9 Ways to Make Your Runs Easier

Posted on June 13, 2016 By

Make Your Runs EasierRuns, as wonderful as they are at times, seem to be more difficult for some people. If you are one of those people, check out these 9 ways to make your runs easier.

1. Shoes

Do you feel pain on your feet mid-run? Or does your feet feel hot and get tired easily? Most likely, the problem is with your shoes. Running becomes harder when your feet either gives up on you or is being subjected to a lot of stress. Worn-out, as well as incorrect shoes, can definitely do that. Let your feet be as comfortable and safe as possible. For example, wear shoes based on your gait. Choose shoes which are made of breathable materials. If you want to try something different, pick up a pair of Diadora running shoes. The Italian brand is known for quality and technology. Lotto, another Italian brand, is also a good option.

2. Rest

Like any hobby or sport, too much can burn you out. If you feel that runs are becoming harder, especially after pushing yourself even more, then it’s time to rest a

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What To Look For Before Buying Football

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

Buying FootballEveryone has heard about the game of football. It is widely played with full zeal in various countries. The game is full of excitement & pleasure. In this game, every team has eleven players on its side including the goalie. It gives tremendous pleasure to watch eleven players on each side, tussling with each other to score the goal.

The game involves tremendous physical agility. The players have to run and jump more than 90 minutes. Thus, we can say that this is certainly the tough game. The players of this game harbor tremendous stamina. Owing to this, they have the capability to play during the whole game.

In recent years, the craze for this game has grown up. Though this is considered as the men’s sports, yet it has huge female fans. They equally participate in the game. Not only they watch the game but also play this game with full zeal.

The integral part of this game is football. It is this for which eleven players on each side tussle with each other. Every sport has


7 Best Conditioning Exercises for Gymnastic

Posted on February 13, 2016 By

Jumping Jacks1. Jumping Jacks – This exercise is also known as a “Star Jump”. You can challenge yourself by seeing how high you can jump on each repetition. In addition, at the point when the legs are brought together you can perform a squat. Jumping Jacks are an excellent way to begin your warm up routine.

2. Burpee – These are a 4 count exercise. Starting from a stand, drop down to a squat position. (count 1) Kick your legs out to a plank position (count 2) Return legs to a squat position (count 3) Jump as high as you can. (count 4) For added difficulty, you can perform this exercise with an added push-up each time you are in the initial pushup position.

3. Burpee Pull-ups – Perform a Burpee under a horizontal bar, when you jump grab the bar and do a pull-up. Pull-ups primarily target the latissimus dorsi muscle group.

4. Handstand Push-up – In a handstand lower as far as you can go and push back to handstand. This should be done against a wall

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Marathon Running and Vegan Diets For Beginners

Posted on June 13, 2016 By

Perhaps you’re considering going on a vegan diet, but can’t see how you’ll ever get there. Maybe you’ve dreamed about running a marathon, too, but abandoned it as impossible?

If so, just ponder the expression by William Arthur Ward:

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on the dreaded running machine do you start to recognize

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7 Surprising Ways to Become a Better Runner

Posted on June 13, 2016 By

You don’t have to go to great lengths to be a better runner. However, there’s no ala-Captain America super serum either, just a bit of work and some nice tricks on the side. Here are 7 surprising ways to become a better runner.

Go Fishy

In order to become a better runner, you have to recover stronger after a run. Your muscles are inflamed from all that work, so eating fish rich in Omega-3 helps. Omega-3 decreases inflammation and protects you from heart ailments too. You can also pop a fish oil capsule. Just be sure its high grade.

Go Online

No, don’t play online games, silly. Browse your trusted online shop and look for a running shoe that has great technology. You’ll need a shoe with the right specs to help you run better and more comfortably. Going store to store can waste a lot of time. Sales staff may not be familiar with the shoe tech. Going online can get you all the specs, plus it gets delivered to you for free. New runners may check out Diadora shoes at their favorite online shop.

Walk a While

Speaking of recovery,

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5 Useful Items of Running Gear

Posted on June 13, 2016 By

Running is a type of aerobic activity that most people can get involved with without needing expensive equipment or a gym membership. But, there are several pieces of running gear that can make the experience more enjoyable and productive. Here are five of the top pieces of gear to get you up and ready to run:


Headphones are a popular accessory for runners and make it possible to continue to listen to favorite tunes while on-the-move. For extra safety and comfort, there are special wireless headphones that make it possible to hear environmental noises or hazards, such as traffic, while out on a morning run. But, for those that plan to exercise on a treadmill or trail run, there is the option to go with the sealed headphones that block out distractions.

