Surfing. It seems like such a good idea; man conquering the ocean, showing off a toned physique as you curve along the crest of a wave… it’s the ideal isn’t it? There’s a whole lifestyle that goes along with it, too. The idea of being relaxed, chilled, unbothered by the everyday mundanities – it’s inherently attractive.
So summer rolls around and you decide it’s time to give it a go.
Then the realities begin to sink in.
#1 – It Starts With Such Confidence
The irritating thing about surfers is that they make it look so easy. You can thus convince yourself that it is that easy; a few lessons and you’ll be surfing along as if you were born to do it. This is the beginning of your new life. From hereon out, you will be transformed. You will spend your time posting GoPro images onto YouTube.com, spending your time looking for gear on FinBin.net in between trips to the beach. It’s going to be great.
Futuristic technology has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, from how we drive our cars, to how we put meals on the table. So there is no good reason why this wouldn’t feature in our sporting lives, too. Whether it’s a piece of equipment to monitor your everyday activities, or something which enhances your appreciation and motivation for a particular sport, bringing technology and gadgets in can completely change the way you interact with your own fitness. And with summer finally on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to get out there, get sweaty, and let technology lead the way. Here are just a few gadgets which are absolutely perfect for sports lovers everywhere, whether as gifts for yourself or someone else.
Nobody likes to lose. Even if it’s a casual game with friends, nobody wants to come last. You certainly don’t want to be the guy that everybody has to wait for while you spend half an hour trying to get out of a bunker. Golf is an interesting game, because you can master the basics in a few hours, but then it can take a lifetime to really hone your skills. If your golf game is lacking, then practice is the best way to improve your swing, but there are a few other things that you can try. Here are a few tips to bring your handicap down
A bad workman always blames his tools, but in golf, you might be forgiven. The equipment that you use does make a huge difference to your game. The first thing to get right is obviously your clubs. The amount that you should spend depends on how serious you are. If you are playing the occasional friendly game, you still want a decent set but there’s no need to break the bank. But if you are a bit more serious, or play more often, it is worth investing in a more expensive set. Here’s an interesting article on choosing the right clubs.
If you are thinking of getting into a new sport, then you might want to consider trying golf. There is plenty that the newcomer can enjoy about this interesting sport, and if you are looking for something which combines physical skill with mental acumen, then this is a great example. Often, people are put off trying to get into golf because the idea of practicing on a real course is intimidating. However, we will see that it is actually relatively straightforward to improve your golf game without such embarrassment – and watching yourself improve in this sport can be a real joy.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you might want to bear in mind if you are going to get into golf.
It’s a big year for sport. With some great fixtures spanning a whole variety of disciplines, there’s never been a better time to be a sports fan. Turns out, more and more of us are getting into sports as a form of exercise. We’re starting to shun the gym in favor for a more interactive and social workout. So whether football is your thing or you’re more of a swimmer, here are some of the most unique and grueling sporting fixtures of the year to get some exercise inspiration for your workouts…
European Weightlifting Championships – 1st-9th April
This annual event has been taking place since 1896 and this year it’s Croatia’s turn to host. Weightlifting is one of the biggest tests of strength and form. Until quite recently it was viewed as a way to build impressive muscle. Lots of women were turned off. However, there is now more and more proof that implementing weight training into your regime will help with weight loss, strength, and overall fitness.
When people think of sports, they usually think of going out into the great outdoors and having fun with their friends in a giant field. For instance, football is a fantastic physical sport but you’re going to need a lot of people to play with you and a huge field with goal posts and everything. Tennis is great too, but you won’t be able to play without a net. Golf is another excellent sport, but you won’t be able to play it unless you make regular trips to a course and have expensive gear. This is why we usually make sports a group outing so that we can go to a field or a park to play. However, what about playing sports at home? Is it as lame or boring as people make it out to be?
The problem with trying to get fit is you are also trying to battle something incredibly boring. If something is fun then you’re more likely to do it. For example, how is it that you know all the lyrics to Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang, yet don’t know the Periodic Table. Simple. The Periodic Table is so boring. So, what happens when you apply the same rules to getting fit? Well, you find yourself taking part in some totally alternative activities that grow your smile while shrinking your waistline. Now that is a winning situation. Smiling and sweating, something that was once an oxymoron, and yet now a reality, and one that will let you remain as far away from a serious sportsman as you want.
Okay, so there is no flying in the real sense of the term, but there is a chance to use your imagination in the same way you probably did when you were a kid. Also, who doesn’t want to play Quidditch (except for Piers Morgan who claims to never have read Harry Potter simply because he doesn’t want to concede to JK Rowling)? It may be embarrassing, but it is definitely going to make you smile. Just the names of equipment is going to make you smile, as you run around chasing after Quaffles and Bludgers and Snitches and all sorts. That’s our favourite bit, the Snitch. In the books and the films, it is a little gold ball that has wings and darts about so fast that the Seekers have a real job just keeping their ye on it, nevermind catching it. But, oh no, not in real-life Quidditch, where the Snitch is a tennis ball in a sock that gets tucked into The Snitch Runner’s shorts, who then has to run away from the Seekers. Continue reading