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Benefits of Playing Sports

Playing sports is something most of us love, isn’t it? Undoubtedly, sports are a fun activity but they offer several health benefits too. Playing some sport regularly goes a long way in maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Sports help enhance your personality. They are a good source of both exercise and entertainment.

Advantages of Sports in a Nutshell
Physical Benefits

  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Better body shape and increased agility
  • They help burn calories and shed those extra pounds.
  •  They give the body a good exercise.

Psychological Benefits

  • They encourage you to give your best every time.
  • They help build your planning and analytical skills and increase concentration.
  • Sports boost confidence.
  • They build leadership and team skills.

The Bigger Picture

  • Achieve social integration
  •  Lead to infrastructural developments
  •  Create employment opportunities
  • Boost the tourism industry

How Sports Benefit You
Sports serve as an excellent physical exercise. Those who play sports have a more positive body image than those who do not. Sports often involve physical activities like running, jumping, stretching and moving about which turn out to be a good body workout. Playing sports is energy put to good use. Engaging in sports since an early age strengthens your bones and muscles and tones your body. It helps you increase your stamina and endurance. Sports that involve jumping and stretching help increase height; for example basketball. Games that involve running, kicking or throwing a ball help strengthen the arms and legs; for example soccer and cricket. Swimming provides a full body workout. Thus sports provide the body with complete exercise and engaging in sports directly translates into overall fitness.

Research shows that sports improve Math skills in children. Sports that involve aiming and hitting skills, for example, tennis, badminton, baseball and cricket help them increase focus. They help develop leadership qualities and foster team spirit in kids. They involve competition; they involve winning and losing. This exposes children to both aspects of life, successes and failures. Sports build a competitive spirit in children and teach them to be participative irrespective of whether the result is victory or defeat. Playing sports teaches them to accept both successes and failures with a positive spirit. Sports teach you to think with a cool head. The most important benefit of sports is the sportsman spirit they inculcate. Sports help you become more

sporting, more positive and stronger.
Playing sports is very beneficial for the development of social skills. Sports teach you to interact with people, communicate with them and collaborate as a team. Sports foster collective thinking and harness your planning and delegation skills too. Sports build confidence. Winning a game gives you a sense of accomplishment, which boosts your confidence further.

Playing sports involves directed thinking. It requires you to strategize. You need to devise ways to score goals, runs or earn points, as the case may be. You need to devise strategies to win, you need to decide whether to take an offensive stand or a defensive one. You need to judge your opponent’s strategy and modify yours accordingly. This definitely involves clever thinking, which sports encourage. Studies show that kids who play sports regularly fare well in academics and do well in school.

Sports make you happy. I know anyone would agree with this. Jumping about, running around, racing to get ahead, hitting, throwing, bouncing, kicking (the ball), shouting, clapping, cheering, falling and standing up again… all a part of playing sports. And there is no match to the happiness this brings. They give you the high by increasing the production of endorphins in the brain. In other words, sports are a form of exercise which generates happiness molecules in your body, thus restoring your mental health. Playing sports, you can’t be sad. In fact, they bust the sorrow and the stress. Sports generate a positive energy in you, around you.

When sports are played at the state or national level, they increase the players’ sense of belonging to their community or country. International sports events foster patriotism and a feeling of oneness among the team members of a country. Playing sports at these levels opens many employment avenues for not only sportsmen and women but also people who join tournaments as volunteers, cheerleaders or in the capacity of sports doctors and physical therapists. As developments are undertaken in cities hosting sports events, sports can lead to urbanization of rural areas. Many cities have started becoming hubs for sports tourism. Sports parks are being developed in many tourist destinations. It is the increasing inclination for playing sports which is responsible for such developments.

Playing sports reduces several health risks. As sports serve as an excellent form of exercise, it won’t come as a surprise that they offer health benefits like lowering blood pressure, maintaining blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reducing other health risks. Yes, if you are playing a sport regularly, you are at a lesser risk of developing diabetes or heart diseases. Playing sports reduces the risk of hypertension and several other stress-related disorders. Research shows that people who play sports regularly can deal with stresses and strains in a better way. Those who engage in sports activities are less prone to depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders.

Regular exercise that is achieved through sports leads to an improvement in the overall health thus improving the quality of life. Sports are a good combination of recreation and exercise. They improve your physical and psychological health; physical because sports involve exercise and psychological because playing is something you enjoy, it’s something that relaxes your mind. Something so advantageous is worth investing time in. So go hit the ground today.

