The Sports Archives – Tips and Resources for Staying Healthy and In Shape


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If you’re concerned about staying healthy and in shape as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, then you need look no further than the internet. There are many guides and tips available that can help you and your family stay in tip-top shape. The following resources courtesy of The Sports Archives Blog can help you get started in the right direction.

Work Out at Home

Your fitness routine and yoga practice don’t need to fall by the wayside. Look for ways to enjoy your workouts from home.

Get the Right Gear and Space

Make sure you have everything you need to help you reach your fitness goals.

Prioritize Healthy Cooking

Find new ways to make inspired meals to help you stick to your healthy eating goals.

Consider Supplements and Superfoods

Sometimes we need additional nutrients or even a boost to help with energy and motivation.

With these tips, before long, you’ll slip into a routine and discover recipes that will keep you and your family healthy. And who knows? Maybe these new habits will become permanent lifestyle changes.

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The Sports Archives – Parties: Fun For Young And Old

Throwing any type of party can be a challenge, but when you need to keep both children and adults happy, it can become even more difficult. Don’t let this put you off, though. Parties whereby all ages are having fun and enjoying themselves are some of the best days you will have, providing you with memories you will cherish forever. With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips on hosting a party that both children and adults will love. 

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  • Plan an activity – There are plenty of fun activities that are suitable for all ages. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure that everyone has a good time. For example, why not throw a paintballing party? Companies offering axe throwing provide their services for both adults and kids. This is a great way to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. Plus, the children will love the chance to beat the adults! Other options include theme parks, water parks, rock climbing, and activity centres.                                                       
  • Keep the food simple – Getting the food right can be difficult when you are catering to both adults and children. The best thing to do is keep things simple. Bake comforting family favourites and put on a buffet. Plus, make sure there is plenty of finger food, enabling everyone to eat at his or her leisure. Why not ask your guests to bring a dish each with them? Not only does this take the weight off your shoulders, but also it is a sure-fire way to make sure that there is going to be something that everyone likes.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Choose a general theme to build around – Themes make parties a lot easier. Of course, you can’t choose adult themes, and you definitely don’t want to make everyone come as a pirate or princess. However, there are plenty of general themes that can be suited to both children and adults, for example, an event, season, holiday, or topic. If you are hosting a party in the summer, one of the best options to go for is a beach party or a tropical themed event. Perhaps you could have a Hawaiian BBQ and give everyone a flower necklace when they arrive?
  • Keep children occupied with toys and activities – Of course, children are going to need a bit more attention than adults. Adults are quite happy to keep themselves busy with good conversation during any lulls while you are cooking or organising something. Children aren’t so patient. The best thing to do in this case is ensure that there are plenty of toys available.                                                                                                    
  • But, make sure the kids’ activities don’t require a lot of adult assistance – Last but not least, while it is important to keep the children busy, you should not choose activities that are going to require a lot of adult help. After all, the adults are meant to be enjoying themselves too. It may be a good idea to hire a babysitter or someone else that can assist with looking after the children. 
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The Sports Archives – Is Golf Really Not Beginner-Friendly?

Golf is sometimes seen as the high-end of sports. Rich old guys in their expensive bright golf clothes, being driven around in golf carts as they wear sunglasses and talk among each other. However, you just need to ask any of the modern golfing champions, how has golf changed? It’s become incredibly open to all types of incomes, cultures, ages and areas of the urban and suburban communities. With ‘try golf’ days and weekends, free experiences on the golf course for youngsters and parent-child discounts at courses, it has become so much more accessible. Here is how you could get started.

Golf clothing

Before you select your equipment, do you know what you’re going to wear? Golf clothing is a specific type of clothing. It’s comfortable, but also, stretchy. It will give you the full range of motion in your shoulders and hips, so you can get maximum power and rotation with each drive. Thankfully, golfing attire is not expensive.

You’ll need:

  • A collared polo shirt. Cotton is great for hot climates but synthetics might be even better as sweat is wicked away and evaporated.
  • Slacks. Slacks are kind of like sporterized trousers. They are like chinos but made from synthetics and incredibly flexible.
  • Golf shoes. These are not particularly special in design, except they have particular sole designs. Some are hard spikes, others have soft spikes and some don’t have spikes at all. 

