The Sports Archives – Get Hooked By Fishing

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If you’ve never tried fishing before, you may struggle to see the appeal – standing around for hours in the rain hoping to catch something doesn’t seem very exciting on the surface. For the millions around the world that do enjoy fishing, there’s clearly a greater purpose to it. Here are just a few of the reasons why people hooked into fishing.

It’s competitive

There’s a sense of competition involved when it comes to fishing that makes it addictive. This could include competing against other people to catch the most fish or make the biggest catch, or it could involve competing against oneself to always catch bigger and better fish. It isn’t all about luck, although as beginner it may seem so. Seasoned anglers develop a skill for fishing that involves finding the right spots, using the right bait and hooks to suit a specific fish, as well as developing a quick reaction when something does get caught. By making better catches and recording these achievements with photographs, you develop a drive to always do better, which is what turns fishing from a pastime to a passion.

There are lots of different types of fishing to try

Fishing is extremely diverse. You can fish on lakes, rivers or in the sea.  Angle fishing with a rod is the most popular form of fishing, and there are lots of different approaches to this form including casting, fly fishing, boat fishing, bank fishing and rock fishing. You can even do away with a rod and try net fishing, spear fishing, line fishing or even catching fish with your bare hands. Then of course there are different goals to set yourself. There are those that aim to catch the biggest fish possible, whilst there are those that prefer micro-fishing which involves catching the most amount of species possible. There are then those that explore far and wide to find the rarest fish. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeker, a collector hobbyist or someone looking for a peaceful past-time, there’s a type of fishing out there for you.

 

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You can eat what you catch

Fishing doesn’t just have to be a sport – you could bring home what you catch for supper. Not only is this money saved on buying food, you can also feel proud that you caught this food yourself. Obviously, there are laws when it comes to catching and killing certain fish when it comes to certain areas and species, however for the most part you don’t need any licenses or permits. You’ll find guides online such as this Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide.

It’s good for the soul

Human beings have caught fish for millennia – there’s something very primal and instinctive about it made more rewarding if you catch your own fish for food. Even if you’re fishing as a sport, it’s a great chance to get out the house and feel one with nature. Many people find it extremely peaceful and meditative – it’s a chance to get away from the distractions of modern life. You the have the sense of achievement that fishing gives you. All in all, it’s great for your mind and soul.

It’s good for your health

Your physical health can also benefit from fishing. Simply being outdoors for the day can be great for your body, giving your vitamin D from the sun and a fresh source of oxygen to help get rid of toxins in the body. Fishing can be active too – whilst some people prefer camp out in the same location all day, others walk great distances to find the perfect fishing spot, climbing down onto hidden beaches and banks and moving location if they get no joy. You can even combine fishing with activities like kayaking and sailing.

 

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It’s also a chance to travel

Fishing can also offer the opportunity to travel. Many anglers use sources like the Cutthroat Angler’s Fishing Report to hunt out the best fishing spots, which could involve travelling a fair distance. Even if you’re only travelling locally, it could be an opportunity to see new places you’d never considered going before in your area. Some people may use fishing as an opportunity to travel all over the world, seeking out new fish and exploring new landscapes. You can take fishing tours with local experts or go on your own adventures into the wilderness. Some places may even allow you to hire a rod if you don’t fancy taking your own.

It’s can be a great chance to socialise

Whilst some people may prefer to go angling alone, for many others it can be a great social activity. You can group together with a bunch of friends, bring food and drink and even camp out overnight. You can all compete to make the greatest catch or you can group together to all catch fish for supper. You can even hire a boat or go out rowing in a canoe or a dingy.

You’ll feel part of a community

Like any sport or hobby, fishing has a community surrounding it. You’ll likely meet people when out angling to share stories and tips with. On top of this, you’ll find online forums and Facebook groups for discussing fishing tips and tricks with people across the web. There are also magazines and blogs dedicated to the fishing community, as well as fishing societies and fairs.  