Fitness tracker

For those runners that like wearable tech, the fitness tracker or heart rate monitor is a great solution to monitor the running and training. Most come with an easy to read display that can include features like calories burned, pace, distance, elevation and heart rate. In order for features like pace and elevation to give accurate readings, it is

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How to Reach the Next Level in Your Running

Posted on May 13, 2016 By

Reach the next level of your running potential by focusing on foot strike, cadence, terrain, speed work and finally brick sessions.

There are several essentials to work into your training regardless of the total volume you actually complete. Just as the source of the calories in your diet is as important to your health as eating the right amount of food, the type of run training you do is going to be linked to your run fitness just as much as the total volume you undertake.

The five key areas are as below.

Fist and foremost is the Foot Strike.

Unless you are up in the wildness or a desert island then you are likely to be a heel-striker. This means that each time your foot comes into contact with the ground you put on the brakes just slightly until your center of mass gets over and past the midfoot. At that point gravity starts helping you again with a vector of force that accelerates your forward momentum free of charge. If you are running fast, the slight deceleration that takes place when your heel hits the ground first is not going to be

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4 Of The Best Mountain Bikes to Pick One From

Posted on May 13, 2016 By

The world is always talking about the most expensive and exotic cars. When the talk of these cars is over there are these motorcycles. You don’t see people talking a lot about their bicycles and it is a pity since there should be more talk about bicycles. Bicycles are probably the best vehicles around. They are great in every aspect you can think of. They don’t consume any fuel which means they don’t cause any pollution in your environment. You can always ride with the peace of mind that you are not hurting the atmosphere you are living in.

Secondly, these are the vehicles that require the riders to do some work. The constant pedaling keeps the riders fit and healthy. Among many different types of bicycles you have mountain bikes. As the name suggests, these bikes are meant to be ridden on mountains. They mostly have a very sturdy yet lightweight frame and tires with deep treads. There are gears on them to make adjustments when ascending or descending on the mountains. Here are the top 4 mountain bikes out in the market ready for you to pick one from:

Yeti SB5C Beti


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Be Aware and Be Seen While Cycling at Night

Posted on May 13, 2016 By

Even if you ride your bike to work, chances are you’ve never had to ride at night. Even when you had to stay late at work you probably hitched a ride home instead of riding your bike. Your reasons for this were good ones! Without the right gear, night riding is as terrifying as it is dangerous. Until you get used to it, riding at night can be scary. But there are steps you can take to ease into it, safely.

Tips for Cycling at Night:

  • Tip #1: Choose a Lighted Path

Many bike paths keep their lights on well into the night, making them suitable for bicycle commuting well past when the sun goes down. Finding a lighted path means a cyclist doesn’t need much more gear to be able to ride at night. Be sure to read the signs before entering to find out if the lights run all night or if they have an automatic cut-off time.

  • Tip #2: Wear Clear Glasses

Plenty of cyclists own snazzy and functional eyewear. But if you’re used to riding during the day, they probably have dark lenses. When searching for those perfect glasses,

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Tips for Riding a Bicycle on a Busy Road

Posted on May 13, 2016 By

Riding a bicycle either as a sport, recreational exercise or as a means of transportation is becoming popular these days. More often, cyclists choose roads with less traffic. However, when it cannot be avoided, some bicycle riders have to go through busy streets and bike their way through traffic.

When riding a bicycle through a busy street, no matter how covered and protected you are with your helmet and safety gears, if you don’t follow traffic rules and road discipline, you might be putting yourself at risk with danger.

Accidents do happen anytime and anywhere but there are things that you can do to avoid encountering one when you ride your bicycle on a busy street.

A bicycle, once it hits the road, it is treated like any vehicle on the road. Therefore, when you ride your bicycle on a busy street, it is advisable to follow traffic rules such as stopping on a red light, know when to yield, avoid overtaking on the shoulders, and follow bike lanes or bike paths if there any.

When on the road, you might want to remember to always keep your hands on the handle bars and


Ceramic Bearings for Bicycling The Best Option

Posted on April 13, 2016 By

There’s always been much talk throughout bike industry and amongst enthusiasts about ceramic bearings and whether or not they are the best option for optimal performance.

