Monthly Archives: July 2018

  1. Singles Versus Doubles Badminton

    Badminton can be played one on one or in pairs which makes it such a versatile way of exercising and it is such an enjoyable activity to take part in for all ages. From being introduced to the sport at school to practicing your skills in the gym or recreationally at home, you are sure to get a great level of satisfaction out of the game, and we are here to give you the low down on the two main ways you can play badminton.

    Throughout this article we will investigate the differences and similarities between the two ways of playing and help you to identify which you would prefer to practice. Progression is very highly sought after in badminton as playing professionally could eventually earn you a spot in the Olympics. 

    Benefits of Badminton Overall

    Whether you are playing solo or as part of a team, badminton has a fantastic impact on your overall health as it is an intense activity that can be carried out over a long period of time or in short bursts if playing a quick match in your garden.

    Underneath the fact of how the game is played, the action of taking part in the activity does also improve your health. As you will be very active on the court, it is believed that badminton burns approximately 450 calories per hour so may even benefit you in the long term if you are looking to lose weight as well as enjoy the sport. As this is a cardiovascular game, it also works your body intensely over a long period of time in order to help you maintain a healthy heart.

    Practicing the sport will also benefit your level of concentration and anticipation as you aim to predict your opponents next moves. You will find that this improved level of mental activity will benefit you in the game and in general day to day activities.


    Although the game is played in two ways, there are still so many similarities between them when it comes down to basics. Below are

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  2. An Overview of Paralympic Swimming

    When the Summer Olympic Games begin, a lot of attention falls on the track and field athletes, especially the fastest runners — but perhaps the most-watched sport every four years isn't on dry land, but in the water. One only needs to look at the popularity of figures such as Michael Phelps to see that swimmers and the dedication they pour into their athletic ability commands respect and thrills the imagination. The non-disabledathletes competing in toughraces to the finish line against each other and the clock aren't the only ones getting their feet wet during the Games, though. Right after the conclusion of the Olympic Games proper, the Paralympic Games kick off with their ownopening ceremonies.

    Besides the athletics events at the Paralympic Games, swimming is the most popular and most-watched sport, with vastnumbers of competitors across all classifications. The buoyancy of the water not only provides a more comfortable place to exercise for many of the Paralympic competitors, but it allows them to move and attain freedoms that they might not be able to experience on solidground. For that reason, there is often a great deal of passion and emotion on display, making it excellent for fans and competitors alike. So how does all this work? Here's a quick run-down of all the basics behind Paralympic swimming. 

    Is there anything fundamentally different about Paralympic swimming?

    Generally speaking: not at all! Fire up YouTube and searchswim finals from the most recent Paralympics and you will find that, except for the unique attributes of each competitor, these swim meets look just like any other competition in the Olympics. Though some athletes use specialisedequipment (particularly visually impaired swimmers), most rely only on their willpower, training, and available muscular function to propel themselves through the water. The Paralympics does not allow for the use of floatation d

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  3. Understanding Paralympic Cycling: How Does This Intense Competition Work?

    At the competitive level, cycling is perhaps one of the toughest sports out there due to the level of physical conditioning necessary to succeed. That is why races such as the Tour de France receive so much attention and acclaim. For amateur cyclists, the Olympics provide a path to competition that allows them the opportunity to test their skills against tough opponents in the context of international cooperation. However, the able-bodied racers who show up every four years to hit the road and the track aren't the only ones hungry to compete for medals. Shortly after the conclusion of the "main" Olympics, the Paralympics begin in the very same arenas. Cycling is one of the more popular sports at the Paralympic Games, and draws athletes with a wide range of physical abilities, from those with limited sight to athletes who use uniquehand-powered bicycles.

    As with many of the sports that take place in the Paralympics, the cycling events are a testament to what the human body is capable of with hard work, training, and dedication. One needs to only look at the teamwork between a blind cyclist and his or her "pilot," or the supreme effort put forward by hand cyclists, to see that just as much passion is on display here than one can see during the standard Olympic Games. So what should you know to understand how "paracycling" works? Here's a helpful primer, starting with the equipment you'll see in play.

    The four major types of cycles used in this sport

    Paralympians compete in one of four broad categories when it comes to cycling, with more refined classifications within those categories. We'll look at what some of those specific classes are in a moment, but for now, let's focus on the equipment used as it is a large part of what sets Paralympic cycling apart from other versions of this pursuit. Cycles go into categories that correspond to the letters "B," "C," "H," and "T," the same system used to classify athletes.


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  4. Looking Ahead to the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup

    The World Cup is right around the corner—yes! That’s right, it’s just not the one you might think! While 2018 also saw the latest edition of the FIFA World Cup for association football played out on the world stage in Russia, it will also see the recurrence of some of the sporting world's other major tournaments. One of those will be the Women's Hockey World Cup, slated to take place this year between 21 July and 5 August. It’s no ice hockey tournament, either — it's the raw power and sheer finesse you can only find on display in the world of field hockey. 

