The Sports Archives – 5 Things To Consider Before Your First-Ever Hike


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If you’re thinking of going on your first-ever hike but don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you have absolutely no experience or you have done long walks in the past, you need to be as prepared as you can possibly be when it comes to hiking. Luckily, there are lots of questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re exactly that. From ensuring you have the essentials to choosing the right hike, the more questions you’re asking the better. With that in mind, here are 5 things to consider before your first-ever hike:

What Do You Need To Do To Prepare?

One of the first things you need to consider is what you need to do to prepare for your hike. Whether you have zero training or you are physically fit, you will find that you need to do a number of months training before you’re even able to think about getting started. From walking every day to training for the high altitudes, you need to be sure you’re as prepared as you can possibly be.

For a guide to preparing for a hike, you can visit this site here.

Are You Physically Fit Enough?

Another important thing to consider is whether or not you’re physically fit, as hiking isn’t for everyone. Whether you have a sports injury or you struggle to regulate your breathing, you need to be sure you’re going to be safe during your time hiking. If you don’t feel as though you’re physically fit enough, you may want to consider physiotherapy.

What Hike Will You Be Doing?

Once you have worked out how you’re going to prepare for your hike, you can start looking into the hike you’re going to be doing. Whether you start small or challenge yourself right away, research is crucial at this stage. If you’re unsure which hike is best for you, you may want to consider speaking to a professional. They’ll be able to offer you the best advice and their expert opinion. 

How Long Is It Going To Take?

Another important thing to consider is how long it’s going to take. From a day-long hike or something that takes a couple of weeks, knowing how long you’re going to be hiking for is vital during the planning stage. 

What Do You Need To Take With You?

Finally, you need to think about what you’re going to be taking with you. Although you need to pack light in order to make your journey as pain-free as it can possibly be, you also need to ensure you have everything you need. For a guide to packing for your first-ever hike, you can visit this site here. 

With lots of questions to ask yourself before you start your hike, you can be sure you’re as prepared as you can possibly be. What else do you need to consider? Have we missed any important points off of the list? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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The Sports Archives – Top 3 Easy Racket Sports To Learn This Summer

As summertime is nearly upon us, and nations begin to slowly ease lockdown restrictions (thankfully), the chance to get out and about again in safety is on the horizon. That said, this may well be the time to get yourself in gear for your favourite summertime sports activities. Not only will they help you get fit and healthy, but they will also help you up your game in front of your friends.

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Racket sports are great for lowering blood pressure and increasing your brain’s ability to stay focused and alert. Coincidentally, racket sports are highly recommended for preventing are-related conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, these sports also tone and strengthen the arms and leg muscles, and restore physical balance in the body due to the repetitive left and right movements. Listed here are three great racket sports to learn this summer. 


Tennis, the king of racket sports, originated in France and was initially played with just the palm of the hand. You may think that it looks so simple and easy to learn – after all, it’s just a glorified bat and ball, isn’t it? Eh, no, it isn’t. Sorry to burst your bubble, but tennis is a highly specialised game with master techniques that many amateur players often overlook. Granted there’s nothing wrong with some leisurely tennis as it’s a great form of exercise – but if you’re looking to up your game in style, then think about spending some time with a qualified coach.


This racket game originated in Britain as early as 1804 and has been recognised as part of the Olympics games since 1992. As gentle as badminton looks while watching, do not underestimate the sheer stamina needed to excel in this sport. On the first view, badminton seems to have a somewhat lesser intensity than tennis – mainly due to the light-weight racket and an even lighter shuttlecock. There is still an ongoing debate about whether badminton is actually more difficult than tennis. For your sake, ignore the debate and learn to play the game, that way you can decide for yourself which game tickles your fancy.










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So if you can’t decide between tennis or badminton, why not try a lesson in pickleball! As odd as the name sounds, pickleball marries both badminton and tennis with a touch of table tennis. It originated in the United States in 1965 and is not yet formally recognised in the Olympics games. It can be played between two people as a singles match, or between four people as doubles. The aim of the game is to use your pickleball and racket for serve and score points in the opposing court. The best pickleball rackets (or paddles) are made from wood and composite material and cost anything from $100-$150. The pickleball itself is on average 35 small round holes and is made from polymer material.

With these three racket sport options, you can enjoy an active summer while learning something new.

