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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Benefits of Cycling

It strengthens the Muscles – This activity involves the calf and thigh muscles which help in strengthening them. The core muscles are also benefited over here. It helps in toning the abs while also toughening up the arms.

Improves the cardiovascular system – The sport boosts the heart rate while giving a good cardio workout. People who are prone to cardiovascular diseases like stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack can be highly benefited by the respective sport. It stimulates and improves the heart, lungs, and blood circulation while reducing the risk of the above-mentioned problems. It helps in strengthening the heart muscles while reducing the blood fat levels. A Danish study conducted over 14 years ago with 30,000 people aged 20 to 93 years found that regular cycling protected them from heart diseases.

Helps to control diabetes – Diabetes is one of the common reasons for heart attacks, kidney failures, and many other disorders. Pedaling helps in controlling diabetes as it converts the glucose in the body to useful energy. A research in Finland proved that individuals who did this exercises for more than 30 minutes per day had a 40 percent lower risk of developing diabetes.

Helps reducing the stress – Mental conditions like depression, stress, and anxiety levels can be reduced by the above activity practiced regularly. It keeps the stress levels in control which will help to keep the negative energy far from the focus.

It helps in weight loss – This physical exercise is a complete calorie-burner! Even one hour of cycling thrice a week will have help in shedding the extra flab and kilos in no time. The more you sweat, the more benefits you’ll get. However, it is important to don the right style of men’s underwear as sweating in crotch area can result in chafing which makes the wearer uncomfortable during the sport.

Protect from Arthritis – Arthritis is one of the terrible pains that a person can suffer from. Many doctors suggest bike riding as it reduces the arthritis pain. It helps the joints and muscles to get stronger with the workouts. This also keeps the person fitter, as it motivates you to perform better.

Run a Basketball Practice

The beginning of practice basketball should start with stretching and warming up the muscles. Some coaches have this as a part of the practice right at the beginning, others make it clear to the players this is part of their job and they should warm up before practice and be ready to go right when the first whistle starts. I believe the ladder is more appropriate for older age groups. When it comes to youth practices I think it should be made part of the practice to ensure players are warming up correctly. This warm up could last about 15 minutes and include stretching and running. This will get the heart rate up and hopefully the players can begin to break a sweat. From here, a nice transition into ball handling usually goes well.

Ball handling drills can include one ball or two. Two-ball drill examples would be dribbling two balls at once while standing still and then dribbling two balls while walking/running up and down the court. For any ball handling drills it is important for you as a coach to emphasize looking up while the players dribble. It is important for them to get comfortable dribbling without looking at the ball. Other ball handling drills include dribbling a basketball in one hand while catching a tennis ball in another. Personally, I liked this one because I thought it was the most helpful in reaction time. Coaches will throw the tennis ball to the player and they would have to catch it and throw it back all while dribbling. Once this becomes easy, the player should be asked to do moves like crossovers, or behind the back in-between tennis ball throws. After about 30 minutes of ball handling you can move to teamwork drills.

An example of a teamwork drill would be the “3 Man Weave.” this is a drill where three players run down the court together weaving around each other. A video explaining this in more detail can be seen here. The benefits of running this drill is to enhance communication while practicing game like speed. This drill tends to be hand at first for younger teams. If your team is really struggling with it, do not waste the entire practice working on it. Give it a certain amount of time (e.g. 15 minutes) and after that time move on to your next drill. However, do not forget about it the drill. Come back to it the next day and the day after that. You would be surprised how quickly the players will pick up on it the next few times you do it.

From here you can move to more game like situations. A good example of this would be scrimmaging. This is a great way for kids to get a good feel for what it will be like during the games and the type of coaching you will be giving during the games. Trying to stay consistent with you messages to the players is important so they know what you want from them. While scrimmaging, do not hesitate to blow your whistle and stop the game. If there is a situation or a play could be used as a learning experience it should absolutely be explained so that everyone understands what went wrong. It is better to do this right after it happens as opposed to at the end of practice.

To finish off practice, I always enjoyed when our coaches implemented practice end of the game situations. This would entail them giving us a certain situation, such as being down by 2 points with the ball and 15 seconds left, and then we have to practice what we would do if it was a real game. This drill would be done 5 versus 5 and usually would switch offense and defensive after each try. Not only is it very fun, but it gets the players comfortable with “high pressure” shots.

Overall, making a practice schedule should not be stressful it should be exciting. You should be excited to enhance your players abilities. The more practices you schedule the easier they will become. Once you see your team play a few games you will have a better idea of what needs to be worked on and where time can be spent during practice.

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 while. Rest will not just heal your tired muscles but refresh you, so you’ll be energized for your next run.

3. Find Your Training Time

Sometimes, how you perform is based on the time of the day you feel most comfortable. For example, not everyone is a morning person. And some people are too exhausted to run after work. So it’s important to know what schedule fits your needs. You may have to experiment at the start by running at different times, but it will be worth it when you find your comfort zone.

4. Get the Right Fuel

Not eating the right foods and dehydration can easily wear on you when you run. Eat healthy foods and complex carbohydrates before and after your run. Make sure you’re properly hydrated as well. Of course, there’s no better drink than water.

5. Run for a Purpose

Running for the heck of it may work in the short-run, but it may be different in the long run, especially when factors like schedule and repetition sets in. Running then becomes harder. Make runs easier by having a purpose. It could be about losing weight or staying fit. Another good reason is charity. You can find a lot of runs where proceeds go to a good cause. A purpose becomes a motivating factor for you to run.

Getting Started With Archery Bow

When you first start you will need to make the decision on which of the many archery bows you would like to shoot. There are compounds, recurves, takedown bows, longbows, etc. out there so it is best that you do a bit of research on them before you commit buying your bow of choice. They all have their own unique set of attributes that are made to fit archers of all varieties. Once you figure out what type of shooting you want to do, then you need to figure out how much you are willing to spend. This will help you narrow down your focus and hone in on a decision.

You now need to get yourself something to shoot. The most popular arrows that you will find out there are wood, aluminum and carbon. I have personally transitioned from using the wood arrows in my childhood, to aluminum in my teens, and now the only thing that I use is carbon. Everything matters when you are shooting your archery bow, so you need to make sure that the arrows are consistent. Carbon are extremely consistent, but they will be the most expensive. Aluminum is a good starter arrow because they are relatively inexpensive, and are more consistent than wood. I would suggest staying away from wood arrows until you have developed an eye for purchasing arrows because it is much harder to find a quality wood version.

I would also suggest that you get an archery arm glove or an archery bow release–depending on the type of bow that you purchased. When I began shooting, I mainly liked to use recurve bows. When you start to move up in weight, your fingers get sore after 40-50 shots due to finger pinch — unless you are using a glove.

If you are anything like me, then you will probably also want to get an archery target so that you do not have to drive to your local archery range every time that you want to shoot. I purchased a Bulldog archery target as they offer a lifetime guarantee. This means that I can shoot off a couple of dozen arrows when I feel that I need a little bit extra practice. Again, the archery target is not a necessity like the arrows, and the archery bows are, but having one never hurts so that you can get as much practice as possible out of it.