The Sports Archives – 7 Sports That Are Soothing For Your Soul

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As you know, sport is the perfect way to clear your mind, let off some steam and completely relax. Whether you play for leisure or as part of a league, there are a number reasons why you might partake in certain sporting activities. Perhaps you’re fed up of being a slave to the gym or you want to improve your mental health. Now is the perfect time to explore something a little bit different when it comes to sport, so consider the following seven sports that are soothing for your soul.

  1. Golf

Going for a round of golf on your own or with a friend is one of the most calming sports you can enjoy outdoors. Whether you’re new to golf or you’re aspiring to be a pro one day, you should definitely check out the best beginner golf balls. If you have never played golf before you will soon discover why so many people play this soothing sport.

  1. Swimming 

Swimming is an excellent full body workout that will leave you refreshed and pretty tired afterwards. This is the perfect form of calming exercise if you struggle with high intensity workouts due to joint injuries. Check out your local pool and enjoy a few lengths, next time you’re in need of some exercise.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful way to increase mobility and improve flexibility. After a couple of sessions of yoga you will start to find your favourite moves. Don’t underestimate yoga; it may be gentle sometimes, but it’s definitely a real workout!

  1. Fishing

This is a sport you may never have considered before, but fishing is definitely one of the most calming and relaxing ones out there. This is an activity that you can do alone and be at one with your thoughts. The stillness is something that a lot of people really enjoy.

  1. Boxing

If you have a lot of pent up energy or frustration within you, then boxing is the perfect way to calm yourself down. Boxing is a high intensity workout that will leave you sweating after your session; make sure you invest in a coach so that you know your technique is on point.

  1. Rowing

The flowing movement of the water and the teamwork is what makes rowing so enjoyable. If you’re looking for an effective upper body workout, this is your perfect solution!

  1. Running

Believe it or not, running is very good for your mental health. A lot of people have a love hate relationship with putting their running shoes on, but once you get into it, it’s very enjoyable. Make a playlist that you love and the time will pass in no time!

With all of these sports in mind, you will always have a go to activity that makes you feel content, relaxed and energized. Whether you’re sweating it out in the boxing ring or enjoying a calming flow of yoga, there are so many different forms of exercise to enjoy. Not only will these activities help your mental health, but they will also help you to reach your fitness goals.

 

 

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The Sports Archives – 14 Facts to Improve Your Rugby Game Infographic

Playing on the pitch is intense, but it’s only half the battle.  Off-pitch, players need to maintain their physical strength with training, nutrition, good habits, and a healthy lifestyle.  This infographic from rugbywarfare.com unearths facts that will better you in those aspects.

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The Sports Archives – All you need to know about HIIT – The Best Fat Loss Routine

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HIIT or high-intensity interval training is a training method in which you alternate between very high intensity and low-intensity periods or passive rest. For example, sprinting or pushing sleds for a 100m and then walking back is a type of HIIT complex.

How this method can help You to lose weight and burn extra fat in your training? The answers are in the following paragraphs.

HIIT or Long-lasting aerobic training?

HIIT has become a popular fat loss training method after a series of weight loss training studies have been published. They how that HIIT is more efficient when it comes to losing weight and burning fat compared to cyclic aerobic training. Also, increased oxygen consumption is higher in HIIT training compared to aerobic exercises.

Professor Tabata is a “father” of modern HIIT training. In several studies, he proved interval training advantages. His protocol takes 4 minutes to be done. It consists of 8 intervals in which you alternate between 20 seconds of maximum work and 10 seconds of passive rest. On the other hand, older literature promoted 60+ minutes lasting fat burning routines at 50-70% of your maximum effort zone.

The main reason for this is the assumption that after 20 minutes of workout your body starts to use fats as a training fuel. The key thing here is a wider picture. When it comes to fat-burning effect you need to think of after-training effects, not just the pure energy consumption during your weight loss workout.

Prolonged metabolism activity is a number 1 reason why HIIT training burns a greater amount of fat compared to cyclic aerobic exercises. Also, it won’t lead you to a catabolic state and all of those muscles you have built with numerous repetitions will be preserved.

HIIT training advantages

Time is a key factor here. With HIIT you will achieve greater fat-burning results in 2 or 3 times shorter period than with classic aerobic training. Your basal metabolism is increased and after training fat burning effect is secured. This type of training increases insulin sensitivity and helps You to prevent diabetes type 2.

Anabolic hormone excretion is also increased. This directly causes increased oxidation of fatty acids and greater fast-twitch muscle fibers activation.

 Complex Exercises HIIT Training

When it comes to constructing a HIIT fat burning routine I would suggest picking 4-8 different compound exercises. Repetitions should vary between 6 and 8 per set. 3-4 working sets per exercise are the right choice here. Keep your rest between the working sets at 60 seconds. A good example here is combining a barbell complex with Olympic lifts or powerlifting. Hang clean, front squat, deadlift and stiff-leg deadlift in a 6-8 rep range with no rest between the exercises is a good example of how the complex can look.

