Track and Field Equipment – What You Need to Know
With Usain Bolt being the fastest man on the planet, it’s no wonder he’s a sensation. Lightning Bolt, they call him, and for good reason too, thanks to being the fastest man ever, and the only Olympic champion to hold records for both the 100 and 200 meters simultaneously.
But you know what, pal? Stick to track and field events, will you?
Playing football is another “ball game” altogether. Kidding, of course. Welcome to the football – the beautiful game.
After all, if you’ve figured one sport which requires a lot of running at a blistering pace, it shouldn’t be difficult for you to play football as well.
At least, you’ll have competition in the form of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Robin Van Persie and a galaxy of superstars that are taking European football to the next level…
Sports, The Competition and the Quest for a Legacy – A Note
So, what’s the difference between a personal workout and competing in a sport?
Competition, glory and defeat and the spoils of war! It’s no wonder that most people who don’t work out watch some sport or the other.
The social incentive in playing a sport is probably one of the reasons why these athletes will sacrifice everything in their lives. And I mean everything.
No clubbing, smoking or drinking, or even being able to “do your own thing”. You are an athlete who works hard every day to win – there’s no pride in second place. Ask any Olympic silver medalist how they feel…
And even if bodybuilding has turned into a sport, it still doesn’t have the worldwide recognition that comes with conventional sports like track and field events, which is a workout without weights.
But no matter what these differences are, the truth is that these disciplines are one and the same when it comes to keeping you in top-notch shape from a fitness point of view, and it’s good for both sportsmen and bodybuilders to recognize the virtues of employing the benefits of both disciplines to their advantage as an athlete.
So, let’s look at the basic track and field equipment needed to start a fitness regimen if not competing seriously.
Track & Field Equipment – What You Need to Know
Before we jump into the type of equipment one needs to be an athlete or train to be one, it’s a good idea to pick a couple of events as your specialty, just like Usain Bolt finds an affinity to the 100-meter dash. So, here is a list of track and field events in the Olympics.
With that out of the way, the next question is: What kind of track and field equipment is required in order to fit in as an athlete?
Hardly any. At a minimum, a pair of running shoes and shorts should do the job but with modern advancements, there are other things that the modern athlete requires such as water bottles, energy drinks and so on and so forth, and which you can obtain at a sporting goods store or even over the web.
As for field events, you’ll need the equipment such as the javelin, shot put and so on and so forth to practice with yet most stadiums in the city will already have the equipment for athletes to use.
To sum it up, if you’ve watched the amount of equipment that goes into playing the game of cricket or baseball, we can consider the equipment needs of an athlete to be little or nothing at all.
So, have we missed any track and field equipment that is imperative for the modern-day athlete? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Simple Balance Exercises
For a while now, the idea of a work-life balance intrigues me. Some consider it to be an illusion much like true love and while the lifestyles of the rich and famous might be perfect evidence of why life can be so cool if you’ve obtained financial freedom, there no doubt that the effort to get there can take a while.
At another level altogether, doing what you love is another thing that most people give thought to… and sometimes, this takes a while to get there too. But at least, you keep yourself busy in the non-hedonistic manner, at least.
In my estimation, it’s what most people identify as their dreams, and for the lucky ones who do get there, the reality of these dreams often don’t meet the very fantasy that caused them to work towards them. However, for the most part, one can at least the savor the journey that led them there in the first place.
Perhaps, it is only in the second case that one truly achieves balance… for as a Chinese philosopher once said: if you love your work, you wouldn’t work a single day of your life.
And while this is something that one should (and will, sooner or later) give thought to, this whole idea of remaining balanced in the physical world is just as important as well.
The Importance of Maintaining Physical Balance
For starters, perhaps the equilibrium definition describes how balance is achieved, and this has a lot to do with your body weight distribution and, in some cases, provides one with maximum poise that works to their advantage for the most part.
The simplest answer to this question lies in the fact that you need balance for everything, apart from lying on your butt! And it’s almost obvious that this core body function works in the favor of sports athletes as opposed to those who don’t necessarily make it an essential facet of their training routine.
And as one gets older, the abilities that we take for granted (physical balance being one of them) now are not necessarily our strong points anymore, and this can lead to injury and the fear of falling if not being afflicted by injury due to one falling down.
And so does this mean that it’s inevitable that we will lose our balance as we get older… or old. (winky wink)
The Benefits of Simple Balance Exercises
Apart from working on muscular strength, if one also focuses on working out to improve balance… the thing is, this does not play such a debilitating role as one gets older and older. And while the most straightforward benefits of simple balance exercises can be to fortify your body against harm (from falling etc.) as one gets old, the thing is that working towards this can improve your fitness levels by a long shot in the short-term as well.
And since I am not a certified instructor, here’s a link with some of the simplest balance exercises that one can perform to improve their fitness levels.
And with all this talk about the work-life balance, one should know that the physical balance is no less important!
Lower Back Pain Exercises: In finding humor in aphorisms…
If you like to read, maxims or aphorisms are not a bad way to spend your time. Plenty of these are available over the internet in the form of several websites, and it’s always interested me to find truths in lines such as “In Life not being fair to everyone, it is being fair to each and everyone of us”.
But, to do so one has to be in a philosophical bent of mind, and one where you tend to take Life a bit seriously while doing your soul-searching in ways that seem to provide you answers.
After a point however, one comes to the conclusion that it is pointless to be so driven and serious, and what the situation really demands is a lot less seriousness and humor that can possibly help one take it easy.