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Your equipment

There’s not a whole lot of equipment you need to get going. As you’ll be starting off as a handicap player, you’ll want the best golf balls for high handicappers. These types of balls allow you to get spin and distance without needing to use a lot of force. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to try hard, as practicing is still highly advised. However, it will help you to perfect your strokes, learn how to get better distance and increase the spin, without getting tired quickly and or injured. 

You’ll want to select the best beginner clubs that are within your budget, providing you with the basics i.e. drivers, putters, wedges. There is a choice between irons and woods. Each has its own benefits, so do some research on the differences.

On-course culture

When you’re on the golf course, you need to be respectful of the other court users. Here are some things to bear in mind.

  • Stand out of the line of sight of another player.
  • Stand about 10 paces back from the player to not distract them with your own movements.
  • When another player is taking a shot, try not to talk or only whisper to someone next to you.
  • Learn how to take your time but also, don’t be too relaxed. Other golfers behind you also want to finish the hole you’re on.
  • Don’t ask to borrow someone else’s equipment. Someone might have a custom club, so it’s a little rude.

Golfing is no longer an exclusive game. Everyone can join in and it doesn’t cost the earth to buy the basic equipment needed. It’s also easy to find your local golf course thanks to Google Maps.


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The Sports Archives – Your Comprehensive Guide For Staying Fit Without The Gym

Your Comprehensive Guide For Staying Fit Without The Gym

If you are remote working, social distancing, or traveling, you’d realize that regularly hitting the gym isn’t always possible. But with the enormous benefits of regular physical exercise, gym inaccessibility shouldn’t be an obstacle for your health and fitness regardless of your situation. A study has indicated a 39% drop in physical activity levels due to COVID. Due to home confinement, there are few opportunities to stay physically active, such as cycling, walking, or participating in some leisure sport. If you consider your health a top priority, this guide should help you stay active without the gym.

Importance of staying physically active


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Maintaining regular physical activity can be challenging when working, traveling, taking vacations, or self-isolating or quarantining due to the pandemic. Adjusting to the new routine may look tough, as you have limited gym access. Besides, walking or hiking with your group, taking your routine swimming laps at the local pool, and having your fitness class with your instructor could be nonexistent, which may affect your workout intensity if you are going by yourself. However, exercise is excellent for managing stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Regardless, the condition you find yourself in, set yourself a reasonable fitness plan and activity you enjoy and adhere to it. Begin small, celebrate wins, and gradually build by;

Prioritizing your workout

Several studies have proposed that individuals who place their fitness plan on the same calendar as their daily appointments are more likely to keep their workout plan. You most likely won’t cancel your appointment with the physician simply because you have a long day. Instead, you will complete your responsibility and then return to work.

  • Finding your ideal workout time

Individuals who keep to their long-term workout schedules exercise in the morning. Performing your fitness plan in the morning is vital for feeling energized and setting the right tone for the rest of your day. For others, taking a break from work and moving when their energy levels reduce is more helpful. A good amount of physical activity can stimulate your brain and invigorate you to complete the rest of your daily tasks.

  • Set goals and monitor your workout

It is more helpful to get a concrete workout goal, let’s say, a 30-minutes every morning for four particular days in the week, than going for the general “get better shape” goal. Fortunately, there are many fitness apps for your smartphone and trackers to help you monitor your progress. Another simple approach is to use your calendar to note your workout length, effort levels, and distance. Monitoring your fitness plan is critical for accountability, positive accomplishment, and inspiration for keeping progress.

  • Share your goals and success story

You are more inspired to complete a task when you tell a colleague or companion about it since you would want to offer positive responses anytime they ask you about it. Set your fitness goals and schedule and share with a friend or post on social media. This way, you are less likely to skip a routine vital for enhancing your next session. While having a workout buddy or partner is helpful yet impossible due to the present circumstances, you can set up a scheduled workout with a friend, colleague, or instructor without necessarily being physically together. You can set up a regular schedule with your partner via video or phone call, which is excellent for encouragement and support and leave you always looking forward to your next workout session.