Slackening Tricks for Beginners

slackeningSlacklining has become an increasingly popular sport which – as mentioned above – involves walking across a highly-tensioned and bouncy webbing. Although people have been performing balancing activities from ages, slacklining has become a trend in the last three decades. Unlike a tightrope, a slackline is not held that rigidly, instead it is stretchy and dynamic. The slackline is normally 1 or 2 inches broad and flat. With all these features, the slackline becomes highly versatile, which makes this sport more enjoyable.

The art of slacklining will help you improve balancing ability, increase concentration levels, condition core muscles, and have a lot of fun. Slacklining is not only limited to balancing or walking on the line, you can even jump and bounce, or use the line for static poses, fitness, and yoga, in addition to performing a lot of tricks.

If walking the tightrope has been on your mind for a while now, but you lack the courage to do something about it, then maybe you should look at slacklining as an option. With the line in slacklining being, well, slacker than tightrope walking, it is easier to balance while slacklining. Balancing on a line which is a few feet above the ground may seem to be scary task, but most of us have an inner equilibrium which helps us balance. Once you learn the techniques and get some regular practice, you will start to enjoy slacklining.

Materials Needed
For slacklining, you will need two anchor points (mostly two trees), a slackline and a pulley, carabiners, ratcheting mechanism or some other means of getting the slackline tight.
Steps to Follow

  • Find two trees as anchor points that are at least 15 – 25 feet apart and set the line a little above your upper thigh or hip level. Starting with a short slackline will keep the line stable and will make it easier for you.
  • This is not a tightrope, so you will have to set up the tension between the two anchors. The line should sag at least 6 – 12 inches when slacklining.
  • Mental preparation is the most important thing before you step on the line. So like you see in the movies, shake yourself a bit, then your shoulders, legs, arms, and relax before you start. Trust me, it works!
  • While slacklining for the first time, it is advised to have two spotters on both sides of the line, to increase your confidence. You can start with holding their hands or shoulders, and work on balancing.
  • When you keep your feet on the webbing, make sure you do not watch them. Keep your focus on the end of the line and let your balance tell you where to put your next step. Focus at least 15 – 18 feet in front of you.
  • Keep your arms in the Titanic position and do not lock your knees; keep them a bit bent. You also need to keep your head up. While taking steps on the line, lean your torso forward as well.
  • While mounting the webbing, place one foot on it with very little weight, and keep your other leg against the line and support it using your thigh. After that, hop with the leg on the ground so that the balance is maintained.
  • Once you get the knack of mounting, you can start focusing on your balancing skills on the line while taking baby steps. Start with short distances; you can increase it later with more practice.
  • If you are going barefoot, you can use the ‘forward foot position’ in which you have to place the line in the soft area between your big toe and the 2nd toe, with the line continuing under your heel.
  • If you prefer slacklining with shoes on, then the ‘sideways foot position’ will be a comfortable option. In this you will have to place the line diagonally in the arch, where the line should rest outside the big toe.
    Some Tips and Tricks for Beginners
  • In the initial stages, keep the sessions short and try to get the hang of it. Don’t try too hard to learn quickly and get frustrated, instead follow the steps, keep trying, and try to have fun.
  • Select a proper set of footwear for slacklining. If you choose not to go barefoot, then prefer tight-fitting shoes, laced properly. Shoes will help you spin easily, while going barefoot will give you better grip and feedback.
  • To start with stepping on the line, you can try and sink straight down on the line and avoid jumping at any angle. It may sound a bit difficult, but with practice you will be able to mount smoothly.
  • To accelerate your learning sessions, it is better to find a partner who can guide you and help you reduce your mistakes. Moreover, this also increases dedication and helps enjoy the sport together.
  • If you are helping your kids with slacklining, then ask someone to sit on one end to lower the line, before asking your kids to mount. When they reach midway, you can ask the person to slowly get up.
    Precautions
  •  Do not use any kind of sticks to prop you as it does not help, and you may end up injuring yourself. The best way is to step on the line without any support.
  • Baggy pants may suit you elsewhere, but while slacklining it’s a big no-no! If the pant cuffs come under your feet while walking on the line, you may lose traction and not be able to feel the line.
  •  Do not mount the slackline from any point, it is safer to mount in the middle, as if you lose your balance and fall, you will be far from most obstacles.
  • Do not get disheartened if you fall the first few times. It is quite obvious for a new leaner to fall a few times in the initial stages, but make sure you know how to control yourself while falling and land on your feet.
  • Do not rig the line over rocky terrain or where there are many obstacles. Even if the slackline is only a few feet above the ground, if you fall from it you can end up with serious injuries depending on what is below the line. Starting on a lawn or using mattresses under the line to break your fall is recommended for beginners.

