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:
The Skills Required Are Not Commonplace
For instance, and this is an immediately apparent point even to those watching their first soccer game; Football requires a ridiculous amount of coordination and a high level of physical fitness for players who want to be successful. Anyone can grab a ball and run around while holding it, or even toss it to another person, but Football isn’t like that (except for the keepers who can use their hands, of course). Have you ever even tried dribbling a soccer ball? It’s hard enough to do while stationary, but major and minor league Football players all need to be able to move their bodies while moving the ball.
I have to say, that was one of the hardest things for me to get right. It’s also a point with which many of my younger players struggle, especially if they’re just getting into the game of Football and don’t have previous experience playing outside of our team. While American Football focuses on individuals passing, kicking or carrying a ball, soccer demands that every player be proficient in all of these actions, so the skill required to play the game well is higher, hands down.
The Whole World Knows Football
Speaking of American Football, that’s pretty popular in the States, Canada and a couple other places. However, it doesn’t have the worldwide appeal of which traditional Football is possessed. My favorite sport in the world is actually played throughout the world, which is a big help in maintaining its humongous fan base. Just look at the World Cup and all the buzz surrounding it this year – the Superbowl can’t come close to comparing, and I’m not even mentioning other end of seasons sports events like the World Series of baseball, the Stanley Cup of hockey or other “big” games.
Players and Fans Are Passionate
There’s another word for the buzz surrounding Football: Passion. I know I’m passionate about the game. I know other people get really into it too – just look at all the protests in Brazil about the games held in the country and you’ll quickly see that tempers can flare up into full-blown fires with very little help. This is just the passion of viewers, mind you. The players take Football even more seriously.
For us, it’s something to watch after work or during off time, but for the players? Football is their livelihood. While I’m out coaching young people on how to play the game properly, those who play Football at a professional level are literally risking their lives and limbs out on that field.
That passion which goes into each player’s game makes for some truly memorable moments. Now I know, I know, there are scoring plays in every sport that get fans talking and make for some nice conversation with friends and family after the game. However, how often is it that a scoring drive is remembered – and talked about – decades after the game it happened in has been decided?
Famous players like Pele, Messi and others still get fans talking today, which is more than can be said for bygone athletes from other sports. If you don’t believe it, go ahead and ask a grandparent about their favorite Football player. You’ll probably be surprised at the answer you get.
Naturally, one of the most exciting parts of Football is the scoring of goals, just like scoring plays in pretty much every sport. There’s just such an amazing feeling that comes with scoring a goal and bringing your team that much closer to beating your opponents; it’s hard for me to describe. One thing that’s easy to describe, though, is the most exciting goal a person has ever seen.
Those major scoring plays really stick with a person. Most soccer fans will be able to come up with the time, the place, the players and other facts surrounding a goal, in addition to the scoring play itself. They might even go back to an old game and watch that play over and over, memorizing it like a film fan memorizes their favorite scene from a movie. While this isn’t exclusive to Football, I’m positive there are more memories like this dedicated to Football, simply due to the great number of Football fans in the world.
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:
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.
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.
Men and women everywhere are looking for attractive and healthy mates. Giving your body a bit of muscle tone could do more than just improve your perception of yourself – it could also improve the way others perceive you. Naturally, there’s no beating genetics, so if you’re from a family of short and stocky people, don’t expect to change that.
Handling Stress Better
When some people get stressed out, they reach for calorie-rich foods that are typically high in fat, cholesterol and other things which aren’t necessarily good for the eater. If only those people would reach for some free weights instead! There is paramount research that physical activity helps to reduce stress levels and improve the moods of people.
Strengthened Immune System
An active lifestyle won’t just make you physically stronger – it will also make your immune system stronger. This, in turn, will lead to an increased ability to fight off infections and get over illnesses quickly.
Faster Physical Recovery
From small scrapes and cuts to serious physical injuries, recovery times can be cut considerably by getting active. Although it might be more difficult following an invasive surgery or other event, staying active will maintain muscle tissue and boost white blood cell counts.
There’s a certain sharpening of the senses that goes along with increased physical activity. That is thanks to improved circulation and increased oxygen levels in the brain. If you want to increase your focus, increase your level of physical activity.
This benefit is easy to spot, even for amateurs. The more you do, the more you will be able to do.
This particular benefit could be garnered just by stretching every day, but there’s no denying how helpful increased flexibility can be. Avoiding injuries that plague stiffer people is a great perk to exercise.
