Tips for safe winter driving

Tips for safe winter driving

Oct 24

I believe that everyone will agree with me that the day is the ideal time to drive. Darkness brings with it many pitfalls – from poor visibility to a sudden light that can blind us. And when it’s winter, driving becomes even more unpleasant. But, it is the time when you need your vehicle the most. When the weather is nice, you can also take a walk. When the weather conditions are bad, nobody wants to walk, not even me, although I am a proponent of a healthy and active life. So I want to say a few words about safe driving during the winter because road safety is one of the ways to be and stay healthy. Driving conditions during winter are getting worse. Roadways are often slippery and covered with rain, ice and snow. Of course, in urban areas, roads are clean, but the man cannot always reach a pace of nature. Therefore, it is always best to rely on your own strength when it comes to safety.

First of all, for safe driving in winter, it is necessary to drive slowly and carefully. You do not need to brake suddenly or do fast maneuvers with the car, especially not on the road that is not dry. Such maneuvers may have risky turns and seriously endanger the safety of the driver. In addition, it is important to keep the proper distance from other road users. Slower driving and proper distance will give you enough time to direct your vehicle at a critical moment.

Equip your car with winter tires. Yes, they have a deeper treads, but also a different composition of the rubber. These tires behave differently at low temperatures. Their fibers adhere better on the road covered with snow and ice, provide increased traction and prevent slippage during braking. When the road is covered with snow, winter tires are not enough to ensure safety. In this case, your car needs chains.

Get a good light. In winter, the day is much shorter, so it is very important that you have good light in order to have a clearly visible road. When the safety of driving in the winter is concerned, I think that LED lights are irreplaceable. Check this site: LED lights provide adequate light, but at the same time they are resistant to low temperatures and severe weather conditions.

To be clear, good lighting is necessary and throughout the day, especially in winter conditions. You can be in the middle of a fog, heavy precipitation, and generally poorer visibility than during the beautiful spring day. It is especially important that emergency services have lights that provide a clear visibility on the road. In this way, they will always be noticed and arrive promptly where they are needed.

Clean the car from the snow. Remove snow from the roof, because it fall off the roof and endanger road safety. Scrape off all the ice from the windows so that you have good visibility. Check the windscreen wipers before starting. They should move without obstacles and adhere well to the glass.

Heat the car before starting. In this way, you will check the battery and prevent fogging the windows from the inside, that occurs because the differences in the external and the inner temperature.

Maybe your car is not a living being. However, do not underestimate the need to equip it for the winter. It is the only proven way to enjoy safe driving.

Practicing the Sliding Tackle

Practicing the Sliding Tackle

Apr 30

While the move is not in and of itself a foul play, you’ll find many players who execute a sliding tackle in football will end up getting their team hit with a penalty kick or free kick, or with a much more personal yellow card or straight up sending-off with a red card. If you ask me though, the major problem with the sliding tackle is the fact most people don’t train for it. It’s not a move that gets used as often as passes and kicks in football, and so naturally players don’t spend as much time learning to master it. But what if they did?

Well, you’d see a lot more people forcibly taking the ball from each other in professional and amateur games, I’d bet. You’d also see a lot more people wearing guards on their legs if more players were sliding and kicking. The problem with more people utilizing a move is essentially that they don’t necessarily all know how to perform the move. Unlike a bad pass or shot which could get turned over or give the other team a chance to score, a bad sliding tackle can seriously injure both the target as well as the tackling player, perhaps even enough to end a career, like if a leg or ankle is broken in the process.

Practicing the sliding tackle is crucial for learning how to execute it without hurting yourself or the people you target with it during gameplay. As tempting as it might be, you don’t want to catch even the smallest piece of their foot, shin, thigh or any other part of their body. You want to get in low and fast, send the ball away from their feet and give your teammates an opportunity to get back the ball. The only problem with practicing the tackle is that you’ll have a hard time finding other players who want to risk getting a high speed kick to some part of the lower body, just to help you learn a move.

Fortunately, there are items like these grappling dummies which were more or less designed to take abuse from people. While you aren’t practicing any martial arts moves, these dummies accurately emulate the size and shape of a person, so if you were to set a ball between the feet of one and try to slide tackle it away that would be very similar to practicing the move on another live person. While the dummy won’t run around or try to avoid you, you will know if you kick it during your tackle, which will tell you if you’re aiming correctly or using too much force relative to where you begin sliding.

This AMBER LEGGED DUMMY would be as good a choice as any other. You need something which is visible and easy to see, but also durable enough that it can stand up to getting kicked, and regularly. Because you probably won’t be using your above the leg level for too much, you might have a unique opportunity to resell your used dummy later and recoup some of the costs. Or you should just flip it over and use the arms as if they were legs once the actual legs are too worn and damaged from use.

Practical Steps into Becoming the Peaceful Warrior

Practical Steps into Becoming the Peaceful Warrior

Jun 19

Anger is generally a destructive force. While it could be used toward some good by building something up rather than breaking something down, anger often comes on too suddenly and hormones are rushing through a person’s brain when the time to make a decision comes. That state of mind can make it difficult even for level-headed people to make the right choice – it’s effectively like acting under duress.

Because of this, I recommend trying to keep calm throughout the day, rather than succumbing to those small, annoying things which can so quickly pile up at work, at home and elsewhere. It isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do, but learning how to better deal with those small annoyances will help a lot later on, when something more serious happens. Think of it as a kind of training for the mind rather than the body.

There is no panacea for anger or a short temper. Like improving yourself in many other ways, getting a better handle on your anger is going to take some time and practice. If you follow these practical steps when you feel rage building, you can help abate it and not get so worked up.