Here is how to get the fitness you require from anywhere


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If you are going to start working out, it is essential to feel safe by wearing the appropriate footwear. You may begin slowly and offer your tendons and muscle enough time to change. It would also be best to talk to your physician, assuming you have any underlying conditions or are getting treatment for cardiovascular diseases, blood sugar, pressure, or dizziness. You may want to stop if you are feeling too much pain during an activity.

  • Go outside as much as possible.

Assuming your location is under strict lockdown order, or you have to self-quarantine. Then try to keep your exercises indoors for as long as possible. Otherwise, you can take a bike ride, jog, or walk outside so long as you can keep your mask and keep a safe distance from other people. The sunshine and fresh air will offer you an excellent boost for your mental and physical health.

  • Attempt something new.

Several individuals are more comfortable attempting new things when no one is watching. Now seems a good time to try your cardio funk, line dancing, or some barre exercises. There are several online videos on platforms like YouTube you can subscribe to for individuals looking for high-intensity activities. While sports are generally played outdoors, a few are adaptable for playing indoors. For instance, ping pong, netball, mini volleyball are some tremendous indoor sports for getting yourself and your family the exercise and body movement needed to boost your self-esteem, strength, stamina, and confidence.

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  • Join your kids.

Your kids are probably doing a lot of indoor time in the fall of the pandemic. For many parents, it is essential to keep them active while they stay at home. But how about yourself? You can join the kids to bike ride, pass soccer balls, shoot baskets, play tag, and catch in your home outdoors. You’ll be surprised at the intensity of playing with your little ones; they can be quite a handful to deal with on the court.


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Lockdowns and self-isolation mean many are spending more time at home. Your home environment likewise creates more room for sedentary lifestyles. Although self-isolation is essential, your body and mind still require regular exercising to function correctly. Hopefully, this guide helps keep your health and spirit up all through the chaos.


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The Sports Archives – Thrill Seekers – My Story


Wingsuit flying? Dogsledding? Running 100 plus miles? Cave diving inside an iceberg?

I’ve got 15 adventure athletes you’ve got to meet! When I first started writing Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports, I realized an unfortunate fact. I barely knew anything about adventure sports, let alone the people who practice them. I’d never heard of ultrarunning, and what on earth (or above earth as I found out) was highlining? Who knew that a wingsuit flyer could zip into a human-sized ‘flying squirrel’ suit in order to jump from a cliff or helicopter and soar horizontally?

While I’d never given much thought to these various outside-the-lines pursuits, what I did understand was that adventure sports are high-risk. So why do them? What is the draw for highlining, balancing along a flexible 2-inch cord sometimes hundreds of feet above the ground? In some instances without a tether. Why would someone sign up to run 50, 100, even 200 miles or more in a race against time or other athletes? Wasn’t participating in a 26-mile marathon superhuman enough?

The women I interviewed for Thrill Seekers are all adventure athletes, enthusiastic about their sports, sure, but also tapping into something more. I decided to figure out what that ‘more’ was all about.

I’m probably average when it comes to sports and fitness. I’m not super coordinated, nor exceptionally strong. I grew up in Canada so skiing was our thing, but I was never much into organized sports. I did used to run—still do—but it’s at a snail’s pace and only a couple of miles three times a week. Running is simple and it’s safe. I lace up my sneakers, plug in earbuds, and go. In my case, whenever I get to any sort of elevation, I slow to a walk. Like I said: safe. Yet …

Inspired by the passion of the ladies I interviewed, I decided to do some firsthand research. First I tried scuba diving. It was pre-Covid, and we were at a resort that offered an all-in-one lesson package. I showed up, put on the gear, and initially sat on the bottom of the swimming pool using weights to hold me down. Though it was only a two or three feet to the surface and easily reachable by standing up, this was the scariest part for me. Breathing underwater felt wrong. I had to set aside logic to take breath after breath without panicking.  It was happening, though, and so when we took it a step further and walked into the ocean from the beach, I had reached an understanding that breathing underwater was going to be okay.

Under the surface of the ocean, the water was clear, but it wasn’t like looking at the horizon on land. There was limited visible distance. It crossed my mind that a shark could easily come out of the murk at any time. No sharks appeared, thankfully, but we did see a stingray laying on the sandy bottom. As the divemaster shooed it away, it rose up and soared into deeper waters.

