How Baseball Became The Great American Pastime

It’s hard to go anywhere in America these days without being smacked in the face with baseball merchandise. Every city has a baseball team that they love an almost alarming amount, so much so that they invest millions into their teams every year. Every city wants to be the best in baseball and so they will buy the best players, upgrade their stadiums, and do anything to keep their adoring fans happy. Say the word baseball in any bar in any city and you’re bound to start some sort of riot, usually between Yankee and Sox fans. It’s obvious that baseball has engraved itself into American culture and it shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. But, just how did baseball become the great American pastime that everyone cherishes today?

The History

If you look back historically, then it is easy to see why the sport is held so dearly to the average American. People label baseball as the first professionally played sport in America, due to the establishment of the National American Leagues in 1871.  Other sports like soccer and basketball were not played professionally until the turn of the 20th century, and so baseball has had a position in our culture for far longer, meaning that it is understandable that people resonate with the sport so much.  Due to its position as one of the only professional sports available to play, baseball managed to gain a huge following from its early established days. Everyone wanted to take part, and so they did.

 

The Sport

The game itself, depending on what level you play at, is extremely inclusive. The rules are pretty straightforward and depending on how big your pitch is, the game isn’t necessarily too athletic. There are hundreds of leagues that match the capability group of any kind of baseball fan. From children that enjoy the game, dads who want a bit of time with their friends or just someone who is looking for some fun competitive sports, this game is perfect for anyone. This is one of the reasons that the game has continued to be so popular throughout the years, as it is something an entire family can take part in. Plus, it’s not a game that is hard to be good at if you do all of the necessary research and practice, there are plenty of sites online that provide handy tips on how to really make the most of the game. It’s always a good idea to turn to the Baseball Bible when you are looking for some advice on how to play the game to the best of your ability, sometimes getting the right equipment can really help you out so looking at these handy sites can make playing the game a lot easier.

 

The culture that surrounds baseball has also helped it stay very prevalent in society. Nothing brings America together more than the upcoming world series, even if you support opposing teams, it’s easy to get on with someone that loves your favorite sport just as much as you do. There is nothing more American than adorning your team’s colors, meeting up with your friends, and watching the game. America’s commercial sector also makes the most of this, businesses decorate their buildings based on their local team and sell beloved merchandise that everyone displays proudly.  The baseball season really brings every city to life with excitement, it provides a sense of community that really brings everyone together, so what is not to love?

 

Attending a baseball game is bound to get you hooked on the entire sport, even if you’re someone who doesn’t really care about the game. The atmosphere is absolutely electric, with the sound of cheering crowds and salesmen flogging merch and greasy food, being on a game is a great way to bond with people you have never met before and is an environment unlike any that you have ever been in before. It only gets better as the game goes on, as people make or lose out on home runs the crowd shifts in feeling and gets rowdy. This may seem intimidating to someone looking in on the game, but when you are part of this feeling, there is nowhere else you would rather be.

 

Americans also hold the sport so dearly because it is arguably their sport. No other country in the world engages with baseball more than the Americans, and so they take a sense of pride in this notion and attempt to be as fanatical as possible about their beloved sport. It’s just a part of the American identity, America would not be America without its love of baseball. It has been a large part of the lives of everyone that lives in America and for some, it would be difficult to imagine their lives without it, that’s why it is the great American pastime.

Why 2020 is the Perfect Year to Start Running

We all could do with spending a bit more of our time on exercise. With the year well and truly started, many of us may have missed our chance to hold onto our fitness-related New Years Resolutions, but it’s never too late to try again. If you want to live your best life, it’s probably worth investing some time and effort into improving your physical health. One of the easiest exercises you can begin to incorporate into your daily routine is running. All you need to get started is a pair of running shoes and you’re off (literally). Part of the beauty of running is that it’s dynamic; You don’t necessarily have to wait for the perfect weather to do it. You can either choose to run outdoors and explore your town or you can incorporate it into your time at the gym and run in place on a treadmill. There’s no better time than now to break out a sweat and to start working on a new and better you.

What Are the Benefits?

You may be wanting to do more If you’re somebody that spends a lot of time indoors or at home, it can be a good idea for you to start doing some exercise outside. Running is a great way to get fit and going on a run in the forest or another scenic location could also have some benefits for your mental health as well as your physical health. Exercise has been proven to release certain ‘happy’ hormones like endorphins in your brain. So, even scientists would recommend it. Running is also excellent for strengthening your muscles and improving your cardiovascular health (in short it’s great for keeping your heart pumping regularly). If you’re looking for more information on the health benefits you can gain from taking up running, healthline has an in-depth account of a number of other benefits on its website. Many people don’t realize that running is actually an excellent exercise if you’re hoping to improve your core strength. If you commit yourself to sprints you’ll be sure to feel it in your obliques.

How Do I Get Started?

