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How to Dress Better in Your 50s

Dressing with confidence can be quite a tricky issue when you hit a certain age. Why? As the trends change over time, so do our bodies and our taste levels, and it’s normal that certain fashion trends are simply not for us anymore. This issue becomes even trickier for people who have always been following fashion trends and now they find themselves a bit old to rock colorful outfits or combinations that they would otherwise wear outside but cannot as they are too “juvenile”. It’s vital to notice that trends change for different age groups as well, and the fact that you are not in your twenties or thirties should never make you doubt your fashion sense. This is the time to turn to smart clothes and experiment in being professional and looking dapper. But how to dress better in your 50s, let’s say? What are the things you should have in mind, and what should you avoid?

 

Experiment with smart clothes

One of the best ways to come off as a rather fashionable man in his 50s is to always opt for dressing smart, especially when it’s time to go to work. There’s nothing that looks better on a man than a high-quality and tailored suit and a nice shirt. Keeping your suits tailored to your body type will elevate your look to a great extent, and will leave you space to experiment with the shirts you will wear. There are many different patterns and colors to choose from, so you can always go with a colorful or patterned shirt to match with your outfit. This will result in your looking amazing in a suit yet will reveal playfulness that you want to emphasize. Experimenting with different patterns and colors can be quite a fun way to make your combination not only more interesting but fashionable as well.

 

Accessorize it up

The accessories game for men has never been stronger, yet it might be too much for a man to be wearing different necklaces or rings that are popular among young people today. But not all accessories are for younger generations, though. Both necklaces and rings can be worn at any age, but make sure that you go with ones that are classy and serious. On the other hand, there are other accessories that can elevate your fashion game as well, such as a good cardholder wallet that will show how much you pay attention to the details and how elegant they can be. A nice watch is also an accessory that can make any look more interesting.

 

Minimalistic street style

But what happens when you’re not at work yet still want to look fashionable? You cannot wear your suit and your blazer in the park or while taking a walk. As far as street style is concerned – simply opt to go minimalistic and you will be good to go. Monochromatic shorts, tees, shirts, and sweatshirts are eternal, and they look good on anyone, regardless of age. White sneakers can also look amazing on a fifteen-year-old and on a seventy-year-old, especially if they know how to match it with the rest of the outfit. Avoid any slogans or sayings – rather focus on logos and simple quotes or keeping it plain instead.

 

Choose your color

If nothing, your life experience has taught you what looks good on you and what doesn’t. That’s why you should always have that one color to go to when you have nothing else to wear. The best practices show that black, brown, gray, and white are the colors that you want to go with. Wearing all grey or all black can look amazing on you regardless of your age and regardless of the piece of clothing that you’ll be wearing. Take a look at Colin Firth, for example – he made black his color and he can create amazing street style looks by wearing all black or simply adding a certain layer of white to the combination to make it stand out. So simple, yet so classy.

 

Turning 50 can definitely make you start questioning your fashion sense, but the most important thing is that you keep your fashion sense alive by simply dressing your age. Play around with colors and patterns, yet keep everything as minimalistic as possible.

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How to Boost Your Sex Appeal with Underwear

There’s nothing sexier for a girl (or guy) to see than a guy in underwear. And it doesn’t really matter how fit you are – if you choose the right underwear for yourself, you can make yourself one of the most wanted guys in your environment. Since we’re on this subject, not all guys know how to boost their sex appeal with underwear. What is important? How to choose the right underwear? Where to get the best and highest quality underwear? Take a look as we will try to show you that it doesn’t matter what you’re packin’; it’s where you pack it.

Choose your size

First and foremost, choose the right size for yourself. The size of your underwear doesn’t depend on your package size but rather on your waist. Plenty of “gifted” guys tend to buy XL or XXL underwear, without realizing that this size refers to the waist size, not the penis size. You can easily check the size online or contact the manufacturer but there is a universal size chart. Another thing to have in mind is that you should avoid very tight underwear, especially if you’re trying to have a baby. Tight underwear can, in certain instances, lower your sperm count. However, make sure to ditch baggy boxers as they are not very fashionable at the moment.

Are you for cutouts?