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The Sports Archives – Injured and Irritable: How To Overcome Your Aches and Pains

There is no worse feeling than being injured and out of action from your normal exercise routine. Whether you hurt yourself in the gym, playing a sport or in a non-sport related accident it is important to pace yourself before you get back on the workout wagon. You don’t want to worsen your situation, so there are a number of things you need to consider before hitting the gym again. Seek the relevant medical advice, allow your body to heal and don’t jump straight back into your old routines like nothing happened.

Professional Pain Relief

When you’re suffering from an injury, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact issue without proper care. Seek out the relevant advice from your doctor and make sure you have had examinations and X-Rays in order to diagnose the problem. Once your doctor has explained your injury in detail, you should look into regular physical therapy sessions to build up your strength and mobility again. You won’t be able to get back onto the gym floor until you have slowly rehabilitated your muscles, so make sure you have a professional on hand to help you through the process.

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Slow and Steady

You won’t recover overnight, so make sure you remain patient during your recovery period. If you start to feel a little better, there is nothing stopping you from doing some light exercise in order to assess how your body copes with the movement. Don’t rush back into your usual weight training sessions or run for miles in the attempt to push through the pain. Your body is extremely clever and intricate, so listen to what it is saying to you. Know the warning signs for when you need to stop working out and make sure you pay attention to your doctor’s advice.

Rest and Recuperate

When you are getting over an injury, you need to spend more time resting in between your trips to the gym. Bear in mind that your body is not at its peak strength at the moment, so it will take longer for your muscles to heal. You want to be eating high protein foods to speed up the recovery of your muscles; drinking a protein shake for breakfast is a good way of increasing your protein intake. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep too, as this will help your body to get over the injury much more quickly. Don’t overexert yourself in any social activities too, stay clear of alcohol whilst your body is getting over its aches and pains, as that will only slow the process down even more.

Your body needs time to recover after an injury; as frustrating as it is to have to take time out of your normal regime you need to be patient. Your aches and pains won’t vanish overnight, so try to be persistent during your recuperation period. Whatever you do, try not to give up completely. It can be daunting heading back to your workout sessions after a long time out, but remain positive and you’ll be back to your normal self in no time.

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The Sports Archives – Top Sports Bets in the UK in 2018

Plenty of sports fans like to make a little money on the side betting on their favourite teams and players. It is, of course, never an exact science and punters should always tread carefully when betting, but it can be a fun way to augment the experience of a sporting event.

There is also plenty of fun in trying to ‘beat the bookies’, i.e. finding areas where the betting companies have made a mistake in offering odds too long for a team or player. This piece will highlight some UK-based sports bets showing plenty of value in 2018. If you like any, you can check out how to get free bets from top online bookmakers to back them.

Novak Djokovic to win the Wimbledon Men’s Title 9/1 Unibet

Roger Federer was the main talking point of last year’s Wimbledon in the men’s game, but would he have won his eighth crown if Novak Djokovic had not pulled out of the quarter-finals with injury? Maybe. Maybe not. Djokovic has struggled with injury over the last 18 months, paving the way for Federer’s resurgence at the top of the sport. However, the Serb looks to be on the way back to full fitness and will be gunning for the world number one spot sooner rather than later. Those odds are huge for a player of Djokovic’s calibre.

Rory McIlroy to win the Open 14/1 Ladbrokes

There were signs just this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational that Rory McIlroy was getting back to the top of his game. The Northern Irish golfer is still just 28-years-old and will have plenty of time to add to his four Major championships. He is very comfortable on links courses, which is what he will face in Carnoustie from 19th-22nd July. Those odds will drop over the next few months if McIlroy continues his good form. The perfect early season golf bet.

