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Why Sports Should Be Part of Every Kid’s Life

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Sports. Some of us hate them, some of us love them. Some of us grew up as the team’s shining star. They woke up early on the weekends for football or baseball practice, or ran track until they puked. Then there were those of us who preferred to sit on the sidelines and watch. We relished the use of the snooze button and slept ’til noon every Saturday and then got up and turned on the TV or played video games. This trend has continued over the decades, with more and more kids turning on TVs instead of getting turned on to sports. The effects of this trend have been disturbing with childhood obesity rates on the rise, and far too many kids getting into trouble with drugs and violence. If sports were part of the lives of more young people, we might see the trend reverse.

Tackling Childhood Obesity Through Athletics

In most areas, some type of sport activity is available for kids of various age groups. While some children are eager to play sports, there are some children who simply do not show much interest in competing. However, in light of the obesity rates in children that continue to skyrocket, it just seems like common sense that some sort of physical activity should be part of every child’s life.

“Look at the obesity rate for kids right now. It’s terrible. Do I force my kids to do sports? YES! I don’t make them play a sport that they don’t like, but they will play a sport,” explained Dr. Kevin Berry, a Denver, Colorado dentist and father of three.

A High-tech World May Not Be The Healthiest For Children

Younger generations seem drawn to the latest and greatest technologies of today like moths to a flame. They spend hours of every day browsing the Internet, using their cell phones, gaming, and watching television. All of these activities require little to no physical movement, except maybe for kids playing with Microsoft Xbox’s new Kinect® system.

Parents need to step in to ensure that technology-based activities don’t monopolize the lives of today’s children. There is always time for sports, and if there isn’t time, time should be made for them. Sports allow children to be active and to spend time away from the devices that seem to be glued to their hands.

Studies have shown that the less active a child is, the higher chance he/she has of becoming overweight. The less kids move and the more downtime they have, the more likely they are to pack on pounds. Health agencies push for at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children each day and with sports, exercise becomes less mundane and much more exciting.

Playing to Learn

In addition to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, sports are also important in helping children to grow and learn as high-functioning members of society. Sports allow a child to learn the importance of team work, dedication, proper social skills, the art of fair competition, and can even build a child’s self-esteem. As explained by Dr. Berry, “Sports give kids a sense of brotherhood; it keeps my son out of trouble. It reinforces the message of right and wrong that he gets at home. Even if it’s not competitive, it is a good use of their time.” Sports also keep parents involved in their child’s development.

Your child doesn’t need to be the local team’s star quarterback or the soccer team’s best goalie, but he should partake in some sort of sport. With such a variety of sporting activities available today, your kids should be able to find something that they can enjoy doing that doesn’t involve going online.

Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Dr. Kevin Berry is a general dentist who focuses on treating TMJ disorder and sleep apnea. He can be contacted at:

TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Colorado
8200 S. Quebec Street, A14
Centennial, Colorado 80112
303-800-7007

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Sports That Can Make You Fit

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Fitness is one of the fast rising trends in the world today. Exercise and workout DVD’s, dietary supplements, fitness magazines, and the likes are out in the market to help people of different body types achieve their goal of becoming fit. One of the best ways to achieve fitness is by doing sports.

Sports involve physical athleticism. Thus, it can be very helpful in achieving a nice built. Muscles are being exercised plus calories are being burned. You will notice that all athletes have well-toned muscles. And, those muscles are not just for shows. Since muscles are being used constantly, it acquires strength that most non-athletic or gym buff people do not possess. Sports also improve reflexes that will help you avoid accidents in the future.

Sport is also a strategic and entertaining game. Thus, you will not only be fit with your body but also with your mind. Different sports teach different disciplines.

There are many sports that you can try. One of the best is swimming. It makes use of your limbs, helping them have a good shape. It also strengthens your lungs through exercised breathing. Swimming is not just for sports. It can actually help you survive when you are out in the sea. You can also help in rescuing if you are good in swimming.