Baggy boxers are so last season, all of us can agree on that. If you like to wear something much more liberating yet memorable, and if you’re not scared of trying something new, one of the best options is a Marcuse jockstrap. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s comfortable – who doesn’t like having their bum naked all the time? In this case, find the one you like, the color that matches your skin tone, and most importantly, do not make a mistake with the size as a large jockstrap can ruin the fantasy.

Use your sexual desires

In order to find the best underwear, you have to think outside of the box. Put yourself in the shoes of the person you want to get in bed with, or your partner. What do they like? If you’re up for some kinky stuff, you can always visit an adult shop and find the sexiest underwear available. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only sex toys that you can find there but underwear that will make your figure very sexy as well, so give it a go. 

Play with the patterns

Minimalism might be the new black but sometimes all color and no pattern can make you a dull boy. Playing with patterns rather than colors will give that fun that you might need. Apart from opting for humorous and sometimes ridiculous examples, you can go with regular, well-fitting underwear of your choice. If you’re a cheeky guy, this Code 22 underwear will suit you perfectly. On the other hand, if you’re a serious fella, this will only show some more of your personality.

Always opt for quality

And finally, never let the aesthetic of your underwear get in between you and underwear of the highest quality. Know which brands to pay attention to, and which ones are worth the money that you’re going to spend. This being said, make sure that all of your underwear is in great condition – no holes or stretches are allowed. By paying attention to the brand and the fabric, you will prolong the time until you’ll have to go buy new underwear once again. Moreover, if you want to go with organic and eco-friendly options, make sure to do thorough research and actually buy something that will last for a certain period of time.

 

Who would’ve thought that choosing the right underwear could be this complicated, you ask? Thinking of certain things before you actually purchase the underwear and thinking about what you like and what fits you well can make this task easier. Remember that your underwear is not just a garment that you’re wearing under your jeans. It shows a lot about you.

5 Benchmarking tests to track your fitness

At points throughout your training regime, you may want to benchmark your fitness to track your progress. This calls for fitness challenges that will push you to the very limit.

Here are some workouts to make you feel the burn.

The fast shuttle to fitness

Shuttle runs are a fast way of attaining fitness through short bursts of sprint running. They help to improve your acceleration and speed, as well as your anaerobic fitness. After placing markers at 10, 20 and 30 metres, you should sprint to the 10m marker first, touch the floor and run back to your starting position. Then repeat this with the 20m and 30m markers. Go back to the 10m marker, and repeat the whole set four times.

You can always time yourself to try to get quicker with every set, and vary the shuttle runs by taking giant strides, jogging with high knees or skipping, instead of sprinting.

At the first bleep…

As with the shuttle runs, you will need a flat, non-stop surface for the bleep test, or the 20m multistage fitness test. You will have to run continuously between two markers 20 metres apart in time to recorded beeps.

At the start, the gap between beeps or bleeps is quite large, and so your running speed is quite slow, but after about a minute, a sound indicates an increase in speed, bringing the beeps closer together.

After each minute, the gap between beeps decreases. If you reach the marker before the beep, you have to wait until it sounds before you turn and continue; if you fail to make the marker before the beep, then you are given a warning and you must continue to the marker and turn and try to catch up with the pace with the sounding of two more beeps. If you fail to reach the marker twice in a row after a warning, the bleep test is stopped.

Any score above 13 is considered excellent. A maximal test requires a good level of fitness, and if you wear a heart-rate monitor, you’ll have a better idea of when you’ve maxed out.

Buckle up, Bronco

The pretty vicious Bronco fitness test has made life hell for many in the past, so this will give you a great benchmark for your fitness. The idea is to run shuttles of 20, 40 and then 60 metres, then repeat the set five times, trying to get under five minutes.

This will test your anaerobic capacity, your motor skills, your running efficiency, and your turning ability – the legendary Kiwi Richie McCaw recently managed a personal best in the Bronco fitness test of four minutes, 56 seconds, so you’re going to have to push yourself right to the very limit to break the five-minute mark.

The great news is that your whole team can do the test and work to maximum effort together, motivating one another. Give each other encouragement and consistent instructions before, during and after this tough benchmark test.

