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Category Archives: Sports

Ideal Boot for Football

Feeling good

When you wear a boot that you feel good in, then you will be more confident as you get into the pitch. With so many options available, it is important to settle for something that suits the fame regardless of the style of color. It is always important to feel comfortable, so as to play without any issues.

Leather

As much as leather boots associate with comfort, there are many synthetic materials that are an amazing fit. In as much as you should like how a boot looks, aesthetics should not be the only or main concern. Find a boot that is a match for your foot. There should be a balance between performance, look, and comfort.

Preparedness

It is important to try out the boots physically before you buy them. It is essential that you get a comfortable fit. Each brand has fit its own way of creating the boots. You may want to try them out with some socks so as to get a feel of what being on the pitch will be like.

Clean them

It is normal for people to dump the boots into a bag and then looking for them when there is a game. It is important to look after the boots as much as you can. Synthetic boots are a great idea for anyone who feels like they are negligent. The synthetics are easier to clean and maintain. In addition, these kinds of boots are much easier to dry once they have been cleaned out. You can simply use a soft cloth dipped in warm water. You should never dry the boots in a radiator because this can cause damage to the shoe or cracking of the material. Always allow your boots to dry as naturally as possible. In this way, the shape of the boot is retained. You can even stuff the boot using old newspapers so as to maintain the shape as they dry.

About Surfing Paddling Technique

1. TIMING

Paddling for a wave is all about timing. Always stay in front of the wave, so position yourself correctly and start paddling early. Remember the faster the wave, the faster you need to paddle.

2. POSITION ON BOARD

Find the sweet spot on your board. Don’t lie to far back so the nose will lift up and push water. If you position yourself too far forward your board will nose dive into the water.

Try not to lean too far to the left or right, stay balanced. Keep your board flat on the water.

3. DON’T USE TWO ARMS

When paddling you need a constant planing speed. If you paddle with both arms you will momentarily lose momentum and speed. When you double-paddle you will jerk forward and then slow down. The ideal surf paddling technique resembles a freestyle swimming stroke.

4. STAY RELAXED

When paddling make sure you don’t tense up and get stressed. Relax the shoulders and don’t stiffen your facial muscles. Breathe in through your nose and focus on your technique.

5. LONG STROKES

Take long smooth strokes. Fully extend your arm, go deep and make sure you complete the rotation all the way to your thighs. Long smooth movements instead of quick and jerky.

6. DEEP STROKES

Don’t surface paddle. Extend your arm fully in the water. Try to keep your arms as close to your surfboard.

7. HANDS RELAXED

Relax the hands and keep a small gap between your fingers. Don’t spread or force the fingers together. Try not to bend your wrist too much.

8. SMOOTH ENTRY

Minimize any splashing of water on entry and don’t throw any water at the end of the rotation, it’s wasted energy. You want a smooth exit out of the water without any turbulence.

9. KEEP FEET TOGETHER

Don’t drag your feet in the water, this disturbs the flow of the board in the water. Keep your feet together and lay evenly and balanced.

10. DON’T ROLL SIDE TO SIDE

Minimize any rolling from side to side. Keep your body still on the surfboard and let your shoulders and arms do the work. Don’t sway too much from side to side and keep your head still.

Advantages of Rock Climbing

Rock climbing has similar health benefits like working out in the gym. It is, in fact, the best workout for the body. Both girls and boys of different ages can undertake this sport. Many people believe that the sport needs more upper body strength. Thus, girls feel discourages towards this sport. But that is not true. A proper rock climber is the person who has a good understanding of the sport regarding balance, technique, and strength of the leg.

It helps to grow muscle endurance. The core muscles get stronger than exercising. It brings stabilization to the body and makes it lesser prone to getting injured. Again, climbing builds stronger biceps, hands and forearms, upper back, lower back, shoulders, neck, traps, abs, thighs, calves and glutes. Ones cardiovascular system also benefits a lot from the sport.

Climbing rocks are more like solving puzzles. So, it takes proper planning and patience of the individual. One needs to be prompt at decision making and take decisions like which place is better for a move and where they would be led to. Thus, it is sure to enrich your decision-making ability, problem-solving skills. You would become a better goal setter and get the determination to achieve your goals. Your awareness of the surroundings will be more. Your confidence levels will thus get a boost and you would be able to achieve success.

It is a team sport because you always need to be with a group of people to climb the rocks. Thus, you would need to put your trust on others. This in a way helps to build character and leadership qualities. Every person in the initial stage is the student who learns from the instructors and then is able to become a teacher with much experience and share his or her knowledge with others in the field.

