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Are Supersets Good for Building Upper Body Strength?

Supersets are a type of workout that is designed to increase the amount of sets you do for an exercise without resting in between sets. For example, if you’re doing a push-up, you might push your way up and then grab weights on the floor to do some bicep curls.

The goal of supersetting is to get more work done in less time by minimizing rest periods. And because of this, supersets are often used for building muscle mass. 

So what’s the verdict? Are supersets good for building upper body strength? Read on to find out!

The truth about supersets for strength gains

Some say that supersets are great for adding intensity to your workout if done correctly, but others say that supersets don’t show any advantage over regular sets. As with most workouts, there are no absolutes in the strength training field. You can add a superset to your workout, and if you go about it the wrong way, it can be counterproductive.

It’s not that supersets can’t be an effective addition to your routine, it’s that you should be careful going about it. And you definitely need to have a plan in mind.

One of the biggest misconceptions about supersets is that they show no improvement in strength, but as with all exercise protocols, this is not the case. The truth is that high-intensity workouts, like chest and tricep supersets, will show a greater increase in strength gains than low-intensity ones.

You can do either type of workout in a split set (doing a high-intensity set, followed by a low-intensity set), or you can do a full superset (one high-intensity set followed by a low-intensity set). Either way, you’re going to see a big difference in your performance. The question is, how can you pick the right superset workouts?

This is where it gets a bit complicated. The first thing you need to know is that when training muscle with high intensity, the way you perform your superset is going to affect the way you build strength.

The problem with doing this is that you tend to go all-out on your first set and then use the low-intensity set as a warm-up. This is a good way to help you get accustomed to the high-intensity energy, but this isn’t the best way to do supersets.

The best way to do supersets is to increase your volume over a few weeks. When you do a high-intensity set, it’s best to keep your reps at about 20-25 (but if you’re new to the higher rep range, go down a notch or two). The low-intensity set will be low reps, but you’ll still be using a fair amount of intensity (probably about 40-60%) to drive your muscles to fatigue.

How Do You Do Supersets Right?

When you’re looking at a program for doing supersets, the program should focus on progressing slowly. The higher you go in the weight category, the more you’ll want to include in your supersets, but this is very difficult to measure.

The best way to do a superset is to increase the weights slowly, so you’re not burning out your nervous system. The good thing about doing supersets is that the high-intensity set will be done fast, so you can have more time for the low-intensity set.

This is a good way to add more intensity to your routine without adding a lot of volume.

Beginner mistakes with supersets

Use of too few sets: It’s better to use more sets than too few to reap the benefits of supersets. When you use a limited number of sets, you are less likely to get adequate rest between sets.

Severely Limited Rest Periods: Being able to rest for 45 seconds or more between sets in some programs can give you a significant amount of time to recover. In these programs, however, you are going to have to do one “one rep max” set and then rest. You won’t have that recovery time between sets.

Inadequate stretching: It’s good to stretch after your supersets, and post-workout stretching is generally recommended over pre-workout stretching. However, if you’re too sore to stretch at all, it’s a sign you’ve done something wrong.

With supersets, you can easily end up training to failure or to exhaustion. As soon as your heart rate drops below the anaerobic threshold, your muscles will stop working effectively and you will have to stop the exercise.

The problem is that it’s hard to recover from this kind of workout. When you train to failure, you aren’t able to recover from it because you are going to be unable to get into the zone for the next exercise.

The Bottom Line

Super sets are an awesome way to add intensity to your workouts. If done properly, you can dramatically increase your strength and power in the gym, but you must remember that this is a short-term benefit. With hard workouts, you will be forced to give your body the rest it needs to heal and rebuild.

You have to balance this short-term benefit against long-term goals and your training volume. If you’re trying to increase your strength, you want to stick to a structured program that can safely help you to that end. Supersets won’t get you there, but they will help get you started.

Image via Britney Falletta and Intelligent Threads for 360 Magazine

Q×A with Intelligent Threads

By: Matthew Anthenelli

Intelligent Threads is a new brand based from Kerrville, Texas that makes athletic oriented clothing with groundbreaking technology. Their athletic gear is designed to maximize recovery and help with body alignment while still being very modern and fashionable. We got the chance to talk with Intelligent Threads about their mission and what sets them apart in the athleisure fashion world. 