Okay, so scuba diving was checked off my list, albeit the beginner’s version. Next, intrigued by the idea of high-stakes racing, I signed up to do a ride-along in a modified Formula racecar, another of the chapters I’d covered in my book. As I stepped onto the Richmond Raceway, I could smell the oil and, I swear, the adrenaline. Once strapped into the seat of the racecar, a driver jockeyed from the pit to the track. He accelerated, and we were off at a breakneck pace. I do recall raising both hands from the wheel to do a rollercoaster-esque no-hands wave—but only for a second.

Perhaps the best experience I tried, once again inspired by interviewing some truly amazing people, was skydiving. It was tandem, of course. Apparently rules dictate that you must dive strapped securely to an expert for a minimum of 25 times before going at it alone. Fine by me!


Every part of this experience was a joy. From walking on the tarmac to the plane, from cramming inside that small bird to perching on the edge of the gaping side door, every moment was novel and exciting. With the wind whipping past us, my instructor—his name was Cornelius—asked me if I was ready. Then, after a one, two, three, we dropped from the plane … and kept dropping. At that point I had little awareness of the ground, only the sense of falling. Sometime during the freefall we flipped over. When Cornelius deployed the parachute, the mad rush of air was replaced by a profound beauty and peace.

Once earthbound again, I played over the experience. Yes, there had been an element of real risk. There were definitely things that could have gone wrong … Ultimately, though, what I felt was a heightened sense of being alive. Ah-ha, I thought, this is the “more” those extreme sports ladies have tapped into. More joy. More life. More appreciation. It’s a precious feeling.


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The Sports Archives – How to Up Your Lifting Game


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Whether you’ve been lifting for a while or you’re relatively new to the amazing body sculpting sport, there are a few things you can do to shake up your routine and up your lifting game. 

Taking your lifting to the next level will not only help you to achieve better results, but it will also help to stop the sport from getting stale for you. Okay, but what exactly can you do to up your lifting game?

Try different equipment

A lot of lifters get into the habit of using the exact same equipment at their gym each time they visit, and although three is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it may not be the best strategy for anyone who wants to up theory game. So, for example, if you’re used to working with an Olympic barbell, you could try switching it up with the Hex bar or even a more basic dumbbell instead. Often, this can seem like a step back., but actually, it’s a way of trying new things and working your muscles in novel ways, which, more often than not, they will respond to very positively indeed.

Push yourself harder

Another very simple way to up your lifting game is to simply push yourself a little harder than you have been whether that’s by doing a handful of extra reps each week or lifting heavier weights. When your body gets used to a particular weight or technique it becomes lazy and you just don’t chive the same kinds of results, even if you lift regularly, fill your body with the best muscle nation protein and maintain a desiccated regime. Push yourself a little more and all of those things will help you get where you need to be.

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Try yoga

Yes, really. As a dedicated lifter, the idea of hitting the mat for a relaxing yoga class may not seem very appealing, but actually, a lot of those yoga classes are not as gentles as you might think. Not only that, but they help to work muscles you may not work in the lifting room, and can be great for building long lean muscle. Even Joe Rogan attends a yoga class a couple of times a week and that guy is serious about sculpting his body., so take a leaf out of his book and give yoga a try.

Take a break

If you want to maintain your muscle levels, it probably isn’t a good idea to take too much time out of the gym, but if you’re stuck in a rut and you want to up your lifting game, having some time off to reevaluate your strategy, try out a few different exercises and have a bit of a rest could clear up some things for you, bring clarity to you in terms of what you need to do, and enable you to come back fighting for your best gains yet.

If you’re serious about upping your lifting game, you need to do things differently, so what are you waiting for?


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The Sports Archives – Top Thrilling Water Sports You Shouldn’t Skip This Summer  

As the summer fast approaches, everyone is excited and gearing up for some sunshine and thrilling water sports. For many vacationers, taking a trip to the beach is the perfect way to relax, recharge their batteries, and have lots of fun. For a few others, an ocean-side vacation is an excellent prospect for engaging in several exciting water sports. If you’re looking for some ideas this holiday, here are the top four watersports you shouldn’t skip this summer vacation. 