Benefits of Swimming Over Running

Burns the Calories

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A rigorous workout runs at 70-85 {3ef47828a7c259db772c7dd40d461a2fc3c07983a36e986141d323980a5355fc} max heart-rate. After an intensive 30 minute breaststroke swim, you can burn up to 300 calories. This can vary according to your weight. The heavier you are, the more calories you burn. By burning 500 calories more than you eat every day, you can lose a pound of fat a week. Okay, this does not sound much. But think long-term. After a month you can lose about 4-5 pounds – almost half a stone. Multiply that by 6 months and you have lost 2 stone of body fat.

Why Swimming helps the Heart Work More Efficiently?

When the body is in an upright position (e.g. when run or jump),the heart has to work hard to pump blood and oxygen to and from the lower extremities. This increase demand on the heart can lead to spikes in blood pressure – not good for the heart.

The American College of Sports Medicine states: ‘Swimming works the cardiovascular system without causing major increases in blood pressure.’ Because the body is in a horizontal position whilst swimming, the heart does have to work as hard. There is almost no gravity involved, so the blood pressure stays down.

The Weightlessness of Water

Yet another benefit swimming has over running, is the weightlessness effect in water. At the end of every stroke – breast stroke, freestyle etc, your body stretches out. Because the water holds your body up, it enables you to stretch out whilst in motion. The spine can then lengthen, elongating the gaps between the vertebrae.

Physiotherapists encourage patients with disc problems to swim because of this spine lengthening effect. It takes pressure off the discs.

Benefits and Risks of Running

Running generally has great benefits.

It reduces the chances of contracting:-

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular disease

It improves:-

  • Bone density
  • Weight control

The risks of long distance running without a supervised trainer needs consideration though. They can advice you on nutrition, rest and good running technique. For safety reasons:- A medical check to look out for heart conditions, bio mechanical issues or other risk factors are a must.

Marathon running over extends the immune system. It makes the body produce excessive amounts of cortisol to reduce swelling. The advice to runners is to increase vitamin C, get plenty of sleep and avoid outside stresses. This helps recuperation and boosts immunity.

Starting Swimming When You Are Young

While people of any age can learn to swim, the earlier one starts, the better, since it will produce a lifetime of this enjoyable exercise. When can one begin to learn? As soon as the umbilical cord is cut! Since babies come in a sac filled with fluid, they are a natural in water. However, it is best as a parent to spend time with the child simply floating and playing around, getting acquainted with how it works. Three years old is the ideal time for formal lessons in a class with other children, since that is the age when they are mature enough to understand and follow directions. If the toddler is already familiar with water, he or she will not be afraid of it.

Toddler swimming benefits are many. As a medium, water is virtually weightless, so they can fall without injuring themselves. The forgiving nature of water enables children to try new things and make mistakes without acquiring fear, since no pain is felt while they’re learning. Swimming assists in developing muscular and cardiovascular strength, flexibility, posture, coordination, and balance. Toddlers can learn to swim before they can even walk, in fact, those who are slow in learning can be assisted by swim lessons. Regular participation helps fight obesity. It enables them to grow up to become healthy adults, since it is an activity they’ll never outgrow; they can enjoy it for life.

Swimming improves emotional health. Water is a very soothing and healing medium, encouraging those in it to exercise longer. Anyone who has worked with children know how difficult it is to get them out of the water! Swimming improves mood, doing away with depression. It also helps that it can easily be incorporated into a social activity, such as a pool or beach party (swimming should never be done alone, anyway).

Swimming increases mental capacity as well. Toddlers discover how the world works around them, while learning to interact with others. The physical workout provides oxygen to the brain, enabling it to function better. Studies have shown that children who learned to swim early reach developmental milestones sooner, and score higher on tests once they are in school. Early lessons improve self – esteem, too; painfully shy children, even those who are autistic, have gained multiple benefits from spending time in the water. No doubt this is due to the parental bonding and social interaction early swimming lessons provide.

Have a Kick Like Cristiano Ronaldo

Place the ball with the nipple facing you

When Ronaldo did a free kick, he always aligned the ball so that his nipple touched his feet. It’s hard to know whether the touch has a noticeable effect on the ball path or it’s just superstition, but there’s no harm in trying.
Step back a few steps and move to the right

Ronaldo usually retreats 3-5 paces before he takes a free kick. Then he stood with both arms straight down and his feet widened, over shoulder width apart. As soon as he approaches, he uses a “stutter-step” pattern on his kick. Doing some stutter moves quickly tends to outwit the goalkeepers and other defenders so they will not know exactly when the kick landed.