Belgium to win the World Cup 12/1 Various

While not strictly a UK event, the World Cup is so much a part of the national consciousness it may as well be considered a home event. England, who are in Belgium’s group, represent okay value at 16/1, but they will likely come up short again. The Belgians have a once in a lifetime opportunity in Russia, with their ‘golden generation’ of players all playing at the peak of their careers. They have never done it before, but Russia 2018 could see Belgium become world champions.

Ding Junhui to win the Snooker World Championship 14/1 Unibet

The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, UK, is the home of the World Snooker Championship. However, the snooker pendulum is moving towards China with each passing year. Ding Junhui leads the charge of Chinese players hoping to land a Snooker world title. He has come up short in the past, but he is arguably the best player in history not to have won the title at the Crucible. This could be his year.

Saxon Warrior to win the Epsom Derby 4/1 Various

The two-year-old Saxon Warrior has been undefeated in his short career so far. He looks like a seriously good bet to take one of the biggest horse races in the UK this year, the Epsom Derby (2nd June). He has a master trainer in Aidan O’Brien, winner of four of the last six Epsom Derbies, and looks set to have a stellar career. A potentially brilliant horse with a brilliant price.

 

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The Sports Archives – Plan An Active Getaway On The Water With Your Family

Sports might not be the first thing on your, or your family’s mind when it comes to planning your next vacation together. However, if you’re an active bunch; it’s worth looking into ways that you can get your team motivated to keep up the momentum on your getaway, and planning some fun things to do and see. Many people don’t have the benefit of living near water, where they can enjoy all the activities and sports it has to offer. Therefore, a lakeside or coastal getaway could be just the thing to excite your loved ones and ensure that you all have fun and stay fit (without even realizing it).

For families that aren’t used to life on the water, it’s crucial that you make plans with professional who can show you the ropes, or the wetsuits; depending on what you plan to get up to. For those with some to a lot of water-based activity experience; you’ll already understand that safety must come first, and you’ll need to book a getaway that suits the needs of everyone involved. Once you’re unpacked and ready for the fresh air, and to get wet; it’s time to make some great memories, and wear yourselves out before it’s time to eat. If that sounds like pure adventure and fun; read on for some ideas and inspiration for those who want to make the most of an active getaway on the water.

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Equipment Is Key

The investment in your water sports and activities will depend on whether it is or is going to be, a regular thing. If you’re planning to head lakeside, or to the coast several times a year; it’s going to work out more cost-effective to buy your own gear, rather than continuing to fork out for rental and hire costs, which can really add up. Therefore, it’s worth doing your research, and investing as you go, in the items that will help to ensure you have a successful break away with your family. Sites like smallboater.com are a great place to learn about what you’ll need to look out for in regards to your boat, and it’s motor so that you don’t end up stranded in the water. Look into reviews and research all your equipment before buying; the internet is a great resource, and there will be plenty of people giving honest feedback on everything from snorkels, to dinghies, to fishing rods.

Try Everything

Remember that it’s a getaway for your whole family, so it’s important to try a variety of activities and discover what everyone enjoys the most. It might be something you never expected, but you don’t want to invest in any of the equipment mentioned beforehand if it’s something that you and your kids will soon tire of. Therefore, it’s worth booking a few different things on your trip, and finding out just how much fun you can have on your watery vacation together. Get the right gear and the right help, and you’ll find the right sports and activities for your family to enjoy.

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The Sports Archives – Health Tips and Advice for Fighting Obesity

Sixty percent of American adults are obese or overweight. It is a near-epidemic national health problem, one that contributes to a vast range of residual health issues, from high blood pressure to diabetes. Prevention is important, given the extreme difficulty of overcoming a problem that begins in early childhood for many people. For those who struggle with obesity, establishing wellness-focused actions—including an effective workout routine, healthful diet, sufficient rest, and more—is key to addressing what can be a life-threatening problem.

Exercise and healthy eating are a good start, but must be part of a larger wellness picture that addresses one’s entire life. People often blame their busy schedule for not maintaining a healthy regimen, but most of the following tips can easily be worked into your lifestyle.