Aphorisms and the region located below your “Lower Back”…
And so, one moves on from far more serious versions such as the fabled “Behind every great man is a great woman” to several adaptations such as this one: “Behind every great man is a great woman. And behind every great woman, is a guy looking at her a** (um… the region below your lower back, maybe!) .”
Haha. Gross but realistic… right?
And while there are several men whose wives consider their husbands to be a pain in the a** (Oops, in the region located below your “lower back”), these aches and pains can move to other regions as well for several reasons other than the constant nagging of their wives.
Lower Back Pain
But seriously, lower back pain can be excruciating, and one is better off without the sprain or strain that these muscles in your lower back go through.
However, since almost 80% of people have to experience lumbago at some point of time in their lives or the other, one can safely assume that the causes are several ranging from mechanical to oxygen deprivation and even depression.
The one thing that stops people from becoming active again after is the continuous recurrence of this pain, but it should not deter you from at least making an attempt to be active as much as possible.
What you can do, while choosing to stay active (despite the pain) is to avoid positions that you know strain those lower back muscles while also resorting to medical treatment and nonprescription painkillers just in case, it hurts.
When it comes to exercises for lower back pain, one should know that they aren’t complicated and can be done from home but one should consult with the physician before trying them.
And which brings us to the next question: So what can one do from an exercise point-of-view when one has lower back pain?
Firstly, you have to find gentle strengthening exercises for your stomach, back and legs, which will not only prevent re-injury but will speed up the process of recovery.
Here’s a sample video that stretches the tight muscles (which cause discomfort and pain in the lower back) around the hips, thus relieving pain with each time you complete the routine. And I say sample because this is a delicate medical matter, and thus this routine has only been provided so as to provide one with an idea as to what kind of exercises are conducted for the same.
Please CONSULT your physician before doing any kind of exercises such as these!
Considering the fact that this ‘nagging’ pain is just as excruciating as the aphorism “Behind every great man there is a woman rolling her eyes.”, the truth of it all is that the former is preventable through working out regularly… but the latter (marriage… I mean) is inevitable. You know, there’s someone for everyone… and it doesn’t if they call that person your ‘bitter half’!
7 Tricks & Tips to Help You Stick to Your Fitness Program
For many of us, exercise or a short-time fitness program is a quick fix for an expanding waistline or to look good on the beach. But after we’ve achieved our goal, it is way too easy to let things slide and turn our backs on physical exercise until the need arises again.
If you care about your health and value your life, physical fitness shouldn’t just be regarded as a quick solution to a weight problem. There are even more powerful benefits to staying fit and healthy.
Regular exercise helps to prevent serious health problems, including depression, some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can also help you feel more confident and less sluggish and give you more energy.
The trouble is we all know that exercise is good for us but motivating ourselves to begin a fitness regime and stick to it is the tricky part.
It wasn’t until I grew older that I realized that a physical fitness regime was essential to my health and well-being. And I too found it difficult to motivate myself, but I found plenty of tips and trick to make sure that I stuck to my fitness plan.
7 Tips and Tricks
1. The 30 Day Rule: Research has shown that any daily activity will become a habit, if you stick to it for 30 days. So getting through the first 30 days of your fitness regime is crucial to your success.
2. Find a Training Buddy: Working out with a colleague or friend can be a great idea, as you can spur each other on when the going gets tough.
Pro: Working out with others can make exercise more fun.
Con: If you are not both truly committed to getting fit, you may influence each other to give up.
3. Hire a Personal Trainer: If you are struggling to get started, it may be worth hiring a personal trainer for a few weeks. A good personal trainer can help you devise a fitness plan and get used to a regular exercise regime.
Pro: A personal trainer will motivate you to work out. And because you’re paying for his time, you will probably take your fitness regime more seriously.
Con: Hiring a personal trainer can be an expensive option. Depending on where you live, expect to pay between $25 and $75 per hour.
4. Choose Something You Have a Chance of Enjoying: This might sound like common sense but you would be surprised at the number of people who choose a particular exercise just because it burns fat faster.
Pro: You are likelier to stick to a fitness program you enjoy.
Con: You may just become addicted to exercise. I am not joking; exercise addiction is a serious problem for some people. They become addicted to the highs they get from exercise as a result of increased dopamine level.
5. Variety: Instead of plodding away on the treadmill for an hour, choose a workout which includes a variety of different exercises.
Pro: You are less likely to get bored. Also, you are more likely to avoid injury, as you will be exercising various muscle groups instead of putting all the strain on one.
Con: You will need to put a bit more thought and planning into your exercise routine.
6. Use Gadgets: If you are into technology, using fitness-related gadgets and mobile phone applications might motivate you. There are plenty of good ones available if you do a search on Google.
Pro: Applications that record your progress and help you plan your workout will add a fun element to your fitness regime, and inspire you to carry on.
Con: You may be tempted to spend more time playing with gadgets and applications than you spend working out.
7. Protect Yourself Against Injury: Make sure you do not injure yourself when working out by warming up, cooling down, and stretching. Also, take the time to learn the proper exercise techniques.
Pro: You are less likely to put yourself out of action for several weeks if you avoid injuring yourself.
Con: Warm-ups, cooling down, and stretches add additional time to your workout, but they are an essential part of your routine.
All this may sound like hard work, but the benefits of keeping fit shouldn’t be ignored. You will feel and look healthier if you participate in a regular fitness program, and you may even prolong your life.
Derek Carroll enjoys reviewing fitness products such as the p90x nutrition and exercise schedule, and the Bowflex dumbbells 552 adjustable dumbbell set. He also searches the internet for great deals and savings and shares his findings on his blog, Wise-Buyers.com.
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