Place the legs that are not for kicking and the position of the body arched backwards

Place the other foot on the side of the ball and curl backwards so that the kick angle is fitted to throw the ball upward

His free kick tends to rise very quickly, looking like it exploded from his leg. It comes from a quick curved back position just before it touches the ball. If done correctly, the kick will not spin, but it curves upward, then swoops down quickly, or mutes in accordance with the force released on follow-up.

Touch the ball right in the middle with your back

You will touch the ball with long bones in the leg that extend from the big toe to the top of the foot

Aim the nipple that you face at the beginning of the kick

To produce a “knuckle-ball” effect you need to avoid spinning the ball a bit. Try to touch the ball right in the middle as often as possible instead of rolling it off your feet at all

The most important part of the kick is the follow-up. Follow up the kick by directing the kicking leg toward which the ball will be fired, with the body spinning towards the target and lifting the leg that does not kick up. Straighten your knees that kick up, instead of ending with your legs on the side like the traditional follow-up.

Imagine you want to touch your knee legs that kick on your chin after touching the ball. If done correctly, the kicking foot will touch the ground first. Now back off and look at the “knuckle-ball” with its unpredictable prowess.

Doing a Cross Feed and Dribbling Ball

One of the benefits of Ronaldo’s game is that he likes to share opportunities, finding the best opportunities for his team to score. It means a cross and a corner kick. He can also move in all directions on the field, playing on the left, right, or in the middle as an attacker. His deft movements make him one of the greatest players.

Bring the ball to the penalty box

Unlike Beckham, famous for his long cross, elegant, curved with many rounds, Ronaldo’s cross is more like a small pass behind his back in a basketball. He brings the ball deep into the opponent’s area, then throws it into the air back through the game field to the team so that it becomes a header or shot.
Although he often played on the left side of the field, Ronaldo has alternated positions, depending on the game that runs, and will go to the middle of the field to do across as well.

Standup Paddle Boarding

The origin of standup paddle boarding is the same as that of other board sports, and that is Hawaii. SUP, also known as “Hoe he’e nalu”, has very old roots. However, it has become popular now with many photographers and surf instructors.

SUP basically employs a type of surf board along with a lengthy paddle. In this regard, it’s a mix of surfing and canoeing. The credit for making it popular goes to Laird Hamilton, who made use of the paddle grabbing towing waves originating in Hawaii. But now, SUP isn’t just for surfing. SUP may be enjoyed in many other forms. like flat water lakes to facilitate beach paddling, to open water paddling and right up to surfing waves.

Though you can visit a store and procure the very first or the most economical board, it may not be the best option for getting initiated into this sport.

The design, and hence the value of SUP paddles and SUP boards, varies a lot. It’s not difficult to guess that better quality boards will be more expensive. At the same time, better boards are more appropriate for use by intermediate and experienced paddlers.

Here are some tips that beginners will find helpful. Having decided to get skilled at standup paddle board, you should call upon one of the SUP stores in your area and get one board on rent for the initial few lessons. It may be a good idea to rent boards made by different manufacturers to find which one suits you the most. It is not unusual for many stores to adjust the expense of rental in the final price of the new board that you would buy. So, do check on this. There is absolutely no harm in getting started with used equipment. You can locate many sellers of used equipment through the classified ads of local papers. Some shops also offer boards that were used for demos or used boards at considerably lower prices.

Advantage Of Playing Tennis

If you are a parent and you wish to protect your children from these diseases, it is not merely enough to clean up your family’s diet. It’s even more important to get your family up and moving about by engaging in outdoor activities. Coaxing your young ones to get off the couch and momentarily leave the TV, the tablet and their gaming consoles offers several benefits. Playing in tennis courts, for example, can help a child become physically fit while allowing him to master various motor skills as he learns the rudiments of the game.

As he learns to love the sport and constantly play it, he will be less likely to gain excess weight. According to some studies, active children often grow into adults who have normal weight. Furthermore, other sporting activities such as rugby can help prevent a young child from developing type 2 diabetes.

Children who get into physical activities at an early age carry the habit into adulthood. Apart from the physical benefits of outdoor play, children who engage in these activities become less stressed and are less likely to suffer from depression. This is particularly beneficial for children who may be often overburdened at school. Sports also impart several life lessons like discipline and concentration which prove to be valuable in different aspects of life.