Greater Lean Body Mass
No, I don’t mean a greater weight, not necessarily. Did you know that 5 kg of fat takes up about 5 times as much space as 5 kg of muscle? Converting the former to the latter will help to improve your overall health, since muscle tissue burns through calories faster than fat tissue.
So here you go! Are you ready now to go outside and take a nice run? Or maybe do some squats? All in all it’s up to you to choose on how you want to feel now and years late. As for me, my everyday training routine is football – the best game in the world – it gives me strength and power to live a better and fulfilling life. Stay healthy!
photo credit: Zach Dischner
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.
You’ve probably heard something about taking deep breaths to settle down before, but it’s still a step many angry people ignore or fail to recall when they get mad. More oxygen in your blood means more oxygen in your brain, which is what’s behind your decision making process. That one sharp breath could give you the little bit of clarity you need to prevent yourself from overreacting to a tense situation.
Getting angry isn’t an excuse to go crazy and do something violent or obscene. You have to consider your perspective before you let anger get the better of your higher thought processes. You’re not someone who has no control, and you know the difference between right and wrong. Don’t forget about that just because you get mad at something – or somebody.
Remember Some Anger is Justified
While actions people perform in anger may be hard to condone, the act of getting angry itself is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s a perfectly natural response to being slighted, hurt, lied to or otherwise cheated in some way. Attaching a stigma to getting angry can cause some conflicting feelings when it does happen, which might make it harder to do the right thing when upset. You may not be able to control getting angry, but you do have control over how you act out those negative feelings.
Should You Be Angry?
If you’re facing a situation and you aren’t sure if you should be mad or not, the odds are very good you shouldn’t be. Every little thing that happens shouldn’t get a reaction out of you as if it were something serious or major. Not only does this go over poorly with others, but it can lead to many sharp spikes in your blood pressure and pulse throughout the day.
photo credit: Andy Zeigert
Though I do like adventure sports and game to some real bone chilling adventure, I was not that much into the ghost busting or troll hunting thing. My adventure into the dark, eerie and forbidden world was very much limited to watching ghost buster movies and Halloween costumes. But while all these horror filled things did not appeal to me much, the Zombie camps certainly roused my curiosity.
Are they as frightening and terrifying as promised? I enlisted myself in a Zombie Boot Camp deciding to try the camp for myself and find out what the ruckus was all about. Zombies are already dead and I didn’t know why make such a fuss about dead and decaying creatures.
There are specially trained military guides who helped me out with my battle with the Zombies. I was given full weapon paraphernalia to fight the imaginary and fictional characters. With the weapon equipment, you also receive a uniform, with high quality military boots. The tools I had with me included pistols, grenades and rifles. I was taught on how to handle these survival tools.
This was followed closely by a briefing on how I would take on the enemy and dispatch them as fast as I can. I was now part of the heroic mission of annihilating the zombie hordes and cleaning the warehouse (World?) of the evil zombies
The main mission involved clearing the Zombie infested facility of which the guard force gave a detailed briefing. Now all I’d to do was unleash the power of my tools on the Zombies, which I did with much enthusiasm. After all it is not every day that you get to play with such deadly tools. The paint guns along with the riot tools were worked on the wily zombies.
I was given specific instruction on how I need to stick with my team and render the dead zombies a final deadly blow. After I’d successfully neutralized the zombies who I encountered, I was sent back to base and readied for deployment again. I’d by then got the hang of the whole thing and started to get into the spirit of the battle. The gear along with the boots made me look really mean and strong.
The attack on the warehouse is the actual one with the earlier attack serving as a rehearsal. I was faced with a warehouse packed to the full by dead Zombies who nevertheless were wandering about in a stupor.
I was then paired with another volunteer and we were supposed to attack and destroy the zombies as a team. Now all I’d to do was repeat my earlier action sequence with the guns. The only addition here was I got to use the grenades to clear out entire rooms. And if still the zombies came at you, the next and only option was to take them on in hand to hand combat.
The entire mission lasted for 4 horror filled hours, after which I was clearly disabused of the notion of apocalypse and aliens.
I had a surprise encounter with a weird game this summer, a motoball match, when my friend conned me into playing it. Have you ever heard of football being associated with motorcycles? Well Motoball is a game, which involves players riding on their motorcycles and doing dangerous and risky stunts with the ball. For those with feeble minds this is certainly not the sport of choice to watch.