Intelligent Threads is an innovative company that provides clothing that stabilizes bone structure and improves body alignment while also being comfortable. Where did the idea for this product come from?

Synergy release method is a method that I developed to help stabilize the anatomical structure. But peoples muscles when under stress or repetitive motion or pressure will pull the bone structure out of place. I thought to myself if we can get the muscles to stay relaxed that’s going to help keep The anatomical structure in the right position. Which would prevent a multitude of structural problems in the body. So I guess the idea came out of necessity to help people stabilize their body to be able to feel better and perform to their full potential. 

Intelligent threads allow people like professional athletes to train and perform more comfortably. How does the apparel achieve this?

By a technology called Myo Equilibration.  We infuse at a quantum mechanics level Myo E into the fiber of our clothing. When Myo E is in close proximity to the body it will interact with the muscles that hold the structure out of place or pulls the structure out of place, causing the muscle to release. The reason we want this to happen is so now the body can self adjust and correct back into its anatomical neutral position. Helping all kinds of structural problems with the body.

In addition to athletes, Intelligent Threads offers support and comfort to those experiencing the difficulties of pregnancies. What specific issues can Intelligent Threads help prevent? 

The structure starts to shift and change farther into the pregnancies which can cause lots of structural issues. By Keeping the muscles relaxed IT helps the structural  changes before and after pregnancy To help prevent pain and everything else that goes along with it. 

What kind of research went into the design and manufacturing of the clothes made for both athletes and pregnant women?

I spent 15 years studying the body and how it works to come up with Intelligent Threads. The nice part is an athlete’s body and a pregnant lady’s body works the same so the technology crosses over to both. 

What differentiates Intelligent Threads from other athletic apparel brands?

Myo E is the difference. Athletic clothing doesn’t help the structure like Intelligent Threads does. Really the question is why would you want to wear clothes that didn’t have Myo E in it.

Where can we purchase Intelligent Threads and find out about upcoming releases?

Our website also the other social sites.

Make sure to check out Intelligent Threads via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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Exercises to Tone Every Inch of Your Body

When people talk about exercising, they usually picture themselves at the gym working out on those fancy cardio machines, but exercising does not only require to that.

Nowadays, it is easier to get fit in the comfort of your own home. If you do not know where to start, visit https://www.northernfitness.ca/ website for more info.

Where do we start? What exercises are most popular for working out and toning your body? Experts recommend exercises and workouts with varying levels of difficulty, according to your body fitness level. Adding a twist or weights will increase the difficulty of the exercise and working out your muscles much more effectively.

In this article, we will go through some of the most popular types of exercises that you can do in your home, requiring limited space and simple movements. Let’s delve deeper and find out more!

One of the most popular exercises–which we have all known since school–is doing push-ups. This is one of the most difficult exercises that can be done without using any equipment. Push-ups engage multiple groups of muscles with each repetition. Luckily for us, there are a lot of variations that are a lot easier to do!

Another popular exercise that does not require any type of equipment is lunges. Lunges target the lower body area and are a lot easier to do than push-ups. This exercise requires you to stand in an upright position, take a step forward with your right leg, and bend it. 

Usually, people do three sets of ten to twelve lunges on each leg.

Since we are talking about exercises that target your lower body, we can’t skip squats. This type of exercise targets the largest muscle group in the human body, so it is very intense and effective when it comes to toning.

Start by sitting in an upright position, with your feet positioned wider than shoulder-width apart. Then, bend your knees and slowly lower down. While doing so, make sure that your knees do not go too forward. Finally, return to the initial position. That’s the right way to do squats!

Now, let’s talk about plank. As simple as this exercise sounds, it is a super-effective way to target core strength and increase stamina.

What do you have to do? First, sit in a push-up position with your hands and toes touching the ground. While keeping your core engaged, maintain this position as long as possible. That’s about it!

If you find yourself bored of these exercises, maybe you should start looking for free workout routines available on streaming platforms. Why not try something more diverse? Maybe something that involves circuit training could be a more effective and fun option to you!

