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Bored of hitting the gym every day this summer? Don’t fret! Fitness can be achieved through fun sports too. There are several fun sports that can help you achieve great health and fitness.

Summer Sport # 1: Tennis

Tennis is undoubtedly the best way to pass your time leisurely and improve your health. Playing tennis helps in moving your body and keeps your mind alert. Since it is a low-impact sport, you don’t need a lot of strength and skills to play the game. Hence a good option for toning.

Summer Sport # 2: Football

Football or soccer is one of the best summer sports, as it engages players to run fast and slow – with sudden balance shifts. This helps to build stamina and works for interval training too. Being a continuous game, it is extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health.

Summer Sport # 3: Cricket

This favorite Indian sport provides a number of benefits to its player along with gallons of excitement. Cricket helps in endurance, stamina, balance and co-ordination and physical fitness. It also improves hand-eye co-ordination.

Summer Sport # 4: Frisbee

Frisbee is a swift and easy sport which can be played with anyone, anywhere. Besides adding the fun quotient, this has health benefits too. Throwing a Frisbee is a good cardio-vascular workout; it uses your thigh muscles and arms too. It improves balance and helps to develop better landing skills.

 

Summer Sport # 5: Volleyball

Summer volleyball is one of the best sports workouts. This sport helps you burn calories and improves your muscular system.

Summer Sport # 6: Cycling

Cycling is a good summer sport option, because you don’t need company. All you have to do is pick your bicycle and race for good health. Cycling helps to build strength, tones muscles, builds stamina, burns calories, improves heart health and reduces stress.

Summer Sport # 7: Swimming

Swimming is the best way to help your body cool down during summer. Since, swimming involves your entire body; it is the best full-body workout. It helps you to relax, builds endurance, tones your muscles, maintains a healthy weight and improves flexibility.

Summer Sport # 8: Dancing

Dance is an amazingly fun activity. It allows people to enjoy, socialize and develop creative skills. Dancing for 30 minutes helps to keep the body active, helps to improve strength and flexibility, improves posture and balance, reduces stress levels and burns calories.

Summer Sport # 9: Badminton

Racquet sport is good for people of all ages. Badminton helps to burn calories, maintains healthy weight, and improves cardiovascular fitness.

Summer Sport # 10: Hiking

Hiking is a good recreational activity. It helps to improve muscular fitness, reduce depression, maintains healthy weight and lubricates your joints well. So, plan a trek this weekend to enjoy a peaceful traffic-less zone.

(By Renita Tisha Pinto)

taispo 2013

taispo 2013

Taichung, released by TAITRA on November 7th— The 2013 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) will take place concurrently with the 26th TAIPEI CYCLE in celebration of its 40th anniversary, TAITRA, the show’s organizer, said. A 5-day extravaganza will begin as the 40th TaiSPO opens on next March 19th, one day earlier than 2013 TAIPEI CYCLE, and will be held in conjunction with Taiwan Int’l Diving & Water Sports Show (DiWaS) and Taipei Int’l Sports Textile & Accessory Expo. The scale is estimated to feature a record-breaking 5,000 booths, attracting more than 8,000 domestic and international buyers.

TaiSPO represents a consistent effort to turn Taiwan into Asia’s hub for sporting goods industry. While the competition of sporting goods industry is getting intense, Peter Lo, chairman of Johnson Health Tech Co. and convener of the Division of Fitness Equipment and Accessories under the Taiwan Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (TSMA), founded the S-Team. Offering joint consultancy by TSMA, the Footwear & Recreation Technology Research Institute and the Corporate Synergy Development Center, the S-Team will hopefully establish a cooperative network made up of central, satellite and supporting factories, so Taiwanese fitness equipment makers can adopt a business model that is based on brand-specific sales channels in addition to research, development, and innovation (RDI) programs. The S-Team, founded in May 2011, has successfully introduced a national standard of fitness equipment this October and plans to set up a dedicated pavilion at TaiSPO 2013, as it did this year. It will showcase exciting results of a year’s efforts, as well as refreshing contributions to the industry.

While TaiSPO is an indicator of trends in the sporting goods industry, the TaiSPO Awards of Excellence gives a sneak peek at the latest and most innovative products in the sporting goods industry. According to the list of preliminary winners published online, 14 products are nominated in the TaiSPO Awards of Excellence 2013.