Top 10 Reasons for Active Lifestyle

Top 10 Reasons for Active Lifestyle

Jun 19

There are really too many reasons to list them all here, but getting physically fit and embracing an active lifestyle has always been good for people. I tell that my students and players all the time, but finding a fitness regimen and sticking to it isn’t just good for improving your performance in the football matches – it’s absolutely vital to maintaining positive health and being comfortable with your own body. So I’ve decided to list out top 10 reasons on how living active lifestyle can benefit your everyday life:

Increased Energy

This is kind of a no-brainer for me, but I’ve got plenty of athletic training experience and kind of have an edge when it comes to physical fitness. For everyone else, it’s important to know that increased physical activity actually leads to more energy, not less.

Faster Metabolism

I mentioned it above, but an increased metabolic rate is a kind of double benefit to getting active. While it will help your body’s cells to get more oxygen, heightened metabolism helps to break down sugars, fats and proteins faster, getting all that extra energy into your blood at a quicker rate than if you were just sitting around.

The Best Sport in the World – Football

The Best Sport in the World – Football

Jun 11

Now, before you get ready to fire off a nasty email on account of mine thinking Football (soccer) is the best sport in the world, take a breath of calm. Nobody is making you read this and you’re free to roll your mouse cursor to the northeast corner of your screen and just close this window out now if you’re just going to complain about what’s written here. I hear lots of people go on about how their favorite sport is the best game in the world. Those are matters of opinion, and this is just my own opinion, along with a few good facts to back up the claim that Football is the best sport in the world.

Like most articles about a person’s favorite sport, mine is going to begin with a recount of my first game. I was young; a lot younger than I am now, let me tell you. The world was my oyster, so to speak, and I thought I could do anything if I had the will for it. Maybe it had more to do with me being in the prime of my life than Football itself, but I loved the game.

It didn’t matter that I haven’t scored on my first real game – some of the best players in the world go through an entire match without a goal to their credit. However, I did set up a couple other players to score, entrenching in my mind the idea that teamwork can make or break a sports team. That’s truer in Football than in any other game, I’d say.

At present, there are five solid reasons I can come up with, each of which supports my claim that Football really is the best sport in the world. You may disagree with my ultimate synopsis, but it would be difficult even for die-hard fans of other sports to argue with the following points:

Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Jul 05

For your workout to be a success, you have to develop not just physical but also mental strength.  Whether you are working out at home or at the gym, distractions are aplenty. Often, these distractions result in unsatisfactory workout results. As such, you have to develop a strong will and determination to be able to zone out these distractions and get focused to building your body.

So, how do you manage these distractions? Here are some tips we’ve used in our soccer training camps to avoid disturbances during the boot camps.

  1. Set a clear goal

Once you’ve finally decided to work out, you need to have a clear picture your goal. At our boot camps, we set short-term and long-term goals. While players are focused to achieving the end-result (the championship), they get to celebrate milestones. These are regular successes provide reinforcements.

  1. Choose the best workout time

As with soccer training, you have to schedule your workout when you are already free from all worries. Some choose to do early morning workouts. It’s always a rule that soccer players should never bring their problems to training camp – same as when you’re working out. You should free your mind and just think of the training routines during this time. If you are working out at a home gym, installing a nice wireless doorbell at the gym door would help you reduce unwanted walk-ins which are truly distracting. If you are keen at installing one, I’ve found nice reviews on different wireless doorbells at Doorbell Base. Discover what time of the day you are most enthusiastic and energetic so that you can have an optimal training.

  1. Background music

If you are still reading this, I am pretty sure that you are determined to achieve your fitness goals. Match this determination and focus with a good playlist. It sets the tone of your training and pushes you to do more. There are a lot of other auditory distractions that can keep you out of focus. By having a playlist dedicated for training, you’re conditioning your mind and body to concentrate on the physical workout.

  1. Perfect the routines

Focusing on achieving the best results requires perfect execution of the routines. This is why we spend hours practicing different soccer plays. In workout, you have to be aware of your body movement and your form. This is the reason why gyms are surrounded with mirrors. Aside from getting the best result, you also avoid the risk of injury. By concentrating on the perfect technique and form, you eliminate the distractions and turn your focus back to your training goals.

  1. Plan the workout routine

It is best to have a fitness trainer (much like a coach in a soccer team) who will guide you through the routines. However, if you don’t have one, you can still create your personal workout plan so that you don’t waste your time at the gym. There are a lot of workout schedules available in the internet that you can tweak to suit your fitness needs. A workout plan also helps you track your progress, what machines you’re using, rest periods, weight, tempo, etc. On the other hand, by not having a plan, you are leaving the door wide open for distractions and ultimately a failed workout.

Remember that workouts, whether Crossfit, Zumba, weightlifting, and others, requires progressive overload. You have to know where you’re going for it to be successful. All of these concepts are just the same as in our soccer training camps.

Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Apr 29

Not many have the patience of maintaining a beautiful and appealing garden and lawn. While it is not exactly a difficult thing to do, you need to be patient and willing to put in some effort to achieve the look you want.

Some of my neighbors complain that it is too much work and they usually have very little lawn space, so there is minimal work involved for its maintenance, or they use a lawn maintenance service, and grumble about the expenses. But the entire work is simple, all you need to know is how to go about it. Here are some tips to help you keep a low maintenance garden and lawn.

Healthy grass

For a perfect lawn, the grass should be healthy. You need to know the soil pH level to achieve a good-looking lawn. The acidity or soil pH level is important. Even if the soil looks black and rich in mineral, it may not have the right pH level needed for the grass. Send a sample of the lawn soil to a local testing service for knowing about the pH level. If the pH is low, you can add lime to the soil or if high, you can add iron. The average pH level is between 6 and 7.2

Shady areas

Most often grass in shady areas is given more attention as it struggles to grow in such regions. There is a tendency to use more fertilizer than necessary to compensate for the loss of proper sunlight.  If you are in a region that receives very little sunlight for most part of the year, using indoor growing systems is a good choice.