If you feel like your body is ready to increase the difficulty of the exercise, consider increasing the number of reps for each set or even adding more weight. Sometimes, professional trainers add a twist or a turn to exercises, to make it a more difficult.

Another effective way to spice up your routine is to go from several reps-based routines to a time-based routine. That means you will be switching from counting the sets to instead making more repetitions in a preset amount of time.

All in all, we could not feel any happier about seeing this increased need for physical activity and increasing awareness about the importance of working out. In the long term, exercising has a positive effect on both your body and mind.

Studies have shown how having a regular exercise routine can reduce stress, depression, and anxiety by up to 85 percent. Working out is also correlated with an increased level of self-esteem, which results in a balanced healthy lifestyle.

If you are tired of sitting at your desk and working yourself to exhaustion, spice up your life with workouts in the comfort of your own home! After all, you know what they say–mens sana in corpore sano– a healthy mind and a healthy body to rule them all!

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Ka$hdami – Epiphany Reloaded

Ka$hdami released a deluxe edition of mixtape Epiphany Reloaded, featuring three new tracks.

Today, Las Vegas-born and DMV-based buzzing 16-year-old rapper Ka$hdami expands his critically acclaimed debut mixtape, Epiphany, with the Deluxe Edition entitled Epiphany Reloaded. He added three brand new songs to the original tracklisting, presenting his complete vision for the first time now. 

Among the unreleased material, he extended his explosive anthem Reparations! with a never-before-heard version. The original has amassed over 11 million Spotify streams and 1.6 million YouTube views on the music video. Elsewhere, his voracious verses ignite Average, while Beep Freestyle! hinges on his artfully nimble wordplay.

Upon arrival, Epiphany earned a Top 10 debut on Spotify, while multiple cuts lit up playlists such as Soundcloud’s New & Hot Overall and New & Hip Hop Charts. Not to mention, Cole Bennett, Internet Money, Lil Tecca, Trippie Redd, Yung Bans, and more have publicly endorsed Ka$hdami. He also kept the momentum going with the recent music video for Wake Up [feat. SSGKobe]. 

Recently, Pigeons & Planes hailed him as one of the Best New Artists for May 2021, and he lives up to this high praise on the project. In addition to the recent single Dior, the tape includes the magnetically melodic standout I Know produced by none other than multi-platinum phenomenon Lil Tecca. Not to mention, SSGKobe dips into the undeniable Wake Up. yvngxchris trades bars with Ka$hdami on Fitness, while BabySantana pulls up with a rich cameo of his own on Receipts.

Epiphany includes Ka$hdami’s recent single Dior and the viral banger Look N The Mirror!. The latter crashed the Top 20 of the Spotify Viral Chart and Top 25 on the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 Chart, while Pitchfork proclaimed, “Must Hear Rap Song of the Day. It has already racked more than 20 million total streams.

With bold bars and electrifying flows, Ka$hdami initially set TikTok on fire with Kappin Up. At just 12-years-old, he accumulated traction on Soundcloud as part of the “hvmor” rap collective. As he took off online solo, he served up the independent projects #KashDontMiss and 16.

TRACKLIST

  1. Dior 
  2. Figures 
  3. Up!
  4. Receipts [feat. BabySantana]
  5. Look N The Mirror!
  6. See Ya!
  7. I Know [prod. Lil Tecca]
  8. Trust Issues [feat. Riovaz& D’mari Harris]
  9. Reparations!
  10. 50!
  11. Fitness [feat. yvngxchris]
  12. WAKE UP [feat. SSGKobe]
  13. ILY
  14. Joe Biden
  15. Reparations! Extended
  16. Average
  17. Beep Freestyle

ABOUT KA$HDAMI:

Ka$hdami envisioned his dream and chased it down relentlessly as a rapper and entrepreneur. The 16-year-old Las Vegas-born and DMV-raised multi-hyphenate possesses wisdom and business acumen beyond his years coupled with impressive lyrical acuity. At 12-years-old, he joined the “hvmor” rap collective and lit up Soundcloud. Finding his signature sound, he continued to rap on Instagram throughout 2020, teasing out snippets and organically building viral buzz. Eventually, his original Kappin Up caught fire on TikTok. It appeared in videos by Bronny James, Tory Lanez, Shareef O’Neal, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, piling on tens of millions of views. As he took off online solo, he unleashed the independent projects #KashDontMiss and 16. In 2021, Look N The Mirror! crashed the Top 20 of the Spotify Viral Chart and Top 25 on the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 Chart, while Pitchfork proclaimed it a “Must Hear Rap Song of the Day.” At the same time, it accumulated 3 million-plus streams straight out of the gate. Gathering millions of streams, lighting up TikTok, launching his successful Ka$hwayz brand, and receiving acclaim, he presents an unfiltered and undeniable vision on his official debut mixtape, Epiphany, led by Dior.

