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Fitness Gyms in London: The Good And The Bad

 

Not all fitness gyms are equal and nowhere is this more obvious than in London.

Throughout the recent years, the fitness landscape in the British capital saw some major changes and not all of those changes had been good.

What happened is that large fitness gym chains had bought up many of the smaller gyms, followed by major advertising campaigns luring folks who want to do something for their fitness with often astonishingly low prices.

fitness-gymNot only do those large fitness gyms tempt people to join with low prices, they are now also getting rid of membership requirements as another incentive.

In theory, all this sounds nice and good because, let’s be honest, what can be better than if folks can save some money when they want to join a gym?

In reality however, things look quite different.

With the low prices for their gym memberships I see how the quality of those big gyms is often suffering. To me it seems as if those gym chains would make good for their low prices by cutting costs wherever they can.

Today you must be very fortunate if you find a large gym that have somewhat up-to-date modern fitness equipment. Worse even when it comes to service. Only a couple of years ago you could expect helpful staff  in pretty much any gym in London. If you needed help with your exercises you could get it, no question. There was always some helpful  gym staff member nearby. Today, they don’t really care and have gotten rid of most of their staff. Finding a qualified trainer today is almost impossible.

This is exactly why I avoid those large fitness gyms. If you ask me, I don’t really care whether I pay a couple of bucks more every month. I also don’t really care about a membership requirement since when I sign up with a good gym I also plan to go there for the foreseeable future. The most important thing for me is that I know and see that the gym I join is dedicated to its customers. With many of those recently opened gyms I cant really say that. My favourite gym in East London is still London Fields. If you want you can let us know about what other, good gyms are still in London.

Holidays Without Compromises – On The Cheap!

 

Spending a week or two in a nice hotel at your favourite holiday location can sure come quite expensive, especially if you travel with the entire family!

Renting a holiday flat is likewise not always exactly cheap. Most of the time, spending a week in such an apartment can cost you the equivalent of an entire month’s rent back at home.

vw camperNow, you need to know that camping can be the ideal alternative for a perfect holiday if you want to save some money.

But before you say “Oh no! I really don’t want to spend my holiday time in a tent or a crammed camper, I really don’t like camping!” you want to hear me out!

I’m not talking about backpacking and having to spend your nights in a tiny tent. I’m talking about renting a comfortable and luxurious campervan that can offer you all the amenities which you would otherwise get if you were to rent a flat for a lot more money.

But compared to a holiday home or  staying in a hotel, getting yourself a campervan has a lot more advantages beyond your cost savings: If you travel by van you will have much better ways choosing your favourite destination, rather than depending on a hotel’s or your apartment’s location. How often can it happen that you booked an expensive hotel just to find out that will take you a 40 minute walk just to go down to the beach? What if you spend a few days at a place and then feel the itch for a change of scenery? With a campervan you can be anywhere you want in no time!

Camper vans are ideal for festivals and local attractions

Travelling with a nicely equipped van is also great if you love to visit festivals or attractions such as amusement parks. Be assured that any such places will almost always feature a nice camping site  close by where you can park the van and stay for any number of days. By doing this you will catch two flies at once: You do not have to stay in accommodations that are overpriced because of the ongoing event or location near local attractions, and secondly you don’t have to worry about all the hotels or short-term lets being hopelessly booked out!

Some people go so far as to purchase a campervan to take care of all their holiday accommodations. But you don’t have to buy a van because you can rent one anytime you want.  Get yourself a campervan for your next holiday travel and see what you have been missing!

Tip: Electronic Invoicing Can Make Things A Lot Easier

electronic invoice-benefitsSometimes it is those things that one may not even think of at first that can make a big difference when it comes to working faster and more effectively. If you own a business like I do you will certainly know what I’m talking about! One of those things that is always quite a pain in particular if you are providing services or sell goods is the entire invoicing process.

The first problem here is of course how long it can often take until your invoices are processed and paid by your clients.

If you are like me, you happen to print out invoices like everyone else and subsequently add them to your shipments.

In some cases you may even mail the invoices separately. No matter what, the mailing process alone will usually take a couple of days. For larger companies, conventional invoicing may add even more inconveniences. Some companies require staff just for this purpose.

Electronic invoicing on the other hand can solve all those problems!

I can use my company as an example of how electronic invoicing helped me to save costs and of time.

The major difference between a conventional invoice and an e-invoice is that you don’t need to mail the electronic invoice but send it by email to a cloud-based electronic invoice provider service. (This provider in turn processes your invoice and will send it to your recipient also). The entire process therefore takes only a few seconds, just as is the case with e-mail. So basically what this means is that you can create your invoice, send it off and have it paid in a matter of minutes.

One good thing about electronic invoicing is that you won’t have to change anything. You create your invoice as usual as a PDF file which you attach to the email. The electronic invoice provider will process the invoice for you and convert it into a digital format.

I can highly recommend that you look into e-invoices if not done so. It will save you a lot of time and can make things a lot easier!