Well to get started with running, you’re first going to need to invest in a decent pair of trainers. Don’t worry about blowing all your money on the latest pair of overpriced trainers when you don’t have to. Just make sure they’re comfortable and fit well and you can’t really go wrong. If you’re wanting to start running but you’re not sure where to start you can find countless sites online, like runningandmiles, that can give you advice on everything you’ll need to know to get yourself moving. From smartwatches to all the best running apps, you’ll find advice on topics for runners of every level. It’s probably worth making sure you have a decent pair of earphones. Listening to your favorite music while you run can help make the run feel easier. It may also make your run more enjoyable.

Where Do I Go From Here?

That’s the beauty of running. Literally anywhere. Once you decide where you want to go, there’s nothing stopping you. Your only limit is yourself. It may seem difficult at first and you may not be running as fast or for as long as you may have hoped you would, but with enough time, practice and consistency, you’ll be surprised at how far your legs will be able to take you. Just create a playlist of your favorite running tracks (you can adjust the genre for the different intensities of each run you’re planning on) to help you get started and you’re off.

Good luck!

 

Why Team Building is Vital for any Sports Team

Humanity has always gravitated toward sports. There are a number of reasons for this. Our early ancestors would have played a rudimentary form of sport as exercise and for entertainment. As society advanced sport also became an industry, garnering spectators, betting and teams that can be used for profit. This all culminated in the modern day where sports dominate the world. They are a measure of physical achievement. They are a way of people settling scores and entertaining themselves. But above all else, they bring us together as a species. And if sports bring us together, then being in a team is the ultimate bond you can form. Below we are going to be looking at why Team Building is vital for the survival and success of any sports team, no matter your game.

Trust

In any sport, trust is absolutely everything. Any sport that requires a team will require that team to function as a whole. This cannot happen without trust. In strategic terms, you need to be able to trust that your teammate is where they are supposed to be when you need them to be there. In football, you need to trust you can pass the ball and they will receive it. This sort of trust falls down to rigorous training as a team to make sure you know your teammates as on the ball, but also that they know you are.

But a team cannot wor of this trust alone. For a team to function it needs to work as a proper team. The trust between players needs to be deeper than simply knowing your teammates can play. It has been proven that people who trust each other on a deeper level are able to function together better at any task than people who don’t. And when you are competing, this can mean the difference between victory and defeat. So it is vital that your team building involves learning how to communicate with each other and build stronger bonds.

Strategy

Team building exercises also involve building strategies that work off your teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Different players will be better at some things than others and will often be more comfortable in a different position on the field. For any team to succeed it needs to make sure it understands these strengths and weaknesses. To discover peoples different strengths and weaknesses, you could look at playing different information gathering games with the team. A great game is ‘Who is most likely to‘ which can be altered to include questions specific to the sport and strategy that will be employed. Through this method, you can discover who is best suited for what role in your team. In the world of sport, the strategy is often first, with physical skill being a close second. So this is an important aspect that can’t be overlooked for any team keen to win!

Physical Fitness

Team building is also a fantastic way to improve the physical fitness of yourself and the rest of the team. Two birds with one stone. There are so many great exercise regimes that require people to partner up. By practising these methods your team will become closer than ever before and learn to trust each other even more.

A great starting point is a group running. Running together as a team will teach you all to pace your self and move as a single unit, rather than running ahead and leaving the team behind. Another method is spotting while at the gym. Using a buddy system to alternate spotters means you are going to get quality one-on-one time with each other and will bond like never before.

Tackling an outdoors obstacle course as a team is another great method for team building and exercise. Everyone has seen the fantastic, yet challenging, courses that exist. Wall climbing, pole jumping, balancing acts and climbing sections. All this and more is designed to test you and your team. By working together you will find you are bonding and getting in a solid workout at the same time.

All of these points culminate to show you why team building is one of, if not the most important aspect any sports team needs to consider.

Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Kayaking

There’s never a bad time to start a new hobby. With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide which to choose. Well, you can stop your search because do I have the perfect hobby for you! Often overlooked, kayaking offers an exciting alternative to most tamer hobbies. With a multitude of obvious benefits such as improving your health and fitness, there are also a bunch of other useful skills you’ll learn as you develop. Plus, how cool would it be to slip the fact you kayak you’re your conversations from time to time? Whether you’re looking for adventure, to improve your fitness or you’re just hoping to try something new, here is everything you need to know to get started in kayaking.

What is Kayaking?

Well, Kemosabe, kayaking is a popular watersport, most often in lakes and rivers. For the more advanced kayakers, there is also the option of kayaking in the ocean or rivers with very fast streams. But, considering how risky that can be, even for professionals, it’s probably best to start off simple and safely in a relatively shallow lake or a calm river. Different from canoeing, kayaking involves sitting in a slim boat with a closed deck to prevent the boat from filling with water as it involved a lot more whole-body movement than canoeing. Kayakers propel themselves across the water with double-ended paddles.

What are the Benefits?

Well, first and foremost, kayaking offers an excellent opportunity for exercise. Most people probably don’t realize this, but kayaking is a sport that really engages your whole body. As you’ll probably be spending most of your time trying to keep your balance in the boat, it’s an excellent exercise for toning and building muscle in your core. Plus, you’ll really be toning and building so much strength in your arms from constantly having to paddle, you’ll be ripped in no time!