Applying too much fertilizer is bad for the grass as it can kill the grass. The fertilizer and water needs of plants in shade and direct sunlight are different. Less water is sufficient for the shady areas, since the loss of water by evaporation is less, whereas for the grass present under direct sunlight, water is needed more. The fertilizer needed is also less as without much sunlight the growth is not as much.

Healthy soil for fewer weeds

Lawns, which are nutrient deficient, favor the growth of weeds. So all you need to do to avoid pulling out weeds is having a healthy lawn. To ensure a healthy lawn, test the soil for the fertilizer type and amount needed.

With the right fertilizer, the grass will dominate and eliminate the weeds helping you avoid the use weed killer in huge amounts. Whether you are growing plants outdoors or indoors, using a fertile and nutrient rich soil is important. While growing plants indoors, using fluorescent grow lights such as those at helps in boosting plant growth as effectively as under sunlight.

Another way to discourage weed growth and erosion is forming a good ground cover. The ground covers help soften patios, rock features etc., and prevent erosion in inclines. To ensure a good cover, kill the vegetation present and let it rest until it stabilizes the bank and forms mulch. Planting should be done on this dead layer. After planting, another layer of shredded bark or some other mulch should be placed to retain moisture. This also reduced weed growth, while the ground cover is formed.

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest Day

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest Day

Jan 21

If you’ve been training CrossFit for a while now, you probably know how intense the workout can be. This makes rest days an essential part of the training; otherwise your body may break down. However, one of the common mistakes of CrossFitters is that they shun rest days. So, I’ve come up with some tips for a successful rest day.

  1. Take rest.

Resist the temptation to shun rest days. On your rest day, you should not be lifting anything. The best thing to do is to watch marathon episode of your favorite TV show, read books or check your social media accounts. Some CrossFitters would say they’re doing “active rest” which means lifting weights or doing light workout. But this is a bad idea. You need to give your muscles time to rest and heal. If you aren’t into lazing around, you can try a hobby like doing crossbow hunting. For that you will need to visit this site to check out different crossbows.

  1. Get enough sleep.

Go to bed early. After days of subjecting yourself in physically draining, high intensity workout, your body and mind deserves a good night’s sleep – that’s 7-8 hours of sleep. Set your room into a sleeping mode by taking out distractions. It may be best to avoid doing physical activities past 6 in the evening. If you have developed some physical routines before you sleep, perhaps you have to channel it to some activities during the day.

  1. Hydrate yourself.

Drink plenty of water. And it should be water. That is not the same as soda, energy drink, coffee and most especially not beer. Water is all the body needs to recover. You don’t have to compound it with anything. If you are a coffee lover and can’t live without a sip of it, it’s okay but still gulp in lots of water throughout the day.

  1. Warm, relaxing bath.

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest DayWhile you may be doing it daily, taking a good warm bath (or salt bath) on your rest day can have a rejuvenating effect. It’s awesome not just for your skin but also for your muscles. Better yet, you can soak in your Jacuzzi for a more relaxing rest day.

  1. Relax your muscles.

While you are watching TV or checking your social networks, get the foam roller and start kneading your muscles. A good foam roller can help your sore muscles heal faster. It is also satisfyingly relaxing. If you don’t fancy foam rollers, you can use other items you can find around your home. A good massage is also very effective.

Aside from these things, you can also use your rest day to spend time with family and friends. I don’t really advocate it, but you can permit yourself to try eating something bad. Try to think of it as a reward for doing good. It’s alright to cheat every now and then, just make sure you don’t get used to it. Last and most importantly, enjoy the fruits of your workout!

Get rid of holiday flab with CrossFit

Get rid of holiday flab with CrossFit

Jan 09

With the holidays coming to an end, people start feeling guilty about the rich meals, overflowing booze and lazing around with friends and relatives all of which have added on quite a good deal of pounds. I have the right solution for taking away the holiday flab. CrossFit workouts are just what you need, if you are looking to lose the excess weight gained. The best thing about CrossFit equipment is it does not need as many equipment as you see in a conventional gym. Here are some tips to help you set up a CrossFit gym in your garage or basement.


Proper matting and most importantly sufficient floor space should be present before you think of choosing the CrossFit equipment. Since extensive floor work or explosive movements are used in CrossFit, you would need proper shock absorption to safeguard your joints and bones. Rubber mats helps in cushioning your body against impact. If you are considering a basement gym, make sure you have a quality sump pump such as those at SUMPPUMPJUDGE.COM.


Kipping pullups form a regular part of the workout of the day in CrossFit, so having a pull up bar is essential. The bars are used to test the extent of progress you have made. Since most CrossFit workouts involve the pullup bar, having a sturdy one is necessary. The bar can be found in simple models easily installed over your door and removed too. And there are standalone versions too.


Dumbbells, sand bags, and kettle bells are among some of the important weights used for resistance training. The most significant weight used is however the Olympic weights with bar. This is used for over 17 percent of all exercises in CrossFit. Although this is a bit expensive, you can do several exercises ranging from squats to overhead press and the weights are easy to decrease or increase.


This is an absolute must for your home CrossFit gym. It has dual purpose of helping in strength training and cardio workout. Since there are no separate exercises in CrossFit that target cardio exercises, a rower helps to give you both the strength training and cardio benefits.

Gym environment

gym-595597_960_720While the basic equipment needed are not much, you should ensure that the atmosphere is comfortable and enjoyable. If you like music while you exercise, make sure the noise levels do not disturb others nearby or use headphones. The floor should be stable for withstanding the vigorous exercises you do. Make sure the place is safe from termites and moisture from snow or flooding. Having a good battery backup sump pump will prevent undue damage to the equipment and the basement, if you reside in a flood prone region.