    Founded in 1974 and operated by the International Hockey Federation, the Women's Hockey World Cup falls in between runnings of the Summer Olympics and, as with other World Cups, takes place every four years. Originally only 12 teams competed for the top spot and the bragging rights of "world champion" in women's field hockey, but 2018 marks a change. The FIH chose to give the competition a big boost, increasing the number of teams to 16 in the hopes of introducing more variance and competition into the event. With the games scheduled to begin in London and the first match practically right around the corner, now is a good time to get up to speed on what's happening. What should you know about this World Cup?

    A refresher on the rules of field hockey

    Not up to date on how field hockey works? Though its popularity has grown, it isn't necessarily one of the world's most-watched sports. Let's quickly break down the basics of the rules for those that need a refresher course.

    A regulation game occurs over two halves, each35 minutes in length. Two teams take to the pitch, which may be turf but is also frequently an indoor court with a hard surface, with tenplayers to a side plus goalkeepers. Like a typical ice hockey game, the object is to score by moving the ball into the opponent's net. However, there are some key differences regardingball handling that set this apart from other for

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  5. What You Need to Know About Paralympic Running

    Every four years, the Summer Olympic Games treat us to the thrills and the stories that define the highest level of amateur athletic competition in the world. From the swimming pool to the field and the racetrack and beyond, many thousands of athletes come together in one place to put themselves to the test and to "go for gold" under the flag of their nation. After the closing ceremonies and the prime-time TV coverage ends, though, that universalspirit of competition doesn't immediately fall dormant for another four years. Instead, it transitions into its second phase: the Paralympic Games. At the Olympics, we only have the opportunity to see able-bodiedindividuals competing — what about all the many skilled athletes around the world who approach the challenge with a different set of abilities?

    Just as it is in the Olympics, track and field events are a significantdraw for the Paralympic Games, with running being chief among those attracting competitors of all stripes. In the Paralympics, these sports all receive a singledesignation under which many activities fall: "athletics." Those who compete in athletics do so classedin categories that group competitors of similar abilities together, providing a relatively level playing field for all. Running takes centrestage with the most events across all classifications, and it is often the scene of some of the Games' most triumphant and jubilant celebrations. Let's look through everythingone should know about the runners who compete in the Paralympics.

    How does Paralympic running work?

    Because running is comparatively easy to prepare for (versus a more organisedteam sport that requires moreequipment), there are many athletes who choose to participate in these events. That necessitates a robust classification system to ensure that equal opportunities remain available to all those who come to compete. The athletics events, and by extension all the r

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  6. Using the Summer Holidays to Teach Your Children How to Swim

    Swimming is an essential skill, and it is one that is best taught early in a child's life. Swimming is not only a fun way for them to burn off energy and splash about in warmer weather; the knowledge of how to handle oneself in the water can be life-saving in certain circumstances. For that reason, many parents choose to enrol their children in swim classes as a quick and easy way to equip them with this vital ability. What if you want to play a largerrole in the way your child learns how to swim, though? When the summer holidays arrive, andthe weather heats up while more people take time away to be with their families, recognise that now is the perfect time to start acclimating your kids to the water.

    Thisisn't a process you complete in just one afternoon, though. There are multiple steps and stages to go through, and though some children will take to it faster than others, it does require patience. With that said, a consistent and quality effort should enable you to equip your child with the necessaryskills to stay safe in the water within approximately a week. So, what do you need to do to teach your child to swim? Let's break it all down piece by piece.

    Three reasons to teach your kids to swim yourself 

    First — it's fun! There can be frustrating moments, but with a positive attitude and a focus on making the water a place that your child doesn't feel they have to fear, you can all have a good time every time you take them out for a swim lesson. These are memories you can enjoy looking back on for years to come as the start of something great.

    Second, you can keep track of their progress on your own, enabling you to spend more time on one technique before moving on to another. In the case of a swim class with other children, your child won't have as many opportunities to practice skills about which they feel less confident. When you're watching their lessons closely — because you're the one adm

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  7. A Guide to the Various Positions on the Football Pitch

    Football is a widely supported sport across the globe, and is even referred to as Soccer in different countries. Most young children will find themselves drawn to the game and long to give it a go. Although, some aspiring fans can be much older when they take an interest in the sport and it is still possible to take it up with your local club.

    When it comes to playing football as a team, there is a range of positions which you can choose from. Depending on your skill set, you may find yourself siding more towards a certain role on the field. But to find out more about the position itself and the requirements to fit the post, we have put together this article discussing each role and all about them. 


    When it comes to the Goalkeeper, their sole purpose is to stop the ball getting into the net. Therefore, they use padded gloves as well as their shin pads to keep them fully protected as they dive to stop the ball. They are also able to be passed the ball by the players in the back positions for them to be able to kick it across the field to progress the game play towards the oppositions goal rather than their own.  