Also, different kind of sled pushing or pulling is a good HIIT exercise choice. It is not very exhausting for your central nervous system, but your aerobic and anaerobic capacities will explode with this training equipment. You can do these exercises in 5-10 seconds regime with a rest ratio of 1:5 in favor of rest. Another example is pushing or pulling sleds for 30-60 seconds with work: rest ration 1:3 in 6-8 sets. This will squeeze a last drop of energy from your body.

You can add different kinds of loaded carry as farmer work combines with 10 seconds sprints. This is a more advanced method because of a high injury risk. A proper training foundation is a must if you decide on this kind of high-intensity fat burning routine. You probably need the same stamina as the top athletes in the sports betting odds, as BestAppBet.com can show you.

Finally, burpees are always a good choice. They secure a high metabolic impact without using weight and their simplicity is the main reason why all fitness trainers include burpees in their HIIT routines. Before they found their place in the fitness world, they were one of the tests for the marines. 5-10 minutes burpee routine in which you do 6-10 marines in every minute, with rest, until a full minute expires is a brutal fat loss workout.

HIIT is your fat loss choice but…

Be sure that a proper diet is following an interval training routine. Firstly, you need a solid amount of energy to do a demanding workout. Secondly, You need to secure a proper fuel, not just the proper amount. When proper diet is secured step in the gym and do 45-60 minutes of HIIT training. It will make you sweat, it will build your muscles and burn fat. In the end, it will make you satisfied with yourself. Start easily and advance step by step. The weight loss results when using a HIIT method are guaranteed.

 

 

 

 

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The Sports Archives – How to Become a Better Hockey Player – Infographic

It’s easy to become immersed in your game so much so that you fail to see where your game is actually lacking. Everyone’s game can be improved and that goes for all sports. Practice makes perfect but key elements of a sport can be honed and improved over time. Take some time to see what segments of your play need attention; speak to your coaches about elements that you need to improve and the only thing that will benefit will be your hockey skills and game!

The guys from Tucker Hockey have put together this interesting infographic below that outlines a few points that may help you become a better hockey player. You can pick and choose the methods but it’s definitely a good way to build your attempts at improving your game. Check out the full infographic below!

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The Sports Archives – 6 Things To Look For In A Good Gym

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If you’re thinking of joining the gym soon but you’re unsure what to look for in a good gym then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to attend a number of classes or you want to start using the free weights, you need to ensure you’re finding the right gym for you. Whilst it may be difficult at first, there are lots of things you should be looking for when finding the perfect gym. From the opening hours to the availability of equipment, the more research you’re doing the better. With that in mind, here are 6 things to look for in a good gym: 

– Good Opening Hours

One of the first things you should be looking for when it comes to a good gym is the opening hours. Although you don’t need a gym that is open 24/7, it can often come in handy if you need to go at obscure times. Whether that means you go to the gym at 11 pm at night or you go before work at 5 am, finding a gym that suits your schedule is important. For a guide to fitting exercise in around your schedule, you can visit this site here. 

– A Great Location

Another important thing to look for in the perfect gym is whether or not it’s in the right location. Ideally, you need it to be somewhere you can get to easily, otherwise you’re not going to want to go. Whether that’s somewhere on your way home from work or just around the corner from your house, the location should play a huge part in where you go. 

– Lots Of Machines And Weights

Although it may not seem important now, you need to choose somewhere that has lots of machines and weights available. There are certain months where the gym will become busy and if you’re not going somewhere with plenty of options, chances are you’re going to struggle to find a machine to use. 

– A Well-Maintained Environment

Another important thing to look out for is a well-maintained environment, as this means you’re choosing a gym that is of high-quality. Whether that means they have high-quality equipment or the walls and floors are kept in good condition, you don’t want to be going somewhere that is not well-maintained. For more information about high-quality flooring, you can visit gym turf here. 

– Lots Of Classes To Choose From

If you like to go to classes when you’re attending the gym, you need to be sure you’re choosing somewhere that has a lot of variety AND that the classes are at a time that you can make. For a guide to the different gym classes you can attend, you can visit this site here. 

– Personal Trainers Available To Hire

Finally, you may want to consider whether or not you need to be able to hire a personal trainer

Are you looking for a new gym to attend? What do you need to ensure it has? Are there any red flags you should be looking for? Did we miss anything? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. 

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The Sports Archives – Dusting off the Cobwebs: Easing Back into Exercise After a Break

Coming back to exercise after a long hiatus – especially one due to illness, recovering from childbirth or a bout with depression – can be a challenging and daunting task. You’re desperate to get back out there and get back in shape, but it’s hard. You may feel that you’ve lost so much of your strength and motivation that you’ll never get back to peak performance again. It can be tempting to give up before you even try. 

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But fitness isn’t an all-or-nothing game. Physical fitness is just one of the many benefits offered to you with exercise – exercise is also miraculous for your mental health, aerobic activity gets your heart pumping and increases your immune system, and for many of us, exercise can be social, too, which we all desperately need more of. Easing back into exercise should be more about feeling happy and healthy again, rather than goals of weight loss, peak physical fitness or aesthetics. 