And some of the CrossFit equipment can be made at home from items, which you use every day or which can be bought easily from general household stores. Sand bags, for instance, can be made at home with canvas sheets or heavy-duty cloth. You can make a sack out of the cloth and fill it up with gravel. For a kettlebell weight, you can use PVC pipes and basketball. Even the pull up bars can be made easily, if you have a bit of technical knowledge.

Today’s modern footballers are a healthy bunch

Today’s modern footballers are a healthy bunch

Dec 20

Just recently, the death of one of Manchester United’s favorite and greatest sons was commemorated. As a professional football player, he managed to extend his career to well into his thirties and like most pre-retirement soccer players today, spent some time plying his trade in the then North American equivalent of today’s Major League Soccer.

Where longevity is concerned, perhaps only the great Sir Bobby Charlton and the Welsh winger, Ryan Giggs, have outpaced and outfoxed the first global soccer superstar from the halcyon years of the sixties. Speaking of foxes, have you noticed that Leicester City is surprisingly leading the English Premier League by two points (at the time of writing this post)?

The Foxes might win this season’s championship

According to former Manchester United boss, the great Sir Alex Ferguson, these Foxes stand a chance to win the championship this season. But, this is provided they are able to stock up on new players during the mid-season transfer window. Their run of games over this period, Ferguson says, is rather tough for a limited squad.

As a cross-fit trainer myself, I’d like to put my mouth where my weights are by suggesting that one of the reasons why Leicester City have done so well so far is because the squad they have at the moment is rather healthy and fit. This is in great contrast to faltering champions, Chelsea, and the two Manchester teams, City and United.

As a football legend, George Best’s lifestyle off the pitch contributed heavily to his premature death, mainly due to a long battle with alcoholism. Off the pitch, he didn’t have any interest in constructive hobbies such as the one’s suggested by Wood Lathe Report.

These giants did the number seven justice

Rather than apply his mind to healthy activities such as vegetable gardening, wood working and even caring for animals, George Best partied and drank his way through life. Like most other players during Best’s era, George (who made many girls cry) was a heavy smoker. Not today’s professional players; because of the high tempo of the modern game, they have to take extremely good care of themselves. Even while doing so, they still get injured a lot too these days, don’t they?

Now, like Best, this young man is a foot-balling genius. Because of his obvious gifts and potential to become one of the all-time great Manchester United players, Sir Alex Ferguson presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the hallowed number seven jersey that Best once wore. Of course, Ronaldo, now playing for Real Madrid, did the jersey justice.

Ronaldo leads the way

These days, when you look at Ronaldo’s pop image off the pitch, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was an off-field player like Best was. But he’s not.

As someone who truly looks after himself both on and off the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way where today’s modern footballers are concerned. Is it any wonder then, that he is the current FIFA World Player of the Year?

Will he be sacked in the morning?

Will he be sacked in the morning?

Jan 08

Especially at this time of the year, I hardly get time to go and watch one of the big English Premier League teams in Manchester. Well, there’s only two teams really, Manchester City and Manchester United. As I write this post, City are taking on surprise EPL leaders, Leicester City. I won’t be able to update you on that match because I’m working as we speak. Christmas came and went in a flash. Now we’re busy getting ready for New Year’s Eve and the first day of 2016. I did get to go and watch Manchester United at Old Trafford last night and even though the match ended in a stalemate, I enjoyed every minute of it and lapped up the atmosphere within the walls of one of the world’s most famous stadiums.

Tools to help with their development

In spite of my passion for the game, I rarely go to watch live games. This is because I’m more preoccupied with work which has seen me divide my time equally among coaching young lads and taking care of underprivileged kids over Christmas (and now New Year). We were able to collect more than enough donations to see to these poor children’s needs. They all got new clothes and kit. They were also given essentials for when school starts in a week or so.

Apart from giving generously, we believe in providing underprivileged children, particularly the older ones, tools to help with their development and preparation for working life when they are older. Have a look at and see what we got the lads this Christmas. Even though I was supposed to be relaxing during the game, I couldn’t help thinking of my work ahead.

The responsibilities of leadership

Whether it’s an occupational hazard or down to my passions, watching Manchester United’s beleaguered manager, Louis van Gaal, hard at work on his notepad, got me thinking about the responsibilities and pressures of leadership. My load is nowhere close to the one that Mr. van Gaal is carrying on his shoulders right now, but I can relate. As it turns out, I could take a leaf out of the United boss’s notebook. In spite of several chances to score, the Red Devils gave a good account of themselves for a change after being on an unusually long losing streak, lasting no less than four matches.

Nevertheless, the way that they played seemed to please the coach and alleviate some of the pressure he must be feeling right now. It may not be as tidy and glamorous as the passing game that has made Barcelona the great team they are today, but I particularly enjoy watching the Red Devils dominate all corners of the pitch with possession and percentage football. If only they could just score some goals already.

Because the boys and girls are a lot younger than the men I saw last night, the emphasis is always on enjoyment, but like the Devils were doing to their utmost, playing as a team is also important.

Tips on outdoor cleaning

Tips on outdoor cleaning

Dec 05

While we take pride in decorating our homes as best as we can, one thing that all homeowners put off at the first opportunity is cleaning and keeping their home in order. I’ve found that most people who do the cleaning or organizing do it reluctantly and as a last resort, while some don’t bother at all. I hate seeing a home in disarray. And especially, the exterior of homes.