  • Jet skiing 

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Jet skiing is a well-known activity popular among water sport enthusiasts and adventure lovers. It’s a thrilling pastime that gets your adrenaline rushing due to the speed you travel on the water. You don’t have to be the best swimmer to jet ski, as it’s ideal for everyone. However, always ensure to wear a life jacket as a safety measure. The best areas for jet skiing are flat, calm waters like lakes, rivers, and bays. 

  • Hydrofoil 

If you’re looking to kick your surfing up a notch, then this is one of the best ways. The board is designed with a foil fixed at the base, making it easy to rise above the water using kinetic energy waves. Hydrofoil causes you to feel like you’re flying and can reach considerably higher speeds. You can get boards with the foil or an electric engine connected, so they work in still conditions like bays and lakes. 

It’s best to have some surfing experience before attempting a hydrofoil, as it tends to be more challenging with some considerable risks. Yet, hydro foiling is more fun and not restricted to surfing. There’s foil available for skimboarding and windsurfing as well.

  • Kayaking 

Kayaking is a considerably easy and low-impact water sport anyone can try. A kayak is a small, thin watercraft that fits two individuals and is moved by twofold bladed oar power. Kayaking is splendid for exploring more settled waters, including rivers, lagoons, and protected coastlines. Its miniature size enables you to get nearer to landscapes than using vessels such as boats. Besides being a fun sport, kayaking offers an excellent workout session since it involves various parts of your body, including your shoulders, arms, and back. If you’re a fishing fanatic, here are some of the best fishing kayaks you should consider for more recreational fishing. 

  • Skimboarding 


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What began over a century ago on rounded-wood boards has developed into a competitive water sporting activity. A skimboard resembles a more modest surfboard but without fins. Many people are used to skimboarding on the sand, but it has evolved beyond that. Rather than rowing out to the water and getting waves in, skimboarders begin at the seashore, using force to carry themselves to the water and catch the crushing waves back to shore. To perform this sport, you’ll need a good balance. There’s the likelihood of experiencing several falls before you master this activity altogether. However, it’s an option many find safer and more pleasant. 

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The Sports Archives – 5 Leisure Sports The Family Can Enjoy Together

Getting the family together for an afternoon of sports and leisure is a great way to improve fitness, but also a good opportunity to have some bonding time. Trying to get your family to do anything together short of dinner or a little TV time seems a chore, and you predict it will only get worse as the kids get older. No matter if your family are sports lovers or not, these activities will be loved by all. 

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Shooting range

In an age of the “couch potato,” this sport can help build many physical disciplines that are not only healthy but enjoyable. Increased strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills are just a few of the physical disciplines acquired in shooting sports that apply, not only to this sport but to all of life. You could enjoy using some of the best guns such as the Best Ruger 10/22 Scopes, which is ideal for small range shooting that is often widely available at ranges. Personal responsibility is taught throughout shooting sports to advance both safety and skill development. Shooting sports also cultivate personal responsibility because they are a foundation for both security and liberty in any family or nation. 


Skating is a winter sport that only invites families. Even the smallest children can put on some roller skates and hold the hand of the mother or father. Winter sports provide a sense of spirit and rejuvenation. All ski sled is a great way to spend time with his family while participating in a hobby that you like.

Martial arts

Take a martial arts program as a family can be great fun while learning something of real value to you. There are many great martial arts to choose from. Further information on each of choosing the most suitable for your family. Very often, you can register as a family where everyone learns together instead of separated by age. It can be enjoyed by any age, from toddlers to the elderly.


Walking is a great family leisure activity that anyone can join in with. Not only is it good for physical health, but mental health too. Take a walk or a hike together and experience your neighborhood, town, or a nearby park, zoo, or nature preserve. Take a family field trip, pack a picnic and just enjoy each other’s company. While eating lunch, ask your kids about school, activities, and friends. 


Aside from being a fun leisure activity, cycling is a great mode of transport that’s good for the environment and can help make maintaining that family budget that much easier. When you leave the car keys at home and pick up your cycling helmet you not only make a saving on fuel and parking charges, you set a great example for your kids. If you can cycle rather than using a car, it’s in your best interests to do so.

