Monthly Archives: July 2017

  1. How to Choose Your Badminton Racket

    31st July 2017. Of all the racket sports out there, badminton might be one of the easiest to learn, yet it is immensely difficult to attain mastery over the mechanics. The irregular paths the shuttlecock can take as you lob it through the air, plus the intense speed it can gather when your opponent smashes a return shot, make it a fun and exciting challenge. It's also an excellent workout since you'll be hopping and darting all around the court for an hour or two. Attaining the skills you need on the court and the athleticism you hone along the way will require more than just time: you need the right equipment, too. The badminton shuttlecock is a standard piece of equipment, but rackets vary from person to person. Which one will be right for you? Whether you want to replace an old and broken racket or you're planning to pick up the sport for the first time, this is an important decision. Looking at a racket alone can't tell you if it will be a good fit, though. For that, you'll need to pick it up and see for yourself. When you do, what criteria should you use to evaluate the racquet? Let's break down the important components of choosing this crucial piece of badminton equipment.

    The shape of your racket is an important asset

    One of the first things you should look at when examining badminton rackets is the shape of the racket head. Luckily, there are only two shapes common to the rackets of today, so you don't have to work hard how-to-choose-your-badminton-racket-head-shapeto decide. We refer to these shapes as the "isometric" racket and the "oval" racket.

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  2. How to Set Up Your Own Local Football League

    27th July 2017.Of all the sports, few are as simple to begin playing as football. At its most basic, all you need to start is the ball. Everything after that can be a matter of using your imagination. However, it is in fact very easy to go far beyond that. If you love the game of football, you probably spend at least some of your time hunting for a game to join. Do you organise a group of your friends occasionally to get together and play? Well, why not take it to the next level? Organising your own pub league or a regular game of five-a-side doesn't require a huge investment of time or effort. Where should you begin, though? Even if you know people who would be interested, you should undertake some thorough planning before you ever schedule your first game. With everything properly in its place, you can ensure that you and your friends have a blast. To help you get started, we'll examine the things you need to incorporate in your amateur league and some ideas for achieving an ideal setup. We'll prove that you don't need much to get a fun, regular game going that you can always enjoy.

    Gauge interest and consider registration

    Step one might seem like the most obvious of them all, but figure out your players first! You can't organise even a casual weekend game if you don't know enough people willing to play. Your approach here will depend on your overall goal. Do you want to form a team to play against others in a small but sanctioned league? Do you instead just want to set up a meeting with a group of your friends from down at the pub? In the latter case, asking around should be sufficient for finding enough people. You may even want to consider putting up flyers to gauge additional interest. Cast a wider net and ask friends to ask friends, too. You'll need to familiarise yourself with the rules for entry and the requirements for competing with your newly formed team. Make sure everyone is

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  3. Trampoline Workouts: Fun Fitness for the Whole Family

    24th July 2017. Wouldn't it be good if you could walk into the back yard with the family and take part in a fun, wholesome activity that also doubles as a vigorous workout? With a trampoline at home, you could do just that. Kids love being able to bounce around, exploring the boundaries of their abilities as they soar into the air. Adults can design intensive workouts based around a trampoline to target many different areas of the body. With the right plans and a good sense of how to use trampolines safely, it can translate into one of the best workout tools for a family investment. Not everyone knows what to do right after purchasing a trampoline, though. For that matter, not everyone will have the means or the space to buy and store a trampoline. What options does your family have then? The good news is there are still ways you can get in a bouncy workout without breaking the bank. Before you know it, your kids will be begging for more time on the trampoline! So where should you begin? The best place to start is with the basics: you shouldn't climb onto a trampoline before you know some of the basic and best ways to use what it offers.

    The basics: getting started with trampolines

    Not even sure where you should begin? Take the lead from your kids on this one. When they see a trampoline, what's the first thing they want to do? Run up and start bouncing on it, of course! Adults and trampoline-workouts-at-homekids alike can acclimate to using a trampoline just by practising simple bounces. Jumping on a trampoline like this will elevate your heart rate, which in turn will prime your body to burn calories. While you won't develop a marathon runner's endurance solely by working out on a trampoline, it will give you the

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  4. Caring for Your Swimsuits: How Do You Wash, Dry, or Clean Your Swimwear?