The dirty garage door, cloudy windows, and unsightly cobwebs hanging in the corners are sure signs of a neglected house. But contrary to popular belief cleaning is not that difficult a task, once you set your mind to it. Here are some tips that I‘ve learnt along the way and am sure will help you too.

Spring-cleaning for instance, is not only keeping your home neat and tidy, but making it ready for inviting your friends and having loads of fun.

Garage door cleaning

I bet you’d never realized that your garage door needs a cleaning. The garage door is undoubtedly dirty being exposed to the outdoor dirt and dust all the time. But you need not worry over it, as cleaning it is very easy. The things you need include dish soap, terry towels and a bucket of water. An efficient pressure washer such as those at is necessary for a fast and thorough cleaning.

Mix a tiny portion of dish soap to some water in the plastic bucket and fill the bucket up till the rim. Dip a rag in the water, and use it to wipe the door. Kids love this and so you can leave it to them.

Once the door is wiped with soap water, you should use pressure washer to wash the dirt down. Be sure to set the pressure in the washer at a low level, as too much can damage concrete, brick, wood and other things.

Cobweb cleaning

In the cold winter months, it is common to neglect sweeping the cobwebs from under the eaves in your home. But as winter recedes and spring sets you will find that these have to be removed to get rid of that unkempt look from your home. A proper cobweb-removing duster fitted to a telescopic rod is best to clean the out of reach cobwebs. To remove cobwebs sticking to the duster, just roll it on your lawn or bush.

Window cleaning

When the snow and rain recedes, your windows will wear a dirty and dingy look. This will mar the glorious exterior view. A steam machine, water and terry towels are the things you need to clean your window. Fill up the steam machine in water and wait until the entire water is heated. Now steam the window using upward movement. This will remove all the dirt. Use a dry towel to wipe the window clean.

And don’t forget the trash cans. These can produce a strong stench that can offend you and your visitors. Use dish soap and pressure washer to clean the inside of the can. This will leave them devoid of any foul smell.

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Nov 24

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut TooDid you forget I need a haircut too?

If only garden plants can talk, you’ve probably heard them tell you this.

I thought of this while I was peering over my neighbor’s backyard garden. A certified green thumb and garden lover, I find it unsettling seeing a poorly maintained garden. I’m even thinking of volunteering to prune their foliage.

For this post, let me remind you how important pruning is (in case some of you don’t know it yet or forgot about it.)

Pruning is necessary not just for keeping the garden look good but also to keep your plants healthy and allow it to grow better. While it may seem counterintuitive, regularly cutting plants back is beneficial for its growth. This makes it important to invest on basic gardening tools, particularly pruning tools. A pole saw can help simplify pruning of tall trees and garden plants – a common problem that beset many garden owners. If you don’t own one yet, you can visit this review site to learn more about the different brands and models of pole saws.

Before you even think about it, pruning is not just randomly cutting parts of a plant. When you prune plants, you have to be careful which parts to cut, which to spare, and when to do it. Some vital things to consider include the desired shape of the plant and how you want it to grow back.

Usually, the extent of pruning depends on the type of plant. For instance, flowering plants only require removing the weak or dead parts. Meanwhile, grass and other shrubberies often need to be cut back to the ground to allow new sprouts to replace the older ones.

I’ve read that pruning actually hurts a plant (as if anyone has felt how it is to become a plant?). Well, it obviously wounds the plant but if done properly it shouldn’t harm the overall health of the plant. On the contrary, it should allow the natural healing process, which enables healthy growth. Have you ever noticed how flowering plants produce more flowers after pruning? The same is true with fruit-bearing trees and most other plants.

Pruning may also be necessary for safety reasons. Some trees can grow very tall interfering with power lines and putting people nearby at risk. Trees can also pose risk to your home, such as possible debris from the tree in case of strong winds.

Usually, pruning is best done during the dormant period of the plant (winter, early spring and fall). But this is not the case for all plants. There are plants, such as shrubs and spring blooming trees, that produce new buds once the old ones fall off. Prune these plants just after flowering. There are also some plants that need to be pruned continuously to keep them healthy.

But what if you pruned at the wrong time? There should be no problem as plants have incredible healing capacity. Pruning, no matter how odd or poorly done, is rarely fatal. Most plants recover but only after some time. To avoid worries, it would help to do some readings before you take out the pruning shears.

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right Now

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right Now

Nov 23

Many of you probably don’t know: I’m also into gardening. Yes, you read it right! This soccer fan actually tends to a small home garden. I find it beneficial growing organic vegetables and herbs which is good for one’s health.

3 Easy DIY Garden Watering Systems You Can Do Right NowI was actually planning install an air compressor into my garden’s watering system to increase the water pressure. While looking for an air compressor, I found this site, Air Compressor Judge, helpful as it offers reviews on different models and brands of air compressors. Sadly, I couldn’t seem to find a model that fits my budget, so I decided to go on DIY water systems.

For this post, allow me to share with you some nifty DIY watering systems that won’t hurt your pocket.

Drip Hoses

This is a simple DIY water system that requires cheap materials and can also help you save on your water bills. A drip hose directly brings water to the soil, drop by drop. You can either buy a roll of drip hose or you can also use an old hose. Clean the hose and punch tiny holes at least 2 inches apart. On both ends of the hose, leave 6 inches un-punctured.

Once the hose have tiny holes, attach a hose cap on one end and then the other end towards a supply to the faucet. Turn the water on keeping the pressure low, or else it will spray. Run the hose beneath the plants and then cover with 2 inches of soil. Since it is directly under the foliage, it is protected against evaporation.


Ever heard of ollas? These are earthen jars come with wide bellies and thin necks are buried in your garden. It allows you to store water to it. Water slowly seeps through the tiny holes in the ollas’ unglazed walls keeping the soil moistened. At the same time, it also prevents water evaporation or runoff. Over time, the ollas draws water to it, creating an efficient self-watering system. Ollas can capture water from rain or daily precipitate so you don’t need to worry about water run-out.

