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.

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!