Monthly Archives: June 2016
- June 30, 2016
At a certain point, it can be difficult to continue a pattern of exercising and working out solely for the purpose of fitness. Even knowing that it's "good for you" isn't enough when there isn't a clear goal in mind. Why not think about giving yourself a goal towards which you can strive? One of the best opportunities to challenge yourself in your fitness pursuits is a triathlon. This exciting competition combines running, cycling, and swimming, and puts your whole body to the test. A triathlon will test everything from your cardiovascular fitness to your endurance in this contest of wills.
Like the marathon challenges the runner, the triathlon challenges the amateur athlete like nothing else. So you want to participate in a triathlon ? now what? Now it's time to start your training. However, training for a triathlon is much more than just practising each event on its own. It's important for you to take steps to harmonize all of your workouts together. That way
- June 27, 2016
The bright lights, the roar of the crowd, the rapid squeaking of sneakers and the thud of the ball on a gleaming court ? there's no doubt that basketball is an incredibly exciting game. That's true whether it's a game in a professional NBA arena in front of tens of thousands or a match between friends in a neighbourhood park. The sport's global popularity is evident everywhere you look.
A recent estimate put the number of global players at nearly half a billion. Although members of over two hundred countries tune in to watch major NBA games, American basketball
- June 23, 2016
With the hot days and bright sunshine of summer right around the corner, the kids will soon be out of school. It's, unfortunately, easy for all of us to fall into a lazy summer routine. Once the demands of school go away, like the need to be up early in the morning, keeping up your children's level of physical activity isn't always easy. After all, the comfort of the air-conditioned indoors is often preferable to sweating outside. Nonetheless, getting them out and about and playing with more than just screens is essential to developing a healthy mind and body. So what can you do?
The simplest solution is to put in some effort at making playing outside fun for your kids. Simply saying "Go play outside" isn't very motivating. Instead, why not get involved and have some fun too? Not only can you organise all kinds of fun and games for your children, but you can invite their friends along, too. Today we're going to take a look at some fun outdoor games and activities you can put together
- June 20, 2016
The summer Olympic games are right around the corner. Come the first week of August; we'll all be sitting around with friends and family watching the greatest athletes in the world compete against each other. And what better way to prepare for the Olympics than by exploring one of the most exciting sports in the games?competitive swimming. Swimming has been a part of the summer Olympic games since their inception in April of 1896. It is one of the most physically challenging sports to participate in, and one of the most exciting to watch as a spectator. Swimming boasts some of the most talented athletes who have ever lived, and it has evolved into a variety of competitions that have pushed these world-class swimmers to achieve new levels of performance. But before we can really appreciate swimming as the Olympic sport we recognize today, a brief look at swimming's history is necessary.
Swimming in the Paleolithic
Swimming appeared very early
- June 16, 2016
Falling into a steady routine of regular physical activity and exercise takes some doing, but your body is a lot like an engine. Once you get it started and find your rhythm, it's not as hard to keep on going. Of course, it still takes some self-discipline and personal effort to stick to your schedule, but you have a routine. Whether you run before work or hit the gym after hours, it's a part of your daily schedule. So what happens when your regular schedule experiences the biggest possible interruption of them all a holiday Going away from home to spend some time unwinding is something we all crave, but it does raise questions about your workout routine. Will you make time on the road or at your hotel to exercise? Or should you just kick back and take a break from everything, working out included? These are tough questions. Unfortunately, there's no easy right or wrong answer; instead, there are good and bad sides to both perspectives. Below, we'll take a look at each of these viewpoints
- June 13, 2016
Lacing up your running shoes, heading out the door, and pounding the pavement for your daily run is an amazing feeling. That's especially true when the weather out is kind. The right balance of humidity and a comfortable temperature can make for an ideal and truly enjoyable running experience. Wouldn't it be nice if the weather always cooperated? All runners know the frustrations that come from varying weather conditions. Of course, the changing of seasons each year presents its problems as you transition from one type of weather to another. On those days when it's hottest or pouring rain, it can be tough to motivate yourself out the door.
Whether you're training for a marathon or just running for your fitness, though, sticking to your schedule is important. That's why it can be very helpful to familiarise yourself with strategies for coping with all kinds of weather. Conditioning your body to endure long runs isn't just about improving cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness. It also
- June 09, 2016
It's almost that time of year again, summer. The temperatures are climbing, the days are getting longer, and you're starting to hear people chatter about their vacation plans. It's hard not to get a little bit excited as the season starts to change from one to another. Along with the beautiful weather summer brings, everyone seems to flock to outdoor activities. With the cold of last year's winter finally a distant memory, there's no better time to get active and work on being fit than the summertime. Maybe you even still have a gym membership hanging around for the latest round of unfulfilled New Year's resolutions. On the other hand, who wants to be stuck indoors on the treadmill when the weather is nice? The reality of your summer workout regime can be much different. There's no reason to confine yourself to exercise machines. There is an incredible variety of physical activity you can engage in during the summer. In this article, we will take a look at some of that variety. You can
- June 06, 2016
Being a coach for any sport can be fun and rewarding, you can assemble (or sometimes inherit!) a team, and with that team grow, face adversity, and experience success as their leader. You can have an incredible impact on the lives of your athletes, but it is challenging work. When you coach football in a youth league, the level of difficulty becomes even higher. You must serve as a positive role model for the kids, motivate them to succeed, and make the game and your practice sessions fun so as not to sour any potential young athletes to the prospect of continuing sport as they grow older. That last part is tricky, as you have to balance keeping your players focused and disciplined while making the sport engaging and allowing them to have fun. You also have to take into consideration the fact that for most kids, especially nowadays, winning can come secondary to having
- June 02, 2016
For as long as humans have been organizing themselves into communities, sports have been a part of our lifestyle. From the ancient Aztec ball courts to modern basketball courts and football pitches, we love to gather together and participate in games that test our strength, speed, and skills. Sports aren't just for the spectator, though; they're an essential and excellent way to encourage physical fitness and teamwork. That is why you will often find a wide variety of sports in schools. Encouraging children to find a sport they like and stick with might not always yield an all-star player, but it will create opportunities for valuable life lessons. Community sports leagues are a great way to accomplish this, as well.
So which sports should you encourage your children to join? There are many from which to choose. Naturally, allowing your child's personal likes and dislikes to play a part in the choice is important. However, it's also a smart idea to consider the