I’ve not played the game before, as it is not that popular in America. It is however a well-known game in Europe. You can see many countries with their own national motoball team. I can hear you asking, ‘What exactly is Motoball?’ It is type of soccer but a more violent, cutthroat and hellish version. Russia has some of the best motoball players in the world.
Though initially I’d some doubts regarding the game and its fast pace, soon I got caught in the thrill and incongruity of the game. My lucky moto boots brought us a win that day and such was the potency that I’m still reeling from the effects of the game. So for those of you who do not know about the game, here is how it is played.
• The game is held for 40 minutes, which is split into 2 20 minute halves
• The motoball match uses the same field as a normal football game including the goal posts.
• There are two teams present with each team having 5 players, namely four motorcycle riders and a goalkeeper
• When a rider nears a ball, he halts the bike with one foot and uses the other to kick the ball.
• There are 2 referees to officiate the game and 2 linesmen aid in the process
• A red area which is a zone where the driver cannot enter is the spot where the goalkeeper stands.
The eight riders can pick up a speed of over 65 miles per hour, while they chase the ball. To play a motoball match, a player should have highly talented maneuvering skills and super-fast reflexes. Sitting on a motorcycle and hitting the ball needs high power and control on the part of the rider. The game has some rules that are drawn for player safety including no smashing of the ball, but these are few compared to the things that the players do leaving them much at the mercy of the game.
The motorcycles used generally have twin shock absorbers and are fitted with some safety additions like chain guards that are fully covered from top to bottom. The edges are rounded and the ground clearance is minimized with a small sized frame to prevent the ball from getting under the bike. Yamaha, BSA C15, Hondas and Bultacos are some of the bikes used for the game. Players need to have strong and sturdy boots with good grip to maneuver the ball around.
Though the sight of grown men riding on motorcycles and going after a ball can look absurd, the game has its own group of fanatic followers and can take you for a rough ride, if you can stomach the bizarre game.
I still remember the day my junior football team won their first match. I was thrilled beyond belief and the boys got so excited that it took them some time to get down to earth. They really put everything they learnt into the game and went at it with such a passion that I really wished that I too was out there maneuvering the ball.
Since I grew up in a family that always had barbecues for whatever occasion we can think of, I decided to hold a barbecue for the boys to celebrate their win. My father was a pro at barbecuing and took great care and did elaborate preparations whenever we had a barbecue party at home. The smell of roasting meat has me salivating even now.
I always associate BBQ with family and friends, relaxed atmosphere and lazing around in the pool with friends. My father always preferred having absolute control for making roasting meat. We used the traditional barbecue pit. But since I didn’t have the time or the inclination, like my dad, to start from scratch, for the party I used decent BBQ smoker.
I’d picked out the backyard of my home, which had the right amount of space to hold the boys without appearing too crowded. I’d put up the grill in the patio area, so it didn’t get in the way of the boys enjoying their victory. Poolside barbecues are the best, but when there are children around, you need to ensure that the pool is properly protected. Since I’d not expected any such trouble from the boys, I was not concerned about the open pool, though I did check in on them now and then.
I’d put up some folding chairs, which I’d borrowed from my neighbors to seat all of them, which I need not have bothered in the first place, as you know how boys are. They just can’t sit still, even while they eat.
Appetizing and hearty food
I’d decided on a simple, but hearty meal of burgers, hot dogs and potluck. Since I’d held the party to celebrate the win, I took care of the coke and other soft drinks. For the drinks, I’d placed the cooler in the garage. I’d also added ice cream cones for dessert.
Barbecues are casual parties where the food preparation should not take much time, nor should it have too many courses. If children are present, a menu that suits their palates should be picked out and they should be served well in advance, before the adults take over.
We had a smashing time at the barbecue and seeing the boys’ enthusiasm and the way they enjoyed it, I vowed to repeat it soon. To enjoy a barbecue to the maximum, a friendly ambience is must. Keeping the area swept clean of leaves and weeding the plants will give a neat and well-kept look. Potted flower plants and perfumed candles in the evenings will create a great atmosphere. Games and music should be planned ahead to keep the party live and vibrant.
Recently I’d a whale of time with my junior football team, when we went out on a short fishing trip. It had me and of course my players hankering for more such fun filled and invigorating trips. Nothing matches to the moment of peace and tranquility that comes, when you lower the rod and wait for the catch.
Relaxation means different things for different people. While some like to sweat it out by indulging in marathons or adventure sports, there are others who like some peaceful pastime like watching a movie, playing their favorite video game or go fishing. The appealing thing about fishing is you are always surrounded by nature and its elements.
