Getting The Most Out Of Outdoor Exercise All Year

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It’s nice to get some fresh air. The scenery is stunning. The wide-open road. Getting out of the gym and transferring your workouts outside is a terrific way to switch up your routine. Alternatively, avoid the gym entirely and save money by exercising outside; fresh air is free! And you don’t have to let the weather deter you from going out. 

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Here’s how to get the most out of your workout, any time of the year. 

Any Time Of The Year

When working out, regardless of the time, place, or season, observe these guidelines:

  • Quench Your Thirst: This is a simple guideline, but it is still crucial! Drink 8 to 16oz of water before the workout to minimize dehydration, and then again after to allow your muscles to properly recover and avoid pain the next day. If you’re sweating profusely during your workout, drink enough water to compensate for your body’s water loss – around a glass every 15 minutes.


  • Grab Some Food: Eat something within 30 minutes of completing a workout. Even a banana or a handful of pretzels will keep you going until you reach home and can prepare a meal. A post-workout meal is essential for replenishing glycogen levels and preventing muscle breakdown.


  • Apply Sunscreen: If the sun is out, you should wear sunscreen no matter what time of year it is. While it may not appear to be required in the winter, snow can reflect the sun’s rays right into your face, and exercising outside at high elevations increases the danger of UV exposure.


  • Wear breathable synthetic textiles that draw sweat away from the skin instead of cotton. Cotton does not dry as rapidly as other fabrics, which might leave your skin feeling moist and uncomfortable during your workout.


  • Stay Fresh: Sweating degrades the natural bacteria in your armpit, which causes odor. Use an antiperspirant deodorant tough enough to fight odor and wetness to keep you feeling fresh, such as Solid Deodorant, which delivers long-lasting protection to maintain your confidence during and after your workout.
For Outdoor Exercise In The Summer

How can you get a good workout in the heat without overheating? Here are a few pointers to assist you to overcome the heat:

  • Workout in the Morning: Working out in the morning might help you avoid the heat and direct sunshine, especially if you go before daybreak when the day is at its coolest. Because the sun’s rays are at their greatest at noon, you’re more likely to burn. And the warmest part of the day is between 3 and 5 p.m.


  • Cover Up: If the sun is shining, you may be tempted to remove your shirt to be cool, but sunscreen alone can impede perspiration evaporation, preventing your body from cooling off and dehydrating you faster. Wear a thin, light-colored outfit if it’s sunny. If it isn’t, wearing less is OK. If you are hiking you may want to look at outdoor equipment to keep you warm and their scarf selection


  • An oldie but a goodie, Up Your H2O. In the summer, drink plenty of water, and if you’re sweating abundantly, add electrolytes to your drink to ensure you’re maintaining the proper salt balance in your body.

These tips should help you to feel prepared for outdoor exercise. Do have any other tips? Please share them below. 




Why many blogs will fail in 2019

Blogging is very popular right now. Everyone I meet now knows what a blog is unlike when I started blogging in 2012. Many people had no clue what blogging was about then. There are now more blogs that ever before, which is a good thing. I like that blogging is now really popular now. It means there are a lot more blogs to read and people kind of know what you mean when you tell you blog for a living. However, because it has become so popular, there are now all kinds of blogs on the big wide web. And some of these blogs will fail in 2019.


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Why many blogs will fail in 2019

Now blogging is a personal journey for every blogger. We all can’t and shouldn’t blog the same way. Variety is the spice of life which is why I like to do me on here. I am unable to cope being someone else so you will always only read blog posts I want to publish and nothing else. As personal as journey is, there are still some truths that apply to every blog and blogger regardless of your niche or where you based. Which is why you are reading this post.

Here are some of the reasons why I believe many blogs will fail in 2019.


The Lazy Bloggers

Blogging is a lot of work. It takes a lot of time and effort to grow your blog to the point where you start getting a decent amount of traffic (10,000+). This doesn’t happen overnight and it takes a lot to get your blog to the point where you can start attracting brands to spend money advertising their products and services on your blog. Many of the blogs (especially the new ones) underestimate the amount of hard work required and are shocked to see they are not an overnight success when they start blogging. If they could see the amount of work needed to have a successful blog, they may have decided to pursue something else.

Having a successful blog means you are putting in all the hours you can manage into growing your little corner on the internet. Bloggers that can’t put in the work will fail in 2019 because there are just too many options.