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FABLETICS × TOUGH MUDDER

Fabletics today announced it has been named the official active lifestyle partner of Tough Mudder. As part of the strategic partnership through 2022, Fabletics will offer its premium quality activewear to the more than 6 million members of the Tough Mudder community through a series of retail pop-up shops, custom apparel and experiential offerings.

Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event series, Tough Mudder is a leading global sports and active lifestyle brand. With more than 6 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 challenges and endurance events annually in 19 countries. This year, the North American Tough Mudder event series will feature more than 125,000 participants, and more than 20 event weekends across the continent.

“This exciting partnership will allow Fabletics to engage a brand new community, one built on teamwork and overcoming obstacles. Teaming up with an organization dedicated to health, wellness and fitness aligns perfectly with Fabletics’ ongoing commitment to create a fully integrated health and wellness experience,” says Adam Goldenberg, CEO for Fabletics. “We look forward to collaborating with this passionate community on the course to bring the Fabletics experience to Mudder Nation.”

“Fabletics and Tough Mudder are truly a perfect fit,” said Tough Mudder CEO Kyle McLaughlin. “As two brands who are committed to getting people moving, celebrating diversity and making fitness and fashion accessible and inclusive, we’re excited about our future together.”

As a part of this partnership, Fabletics will bring custom apparel to Tough Mudder events through the appearance of onsite pop-up shops. Currently, Fabletics plans to participate in several events for the 2021 and 2022 Tough Mudder seasons, which will also include exclusive onsite experiences curated for participants.

This partnership follows an already momentous year for Fabletics as it has expanded deeper into fitness. Early in 2021, the brand launched Fabletics FIT, a new app with hundreds of on-demand workouts, meditations and more. The brand also recently announced it plans to open 24 new store locations across the U.S. in 2021 as part of a retail expansion strategy, many of which feature fitness experiences powered by Fabletics’ exclusive partnership with Hydrow, the immersive at-home rower with live and on-demand athlete-led workouts.

About Fabletics:

Founded in 2013, Fabletics brings the fashion-house approach into the activewear space by fusing style-centric designs with high-performance technology. Driven by its innovative VIP membership program serving over 2 million loyal members, Fabletics has evolved activewear beyond the gym into every walk of life. The brand’s spirit of inclusivity guides its foundational belief that everyone and every body deserves to look and feel their best. New women’s styles drop every week in sizes XXS-4X and men’s styles drop every month in sizes XS-XXL. See and shop the collections in the US, Canada, most of Europe and at the brand’s 52 state-of-the-art retail stores. To experience the full selection of activewear, accessories, shoes and more, click HERE. Fabletics is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

Katie Zaferes image shot by Darren Wheeler for Super League Triathlon 2021 via Kim Koury at SPIN public relations for use by 360 Magazine

Super League Triathlon 2021

The World’s Premier Swim-Bike-Run Series, Super League Triathlon 2021, Will Be In The U.S for the First Time At The Iconic Malibu Triathlon, Offering One Of The Greatest Spectacles In Sports

The World’s Best Athletes Battle It Out For Championship Title

Registration Now Open

Super League Triathlon (SLT), the world’s premier swim-bike-run series, today announced they will debut in the U.S. at the iconic Malibu Triathlon on Sept. 25 & 26, 2021. This exciting new pro race pitches the very best athletes from around the globe against each other offering one of the greatest spectacles in sports for some thrilling racing to battle it out for the championship title.

Over the course of the season, the top male and female triathletes from around the world will compete in quick and exciting race formats to be crowned the best all-round triathlete. The Championship Series is equally split between male and female competitors: 20 men and 20 women at the start line hoping to get the better of one another across whichever of Super League’s unique race formats are being employed on that day.