    20th July 2017.When you need new swimwear, you could end up spending a considerable amount of time searching stores and trying on different articles. Once you finally do find the swimsuits that you love, though, how much thought do you pay to them after purchase? You put them on, dive into the pool, and do your laps for the day, and when you're done, you might just throw it over a chair outdoors at home to let it dry. Is that really the best way to approach swimsuit care? Unfortunately, the low maintenance approach isn't the best one to take. Over the long term, poor care can lead to a degraded quality and even deterioration of your swimwear. That could leave you in a situation where you should toss them in the bin and start shopping again! So how can you avoid that? Start by thinking of your swimwear as regular clothing. It needs washing and proper care just like the shirts and trousers you wear every day. Meanwhile, a thoughtful approach to the swimwear you purchase can make the process simpler. Some fabrics are easier to care for, while others are more durable but provide an advantage regarding longevity. Which fabrics are best? What are these methods you should use? Let's put this issue under the microscope and find the underlying cause of these questions.

    Understand the different types of swimsuit fabric

    How you will care for your swimwear will depend in large part on the type of material used. There are many different fabric types out there, plus several brands that use multiple fabrics for a stronger, more durable garment for the water. A quick overview of these various fabric types and what you can expect with some of them will aid in developing your understanding of swimwear care. First, one of the most common materials to find in swimwear is spandex. You know this as a highly stretchy material that shows up in everything from yoga pants to

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  5. The Pros and Cons of Fell Running Versus Road Running

    17th July 2017. In many ways, it is easy to discount running as a sport that only takes place primarily on flat ground. You see runners on footpaths, on designated tracks, and on the treadmill ? always relatively flat terrain. Sure, you might occasionally run up and down a road that goes over a hill, but that's all, right? For some, this is what makes it the perfect activity: you can zone out and focus in on just improving your fitness. For others, though, it could be a path to boredom and dissatisfaction. The good news is that there is another type of running you might not have heard about before. Called fell running, it owes some of its origins to the unique terrain found in the countryside of the UK. Fell running focuses less on a dedicated trail and more on tackling runs that also include a substantial altitude change. In other words, the farther you run, the higher up your feet will carry you. Fell running adds a unique challenge and could potentially have many other positive benefits for an individual, too. However, before you decide to take on fell running, it's worth looking at both the pros and cons for this sport. Should you try it out, or just stick to trail running? First, let's look more closely at what fell running is all about.

    What is fell running? A quick explanation

    In short, fell running isn't just about tackling an incline. The word "fell" literally refers to the hills and valleys found throughout the moors of England and Scotland. In fact, the sport originated in Scotland more than a thousand years ago. Thus, rather than involving smooth paved ground, fell running covers varying terrain. Elevation increases can be slow, or you could find yourself running (or walking) up a very steep hill. Running on the way back down is a big part of the challenge too. Today, hill running finds popularity primarily across Europe,

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  6. Riding a Century: Preparations and Planning for Cycling 100 Miles

    13th July 2017.If there is one thing that is true about cyclists, it is that they are always on the hunt for the next challenge. Whether it's racing with friends or in a club, competing in a triathlon event, or just pushing to cut time, there's always room for improvement. Even those who only ride for fitness often find that developing new challenges is the best way to stay engaged. With that said, have you ever considered going for a century ride? A century is a single cycling trip that lasts for 100 miles. Some of these rides feature lots of organising and an event-like atmosphere. Others are simply a personal challenge. While that distance might sound like an impossible feat right now, it is something within almost any cyclist's grasp. The key, of course, is good training and thorough preparation. You could not set out on a trip tomorrow and expect to make it to the end. While those in peak physical condition might have the ability, it would not be as enjoyable as possible. By taking your time to prepare properly, you can enjoy both the actual challenge and the journey along the way, too. These preparations go beyond making your body ready. You'll also want to make sure you bring the right items with you. So where should you begin if you decide that a century ride should be in your future?

