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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.

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

Deciding what car is right for you is a long process and an expensive financial decision. There are so many factors to take into consideration such as whether or not you want a new or used car, costs and fuel etc. It can all be a bit overwhelming!

It can be hard to know where to start looking and what you’re looking for? No fear, I have put together a simple guide on what to look out for and what you should consider when choosing the right car for your needs and budget.

The biggest decision is always the choice between new or used? With clear benefits and disadvantages to both. An obvious benefit to buying a new shiny car is it will come with a warranty usually for 3-5 years. But one big downside to new cars is the fact that they depreciate at a much quicker rate than used cars.

Used cars are generally cheaper to buy and are more affordable than new cars. But you need to watch out for used car scams by doing your research and getting a full vehicle check from websites like Cazana. This will usually give you an overall picture of how much the car is worth, if it has ever been written off, or has any outstanding finance on it etc.

 

The next thing you need to think about is your needs:

What do you need transport for?

Is it to drive your family around?

How much parking space do you have?

Will you be driving mostly in the city?

Is it for large road trips?

Will you need to fit a roof rack or do any towing?

Do you have any children?  

How many passengers will you need to accommodate?

When it comes to choosing the style of vehicle that will suit you best these are some of the questions you need to answer to help you narrow down your search.

And finally what’s your budget? Ultimately how much you can afford will influence the type of vehicle you can choose. When it comes to your budget don’t forget to factor in tax, insurance, fuel and any other unexpected costs that may pop up (such as maintenance). Then look into the different types of payment options available to you before choosing which road to go down (pun intended).

Finally, once you have decided on a list of cars suitable to your needs – take then for a test drive and see what feels the most comfortable to you.

When it comes to choosing which car to buy always do your research and don’t rush into a decision too quickly.