U.S. high-profile athletes include Katie Zaferes–pro-triathlete, former olympian & current SLT Champion, as well as Taylor Spivey–pro-triathlete, from the local community of Redondo Beach. This new pro race will bring in more spectators and media broadcast opportunities for the event as a whole.

Super League Triathlon CEO and co-founder, Michael D’hulst, said, “We handpicked the Malibu Triathlon for this investment due to its incredible history in sprint and Olympic distance racing and its incredible potential for Super League Triathlon.”

“Acquiring the Malibu Triathlon is a perfect opportunity for Super League to move into the USA and build our presence in a region that already has a strong affinity with our exciting and dynamic racing and the content that we offer. It also aligns with our wider strategy to add more major cities and regions to our portfolio,” D’hulst continues.

SLT acquired the Malibu Triathlon last year. The Malibu Triathlon is the most iconic triathlon in the world, taking place in one of the most beautiful locations–Malibu, CA–for 34 years.

The prestigious event has welcomed world-class athletes as well as Hollywood stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and J.Lo during its long and illustrious history, securing Super League Triathlon a significant entry into the U.S. market.

The Malibu Triathlon has a strong foundation as a media presence. The Malibu Triathlon has hosted celebrities and the top LA Corporations to raise over $1 million each year for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Over $15 million has been raised for the hospital to date.

5,000 participants and 10,000 spectators will take part in the event weekend on Sept. 25-26, 2021. There are two distances available – Olympic and Classic.

The Olympic Distance (1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run) race takes place on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 and the Classic Distance (½ Mile Swim, 17 Mile Bike, 4 Mile Run) takes place on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. The SLT Pro Race will be the newest addition to the Malibu Triathlon, taking place at noon after the Olympic distance race ends on Saturday.

Registration is now open.

For more information about Super League Triathlon, please visit their website.

*Photo Credit: Katie Zaferes image shot by Darren Wheeler

Running illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Cool Running Gear You Can’t Ignore 

If you are starting to discover the joy of running, you can enhance your experience by wearing cool running gear. Not only will you look the part and feel more confident while you run, but also you will ensure you have the right gear to maximize your performance.

Running Tops 

If you wear a normal cotton top for running, it will rapidly absorb sweat or rain, so it is a much better idea to go with a short-sleeved or long-sleeved top that has been specifically designed for running. Mid-range to top-range running tops wick away sweat to keep you cool. They also allow for greater air circulation. A good running top needs to be reasonably fitted, but not too tight. Make sure that your top regulates temperature according to your body’s needs.

Interval Timers and Apps

 Interval training can help runners see faster results, so there is no wonder why it has become particularly popular. As the name suggests, interval training involves high intensity workouts interspersed with periods of relief. 

It can be challenging to keep track of when it is time between intervals of relief and running. However, that problem can easily be solved by using interval timers and apps. Interval timers are small devices that you wear. They are lightweight, so you do not have to worry about motion interference. Alternatively, you may prefer to use a timer app that can be accessed via mobile device. Such devices can be useful to keep track of time while you run.

Running Shorts

Running shorts are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and brands, so choose a cool pair of shorts to make you feel confident while you run. Look at the practicalities of the shorts as well as their fashion statement. Running shorts should be comfortable and lightweight. They should also have the ability to wick away sweat. The shorts should not cut off circulation around your waist nor be too loose.

Running Gloves

Running gloves not only make you look trendy, but also serve a practical purpose too. When you run, blood is diverted from your fingers and hands to the working muscles in your legs. This means that your hands can become very cold when you run. Running gloves keep your hands and fingers at an optimum temperature during cold periods. The gloves should be lightweight and comfortable. The best gloves  are waterproof and have wind-stopping capabilities. 

Running Jackets

 When the weather is very wet or cold, you need to think about more than just your hands. It is advisable to buy a long-sleeved waterproof jacket that has wind-stopping and rain-resistance capabilities. There are plenty of funky-looking running jackets available, but you need to consider more than just fashion. Choose a running jacket that not only keeps you warm and dry, but also has a high-visibility pattern to keep you safe when running in the dark.