After 40 years of progress, TaiSPO stands as the second largest sporting goods show in Asia, a world-class trade event which has been also in good connection with the WFSGI to hold Manufactures Forum for consecutive 4 years. In appreciation of the support over the years, Taitra, the TaiSPO organizer, launches a special event, called “TaiSPO 40th Anniversary Lucky Draw”. Buyers, who have completed online pre-registration at http://www.taispo.com.tw by March 1st, 2013, will be auto-entered in the Lucky Draw.

The TaiSPO 2013 will run from March 19th-22nd at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Halls 1 and 3,Taipei, Taiwan, including fitness equipment, sportswear and accessories, outdoor sporting goods, sports balls, protective gear, massage equipment, and more. In 2013, the Taiwan International Diving and Water Sports Show (DiWaS) will also offer an integrated display of swimming, diving, and water sports supplies as a part of TaiSPO for the second consecutive year. The 5-day celebration is definitely a must-see as it includes the TAIPEI CYCLE and SpoMODE, scheduled for March 20th-23rd, 2013, at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1and the Nangang Exhibition Hall.

 

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

(Photograph: foodfolio/Alamy)

Christmas dinner: What would you eat?

Christmas is a time for feasting, but how much is too much?

It’s no wonder waistlines expand at Christmas if past years are anything to go by.

In the 13th Century, the medieval occasion ran for 12 days, with lavish spreads every day.

Christmas excess today means that the average person consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas day.

This is equivalent to eating 4.8kg of egg-fried rice, or 42 bananas, or 23 and a half hamburgers. Or you could think of it as eating three 300g chicken korma curries, three 300g chicken tikka curries, three naan breads and 24 onion bhajis.

That is also the same amount that a Tour de France cyclist needs to sustain a day’s racing, professional athletes consume to propel them through a day’s training, Royal Marines need to fuel their missions, and Arctic explorers demand to endure a day on the ice.

For those of us less inclined to extreme endurance and more comfortable with staying indoors, there is little chance we will be burning 6,000 calories on Christmas day.

But there are ways to do things a little bit more healthily.

Christmas dinner itself easily fits in to the recommended calorific intake for a day, says Sian Porter, consultant dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association.

In fact it contains 956 calories, and 48g fat, she says. The guideline daily calorie count is 2,500 for men and 2,000 for women.

But it’s not just Christmas dinner that we indulge in.

“Six thousand calories over the day includes smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast, buck’s fizz and wine and other drinks, liqueurs, also Christmas cake, mince pies, cheese and biscuits, cold nibbles, snacks, crisps, nuts and an open box of chocolates,” she says.

You know what will happen if you eat an extra 500 calories a day in December…

Is that so bad?

“Some people can rebalance that quickly and easily,” she says.

“But some people have already kicked off indulging in early December and go through until 2nd January, which can mean they gain around 5lb,” she says.

This is by eating an average extra 500 calories per day.

To burn off Christmas day’s calories alone you might need to do at least seven hours of hard exercise such as cycling. But keeping moderate exercise up before and after Christmas can help stop you putting on weight.

How to burn off 6,000 calories

burn calories

burn calories

It takes a lot of work to burn off 6,000 calories.

Here’s how you can do it:

Average man:

Sport

Time needed

Jogging

10 hours 20 min

Medium walking

14 hours 30 min

Hard cycling

7 hours 15 min

Basketball

8 hours 5 min

Fast swimming

7 hours 15 min

 Average woman:

Sport

Time needed

Samba or Tango

28 hours 40min

Hatha yoga

34 hours 20min

Fast swimming

8 hours 40 min

Jogging

12 hours 20min

Hard cycling

7 hours 10 min

(Sources: ONS statistics and British Heart Foundation calculator)

So how to avoid an unhealthy binge?

Do not skip meals and try to eat regularly to avoid overeating in one big meal, says the English Institute of Sport’s performance nutritionist Emma Gardner.

It can lead to excessive hunger and poor choices, she says.

“Ensure you have a good breakfast before going to Christmas dinners/buffets so you don’t arrive hungry – Christmas gatherings are filled with tempting treats, which you are likely to snack on if you arrive hungry.

“Add a protein source at breakfast, which will also help to fill you.”

Sian Porter says adapting old favourites also works a treat.

