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Tips Running for Women

Cardiovascular exercises such as running and jogging have immense health benefits on the human body. As women age, they require a good exercise routine to keep fit, and to prevent several health problems that they are prone to. As such, some running tips have been presented in this article, which can contribute to overall fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Why Running is Important
Before you begin running, take a look at why it is so important for you.

  • It is a universally known fact that running plays a very important and effective role in weight loss. Not only that, it helps build up stamina, and increases the basic metabolic rate of the body.
  • Running on a regular basis can help strengthen the body joints, which tend to degenerate in the process of aging. Running keeps them moving and strong. If you think that running is a cause of knee problems, it is so only because your knees are already weak. In order to keep them going, and prevent the onset of problems such as osteoarthritis, running regularly is a good solution.
  • Runners swear by the stress-busting powers of running and jogging. It loosens the tension accumulated all over the body, and enhances clarity of thought. Notice the ‘high’ you feel after a good run. It has also been used as part of treatment for clinical depression and drug rehabilitation.
  • The risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer can be reduced by running. It also controls blood pressure, and enhances the body’s immunity to various diseases. All this means you’re definitely going to live longer and better.

Do you still need more reasons to get into those shoes and head out for a run?

Tips for Women Runners
Take a look at these tips to be able to make running a part of your daily routine.

  • Before you begin running, ensure that you warm up. A warm up is very essential, as it prevents the sudden shock that the body might receive on being subjected to sudden vigorous exercise. Moreover, beginning suddenly will also make you prone to an injury of the knees. Warming up elevates the heart rate and prepares the body for further exercise. Warm up with a brisk walk or by jogging.
  • Wear appropriate gear for running. That means comfortable clothes, a well-fitting sports bra, and more importantly, comfortable shoes. Wearing the wrong shoes can definitely give you a good excuse to stop running. Have your shoe size checked, buy the right pair, and wear them with thick cotton socks.
  • Don’t try to run a long distance immediately. Initially, run only as much as your body allows you to. Slowly increase the time and the distance. This is an effective way of building up your resistance and stamina. Don’t overwork your body, as it will demoralize you if you are unable to meet your own high expectations.
  • Run on an even surface, such as grass or a specific running track. An uneven track is not only going to hurt your feet, but can also result in injury of the joints, mainly the knees.
  • An interesting way to spice up your running program is to do it with a partner, or with some music. Running to beats is a great way to attain a good rhythm and speed. Listen to fast music to get you into the groove. We all know the benefits of group workouts. The results are better when you have someone to motivate you all the time.
  • Ensure that you perform a good stretching routine or practice some yoga later on to loosen those tight muscles, and tone the body.
  • It is also important that you give your body adequate nutrition and rest. The human body is very sensitive to these factors, which we generally tend to ignore. However, it is only when you pay attention to these ‘little’ factors that will you be able to notice the overall difference it is making in your lifestyle. As such, a combination of a healthy diet, adequate rest, and good exercise is the key to a healthy life.

Tips When Buying Walking Shoes For Men

Best walking shoes for men have all the features that can be seen in running shoes, light hikers or train-running shoes. The only thing that sets walking shoes apart from other types of shoes is that they are casual shoes. If you are going to buy walking shoes for the first time, below are a few things you should keep in mind.

Walking style

You have a lot of options at your disposal if you want to go for a pair of shoes for casual wear. Ideally, you should buy one that will meet your needs. For instance, if you often walk on pavement, casual or multisport shoes will be an ideal choice. For dirt roads, on the other hand, you may want to buy a light hiker.

Flexibility and support

How can you gauge the flexibility and support of the shoes you want to buy? You just need to run two tests:

  • Bend the toe of a shoe upward and spot the point where it bends. Ideally, the shoe will be flexible enough if it bends just under the ball of your foot.
  • Next, hold the shoe in your hand and twist its sole from the toe to heel. What does the sole of the shoe feel like? You should feel that the shoe resists to your twisting. While walking, the shoe should slightly resist under your feet.

Waterproofing

If you are looking for a waterproof pair of shoes, trail running shoes may be a good option, as they feature waterproof uppers, ample support and sturdy soles.

Cushioning

Walking exerts less stress on your feet than running. So, the heel of the walking shoes should not have as much cushioning as running shoes. However, walking shoes have cushioning under the balls of your feet.

