Monthly Archives: July 2016

  1. On the World Stage: Boxing at the Olympics

    The ring of the bell, the roar of the crowd, and the raw thrill that comes from watching two individuals face off in combat ? the thrill of boxing is undeniable! All over the world, this classic combat sport remains very popular, whether it's local boxing clubs or big pay-per-view heavyweight title bouts. Not only is boxing a sport that thrills many, but it is also a sport of prestige. For practically all of the modern incarnations of the Summer Olympics, boxing has held a place of high regard.

    Medals awarded in this event denote one of the pinnacles of achievement in the sport. For more than a century of Olympic boxing, it accumulated quite a storied history and more than a few major contenders, including the late great Muhammad Ali, then called Cassius Clay. When it comes to putting one's skills and honor on the line for their country, doing it in an Olympic boxing ring is simply an unparalleled experience. It's no wonder that we remain captivated by the stories of these gloved Titans and their battles throughout the years. In this article, we will examine the history of boxing as an Olympic sport and the ways in which it evolved, as well as a few of the most notable and memorable performances.

     

    Pugilism over the years: the history of boxing as Olympic sport

     

    With roots in ancient history going all the way back to Egypt and Rome, it's no surprise that boxing became a part of the Olympic roster not long after its inception. Ancient records show that boxing was a part of even the original Greek competitions. Though the modern Olympic games began in 1896, boxing was not included until roughly ten years later when the Olympics came to St Louis, Missouri, in the United States. Perhaps amusingly, the USA was the only nation to box that year ? meaning they took home every single

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  2. The Pros and Cons of Running with Kids

     

    For many people, when it comes to exercise, the most difficult thing to do is establish a regular schedule. Blocking out the time for your fitness is a challenge and it's an even bigger one when you have children to look after as well. That is why so many people turn to running; not only is it excellent cardiovascular exercise, but it's also easy to establish a running routine. Whether you run very early in the mornings or in the cooler air of the evening is up to you. What matters is that you're spending time on your health! What about your kids, though? Have you ever thought about involving them on your run? Depending on their age, it can be worth considering. Involving your children in your fitness routine is a big shift, though, and for many parents, the idea might be a little scary.

    What could you get out of such a significant change in your activity? As a matter of fact, there are some excellent benefits to bringing your kids along on the run. That doesn't mean there aren't challenges, though. Today we will examine the ups and downs, providing you with some helpful information about this option. First, let's take a look at some of the downsides. These are the hurdles you'll need to overcome to make the decision that running with your kids is the right idea. Understanding the challenges that you'll face in an otherwise rewarding activity can assist you in preparing for them and mitigating their effects. So what will you need to think about before you make the decision?

     

    The "Cons" of Running with your Children

    • Your Running Schedule May be Disrupted
    • Difficulty to Fit into Your Dail Regime
    • Your Children May Feel Exhausted Before You
    • They May Not Want to Run

     

    You might not always be able to run on your own schedule.

    One of the big appeals to running is the freedom it offers to many people. Getting up early in the morning and running

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  3. 5 Tips for Better Muscle Growth On a Vegetarian Diet

    Developing your physical fitness is a great way to work on improving your overall wellness, but exercise alone is often not enough to lose weight or improve your athletic ability. You must consume the right kind of diet as well. What you choose to fuel your body with is just as important as how you decide to use that fuel. Whether it's swimming, running, lifting weights, or playing sports, you need to have the right nutritional foundation from which to build. When you've chosen to lead a vegetarian lifestyle, selecting the diet for your fitness routine is even more important. Balancing critical nutrients isn't always easy, but it can have a noticeable effect on the way you perform while exercising.

    If your current goal is to develop and build muscle with your workouts, you'll have to alter your vegetarian diet to include the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that will assist muscle growth the most. Unfortunately, there aren't helpful labels at the grocery store to tell you which veggie dishes will help you build the most muscle. Today we'll go over the kinds of things you should eat, and in what quantities, to promote muscle development. Best of all, everything will be compatible with your existing vegetarian diet. Let's get started and take a look at five helpful tips:

    1. Understand what nutrients you need the most
    2. Protein and where you can find it
    3. Stay on top of your essential vitamins and minerals
    4. Don't forget about the power of healthy fats
    5. Create a meal plan and stick to it

    Better Muscle Growth On a Vegetarian Diet Fat Carb Protein

    Understand what nutrients you need the most

    OK ? so you know you need to eat right to get

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  4. Tips for Developing Your Strength on the American Football Field

    When it comes to all the various sports from around the world, few have the same exciting impact as American football. The gridiron is a place where many go to test their strength, agility, and skill at moving the ball down the field. Not everyone can be the quarterback, though, and there are many positions on an American football team which play a crucial support role. From blockers on the offensive line to defensive tackles scrambling to force a fumble, there's a role for every kind of athlete to play. When you're primarily interested in being down on the line of scrimmage, though, you're going to need more than just speed and agility: you're going to need strength, too. Otherwise, how else are you going to hold back hundreds of pounds of determined defenders when you're trying to protect against the pass rush? Developing and sticking to a strength training regimen specifically designed for American football players is important. It offers you the chance to correct the weaknesses in your game while making yourself stronger and tougher. Hitting the gym without any clear direction of purpose, though, is only going to lead to frustration. To make it simpler, let's break down the various methods and approaches you can use to improve your strength training before the next time you gear up and hit the field.

     

    Developing Your Strength on the American Football Field Muscle Groups

    Which muscle groups should you target?

