Why Isn't Your Workout Effective?

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Whatever your fitness goals are, whether you want to lower your heart rate or you’d much rather build up your strength, you can make some pretty easy mistakes. Lots of people can mean well, and workout out 3 to 4 times a week, but nothing is really happening as a result. Why is that? 

Well, your fitness routine is often only as effective as your commitment to it, and in understanding where you’re going wrong with your workout, you’ll be able to see the results you want much, much sooner. So, without further ado, here are the most common reasons behind workout inefficiency, and what you can do to prevent this from becoming a problem!

You’ve Been Working Out The Same Way For Too Long

Working out in the same way, for the same amount of time, for weeks and months on end is not going to do you any favors. You’ve got to push yourself a little, and prevent your muscles from reaching a ‘plateau’. They’ll simply adapt to what you’re doing, and you won’t notice any more gains until you step things up a little. That can be via timing, intensity, or doing something completely different

You’re Not Supplementing Your Routine

If you’re trying out a workout routine and you’re not doing anything else to focus on your health and fitness, you’re already setting off on the wrong foot. Exercise, at its core, is part of one big system, and being able to address all parts in your quest to build muscle or shed a few pounds is essential. 

But what are you missing out on? Well, you’re probably not supplementing your routine enough. It has no support, and thus you’re noticing minimal results. 

For example, it’s why a lot of strength builders down the gym will drink shakes made from a protein concentrate, and why it’s recommended to really pack out your plate during meal times when you’re working out. Sure, you’re trying to lose weight, but don’t let your body go hungry - that’s the opposite of what you need to do here. 

Your Form Isn’t the Greatest… 

Maybe you’re working out in the wrong way? Maybe your form is off, and you’re not getting the benefit of the sets you’re doing because you’re not targeting the right muscles? It can happen easily, and it happens a lot more often than you’d think. 

Without knowing how to properly move, you can injure yourself, cause yourself to feel stiff and sore the morning after, and simply not feel the benefit at all. 

But how can you improve on this? Watch a few videos, follow a few tutorials, even work with a personal trainer down the gym, if you can book a time slot! It’ll benefit you in the long run, and it’ll certainly beat back those workout woes you’re feeling. 

Your workout might not be effective right now, but not for much longer! What do you do to switch up your workout routine? Share it in the comments below!

And until next time...

Stay Curious!


Don't Let COVID Bring You Down, Get Back To Travelling ASAP

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

With some of the world now starting to come out of the pandemic, meaning that it’s time to start resuming life as normal in most cases. With Melbourne still in lockdown, it can be challenging watching others around the world start to go on adventures again. It may feel like this lockdown will go on forever but that doesn't mean you can't start planning the great escape once we can finally leave our 5km radius!

Of course, those who test positive for COVID still need to self-isolate to help contain the spread, and people travelling should continue to wash their hands and wear a face mask. Other than that, it’s time to get things going again, and one of the things that a lot of people have missed is travelling. In this article, we’re going to look at how to make this work, so keep reading to find out more.

Make The Plans

First, you need to make the plans. You need to search online for the best flights for the best price, then you need to look at accommodation for the duration of your stay, think about who is coming with you or whether you would rather go on your own and so on. It’s a lot of planning, but it needs to be done. Once you have made the plans, you are going to be free to enjoy the time up until then, getting excited to get back into travelling mode.

Double and triple check everything to ensure that you have got everything you need booked. The last thing that you need is to get to your destination, only to realise that you don’t have everything sorted.

Budget It In

Make sure that you are consulting your budget before you book anything though. You can’t be spending money that has already been allocated for something else, as this is really not going to help you. Once you have budgeted in all the usual expenses, you then need to add on some spending money. We recommend working out how much you think the duration is going to cost roughly, and then splitting it evenly into the amount of days that you are there. This way, you always have some spending money, and if you don’t spend it all the previous day, it can roll over.

Explore Your Heart Out

Now that the planning and money is all sorted out, you are free to go and explore your heart out. Go places that you have never been before, and if you have been to the destination previously, find somewhere new to go while you’re there. There is never going to be a shortage of places that you can explore and learn about, so get back to it now. It will all be worth it when you are back doing the thing that you love, making yourself happy with life for the first time since COVID.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do in order to get back to travelling. There is no reason for COVID to keep you down any longer, as long as you are going to take the proper safety precautions. We hope that you have a fantastic time, and that travelling again is everything you have been hoping for.

What are you doing to help beat the quarantine blues? Where will you travel first once restrictions are lifted?

And until next time...

Stay Curious!


Tips for Mentally Recovering From a Sports Injury

Friday, 6 August 2021

Whether you’re an athlete or just enjoy working out, an injury can be a real pain when you have to spend countless hours of physical and mental work behind the scenes. Amateur sportspeople will often not see this when they face struggling with an injury. 