Shoe Fit    

Shoes that don’t fit properly may cause blisters on your heel or bruises on your toenails. As a matter of fact, fit is much more important than all other factors. You won’t be able to walk properly if the shoes don’t fit you. So, try out a few shoes and then go for the one that fits you perfectly. Do not compromise on this factor or you won’t be able to wear your shoes for more than a few days. Walking will become a pain for you.

Shoe weight

If you are trying to improve your fitness level, go for a pair of shoes that is low weight and provides as much support as running shoes. While running shoes are good for linear motion, you can’t use them for activities requiring sudden side-to-side motion.

Price

Good walking shoes may cost you a bit more, but make sure you go for a popular brand. Quality shoes often stand the test of time saving you a good deal of money in the long run.

So, these are a few consideration if you are going to buy a new pair of walking shoes. Keep these tips in mind and you will be able to buy the best shoes.

Tips Play Tennis for Beginners

For those of you who do not know much about tennis or are just beginning to learn the basics, we’ll cover everything from the equipment to the playing part. First though, we will only mention the obvious points, like you do need a tennis court (or somewhere similar to play), a person to play with, a tennis racket, and a ball. Initially, a net is optional if you are just learning to hit the ball to the other person, but for any real game, it would be a necessity, and these items are all available at any local sports store, or for rent at a recreation area for a minor fee.

Tennis Equipment

The balls used in tennis can either be yellow, green or white. Though, in almost all official matches, yellow balls are used. The racket used is around 27″ in size. The strings of the racket should have all its stitches attached and unbroken, and cannot have any energy source attached which can affect the play. Neither can the strings have more than one set of stringed patterns on the racket. Shorts and a T-shirt for men, and shorts/skirt and a T-shirt/top for women is the normal dress worn in tennis matches. Generally, tennis outfits are white because they reflect the sun better, and are thus cooler. Although, in the past decade, many famous tennis players have been wearing other colors too. It is best to wear what is comfortable for you while playing, whether it is tight or loose. As far as shoes are concerned, proper tennis shoes should be worn, as jogging and walking shoes are not the best bet for playing this game. As opposed to running shoes, tennis shoes are made to withstand side-to-side movement and not just forward steps. Women, because they generally arch higher than men, should take care to get shoes with more arch support. Socks should be thick and absorbent in order to absorb sweat and thereby prevent infections such as athlete’s foot or other various infections. Shoes may differ according to the kind of surface the game is being played on. Surfaces are usually clay court, grass court, hard court, or even wooden court.

Some other important things about the equipment – The grip must fit right or it will hurt. To measure the correct grip size: hold out the hand that you will be holding the racket with, hold it palm-side up and measure from the crease to the tip of the ring finger, and that is the measurement around the handle. Generally, this is around 4 inches in diameter. Of course it is usually a bit bigger for men and older players than for women and younger players. It is important to maintain the grip, because should it wear out, it could be dangerous.

Tennis Scoring

A tennis match consists of either best of 3 or best of 5 sets. A player needs to win at least 6 games, with a difference of 2, to win a set. In case both players end up winning 6 games each, a tiebreak comes into effect. In a tiebreak, the first player to win 7 points wins the tiebreak. Again, this needs to be won with a difference of 2 points. Among the major tournaments, only Wimbledon does not enforce this tiebreak rule, if it is the deciding set.

For the games, the scoring of points goes like – 1st point: score reads 15, 2nd point: score reads 30, 3rd point: score reads 40, and the 4th points wins you the game. Again, a game can only be won if the point difference is at least 2. For example, if both players are 40:40 (deuce), then they continue playing till one player has won 2 points more than his opponent.

Tennis Court

A standard tennis court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide. This dimension is used for a singles match. For doubles, the length remains the same, while the width increases to 36 feet. The court is divided equally into two halves by the net, making each side the dimension of 39 feet long and 27 feet wide for singles, and 39 feet long and 36 feet wide for doubles. The net is in the center of the court supported by 2 poles on either side, which cannot be more than 6 inches in diameter. The height of the net is three and a half feet at the sides, while at the center it is three feet. The net needs to start from at least three feet outside the sideline, both for singles and doubles. Since a lot of running and retrieving is involved during play, there should be ample space around the playing court too. A total area of 120 feet in length and 60 feet in width is ideal.