Do not get discouraged if you are taking time to learn slacklining, keep in mind it’s a sport and you have to enjoy it. Take a deep breath, relax, and keep trying.

Tips Skateboarding for Beginners

Skateboarding, in simpler words, is the activity of riding a skateboard. A skateboard is basically a rectangular plywood piece (deck), which is fitted with four small-sized wheels on the underside. Nowadays, new versions are available with many other optional components. It is viewed by many as a recreational activity or a type of extreme sport. Rarely, it is used as a means of transportation. A person participating in this activity is called a skater/skateboarder.

This sport is and has been a favorite with extreme sports enthusiasts. It has fascinated several youngsters over the last few decades. According to a survey conducted, majority of the skateboarders are males under 18 years of age. The growing popularity of this sport does not mean that there is no risk involved. If you are a first timer, then you should follow certain safety measures.

Tips

  •  first step is selecting the right board and proper gear. As a beginner, you should choose a thick and heavy deck with less curvature. With such a board, you are less likely to slip off, and it is easier for you to keep control. As you become better, you can switch to a thin and concave deck.
  • It is always advisable to check the trucks of the board. If they are very tight, loosen them by unscrewing the kingpins. After doing so, make sure the kingpins are fitted properly. A well-fitted truck will help you to turn easily, thus minimizing the risk of falling. Speaking about protection gear, you should purchase good quality skating shoes, helmet, wrist brace, and elbow and knee pads.
  • The next step is to make yourself comfortable with the skateboard. You can place it on a non-slippery surface (grass or carpet), and try to stand or jump on it. Be comfortable with the shape and size of the deck and learn some basics such as placing your feet in varied positions and balancing on front and rear wheels.
  • Once you are comfortable with that, you can decide your stance or skating style. In general, there are three stances, viz., regular (skate with the left foot forward), goofy (skate with the right foot forward, and mongo foot (push with the back foot, instead of the front one). Always stand in your most convenient style and try to push forward. If possible, do not follow the mongo style, as it takes a longer time to learn.
  • In the initial days, practice by pushing off on an even surface or at the most, a shallow hill. You may fall from the board while pushing off, but try to relax and imagine that pushing off is like taking a normal step. Maintain balance and push your foot as you do while walking. Another trick is to start pushing off as powerfully as you can. You can ride until the skateboard stops naturally.
  • The next tip is to push yourself carefully while riding, before you run out of speed. You can learn to turn left and right by putting more of your weight into the heels. As you practice regularly, you will be able to take sharper turns. Last, but not the least, you will need to learn how to stop the skateboard. The easiest and safest way of stopping it is footbraking. Footbraking involves taking off the back foot and grinding it onto the ground. There are other stopping methods such as heel drag, bail, boneless, and powerslide.

    It is advisable not to try any tricks or fast-paced skating, before getting a command over the basics. Once you are confident about the twists and turns, you can practice other tricks such as ollie, kickflip, magic flip, etc. Have patience and keep trying again and again.

Nike the running shoe market

Introduction

In order to continue the article series about four greatest running shoe brands in the world running shoe market, in this article, I will introduce to you one of the best sport brands in all over the world, which is Nike (the direct competitor of Adidas, which was mentioned in the previous article). I hope that this article would help you to have a comparison between Adidas and Nike. From that, you could choose the suitable brand for yourself.

The company history

The forerunner of Nike is the Blue Ribbon Sport Company (BRS), which was created by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman in 1964 at Eugene, Oregon, US. At that time, BRS was just a distributor of a Japanese sport shoe brand – Onitsuka Tiger, which later became Asics. After that, in 1971, this company changed the name to become Nike Inc. It is true that this name was based on the name of a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory in Greek mythology. Nowadays, Nike is a top brand in the field of production of sport shoes, clothes and accessories in the world.

The typical technologies of Nike

Nike Air

Nike Air is operated on the principle of compressed air and putted air in a bag, which is made of flexible rubber at the heel or foot memories (or even both). In fact, this will help reduce collision pressure during exercise and then will return to its original state. Besides, this also allows the foot to land a quieter way, the skeletal muscles; ligaments would be less impact than the maximum. Thus, it helps to protect feet, limiting the injury during training process.