Self-watering Earth Box Planter

If you have no time to water your garden, you might find this clever project very helpful. The idea is simple: let the soil absorb water slowly from a built-in well. You just have to fill the built-in well but less frequent than what you normally do.

An earth box can be made of any material or size. It just needs to have two basic components the mulch/soil and a water reservoir. Making a DIY self-watering planter may seem complicated but it’s actually simple. You can check some instructional videos on how to make your own earth box with materials that are readily available to you.

These simple DIY projects can unburden you from the task of watering your garden daily. I find it especially helpful for busy urban dwellers.

Give youngsters the gift of a trade and a football

Give youngsters the gift of a trade and a football

Nov 15

Boy does time fly! There is just over a month to go to Christmas. And before you know it, another year has begun. I’m beginning to feel this phenomenon of how quickly time flies, particularly when you’re in the throes of an exhilarating football match, either as a player or spectator. This doesn’t apply to the coaches, of course, especially when their sides are down a couple of goals and there are just minutes to go before the ref blows it for the last time. Because of the pressure, some coaches wish that time would indeed just fly away.

There is always time to help out

But the greatest managers, ever faithful in their squad’s abilities and with a never say die attitude, always bay for another five minutes or so. Who remembers Sir Alex Ferguson’s continuous tapping on his wrist-watch while menacingly glaring at the time-keeper or ref? But, then again, he was on the winning side. But even the great Sir Alex wasn’t entirely a fan of the Christmas season, mainly because the fixtures around this time of the year are congested and managers naturally have a concern about their players’ performances and the high risk of injuries.

We, as fans, don’t mind, of course. But spare a sobering thought for the poor lads and their sisters in your neighborhood. They won’t be looking forward to Christmas as much as we are. For reasons related to the poverty they are faced with, many of these kids aren’t able to go to school. Those who do suffer from attention deficit disorder and are unable to apply themselves well to school work. As life skills practitioners and football coaches, there is always time for us to help them in some way.

Give youngsters the gift of a trade and a football

Give young, gifted lads the chance of a lifetime

In view of their dire circumstances, the greatest gift that society can give these youngsters this season is the gift of a trade and a football, along with decent clothes to wear and a few warm meals. This would set them up for a future productive life in which they are empowered to pay their own way. We could give them educational and on the job tools, some of which are listed here, to help them kick-start a better life.

They may be two of the most famous and wealthiest clubs in the world today, but there’s one thing I admire about Alex Ferguson’s beloved Manchester United F.C. and European Cup champions, Barcelona F.C. That is their emphasis on youth development off the training pitch. Young, gifted lads are literally scooped off the streets of the most impoverished townships and given the chance of a lifetime.

Messi and Ronaldo

Give youngsters the gift of a trade and a football Who would have believed that the great Lionel Messi has been with the famous Catalans since the tender age of ten? And don’t forget that his arch-nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, also started life playing barefoot in the street. You know, these centers of excellence are not called football academies for nothing. Let’s all try and give some of these youngsters a well-deserved break in life.

Tips For A Healthier Diet in 2016

Tips For A Healthier Diet in 2016

Nov 01

Tips For A Healthier Diet in 2016There are a lot of people who just aren’t happy with their weight. They don’t know what to do and most of them are putting some bad supplements and pills into themselves just so they could maybe loose a pound or two. The diet industry is huge and it’s making tons of money because of people and their issues. But slowly people are changing when it comes to fitness and weight loss.

When it comes to those who really want to lose weight and become healthier they sometimes don’t know what to do and what to eat! A healthy diet is something which should be practiced by everyone, no matter their weight. Today people eat every single possible trash they can find. That’s also changing slowly. But there are tons of fast food restaurants, frozen food and sugar in every possible grocery. So how to stay healthy today and what are predictions for healthy diet in 2016?

For starters, try to avoid eating processed food at all. At least eat as little of it as possible. It is dangerous for you not just because of the fact that is unhealthy for your body, but it is proven that it does have a negative effect on your mood and mental health. In 2016, try to cook more at home, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, and eat less of sugar and carbohydrates.

You will be surprised after few weeks how your mood changes for the better. Diet really isn’t about not eating anything. There is research done on how to incorporate healthy and fresh food into your diet so that the input of the food you take daily doesn’t change drastically. What I do is make healthy meals and use my trusty vacuum sealer which I got from and sometimes I make food for the whole week – healthy and fast!

So there are bad and good fats right? Try to eat more of the good ones. FTips For A Healthier Diet in 2016or example, eat less grilled red meat and try to eat more fish. Fish has some amazing Omega3 fats which are much better for your body than typical animal fat.

By law, every food product is required to have a label on it so the consumer could know what’s in it. Read it carefully so you can be aware what you eat. Also, focus on the taste of the food after the consumption. Habits show up when you directly focus on them. That way you will know what you like and what is good for you.

Now there is one more thing which you should consider. Eat so much food as your body needs. Eat smaller portions but with different types of food. Mixing some food will get you what you need and you will have a better understanding of the food you eat. The problem is when people start limiting themselves to what food they can eat. Don’t do that. It is important to eat everything so you don’t feel like a failure while on a diet.

Can’t Get Football Tickets?

Can’t Get Football Tickets?

Oct 30

As a big fan of football, I know what a pain it can be when you can’t manage to get tickets for a game you really want to see. I also know there are, perhaps, some ways to view or record a football game, even if you can’t physically be there at the stadium or field when the game occurs. What I’m talking about are quad copters, or drones as they are more commonly known around the world. Many of these automated flying machines come with a camera or other recording device attached, which allows the pilot to have eyes even in places they normally could not.