     

    Jumping straight into the weight room and hitting every weight machine and bench you can find isn't a recipe for

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  5. Aquatic Fitness Isn't Only Swimming Lengths

     

    When it's hot outside and sometimes even when it isn't, there's nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool to relax you. However, even just swimming and splashing about for a while can leave your muscles feeling tired and your body exhausted. That's because swimming is an excellent physical activity; that's why you might already incorporate it into your fitness routine. If you don't, though, is it because you think the only thing there is to aquatic fitness is swimming back and forth in the pool? Many people who swim for fitness believe that, too. Of course, there's a reason that most people feel that way about swimming as exercise.

    Swimming laps is an excellent way to work out your core muscles, plus your arms and legs, all at once. Fitness experts recommend swimming because of what good exercise it is, but that's not the only way to get fit in the pool. Whether you're bored with your current routine, or you're looking for a fun and exciting way to work out in the water, you don't have to resign yourself to swimming laps.

    In fact, there are all kinds of fun and exciting ways to develop your fitness in the pool that doesn't match the traditional mold. Each of these activities has a set of unique benefits, so be sure to mix and match when planning your new routine. Let's go over some of the different things you can do in the water.

     

    Water jogging is more fun than running outdoors

     

     

    When it comes to an all-around excellent cardiovascular and muscular workout, running is one of the best exercises out there. However, not everyone enjoys running. If you live in a particularly hot climate, it can be a real challenge to motivate yourself to get outdoors and pound the pavement. What if there was another way to run, though, with similar benefits? Water jogging, or water sprinting, are excellent exercises which will surprise you with their intensity. It's as simple as it sounds: running

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  6. Two Wheels, Your Kids, and You: Cycling Safely With Your Children

    Pumping the pedals of your bike with the wind in your hair, soaring over the pavement with the world passing you by ? that's an amazing feeling! Millions of people the world over love riding their bikes and many use them as a primary method of transportation. Cycling is not just good fun, it's good exercise, too. It follows then that once you have children of your own, you will want to expose them to the joys of seeing the world from on top of a bicycle. Before you rush out to buy their first bike and a set of training wheels, though, there are a few things you should consider.

    Safety should be your primary consideration when you want to introduce your children to cycling. There are many reasons for children to cycle, from confidence building to balance development. However, in the process, you should do your best to ensure that good safety habits are always in observance. That doesn't just mean wearing a snug helmet. It means paying attention to traffic laws, being alert, and being courteous to others around them, too. In this article, we'll run down the various things to be mindful of when it comes to biking safely with the little ones.

     

     

    Ensure that everyone has the proper safety equipment

     

    Before you hop on your bike and start pedaling away, it is crucial to stop and ensure that everyone has the gear they need to be safe. This safety exercise is of particular importance when dealing with your children and possibly their friends. Teaching proper bike safety habits start with the equipment. Enforcing good habits from the beginning is your opportunity to not only teach safety but to also create and

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  7. Tips and Tricks for Training Like an Olympic Runner

    One of the best parts about running as a sport is the constant drive to push yourself harder, longer, and farther than ever before. Even those who start out running "as exercise" or "just for fun" soon get sucked into the competitive urge every runner feels. Whether it's getting home a little faster from your run or entering a marathon, you always want to try to do a bit better. Shaving a few seconds off your time might not sound like much when you start. After a while, though, you'll understand just how much hard work those seconds represent!

    So how can you push yourself to train harder for better results? Well, consider training like the most elite runners in the world: Olympians. Olympic athletes post incredible times and break world records every four years. It never stops being amazing! Just because they're competing on the world level doesn't mean they don't have to practice hard, though. Training like an Olympian may not earn you a medal, but it can help you improve. From bettering your form to improving speed and stamina, there are plenty of benefits you could see. So how do they do it ? and how can you? Let's look now at how to set up an Olympic-style training regimen for runners.

     

    Training Like an Olympic Runner Equipment

    Check your gear before you start

     

    Before beginning an intense Olympics-inspired workout, you'll want to make sure you're geared up for the job. Running puts stress on your body in many different ways. Dressing appropriately and having the right supplies will lay a foundation for success in your efforts. You must also consider the temperature outside and when you will run.

    These might all seem obvious considerations, but they are even more important when

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  8. Dance Your Way to Better Health!

    Developing and sticking to an exercise regime sounds easy in theory, but in practice, it's often not so simple. For some people, working out is an enjoyable, cathartic experience; for others, it simply leaves them feeling drained and unable to look forward to the next session. There is a good reason why so many people fail to stick to their lofty New Year's resolutions ? it takes dedication to keep going back to exercise activities you don't enjoy. Wouldn't it be nicer if there was a more enjoyable, engaging way to get your exercise? Well, take a moment to consider the value of incorporating dance into your routine. Dancing is not only fun; it is a ubiquitous feature of cultures the world over. For thousands of years, we have used dance for ceremonial, expressive, and artistic purposes. If you've ever danced much, though, you know it's not as easy as it looks. In fact, dancing can turn out to be a real workout. You can dance all the way to a healthier life if you're dedicated. Today there are excellent reasons to try dancing for exercise. That's also why many different dance-based exercise activities are growing in popularity around the globe. What exactly are the benefits to dancing as exercise, and what can you try? Let's take a closer look and break it all down.

     

     

    So what makes dance an excellent way to exercise?

     

    Before you put on your dancing shoes or run out to buy a pair, it can be helpful first to understand exactly why and how dance benefits your body. Not only is it important to be aware of how exercise affects you, but it is also key to understanding how it can fit into your overall lifestyle. Believe it or not, dancing is more than just a fun way to pass the time at weddings and parties ? and it's more than just the graceful elegance of ballet. It not only works out your body, but it helps your mind, too.

     

    For example,

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