    Developing your approach to century training

    The most important thing to remember while training for your century is that you will not be ready immediately. In fact, you should plan to spend at least two months in training before you attempt the ride. Two months will provide your body with time to develop endurance while you also mentally prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. Each week, you should dedicate one of your rides to your endurance or "long" ride. Try to aim for about 20 miles ? or as many as you can manage ? each time you tackle this ride. Does that sound too far? Consider stretching your

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  7. 7 Health Benefits of Owning Pets

    10th July 2017.Taking care of yourself comes in many different forms. Going outside and heading out for a run or playing some sports will help you improve your athletic ability, it's true. Physical activities for the sake of exercising are really just one way to approach your fitness and, by extension, your general wellness. Remember that wellness embodies more than just your actual physical state of being. You can have a healthy body but poor wellness overall if you aren't also taking care of your social, emotional, and other needs as well. It's important we look at ways to care for our whole body and mind ? not just our muscles. Did you know that owning a pet can contribute a substantial amount to improving your wellness? It's true, and many studies have borne that out in comprehensive research. Empirical evidence suggests that pet ownership can have a startling number of positive effects on our lives. Whether you own a cat or a dog, keep fish, or invest your energy and time into something more exotic, you or your loved ones could see benefits from the family addition. So, with that in mind, what are some of the key ways having an animal around the house helps you?

    1.  Pets can get you outdoors

    Do you ever feel like you just don't spend enough time outdoors? Soaking in some sun is good for you because it stimulates vitamin D production. You'll also want to enjoy the benefits of fresh air! However, our often-sedentary lifestyles mean we spend too much time inside. Getting a pet like a dog is a good way to change that. At a minimum, your dog will need to go outside to take care of its business at least a few times a day. If you aren't taking your pup out for walks, you'll have a lot of energy to deal with at home. That often translates to dogs with a destructive tendency. In other words, you should embrace the opportunity to go on walks, even some of considerable distance, with your dog. Not only will

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  8. Ultrarunning: When a Marathon Just Isn't Long Enough

    6th July 2017.Since time immemorial, humans have been challenging themselves in one of the most basic ways we know how: by measuring how fast and how far we can carry ourselves. We've even immortalised an ancient runner's mad dash to relay important news in our "marathon," a race that covers the 26.2-mile distance said to have been run millennia ago. The marathon is widely held to be one of the pinnacles of racing and running endurance; you might train for months to be able to complete a marathon successfully. Many people devote their entire running activity schedule to marathons and training. For some, though, running for hours in a marathon just isn't enough. They want to go farther, push their bodies harder, and cover incredible distances on foot. That was the birth of ultrarunning, also sometimes called half-marathon. It?s a sport where the runners stretch to the edge of human endurance in courses that span multiple marathon distances. What exactly is this sport, and from where did it originate? Who are the major competitors in this sport? Most importantly: is this something that you could try to get into as well? Let's examine all the answers to these questions.

    What is ultrarunning? Understanding this new sport

    Individuals have been covering distances longer than the marathon competitively for more than a century. A precursor to ultrarunning arose in the late 19th century in the form of "pedestrianism." Individuals regularly walked competitively across very long distances, sometimes more than a hundred miles over days at a time. Today, that same spirit manifests in the ultrarunners who cover standard distances like 50k or 100 kilometres. Even longer races exist, too: some will stretch out to 50 or even 100 miles ? that's nearly 161 kilometres! Racers rarely stop, either ? the clock keeps ticking in most events whether you stop to rest or not. That often means

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  9. Are Cycling Races Just for Pros — or Could Anyone Compete?

    3rd July 2017.When you climb on your bike for a ride, do you yearn for a greater challenge? Maybe you are always setting tough goals for yourself, or racing against your previous route times. Perhaps you've even engaged some of your friends in some good-natured competition while cycling around town. Sometimes, just cycling for fun and fitness on your own doesn't entirely "scratch the itch" that you feel towards the sport. If you've ever watched a real cycling race on TV, whether it was a one-day event or a stage race like the Tour de France, maybe you wondered: Could I do that? How can you get involved in competitive cycling if you've never done it before? Is it something that only professionals should attempt, or would an amateur like yourself be welcome? While you might not have the stamina ? or the connections ? to secure a place in the Tour de France, that doesn't mean you're stuck cycling alone. In fact, with the right steps and proper preparation, you could start cycling competitively sooner than you think. Before you begin, though, you'll want to understand the ins and outs of this very demanding sport. Let's start by looking at how you can become involved.

    Are amateurs welcome in cycling races?

    An important aspect to the answer for this question is what we mean by "amateur." Do you want to know if you can join a race tomorrow and compete successfully? The answer to that question is "no." When you ride in a race, there is more going on than simply pedalling your bike from the start to the finish line. Let's consider road bike racing as an example. Think about how many other competitors there are on the road. Do you know how to properly "bunch" during a race? That's a term that refers to the way riders cluster together in a tight group during many portions of the race. If you aren't careful, you can knock into another rider and cause an accident. With that in mind, genuine amateurs should

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