Finally, young kids who engage in outdoor activities may develop leadership skills which may benefit them when they become employed or start their own businesses. Kids who regularly engage in sports and outdoor activities are also less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Being a part of a team enhances both their confidence and self-esteem.

Exercises From the Board Up

Sitting:

Start by rolling a tennis ball under your foot. This helps awaken the soft connective tissue (fascia). Do not put your full weight on the foot being rolled. Work up to using more pressure and using a lacrosse ball or golf ball. Roll the ball with a little more pressure under the heels, balls and outer edge of your feet and less pressure in the arches and toes. Spend at least 1 minute on each foot.

Try to pickup sand/small rocks with your toes. Once you have accomplished this task try to fling the objects with your toes.

Lift your foot off the ground and write in the air your favorite surfing spot. Pretend your toes are a pen and your ankle is a wrist.

With your feet apart keep your heels stationary and push/drag the balls of the feet and toes outwards away from center. When they are out as far as they can go (duck footed) lift the front of the feet off the ground (heels stationary) and bring them back to neutral. 10-15 times.

With your feet apart keeping your heels stationary lift the balls of your feet and toes up and go outwards. When they are out as far as they can go bring the front of the feet down and drag them back to neutral. 10-15 times.

Press your four small toes down and try to raise your big toe. This is a difficult exercise and when you first attempt it you can lightly hold down your 4 toes with your hand. Sometimes if you tap or lightly push the arch of your foot it helps. 10-15 times.

Press your big toe down and try to raise you 4 little toes. Again, you can start by spreading your toes as far apart as you can. Hold for 3-5 seconds 5-10 times.

Rock feet back and forth from heels to toes. 15 – 20 times.

Standing

Walk on your heels and then walk on the balls of your feet.

Lift your big toe and feel your arch go up. Bring toe down and try to keep the arch raised for a few seconds.

Stand on a step with the balls of your feet on the step and your heels hanging over the edge. Slowly use the whole front of the foot to rise up as high as you can then drop your heels down as low as you can get them. 10 -20 times.

Improve Swimming

Break Bad Habits

Habits good or bad make up who we are. How we react to things, what we focus our energy on, what we eat, how we train and so on are pointers to our habits. However, with a commitment to daily actions, bad habits can be transformed into new better ones. There are 4 steps you can take to smash your bad habits:

  • Identify: search within yourself to determine what harmful habits you indulge in that is affecting your performance and when it normally happens. For example, do you give up on difficult sets when you fall behind your teammates or do you eat junk food lunches when you are at school?
  • What’s the payoff?: what do you stand to gain from the bad habits that you hold on so tight to them. In the first example, the payoff is the pride that a full effort wasn’t worth placing behind teammates, so you would rather not put in much effort and place second than to exert all energy and fall behind after all. The second scenario’s payoff is convenience; the 5 minutes before school it will take you to prepare a healthy lunch.
  • What’s the trade-off?: what are you giving up for the pride and convenience? when you hold on to pride you are giving up a better level of fitness and the confidence that would come with a job well done while if you go for the convenience, you would be giving up the proper fuel for your body to perform at optimal level.

Our bad habits are not neutral, they pull us in the opposite direction of where we are supposed to go.

  • Commit: make the commitment to change the bad habits, gradually change them into the form of a new better one. Do a positive self talk whenever the negative thought of “I CAN’T” creeps in. Every time you tell yourself that you can’t, that it’s too difficult, insert a “BUT” and a positive statement at the end. For instance, I can’t finish this set, it’s too hard… but if I did, it would make me a better swimmer.

Motivate Yourself

We all experience those moments where we have doubt. Both in training and competition, where things feel hopelessly stacked up against us. Having a history of your workouts can give you that push to help you get back on track, so to stay motivated, record all of your best times, from the short course and un-shaved off event, to your best 100 free kick (without board), it will help you to track and celebrate them.

4 Stay Focused

What distinguishes the great from the rest is the ability to focus when it matters most, to be able to shut out the world and make all the noise around disappear. So, to stay focused;

  • Do away with any form of distraction at practice or during competition, log out of your social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and so on, turn off your mobile phones and any other gadgets.
  • Turn off all mental distractions within and outside you.
  • Don’t hinge on your time by going for long swim sessions, take frequent breaks to refresh yourself mentally and physically.

Track Your Performance

One of the biggest benefits of tracking your performance in the pool is getting accountability for your swimming. Regular evaluation is a must over the course of a training cycle or a season. This will help you to;

  • Stay on track with your goals.
  • Know where you are kicking butt.
  • Conquer the weak spots of your training and swimming.