Every cyclist would prefer to use less energy to go faster, but is the extra expense worth it? That may be solely up to the particular cyclist. They should question where the advantage of speed comes from. It could be from any of the following:

  • Reduction of rolling resistance – balls are ground rounder, smoother and more uniformly than steel, allowing them to carry close to the same load.
  • Increased durability and stiffness
  • Reduced weight

Another bonus is that ceramic bearings are harder than steel variations, and they are more durable, lasting up to 20 times longer, and offering minimal risk of seizure. Luckily they don’t rust and are not very sensitive to lubrication and moisture. Some ceramic bearings even require zero lubricant, which is a huge benefit. It reduces maintenance time, and prevents failure.

Ceramic balls and the “racetracks” on which they run are also more stiff than those of steel bearings. This means less flexibility within the bottom bracket. As a result, ceramic bearings are lighter and much

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How to Balance on a Bicycle Tips for Big Riders

Posted on April 13, 2016 By

One of the major skills needed when it comes to riding a bicycle whether or not you’re a big rider is balancing. You have to figure out how balancing actually works. Then, you have to figure out how that balancing really works in an actual road. In many ways, the simplest challenge of the learning process engages in the basics of mechanical processes. To name a few, it includes making the bike move forward, not falling off your bike which is the balancing part; and also the braking and the steering. These are not easy tasks. They are not possible either.

So how do you actually make a bike move and balance on it, all at the same time?

A lot of people will advise a big rider to ride a bike just how we see it in movies. The way children are taught. How? Starting from the top of the hill, the learner is pushed. You just keep your fingers crossed that no bones will be broken along the way. Unfortunately, that does not work for big riders, due to a number of reasons.

First of all, adults are more prone to risk. In


The Perfect Three Point Stance

Posted on April 13, 2016 By

It really amazes me how many youth players that do not know how to get into a proper three point stance. The three point stance should be taught very early in a player’s career. When a player starts out in flag football, one of the primary objectives of the coach should be teaching the fundamentals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as many of these coaches get caught up in winning. It’s sad to watch these idiots care more about a winning record (especially when the league is non-competitive) than teaching the kids proper football. Teaching a player the proper stance is vital since it will be a necessary skill they will need their entire playing career. Remember, if two players are equal in size, strength and desire then the player with the better fundamentals will have the advantage every time.

Take a good look at the image above it show a perfect three point stance. Here are the fine points:

1. Legs are spread just a bit wider than shoulder length.
2. One foot is staggered slightly further back than the other.
3. Knees are bent at an almost perfect 90 degree angle.


How To Improve The Playoff System In College Football

Posted on April 13, 2016 By

My proposal for an eight team playoff would have the following stipulations:

1) Each of the conference winners in the power five conference would be granted an automatic bid in the playoff.

2) At least one member of a group of five conference must be given an automatic bid which can be determined by the playoff committee.

3) The remaining two bids would be at-large bids which can be given to any team, including Notre Dame. These two bids would also be determined by the playoff committee.

4) The playoff committee will decide seeding from one to eight. The top four seeds would host the first round game at their site and then the normal format of neutral venues in the current playoff system would apply from the semifinal round onward.

5) The lowest seed remaining would face the highest seed remaining in one game in the semifinal round with the other two seeds facing off in the other round.

There are three good reasons why I believe this system works.

Reason #1: Every Power Conference Would Get A Chance to Compete For The Championship

Last year, Baylor was left

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Running Backs And The Four Minute Drill

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

The four-minute drill in football is different from the two-minute drill. While the two-minute drill is a pass happy with a purpose to preserve the time left on the clock, the four-minute drill’s objective is to quickly use up the time left on the clock. The latter has a great need for a consistent yard gaining running back while the former has no need for that position at all.

When I was a kid, fullbacks and running backs were staple positions on any football team. Now fullbacks are almost extinct dinosaurs and running backs are being diminished because of more teams’ reliance on the intricacies of the passing game. I think that depreciation of the running back has occurred for three reasons. Firstly, the offensive run blocking is not at the level it was in the past. Offensive lineman are not able to open holes or are just routinely missing their blocking assignments. Secondly, most running backs are being picked on the basis of straight line, 40 yard dash, speed. The coaches are forgetting that a back has to be strong and shifty enough to get to where that straight line speed can be utilized. Most of

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How To Buy Football Shoes

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

Football is fast paced and requires a lot of stamina and agility. When you play football it is very important that you wear the right kind of football shoes as they will directly impact your game. When you decide to buy football shoes you will find a huge variety to choose from, especially at an online sports portal. Therefore it becomes very important to be able to choose the right football shoes that compliment and improve your play. Here are some of the points that you should consider the next time you buy football shoes:

