The Sports Archives – Keeping Your Golf Form This Winter

Winter is upon us, but that doesn’t mean your golf game should suffer. This winter, keep your golf game intact with these five easy tips.

Gym Sessions

Taking a break from swinging your clubs can hurt your game. This winter keeps your glutes and core muscles in check by adding strengthening exercises to your workout routine. Along with strength training, add in a few cardio sessions every week. This is especially important if your body is used to going 18 holes. Cardio workouts are a great way to work on your stamina. Start by going on a 20- 30-minute walk three times a week.

At-Home Practice

Golf simulators and putting greens are the best way to maintain (and even improve) your golf game. Once the winter season ends, and you haven’t taken time to practice, you’ll be back to square one. Several custom home builders are now installing in-home putting greens and golf simulator installations.

Simulators monitor speed, trajectory, spin axis, distance, and a variety of other variables helping you get even better during the off-season. Putting greens round out every practice session by helping you develop a good putting rhythm and consistency. Imagine showing off to all your golf enthusiast friends by bringing your golf passion into your home.

Drills

Golf is truly a game of consistency. Just like not staying consistent with your swing can hurt your score, not staying consistent with your drills can hurt your game. Whether it’s practicing your swing in the mirror every day or putting on your indoor putting green, keeping up on your exercises will pay off big time once the on-season begins. This means practicing your full swing, back swing, down swing, and putting in multiple directions for five minutes, four times a week. Adding this to your weekly to-do list is one of the best ways to not fall behind next season

Increase Your Golf IQ

Staying up-to-date with your golf knowledge is important during the off-season. Switch on the golf channel every once in a while, to see the best players in the world face off. You can also take note of their swings and make small adjustments to yours during your weekly drills. It may sound like an excuse to update your home theater but doing your homework can keep you a stroke ahead come spring.

Stay Mentally Ready

The more time you spend getting ready for the golf season, the more confident you will be. Just remember to have fun and stay positive throughout the winter season. The mental aspect of golf is just as important as the physical. Take time to visualize shots and develop a pre-shot routine to use once the season starts. This’ll have big returns in lowering your scores next spring.

These are just a few tips to help you stay in golfing shape this off-season. From first-time golfers, all the way up to the pros, remember that winter is no excuse for slacking off on your golf game. Get ready because this winter might be your best yet!

Randy Johnson, a second generation home builder with Willowood homes, has been an avid golfer for many years. His passion began when his father would take him golfing two or three times a week during the summers, and his love has grown over the year. He is always looking for innovative ways to keep his game sharp. Today, working in the custom homes business has helped him visit the course almost every day.

 

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The Sports Archives – How to Get Your Kid into Youth Sports Without Penalizing Your Wallet

Most families spend between $100 and $500 per month on youth sports. This may sound unbelievable, but when you start to think about equipment, league fees, uniforms, travel expenses, and all the other things that go into keeping a kid involved in a sport, you see how the costs can really add up. There are some ways to tone down this hefty price tag, however. Here are some ways to support your child’s interest in sports without busting your budget.

Find inexpensive at-home practice tools

One of the main costs parents incur when pushing their child toward sports is the cost of lessons and private practice. One way to save is to bring the practice home. Equipment such as small soccer nets, netted golf driving ranges and batter’s nets (for baseball/softball practice), and at-home basketball hoops are reasonably priced. Not only that, but having a hoop at home, for example, can give your kid a big advantage. Make sure you do some research online to find the best hoops — ones that have the best durability, material, size, price and ease of assembly. You can also save money on this purchase by using a Target coupon code or searching for a second-hand basketball hoop at used sporting goods stores.

Donate your own time

Many kids’ sports leagues are happy to offer discounts or even waive certain fees if the parents are willing to get involved. This can mean volunteering to coach. It can also mean volunteering to coordinate practices, travel, and field/sport center maintenance. The National Association of Youth Sports says “If you have time to become a member of the booster club, you may be able to take advantage of waived fees in exchange for membership.

