Increase running efficiency
Scientific research has shown that a person running with a proper pair of running shoes uses a lot less effort and energy compared to those that run barefoot. A major reason for this is the extra cushioning in the shoes. For the barefoot runner, it is necessary to expend more energy and use the leg muscles more because of the missing cushioning.
A well made pair of shoes includes extra protection to avoid issues of discomfort or pain while the feet are under more stress. A midsole section helps to give protection against hard surfaces or objects that are run over. The softer the midsole the greater protection and cushioning it can provide. But, the soft midsole is not the most durable and means it is necessary to replace the running shoes more often.
Overpronation relates to rolling the foot too far inwards while running, which also flattens the arch of the foot. It helps to avoid this foot position because it can jar the knee and tilts the leg inward. The risk of running in this fashion can lead to foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis and shin splints. There are plenty of running shoes that are made to fix this specific type of problem. Most of these shoes include a stronger piece of material on the inside edge of the midsole which prevents the foot from rolling.
A high-quality pair of running shoes is also used for fixing issues related to supination which is when the foot rolls outward when running. A downside of running like this is the extra stress put on the bones and ligaments on the outer side of the foot. The best shoes to give protection for supination include those with cushioning in the front and heel, as well as the soft midsole.
A hunter should first consider whether he or she can shoot the bow accurately. It may be possible for a single bow to fit all the requirements the hunter desires. However, more often than not, the selection process must involve making some concessions. When dealing with the issues of draw weight, draw length and bow mass, no compromises should be made. There is a wide range of choices in the total weight- or mass- of a hunting bow. One should bear in mind that the total weight increases as someone adds a quiver of arrows. Should the bow turn out to be too heavy, the archer will not be able to hold it comfortably enough to fire a shot correctly. On the other hand, it will be difficult to hold a hunting bow that is too light when aiming at the target. An effective way of correcting this is the additional of a stabilizer in order to achieve the right weight.
Another tip involves taking a close look at the draw weight. Most hunters try to use a bow having too much draw weight in order to get a faster arrow speed. When the correct amount of draw weight, the archer will be able to hold the pin on the target in a way that produces a steady, smooth draw. This will result in a much comfortable shot that creates the least movement for the target animal to recognize. When preparing to shoot a fast animal like a deer, it is common for the hunter to hold the bow at a full draw while anticipating the best shot. Should the holding weight turn out to be too great, the bow arm will probably register a 6.5 Ritcher scale reading.
It is advisable for a hunter to go for a draw weight that he or she can manage comfortably even when they must hold a full draw. When the weather is cold, one should put into consideration any additional clothing capable of restricting the drawing process. Some hunters own only a single bow that they use for both hunting and archery. For those who fall under this category, it is advisable for them to get a bow having adjustable modules. This is because it is possible to adjust the draw length using such a bow.
Archery requires a draw length that is slightly longer than may be used during hunting. It is therefore advisable to get hunting bows that have shorter draw lengths than those of archery bows. A majority of bows have adjustable draw lengths capable of accommodating the arm length of an average adult shooter.
Break Bad Habits
Habits good or bad make up who we are. How we react to things, what we focus our energy on, what we eat, how we train and so on are pointers to our habits. However, with a commitment to daily actions, bad habits can be transformed into new better ones. There are 4 steps you can take to smash your bad habits:
- Identify: search within yourself to determine what harmful habits you indulge in that is affecting your performance and when it normally happens. For example, do you give up on difficult sets when you fall behind your teammates or do you eat junk food lunches when you are at school?
- What’s the payoff?: what do you stand to gain from the bad habits that you hold on so tight to them. In the first example, the payoff is the pride that a full effort wasn’t worth placing behind teammates, so you would rather not put in much effort and place second than to exert all energy and fall behind after all. The second scenario’s payoff is convenience; the 5 minutes before school it will take you to prepare a healthy lunch.
- What’s the trade-off?: what are you giving up for the pride and convenience? when you hold on to pride you are giving up a better level of fitness and the confidence that would come with a job well done while if you go for the convenience, you would be giving up the proper fuel for your body to perform at optimal level.
Our bad habits are not neutral, they pull us in the opposite direction of where we are supposed to go.
- Commit: make the commitment to change the bad habits, gradually change them into the form of a new better one. Do a positive self talk whenever the negative thought of “I CAN’T” creeps in. Every time you tell yourself that you can’t, that it’s too difficult, insert a “BUT” and a positive statement at the end. For instance, I can’t finish this set, it’s too hard… but if I did, it would make me a better swimmer.
We all experience those moments where we have doubt. Both in training and competition, where things feel hopelessly stacked up against us. Having a history of your workouts can give you that push to help you get back on track, so to stay motivated, record all of your best times, from the short course and un-shaved off event, to your best 100 free kick (without board), it will help you to track and celebrate them.
What distinguishes the great from the rest is the ability to focus when it matters most, to be able to shut out the world and make all the noise around disappear. So, to stay focused;
- Do away with any form of distraction at practice or during competition, log out of your social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and so on, turn off your mobile phones and any other gadgets.
- Turn off all mental distractions within and outside you.
- Don’t hinge on your time by going for long swim sessions, take frequent breaks to refresh yourself mentally and physically.
Track Your Performance
One of the biggest benefits of tracking your performance in the pool is getting accountability for your swimming. Regular evaluation is a must over the course of a training cycle or a season. This will help you to;
- Stay on track with your goals.
- Know where you are kicking butt.
- Conquer the weak spots of your training and swimming.