Eating right

Fruit, vegetables, and whole grains like whole-wheat breads and brown rice should be part of your daily diet. Foods high in carbohydrates, saturated fats, and flour are leading causes of obesity and make it difficult to break the dangerous cycle that’s triggered by chronic obesity. Eating healthy portions is just as important, at least a cup of raw vegetables and one cup of fruit every day. And carefully manage your caloric intake, bearing in mind that taking in more calories than you can burn off only contributes to obesity.

Avoid fast foods like fries and cheeseburgers. If you do eat at a fast food restaurant, opt for a salad with low-fat dressing or a grilled chicken sandwich. And if you’re in the habit of eating desserts, try switching to fruit, rice pudding, or sorbet instead of cookies, pies, and ice cream.

Exercise

It’s important to couple your dietary intake with a vigorous exercise regimen. Thirty minutes a day of cardio activity, anything from walking to weight training or yard work, should be your goal. If you’re unable to work formal exercise into your day, try taking the steps at work instead of the elevator. Walk to the bank on your lunch break. And try walking to the store rather than driving the next time you need to pick up something. Remember, cumulative exercise will work, as long as you hit that 30-minute goal.

Home Gym

For some people, exercising at home is more comfortable and easier to do than making time for the gym or a midday workout. You can easily put together a “home gym” with a few inexpensive objects, such as kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands, and a Swiss ball. Exercising at home can be a lot more convenient, easier, and comfortable than trying to exercise during a busy work day. Start slow and gradually increase your repetitions as you feel stronger and more confident.

Get Your Sleep

Sleep is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting seven to eight hours a night can help you manage stress, lower blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. It can also help your body regulate functions that are important to managing your weight.

Self-Care

Don’t neglect your mental health. Take time for contemplation and the peace that comes from following a meditative discipline like yoga or breathing exercises that help you focus and relax. Self-reflection can be an effective way to manage your overall health.

Obesity is a serious health problem, but there are many ways to combat it by adapting your lifestyle and personal habits. If getting started is difficult, start by planning out a well-rounded health routine designed to keep your caloric intake and exercise routine in balance. And don’t forget your mental well-being while you’re working at it.

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The Sports Archives – Boxing Hospitality: What You Can Look Forward To This Year

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With corporate hospitality, here are a few of the fights that you’ll be able to see this year:In 2018, there are plenty of potentially historic big fights to look forward to, and we know that you’d like to go see these fights in style.As always with boxing, there are plenty of fights going on this year.

–          Haye V Bellew

–          Joshua V Parker

–          Khan v Lo Greco

Despite so many different fights to choose from, these are the 3 fights that we’re looking forward to most.

With that in mind, we’re going to tell you everything that we already know about these fights, so that you can decide whether boxing hospitality is for you in 2018.

Boxing Hospitality: Haye V Bellew II — May 5th, 2018

If you’re a boxing fan, you’re probably very excited about the upcoming fight between Haye and Bellew.

With this fight, there is much anticipation. The eagerly, impatiently waiting fans are most excited to witness the fight to find out whether David Haye can make the comeback that he has been promising for so very long now.

Although Haye is saying that it’s now back to business, and he’s fit, fans have been debating whether this is actually true; after all, injury problems go back to prior to his original fight with Bellew in March 2017. It’s a popular opinion that Haye’s time is likely up, but we’re more than happy to watch him prove us wrong in this sure-to-be fascinating fight.

Boxing Hospitality: Joshua V Parker — March 31st, 2018

In arguably the biggest fight of 2018, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will finally clash.

Taking place at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, this is touted as the biggest fight of his career. Although Joshua has never been beaten – he has won every fight by knockout – Joseph Parker is also unbeaten in all of his career fights. These two competitors coming together is a mouth-watering exciting prospect.