Different kinds of ball games are also good sports. From single plays to team plays, it will help you tone your muscle up. Ball games that uses teams also help you build new friendships and help you become a team-player. You will not just rely to yourself but you will also learn to trust your teammates.

Martial arts had also become a sport. There are many martial arts competitions today. Different forms of martial arts teach a person on how to defend himself.

All sports can give you more than just fitness. You just have to find what is compatible for you.

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Three Quick Tips for Cross Country Running

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Few sports can be considered as challenging as cross country running. The difficult terrain, the weather and the fierce competition all combine to test the very limits of your skill and endurance. To help you overcome these challenges, we present a few quick tips from Cross Country Running Shoes 101 on how to become a better cross country runner.

Keep Training Off-Season
Cross country season lasts for only about three months in the autumn. However, that doesn’t mean that you simply take it easy for the rest of the year. What do you think other cross country runners are doing all winter long? If you guessed “training”, then move to the head of the class. You can choose from any number of winter and spring sports to keep yourself in shape. Just don’t forget — lace up your off road shoes and keep those long runs in your schedule every week in order to maintain your base endurance level.

Support Your Teammates
Cross country is, first and foremost, a team sport. Every time you help a teammate, you help your team add yourself as well. Whether it’s a training run or the final race of the season, always be prepared to offer encouragement, support and help to your teammates whenever possible. Your experiences are valuable and can help someone else. When everyone pulls together, that’s when team spirit is at its highest.

Stay Loose
Running cross country means enduring long hours of fatigue and discomfort. That’s practically what it means to run cross country. If you fight against the discomfort and starts training, your muscles will invariably tighten up and cause you to slow down. By keeping loose and relaxed, you stay in control of your body and in control of the race. Not only will your race times improve, but you will also how a lot fewer aches and pains afterwards.

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Bushcraft experiences in and around the Peak District

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For adventure lovers and outdoor types, the Peak District Derbyshire area is a great place to experience bushcraft. With stunning scenery, dense woodlands, miles of trails and pathways, rivers to cross, and hills to climb, there are ample opportunities to hone your survival skills. An organized course is the best (and legal) way to enjoy wildcamping and bushcraft.

Bushcraft courses usually take place over a weekend, so those wanting a true Peak District experience could choose to make a holiday of it, and stay in one of many stunning Peak District cottages in the area.

Bushcraft is essentially survival skills, living in the natural environment, and using your surroundings to thrive. Used for centuries in Australia and South Africa, bushcraft has gained recent popularity in the UK with Ray Mears’ television series. Wildcamping is technically illegal in England, so bushcraft, camping and survival courses are great ways to experience the outdoors without the trappings of a conventional campsite.

There are now plenty of places to enjoy bushcraft experiences in the Peak District area. Organized outdoor adventures, led by qualified guides and instructors can be incredible learning experiences for the whole family. A weekend experience is a great way to begin your bushcraft adventure – learning basic survival skills such as: shelter building, tracking, firecraft, fishing and foraging. For die-hard adventure lovers, why not combine your bushcraft experience with some of the Peak District’s many extreme sports, such as rafting, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling!

Bushcraft weekends are perfect for the outdoor loving family, a corporate team building experience, or maybe an alternative hen or stag weekend. Head to Moorlands Bushcraft for weekend experiences on the edge of the Peak District, or to Shipley Country Park for bushcraft taster experiences. Also try Woodland Ways experiences, for a huge choice of bushcraft days, weekends and even week-long courses.

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3 Quick Running Tips For Beginners

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Many people who start out running simply pull on their new running shoes and set off around their local streets or parks. Often, they retire from their fitness regime within a few weeks because their knees start playing up, or their hips or lower back hurt so much both during exercise and afterwards. The problem is that nobody teaches us how to run properly, and most beginners’ injuries are a result of poor technique. Here are a few simple tips which will help you to ward off unnecessary overuse injuries such as shin splints and painful joints.