As previously mentioned, another benefit of getting into kayaking is most definitely the bragging rights. Kayaking is such a cool hobby to start, you’ll find plenty of people interested in your hobby. Once you start to develop your skills and feel more confident on the water, the opportunities are endless. You can explore different waters and if you’re looking for something more relaxing to do, ! Kayaking is also a great way to meet new people as the sport already has a massive community of people who love being on the water. You can share tips and improve your own abilities along the way.

How to Stay Safe

Considering kayaking is a water sport, it only makes sense that the most important thing you should do before getting into your boat is to make sure you know how to swim. Even if you follow our advice and start off in a relatively shallow lake or river, if you capsize (which will be likely in your first few tries, as you try to get accustomed to keeping your balance), you may still need to swim back to the edge to get yourself back into your boat. Plus, it’s a useful life skill to have so win-win.

Whether you’re renting or buying your own, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right equipment for you. You should make sure you get a kayak that’s the right size for you. As part of the design is to ensure that as little water as possible will get into your boat, you should make sure the gap around your waist isn’t too large as it could run the risk of allowing too much water to enter your boat. It would also make it more difficult to control as you’re supposed to use your body to keep your balance. On the opposite side of that, make sure the gap is still large enough for you to get in and out of the kayak comfortably – you don’t want to get trapped.

Naturally, with kayaking being a watersport, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a decent quality wetsuit. This will ensure your body is kept well insulated and will help with buoyancy and your ability to swim in the water. Another beneficial purchase would be a pair of water shoes. While it may be tempting to go barefoot to become one with nature, the reality is that lakes and rivers are unpredictable and so it’s probably a good idea to have something there to protect your feet. You never know what you might end up stepping on. Plus, it would also help with grip if you’re trying to pull yourself out of the water. As kayaking most often takes place outside, you’ll find yourself exposed to the weather. Whilst it’s a bad idea to go kayaking during a storm, on calmer, sunnier days make sure to keep yourself hydrated and topped up on sunscreen.

Most importantly, stay safe and happy kayaking!

 

 

9 Sports Innovations that Changed the Athletic World

Sports have been around about as long as civilization itself. In all that time you would expect there to be some pretty hefty improvements. Well, my friend, you are not wrong. So what are some of the most significant sports innovations that have been discovered over the last millennia? Here are a fun and somewhat informative list of some of the most significant innovations that helped make sports that little bit easier for all of us.

Sports Drinks

Have you ever found yourself desperately searching for a Lucozade or another garishly colored sports drink? Well, you’re not alone. Since their inception, these isotonic, scientifically created sports drinks have been seen in the sports bag of any number of athletes. Considering they claim to replenish lost fluids and help to ensure you don’t lose too much fluid, it’s clear why they’re such a popular choice.

Oranges

Less of massive innovation and more of a fun unwritten rule of sports teams. How many times have you seen your favorite sports team on the bench munching on an orange? You may have answered never, but let us tell you, they definitely do it. You would think oranges held some kind of enhancing power – well maybe they do. But they’re certainly something that played a part in many young athletes’ lives.

Sports Bras

Okay, ladies, this one is for us. But, how did female athletes ever exist in a world without sports bras? They are an absolute necessity to the majority of female athletes across the world and for good reason. Helping to ease some of the pain of sporting, they’re a key invention in many female athletes’ lives, and with sites like gymshark offering all kinds of different sports bras, we’re spoilt for choice!

Memory Foam Soles

Potentially overlooked and maybe not used by every athlete, but have you ever taken a run in a pair of these bad boys? We can tell you from personal experience that it feels like you’re running on a cloud. If you’re more of a long-distance or high0intensity runner, trust us – your feet will thank you.

Exercise Machines

Most of us use them without a second thought, but many of us forget that these were an innovation. The complicated machines we hop onto to get our dream summer bod was the idea of some clever people. People that wanted to switch up the exercise experience for everybody. Do you want to run for miles whilst not going anywhere? Boom, treadmill. Fantastic.

Compression Socks

While it may be overlooked, an absolute godsend for athletes in the running or hiking field, this article on compression socks can tell you all of the reasons why you should invest in a decent pair for yourself. These little miracles have been designed to help prevent injury and ensure your best performance.

Cryogenic Rejuvenation

More of a recent development from what we can gather, but over the last few years, there seems to be a rise in athletes recovering in cryogenic sort of pods. The cold is supposed to help heal the muscles and improve the body’s resistance.

Saunas

Cryogenic’s hotter, older brother, saunas have been around for a long time, but for good reason. There are lots to be said about the relieving effects of a sauna. From relaxing the muscles to calming the mind. It has been proven a favorite of many athletes over the years.

Olympics

Probably the most important innovation for athletes has been the creation of the Olympics. A place to celebrate athletes from all fields of sport in one place and to watch them compete against the best athletes from all over the world is a stroke of genius and a must-see event for people everywhere!