Playing sports is so important when you're young, especially for girls. Being on a team or training for an individual sport like tennis or track helps to build friendships, teaches you how to communicate and work with others, and builds confidence, and it's a great way to encourage kids to get in the habit of staying active. When I was a kid, soccer was my sport, but I'd play just about anything. So what about you? Did you play sports as a kid? If so, tell me: What sports were you involved in?
Spring and Summer are busy seasons in the wide world of sports, and the Olympics are just around the corner. Exciting competitions like Wimbledon and the US Open, not to mention the ongoing baseball season, definitely make for good entertainment.
The athletes are fun to watch and inspiring, too, so I was wondering . . .
If you love the StairMaster, you're going to love stair racing (also called stair or skyscraper run-ups).
If you enter a race, you start at the ground level of a gigantic building, and you run up the stairs with hundreds of other people, often ascending thousands of steps in a few minutes. Just recently in the Taipei 101 race, a German athlete sprinted up 91 floors in 10 minutes and 53 seconds! Talk about major cardio.
You can find stair-climbing races in all the world's skyscrapers including the Empire State Building in New York City, the Sheraton Wall Center Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, and the Menara Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Many of these stair climbs are for charities, so not only are people getting into the physical challenge of stair racing, but they feel good knowing they're raising money for good causes.
Even if you're not into racing, you can still benefit from climbing stairs. There's no need to buy an expensive StairMaster or join a gym. You can climb the stairs in tall buildings near you, or if you don't have access to multiple flights of stairs, you can go up and down one flight of stairs. You'll tone your quads, buns, and calves, and your heart and lungs will get an amazing workout as well. Not only that, it's totally free.
Over the weekend I was suggesting that you get out and play a fun (and possibly slightly competitive) game of wiffle ball. Well, I just had to tell you about something I found that will make it even better!
Pink wiffle balls! How awesome is that? Not only are they prettier than plain old white balls, (and won't show dirt as easily) but they send women and young girls the very important message that sports are NOT just for men.
I am a full supporter in any product that encourages females to play team sports. They'll learn how to work with others, challenge themselves individually, and most importantly will see how important it is to move and use their bodies everyday. Plus these are cheap too, only $3.97 for 6 through Dick's Sporting Goods. I'm loving these pink wiffle balls!
Warmer weather always makes we want to go for a nice long walk in the park. I always see college kids, running around barefoot, and tossing around a frisbee.
Some ladies are causal frisbee tossers, and others take the game much more seriously.
Ultimate Frisbee has taken this carefree pastime to a whole other competitive level.
It's like a whole bunch of sports rolled into one. You play on a field similar to one used for football. It requires the athletic endurance of soccer, and the quick thinking and passing of basketball. It's played by 2 teams of 7 players.
In order to score a point, you need to catch the frisbee in the other team's end zone (kind of like football). You can run around unless you have control of the frisbee, then you need to stay put until you pass it.
If you want to play, you can always get a bunch of your buddies together for a friendly game, but you could also join a club, team, or game in your area.
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Okay, I'm having major PE flashbacks here. Dodgeball was definitely not my favorite sport as a child, but Dodgeball, the movie definitely sparked my interest in the sport as an adult.
I just found out that Crunch Fitness Gyms offer Dodgeball 101 classes.
Dodgeball is back folks! You get a great cardio workout from all that running around, ducking, and throwing balls. Playing this fast-paced game as an adult is much more fun, since now you have more throwing and aiming skills, not to mention upper body strength and speed. I always end up laughing my ass off, so it's a great way to relieve stress. Plus, since you are playing a game you forget that you are working out.
You're interested now, aren't you? To find a Crunch Fitness Gym near you, check out this map of gym locations.
Fit's Tips: If you're even more into it, you can also join a local Dodgeball team or league. Check around in your area to see where they're offered (try the YMCA), so your team can start practicing for the 2007 National Dodgeball Championship.
Ice surfing, also called Ice Sailing or Snofering, is a lot like windsurfing, but you ride ice instead of waves. It's a hybrid sport mixing the speed of snowboarding with the agility and power of wind surfing.
The board is similar to a skateboard, with ice blades in place of wheels. You're propelled across the ice with a windsurfing sail, and you steer with your feet.
What makes Ice Surfing so much fun is the amazing play between the sail and the wind. The continual and direct balance between your body weight and the pull on the sail induces a tremendous sensation of speed and motion.
If winter is a bitter and miserable time for you, you've got to get out and embrace it. There are so many fun and incredible things to do on snow and ice, and this just might be the thing that gets you hot for winter.
If you're in the Ontario, Canada area any time soon, you can take a lesson on Lake Simoce. It's one of the windiest lakes in the area, and it's cold enough for the lake to be frozen 1-3 feet thick.
When you go outside in the winter, you've got to protect your eyes from the amazingly bright glare of the snow's reflection.
I love my sunglasses in the summer, but in the winter, the plastic makes my face cold.
The solution? Nike Maxsight is an innovative, fully tinted soft contact lens.
It provides distortion-free optics, for both prescription and non-prescription contact lens wearers. They cover your entire pupil (the black part), eliminating glare and enhancing contrast.
Now you can have the luxury of sunglasses without the frame and the annoying fogging of the lenses you always get when you go inside to a warm place.
They filter out more than 90% of harmful blue light and 95% of UVA and UVB.
Fit's Tips: Find a doctor near you to get Nike Vision.
Imagine being able to snowboard or ski without the mountain or the chairlifts. It's possible when you're snowkiting, holding onto a kite and using the power of the wind to propel you. It is the snowy version of windsurfing.
The wind pulls you along at amazing speeds and you can get lifted and jump and spin in the air like you're flying. You can lean your weight and adjust the position of the kite to help direct where you're going. It's an incredibly fast and weightless feeling like no other.
Look for free snowkiting demos at a frozen lake near you, where you can get a 3 hour lesson for about $85. All you need to start is what you already own if you ski or snowboard, and they'll provide everything else you'll need from the knees up.
Fit's Tips: You may want to check out the Stormboarding Kitestorm happening on Feb 24-5 on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT.
You can also take a snowkiting lesson through the Boulder Outdoor Center on Lake Dillion in Frisco, Colorado. A beginner lesson costs $249, but it's 4-5 hours long and if you love it, 15% of that price can be applied to purchasing your own snowkite.
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