Well the implications here should be clear. Even if you can’t see the Football game you’ve been pining to watch, with a quad copter, you technically still can. The only thing is, you’ll need to watch the feed provided by the copter, either through a live streaming connection or by reviewing the on-board data which is recorded during use, sort of like how you’d put a DVD into a player to watch the contents. Actually, there are two things, and that’s just one of them. The other is that quad copters and drones in general are kind of a legal grey area today.

Different countries and even different provinces and states in the same country seem to have different rules and regulations surrounding the use of quad copters and drones. It seems to be a universal thing that it’s against the law for one to take the footage created by their quad copter, turn around and use it in a commercial manner. That means you couldn’t record the championship game and then sell copies to people over the Internet for 20 GBP a pop. If you were just keeping the recording for your own, private use, you might have no legal issues to worry about though. Click here for more info on quad copters.

There are also other restrictions to keep in mind like maximum speed, flying height, whether or not your copter is chipped and traceable by your local aviation authority, and more. Please, before you go using one of these devices to record football games from outside the stadium, make sure you’re complying with all of your local laws concerning the use of the quad copter. Keep in mind that this is new technology, so the laws may not have caught up with it in some places, leaving them either very lenient or very strict. It’s up to you to look into that first.

If you’ve got the all clear to take to the skies and start recording things, you’ll want to take a serious look at all the different quad copters that are available, and the selection is surprisingly wide and varied for them being relatively new technology. The Quad Copter Guru can tell you more about these devices than I can, that’s for sure. On the other hand, Ii you’re looking for interesting new ways to catch sports games without actually being in attendance, stick around.

Why should you strengthen your muscles

Why should you strengthen your muscles

Oct 25

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to have strong muscles. That’s always meant a great strength and invincibility. Today I know that strong muscles are not only useful if you want to be a superhero. They can make your life easier, more interesting and allow you to grow old with a dignity. To this day, it is the reason why I stand for the promotion of active living. Better quality of life is one big reason. But if I have to explain it in more detail, then I will single out the following reasons.

  1. Strong muscles affect the posture and reduce the chance of injury. They give good support to your spine. This will reduce bad posture and back pain. Stronger muscles are some kind prevention of injuries that can occur due to sudden movements. Such injuries rarely bring only the pain in the back. Depending on the part of the spine you have injured, can you feel the pain in the neck and pain in the hands or legs. This will affect your movement and your quality of life.
  2. They prevent diseases. Strengthening the muscles implies their daily active use, and you can only have them if you lead an active life. I have many times pointed out the importance of leading an active life. Here, I will mention only some of the chronic diseases that activity and strong muscles can prevent. These are, for example, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Active life involves a certain amount of sweating, which is the way of body detoxification. Toxins are the cause of many chronic and autoimmune diseases. The body free of toxins fights against the viruses and bacteria better, and has a stronger immunity.
  3. Activity allows the regulation of body weight. Let’s admit it – the excess of body fat does not look nice as strong and sculpted muscles. It is not hard to strengthen the muscles and to burn fat. You just have to choose an activity that you love. This may be going to the gym and exercise on various devices. But it is also enough that you only have a punching bag like those offered by Punching bag pro, to strengthen all the muscles. Although at first glance it seems completely inefficient, hitting the bag requires the involvement of all muscles. No, it is not easy, but trust me – it’s very, very effective!
  4. Performance of everyday tasks is easier. No matter whether you are a stay at home mom, a farmer or construction worker, strong muscles will facilitate every job – from raising a child, to land cultivation. When you have poor and weak muscles and when they are not active, even sitting and standing up can be a big effort.
  5. Better self-esteem. When I gather all of this, it is logical to conclude – strong muscles build your self-esteem. When you look lovely, when you are healthy, then your mood is better and your energy level is higher. These are the cornerstones needed to build a great picture about yourself.

When you live this kind of life, then you have the will to try new things. An active life is not boring. Sitting will not give you an unforgettable experience and memories. When the activity becomes a habit, it will allow you to grow old with dignity – healthy, strong and with a lot of valuable memories.

Playing Football Is Safer Than Playing With Guns

Playing Football Is Safer Than Playing With Guns

Oct 20

When reading about the ongoing scourge of gun violence across the United States of America, no-one is sadder than I am. It seems as though where war and international terrorism is concerned, the Americans are always the first to voice their objections, particularly when their own citizens are affected. And where international terrorism is concerned, we are not immune either. But even so, thanks to our country’s laws, we are safer than most other countries. Or so we think.

The American conundrum

It is said that hundreds more Americans die each year due to domestic gun violations than through global acts of war or terrorism. The statistics are there to bear this out if you are one of those who don’t believe what I’m saying. It is all true. Not even that country’s president, Barack Obama, is able to stem this scourge. His ongoing call for the repeal of lax laws on gun ownership continues to fall on deaf ears. Vigilant federal law enforcement agencies don’t seem able to stop guns falling into the wrong hands either.

It also seems to be quite easy for depressed young men, bearing a grudge against others, to pick up a firearm or sub-machine gun and head off to a cinema, community town hall or high school and randomly start shooting to kill innocent boys and girls. Sadly, it is all very strange for this young life-skills coach to comprehend in light of America being one of the most progressive nations on earth.  Even in less-developed nations, gun ownership laws are stringent and heavily policed.

Thank goodness for football

In extreme cases, severe punishment awaits those who choose to illegally obtain an unlicensed firearm. But usually, particularly in advanced democratic nations, those who wish to keep guns and rifles, mainly for sporting reasons and as collector’s items, have to abide with laws that ensure that everybody remains safe. And according to Top Gun Safe, one of the most salient rules is that all responsible gun owners store their weapons away in a secure gun safe.

