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Fitness Gear: What Do You Actually Need for a Better Workout? 1

Posted on January 26, 2019 by Jessica Peters

fitness-gearIt is a great time to be a fitness-conscious person. Not only do you have more workouts to try and specific programs to help you achieve your goals, there are also more gyms and supporting facilities that you can visit to exercise. The growing fitness market means gyms and workout classes are also getting more affordable.

There are also gadgets and gear designed to help you work out better. Whether you want to keep track of your exercises or you want to increase the intensity of your workouts, picking up the right gadgets to support your exercise is the way to go. To help you get started, these fitness items are the ones you want to consider.

A Capable Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers are perfect for keeping tabs on your exercise. The available trackers can help you monitor your progress while working out, which means you know exactly when you can start with every phase of the exercise program. Wearing a fitness tracker lets you gain more benefits from the workout itself.

There are some interesting options on the market too. The Fitbit Charge 3 is the perfect device if you are looking for a compact fitness tracker that still looks good when worn every day. The stylish design also means you can pair this fitness tracker with any workout outfit you like.

The Apple Watch 4 is also a great option. It may not be a device specifically for fitness tracking – and it only works with iOS devices – but you can still monitor key metrics while exercising. The added features that come with the Apple Watch 4 makes this smartwatch a great all-rounder. Read the rest of this entry →

4 Tips For Avoiding Serious Athletic Injuries 9

Posted on May 29, 2016 by Kara Masterson

safetyOne of the most common ways that many people are injured is by participating in sports or athletic activities on a regular basis. With all the tackles and jumps that are performed, it can be easy to strain muscles and break legs. To continue participating in sports and avoid athletic injuries, there are a few important tips to follow.

Use Protective Equipment

Wearing protective equipment is an effective way to reduce the risk of injuries in sports that involve physical contact between different players. If possible, wear protective headgear and padding to protect the most vulnerable parts of the body from too much force or pressure. Contact footwear can also be worn to reduce the risk of twisting your ankle or breaking it by having proper support with physical activity.

Warm Up Before Playing Sports

Although it can be easy to want to jump into practice or a game once arriving on the court or field, warming up is essential to preparing your body for extra strain. Spend 10 to 15 minutes stretching, exercising your muscles, and increasing your blood flow for increased flexibility. Start the warm up process slowly and stretch out each muscle to prepare it for different movements that you’ll perform.

Follow the Rules

Each sport has different rules to follow, which help create order with the game and can also reduce the risk of injuries that are prone to develop. Following the rules can allow you to protect yourself and will also prevent harm that can be inflicted on other players in the game. If you’re injured by another player, it’s important to seek personal injury help and obtain legal assistance to seek compensation to cover the costs of medical bills or lost wages. Read the rest of this entry →

For Volleyball Players Wearing The Right Gear Is Key 2

Posted on March 01, 2016 by Daniel Bailey

Olympic volleyballVolleyball is a high-level, intense game that demands swift decisions and frequently requires players to jump, dive and bend in a variety of complex manners. Along with other protective and practical clothing, volleyball players regularly wear specialty spandex shorts to reduce friction between the floor and their bodies. In fact, wearing spandex shorts enhances comfort and increases security on the court. The material allows a player to move with the flow of the game without needing to adjust their clothing. It also provides more freedom of motion without the concern of loss of integrity around the waist.

Many times, a volleyball player will dive for the ball. Form-fitting spandex permits sliding and offers protection from the hardwood floor. Traditional shorts could conceivably ride up and result in painful burns from the court.

Top of the Line Spandex Material

Spandex is an ideal material for volleyball players because it allows freedom of movement without restricting the player. Spandex shorts provide better movement on the floor and give you the ability to get up quickly off the ground and continue playing. They also make sprinting, jumping, lunging, and diving all around the court effortless.

Other highlights and benefits of specialty spandex volleyball shorts include:

  • Soft, durable, lightweight and comfortable material
  • Stretch up to 600 percent and return to original shape
  • Form-fitting quality
  • Does not break down from exposure to perspiration, body oils or sunscreen
  • Wicks away moisture and sweat from skin
  • Keeps players cool, dry and reduces the risk of chafing
  • Spandex shorts come in an array of colors and patterns so can be matched with team colors easily

As with any sport, it’s important to wear clothing that will allow you to play the game without having to worry about comfort or injuries. Specialty clothing can help players to look stylish while remaining practical and reducing the risk of injury.

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    • Earl Morrall: The Perfect Backup
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      Earl Morrall

      In a career that started in 1956 and ended in 1976, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was never really a leading man, but he seemed to be part of the supporting cast for many huge moments in NFL history.

      The second overall pick in the 1956 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, Earl Morrall joined a San Francisco 49ers team that already included the famous “Million Dollar Backfield” of Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Perry and John Henry Johnson.

      Morrall started four games during his rookie season, but just before the start of the 1957 season was traded along with guard Mike Sandusky to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for linebacker Marv Matuszak and two first-round draft picks.

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