And it’s easier than you think to get back to it – below we’ve outlined a few ways to ease back into an exercise routine that will have you back in the swing of things in no time. 

Run! 

Running or jogging is a great way to ease back into exercise because it’s such a versatile sport. You can fit a quick run in before work, after work, on your lunch break, on the weekends…run by yourself, if that’s how you like to exercise, with your partner or children, or with a friend. You can even join a running club and meet up with like-minded folks who run at your speed and fitness level. 

Apps like Strava, Couch to 5K and Run, Zombies, Run are super-fun ways to stay engaged with technology and help track your run, motivate you to do more, and compare with other runners. Train for that 5k or just jog for pleasure at your own pace; the important part is to just get moving. 

Spin Your Wheels

Cycling is a great ease-back-in activity for most of the same reasons that running is. And it’s even more low impact. Whether you enjoy cycling on the road with a group (look in your area for local cycling clubs and group rides; almost every town has one – or twenty), prefer mountain biking, enjoy sweating with a spin class, or DMX is your thing, there are tons of different cycling experiences to help you get back into shape and burn some serious calories. 

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For a lot of folks, joining a gym is a commitment they just can’t quite justify. Whether it’s a money-saving thing or they just don’t want to commit to something long term, it can be a little daunting to join a gym if you’re self-conscious about your fitness level, abilities or appearance. 

A great way to ease into the gym experience is to join the local YMCA or other similar community gyms. In addition to the usual “gym experience”, with equipment, weights and super-buff clientele, the YMCA also has heated pools, low-impact exercise classes for seniors, those with disabilities and yes, people who are just getting back into exercise. They also have community activities, tracks for low impact walking or jogging, team sports and clubs to join, and a host of other community and fitness oriented activities. For so many, it’s a great way to get that gym experience without all of the pressure, and both single and family plans are super affordable. 

Best of all, any classes you take are at your own  particular fitness level, with most being offered for beginners, moderate or expert levels. You choose how hard you exercise!

These are just a slice of the activities you can do if you’re easing back into an active lifestyle. There are so many more. At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t matter what exercise you choose – all that matters is that you’re staying active and keeping on the move. Happy exercising and welcome back!

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The Sports Archives – 7 Things To Consider Before Working With A Personal Trainer

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If you’re thinking of working with a personal trainer but you’re unsure whether or not it’s for you then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to recover from an injury or you’re training for an event, you need to ensure you’re finding the right personal trainer for you. Luckily, there are lots of questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re doing exactly that. From setting your overall budget to the finding the location you want to train in, the ore you’re asking yourself the better. With that in mind, here are 7 things to consider before working with a personal trainer: 

– What Is Your Overall Budget?

One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to working with a personal trainer is your overall budget, as this will ensure you’re not paying for something that is out of your price range. Although personal trainers are similar in terms of costs, chances are you’re going to find a number of people will be more expensive than others. The best thing to do, of course, is to work out the average cost for personal trainers in your area and then go from there. For the average cost of a personal trainer, you can visit this guide. 

– Do You Have Any Previous Experience?

Another important thing to consider is whether or not you have any previous experience when it comes to fitness. Although you don’t need to have any previous experience, this is something your personal trainer is likely to ask you before you get started. Whether you’ve played for a local sports team or you’ve never worked out before, you need to be as honest as you possibly can. 

– What Areas Would You Like To Work On Most? 

Once you have set yourself a budget, you need to think about the areas you want to work on the most. From improving your overall fitness to training for a specific event, you need to ensure you’re letting your new personal trainer know exactly what you want to work on. Not only will they be able to put together a specific plan together for you, but they will also be able to monitor your progress as throughout your time together. 

– Where Will You Be Training?

Another important thing to think about is where you’re going to be training. Although most personal trainers will work from a gym, some will have a personal gym in their own home. Depending on the price you’re paying, you may find that your one on one sessions are not carried out in the gym. If you want to keep everything in one place, you will have to work with one of the specific gym trainers. They may cost more, but you’ll have use of all of the facilities. 

– How Will You Find The Right Trainer For You?

As you start to think about the finer details, you need to think about how you’re going to find the right trainer for you. Whether you’re looking for someone who has lots of availability or you’re after a trainer who has experience with beginners, you need to be sure you’re finding the right person for you. For a guide to finding the right personal trainer, you can visit the Clientel3 site here. 

– How Often Will You Be Training With Them?

Once you have found the personal trainer for you, you need to think about how often you’re going to be training with them. Whether you’re looking to train once a week or you want to book a session every day, this will affect the price that you’re going to be paying. In most cases, you will find one session a week is enough as you can still attend the gym on the days in between. Your sessions will simply be used to measure your progress. 

– Do You Need To Buy Any New Gym Gear?

Finally. You need to consider whether or not you need to buy any new gym gear. If you’re new to the gym and you’ve never worked with a personal trainer before, chances are the answer is going to be yes. For a guide to buying gym gear, you can visit this handy site here. 

Are you thinking of working with a personal trainer? What do you need to consider to ensure you’re finding the right person for you? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

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