No matter who you are in the world today, teacher, parent, youth leader or community activist, rich or poor, you should always be teaching youngsters not to play with guns. In fact, we should be teaching the youth what sort of effect heavy tools can make if used wrong, especially guns. Responsibility is key. Thank goodness for football, though. Greater Manchester has had its fair share of problems over the years. But I’m happy to say that the tide turned for the better a number of years ago. Every year, more and more youngsters are finishing school and going on to get a decent university education.

Scarves and songs

And when our youth are not busy studying or doing a weekend job, the only bit of warfare they have an interest in is that of the beautiful game. Whether they are supporting the Sky Blues or the men in red, the only weapons they carry with them to the stadium are their scarves and an armory of songs.

The Special One Might Be Drinking Hard Water

The Special One Might Be Drinking Hard Water

Oct 19

Football fans who have been reading my blog on a regular basis already know that I started coaching from a young age. At this stage of my life I am still learning. And it’s not just soccer that I’m teaching young ones to play. Always on a learning curve myself; I’m also grooming my younger peers during the delicate stages of their development. Basically, I’m a life-skills adherent and coach.  Apart from the training courses I’ve been on, I can honestly say that I’ve learned from the best.

Learning from the best

Just take my hometown, for instance. There are no fewer than four great clubs with a rich history of fame, fortune, success, and yes, even heartbreak, behind them. Where global football fans are concerned, two obvious examples come to mind. At the moment, these two great English Premier League clubs are being coached by two of the finest managers in the business today. One manager preaches the fine arts of creativity and flair on the football pitch, allowing his players to express themselves freely. The other gentleman is an astute technician.

You never see the Red Devils’ boss, Louis van Gaal, without a notepad on his clipboard during a match. His opposite number, Manuel Pellegrini, on the other hand, always looks so relaxed on his feet close to the touchline, even when his beloved Citizens have their backs to the wall. But these two experienced coaches are also well-supported by their assistants who are Manchurian legends in their own right. Even today, great teachers who lead by example learn their trade from still greater masters.

The Manchester legends

Manchester United’s long-serving Welsh dragon, Ryan Giggs, and Pellegrini’s current assistant, Brian Kidd, learned their coaching skills from one of the greatest managers of all time. We’ll get back to that legend in a moment. For now though, it is also sad that, whether they be brilliant or abjectly poor at what they do, football has its fair share of poor sportsmen. And if you are a Londoner or fan of this particular club, please forgive me if this Manchester boy comes across as being a tad biased.

But let’s be honest, even at the best of times, Chelsea’s self-appointed Special One, is a bad sport. There is not a weekend that goes by when Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, is not blaming the referees or his opposite numbers for some or another shortcoming in his team’s current inability to replicate their previous season’s championship-winning form. Quite frankly, I think Mourinho may be drinking too much hard water. What exactly is this young man talking about, you may be wondering. I found out about this quite by chance, and you can read more about it if you have an interest in good, clean water.

The greatest

Ryan Giggs won two Champion’s League trophies during his ongoing career with Manchester United. Brian Kidd was involved in one famous victory. And who taught these two great players to become such good role models today? I’ll tell you who; the great Sir Alex Ferguson.

Things To Consider for a Home CrossFit Gym

Things To Consider for a Home CrossFit Gym

Oct 09

I’m often asked about the important equipment needed to form a home CrossFit gym. CrossFit as I’ve found from my experience as student and later as a coach, is the fastest way to get to your fitness goal. It is the best way to grow your strength and enhance conditioning training.  If you are bored by the routine workouts at your gym and frustrated at not seeing the desired results, CrossFit is the answer for your troubles.

The vigorous workout regimen is a powerful combination of aerobics, gymnastics, and weight training. It is a dynamic workout form, which keeps you fit in every aspect. Functional fitness is aimed at by the workouts pushing your body to its maximum capacity resulting in a better shape, strength, and health.  In short, cross fit keeps you fit to meet any challenges you face in life.

So back to the question of equipment, CrossFit needs certain essential equipment whether you want to set up a home gym or are joining a CrossFit gym. The equipment helps to boost your results and help reach your fitness goals easily.

Basic equipment

While there are thousands of equipment types present, you need just a few basic gears to get started on the fitness routine. These include Bumper plates, gymnastic rings, speed or jump rope, Olympic bar, kettlebells, dumbbells, pullup bar, parallettes, plyobox, rower and padded medicine ball. While you may consider the above equipment quite expensive to buy, these are actually great for getting you fit and strong effectively.

The equipment possesses unlimited potential, so it is wise to invest in them, and get started. A bench for the bench press workouts is an essential addition. I have a wooden bench made especially for this. I built it from scratch and my dynamic reciprocating saw played a significant role in building it.  While steel benches are used by many, I find the wood bench best for my workouts.

Body weight workouts offer the most benefits when you train as they increase endurance, overall functionality and strength without much expense at all. But when you supplement the body weight workouts with the equipment I mentioned, it will help you challenge your limits and open you to a wider variety of exercise regimen.

Although you may want to substitute some of the equipment with others, these are the fundamental equipment for CrossFit that you can find in most gyms around the world.


When it comes to individual preferences, there are some things that many CrossFit athletes choose to make their CrossFit gym complete. Sometimes all you may need other than the list I mentioned is a complete workout music playlist you have chosen personally. For, music especially upbeat music can take you through a couple of additional rounds with the sheer motivation it provides.  So if you are a music enthusiast, keep an appropriate playlist handy.

Next to music, other things that can add to your motivation levels include a stopwatch that has several apps integrated into it such as a calorie tracker, GPS or heart rate monitor. But even a pen and journal are sufficient to record your progress and increase the intensity when needed.