Rules of Tennis for Beginners

Coming to the rules of tennis, first, let us assume that we’re talking about a singles match being played. The winner in the coin toss gets to decide whether he wants to serve or choose the side of play. The first serve needs to be taken from the right half of the court, from behind the baseline, and the ball needs to be tossed in the air for the serve. No part of the foot should touch the baseline until the serve is complete. The receiver has to stand on the diagonal side on his half of the court, though he is allowed to stand behind or inside the baseline too, whichever he chooses fit. The serve should land in the service box, which is the square area just after the net on the opposite side of the court. The serve needs to be retaken if it lands outside the service box or into the net. This is called a fault, and a double-fault results in the loss of a point. After this serve has been returned, players can then hit and return the ball after one bounce in their side of the court, or even directly without letting it bounce. The next serve is taken from the left side of the court, and this sequence continues till the end of the game.

A point is won if the opponent cannot return the ball, the opponent hits the ball into the net on his side, the opponent’s return goes outside the sideline or the baseline on your side of the court, if you hit the ball and the opponent cannot get to it, and even if the opponent touches the net or comes into your side of the court. After this, 20 seconds is the maximum time allowed for the server to start the next point. Balls that land on any part of a sideline or baseline are considered to be in, and play continues.

In a doubles match, all players serve turn-by-turn each game. That means, the same player gets to serve again every fifth game. Just like in singles, the first serve is taken from the right half of the court, and then the left. The two players in the serving team thus switch sides every point, while the players in the receiving team do not, which means that the player receiving each serve changes for every point. Once the serve is taken and returned, players can then go to any part of the court, hit the ball after one or without a bounce, and any player from each team can return the ball, meaning, from then on, no sequence needs to be followed in the course of the point.

Tips Playing volleyball for Beginners

Quite a popular game, the objective of volleyball is the grounding of a ball from one team on other team’s court. There must be quite a few instances, where you may have heard words, like setter, libero, and so on. For the players, this is an everyday affair. They hear these words in and out, and are expected to be proficient about the game – regarding positions, player duties, court dimensions, etc. A layman, however, is not aware of the game’s jargon, positions, and rules. If you wish to understand a game of volleyball with intricacy, the article below will provide you some information about the different volleyball positions on the court.

Volleyball Positions – Court

Right Back

This is the primary position for a team on a court. A setter normally serves from this spot. This player is in rotation in the back court on the right side. During a rotation, a player getting in the right back position gets to serve.

Right Front

To describe in simple terms, the player who stands right in front of the Right back is the right front. So, basically, a player in this position is close to the net dividing the court, on the right hand side.

Middle Front

This player is at the net, in the center and is a rotation position. As the name suggests, this player is in the middle of the court, from a team’s playing area.

Left Front

This is the attack position and as the name goes, on the left side of the court. The player who is in left front is more often than not an outside hitter. In case there is a rotation, sometimes right side hitter or opposite hitter plays in that position.

Left Back

This is the spot at the left end corner of a team’s playing area. Liberos play in this position. If there is a rotation, the middle blockers play alternatively in this position, after his or her serve. Post-serve, the libero chips in for the middle blocker.

Middle Back

Normally, what happens is a middle hitter starts the game on this position in the line up. But then, he is substituted by a libero, who is a specialist ‘back bencher’ preceding the first serve. Sometimes, even outside hitters can play in middle back position, which gives them a chance to attack well.

Volleyball Positions – Players

Setter

A setter is one who sets the game off and a team’s attack. It is akin to what a quarterback does in American Football. An offense of a team is unleashed by a setter.

Outside Hitter

An outside hitter attacks close to the position of the left antenna. The most consist of the lot, he gains maximum number of sets for a team.

Middle Hitter

Those attacks that made close to the setter and are very fast are done by a middle hitter. Typically, these attacks take place close to the setter. They are experts in blocking and attempt equally strong attacking shots from the opponents.

Libero

This player holds the fort for the defense and takes the responsibility of the serve and attack. They normally have the best passing skills and quickest reaction time.

Opposite Hitter

An opposite hitter takes the burden off the defense for a team and is stationed in the first row. Their main job is to put up a strong block to nullify the opponent team’s outside hitters. They can also double up as backup setters. This is one of the very important positions.

Volleyball positions and numbers, basically depend on the kind of formation a team has. The most common formation for a volley ball team is a 6-2 formation. In such a formation, there are two setters, and all the 6 players can act as attackers at different phases of the game. These formations keep changing and players are rotated.