“If you flip the lid off a mince pie, which is 250 calories before adding cream or brandy butter, you can save calories there, or swap unhealthy snacks for satsumas, nuts, dates or other fruit,” she says.

“Pile up your plate with fruit and veg, and do things a bit smarter – on the day make gravy from vegetable water and only open one box of chocolates at a time.”

Emma says: “Whether at a buffet or a Christmas dinner base your meals around lean protein options and vegetables or salad.

“If you want to go that extra step, try dry-roasting potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet or use an oil spray instead of smothering them in goose fat.”

There are plenty of easy calorie-savers, such as not eating turkey skin or avoiding putting butter on vegetables.

Eat vegetable crudites or popcorn, provided it’s without butter or sugar, for low-calorie alternatives to crisps.

Swap calorific nibbles for satsumas to have a healthier day

Chef Laura Santtini’s cooking style is flash cooking – a healthy, quick alternative where the emphasis is on “fit fast flavours for busy people”.

Most importantly, “having a flavour arsenal” next to her cooker means she can make delicious dishes that are low on fat.

Laura says she adheres to an 80:20 principle of eating, where 80% of her diet is healthy and 20% is more indulgent.

She says Christmas is “a one-meal day, not a day for thinking about being healthy”.

Simple calorie-savers

  • Swap turkey legs/thighs and skin for turkey breast
  • Swap roast potatoes for new potatoes
  • Swap cauliflower cheese for boiled or steamed vegetables
  • Swap small roast potatoes/parsnips for large ones as they absorb less fat
  • Swap gravy for bread sauce of fruit sauces
  • Swap meat stuffing for chestnut or fruit-based stuffing, which are low in fat and a good source of potassium
  • Swap brandy butter sauce for low-fat custard

(Source: English Institute of Sport)

“If you do 80:20 then it flips and Christmas is an 80% naughty day. But on Boxing Day you have stopped grazing,” she explains.

She suggests that you can boil or steam sprouts or bake them in the oven, or instead of doing roast potatoes, do Persian jewelled rice in a slow cooker.

However for some there is no avoiding a big calorie counter of the day – booze.

“Be aware of consuming too many empty calories, such as those in alcohol,” says Emma Gardner.

Sian Porter says alcohol is “7kcal per gram versus 4kcal/g for protein or carbs and 9kcal/g for fat”.

“Alcohol is calorie-dense and, when drunk in excess, reduces will power meaning you are more likely to succumb to eating tempting foods,” nutritionist Emma explains.

It’s recommended to avoid sweet cocktails and creamy liqueurs. Or alternate alcohol with water, or drink small short spirits with diet fizzy drinks.

But if you are planning on over-indulging during Christmas, do not despair.

Chef Allegra McEvedy says: “Unless you have serious dietary issues, you should lay back and indulge. It’s not a day to count calories.”

So one day of indulgence is OK?

“It’s all about not making people feel guilty and taking it easy,” says Sian Porter.

“You can be bad and then be good over other days – it’s over in a short space of time, and you can rebalance those extra calories by cutting back elsewhere.”

On Boxing Day you’ll be eating salad and getting on your bike then?

(Sources: BBC Food)

It’s happy Friday, and what sport would you like to do in your weekend?

How about go to swim? Today, I would like to show you top ten amazing swimming pools. Hope you can enjoy your sporting life.

No.1 Joule hotel

Joule hotel in Dallas. The pool extends beyond the building, out over the sidewalk above the 1500 block of Main Street!

Joule hotel

Joule hotel

No.2 Nemo 33

Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor swimming pool in the world. The portal is located in Brussels, Belgium. Its maximum depth is 34.5 metres (113 ft).

Nemo 33

Nemo 33

No.3 Shaw House

Shaw House by Patkau Architects. Check out this amazing transparent glass bottom pool. The Shaw house is located on a narrow waterfront property on the south shore of English Bay, Vancouver, Canada.

Shaw House

Shaw House

No.4 Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso, Italy. The sublime infinity swimming pool.

Hotel Caruso

Hotel Caruso

No.5 Chile’s monster pool

The world’s largest swimming pool. It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Chile's monster pool

Chile’s monster pool

No.6 Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool. This amazing swimming pool shaped like a guitaris designed and built by Canadian Aqua-Tech Company.