This also means you should teach them at home. Many parents think they need to have expert sports skills in order to teach their kids sports. This is patently false. Kids sports are about building blocks, and as long as you can instruct your children on the basic rules, etiquette, and basic physical necessities of playing a sport, you can help them learn.

Consider forgoing the paid organized league altogether

Supporting a child’s sports interest isn’t that expensive at all if you do it yourself and without the help of an official sports league. Sure, it’s more difficult to go it alone if your child really wants to play a team sport such as soccer, baseball, or football — but free school and church leagues are available for that. Consider asking if your child wants to try a solo sport like biking, running, swimming or golfing. No matter what you and your child choose, try to stick to one sport at a time. This will help you save immensely. Also note that some sports are simply more expensive than others. Don’t make your child do something they don’t want to do in the name of saving money, but remember that you do have a lot of influence on their choices.

Coordinate with other families

One of the top youth sports costs is all that equipment. You can help yourself by coordinating gear swaps with other local families. In other words, used gear is swapped or passed down to other children (mostly because one kid either stopped playing the particular sport or grew out of the equipment).

Another way to save by pooling resources with other sports families is through carpooling. All that driving to practices, games, and league-related event adds up.

The more you can put into your child’s sports interest, the better for your bank account. Take time to scour the internet and secondhand stores for deals on clothes and equipment; participate in their leagues to reduce fees; get involved with other sports families to help share the burden and practice with them at home. Youth sports are a great thing for kids, and they can be great for you too if you find ways to reduce the excessive cost.

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The Sports Archives – The NHL Is Now A Billion Dollar Business

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From its humble beginnings a century ago, the NHL has grown into a world-famous, billion-dollar industry.  TV deals, prize money and the investment of wealthy benefactors have combined to make lucrative franchises of the NHL and its participating teams.

Below are excerpts from the infographic provided by tuckerhockey.com.

  • The NHL is the 5th most lucrative sports league in the world, with a cumulative revenue of $3.7 billion.
  • The average annual salary for a player in the NHL is $2.4 million.
  • NHL finances have been greatly boosted by the 2011 10-year NBC deal and the 2013 12-year Rogers Communications deal.
  • As of 2018, the New York Rangers are the most valuable team in terms of dollars and the Toronto Maple Leafs are a close second.
  • Some of the highest paid players in the 2017/2018 NHL season are Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin.
  • In 2016, the Vegas Golden Knights became the 31st member of the NHL, paying a massive $500 million for the franchise.

 

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The Sports Archives – Paintball and Body Armor

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Investing in soft body armor carries a lot of benefits when playing paintball. Recent advancements in the design and materials used have allowed for carriers to become lighter and more comfortable. This means even people, who are not used to wearing a protective vest, can take advantage of the available models on the market.

In order to ensure the safety of the players during a game of paintball, new technological advancements are being taken into practice so that their competency and safety can be ensured. The incorporation of wearable technologies is one of such steps. The wearables include everything such as gadgets, instruments, equipment and clothing, each and everything which can be worn by players.

No specific definition has been set till now which can distinctly define the wearable technology. The wearables are used to ensure the safety of the wearer and to improve their competency level. There are specific companies which ensure the availability of lightweight body armor for sale through the online and physical stores. Body armors which are equipped with a bulletproof jacket are really an important accessory for players in competitive sports that involve shooting, such as paintball. With the high-quality body armor, not only the safety of players can be ensured but it also helps keep their morale high when they are competing.

Wearable technology, which is specifically designed to be incorporated in soft body armor, is actually the key part. The high-quality body armor ensures longer endurance for paintball players as well as better protection.

To date, body armor provides increasingly advanced protection, but at a cost in performance and efforts are underway to improve situational awareness and shooting response times. Modifying the level of protection as needed, based on the specific threat and mission is currently a priority of manufacturing and research efforts.

Development of new systems that are modular, scalable, and tailorable will defeat current threat levels while also reducing weight. Novel gel materials are being developed that weigh less and protect the wearer at the same time.

Armor effectiveness and comfort are both very important elements in choosing the style and type of vest that best works for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to body armor. It may seem like a good idea to go by the saying of ‘the more the better’, but this does not apply here. Higher levels of protection are heavier and bulkier, making them a poor choice in a game of paintball that involves a lot of moving around. Ideally, you want to choose soft body armor that is well suited for your physical qualities and skill set for best results.