Finally, it is all about skill, agility, and quick reflexes, which wins team a game. A collective effort is what is the key to the success of a volleyball team, just like Earvin Johnson, aka Magic Johnson said, “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

Tips to Improve Your Volleyball Skills

In the game of volleyball, the main objective is to ground the ball in the opponent’s half. There are 2 teams and each team consists of 6 players. These 6 players together have to develop skills and devise strategies to achieve this main objective. Before getting into the details of how to improve volleyball skills on the whole, it is necessary to understand that consistency in practicing the right moves is of utmost importance. For example, the ball should hit the same spot on your forearm every time you play a shot. This makes the player better and helps improve further skills.

Improving Volleyball Skills

Performing the various volleyball drills of passing, serving, etc., helps develop habits that prove to be useful for players in the long run. It helps them improve the concentration levels and ability to focus on the game at hand. Here are few useful volleyball drills that may help improve your timing, footwork, and of course, ball control. Let us start with how to take a proper stance.

Stance
You should maintain a stance that allows you to move around more quickly. The distance between the legs need to be slightly greater than that of your shoulder width. You should also bend the knees slightly, which will allow you to react faster.

Shuffling
It is the movement in which volleyball players move by taking small steps. The movement of shuffling is carried out smoothly without crossing-over the feet. To improve the shuffling movement, players need to stay low by keeping the knees bent. The body weight should be transferred onto the toes.

Service
The serving skill can be improved with the following drill. First step is that of tossing the ball in front of the serving shoulder. The elbow of hand with which you are serving should be held back and in a high position. Make contact with the ball by means of the middle of your hand. After hitting the ball, follow through the arm-swing action.

Blocking
The act of blocking makes it difficult for the opposing team to put the ball back into play. The arm and shoulder position play an important role in blocking the ball. The arms, while blocking the ball, are moved in a manner that they slant forward. Raising the hands and then pressing them forward wastes precious time, that can be used for immediate penetration.

How to Improve Passing
Here are a couple of useful volleyball passing drills, that players can make use of.

Pipeline Passing
This drill helps players improve their passing while moving laterally. A pair of players is needed for this drill. These players have to face each other and stand 10 feet apart. From this position, the first player has to pass the volleyball to his partner. He should touch the sideline on his left immediately after passing, and quickly get back into his original position. After 10 – 15 shuffles, the player should repeat the passing drill on his right side.

Basketball Passing
In this drill, three players should line up in front of a server. Passers and the server should be separated by a net. The passers, after receiving the volleyball from the server, have to pass it into a basket. Points should be awarded for every successful pass into the basket. Conversely, the server should be awarded a point if the passer fails to do his job.

Burnout
Our body provides signals and cues that help us understand whether we should continue practicing or just rest for the day. You can avoid a burnout by listening to the body. Taking enough rest to prevent a burnout is therefore, necessary too.

Understanding the subtleties and nuances becomes important after you master the basics. Those volleyball skills mentioned above should be useful for improving the overall game. Volleyball is a team game and it requires great coordination amongst all the players. Once you master the skills mentioned above, creating coordination between team members shouldn’t be too difficult.

Tips Learn Swimming Alone

ome people view swimming as an exercise, some as a hobby, whereas a small class is into swimming as a professional sport. Swimming is one of the best exercises to keep your body fit and fine. Many people go to the gym and workout for hours to get their body in shape. However, you need to know that just 30 minutes of swimming everyday can keep you healthy and make you active for the rest of the day. This is a good way in which you can exercise as well as have fun.

People do have a common misconception that it is really difficult to know how to learn swimming on your own. But the fact is that it is just a matter of learning the fundamental moves first and then trying it out. There are many different ways in which you can learn the basics. After you have an idea as to how to swim, with regular daily practice, you can master the skill.

Learning to Swim on Your Own

As with any new skill, you need to be really interested in order to grasp the techniques quickly and effortlessly. In this Buzzle article, we shall make you familiar with the steps to learn freestyle, the most basic stroke in swimming and the easiest one to begin with. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started.

There are four basic steps that you need to master in order to grasp the nuances of this stroke. If you ever see swimmers perform this stroke, it might appear to be difficult to you. But the truth is that it isn’t that difficult after all. All you need is a little patience and lots and lots of practice.

Learning to Float

This is the most crucial step for a swimmer, for we all know that we can swim only when we learn how to stay afloat.