Nike Free

Nike Free technology is rooted from the idea wants to make a normal running shoe, which use to run on road to become a running shoe uses to run on the air or on the grass, just increase the flexibility of the foot, while providing qualified protection necessary to protect the legs when needed. To make this idea to become true, Nike Free has created a buffer layer is extremely flexible; helping hugging the base from the toes to the heel. Therefore, Nike Free technology is just only applied into running shoe line.

Hyperfuse 

Hyperfuse technology is made from a combination of three special layers, which are bound together with high temperatures. The first layer is a synthetic leather inner support base layer. The second layer is an ultra-lightweight mesh and ventilation and the final layer is TPU film are pressed at the junction temperature increases maximum durability. As a result, this combination created a Hyperfuse structure to help increase performance and exhaust a formidable. Thereby, your feet always feel cool and comfortable when you run.

Nike Flywire

Nike Flywire technology is applied on almost current Nike sports shoes, such as soccer, tennis, basketball or running shoes and so on. In reality, this technology is the arranging the wires are two sides of the shoes to help reduce the level effect and increase support to athletes. Hence, the shoe body always tight on your feet and keep your legs as being dishevelled air movement. Indeed, the function of this small rope like a suspension bridge cables, supporting the foot, heel while running to reduce the impact and cause injuries to the legs, increased motor performance at maximum.

Conclusion

In conclusion, with the facts mentioned above, Nike deserves with the number one position in the world running shoe market. On the contrary, in fact, Nike does not get high appreciations from professional runners. In my opinion, the three main reasons for this are firstly, the price of Nike running shoe is quite high. Secondly, the durability of the shoes is not good (comparison with Adidas). Finally, it is matter of the fact that Nike is one of the greatest corporations about manufacturing sport shoes, but the strongest shoe type of Nike is training shoe, not running shoe. However, the design of Nike shoe in general is really beautiful and fashion. Because of this, if you are people, who like running shoes could be used for training as well as stroll or even going to work, surely, Nike is the best choice for you.

Tips for Buying A Baseball Bat For Your Kids

Everyone knows that baseball is a game that is a clash between bat & ball. It’s possibly the most fascinating game worldwide and most recognized in the United State of America more than basketball, football or lawn tennis. The sound produced when the bat strikes the ball is incredible and undeniably, it makes a superb level of exhilaration all over the ground for the players and the spectators likewise. Fans burn hundreds of dollars to have a glimpse of their favorite player playing baseball matches, but it’s certainly very tough to choose the most favorable baseball bats. To the extent children are concerned; they certainly wish to purchase the best baseball bats available. However, there are many criteria when you are going to buy baseball bat online for your kids.

The bat must be legitimate:

Contingent upon the league your kids play in; their bat may require to be imprinted with the emblem of an authorized supplier. This makes sure that the bat possesses the standard length. Check out with your coach prior to purchasing a bat in order to ensure it is lawful for play. The guidelines vary for various age groups, so in the event that you’ve 2 kids playing, don’t think a bat that is legitimate for one is lawful for the other.

 Youth bats are these days generally administered by the 1.15 BPF, which represent Bat Performance Factor. Search for the 1.15 BPF logo on the bat. This mark is an estimation of how fast the ball comes off the baseball bat.

 Wood versus metal:

 Nearly all young players employ metal bats since they’re light in weight, simple to swing, don’t fracture and offer more striking ability. Many players prepare with wooden bats, afterward play with metal baseball bats. Pertaining to the power generated by metal baseball bats, specialists are presently arguing whether to wipe out metal baseball bats at kids’ level. This won’t likely take place shortly, and parents will get a lot of admonition if that modification ever happens.

Weight:

A bulkier bat offers more weight and dispatch the ball a long distance. Nevertheless, if the bat is too bulky, it may slow down your kid’s swing, reducing hitting ability. Pick the bulkiest bat your kid can swing effortlessly if he requires power. Pick a lighter baseball bat for smaller kids with less muscle power and a bulkier bat for children with more potency.

Barrel:

The barrel of your bat is the striking territory. A bigger barrel makes it simple to make contact; however, it makes the bat bulkier to swing hard. If your kid is a bit muscular and can swing his bat fast, but requires more aid getting hits, pick a baseball bat with a bigger barrel. In the event that your kid makes great contact but cannot strike the ball a long distance, a baseball bat with a tinnier barrel can assist augment swing tempo and hitting ability.

 

Tips Choosing The Right New Balance Shoes

Every single individuals entire body and feet will vary. So finding the right footwear for any individual means meeting their own individual needs. It is necessary which physique, feet shape, exercise, as well as any kind of problems or even conditions be taken into consideration when selecting some.