One of the best advancements in the field of body armor came with the introduction of lightweight ballistic plates. Designed to supplement soft armor – they are a convenient way to enhance the protective qualities of the carrier. The addition of lightweight ballistic plates expands the variety of weapons your vest protects against. This allows the wearer to be adequately prepared while moving through different types of environments and setups when playing paintball .

 

 

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The Sports Archives – Wellness Tips for Coping with The Winter Blues

Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) is a type of depression that affects over 10 million Americans each year. Also known as the “winter blues”, the disorder describes the debilitating feelings of hopelessness and sadness that people sometimes experience during the fall or winter. Although we don’t know the cause, SAD may result from vitamin deficiencies or seasonal hormonal shifts as the body struggles to keep up with shorter periods of light during the day. Fortunately, there are a number of self-care and wellness practices that can help people manage winter depression. These tips are a good place to start.

Pay Special Attention to Your Mental Health

If you’re prone to bouts of SAD during the colder months, make sure you’re prioritizing your mental health this time of year. Your mental health is highly dependent on the health of your physical body. So, if you’re exercising less or eating too many holiday sweets, you may be compromising your brain’s ability to manage stress and control your mood. On top of this, heightened levels of stress during the holidays can contribute to increased inflammation throughout the body. This is a problem since many studies have found a link between inflammation and mental health disorders, including depression. Limiting sugar in your diet can help you minimize inflammation in the body. Research has also found that CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, can effectively reduce inflammation and help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Check out information from Remedy Review to learn about CBD and how it may benefit you this winter.

Get Natural Light Whenever Possible

According to Harvard Medical School, shorter days and less sunlight during the winter may contribute to SAD. To combat this, try to expose yourself to as much light as possible during the day. This could mean sitting near windows or skylights, increasing the lighting in your home, or making regular excursions outdoors in daylight. If you can find some sun, allowing your skin to soak it up for a bit can improve your vitamin D levels. Light therapy is an alternative way to restore your body’s natural rhythm during the winter. This typically involves sitting near a light box for a certain amount of time each day and has shown to be an effective SAD treatment for many people.

Discover Winter-Friendly Workouts

Time and time again, exercise is found to have a very positive impact on depression. Getting your body moving helps it keep your hormones balanced to stave off anxiety and depression. Additionally, exercise results in the release of happiness-boosting hormones called endorphins. Of course, exercising is much easier said than done when it’s cold and miserable outside and you’re fighting depression. Some ways you can motivate yourself to get moving include choosing an exercise that you really like and making it as easy as possible for you to get started. Work to reduce obstacles, like cold weather, that are keeping you from exercise. Try finding winter-friendly workouts that you can do indoors or using the change in weather to your advantage. For example, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating are great activities to help you maintain your fitness routine when it becomes impossible to run or bike due to the weather.

Choose the Right Foods

Although you should avoid simple carbs when you’re feeling down, there are plenty of other enjoyable foods that can actually alleviate depression. For example, dark chocolate has been found to improve mood due to its antioxidant properties. If you’re looking for snacks, reach for almonds and seeds for their mood-boosting omega-3’s or stress-fighting berries that reduce cortisol levels in the body. Everyday Health also recommends getting your blood tested for deficiencies in certain nutrients — namely folic acid, iron, vitamin B-12, magnesium, and vitamin D — which pay a key role in mood.

Don’t let seasonal affective disorder steal your winter away. Although it can be difficult to step up and take charge of your wellness habits, it’s an important part of tending to your mental health this time of year. If nothing you try seems to help alleviate your winter blues, consider talking to your doctor about additional treatment options.

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The Sports Archives – Sports Can Make You A Better Student

The place sport occupies in our life

Talking about sports, we can easily assume that if you decided to choose one, then it would take all your free time. Doing sports, you can forget about your relationship, education, and family. Do you believe in it? According to the last research, people who are doing sports are much better than we can even imagine and now we will discuss in what way we can see it. Seriously, being a student-athlete may be the reason you are a better student! Here’s why.