TAG Heuer Aquarace Lookbook image shot by Kathryn Stelmack for use by 360 Magazine

TAG Heuer Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, luxury brand TAG Heuer has the perfect gifts for pop!

The new Aquaracer 300 Professional, unveiled in mid-April, includes four new pieces will be available for purchase in early June. Aquaracers are TAG Heuer’s timeless and professional sports watches. The new thinner and chicer Aquaracers are perfect for business professional dad during the week and a surfer dad on the weekends. TAG Heuer says: “Forged for the deeps and fit for every ground, the ultimate tool watch pushes the boundaries of luxury timekeeping. Sporting heavy-duty materials, this ultimate tool watch emerges with a new lease of life.

For fathers on-the-go, TAG Heuer’s app provides the perfect solution. The TAG Heuer Connected Wellness app will help keep dad healthy and in shape to fight those pandemic pounds! The app measures your performance–from running and cycling, to golf and fitness, and more! You can track his steps, calories, and heart rate with automatic ease. The app also features advance statistics to track distance and routes. Help dad reach his wellness goals in a tech-savvy way that will measure his everyday performance.

And for the dads who want to improve their golf game, TAG Heuer’s Connected Golf Watch will keep track of dad’s every shot, putt, and step on over 40,000 golf courses across the globe. This watch truly takes the sport to the next level, allowing dad to up his game like never before. Monitor your distance to the green and nearby hazards, as well as view interactive maps, shot distance, and a smart scorecard. Dad can even keep track of his notifications, weather and Google Pay while on the green.

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Entertainment at Home: How to Spend Lockdown with Benefits?

The lockdown has ended up becoming a blessing in disguise. It is the perfect opportunity for you to be able to pick up a new skill. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are able to use the lockdown wisely, then you can surely benefit from it a lot. Use this to your advantage and spend a little more time with yourself. Who knows? By the end of this lockdown, you might evolve into an even better version of who you are now. Read on to find out all the various ways to spend your time productively during the lockdown.

Spending Time Productively in Lockdown

Learn to Cook

This is the time when you find yourself in close proximity to the kitchen the whole day. Ordering in might be a risky bet considering that it might provoke the spread of COVID. So, instead of ordering food from a delivery app, cook it yourself. Start with the simpler things at first like making tea, boiling eggs, etc. As you learn more every day, you can eventually take up cooking initiatives that you never imagined before.

Try New Things

This lockdown, try something that you normally wouldn’t. Spend your time picking up a new skill. There is an endless world out there. Take online gambling for instance. You can get 100 free spins no deposit in UK if you visit online casinos. In this pandemic, as people spend more time at homes, the popularity of online casinos has skyrocketed. More and more people are exploring the world of online gambling because it is thrilling and fun. So, go ahead and explore.

Read More Books

This is the ideal time to read a book. If you are not an avid reader, you might be depriving yourself of one of the most beautiful experiences in life. We all receive books as gifts on our birthdays. On most occasions, those books end up getting dragged to one corner of our shelf and keep collecting dust. Now is the time to get those books out and experience the beautiful stories they tell.

Bond with Family

We live in an age of preoccupations. Everyone is preoccupied with something or the other. Children are busy studying; parents are busy working. We are hardly able to make time for each other. However, the lockdown has changed it, even though temporarily. In the lockdown, a unique phenomenon has taken place. Every member of the family is under one roof. Children are getting to attend online classes and parents are getting to work from home. So, start spending more time with each other. Begin with the simpler things like eating at the dinner table together or watching a movie.

Exercise

You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym to work on your fitness. A free hand workout is the best form of fitness routine. The best thing about it is that it can simply be done at home. So, this lockdown, use the opportunity to work, on your fitness, from home. Go to the terrace, do some stretching. Do some crunches and push-ups. Use the extra time you get at home to improve your health because it will not only help you physically, but also mentally.

Meditate

A lot of people turn out to be rather skeptical when it comes to meditation. However, experts certify meditation to be a genuinely helpful habit. It can result in profound improvement of your mental health and stability. Even more so, in the stressful situation of the global pandemic, you need to calm yourself down. So, practice meditating. It can do wonders.