Guitar Shaped Pool

Guitar Shaped Pool

No.7 Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome – The biggest indoor swimming pool in the world. Located in Miyazaki, Japan. It’s 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, and it’s located 500 meter from the sea.

Ocean Dome

Ocean Dome

No.8 The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort. One of Thailand’s finest boutique hotels.

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

The Sarojin Luxury Khao lak Resort

No.9 Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool. The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore has recently offered a unique swimming pool in the world. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this pool placed at 200 meters high above the three buildings of the hotel impresses by the view it offers with a rich decoration.

Skypark Swimming Pool

Skypark Swimming Pool

No.10 Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel, Bali a man-made attraction. The most striking of the hotel’s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside. Decks adorn the pool, offering visitors a chance to relax in the sun, while contemplating. Taking full advantage of the setting, the resort was built on wooden pillars among the steep rice fields of Ubud. This way, each of the 38 luxury private pool villas is perfectly integrated in this scenic environment.

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel

(source: http://www.letmebeinspired.com/10-amazing-swimming-pools/)

Top 10 Exercises and Sports to Burn Calories.

1.Spinning and elliptical trainer

Spinning on a stationary bicycle and exercising on an elliptical trainer both offer the highest calorie burning benefits. A 260-pound person will burn 1,342 calories an hour. The average male or any person weighing 190 pounds will burn 980 calories in 60 minutes, and the average female weighing 163 pounds will burn 841.

2.Skiing (downhill and cross country)

Downhill and cross country skiing is an excellent winter sport that burns fat while one has fun. Someone who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,030-1,342 calories an hour. The average male will burn 752-980 calories skiing, and the average female will burn 645-841. A ski machine comes in close, and the average man will burn 832 calories, while the ordinary women will melt away 714 calories.

3.Basketball (full court)

Full court basketball is a fun sport that will help one to lose or maintain weight. When wanting to hang out with friends and work together, basketball is a great, calorie blasting sport. The person who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,295 calories for each hour they participate. The ordinary man will shred 946 calories, while the average women will melt away 812.

4.Rock climbing

Indoor and outdoor rock climbing offer a healthy adventure. Again, a 260-pound person can easily burn 1,295 calories an hour while enjoying this sport. Men, you will burn 946 calories, and women you will burn 812.

5.Soccer

Competitive soccer is another sport that involves team work and constant motion. Those who weigh 260 pounds will burn 1,186 calories per hour. Males can enjoy this sport while burning 866 calories each hour. Females will ignite their metabolism and annihilate 743 calories.

6.Running

Running at a speed of 6 mph will allow a 260-pound person to burn 1,186 calories every hour. Men who run 6 mph will burn 866 calories, and women will burn 743. Keep in mind that the faster you run, the more you burn.

7.Rope jumping

Rope jumping is hard work, but it offers high calorie burning benefits. The same 260-pound person will blast away 1,186 calories after jumping rope for an hour. Males who participate in this high intensity workout will burn 866 calories per hour, and females will burn 743.

8.Swimming

Swimming is a great sport that works the entire body in the water. Burning 1,154 calories in 60 minutes will happen without breaking a sweat for those who weigh 260 pounds. The average weighing man will scorch 844 calories when swimming, while the average woman will melt away 724.

9.Skating

Rather you choose to go rollerskating or rollerblading, you will be burning butter. For those who weigh 260 pounds, 1,076 calories will be shed each hour. Men, put on your skates and prepare to annihilate 787 calories each hour. Women, prepare to have fun while burning away 675 calories. Oddly enough, women (or those who weigh less) will burn more calories skating than swimming, whereas, men (or those who weigh more) appear to burn more swimming.

10.Vinyasa yoga

Vinyasa yoga is a type that involves breathing in synchronization to each movement. Yoga is my favorite exercise of all 10 listed, and vinyasa yoga will subtract 1,030 calories each hour from a 260-pound person. Men, pick up your yoga mat and burn 752 calories in just an hour. Women, join me by participating in my favorite form of exercise and burn 645 calories for every 60 minutes.

This article was written by Rebecca Bardelli, a Yahoo! contributor.

To choose your favorite exercises and sports burns calories.

Don’t forget keep safety with comfortable sport shoes and sport wear.

Enjoy your sporting life with doing exercise.


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