Feel the football

When you are selecting football shoes the most popular material is leather because of its high quality. But when you have to select the material of the football you have to ensure that you are able to actually feel the ball as you kick it or nudge it any direction. Also make sure that the material feels comfortable when you put the shoes on. Another factor that makes shoes comfortable to wear is that they allow for the air to easily circulate around your feet. The latest footballs shoes made from synthetic material are very good because they

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Trampoline Parts Replacement Determining Size and Shape

Posted on March 13, 2016 By

Size is an extremely important factor when choosing trampoline replacement parts. It is always important to follow the measuring instructions provided on the vendor’s website when ordering trampoline parts. Trampoline guides and manuals often contain inaccurate size information, which is why professionals always recommend that the customer actually conduct the measurements themselves, rather than relying on the manufacturer’s information. Size information is needed for trampoline owners wishing to purchase springs, enclosure parts, a replacement mat or a replacement safety pad.

To determine the length of the spring you should remove it from the trampoline so that it is in the relaxed state. After removing the spring from the trampoline you should measure from one end to the opposite end including the hooks at each end of the spring. If you are measuring a spring that is damaged in any way, you should measure more than one to be sure you are getting an accurate measurement. It is important to measure the tightest spring you can find on your trampoline for accuracy.

Safety pads involve a bit more measuring than springs do. To determine what size safety pad you will usually need to purchase you should measure


Dynamic Warmup For Gymnasts

Posted on February 13, 2016 By

In the past ten years, much advancement has been made in the world of strength and conditioning, including the development of dynamic warmup routines. Gone are the days of stretching statically before a sporting event. Before soccer and lacrosse games, you will witness players doing a series of active exercises in straight lines, repeating the same exercise 10-20 times while in constant motion. They will progress to faster drills in the same patterns on the field. There is no reason why you shouldn’t see gymnasts completing the same routine, and do to the flexibility demands of the sport, dynamic warmup is even more important for these athletes to do.

There are several phases of warming up a muscle. First is the muscle activation phase, in which a gymnast performs a few repetitions of an exercise that will initiate contraction of a muscle. This phase is not meant for strengthening, hence the low repetitions. These exercises are examples of a muscle activation exercise:

SingleLegBridge: This exercise will activate your gluts and hamstrings. Lie on your back with one knee bent and the other leg hugged into your chest. Lift your buttocks about 5-6 inches off of

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Build Your Own Gymnastics Balance Beam

Posted on February 13, 2016 By

There are several methods to make a gymnastics balance beam for home use. They can run the gamut from the most basic wooden beam to one covered with carpet. Or you can make a more elaborate balance beam padded and wrapped in synthetic suede. However you decide, this project isn’t too difficult and can save you money. Most supplies you need can be found at a local home improvement store.

First a little background. All competitive gymnasts are required to perform on the balance beam apparatus. Beams used in international gymnastics competitions must conform to the strict guidelines and specifications set forth by the International Gymnastics Federation Apparatus Norms. Originally, the balance beam surface was polished wood. Since the 1980s, beams have been covered in synthetic suede. Today’s competition beams are also sprung to accommodate the stress of high-difficulty tumbling and dance skills. This is why gymnasts who are competing can be very particular about the apparatus they use at the gym vs the apparatus you might make at home. Therefore, it is always a good idea to consider the level of the gymnast when deciding to start this project

The regulation length for a competition

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The Importance of Safety Features In Gymnastics Equipment

Posted on February 13, 2016 By

Gymnastics is a sport that consists of difficult acrobatic movements which require a high level of skill and fitness. During practice gymnasts often make mistakes whilst trying to fine tune some of their skills and sometimes these mistakes can result in serious accidents. That is why modern gymnastics equipment comes with standard safety features. Whilst browsing the internet, I came across a banner entitled tumble track for sale and naturally me being inquisitive I clicked it just to see what safety features do tumble tracks have.

Layers made of foam or other shock absorbing materials

According to the rules of gymnastics for tumbling only the hands and feet are allowed to touch the surface of the tumbling track. However, in the event of a failed skill or mistake, a gymnast may fall to the surface either head first or on their back. The material of the tumble track is padded with two layers of foam or other material which dampens the gymnast’s fall. This feature of the tumble track surface is very essential because it reduces the chances of gymnasts breaking their wrists of spraining their joints during a failed skill attempt.

Padded end decks