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The Sports Archives – How To Take Your Passion For Cycling Further


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If you have an ever-growing passion for cycling and you love to push your boundaries and create different challenges that you can take on to push yourself further. Maybe it’s taking on an extra hill that you have been eyeing up or a new, exciting route, there are always new challenges around, waiting for you to tick off your list. 

If this sounds like you, then you will, for sure, love the sound of Ride International Tours. Here is everything you need to know to cycle in your dream location and take on a new challenge. 

About Ride International Tours 

The team at Ride International Tours love to cycle and share what knowledge they have with others. They thrive on their company being the best tours for their passion for cycling. They have created the perfect routes across multiple locations such as France, Italy, Australia and Belgium. 

‘Over the years, we’ve learnt what our guests love and weave a little magic into all of our tours’. 

These tours are specially designed to suit you. Your perfect cycling vacation which can be done on your own, couples or in groups. They cater their journey to ensure you have the ideal experience as well as creating memories that you will remember for a lifetime. 

What Ride International Tours do to support your experience

With Ride International Tours, they ensure that you are not alone throughout your experience. It isn’t a case of just giving you a tour, and off you go. The support starts before the trip has begun. The first step is to do a physical inspection of the areas when they are taking you. This is to ensure everything will run smoothly, and nothing unexpected has arrived or changed. 

The tours are specially designed for Ride International Tours, they are not on any third-party parties to ensure that they are secure. This is down to our thoroughly trained and experienced team will travel with you through your journey, so you have the peace of mind that you have the knowledge you need within your group. Finally, they will provide a helping hand if any mechanical difficulties appear so you can continue your journey with ease and weight off your shoulders. 

Bike Hiring Service 

You do not need to be a professional when it comes to taking a tour. If it is your first time, then Ride International Tours provide a bike hire service. Taking the worry away from trying to purchase and research about which bike is right for you. With loads of bike options there is a style for everyone to ensure that you have a superb bike for the miles you will be doing. It’s a great idea if you are travelling abroad and you do not want the worry of transporting your own bike from home. Ride International Tours take care of the maintenance of their bikes, so there’s no need to worry when you are out on tour while having a top of the range bike. 

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The Sports Archives – Do You Need An Electric Trolley To Play Golf?

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Buy an electric golf trolley and you can unlock a number of great benefits. A round of golf can typically take around four to five hours, and most courses have an average of eight km. The majority of this time is spent walking the course. In fact, it is predicted that only two percent of the time spent is used on striking the golf ball. 

Because of this, you should consider investing in an electric golf trolley to make the experience easier and more enjoyable. There are many benefits that are associated with using an electric golf trolley. Firstly, they will provide you with an easier and more relaxed experience. Of course, you are still going to be walking the golf course, meaning you will burn calories and get the exercise you desire, but you don’t have to lug around a heavy golf bag at the same time. 

Another key benefit associated with an electric golf trolley is that they help to prevent physical injuries. When you consider that a typical golf bag weights between six and 22g, it is not difficult to see how golfers end up straining their rib cage muscles, hamstrings or their backs. This is something you do not need to worry about if you buy an electric golf trolley. 

Finally, an electric golf trolley can be beneficial for those who care about preserving the golf course. You can check out these golf course reviews to determine the best ones to go to. Electric trolleys weigh a lot less than the full-size, motorized golf carts. These carts can leave designated cart paths, which can cause soil erosion. You won’t be responsible for any of this with an electric golf trolley. 

What To Consider When Looking For The Best Electric Trolley

The first thing you need to do is make sure the golf trolley has been made by a brand that has a good reputation in the industry. If you go for a company you have never heard of, there is always a risk. The likes of Motocaddy are great when it comes to purchasing an electric golf trolley. In addition to this, you should look at the battery life of the trolley. You want to ensure that it is going to last you while you go around the course. 

You should also assess the re-charge time, as this can be anything from two to ten hours. You are advised to conduct plenty of research before you make your purchase. To do this, you should read reviews that have been left by those that have already purchased the golf trolley you are considering. This will give you a good idea regarding the overall feeling surrounding the trolley in question. If there are lots and lots of bad comments, you know to look elsewhere. Finally, ensuring the trolley is the right height for you is imperative, or you are going to find it difficult to use and this can result in back pain.

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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 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


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 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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