Monthly Archives: March 2020

  1. Track and Field Events – Hurdles

    hurdles

    In previous weeks we have looked into the track and field events of the Olympics covering the short and long-distance aspects. However now we are going to see how hurdling events compare to these previously discussed sports and how it can benefit you. So, if you want to find out more about this form of track and field event, then keep on reading. Within this blog post we are covering the following topics:

    • Types of hurdling races
    • Heights of hurdles
    • How it differs from track running
    • Health benefits
    • Getting involved
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  2. Track and Field Events – Long Distance

    long distance track mensLast week we looked into the type of track and field events which are part of the short distance categories. Staying on the same topic, this week we are going to explore the opposite end of the scale and see what the longer distance events entail. So, if you want to find out more about long distance track and field events and how you can get involved to reap the multiple health benefits of the sport then keep on reading. In this post we cover the following areas of this sport:

    • Type of events
    • Training aspects
    • Health and fitness benefits
    • How to get involved
    • Why to get involved
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  3. Track and Field Events – Short Distance

    The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are just around the corner, due to take place this summer. And as a result of this summer competition on the horizon, there is no doubt that people are starting to look into different event types and sports in which they can get involved with in preparation for the big games. Therefore, in this article we are going to focus on the athletics category of the Olympics and to start with we are going to investigate the short distance track and field events. So, if you want to find out more about these events, then keep on reading.

    short distance track and field events blocksOverview on the Events

    Short distance track events are often known as sprinting as this is a type of running which requires a large burst of speed and energy to get you to the finish line rather than over a prolonged period of time. There are a number of different sprinting events in the Olympics athletics category and they are split up into three different distances. Each distance has a men’s and a women’s race in which the genders compete separately but still run the same length. Below are the three main distances you will come across in sprinting races for athletics:

    • 100M
    • 200M
    • 400M

    Helping you to get enough force to start the sprint, athletes will start the race in a crouched position with their feet on blocks. These blocks give the runner the ability to begin the run in a stable stance which providing them a piece of solid apparatus to push off from. Having the blocks means that you can have a stronger start with a higher forced push off compared to standing still as speed and strength is key in this type of race.

    Training Requirements

    The ability to run at a high speed for a short period of time might come naturally to some, but you can also tra

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  4. How Kickboxing Can Work For You

    Kickboxing is an excellent way to relieve stress and build muscles as you use your own bodyweight to control the strength and accuracy of each move. Originating in Japan, kickboxing is an umbrella term for many different types of combat techniques, but within this blog post we are going to focus on kickboxing as a whole. Throughout this blog post we are going to see how implementing kickboxing moves into your fitness regime can positively impact your health. So, if you want to find out more about this one on one sport, then keep on reading.

    How is Kickboxing Effective?

    Kickboxing is a form of HIIT exercise which means that it is a high intensity workout with small interval bursts. With kickboxing you strike the opponent using the lower part of the body which means that you require a heightened level of balance which will develop over time when practicing kickboxing. Along with improving your balance, here are another few ways in which practicing kickboxing elements could improve your overall health:

    • Great stress relief
    • Improved coordination
    • Weight loss
    • Builds and tones muscles
    • Enhanced strength and stamina
    • Boosts confidence
    • Improves posture

    Due to the number of cognitive benefits of kickboxing, their techniques and elements are often recommended for the older people to improve their strength and stamina. Despite this, kickboxing isn’t just for a certain demographic. Everyone can practice the basic moves and elements in specialised fitness classes by following trained professionals.

    As you are working with your own body weight which kicking and punching you will find that the more strength you put behind your move the more effective the workout will be. This type of training is great for those that prefer to workout alone as you could do it by yourself or with a sparring partner who is wearing the special padded equipment to prevent injury.

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