Improved concentration

According to the researchers of British scientists students who are doing sports in their universities are better in a concentration of their affords and skills than any other student, even the one who is studying all day and night. Why is it so? Here is the explanation. To do sports in a proper way you have to train a lot, yes, at the first time you will feel totally and completely dissatisfied and exhausted, but at the same time your body will feel like, it was awful and hard, but let’s do that again.

And exactly here the self-possession and strength appear. Doing sports, you become more focused on details, reactions of opponents and so on. This concentration doesn’t appear only while training, it keeps being with a sportsman in his/her daily life as well. By exercising regularly, the brain releases chemicals that can better support memory, concentration, and mental sharpness.

Time management

For most of the students, being diligent is a very hard thing. Think about it. At least once in life you felt that you have completely no time, it is almost the end of the day and you did nothing important while there so much left things to do.

Talking about students, we can assume that between practices and games, it seems almost impossible to find time to study and do homework. You think that you must practice all the time; you can’t be interrupted by education. Wrong! All professional sports stars know that education is important that is why they started to do time management to be in time in several places. And yes, it works. When a sportsman or woman know what time management is, they will be effective in all kinds of sport and spheres of life.

Teamwork

There is no ‘I’ in teamwork. Everyone knows it, but students who are doing sports know it much better. They know that sports will give you the opportunity to work with others on a daily basis. It happens that sometimes people find it hard to get along with each other. But sportspeople know, when it goes to the victory or defeat there are no enemies in your team, you are all working on the same result.

Leadership skills

Students in sport are much better leaders than you can even imagine. They are trained to be strong, stable and self-confident which are the first qualities a good leader should have. You still don’t know who will lead the school project? Choose the guy from the local sports team, and you won’t regret — his leadership skills will be impossibly good.

Handling Pressure

Do you feel pressure at school or university and feel like you will give up and go working instead of studying? Yes? That is because you are a common student. Ask your friend who is, for example, a football player for years, does he feel stressed about the pressure? He will answer – NO! Pressure is the second nature of players. That is why you’d better join him.

Decision Making Skills

As a student-athlete, you have to think on your feet! When you see that there is no second left to make up a decision you understand that making them fast is the best thing you could ever imagine. You must make swift and tactical decisions in order to give your team a chance to win.

Communication Skills

A different situation exists. Sometimes stress is so high that people are almost going crazy and break down. The sport will make you a better person with excellent communication skills as he/she saw those situations very often on the field.

Being Critiqued and Critiquing

Playing sports is all about improving yourself. If you are not doing well you will have a desire to know it; you want to be critiqued and to become better and better. And seriously, no sportsmen/women are taking it personally; it is all about growth and the results.

A Sense of Community

All those guys in your team, they are just like you, they have the same qualities, and they all work on the same result. As it usually happens, soon, they will become more than teammates, they will be a second family of yours, they will be people on who you can rely on.

Confidence

The most important thing is that sports give you one unique thing which is not so spread – confidence. You become better and better, and you know it while training and improving more each season. You understand that soon there will be no person who can be even closely equal to you and your team. That calls confidence, and that helps to win.

To sum it up, never doubt to join sports or no, it is the thing that will always help to grow and become better. Do it accurate but assertive, be calm but passionate and after some time you will see that it worth it.

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My name is Alexia Wolker, I am a blogger and work as an editor. I have a Master’s Degree in literature and love both reading and writing about books and literary topics. I also help students with their literary assignments – articles, essays and summmaries of books, my works you can see at freebooksummary website.

 

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The Sports Archives – Important Things to Keep In Mind When You Workout In Gym

A healthy lifestyle is very important for people in order to lead a quality life. It is truly said that health is wealth because, without good health, we cannot live a life to our expectations. We need to stay fit not just one day or two days but the whole life. If you are fit and healthy, you can get away from the uncalled for health concerns and terrible ailing conditions. You can save a lot of money that you spend at a hospital or clinic to treat the diseases if you are healthy. So, the benefits that you can enjoy from being healthy are many uncountable.