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The Outright Copycats

I have had my fair share of dealing with copycats but I still find every encounter annoying. I had to deal with yet another blog thief some days ago and it was really frustrating. The blogger copied an entire blog post twice on his blog and refused to take it down. I had to get the host involved and his blog was eventually shut down. I know it is just a matter of time before I come across another blog thief.

If you have to browse the web in search of blog posts to copy, you will fail in 2019. It is best you find a copywriter to write articles for your blog if you desperately want to have one but can’t write.


Blogging Like Everyone Else

You have to stand out from the saturated world of blogging to make it. There is no need trying to be like another blogger. Regardless of how you think you life is, you always have something to bring to the table. It could be your unique writing voice, photography, amazing makeup or hair advice, fashion and style tips, money saving information, parenting advice, you name it, I bet someone would like to hear what you think. You trying to blog like the “popular blogs” you read would do your own blog no favours. There can only be one you, that is your selling point, so use it.

Blogs that copy other blogs in a subtle way will fail in 2019.


Not Promoting

You should be your biggest cheerleader, regardless of the sort of blog you have. I see many bloggers writing and writing post after post but not promoting. You need to drive as much traffic as you can to your blog. The easiest way to do this is by making sure each post is SEO worthy. That way  it appears on search engines easily. Another way is by promoting on social media platforms to drive more eyeballs to your blog. For me, I get my traffic from search engines than social media, so I guess my SEO game is tight, but I also promote as much as I can on social media platforms to get more eyeballs. There is never anything like too much traffic.

Blogs that don’t their blog posts will fail in 2019.


These are just some of the type of blogs that I believe will fail in 2019. There is no room for mediocre in the saturated world of blogging. If you want to stand out for the right reasons, you have to put in the world, bring your originality to your blog and focus of creating unique content that would inform, educate or entertain your readers.






Homeschooling – The Pros and Cons

After having the twins, I played around with the idea of homeschooling them. I had my reservations about the education system, and I knew some people in real life and online that were happily homeschooling. So I played around with the idea for a bit. Which is why the kiddies didn’t go to any childcare setting until they started Pre School at 3 years old. And before that, I never used any form of childcare and still haven’t except school. I wanted to be hands on with my kids from the start, and that is exactly what I have done for the past 5 plus years.


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The best of both worlds

Homeschooling is an amazing opportunity. I wish I could shake the hands of every parent/guardian doing this. It is a lot of work homeschooling a child. The amount of work involved is impossible to comprehend until you actually do it, so I can only imagine. I do teach my kids at home. We do school work almost everyday, except holidays and weekends. The kiddies enjoy reading, so we do a lot of that. We also practice our spelling, writing and numbers. So they get the best of both worlds – Studying at home and at school.


Homeschooling – The pros for us

Like I said, I found the whole idea of Homeschooling very appealing, and I considered doing it. The reasons why I found homeschooling appealing are –


  1. I liked the flexibility – Being able to set our hours and travel when we want to made me want to homeschool the kids. Homeschooling will enable us work to our own schedule and do what would be convenient for us.

2. Learn at our pace – My kids are very academic, so being able to learn at their pace would be great. Not having to worry about the pace of 28 other children would be great.

3. Set up our own curriculum – This is a big one for me. The idea of learning what I feel is relevant for their age group and ignore things they have no business knowing about. Obviously, they would be learning what their peers are learning in school and more. But no topics I feel they shouldn’t be learning.


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Homeschooling – The cons for us

For me, the cons outweigh the pros at the moment, which is why the kiddies are in a lovely primary school a few minutes away. Here are the cons for me –


  1. Dealing with isolation – I feel like my kids would be isolated if I homeschool now. I don’t drive, so being out and about isn’t easy. Even if I did drive, we would still feel isolated in a homeschool setting.
  2. The Kiddies love school – They love school so much. They are very happy to go everyday and they look forward to the holidays as well. So homeschooling won’t be the best idea for them as they love to socialise with other kids. The whole school setting works for them.
  3. A lot of work – Homeschooling is a lot of work like I said earlier, and the kids being in school helps me work and stay on top of chores, and so on. As a work from home mummy, I do most of my work while the kids are in school, so homeschooling won’t work for us now.


In conclusion

The cons of homeschooling outweighs the pros, which is why we didn’t go down the homeschooling route. What are your thoughts on this? Do you homeschool your children? What are the pros and cons for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s chat.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.




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