For the first time since 1987, two undefeated heavyweight champions will compete. On that occasion, the two participants were the legendary Mike Tyson and Tony Tucker. Whilst this means that two heavyweights coming together isn’t entirely unprecedented, it does mean that it hasn’t happened in recent history and suggests that this fight is something to get very excited about.

With Joshua’s popularity only increasing fight after fight, this battle is something that we’re all waiting for.

Boxing Hospitality: Khan V Lo Greco – April 21st, 2018

Since his last fight, Khan has seen a lot of publicity. Whether you’ve seen him loitering in the Australian jungle, or on the front page of The Sun calling Anthony Joshua all the names under the sun, he has been in the news for everything but his boxing career.

Now, Khan is back in the ring, and ready to take on experienced Canadian Phil Lo Greco. The boxer from Bolton will take on Lo Greco at the Liverpool Echo Arena in is first fight since May 2016, when he was virtually destroyed by Canelo Alvarez.

Although Khan did lose his last fight almost 2 years ago, fans of boxing in general are ecstatic to see him returning to the win – even if that is to see him lose!

Lo Greco has demonstrated that he isn’t scared of the returning Khan, and he has publicly stated that “Amir Khan will be knocked out”, so we can’t wait to see what happens when these two come together in April.

Boxing Hospitality: Watch in style

If you’re a big fan of boxing, why not watch it in style?

With boxing hospitality, you can watch the fight like nobody else can. Don’t miss out!

This article was written by Jack Mitchell with useful information from ATM Events. Jack is a Yorkshire lad who loves reading, films and the great outdoors.

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The Sports Archives – Mind Over Matter: Finding The Motivation To Get Back On The Workout Wagon

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Those resolutions we made in January seem like a long time ago now, and any initial motivation we had to get fit and turn over a new leaf with our health and fitness goals will be wearing extremely thin. Maybe you’ve already fallen off the wagon or you’re on way to doing so, to be honest who can blame you when the weather is cold and the days are short. Being tucked up in bed with some tasty food will win over a salad and an early morning run for most people. However it’s well worth re-evaluating your goals, our health is incredibly important- we only get one body so it has to be properly cared for. Even if you’ve not done as well as you’d hoped with your plans in the last few weeks, it doesn’t mean you have to give up. Get back out there and try again, soon the spring and summer will be here and when it comes to wearing your nice warm weather clothes you’ll be so glad you got back on your feet. Here are some of the ways you can motivate yourself when the going gets tough.

Start Using a Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker is a great way to motivate you to do more. These little wrist-worn devices sync up to an app on your smartphone and tell you exactly how much exercise you’re doing, how hard your working, even how your fitness level matches up to others your age. You can use it to track calories, the amount of water you drink, your sleep and much more. It’s great for giving you an overall look at your health and habits. When you can see your data like this in black and white, there’s no escaping it. Many of us overestimate the activity we do, this means you can’t do that and gives you an accurate picture of how you’re taking care of your health. There are loads of models on the market for all budgets so do some research and go with the one that’s right for you.

Get Yourself Some New Workout Clothes

Feeling good about yourself and the way you look can definitely be a motivator. If you’ve already been working hard and have changed your body shape, why not buy some new clothes to flatter this? Even if you haven’t, feeling confident in what you have on can spur you on to get out there and workout. Brands like Stateline have high quality sportswear, otherwise you could try a sporting shop or even the high street. Lots of high street brands have a sports/ casual wear section and you can pick up a couple of things without breaking the bank.

Find Exercise You Enjoy

Exercise is undoubtedly hard work, but it shouldn’t feel like torture. If working out makes you feel like you’re punishing yourself and you hate every moment, then you’re doing the wrong exercise. When people think of getting fit, their first thoughts are usually going to the gym and running. These are fantastic but they’re not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy these activities there are many others you could try. A dance class, swimming, hiking, biking. You could do yoga, go trampolining, sign up for a sport. If you find something you enjoy you’re far more likely to stick it out, and the time will go quickly since you’re enjoying yourself.

 

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