When injured, people can feel isolated, frustrated, anxious, and depressed meaning that their mental health is severely impacted as a result. If you’re injured and out of commission while battling doubts, fear, low self-esteem and confidence issues, you may wonder if you’ll ever get to feeling like yourself again. Here are some of the things you could be doing to make your life easier while in recovery. 

Try to Think Positive 

When we are faced with big life challenges, our minds can often get clouded with negative thoughts. Of course, ‘thinking positive’ is a lot easier said than done when it comes to being able to change your entire mindset, but some people find that positivity can come through simple measures such as having a mantra written somewhere. Having it written down somewhere you will see it frequently will enable you to be able to read it or repeat it when you start to feel those feelings of self-doubt creeping in and sabotaging you.

Feel Those Feelings 

It is natural to feel disappointed by your inability to participate in a sport if it is a big part of your life. You’re likely missing the people you train with, as well as the rush you get from being active or achieving something new within your sport. 

Only you know the feeling you get from taking part in your sports—so when it’s no longer available to you, it becomes a loss that you might grieve. 

Recognizing your feelings is one of the first steps to managing them, owning them and moving through them.

Get Help and Support When You Need It 

Every single world-class athlete gets to an elite level of their game with a whole load of help. In the same way that you may go for physio for your body, seeing a therapist or coach can act as a helpful motivation to keep you in the right mindset.

You would never feel ashamed of going to see a physiotherapist for the pain in your body, so seeing a therapist for the pain in your mind is just as, if not more important.

Know That You Are In Control 

Injuries can often make us feel powerless. While there are many things beyond your control as you recover from an injury, there are certain conscious choices to be made such as taking the right amount of rest and only pushing yourself when it feels 100% right. Taking ownership of your situation means that you can insure that your injury doesn’t have power over you. You are in control. 

It’s not possible to anticipate the obstacles that you will face should an injury occur. However, whether you are training or resting, you should always do yourself to be the best you can be. 

And until next time...

Stay Curious!


The Biggest Myths About Mental Health

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Mental health is a field surrounded by controversy. That’s because, unlike most diseases, you can’t easily dissect someone’s brain and point to something and say “there’s the anxiety” or “there’s the depression.” 

Because of this, the field of mental health is rife with mythology. Even practitioners admit that a lot of what they do feels like hocus pocus. Because mind and body aren’t the same thing, they struggle to come to effective clinical diagnoses, even with all their modern instrumentation. 

In this post, we take a look at some of the myths that currently dominate thinking about mental health and then dispel them. 

Building Muscle: 2 Key Ingredients That Contribute Towards Ultimate Success

Friday, 30 July 2021

When it comes to building muscle, there are two key ingredients that contribute toward ultimate success - great nutrition and motivated exercise. Understanding these two features is absolutely essential if you wish to achieve your strength and physique goals, as you won't be able to increase your muscle mass without perfecting your diet and workout regime. Luckily, learning how to master the art of building muscle doesn't have to be as difficult as you might expect, as there are in fact just a few key tips and tricks that you can make the most of to turn your dreams into a reality in no time at all! So, if you would like to find out more, then read on.


5 Surprising Ways That Working Out Is Good For You

Friday, 9 July 2021

We all know that regular exercise is good for you but did you know it can affect your body in some surprising ways? It is all to do with oxygen flow and how it affects the whole body. Here are some of the lesser known benefits to regular exercise. 


Top 4 Things To Do Around Alice Springs

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

 Are you in the spirit for a memorable adventure but don't know where to go? Well then, you've come to the right place! If you are a free-spirited, adventure-seeking, curious soul, tours of Uluru and the Australian Outback are just what you need!

It is highly recommended that you take at least 1 full day to venture about and explore the magical and spiritual beauty of Uluru and another 2-3 days to experience the richness of Alice Springs. 

Where to begin?

Known as the Aboriginal Art capital of Central Australia, Alice Springs is home to many local Aboriginal art galleries and, of course, the world-renowned Uluru. Famous for its thriving and spirited rich culture, locals, and history, Alice Springs is certainly one destination worth ticking off your bucket list. So what should you do when you're in Alice Springs?


Where to Sleep on a Road Trip

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Planning a multi-day road trip? It’s important to consider where you will be sleeping along the way. Below are just some of the different options to consider - and how to make each one work for you.


Three Ways You Can Take Better Care of Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

Monday, 7 June 2021

It is essential for us to find ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing. It’s something that many forget to watch. Doing this should be part of a healthy lifestyle and included daily.

We are all different, this means that what works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next. It can make it difficult to find the right things that help you as an individual. For some Bluesky Psychology may be the support they need, for others going for a daily walk could be enough to allow them time to reflect. 


How to Make Staycations More Affordable

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Although staycations are generally cheaper than traveling abroad, they can sometimes stretch your budget. Staycations are ideal if you want to reduce travel time and book last minute. If you are struggling to find one within your budget, here are some tips on how to make staycations more affordable.