Watch TV

In the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have gained access to a seemingly endless plethora of interesting shows on TV or computers. Some of the shows have thousands of episodes, each having a running time of at least an hour. Normally, you don’t get the scope to fully watch your favorite shows in the middle of work. Also, by the time you return home, you get too tired. Nevertheless, this is your chance. Switch on the television and watch something with your family.

Do Chores

Use the free time in your hand to perform household chores. Usually, we see the mothers and daughters of the house taking up this crucial responsibility, but why should the men be left out? Pick up the mop and duster. Go ahead and clean your place up. Get into all those remote corners of the room that you have never even looked at before. Reorganize the furniture. Give your humble abode a refreshing new look.

Make a Garden

Gardening can be an extraordinarily soothing way of passing the time. Plants take time to grow and flourish, but when they do, they teach you so much about how delicate life is. Gardening has proven to have hugely positive effects on mental health. An added benefit of doing this is not having to shop for fruits and vegetables outside. After all, you are locked down. You can’t visit the marketplace for buying your cooking ingredients. So, rather grow them at home.

Plan for Future

Since you have more time in your hand, you can concentrate on drafting a course of action for your future. Our lives revolve around various aspects. We have a family to take care of. We have careers to build. We have our own dreams to fulfil. This is the perfect chance of working them all out through meticulous planning.

Try Art

Have you ever explored the artistic side of your personality before? This is the ideal occasion for that. Pick up a paint brush and go ahead. It is also a highly beneficial mental exercise because it helps you work on your precision and focus. There are so many things to take inspiration from. Maybe, try your hand at some glass painting too while you’re at it.

Detox

Enough of indulging in vices, let this lockdown be a detox phase. Rid your body of all the toxins. No smoking and no drinking because, after all, you can’t even if you want to. All the stores are closed. So, might as well use this as a way of benefiting yourself. Use this lockdown to quit your bad habits.

Conclusion

So, we told you about many different ways of using your time productively in the lockdown. However, we saved the best for last. Here it is. As we said earlier, this lockdown offers you the chance to spend some time with yourself. That is very important. So, use this time to write a letter to your future self. When you spend time with yourself, there are thoughts and ideas that you stumble upon which you would normally never even comprehend. Before you end up forgetting them, write them down as a letter for reminding yourself in the future. Make yourself promises. Make your memories immortal. Get a pen and a piece of paper. Then, write your heart out. You will cherish it when the time comes.

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Elle × FKA Twigs

KO MÉDIA REVEALS AN INSPIRING
MAY ISSUE OF ELLE CANADA

KO Média is proud to unveil the May issue of ELLE Canada featuring FKA twigs. The British singer, dancer and actor shares the story of her ongoing lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LaBoeuf for psychological, verbal and physical abuse, which culminated in a terrifying high-speed car ride. “It’s a miracle I came out alive,” she says in the candid piece, adding that abuse can happen to anyone. “It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.” Now she’s speaking out for women who aren’t so lucky. “I hope if I can take little steps and people can see me taking my life back, it will inspire them.“

Other inspiring women in this issue include Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan on Marvel, UNICEF and her upcoming psychological thriller with director Olivia WildeHunter Schafer (the LGBTQ2S+ activist, trans star of HBO hit Euphoria and the new face of Shiseido) on beauty products and designers she’s loving right now; and the rise, fall and reincarnation of high-low fashion emissary Jenna Lyons, the former creative director of J.Crew who helped the company go from rugby shirts and cardigans to designs worn by Oprah, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. She also inspired ELLE publisher Sophie Banford: “Lyons’ infallible magic recipe was imprinted on my mind with every page of the J.Crew catalogue, which I devoured season after season.” 

And it’s official! The days of pandemic leisurewear are over. Make way for elegant simplicity with mesh sweaters and boustiers; emerald, green statement pieces; and tennis-friendly knits and silk shirts.

This spring edition also dives into seasonal self-care, with fitness tips that’ll have you thinking outside of the gym. Plus: An haute shopping bag you’ll covet along with the rest of us; an upcoming maximalist Bulgari collab; and redefining “nude” in a beauty industry where Black shoppers spend more than half a billion dollars a year.

The May issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on April 12th, 2021. The digital issue is available here.

Elle Canada Magazine Cover featuring FKA Twigs