Doing the crab walk

This is a compound exercise that works many muscle groups, as well as working on your cardiovascular fitness, co-ordination and mobility. Balance on your hands and feet, with your front facing the ceiling and your hips forwards, so that you form a bridge.

Take a few crabby steps backwards and forwards to elongate your body – your triceps, shoulders, abs, back muscles, lats and hamstrings will get a thorough workout from this unusual position.

Join up with the resistance runners

Coaches will often swear by resistance running to make simple sprint drills that much harder. Wearing several rugby shirts or one soaked in warm water will teach you to maintain your running style under pressure.

You can also try carrying water bottles filled with sand during the shuttle runs to build upper-body strength, or give a teammate a piggyback or a fireman’s lift – don’t turn too much, though. Stay running in one direction!

The beginners guide to hiking and walking

Exploring the outdoors is for everyone, and if you’re just starting to make walking or hiking a more regular thing then we have some handy facts and tips that can help you enjoy it as much as possible.

Hit the hills, don’t sweat the small stuff!

Why choose walking?

Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You don’t have to walk for hours…even a brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your NHS recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

Take yourself off to a local trail in the country and you’ll be presented with so much beautiful, open space, you won’t quite know what to do with it!

Get closer to nature

In the country, you are surrounded by the singing of the birds rather than by the noise from the traffic. The countryside is surrounded by nature which has a soothing effect on both the mind and the body. A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. But it’s not just about the occasional one-off feel good factor. Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing.

It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.

But, what to wear?

The first question everyone will ask themselves before they head out on their first hike is, ‘what should I wear?

If you have little experience with walking or preparing for the outdoors in general, it can be daunting to kit yourself out properly on your own. Working from top to bottom, we have put together a guide to clothing and accessories for walking and hiking, so you know before you go.

Your Upper Half

Your first must-have is a waterproof jacket which will keep you protected, dry and comfortable when zigzagging through forests, hills and lakesides.

We all know how quickly the weather can change, and at higher altitudes, a sudden shift in weather can be dangerous if you aren’t appropriately prepared. Look for a good waterproofness level combined with significant breathable properties, as this will help you stay fresh when you’re on the move – ideal for brisk treks and mountain climbs.

Your mid-layer is just as important as the outer layer, as it insulates heat and can be used as a light cover-up when the weather is fine. A fleece zip-up is a good choice of mid-layer, as it is a multi-use garment and provides protection from icy winds and temperatures.

base layer will complete your gear for your upper half, wicking away moisture when you’re getting hot and sweaty from exerting yourself, yet still insulating your body heat when you’re cooler.

Your Lower Half

A pair of quality walking boots to your outfit to make sure that your feet are able to tolerate the strains and stresses of walking long distances across diverse terrain. Trainers or slip-on shoes just won’t cut it on the hills and mountains, plus varied trails below. You will need a pair of boots that has a rugged grip sole, good support around the ankle and preferably a waterproof outer layer.

From the daily commute to a day out reaching that elusive peak, our rucksacks will see you through. Each is designed with comfort, durability and performance in mind. Crammed with great details like breathable air mesh and convenient pockets they’re guaranteed to make life a little easier wherever you’re heading.

Make sure you have the best clothing and equipment possible for your walk or hike.

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Things to consider as a beginner

First-time hikers can often forget essential things that might not be the end of the world but can maybe make life a little more difficult uphill. So, here is what to do to avoid trouble…

  • Take plenty of water with you
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged (and invest in a portable charger)
  • A traditional paper map will never let you down
  • A packed lunch and/or snacks will provide a much-needed energy boost
  • Pack some plasters, bandages and an emergency blanket (for those longer and steeper walks)
  • Do not wear trainers (more so for hiking than walking)
  • Bring a spare hoodie or fleece in case it gets cold
  • Let someone know where you are hiking before you go
  • Don’t rush it! You can go at your own pace!

Where to go?

Before you head out, ask yourself these questions to help you find the perfect trail and make sure that you’re 100% prepared:

  • How long do you want to be out for?
  • Are you going to take friends, go solo, or hike with the family?
  • Do you know the route?
  • Will you be back before dark?
  • Have you told someone where you’re going?