I chose fishing for our trip because not only does it give some peaceful time out for the boisterous athletes of my team, but it also is a physically beneficial exercise, which many of us do not know much about. Though some of the boys balked at the idea of fishing in the first place and came along because of my insistence, they soon began enjoying it once they got the hang of it. We even managed to catch some fresh trout, which we cooked in open air and had lots of fun eating it. I use fishfinder for a decent catch, which makes the process a bit more entertaining.
I still remember the fishing expeditions that my dad used to take me to. I’d be too excited for words and though I cringe at the sight of those squiggly worms, I handled them gamely, not wanting to appear squeamish in front of him. Now I can laugh over the things I did, but those episodes sure did me a lot of good, as I’d quite a lot of time to think about matters, while I waited for the fish to be lured by my bait.
De-stressing with fishing does wonders to your mind, but the benefits of fishing do not end there. Y
• Fishing does not need you to have strength or stamina generally. The simple act of holding the rod itself is a sort of exercise for your lungs and heart, and certain muscle groups in your body. The upper part of your body especially the wrists, hand and forearms are exercised and agility too improves by fishing.
• To get to the fishing spot, you need to do some amount of walking or climbing to find the perfect area. This gives your cardio vascular system a good workout keeping it functioning properly.
• Health wise too fishing is good for your skin. The fresh air and the sunlight you get exposed to while you fish, makes your skin glow. This is why I prefer early morning fishing trips as the sunlight at this time is not too intense and also does not have much of the harmful UV rays. With a healthy skin, you will look vibrant and young.
Patience is one thing that you need to have in plenty, when you are out fishing. You may sit for hours on end without a single fish grabbing your bait. But once you get one hooked, no matter what type it is or what size it is, you’ll be thrilled beyond belief. The thrill of the first catch will linger in your mind for a long, long time.
The other day during one of my usual CrossFit training classes, I’d this female client of mine approaching me about how a certain protein supplement would help her get rid of her excess weight. This had me thinking of why exactly women need supplements. Is protein only for weight loss?
Men take up protein supplements to build muscle mass and get a stunning physique. But this is not the case with women. The need for supplements in women is much more basic and vital for their healthy living too.
Let me explain about the fundamental functions that protein performs in the body. The muscles are built, repaired and maintained by protein. Especially, when you have an injury or your body is under stress, the proteins wield their almighty power over the body and give it the strength needed to recover. The stress or injury may be due to
• Medical conditions like surgery, dialysis, or a chronic condition like diabetes
• Strenuous exercise sessions which result in muscular strain and tear
Protein in addition to muscle buildup also keeps the body immune to illnesses and gives the calories the body needs for its various functions. Nitrogen an essential nutrient for the body is supplied by protein.
The problem with women is they do not know how much of protein the routine diet they take should include. Though in general women need less amount of protein when compared to men, the amount definitely varies depending on factors like age, activity levels, weight and several other factors.
The amount of protein required on an average by an adult woman is around 46 grams per day, while it is higher for lactating and pregnant women who need over 71 grams per day. Further, the calories taken per day should be from at least 21 percent of protein foods they eat.
For women to meet the necessary protein requirements, supplements are essential. Though protein supplements mainly target the weight loss and fitness industry, protein is recommended for the chronically ill patients and the elderly who have a high risk of developing muscle wasting.
Other than the above mentioned benefits, I’d also like to highlight the other ways in which protein helps.
• Deficient protein can lead to not only muscle loss, but also loss of hair and a general weakening of the immune system
• Protein keeps you feeling sated and full reducing the calorie intake, which makes it a good weight loss aid. For those on slimming diet, protein supplements form a replenishing and nutritious meal replacement. I recommend my clients checking this place for protein supplements reviews.
I generally make it a habit of suggesting protein supplements to all my clients, especially women, as the protein helps them gain the right balance of muscle mass increase and weight loss, which is what they aim at. Better consistent muscle mass and muscle repair with lean fibers is possible. Additionally and more importantly it helps them remain healthy.
Coaching junior teams certainly has its own benefits. I’ve always been passionate about football and training these budding athletes is quite a satisfying experience. Whenever a player comes up with queries regarding a better workout for getting physically fit for the game, Crossfit pops up in my mind.
As I’m also a crossfit trainer, I’ve personally experienced the effects it has on the physique and how it impacts my football training session. I often get asked about CrossFit Football and whether it is of any help.