  • Move towards the shallow part of the pool.
  • Grab the rod fixed to the wall of the pool, take a deep breath through the mouth, and hold your breath as you allow your body to rest on the water surface so that you can get a view of the bottom of the pool. Make sure your face is half submerged in water.
  • Now, use your nose to slowly breathe out underwater, stretching your body at the same time.
  • Practice this again and again till you find yourself floating. Believe me, it’s that easy!

Learning to Move your Legs

Once you’ve mastered the art of floating, half the job is already done! Your next attempt should be to master the leg movement.

  •  When you step into the pool, repeat the steps given above till you find yourself afloat.
  • Move your legs up and down alternately, all the while keeping your feet slightly stretched. Avoid bending your knees, moving the entire leg from the hip joint.
  • Make an effort to splash as little amount of water with your legs as possible.
  • Once you have learned to move your legs, you can take a floating board to propel yourself forward.

Learning to Move your Hands

This is the final step, and you’ll probably find it a little difficult initially.

  • Stretch out your hands in front of you.
  • Start moving one hand in a clockwise manner (as shown in the diagram).
  • Face to the right while pulling the water with your right hand, and face to the left while doing the same with your left hand.
  • Continue moving your legs up and down to propel yourself forward.

What to Refer To

That was a brief and basic guide to swimming freestyle. If you’re interested, you can refer any of the following.

  • Books and guides which tell you about the basic and advanced swimming techniques.
  • Basic and advanced swimming DVDs that feature swimming lessons by swimming instructors or professional swimmers, along with some useful tips.
  • You can browse online for free videos that feature swimming instructions. You may have to spend a little time looking for them but chances are you’ll find ones that can really help.

Safety Tips for Beginners

When you’re a beginner, it’s mandatory that you follow the basic safety measures every time you step into the pool. Here’s what you should keep in mind.

  • Get essential stuff, such as goggles, swimming cap, ear plugs, and a costume that fits you well.
  • Keep a floating board handy whenever you practice, especially during the initial days.
  • Never swim alone. Always make sure there is someone around who can help you out of an emergency situation.
  • Leave the side bar and start moving your hands only when you’re confident enough.
  • Resist the temptation to “explore” greater depths. Instead, restrict yourself to the shallow part of the pool till you are fairly familiar with the technique.

    With regular practice, you can even develop your own swimming styles and techniques. For those thinking of learning swimming on their own, it is a good idea to go through swimming guides and watch videos online.

Choose the Perfect Tennis Shoes

Stan enrolled his teenage son Jamey for a tennis class. The new coach handed them a list of mandatory sports gear for playing tennis. They spent a lot of time cruising through the mall and bought some new sportswear but fell short of time when they wished to buy tennis shoes. Upon reaching home, Stan went online and bought the best looking pair of tennis shoes for Jamey. The tennis class began. However, a week later, Jamey started complaining of severe foot pain and had to be taken to a podiatrist. Do you feel this problem could have been avoided? Yes, it could have been avoided. Read more to get some tips for choosing the perfect pair of tennis shoes.

For Getting Perfect Pair of Tennis Shoes
Expert podiatrist around the world unanimously say that tennis shoes will always differ from normal athletic shoes. Here is how you can get the perfect pair of tennis shoes.

Understand Foot Type

One of the first and foremost thing to do, is to understand the kind of feet that you have. There are people with either arched feet or flat feet. The shoe designs differ for both feet types. Ideally, flat feet are prone to more foot pain without proper heal support and therefore, shoes for flat feet need to be chosen with care.

Purchasing Time
The tissues in our feet tend to contract during the cooler night times and expand throughout the day on account of blood circulation and climatic heat. This expansion rises by approximately 10% during strenuous activities like running or playing tennis. Therefore, the best time to shop for tennis shoes is usually after you have finished playing tennis for the day or in late afternoons or evenings. This is the time when your feet will have expanded to their full limit.

Nature of Game

One important factor that helps point out the best pair of tennis shoes is the nature of tennis court that you play on. There are separate shoe varieties to suit hard court players and clay court players.

Foot Sizes

This is again a crucial criterion for selection of perfect tennis shoes. What most of us do not realize is that our feet are dissimilar in size, length and width wise. In such a case, ask your podiatrist or shoe expert to measure your feet before you go out shoe shopping. Now look out for shoes that fit the larger foot perfectly. Often, this tends to be your perfect shoes size. You may also carry along your old comfortable pair of tennis shoes and socks to help you understand how well these new shoes fit you.