    To be a successful Goalkeeper you would need immense focus to keep your eye on the ball. And you would need to be good at trying to pre-empt a striker’s move so that you can cover all bases when it comes to catching the ball. You would also need to have excellent reflexes in order to prevent the football from making its way towards the back of the net.


    There are three different areas where the defenders are found in, centrally in front of the goalkeeper, to the left and to the right. The main purpose of these players is to prevent the opposition’s strikers from getting near the goal to score. Defenders are also able to pass the ball to the Goalkeeper for them to start the game play off further down field towards the opposition’s end. 

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  8. New Road Bike Releases in 2018

    Road bikes are always a popular purchase, but when it comes to investing in the best quality goods for your budget, it becomes a difficult task. Within this article we will explore a variety of bicycles that slot into price ranges such as under £1,000, £1,000 to £3,500 and over £3,500. Whether you are after an affordable or high-end style road bike, we have covered a range of equipment that have been launched recently by their manufacturers.

    Under £1,000

    Specialized Allez Elite - £999

    The Specialized Allez Elite comes in two colours which can be purchased from the manufacturer themselves or any respective re-distributor. Light Blue/Rocket Red is the prefect choice for those who want to stand out as the vibrant colouring Road Bike Releases in 2018 Specialised Allezis eye-catching. However, a more toned down look of Black/White Clean is available for a more sleek and classy look. At £903.36, this bike packs quite a punch when it comes to its specifications. 

    Enhancing the handling and responsiveness of the bike, the Shimano 1-5 STI shifters are present in the design of the bike, along with the full monocoque fork that has been made out Specialized’s FACT carbon. Teamed with this, the efficiency and sturdiness of this equipment has been improved thanks to the E5 premium aluminium frame which contains manipulated tubing that smooths the welding patches.

    Trek Domane ALR 3 - £1,000

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  9. What is Barre Fitness, and Why Do So Many People Love This Workout?

    Sometimes, it can be challengingto keep track of all the many fitness fads, crazes, and classes that are out there — especially when they all have unique names. From Zumba and Peloton to Pilates and more, there are tonnes of classesvying for your attention. In your daily commute, have you noticed locations which advertise themselves as "barre studios"? Perhaps during a visit to your gym,you saw such a class advertised and wondered: what is that all about? It can get your curiosity up, especially when you start to hear things about how it involves training your body like a ballerina. How could that be a gateway to better physical fitness?

    Barre is not a new phenomenon, and its popularity is well-established in many locales around the world. However, as more people continue to turn to fitness classes as an easierway to improve their bodies rather than choosing self-guided fitness, its gaining followers again after several years of steady growth. Focused around "the barre," that is, the handrail most commonly associated with ballet studios, this is a workout that will push your muscles to the limit while also being a fun and community-focused activity. Could this be the right exercise for you to try? Here's what to know about barre, from how it came to be to where you can find opportunities to tryit for yourself. 

    The basics of barre: how it started 

    The story of barre workouts begins more than half a century ago, and it centresaround a woman named Lotte Berk. A German ballerina who honed her craft to the backdrop of the rise of Nazi Germany, she emigrated to England with her husband before the beginning of the war. While living and performing in London, Lotte injured her back, requiring an intensive regimen of rehabilitation on top of her demanding physical conditioning routine. During her initial struggles to reconcile the two, Berk had a breakthrough: why not combine both forms of exercise i

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  10. All You Need to Know About Deep Sea Diving

    The mysteries of the ocean are captivating and exploring the underwater world is always top of wanderlust travellers bucket lists. Discovering what lies beneath the sea has hundreds of amateur and professional divers flocking to the beaches across the globe to have a look.

    With this in mind, we have put together this article to cover the must-know information for those who wish to take up this adventurous activity. Whether you are new to diving or are a seasoned professional, you will find this post interesting and informative on the sport you hold so dear.

    Health Benefits of Deep Sea Diving

    Despite it being a widely enjoyed sport, deep sea diving has many benefits to your health that some may not be aware of. From emotional to external, let’s have a look at just a few of these positive effects that diving has on your body:

    • Improved strength and flexibility
    • Enhanced breathing capabilities
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Stress relief

    As diving consists of swimming underwater, the movements done within the water work your body more than it does above. In order to greatly improve your strength, the resistance of the sea acts as a barrier which makes your muscles work harder to get to what they need to achieve. Teamed with this, the act of swimming beneath the sea enables your muscles to not only work more intensely, but to elongate your limbs, thus boosting your flexibility. 

    Your breathing is also benefited by the sport as while under the water you are forced to breath slower and deeper, which in turns helps you gain a better control over your lungs’ capacity. By keeping a steady breathing pattern it reduces the risk of lung expansion injury. It can also aid in the reduction of mucus on the lungs.

    On initial interaction with the water, our heart rate may spike, which will cause your blood pressure to rise a little. This could be down to various reasons suc

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