Though the usual workout regimen that the players undergo is sufficient for building stamina and get them through the play, I know that their performance can be enhanced further, when they have CrossFit Football training.
So when I mentioned about this to the curious players, they were all agog about it and started asking all sorts of questions like ‘Is it effective?’ ‘Will it involve playing the game’ and other such inquisitive queries?
CrossFit Football is actually a training program that uses the movements that are used in CrossFit. The volume, intensity and safe balancing, which is essential for playing the sport is replicated in the CrossFit Football program. www.crossfitway.com is a great place to know more about crossfit.
And it is not a program where you play a football league game or some such football related action. It is intended to help the football athletes gain strength, get bigger and move faster.
I can see eyebrows raised, on it being another one in the long line of physical workouts, which athletes hate to do. But CrossFit Football is much more than your average physical training. It uses the typical training in CrossFit to some extent and includes a lot of beneficial moves that football athletes need vitally.
To those who are new to CrossFit Football, here is a breakup on the program and its benefits,
• The program uses multiple levels of movement, which is required in football and other field sports. The sprinting mechanics used in the program equip the athletes to pick up speed.
• Each athlete is evaluated on the strengths and weak points in their play and the training is modified to enhance the positive points and improve on the weak areas.
• The movements present here include toes to bar, box jumps, burpee, hang power cleans etc. Cone drills, gassers and true pushups are a few of the new and unique styled movements included. With the proper Crossfit equipage, these can be done easily.
• There are two types present namely Strength Workout of the Day or SWOD and Daily Workout of the Day or DWOD. The former has an amateur, collegiate and a professional level and don’t worry it is not connected to your football prowess. The levels show how much your strength capacity is.
• The SWOD is done first, then it is followed by a warm up and the DWOD is done.
• The two workouts infuse strength, fluidity and endurance, so the athlete can put up a good performance.
In short, CrossFit Football gives the athlete the endurance and power needed for the game by targeting on the right workouts required for the game.
Nowadays, without any doubt, virtual sport is becoming more than ever popular due to progressively more advanced technology. However, I believe that virtual sports might bring us joy but it can never replace the real sport.
First and foremost, in real sport there is more interaction between the people which lacks in virtual sports. In games like football or tennis, you can look at the actions and expressions of the other players in real time. The main fun of real sports is responding to the opponent’s moves by finding their weaknesses through their expressions. That is what makes sports so entertaining. Whereas, in virtual sports, the opponents are usually computer-generated characters, whose actions are imitated on the screen by a virtual figure. This results in detachment among people, taking the human factor out of sports.
Moreover, the feeling of interaction with the environment in real sports has no comparison with virtual sports. The beauty and touch of nature can be felt while playing a real sport. You can feel the scorching sun or the winds or hear the chirping of birds. But when you are playing a virtual game, all you do is sit in your house and wave a plastic remote while staring at the screen.
I have lots of friends all around the world, which I contact time to time. Recently, my good friend send my an email, showing off his son’s skills and progress in competitive virtual sport. My friend is a good lad and a tech trendy person - having a job as a project manager at Citrus Solutions defines your inner character and way of thinking. But, nevertheless the technological advancement and it’s influence on our daily life, I still think, that virtuality won’t be able to replace the adrenaline rush – at least any time soon - while playing REAL sport.
The main cliché in virtual sport is that it only has adverse effects on people. Addiction to virtual games is one of the adverse effects. Virtual games can be played by sitting on a couch in your room but that is exactly what keeps the children at home and keep them away from physical activities. It causes health problems like obesity and becoming antisocial.
The exercise concerned regarding the virtual sports is not as much of that in real sports. For example, in virtual sports, a short sprint to reach a tennis ball means a slight leaning of body just due to the space limitations. Hence, the physical movement involved in virtual sports is little and so are the health benefits – on the contrary of active lifestyle – playing real sports.
Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that there are few benefits of virtual gaming. Rather than nothing at all, the virtual alternative is beneficial for the people who can truly not participate in real sports. It is better than sitting on a couch as at least the person would be moving physically. Besides this, virtual sports are easy to set up and can be an origin of entertainment. There are some sports like skiing or rock climbing which you might not be able to practice in real life but can have the joy and fun by the means of virtual sports available.
Therefore, I consider that virtual sport has it’s cons and advantages. Although they cannot be replaced by real sports in terms of interaction with human and environment, touch with nature and the amount of exercise, at times it can surely be entertaining. At very least, rather than staying at home; we should make an effort to play real sports to be benefitted from its natural gifts once in a while!