Shoe Trials

It is recommended that you should try out tennis shoes in a standing position rather than a sitting position. This is because, our feet spread out when they take full body weight than when we are sitting. Also, these trials can be used to get an idea of comfort level offered by a pair of shoes in tennis foot positions like pivoting, cutting and on balls of feet. One should ideally walk or jog around the store to understand if the shoes are comfortable or not. There needs to be a minimum gap of 2 fingers between the tip of your longest toe (usually your big toe or hallux) and the inner edge of the shoe.

Material and Finishing Touches
It is essential that the materials used in making your shoes should be as airy as possible so as to let your foot breathe. You definitely don’t want your feet to feel stuffy and sweaty after a long game. Put in your hand inside the shoes and watch out for some rough inner edges and prominent seams that are likely to cause shoe bites. You definitely want to avoid nursing a bad shoe bite after spending so many dollars on new shoes! Look out for added features like foot pads and lighter shoe weight.

Players need to listen to their heart and especially their feet when finalizing their shoes. Judge the knowledge of sales personnel in shoe shops before you rely on their advice for purchasing new variety shoes. Always buy shoes with a shorter break-in time to ensure quicker foot comfort.

Tips Skateboarding for Beginners

Skateboarding, in simpler words, is the activity of riding a skateboard. A skateboard is basically a rectangular plywood piece (deck), which is fitted with four small-sized wheels on the underside. Nowadays, new versions are available with many other optional components. It is viewed by many as a recreational activity or a type of extreme sport. Rarely, it is used as a means of transportation. A person participating in this activity is called a skater/skateboarder.

This sport is and has been a favorite with extreme sports enthusiasts. It has fascinated several youngsters over the last few decades. According to a survey conducted, majority of the skateboarders are males under 18 years of age. The growing popularity of this sport does not mean that there is no risk involved. If you are a first timer, then you should follow certain safety measures.

Tips

  • The first step is selecting the right board and proper gear. As a beginner, you should choose a thick and heavy deck with less curvature. With such a board, you are less likely to slip off, and it is easier for you to keep control. As you become better, you can switch to a thin and concave deck.
  • It is always advisable to check the trucks of the board. If they are very tight, loosen them by unscrewing the kingpins. After doing so, make sure the kingpins are fitted properly. A well-fitted truck will help you to turn easily, thus minimizing the risk of falling. Speaking about protection gear, you should purchase good quality skating shoes, helmet, wrist brace, and elbow and knee pads.
  • The next step is to make yourself comfortable with the skateboard. You can place it on a non-slippery surface (grass or carpet), and try to stand or jump on it. Be comfortable with the shape and size of the deck and learn some basics such as placing your feet in varied positions and balancing on front and rear wheels.
  • Once you are comfortable with that, you can decide your stance or skating style. In general, there are three stances, viz., regular (skate with the left foot forward), goofy (skate with the right foot forward, and mongo foot (push with the back foot, instead of the front one). Always stand in your most convenient style and try to push forward. If possible, do not follow the mongo style, as it takes a longer time to learn.
  • In the initial days, practice by pushing off on an even surface or at the most, a shallow hill. You may fall from the board while pushing off, but try to relax and imagine that pushing off is like taking a normal step. Maintain balance and push your foot as you do while walking. Another trick is to start pushing off as powerfully as you can. You can ride until the skateboard stops naturally.
  • The next tip is to push yourself carefully while riding, before you run out of speed. You can learn to turn left and right by putting more of your weight into the heels. As you practice regularly, you will be able to take sharper turns. Last, but not the least, you will need to learn how to stop the skateboard. The easiest and safest way of stopping it is footbraking. Footbraking involves taking off the back foot and grinding it onto the ground. There are other stopping methods such as heel drag, bail, boneless, and powerslide.

    It is advisable not to try any tricks or fast-paced skating, before getting a command over the basics. Once you are confident about the twists and turns, you can practice other tricks such as ollie, kickflip, magic flip, etc. Have patience and keep trying again and again. Remember that, failure is the first step towards success.

Tips Choose the Perfect Skateboard

If you have turned serious about skateboarding, then, it is my guess that you are hanging around a group of skateboarders. Their talk, claims, and denials about the board or tricks must have given you a lot of information, which at the same time, may have confused you because of the differences in everyone’s opinions. Choosing one for yourself can only be solved by you, after going to the stores and trying the skateboards available.

