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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The Sports Archives – 4 Perfect Valentine Gifts for the Cyclist You Love Most

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Valentine ’s Day is a day where you can show others how much you love and appreciate them. Part of showing how much you care is purchasing them gifts that are unique to their lifestyle. If you have a cyclist on your Valentine ’s Day list, here are some helpful tips for gifts that they’ll be sure to love.

Subscription to Trail Maps

If your cyclist likes to hit up new trails often, then a subscription to a trail map is an ideal gift. There are many out there such as AllTrails and TrailLink that provide users access to trail data. This is perfect so that your cyclist can download trail maps to their application before heading off to ensure they will have the map regardless of whether or not their phone remains connected to the internet.

Cyclist Clothing

Your cyclist likely wants to show off their hobby by wearing clothes tailored to cycling. There are many stores such as DHDWear that can provide unique clothes like t-shirts and socks that have cycling emblems and cartoons. Some will even have cool sayings about biking. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to clothing as your Valentine will be sure to wear it.

Gift Card to the Local Bike Shop

If your cyclist is a little picky about the things they purchase or you just don’t have a clear idea of what to get them, then a gift card can be a great solution. Getting one for a local bike shop notates that you acknowledge and appreciate their interests. Plus, they only have to take a short drive to go enjoy spending the money.

Bike Lock

If the cyclist on your mind regularly takes their bike places where it goes unattended for a while, you should consider getting them a bike lock. This is great for those who ride their bike to work or the store. There are various types of bike locks available. You can opt for the traditional padded cord lock that can attach the bike to a post or bike rack for safekeeping. Or, you can get a more complex one with wheel locks. It’s really up to you.

Finding a Valentine ’s Day gift for the one that you love can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. It’s best to start with one of their favorite hobbies as they’ll appreciate the extra care it took to pick out a unique gift. The above are just four of the many options that are available to you.

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The Sports Archives – Why Variety is Important for Your Workout Routine

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Keeping fit is something we’re all trying to include in our daily lives. Even if it’s only a gradual process, starting from as little as 10-15 minutes of exercise a day, can help you feel better mentally and physically.

However, while introducing exercise into your life is always a wise decision, you need to make sure that you’re doing the right kind of workout to ensure optimal results. You may think that cardiovascular is the only type of workout you need for successful weight loss, but a lot can be said for including balance training, strength training, and core as well. In fact, a lot of fitness experts advise that you should create a varied regime in order to obtain the best results. 

Strength Training

For a lot of people, the moment they hear the words “strength training”, they think of bulky muscles and bodybuilders. This image has become so synonymous with weights that it downplays the general advantages of including strength training in all exercise routines, even if building muscle isn’t your main goal. One of the main advantages of strength training is that it lowers belly fat, one of the key problem areas often complained about. By strength training, you help increase the leanness of your muscles, which in turn stimulates your metabolism. Basically, strength training is a great calorie buster! If you’re interested in finding out more, click here for further details. 

Core Exercises

When we think of core exercises, crunches and hip dips come to mind. None of which sounds all that appealing when you remember how much they make you ache the next day. However, spending a small portion of your workout on working your core will have a wide array of benefits, and not just those associated with fitness gains. For example, when you work on strengthening that core, it’ll help ease issues like back pain. Lower back pain is one of the main complaints for 1 in 4 US citizens, with healthcare professionals normally advising patients to improve core stability to combat this. Why wait for the pain to begin when you can reap the benefits now?

Balance Training

Some elements of balance training naturally goes hand-in-hand with core exercises, however, there are also additional ways to train your balance. Balance is hugely important, yet it’s so easily overlooked when we’re working out because of how much we take it for granted. When we age though, our balance can soon begin to waver, resulting in falls that can result in serious injuries. This is why it’s best to start introducing simple balance techniques into your routine. Yoga is a fantastic way to do this, but you can also practice by simply standing on one leg and holding that pose for a minute or two. Small steps can also make a difference, so if you need to take it slow, make sure to do so.

Creating a varied routine isn’t just important for keeping the excitement of working out alive, but for ensuring you build the most beneficial regime possible. Without variation, you won’t be able to meet your fitness goals. 

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The Sports Archives – Why Tennis is a Great Sport for General Exercise

Many people played tennis when they were a kid or they see old people playing but they don’t play anymore. Maybe they see the tennis news around the world on their social media and get inspired to play. Well, we are going to give you our 5 Best Reason why you should start playing tennis regularly!

  1. It’s Healthy! Yes, tennis is a cardio sport. Where you sweat a lot! So make sure you have tennis grips and tennis gear that suits your games need since you are going to be playing so much now! Especially if you are playing singles, you will notice a great improvement of your overall endurance and burn lots of calories. Even if you play doubles you are still in a squat (ready position) for most of the match. It is also keeps your hand eye coordination up to speed. Tennis really does involve a lot of types of athleticism that translate well to other sports. (Golf is great, but it’s not a work out once you are done.)
  1. It’s Competitive. Maybe you haven’t been competitive since high school or your college days playing drinking games… Whether you are new or getting pretty good, there are all different levels of competition for you out there. Make sure get your USTA or UTR Rating so you can play other players at your level. (Or better than you because that’s how you get better!) Plus it motivates you to work out off the court so you can be better on the court!
  1. It’s Social. Doubles is very popular because yes, it is a little less running and less stressful on the body, but it is great to have a teammate. Tennis can be a lonely sport, but when you play doubles you instantly have a friend. And often times its common practice for you and your opponents to grab a bite or a drink after the match. Maybe even the loser buys! There are always people looking for someone to play tennis with. It is also a great way to meet new people, even a great first date idea!
  1. It’s Outside (for the most part). Yes Tennis is most popular in California and Florida because you can play nearly everyday out of the 365 days, but one of my favorite parts about tennis is the fact that it is outside. Everybody needs a little Vitamin D in their life. Even if it isn’t sunny, it’s always a good excuse to get some fresh air and get some exercise. You will be running around for an hour so you will be warm no matter what!
  1. It’s a Life Long Skill. You can play tennis until you are 70 or 80… or yes I have seen it… 90! Could you image being 75 years old,playing tennis with your 3 best friends, on a sunny day in the middle of summer. Doesn’t that sound like the retired dream. Maybe you played 18 holes before, and finish up with some cards up at the club house afterwards? Tennis is great because it connects players of all ages and all skills.

There are many reason why hitting tennis balls is a great sport for everyone to play, but all you need is one reason to pick up the game played around the world. What are some of the reasons you want to start playing more tennis?

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