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Sports Fun & Fitness!

February 27, 2010 by  
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This might sound elementary but…when you talk about sports fitness, what comes first in your mind? Do you see football players on the field, soccer players scuffling over a ball, a football team, or a tennis match? This is because sports fitness has always been referred to as “Sports” itself.

Sports entail physical activities that are usually carried out for some “recreational” functions such as self-satisfaction, entertainment, competition, etc. It uses physical activity that is why most fitness experts regard sports as one way of staying fit and healthy. It can also be considered as one way of physical fitness; the only difference is that sports fitness is more inclined to the development of skill or ability. However, like physical fitness, sports fitness is also capable of toning down the body fats of a person. Because of its rigid and strict health program, a sports enthusiast is able to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle in order to cope up with the strenuous demands of sports.

In sports, people should learn how to value their health. Otherwise, they can never endure the kind of energy that is required when playing sports activities.One way to get healthy and have fun at the same time is to pursue sports fitness. You can get your workout on the basketball court or baseball field. You can enter swimming competitions or run marathons. These exercise routines involve other people, interaction, and FUN!

So, let’s say you’ve decided to get your exercise through sports fitness.Here are some tips for ensuring a fun and healthy fitness program for you:

1. Consume lots of water/ fluids

Water is, indeed, the most important element needed by the body. Excessive perspiration, without any means of replenishing the lost fluids will result to serious health problems, and even death.Therefore, for people who are into strenuous exercises and trainings, it is best to always drink lots of water.

However, for sports enthusiasts, water may not be enough to replace the kind of fluid lost. Hence, it would be better if they would have sports drinks instead. Aside from the fluid, sports drinks have tow additional important ingredients needed by a person who is into sports fitness: carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Electrolytes are usually lost during strenuous physical activity, and this can only be replaced through sports drinks. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are also needed by the body during rigid workouts to provide more energy so that the body can cope up to the demands of the activity.

2. The good old theory – Eat your Fruits and Vegetables

People who are into sports fitness require more intakes of vegetables and fruits. This is because the body is craving for more vitamins and mineral supplements. It makes the body stronger and healthier enabling it to cope up with demands of the activity.

3. Calcium intake

People who are into sports fitness should have calcium present on their diet. This is to provide stronger bones to the body.Since the body is more exposed to greater physical activities, it is important to have stronger bones in order to avoid fractures or certain bone diseases like “osteoporosis.” Calcium can be found in different vitamin and mineral supplements. They are also abundant in foods like sardines, tofu, dairy products, etc.

4. Warm Up

This kind of activity is needed in order not to strain the body. Hence, before playing the sports that you have always love, it is best to do some warm-up exercises first.

Indeed, engaging into sports activities is one great way of being physically fit. The best thing about it is that in sports, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds!

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The Yoga – Pilates symmetry!

February 27, 2010 by  
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Pilates is a highly effective way to improve body awareness and posture and promote graceful, fluid motion. In addition to adding strength Pilates can also help with flexibility and improve your posture.

Pilates is similar to Yoga in some ways as it brings about a balance between the mind and the body and in doing so is highly effective at reducing and eliminating stress. Pilates emphasizes on physical conditioning and there’s nothing quite like it. Pilates uniqueness lies in the fact that all movements originate from the commonly overlooked “core muscles” that lie deep in the abdomen and surround the spine. Pilates often focuses on isolating these muscles in order to engage them effectively. This improves the blood circulation and thus helps maintain your internal bodily health and improve the tone and texture of your skin. Unlike some forms of resistance training that can add size albeit quite small to muscles, Pilates can help you to become strong while remaining lean, alternatively helping you to become lean if you’re carrying excess weight.

Although both Yoga and Pilates provide many benefits, Yoga’s focus has always been on how to make you feel, with the added benefit of stretching and strengthening muscles.  Pilates’ primary focus is to tone muscles effectively and shaping the way you look and carry yourself. If you are looking for an agile, rejuvenating workout that will provide as much of a lift for your brain as your body, then Yoga is the way to go. If you’re interested in a more dynamic system of muscle conditioning, and want to improve your core strength, Pilates may be the answer.

Pilates is rightly regarded by many people as one of the best forms of overall body fitness and conditioning and this is exactly the reason why so many professional athletes add Pilates training to their regular fitness training. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

As we age, one tends to lose is good posture and Pilates can go a long way in addressing that problem. Good posture also helps with the energy flow through the body and it is common for people who start doing Pilates to have a lot more energy.

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