1. Stop Heel Striking – landing on the heel of the front foot is very common among beginners because they stretch their leg forward, locking the knee, when they stride. Unfortunately, the human heel is not cushioned and is designed mainly for balance. So if you only try out one of these running tips for beginners, this is the one to incorporate into your exercise: always aim to land on your forefoot. This allows you to make effective use of your foot’s natural shock absorber in the arch, and also provides some elastic recoil, which will enable you to run faster with less stress on your shins and knees.

2. Stop Stretching Your Stride – stretching your front leg out in front of you, and landing your foot ahead of your center of balance is a very bad practice. It forces you to land on your heel and since it is usually accompanied by a locked leg, it creates extra stress for the knee joints. You will also find that running this way can slow you down, because you have to pivot your hip to catch up with the front foot before you can push off into your next stride. This means you are running very inefficiently as well as potentially causing harm. So, shorten your stride length and aim to land your front foot underneath your hip. This will allow you to push off much faster, it will enable you to land on the forefoot rather than the heel, and it will minimize unnecessary shocks to your leg joints.

3. Stop Varying Your Turnover Rate – many new runners think that a leisurely jog means a slow turnover rate (also called cadence), while a faster, more competitive run means increasing the number of steps per minute. In truth, you should always aim for 180 steps per minute. Your speed is then controlled by the force you exert on the ground at each toe off. So running for fun should feel as if you are floating along, whereas serious running should leave you with a nice ‘burn’ in your calves, glutes and hip muscles, but your steps per minute should not change. This cadence is ideal for ensuring you maximize the elastic recoil from the springy tendons and muscles in your feet and lower legs, helping you to conserve some of your energy and keep muscle fatigue at bay for longer.

If you can start to include these three beginners’ running tips into your new exercise program, you will find that you can run more efficiently, more rapidly and with less potential for injuries. The only other thing to add is a properly fitting pair of running shoes and you should be safe for your next year of jogging.

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Preventing Injuries: For the Backyard Junkies & the Big Dogs

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Whether you are a professional athlete, training for your first marathon or simply playing pick-up games of basketball from time to time with your neighbors, you are susceptible to injury and should take preventative measures to stay safe. These tips also apply to youth, whose growing bodies need extra care.

Warm Up

In any level of sport, you should already know about the need to warm your muscles up for the ensuing physical activity. However, you may not be doing it properly, for long enough or maybe you’re not warming up at all. Your muscles need time to acclimate to the pressures that you are about to cause. This does not have to be a long activity. A quick paced walk for five minutes before a run works well or jumping jacks before a game is also suitable.

Stretch

A routine of stretching is absolutely necessary to keep muscles agile and performing at their peak. Depending on your activity, you should stretch the muscles that will be strained the most during your exercise. Your quads, hamstrings and back muscles are particularly susceptible to strain. Be sure to stretch them adequately.

Protein Supplements

After a workout, consuming protein will help re-build your muscles. You will also notice a great improvement in your body’s ability to recover after exercising. You can purchase protein supplements in liquid form or in powder form and make it into a shake. By adding fresh fruit and other supplements such as flax seed you are adding other fabulous nutrients to your hard-working muscles. For youth it is wise to seek the advice of a physician before administering supplements. Their growing bodies have special needs that should be treated with care.

Stay Balanced with adjustments

Sometimes despite our best efforts, our body lacks balance and we may feel strain that keeps us from continuing our exercise routine. In this case, it would be best to see a chiropractor who can make the needed adjustments. It may take more than one appointment to return to balance, but it won’t take too long before you are feeling well again. With clinics all over the country, whether you need a NYC chiropractor or Atlanta chiropractor, you are certain to find one close.

Whatever your desired form of exercise is, you should take measures to prevent injury. Experiencing an injury could have an impact on your status as a teammate, a race participant or a player on the basketball team. Avoid the disappointment by doing your preventative duty.

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