Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Improve Your Fitness In These Easy Steps
Like many people, you probably have a busy schedule, and finding the time to exercise and get in shape may seem impossible. However, if you want to enjoy a high quality of life, you need to make sure that you are able to do so. Fortunately, staying fit and healthy does not have to take as much time as you may fear. With the tips in this article, you can start getting healthier right away.
Fitness should be an integral part of your daily routine, not something that you only do on special occasions. Try to incorporate exercise into your ordinary, everyday activities so that you burn calories and strengthen your muscles without even thinking about it. Walk or bike to work if you live close enough, do some work in the yard, or just go to the park with your kids. Exercise does not have to be done in a gym to count.
As with so many activities, getting in shape is more fun when you do it with a friend. Find a buddy who also wants to get in shape, and start exercising together. The two of you can encourage each other to keep going, praise each other when you succeed, and provide support if you become discouraged. You may find that you are having so much fun exercising with your friend that you do not want to stop!
Television makes it all too easy to get out of shape. Everyone has had the experience of sitting down to just watch one show and then realize, hours later, that you have not stood up in hours. Turn off the television and go outside instead. Even while you are watching TV, you can still move around. Jog in place or do some yoga while you are watching your favorite show so that you are not just sitting there unmoving on the couch.
To reduce the amount of empty, unhealthy calories that you eat, do not let yourself eat except when you have planned exactly what you will eat. Remove unhealthy junk food and snacks from your home so that you will not be tempted to eat them. If you are going to be somewhere where these foods will be available, bring your own healthy substitutes.
Keeping a journal of your fitness efforts makes it easier to know what works for you and what does not. Having a record of your accomplishments will also help you feel proud of what you have achieved. If you begin to feel discouraged with your progress, just look back at your journal to see how far you have come. You will soon feel energized and ready to start exercising again.
To enjoy a long, healthy life, you need to find ways to incorporate fitness into your daily life. By having it be an integral part of your routine, you will make it easy to get in shape and stay fit for the rest of your life. Once you make fitness a regular habit, you will never want to go back to your old, unhealthy habits.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Getting the Right Golf Clubs for You
With so many clubs out there, deciding which one to get can be a tough decision. Here are some tips on how to narrow down the selection.
- Decide on your levels for playing
Some play for the weekend game and there are others who’d like to move up in the ranks. If the occasional game is your pace, a low- to mid-performance club can work for you, while a high-performance club is suited to those who’ll play more regularly.
- Set a budget
The notion that the more expensive the club, the better it is simply doesn’t hold water anymore. If you do enough homework and read reviews you’ll find a club that matches your level of interest. Don’t be afraid to check out used clubs as they can give you the best chances of getting the club you need at a good price.
Now that you know your interest level and have established a budget, here’s a brief run-through of kinds of golf clubs and what each one does.
A typical golfer's bag will have a driver (called 1-wood) and a couple of fairway woods (3- and/or 5-wood). A driver is the longest club (usually 45 inches) making it the toughest to control during a swing.
Irons feature thin clubheads with grooves on it. Experienced players opt for a blade style iron while beginners get a cavity-back style. A blade-style has a clubhead with a full back, whereas a cavity back’s clubhead is hollow. It is hollowed out to create a perimeter weighting effect helpful for less-experienced golfers.
Irons are categorized as long (1, 2, 3,4), mid- (5,6,7) and short (8,9). Short irons are the easiest to hit while the long ones are the hardest. The shorter the iron, the more loft there is and for beginners, the more loft, the better.
Putters are the clubs most often used in the game and come in clubhead styles of blade, heel-toe and mallet. Lengths come in belly putters, standard and broomstick (long) putters. Which option to get is a personal choice.
The clubs combine features of woods and irons and are best for beginners who may not want to buy too many clubs straight out.
Finally as a final word before taking them out of the store, most new clubs fit individuals at the average height of 5’10” for men and 5’5” for women. If you are significantly shorter or taller than these figures, you should get your club fitted to your height.
Start off with these considerations to build on your research when choosing your golf clubs. The game becomes that much more fun with the little effort you make now.
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