These questions will help you pick the right trail or route and ensure you stay safe as you go. The last question there is vitally important; before you leave civilisation, make sure that you tell a friend where you’re off to, how long you plan on being away and remember to give them your contact number.

In need of some inspiration of where to walk? Take a look at the Top 15 walks in the UK that you can enjoy with the family.

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The COVID-19 Crisis Survey for Men Reveals 100% of Those Interviewed Are Now Experiencing Mental Health Problems

The COVID-19 Crisis Survey for Men Reveals 100% Are Experiencing Mental Health Problems

A survey into how men’s mental health has been affected by the pandemic reveals that an overwhelming 100% of all men interviewed felt that their mental health had been affected. All of those who took part reported problems including feelings of depression, anger, anxiety, lack of appetite, sleeping problems and lack of sexual interest over the last few months.

The Covid-19 Crisis Survey for Men went onto reveal that over half of all men who took part (60%), have not made time to socialise with their family and friends and this has had a detrimental effect on their mental health. The research also showed that:

  • 85% of men felt that their children had been affected by the pandemic
  • 65% are concerned about their family’s financial future
  • Only 10% felt that their partner hadn’t been affected by the crisis
  • 60% felt that they had made some positive changes since COVID-19

Psychotherapist Noel McDermott explains that “from boyhood men are told to be brave and ambitious, as they grow older, they strive to become good fathers, partners and providers. Throughout the pandemic, the traditional role of man has changed and with this has come new pressures. For many men their whole lives have been turned upside down, the vast haven’t been able to go to work, the gym, play sport with a team or to the pub with pals. Men in general have fewer social and emotional support systems and the places where men used to go and talk about their problems are closed and they’ve found themselves in new, unfamiliar circumstances. For those that are fathers, they have been at home all day with more exposure to the household demands and domestic responsibilities balancing both work and family. This has created even more demands and pressures”.

What Men Fear Most

The biggest fear for many men is that they will not be able to return to full economic productivity and earning capacity and this is still a large part of men’s identity and role in our culture. Men who act as the primary breadwinners in their household feel the financial burden and responsibility within their relationship. For those that are now returning to work, many are reporting anxiety with the loss of family time and others are feeling the pressure to make up for lost earnings and secure an economic future. Numerous studies show men feel financial stresses both as a status issue and as a provider, this can lead to relationship difficulties, drinking and substance misuse and mental health issues. These concerns increase significantly during times of economic downturn and this can be seen during the lifting of lockdown.

Warning signs of mental health problems in men

Stress is a big factor in health and mental health for both men and women and these times of transition are very stressful. Typically, we see men express stress in a number of ways:

  • Sexual performance issues and loss of libido
  • Emotional dysregulation (irritability and anger)
  • Sleep issues, appetite issues
  • Withdrawal and bottling things up
  • Increased drinking
  • Mood shifts and mood swings

Self-help for Men: Stress Management Techniques

As these are stress responses the single biggest thing men can do to help themselves is learn better stress management techniques which are:

Spot it, know your signs that you are experiencing problems and have your ‘fire escape’ plan in place to ensure you manage better such as increased self-care, asking for help from others, getting professional help, talking to your GP.

Ensure general wellbeing hygiene practice to increase resilience: exercise, sleep well, good food, talk to friends and family about your worries, hydrate well, get outside regularly, ensure you do fun things!
Discuss your worries and ask for support, ensure you normalise your experiences of stress and understand everyone is feeling this and it’s not a sign of failure to be feeling overwhelmed.

Signs that there may be need of professional help are if there are problems in functioning that are persistent over a two-week period. Periodic anxiety or depression lasting a short period of time is to be expected and will generally shift of their own accord if your general mental hygiene/lifestyle is resilient. If it continues for days and weeks, then there is likely to be a problem needing proper diagnosis and treatment and asking your GP for advice is a good idea.

Noel McDermott is a Psychotherapist with over 25 years’ experience in health, social care, and education. He is the founder and CEO of three organisations, Psychotherapy and Consultancy Ltd, Sober Help Ltd and Mental Health Works Ltd. Noel’s company offer at-home mental health care and will source, identify and co-ordinate personalised care teams for the individual.

They have recently launched a range of online therapy resources in order to help clients access help without leaving home.