How Does Playing Sports Make You More Healthy?

There’s no doubt that playing sports can potentially benefit your health. Some of the benefits are more obvious, but you may be surprised to find out that you can benefit not just physically, but emotionally as well. Before starting any new sport or exercise regimen, though, consult your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.
Physical Health

Most sports involve a certain level of physical activity; some more, some less, but all typically get your heart pumping faster at least part of the time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week, to help stave off chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Of course, it’s still important to check with your doctor before embarking on any new sport.
Mind-Body Benefits

The most obvious benefit to playing sports is the benefit to your physical body, but sports can help your mind stay healthier too. In fact, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that older people who participate in sports and exercise had significantly less brain shrinkage overall — a sign of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease — than those who didn’t do as much exercise.

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Training camp: Physio gym session

We take a closer look at the work Team Sky are putting in off the bike in Mallorca, starting with physio gym work.

Hard work takes place around the clock at our December training camp in Mallorca. Gains can be found out on the island roads, but they can also be carved out in the gym.

Whether hitting the weights or working on rider core, understanding each rider and their body is key to getting the best results when the racing starts.

Team Sky Physio Dan Guillemette talks us through a physio gym session with Geraint Thomas.

“We’re working in the gym with G. It’s quite an important time of year when we first get together in December and we can start to address some of the issues that riders may have had. We sat down with G earlier in October and we went through his muscular skeletal profile and looked at areas that he considered as weaknesses. We also looked at what his goals were for 2016 and worked quite closely with his coach as well. For next year it’s important to start addressing those issues now.

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Ringside in the Gym – 15th September

When he was eight years old, Amir Hussain Lone lost both his arms in an accident at his family’s saw mill in Indian-administered Kashmir. Now, at 26, he’s mastered cricket and is the captain of the Jammu and Kashmir para-cricket team.

Before the tragedy I had no passion for cricket – it was only afterwards that my love for the sport began. I used to go to our neighbour’s home to watch games because we didn’t have a TV set at home, but then one day, when I was cheering on my favourite cricket players, they turned the TV set off and asked me to leave.

That hurt me. I left, but I still wanted to watch the match. I ended up watching a whole innings from outside, spying through a crack in their window, and it was at that moment that my feelings for cricket crystallised and I pledged that I would play.

I struggled hard to develop my technique, whether it was bowling or holding the bat. Thanks be to God, I have done pretty well.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread with Real California Cheese Queso Blanco

I guess you won’t find me doing many Christmas-y stuff this year. There is just so many things I am still adjusting to like:

  • Spending our first Christmas in our new house. I am very excited because this is going to be our first holiday here at home. We are hosting and cleaning up didn’t even come across my mind! Gasp! Aside from cleaning, now I have to plan the menu, I used to do just one dish before.
  • Being pregnant. I am sleepy all the time! How can I do the cleaning? I sleep in between breakfast and lunch. Then I sleep again between lunch and dinner. Oh man…

Yesterday, I realized it was already December 22nd! I’m not even done on my Christmas shopping. If I sleep after breakfast, my niece, nephews and godchildren will surely be rallying in front of our house come Christmas day. Hiding is not an option..heehee.  So peanutbutter♥ and I headed out at 8am to do our last minute Christmas shopping. Surprisingly, the crowd wasn’t that thick and shopping was a breeze. We got home just after lunch with a plan to wrap gifts in the afternoon.

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Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Noodles

Ever since Olivia has arrived, I’m pretty sure the washer and dryer have been going non-stop.  The girl goes through a ridiculous amount of  clothes, burp cloths, swaddling blankets, and bibs.  It seems like every free moment Asheley has, she’s doing laundry and is well on her way to accomplishing her dream goal of becoming a laundry-folding ninja.

I’m so thankful for her.  The amount of care she puts in day after day for our baby girl is tremendous.  And yes, my baby’s momma also stays on top of doing all my laundry.  I can’t stand doing laundry.  Ugh it’s the worst… and she’s the best.

But that’s why we are a great team.  We divvy up the chores and responsibilites around here.  Her laundry room?  The food store.  Asking her to go food shopping is like asking me to run a load of wash.  Where’s the detergent?  How much do I put in?  What temperature should that water be at?  is replaced with Where’s cumin?  What brand yogurt do you always get?  I can’t find the rice cakes!!!  Yup… the food store is totally my domain.

I absolutely LOVE the food store.  Like, too much.  It’s not even a chore to me.  The key to having a successful food run?  Be prepared.  Plan out all your meals.  And… have a list, organized by where everything is in the store.  You’ll be in and out in no time.

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Get your bread pudding on with a sweet dessert.

It’s rare that the waffle iron gets pulled out in our house. But lately, I’ve been getting the waffle itch. And that itch is a direct result of my man Matt over at Real Food By Dad. The dude is a ninja with the waffle iron.

And if you’ve ever looked at something and said I wonder if I can make a waffle out of that?… you can rest assured knowing that Matt probably already has. If waffling was an Olympic sport, Matt would be Michael Phelps (minus the whole DUI thing).

So yea… if you have leftover stuffing come Friday, you need to dust off that waffle iron. Stuffing on Thanksgiving is fantastic and all, but getting it extra crispy and caramelized the next day a la waffles is where it’s at!

Load up your Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing Waffles with whatever you’ve got on hand and you have yourself some seriously good chow.

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The Best Celebrity Street Style From Milan Fashion Week

From the quirky grommeted ankle-strap flatforms at Bottega Veneta to the sculptural, shoulder-grazing earrings at Prada, the runways were full of an ultra-luxurious maximalism: Even the most decorated accessories, like Fendi’s striped python shoulder bag, which mixed color, embellishment, and texture, felt accessible, rather than over the top. There was a refreshingly diverse vision of femininity at play, too, that ran the gamut from Versace’s intricately beaded camouflage rucksack, which combined the allure of luxurious materials and craftsmanship with an authoritative attitude (and kicky, hands-free appeal) to the dangling pearl earrings at Ferragamo that proved a draw for those more desirous of a certain elegant minimalism. Here, the best accessories from the week in Milan.

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6 Beauty Lessons We Learned at Milan Fashion Week

This season, Milan Fashion Week offered an array of accessories rooted in the opulent glamour and sensuality that Italian fashion is known for. From the quirky grommeted ankle-strap flatforms at Bottega Veneta to the sculptural, shoulder-grazing earrings at Prada, the runways were full of an ultra-luxurious maximalism: Even the most decorated accessories, like Fendi’s striped python shoulder bag, which mixed color, embellishment, and texture, felt accessible, rather than over the top. There was a refreshingly diverse vision of femininity at play, too, that ran the gamut from Versace’s intricately beaded camouflage rucksack, which combined the allure of luxurious materials and craftsmanship with an authoritative attitude (and kicky, hands-free appeal) to the dangling pearl earrings at Ferragamo that proved a draw for those more desirous of a certain elegant minimalism. Here, the best accessories from the week in Milan.

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