People around the world regardless of their age and gender used to put into practice many things to stay healthy and build muscles. One of the most sought-after and much-loved physical activities amid people are going to the gym. It is a great choice to go to a gym to keep your body athletic. You can attain your health goals and ensure to stay healthy if you regularly attend the gym. People fancy having a good shape body just like their sports idols, film stars, singers, etc. Most of your sports idols, film stars, and singers give importance to their health and they used to go to the gym to maintain their good shape.

Although going to the gym is a great choice for you to stay fit, you should ensure to understand the things that you follow and not to follow when you are at a gym. If you have decided to become fitter and would like to join a gym, there are a handful of things you must take into account. You have got to maximize your gym membership. The expert fitness tips and tricks can do the job for you. Here are some important things that you should include in your fitness practice to capitalize on from your workout:

Sleep Well

Many experts suggest you sleep well before you go to the gym. If you don’t get sufficient sleep at night, it is advisable not to go to the gym because you won’t be able to work out efficiently. It can also badly affect your body.  If you get the right amount of sleep at night, you can perform better at the gym. You may feel tired if you don’t get ample sleep at the night and therefore, go to the bed early and sleep well before going to the gym the next day.

Healthy Eating   

Your diet matters considerably when you attend a gym. If you are someone who is going to the gym regularly, you are required to enjoy, plan, and follow a healthy diet. The diet that you follow and the food that you eat can have an influence on your performance at the gym. You should choose and eat food items that present you more energy, develop your health, and enhance your mood. You should remember that a nutritious diet is handy for your mind and also for your body. Ensure to go for smart food options like picking nutrient-packed foods over calorie-filled ones.

Personal Trainers           

You should ensure to pick a personal trainer at the gym not just to get expert fitness tips and tricks but also enjoy excellent workout experience. People try to work out at the gym in order to get the best results in quick time and personal trainers are the best option available to you to get the results. Personal trainers can provide you with useful tips to build your musicales and help you to have a good shape body.

Focus On All Body Parts

When you workout at the gym, you should focus on all body parts. You should give practice to all body parts. There are many people who don’t give practice to the leg or some other body parts. It is a bad choice because it will affect the overall balance of your body. Hence, you should ensure to give practice equally for every body part including leg, hand, chest, stomach, etc.

Warm Up and Stretch

The injury is very common amid many of the people who attend the gym every day. One of the main reasons that cause injury at the gym is lack of warm-up and stretching. You should warm up and do stretching before lifting weights. Warm up and stretching is just as essential as the exercise to steer clear of injuries. Warm up and stretching can help you to circumvent the post-session body pain.

Pick Nearby Gym

The gym that you pick can have a lot of impact on your workout. If the gym is near to your home or office, you will attend the gym every day but if the gym is far from your home and office, the chances are high to become lazy to travel to the gym every day. So, you will intentionally miss out going to the gym due to the distance.

No Empty Stomach

You should go to the gym after having some snacks. If you go to the gym with an empty stomach, you won’t be able to lift weights. You will certainly feel tired once you start workout since you don’t have the adequate stamina to support the weight that you lift. But, you don’t overeat before going to work out. If you overeat, you won’t feel comfortable to lift the weights and you will be forced to quit halfway.

Other Important Points

There are some other points as well that you should consider such as get yourself checked with a doctor, drink a lot of water, carry a bottle of water to the gym, inform your trainer of body injuries, be patient, be consistent, know and stick to proper workout methods, pick the right weight, give proper rest to your body, etc.

There are many important things that you should be aware of before attending a gym. Regular exercise at the gym can not only help you to stay healthy and build muscles but also improves your physiological and mental health. If you are seeking out to gain muscle mass, lose weight, tone your body or look fit, exercising at the gym is a perfect means to attain it but you should keep in mind the above-mentioned points.

Author Bio:

Alex Dixon is a writer at Essays Chief who manages to write in different areas including sports, science, education, etc. Along with academic writing, Alex is good in creating great blog articles, press releases, news articles, biography writing, and other sorts of contents for business purposes as well.

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