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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Proper Running Shoes

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.

Protection

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.

Controls overpronation

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.

Fixes supination

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.

Appropriate Hunting Bows

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.

Tricks Improve Swimming

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.

Motivate Yourself

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.

Stay Focused

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.

Become Professional Basketball Player

  • Get your current priorities in order. Committing yourself to do what it takes to become a professional is no small order. One of the greatest sacrifices you’ll need to make is one of time and how you decide to use it. And the more obligations in your life, the trickier it gets. If you’re in school, you need to work your basketball schedule around classes, homework and studying, not the other way around. You don’t want your grades to slip. You might have work, a family or both. There’s a number of things that can factor in dividing your time. The biggest thing is making sure you understand what’s most important and moving forward from there. Students fail, marriages fail and plans to go pro fail when players allow basketball to overshadow the more important responsibilities. Don’t let that be you. Prioritize your life and work basketball into it.

  • Work your butt off. This seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s almost as if telling you to work on your game doesn’t need to be discussed. But you’d be surprised by how many people say they want to be in the pros, yet their work habits mirror none of their claims. Some people are turned off after they hear “Get your priorities in order”, so if you’re still serious about making it professionally, you need to be in the gym! Know what you’re great at, good at and not-so good at. Spend some time on the great, more time turning the good to great, and extra time getting the not-so good to a respectable level. After you’ve prioritized, you now need to maximize the windows of time that you’ve blocked off solely for basketball and get to it. Track your progress so you know you’re improving. Don’t forget weights and cardio training. Find someone to work with you. Do whatever you have to do to improve. Just make sure you’re working when you’re supposed to, and not TV binging on the couch.

  • Be relentless. This scenario is sadly, yet fairly common: Guy hits his workouts hard and is motivated to get better for a couple of weeks. The next week he hits it hard and is motivated for five days. The following week it’s three days. The pattern continues until he’s back to working out when he gets a chance, rethinking the path he wants to take in life. That’s some heavy stuff, but it happens. Look at new year’s resolutions. The success stories aren’t as prevalent as the ones that let it go not even a month in. If you’re going pro, you need to stick with it whether you feel like it or not! There will always be days when your body or the majority of your mind tells you “not today”. Guaranteed. However, that small light in your brain that reminds you it’s work out day is what you need to listen to. If you only work on the days you feel like it, you’re selling yourself miles short of where you could be. It’s said that 90% of success involves just showing up. Get yourself in the gym, and everything else will follow once you’re there.