next big don’t is – don’t wear them with socks. I don’t care what anyone says – sandals and socks don’t go together. Oh, you’re cold? Wear shoes then.
Bottom line is, as long as you follow these few simple rules, fewer people will give you a hard time about wearing sandals.
Long gone are the days when it was believed that massage chairs were a luxury that mere mortal cannot afford. Due to the hectic schedules in our day-to-day lives, many people that are in a desperate need of a massage sadly cannot find the time needed to schedule it and attend it. Luckily, with the wide range of massage chairs on the market, prices have plummeted in the past couple of years, making the buying of a massage chair much more affordable. Plus, it has been medically proven that massage chairs have an enormous positive effect on our health, so why not go for one?
When you first start practising yoga, it’s hard to know what you really need to buy. The yoga industry is constantly developing so many new pieces of clothing and equipment that you might feel like you will need to spend thousands of dollars before even stepping into the studio. But don’t give up just yet – the good news is, you don’t need all that fancy clothing, gadgets and accessories. Let’s talk about the basics. (more…)
If you’re someone who frequently spends time camping of caravaning, then you probably carry appliances such as a fridge-freezer, laptop or some other kind of electrical devices that require stable power. In order to feed these delicate electronic devices with clean power, you should consider investing in a quality, portable pure sine wave inverter. Sine wave inverters covert DC from your vehicle’s battery to AC, which is then used by the electrical appliances.
You can find a pure sine wave inverter that will fit the specific requirements of all your devices in camping gear online stores relatively easy. But with so many different inverter models available nowadays, picking the one with the right features might prove to be more difficult than you’d expect, especially if you are a first-time buyer who has no knowledge whatsoever in inverters. (more…)
Even though traditional mail isn’t used nearly as much as it was up until about 20 years ago, mailboxes are still ubiquitous. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re still incredibly functional, yet affordable additions to our home’s exterior, and they can actually enhance your property’s value. Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a lot of mailbox manufacturers that create both contemporary and vintage models. (more…)