One must account for heel as well as forefoot widths as well as instep, toe box, as well as arch heights. To satisfy these needs, New balance is promoting various relative foot models (or “lasts”) for men, ladies and kids. Endures are represented through short alphanumeric rules, like “SL-1” for instance. “SL” position for “Straight Last” as well as “1” the type Identifier. The definition of an SL-1, their most typical last, is really a standard back heel width, regular ball of the foot thickness, standard instep elevation, and regular foot box elevation.

Dimension and thickness measurements for New Balance Shoes correspond to the actual widely-used Brannock Gadget dimensions. With regard to men’s shoes, the actual “D” width is usually the same like a normal or medium thickness. However if you are talking about ladies shoes, the “D” width is generally considered a broad thickness, while the “B” width would be the women’s moderate or regular width. If you don’t understand your own usual size as well as thickness, it’s highly recommended a person go to a local footwear store to be properly sized.

Then you make the decision your primary utilization of this shoes. While there are several sneakers available that seem in order to serve just about every objective fairly well, certain actions need particular levels of support, balance, padding and traction. Knowing that, the best footwear will probably be the one which best meets the needs of your own activity. With operating shoes, strolling shoes, cross-training shoes, basketball shoes, as well as tennis shoes, it can be hard when attempting to decide which type is best for your requirements. However, there are several basic variations which could help you understand in most cases maintain accurate for all shoes.

A conventional basic running footwear style facilitates and encourages ahead movement. You can expect a higher heel minimizing versatile ball of the foot with roll-up toe. A good running shoe will invariably have plenty of dense, yet receptive heel padding and the better ones consist of additionally , it within the ball of the foot as well as throughout the full-length from the single. They offer the perfect feet support for fast, forward-rocking movement.

Nowadays, New balance running shoes have grown to be extremely specialized and there is usually a complement ideal for any unique set of needs you can imagine. Online retailers like New balance North Shore classify the actual mens operating shoes along with the ladies operating shoes, letting you shop effortlessly through the numerous designs:

Movement control running shoes provide maximum stability to control over-pronation. They’re best for athletes having a weightier prominence, toned navy, fragile shins, fallen arches or common stability difficulties.

Stability operating shoes mix the reasonable level of balance and cushioning. They are suitable for most runners with medium-to-low arches.

Cushioned operating shoes (sometimes known as neutral-cushioning shoes) offer optimum cushioning and shock absorption, along with much less support as well as stability. They are best with regard to lighter in weight athletes with natural gaits and without stability or arch problems.

Light-weight running shoes are built to be particularly light with regard to racing as well as speed training. These are best with regard to aggressive athletes along with natural gaits.

Trail operating shoes offer a more intense outsole tread with regard to much better grip plus some models also offer the solid-plate in the midsole to safeguard your feet in the surprise associated with sharp areas.

Similar to operating shoes, strolling shoes are designed for forward motion but not just as much pace. So in contrast to the operating shoes, these types of will keep your own heel as well as ball of the foot much more equally moved forward or just place, much more toned. Also, you are able to normally expect a less-dense cushioning than in running shoes, which is more responsive to the actual lighter stress of walking.

Tennis games as well as baseball shoes offer a similar experience for the reason that they are specifically designed to aid the foot and body via physically demanding lateral (side-to-side) movements. You can expect long lasting leathers, much more firm shoe-sidewalls and some higher-cut designs that offer additional ankle joint assistance as well.

Since the name might recommend, cross-training shoes are meant for some everything. Navigate to the gym, do some aerobics or even chance a couple kilometers, cross-trainers can function nicely. They generally provide more horizontal support than running/walking shoes– like a tennis games or even baseball shoe, however at the same time are typically as well rigid and encouraging for that lengthy runs or all day comfort and ease you might get from the operating or even strolling footwear.

Tips Before You Start Weightlifting

Broad shoulders, bulging biceps, muscular chest, and super bone strength. Who doesn’t want that perfect Superman body stats! But it takes a lot of weight training, hard work, and dedication to get that pitch-perfect body. So, you must know how to go about building the body you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some things you should consider before you start weight training.

Pay Attention to Nutrition
It is of prime importance to keep a close watch on what you eat , when you eat, and how you eat. Instead of three heavy meals, spread your meals. Make that a habit, and you’ll observe that your body automatically conditions to it accordingly. A proper and balanced intake of essential nutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals – should be high on your daily checklist. Having supplements like multivitamins, omega-3 capsules, and whey protein blends can satiate the remaining nutrient needs.

Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep you going. During sleep, you tend to lose a lot of water. Thus, it is a healthy habit to drink ample amount of water before going to bed and after getting up. During weight training, there’s water loss in the form of sweat due to the body heat that is generated due to an extensive workout. Replenish all that loss by drinking 3-4 liters (for men) and 2-3 liters (for women) of water, respectively. Juices, soups, raw fruits, and vegetables are also high on water content.

Warm Up
Before you begin a rigorous workout regime, make sure that you do some basic stretches, push-ups, crunches, to get your blood flowing. Aerobics or jogging are also great options to warm up. By warming up your fat burning mechanism activates and the muscles get ready for the subsequent weight training.

Keep a Track of Your Growth
One must keep oneself aptly informed of one’s progress on a regular or periodic basis. What have you done all the while? How much weight have you lost? How much can you stretch further? Did you gain any weight? The answers to such questions must be kept in the form of data – pictures, graphs, notes, etc. If possible, stick them somewhere which comes under your regular line of sight, or sync the records to your phones, tablets, and laptops so that you stay informed on the go.

Stay Away from Detractors
In today’s world, with the rise of social media, one has become more mentally and emotionally vulnerable. Mobile phones, equipped with the social networking applications, occupy most of our time and concentration. Make it a point that while you are in training, mobile phones are kept at bay. Also, don’t let yourself fall prey to the remarks of people around. Remember – “If you know you can do it, nothing can stop you”.

Diverse Exercises
Don’t limit yourself to the same routine. During the course of your training you might come to a stage, where you won’t make any development. That’s the time you change your sets. Try for some variants – full-body routine, jump training, or shock training. Change your diet for a week. If you want, you can take a week’s off as well.

Take Care of the Joints and Back
Beginners, keep one thing in mind – “Prevention is better than cure”. Things won’t happen with a swish of wand. Don’t injure yourself in haste. Take special care of your joints and back while lifting weights. Avoid locking your joints (knees, elbows, and shoulders) and maintain proper posture during weightlifting. Don’t lift weights that you can’t handle. A slow and steadily developed body is way better than an injured one.

Take Enough Rest
As much as it is essential to work out, it is also mandatory that you take adequate amount of sleep and rest periodically. A good night’s (around 6-7 hours) sleep relaxes your muscles and keeps you charged for the next day’s session. Take some time out for rest (say about 30-40 seconds) during training. After every set you must make it a habit to relax for a while, and then continue.

Get a Trainer
For beginners, the best way to go about the training is to find a coach. One who has gone through it all, is in the best position to advise and help you get what he has attained. In short, get yourself a role model and learn the trade from him – all the what’s, how’s and when’s. It can’t get any better than that.

Cardio Training
Just remember – it isn’t all about getting that Superman body if you can’t walk a flight of stairs without gasping for breath. Maintaining a sound cardiovascular health is really essential for the longer run. Make it a habit to run, sprint, or jog on the treadmill in your gym. Even better if you can spend some time out in the open, early in the morning, supplying your lungs a good amount of fresh oxygen that keeps you lively throughout the day.

How to do Tricks Skateboard

tricks-skateboardYou may not have, to your credit, a blockbuster movie (aka Lords of Dogtown), chronicling your life as a skateboarder. You may also not be a part of a hip skateboarding group like the Z-boys, but that definitely does not translate into doomsday. If you are thrilled by the thought of skating on wooden piers and ramps, and grinding handrails, then, here are some basic skateboard tricks that you ought to know like the back of your hand

How to Perform Tricks on the Skateboard

Skateboarding tricks are basically acts that involves either a single or couple of maneuvers, being performed while on a skateboard. The sport derives a lot of its entertainment value from the daredevilry that is exhibited during the performance of these tricks. Most skateboarding contests are judged on criterion such as variety, creativity, and the level of difficulty. While not exactly easy to learn, these stunts are also not impossible. In this article, we will try and explain to you the intricacies of some of these tricks. This article covers some popular maneuvers.

50-50 Grind: A grind is a trick, in which you slide on the edge of a rail or bench, etc., not on your wheels but your trucks. As the name suggests, a 50-50 grind is when, the edge is ground in the middle of the trucks.

