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The Hidden Threat to Men’s Health

So you’re eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. Textbook formula for looking and feeling great, right? Almost, but there is one thing that could derail you from your path to success. In the United States, an estimated 24 million Americans use illegal drugs. This is the equivalent of eight percent of the United States’ population. That number keeps growing as more and more men are engaging in recreational drug use. It has been reported that men are three times as likely as women to use drugs regularly. Men are naturally prone to taking more risks, whether it be to appear more masculine or just to get the endorphins pumping. However, frequent drug use can be detrimental to not only your mental health, but your physical health as well.

Each type of drug will have different effects on your body, but did you know that drugs also affect men and women differently? Drug use can leading to haunting, irreversible physical effects. Depending on the type of drug you take, you can see changes such as increased acne, dull skin, scars, baldness, destruction of the cartilage in your nose, bronchitis, lung infection, kidney failure and even death.

Better Addiction Care compiled mugshot photos to provide examples of the haunting physical changes you can see from repetitive drug use.

A common misconception from users is that these are only extreme cases and while it might happen to others, they will be lucky enough to avoid the negative effects of frequent drug use. No one is immune to the side effects of abuse.  In order to keep yourself feeling healthy and living life to the fullest it is best to stay away from the use of drugs. The legal, health and social consequences are not worth the high- literally. The number one reason why people turn to drugs is because they are feeling some sort of void in their lives. If you keep a full and well-balanced life, you can keep your priorities in order. The goal is to thrive, not just to survive.

When is the Best Time to Workout – Morning or Night?

I’m just going to come out and say it: there is no best time to workout per se, no ideal time to pump iron and see more calories burned. But there is a best time to workout that is optimal for you and your body, and you just need to figure out when that is. Why does this vary with each person? It is quite simply down to your individual body clock. Your body’s circadian rhythm determines whether you are more active in the morning or the evening, and there isn’t a whole lot you can do to change that.

However once you know when you’re at your most energised it’ll make working out less of a chore and (hopefully) become something that can easily be adopted into a habit. Having said all that, there are advantages to working out both in the morning and the evening, so let’s go through some of them now.

Advantages of working out in the morning

  1. Nothing can get in the way. You literally have nothing else to do in the morning besides sleep, so experts suggest that this is the best time of the day to form a new habit, because it doesn’t clash with anything else.
  2. You get maximum rest. Your body needs to wind down to prepare it for sleeping, this means getting your heart rate and body temperature down, therefore working out right before bed or in the hours running up to bedtime is not conducive to a great night’s sleep as it will take you that much longer to drop off.
  3. You burn more calories. Research has shown that you burn more calories exercising on an empty stomach. Once you’ve worked up a sweat be sure to break your fast and refuel with a good supplement, like Dymatize PRE WO. Not only will it help your muscles recover, but it will set you up for the day and allow you to get the most from your workout.

Advantages of working out in the evening

  1. Your body’s temperature is up. Your body’s core temperature is vital in terms of the quality of exercise you do. If your muscles are cold and stiff you are more likely to get an injury, so working out later in the day when your body temperature has risen means your muscles are more flexible. Also your reaction time is up but your blood pressure and heart rate are down, meaning that there is less likelihood that you will injure yourself.
  2. Testosterone levels peak. Testosterone is vital for muscle growth and increasing strength (in both sexes) and the body naturally produces more testosterone later in the day. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of your hormones for once?
  3. Exercise is a great mood enhancer. Use this time to destress and help put the worries, stresses and strains of your day behind you by throwing around weights or pounding the treadmill. It’s amazing how quickly your head clears after a good sweat session.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately the best time to workout is the time that is right for you and your body. This is a time that you can consistently set aside to workout in, thereby allowing your workout routine to became just that, a routine, rather than a chore. If you are new to working out, or you are struggling to fit in working out at the time you have designated for it, try a few weeks where you exercise first thing, then a few weeks where you exercise at lunch time, then a few weeks where you do it in the evening.

Figure out which time feels more right than the others and when you are most energised, just make sure if your prefered time is first thing in the morning that you warm up those cold muscles suitably. And always ensure you refuel hard worked muscles wit

Top Tips: How to Stay in Touch with Family When Travelling for Business

Embarking upon a business trip can provide an opportunity to make fantastic contacts or expanding your knowledge, but they also come with their own challenges. If you’ve travelled on a long-haul flight for business purposes, you’ll know only too well how hard it can be to impress in a meeting while you’re trying to beat jet lag.

If you successfully overcome jet leg, you may still face on common travelling problem: missing family. To help, here are some ways to help you stay in touch with your loved ones, whether you’re away on business for a few days or a few months.

Make a Call

One of the easiest – and most obvious – ways to keep in touch is by calling. Whether you call  on your phone, or video chat on your laptop, talking and hearing the voices of people back home is one of the fastest and best ways to reduce the distance and time zones between you and your family.

Take a Memento

Although video chats and calls are great when you’re missing people back home, the lack one important thing: physical contact. At home, you’re used to hugging your partner, kids and pets, familiar smells, and the comfort of your own bed. When you travel for business, pack something that reminds you of home. This could be your morning coffee mug, your partner’s fragrance, or your pillow, to make you feel more relaxed.

Send Lots of Photos

When you’re away on business, one of the things you might miss the most is your daily routine. Similarly, although you can talk on the phone, your family can’t see what you’re doing. Before you travel, agree that you and your loved ones will take regular photos. This way, you can share meal times with a quick email, or say goodnight with a Snapchat selfie, helping to keep you in the loop and make you feel connected.

Send Care Packages

If you’re going to be away for a longer period of time, then you could also consider sending parcels. Buy gifts for your family and send them home with Parcel2Go, to show that you’re thinking about them. Or ask your loved ones to post out a care package, with drawings, letters and things that remind you of home.

Whether you’re a new graduate who has had to move back home, have little kids or a family at home, being away from your nearest and dearest can be tough. Try these tips and see if they can help you on your next business trip.