Selecting the Right Skateboard

General Idea
First of all you should decide whether you want a complete skateboard or a costly custom-made one. If you are a beginner, then most probably you may want to go in for a complete one. You can find knowledgeable as well as helpful people at the store in your area. It is important to listen to them, because the advice given by them would not be technically biased in favor of any particular skateboard, as that of a practicing skateboarder. What about the skateboard’s size? Take the board you fancy off the shelf and stand on it. Check out whether its length and width matches your height and balance. It is preferable that you try the skateboard while wearing shoes that you are going to use for skating. Remember that the feel of the board under your feet is important, rather than its look. If you intends to do tricks with your board, then be sure to choose a skateboard that has an appreciable concave and pop. Spend enough money on the quality trucks, good bearings and wheels. All these factors will only enhance your experience.

Bearing
When it comes to choosing the grade of bearing (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), precision and cost increases as you go higher through the grades. Grade 5 bearings will go nicely with your board. High truck allows for big wheels to be fitted, and distributes the pressure evenly, while doing tricks. Skateboards fitted with the low truck will be more stable, and will allow a safe.

Deck
Know that thinner decks make it easier to do flips, and choosing a 7.5 to 7.75 inches board can be most appropriate. For transition skaters, a deck size of around 7.75 inches is considered ideal, as it helps in balance and control during any trick. However, if you have big feet, choose the deck size most suitable for you. If you are going to use the board for tricks as well as transition skating, then prefer the deck close to the 7.75 inches mark. The truck you are going to outfit your skateboard with should be as close to the width of the deck. If too thin, it may cause an unstable ride, and if too wide, at turns the skateboard will be less responsive.

Wheel
Choose the wheel that you are going to put in your board to match the style of your skating and surface you are going to do it on. For street and technical skating, the board is required to be lighter and lower to the ground. For this reason, use small and hard wheels (51mm-55m, 97a-100a). For speedy skating and easy maintenance, opt for large wheels (56mm-60mm, 97a-100a).

Grip Tape
Grip tapes (black) are of high quality, and provide that extra purchase that is necessary while doing tricks and a 360 hardflip.

Remember to try out a number of skateboards before you make a final choice and purchase one.

Improve Your Golf Swing

Golf swing is one of the most important part of a golfer’s game. Why? Because it is important that a golfer hits the ball in the right direction which gives him a head-start over his/her opponents. Hitting a golf ball long, and in the right direction, without slicing it, requires a lot of practice.

The Grip
The first thing you need to learn to get your swing right is the correct grip. Position your hands in a way that the base of the golf club just about reaches below the ball. There are three basic grips that golfers use, namely, the overlapping, the interlocking, and the baseball grip. The baseball grip is one of the most popular grips for beginners, where they do not interlock their hands. The grip that is comfortable is the right one for you. The grip should be firm without squeezing the club too tightly.

The Stance
A lot of people like to measure the distance between their legs by positioning a basketball between their knees. Ideally, your feet should be shoulder-width apart. When you take your stance, make sure that you put equal weight on both legs. Bend your knees slightly and loosen them. Again, the stance should not be so rigid that it inhibits your motion. You know that little butt-waggle golfers do? It is to loosen up their lower body, so that they can take the shot properly.

The Backswing
The backswing is when the golfer takes his club behind his body, generating the momentum needed for a strong downswing. After the club has reached the highest point of the backswing, do not bring it down right away. Hold the club in the air for a couple of seconds, make sure that your grip and stance are just fine, then bring the club on the downswing.

The Downswing
The downswing plays a key role in a good golf swing. As stated earlier, make sure that you hold the club in the air for sometime during the backswing. Bring the club down in a sweeping motion, increasing the speed as it comes down. Keep your eyes on the ball throughout. Make sure that on the downswing, you strike the ball at its base. You’re not supposed to strike the center of the ball, because that way, it won’t go too high or long. Make sure that the motion hits the ball just below its imaginary axis. This will lift the ball higher and send it further. In the downswing, and while hitting, remember that the backhand gives the force, while the front hand gives the ball direction.

The Follow-Through
The follow-through is an important part to improve your swing. This is because, the follow-through can often decide the final trajectory of the ball. So, once you strike the ball, make sure that the impact doesn’t shift your swing. Make sure that the ball is hit with a good, clean, and fluid motion.