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The Sports Archives – What To Buy The Sports Lover In Your Life

If you are trying to think of a perfect gift to buy someone who loves sports, then there are a few basic approaches you might want to take. As it happens, it can actually be quite simple and straightforward to get someone a gift for their sport, or if they love a lot of sports then you have even more options ahead of you. In any case, in this post we will take a look at some of the things you might want to consider buying the sports lover in your life, whether it’s a friend, partner or relative.


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WWE Coupons

In a sense, buying coupons is often the best approach to take. That’s because you might know what sport someone loves, but that doesn’t mean you know exactly what they will want to have based on that. If that is the position you find yourself in, you might want to look into coupons. If your friend enjoys a little WWE, then why not take a look at some WWE shop coupons? They could get a lot with these, and you could be amazed at how far these coupons might go, and how much they will be appreciated by your friend.

Sports Sweater

This is something of a classic, and it’s still bound to go down pretty well with anyone who is into any kind of sport. A sports sweater is a great way to show one’s pride in a team, so if you happen to know that your sport-loving friend has a particular adoration of one team, you can simply go out and get them a sweater for that team. The great thing about this is that it’s that rare thing of a gift that they won’t mind receiving twice, even if they already have one. That makes it a pretty safe bet on your part.


Of course, one of the very best gifts you could possibly give someone who loves sports is tickets to see their favorite team play live. No matter whether it’s basketball, baseball or football, this is always going to be well appreciated. If you want to really blow them away, you might even want to consider buying them season tickets – although that will of course come at a much higher price. But that can be a great choice for when you want to impress someone, or say thank you for something they have done for you.

Home Sports Kit

Maybe your friend loves to play sports even more than they love to watch them. If so, you can get them a perfect gift by looking into one of the sports kits that they might get use out of at home. For instance, you could get them a tennis racket set from the best brand, or a new set of golf clubs. Whatever their preferred sport is, there is bound to be something you can get them that they are going to appreciate, so just think outside the box and you should be able to make a success of it.

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The Sports Archives – Shortness Of Breath When Exercising: What Causes It And Should You Be Worried?

It’s perfectly normal to get out of breath when you exercise. Your heart rate is up and your muscles are working overtime, so you need to get a lot of oxygen into your bloodstream. But some people find that they are very short of breath as soon as they do any physical activity and they are unable to take enough air in. This is a different situation and it’s definitely worth getting checked out by a doctor, just in case it’s caused by something serious. In most cases, there is a simple explanation and you can usually manage the problem fairly easily once you work out what is causing it in the first place. These are some of the reasons why you experience shortness of breath when exercising. 

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Your Weight

It’s very common for people that are overweight to experience shortness of breath when they exercise. Physical activity puts a lot of strain on your body when you are carrying excess weight, and that makes it difficult to breathe comfortably. This can leave you in a tricky situation because, the chances are, the reason that you are exercising in the first place is that you want to tackle your weight issues. If you experience shortness of breath when you exercise, it may be because you are pushing yourself too hard. If you are overweight and you haven’t done much exercise in the past, diving straight into high intensity activities like running, for example, will put too much strain on your body. It’s best to start out with light activity, like walking, and build it up gradually. 

Poor Air Quality

Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest can be caused by poor air quality and it’s much worse when you are exercising and taking much larger breaths. Think about where you exercise and how that could affect your breathing. For example, if you run alongside a busy road with lots of cars, the fumes could cause shortness of breath. Even if you workout at home, you may still have a problem with air quality. Make sure that you open a window if possible and check your air conditioning unit. If it’s not working effectively or the filters are dirty, it could be pumping pollution into the home and causing shortness of breath. Call out a 24 hour AC repair company to take a look and you may notice a big difference when working out at home. If you can find wide open green space away from busy roads, the air quality will be much better for working out. 


Many people with asthma don’t realize that they have it because they only experience shortness of breath when exercising and they assume it must be something else. But people get asthma to varying degrees and while some people need an inhaler on a daily basis to breathe properly, others will only have problems when exerting themselves. If you consistently have problems with shortness of breath when exercising, it’s worth checking with your doctor to see if you have asthma. 

These are the most common causes of shortness of breath when exercising but it could be caused by a more serious health condition, so always get checked by a professional, just in case.

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