  • Initially, use a ledge to learn the grind instead of a rail.
  • Move a considerable distance away from the ledge that you want to grind on, so that you can push to a considerable speed.
  • While rolling towards the ledge, have your feet in the Ollie position
  • As you near the ledge, bend your knees and ollie onto the ledge, with it being the center of your truck. Try to land with your feet in the ollie stance, as this will make it easier to get off the ledge after the grind.
  • Balance your weight and try to lean a little forward, if it helps.
  • When you reach the edge of the ledge, give the skateboard a little pop and jump off the ledge. Try and land on all wheels.

Boardslide: A boardslide is a relative easy trick, where you skateboard alongside a rail or ledge, ollie onto it, slide on it, and then hop off and skate away.

  • It is important that the obstacle you are about to ollie onto is well waxed.
  • The backslide should be performed with you approach the rail with your feet in the ollie stance. Do not approach the obstacle at an angle.
  • Ride alongside the obstacle, with it behind your heels.
  • Ollie onto the obstacle turning 90 degrees and landing with the obstacle in the center of the skateboard.
  • Maintain your balance. Do not lean backwards or frontwards and keep your knees bent.
  • When you come to the edge of the obstacle, do a reverse 90 degrees turn, hop-off and land.

Caveman: It is one of the easiest tricks for beginners. If you know how to ride a skateboard, then you will be able to perform a caveman.

  • Find a flat area to perform this trick.
  • Hold the skateboard in the hand that you are comfortable with.
  • The skateboard should be held by the nose, with your fingers along the bottom and your thumb on the grip.
  • Now swing the tail end of the skateboard away from you and then as it comes backwards, let it fall once it is parallel to the ground.
  • As the board is falling, jump onto it with both feet as close to each other as possible. The proximity of the feet is important to maintain balance.

Manual: The manual is the skateboarding equivalent of a bike-wheelie. The skateboarder balances himself on the back wheels while still rolling. To master this trick, you may need a lot of practice.

  • Ensure that your foot placement is such, that the back foot covers most of the tail end of the skateboard, and the front foot is placed right behind the front wheels.
  • Gather good speed while rolling on the skateboard.
  • Shift the weight of your body to the back foot, while leaning your upper body towards the front foot.
  • Balance is key, while performing manuals. So you will need to work on that, but the basic of mastering the trick is to adjust your body weight.

 

Ollie: The ollie forms the foundation of most tricks.

  • The stance is such that the ball of your back foot should be on the tail of the skateboard, and the front foot should be placed between the front and middle trucks of the skateboard.
  • Bend your knees low.
  • Slam the tail end onto the ground and as it hits the ground, jump off your back foot.
  • While jumping into the air, your front foot should roll inward in such a way that it guides the skateboard into the air in the direction that you want.
  • Jump and pull your knees as high as you can, and when you are at the peak of the jump, flatten out your skateboard, so that both feet are level on the board.
  • Land back on the ground with your knees bent, to absorb the shock, and your feet level on the board.

Railstand: Also called Primo, in the railstand, the skateboarder balances himself on the edge of the skateboard.

  • Find a flat surface for you to perform this trick. Place one foot over each truck (the area right on top of the bolts).
  • Push your toes towards the skateboard and then jump up.
  • Push the skateboard onto its side while you jump up.
  • Land on the edge of your skateboard, with your feet on the side of the skateboard and on the wheels.

No Comply: If you have ever wanted to know how to do old school tricks, then here is a step-by-step breakdown of one of those amazing stunts, where the skater flicks the board in to the air using his back knee.

  • No Comply is usually done on flat ground.
  • Start rolling on the skateboard, with your back foot on the tail and your front foot on the tip of the nose of the board.
  • Crouch down while skateboarding and put your weight on the back foot.
  • Slip your front foot from the board and place it next to the heel side of the board, on the ground.
  • Because of the pressure on the tail end with your front foot off the board, the nose end will pop up. As soon as this happens, jump and hit the nose end of the board with your back knee.
  • Once the knee hits the board it will bounce back, and before it hits the ground, place your front foot on the nose end of the board, land and roll away.

Now that you know some basic tricks, you can modify them to create stylized versions. There are also several video resources available online that will tell you more about these tricks and tips. These tips will only enhance your already heightened skateboarding skills.

Tips Drills for Ice Hockey

It would be an understatement to say that ice hockey is a tough game. Consequently, conditioning drills have to be impeccable, and they should be more or less covering all the aspects of game play. Putting across some drills, which will aid amateurs and youngsters in sharpening their skills.

Drills for Forwards

Round the Dot Shot
This one is meant for helping the forwards keep their feet moving all the time, catch the pass, and get off the shot in a stride. Here, run two or three at once out of a single corner, and then change corners. Initially, have all the players shoot with their forehand. This will lead the players to adjust in case they receive the puck on their off hand. Likewise, let the players then shoot with their backhand, and adjust if they get the ball on the other side.