Choosing the Best Accommodation When You Visit Australia

Sunday, 25 April 2021

 It's no secret that the weather in Australia can be quite extreme. The sun is hot, the air is dry, and it can be quite uncomfortable to spend time in a place like this if you don't have the right accommodation. Air conditioning can definitely be considered an essential, but there are other features you should be looking for when you're looking for the best accommodation Australia has to offer. Let's take a look at some of the features you need to look for, giving you the chance to start your hunt with a clear idea of what you want in mind. 


4 Ways to Take the ‘Routine’ Out of Your Fitness Routine

Saturday, 3 April 2021

It can happen to any of us. We begin a fitness routine with good intentions but when it becomes too routine, by which we mean something of a chore, we can quickly tire of what we are doing. At that point, we can be tempted to call it quits!

As you will understand, calling it quits isn't something to consider. Keeping on top of our fitness levels is important, for both our physical and mental wellbeing, so when our workouts do become boring, we should make changes.

When it comes to your workouts, consider the following if you are starting to become bored with what you are currently doing.


Are You Feeling Discomfort While Working Out?

Saturday, 6 March 2021

We've all been there. Whether you're super motivated starting a new fitness journey, training for an event, or just getting back into the gym post-COVID, we've all gone a little too hard during our workout. You want to push yourself, really get back into shape, and you may have pushed a little too hard, too quickly.

Some soreness, a little aching to be expected after a workout, and you should, indeed, feel the burn, as they say, while pushing your body to new limits. However, if you’re feeling new discomfort that can’t be explained by that familiar burn or soreness, then you might need to examine how, exactly, you’re working out.

Slow It Down

If you’re working out and you push yourself to a new intensity or lift a new amount of weight then you feel some discomfort, tightness, or pain, you should stop immediately. That’s a clear sign that you might be pushing your body farther than it should go and too soon. Increasing the intensity of your workouts is a great fitness-boosting strategy, but you should only do it once you’re comfortable working at your existing pace and your body is warmed up to kick it up a notch. Don’t up the pace too quickly or too dramatically.

Let Yourself Recover

If you have already worked out (especially to a high intensity) or you have injured yourself recently, then you should listen closely to your body when you start your next session. If you feel pain as soon as you start moving or doing a specific kind of exercise, then it’s a good indicator that you need more time to rest up. Remember, there should be discomfort but not pain.

I think a lot of neglect our recover time. We think the more we workout, the faster we will see results. But not allowing for some recovery can severely impact your progress. It's better to allow your body the time to rest in between sessions, rather than push, injure yourself, and then have to postpone your progress. If you're someone who wants to keep consistency in your schedule, utilise stretching as your recovery session. Your body will thank you!

Wear the Right Gym Gear

Simply put, if you’re not wearing things of the right fit, then you’re going to be experiencing sensations that are going to reduce the effectiveness of your workout. When it comes to sports bras, you don’t need the additional movement and chafing of a bad fit. Similarly, instead of baggy pants, you should switch to these red white and blue workout clothes that offer tightness and compression. You’re going to be able to move your body more freely and, thus, more comfortably.

Shake Off That Sweat

Another physical cause of discomfort is sweating too much or, rather, letting that sweat stay on your skin. Of course, we all do and should sweat while working out to regulate our body temperature. However, if that sweat stays on your body, it can irritate and chafe your skin, not to mention cooling you down too rapidly. Use sweat-wicking materials as well as sweatbands to prevent it from happening.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have given yourself enough time to recover, you’re wearing the right gear, and exercising carefully, but you still feel a specific kind of pain or discomfort that isn’t caused by the regular burn of muscle wear and tear, then you should see a doctor. There could be an underlying fitness injury that flares up when you move a specific set of muscles, for instance, that’s worth looking more closely at.

You need to listen to your body and know the difference between the natural kinds of achiness while working out and recovering, and the kind of discomfort that should, on your first experience, feel wrong. Hopefully, the tips above can help you address and fix the problems behind it.

Have you ever injured yourself because you pushed too hard during a workout? What are some of your recovery tips and tricks? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.

And until next time...

Stay curious!


5 Fitness-Boosting Strategies That Actually Work

Thursday, 4 March 2021

 As anyone who has tried it will attest, finding new levels of fitness is hard. You can run and run and run and never really improve how it feels. Even after many years of practice, you can still look enviously at people who seem to be able to do it so effortlessly. 

Usually, the problem isn’t with your body (or your mind), but your approach. You think that eating lots of white pasta and putting your body through gruelling jogs on Saturday mornings is what you need to do to get the job done. But that’s not it at all. 


4 Ways to Prepare For Your First Off-Road Adventure

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Off-roading has become one of the most popular ways of travelling in recent years. Especially in countries where you have loads of open spaces and long roads connecting you to everything. It's a chance to really break free from the typical travel lifestyle and explore things outside of the busy cities around you. Some popular off-roading travel destinations include Australia, USA and Europe. Regardless of where you want to explore, it's crucial to be prepared!

Not sure where to start? Don't worry we've got you covered. Below, you'll find a few ways to prepare for your very first off-road adventure: