How to Clean a Gym Bag

Your gym bag can begin to become a sweaty, smelly mess if you do not properly clean it out on a regular basis. Cleaning it frequently prevents germs and bacteria from forming, and ensures that it and your clothes don’t begin to stink. The last thing you want is to become the smelly guy in the gym!How to Wash Your Gym Bag1) Take everything out of the bag, including the plastic piece in the bottom.2) Give the bag a few hours to air out with nothing in it before you clean.3) Wash the bag down with very hot water and a mild soap.4) Let the bag air dry by putting on a flat surface such as a table.5) After its dry, wipe it down with anti bacterial wipes everywhere including the handles.6) After wiping down, let dry again and you are good to go!7) Re-pack your bag for your next workout with all your supplements from Meathead Mania, including Muscleology.For best results, you should repeat this process about once a month to maintain an optimum level of cleanliness. While this task is a bit time consuming, it is worth the reward. Keeping your workout gear clean is important on a personal level, but you also don’t want to continue to use a gym bag that is full of bacteria. Unfortunately, far too many people do not take the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen. Take the steps today and get on to your next workout.

Can Fitness Clothing Affect Your Workout?

Fitness takes a lot of dedication and motivation to continue towards a healthy lifestyle. Many women have specific things that keep them motivated and make them want to work out more to benefit their health and keep them fit.Fitness clothing is meticulously designed to tailor your workout and activity, but is there real benefits? Aside from the obvious comparisons between wearing a pantsuit in comparison to running pants there are other benefits.As we all know a lot of our attitude towards exercise is based on our own body image and confidence, especially when working out in public. Many women swear that when they put on a workout outfit that they believe to be flattering, appropriate and fashionable, they feel much more motivated to exercise. Especially for women taking an exercise class. Standing in from of a room of mirrors with nothing to look at but yourself and others around you can play havoc with your confidence and looking good can be the difference between getting fit and staying in bed with some pizza!Other benefits of workout clothes are less psychological and more scientific. As mentioned before, you wouldn’t work out in a pantsuit and blazer. Sportswear is designed to fit the contours of the body in a way that minimizes bulk and allows flexibility. Take an exercise like yoga. This is an activity that requires a lot of flexible movement from the body and therefore a form-fitting stretchy fabric is essential not only to allow the body to move without restriction but to make sure the pose or movement is performed correctly.Another instance where workout clothing can really affect your workout is within the realm of sports bras. Women can experience pain and discomfort when vigorously exercising without any support for their chest and a sports bra can be the answer to this. Women with larger chests have often complained that they cannot exercise like a man for example but once they have found the appropriate sports bra they feel much more supported and able to move freely. Sports bras are made in a variety of intensities also making each one appropriate for different exercise and sports.Arguably most important is footwear in exercise. The body takes on a lot of strain when exercising especially when running or playing sports. The knees and joints are very important to keep healthy and therefore the right shoe is essential. Sports shoes are also tailor made to enhance specific activities. Running shoes are very supportive and can come with a lot of cushioning whereas hiking shoes will have a lot more grip and ankle support.Different fabrics also enhance our workout to help reduce and disperse sweat. This keeps the body more free of toxins and keeps us cool as we exercise.Workout clothing can really make a difference to a workout both mentally and physically, when we look good we feel good and when we feel good we look good. With a little help from our sportswear, we can achieve both.

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.