Cycle Down Low
This drill will make the players well acquainted with cycling down low in the offensive zone. As the drill is for forwards, they should be in high slots, to be in a good position in case there is a turnover. It goes like this. Once the coach blows the whistle, the next player receiving the puck has to pass it to the player in the high slot. Meanwhile, the other 2 players crash the net for a rebound. The quicker and faster this is done, the more difficult it is going to be for the defense of the opposing team.

Drills for Beginners

Power Take Off
This is a drill which will help and condition players to get powerful starts on their skates. It involves a player pulling the other towards the red line. Player 2 then holds player 1 by his jersey, followed by player 1 taking 5 or 6 strides, or until he is at the red line with a gliding stop. Each player should be pulled before he switches places and pulls.

What’s a Circle in Russian?
Okay, did you see red? Never mind, the name of the drill is ‘Russian circles’. Here, the players are supposed to skate in a single file, around the 5 face-off circles with a puck.

It’s Fishy
Ever observed the movement of fish in a tank? The way they do rounds from one end of the tank to the other, seems to have inspired this drill. So what the players do here is, they begin at one end of the rink. A player then skates full speed to the blue line, pivots, and skates to the other red line. What he does next is skates behind the net, skates backward up to the second blue line, pivots, and finally skates full speed to the starting position. This drill is great for building endurance and tuning pivot positioning.

Figure it Eight
Here, first the coach will have to place 4 cones on the back face-off dots. Now, players have to skate in a pattern resembling the number 8 around the goal, outside the cones. After passing the goal, they have to sprint, pass the cones, and skate to the other end.

Ice Cone
To do this, first the players need to be divided into 2 teams. Then, they have to be stationed at opposite corners of the rink. The coach then has to a set a cone on the blue line. One player from each team skates to the cone, does a hard stop, pivots, and skates back to the original position. Drills like these do wonders for improving skating speed and the technique of players.

Tips for Choose a Skateboard

If you have turned serious about skateboarding, then, it is my guess that you are hanging around a group of skateboarders. Their talk, claims, and denials about the board or tricks must have given you a lot of information, which at the same time, may have confused you because of the differences in everyone’s opinions. Choosing one for yourself can only be solved by you, after going to the stores and trying the skateboards available.

Selecting the Right Skateboard

General Idea
First of all you should decide whether you want a complete skateboard or a costly custom-made one. If you are a beginner, then most probably you may want to go in for a complete one. You can find knowledgeable as well as helpful people at the store in your area. It is important to listen to them, because the advice given by them would not be technically biased in favor of any particular skateboard, as that of a practicing skateboarder. What about the skateboard’s size? Take the board you fancy off the shelf and stand on it. Check out whether its length and width matches your height and balance. It is preferable that you try the skateboard while wearing shoes that you are going to use for skating. Remember that the feel of the board under your feet is important, rather than its look. If you intends to do tricks with your board, then be sure to choose a skateboard that has an appreciable concave and pop. Spend enough money on the quality trucks, good bearings and wheels. All these factors will only enhance your experience.

Grip Tape
Grip tapes (black) are of high quality, and provide that extra purchase that is necessary while doing tricks and a 360 hardflip.

Deck
Know that thinner decks make it easier to do flips, and choosing a 7.5 to 7.75 inches board can be most appropriate. For transition skaters, a deck size of around 7.75 inches is considered ideal, as it helps in balance and control during any trick. However, if you have big feet, choose the deck size most suitable for you. If you are going to use the board for tricks as well as transition skating, then prefer the deck close to the 7.75 inches mark. The truck you are going to outfit your skateboard with should be as close to the width of the deck. If too thin, it may cause an unstable ride, and if too wide, at turns the skateboard will be less responsive.

Bearing
When it comes to choosing the grade of bearing (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), precision and cost increases as you go higher through the grades. Grade 5 bearings will go nicely with your board. High truck allows for big wheels to be fitted, and distributes the pressure evenly, while doing tricks. Skateboards fitted with the low truck will be more stable, and will allow a safe.

Wheel
Choose the wheel that you are going to put in your board to match the style of your skating and surface you are going to do it on. For street and technical skating, the board is required to be lighter and lower to the ground. For this reason, use small and hard wheels (51mm-55m, 97a-100a). For speedy skating and easy maintenance, opt for large wheels (56mm-60mm, 97a-100a).