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Top 7 Sports Every Guy Should Try Before He Dies

Top 7 Sports Every Guy Should Try Before He Dies

Most guys get into many different sports from the time they are children. Commonly, they play baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, as well as a few other popular sports. But there are all kinds of awesome sports out there that are loads of fun, and offer many health benefits. These may not be the most well-known sports in the world, but all guys should try these seven oddball sports at least once in their lives:

1. Ultimate Frisbee

This is much like Frisbee football, and it is an awesome workout. Just like basketball, you can’t run while holding the Frisbee, but you can move on one foot to pivot and pass. This is a fast-moving game that provides a good cardiovascular workout, as well as helping to keep the arms and legs in great shape.

Ultimate Frisbee Useful Resources: History of Ultimate Frisbee, Rules of Ultimate, Ultimate Frisbee Throws.

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    2. Wife Carrying

    This sport originated in Finland, and it really does involve carrying a woman. Imagine having a weight workout and a run all at the same time and you have wife carrying, also known as eukonkanto. You will be racing through an obstacle course while your female partner is hanging upside down and holding onto your neck. This ultimate workout will also help to improve your balance. If you are playing in the true spirit of the sport, maybe you will win the ultimate prize: your wife’s weight in beer.

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    Wife Carrying Useful Resources: Rules, A Brief History of the Wife Carrying World Championships, Wife Carrying for Health.

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      3. Bike Polo

      Substitute bikes for horses, and you have bike polo. You are going to get a great leg workout riding around the rectangular field (often a paved surface). This is a 30-minute workout where not only the legs get used, but also your arms because you are swinging the mallet. You will also gain better hand-eye coordination playing this sport.

      Bike Polo Useful Resources: Hardcourt Bike Polo, 7 Things You Don’t Know About Hardcourt Bike Polo, How to Make a Polo Mallet.

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        4. Sepak Takraw

        This is kind of a combination of volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics. Unlike volleyball, you can’t use your hands to hit the ball. You must hit it with other parts of your body, including your head, shoulders, knees, and feet. You will be stretching muscles you never knew you had, and working every muscle in your body while having a great time.

        Sepak Takraw Useful Resources: Official Sepak Takraw Website, Techniques and Rules of Sepak Takraw, History in brief.

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          5. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

          This is a sport that offers numerous benefits. You get a total body workout, gain confidence, learn self-defense skills, gain balance, have better mental clarity, and much more, all from one workout. Even those who are small can learn how to overcome those who are bigger and stronger using various techniques, including holds and locks.

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          Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Useful Resources: A History and Style Guide of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, The New York Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Program at Ronin Athletics, IBJJF Rules.

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            6. Chess Boxing

            Who would have ever thought that chess could be a physical sport? Well, it is, and you can get in on the action. Basically, you are playing two games. One round will be chess, the next boxing, and so on and so on. So, not only is your body getting a first class workout, so is your brain. There are three ways you can win: knock out your opponent in the ring; win the chess game; or win by a judge’s decree at the end of the match if you and your opponent are still both standing and in the chess game.

            Chess Boxing Useful Resources: Rules, The Mystery Of Chessboxing.

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              7. Quidditch

              If you have seen the Harry Potter movies, you know what quidditch is. This is a sport that is highly athletic, and a bit violent. Of course, you won’t be able to perform the magic that Harry Potter and his friends do, or fly, but you can enjoy a game that is going to give you an awesome workout simply because of its difficulty. Believe it or not, this has grown into a hugely popular sport, with hundreds of teams all over the world. The scoring is the same as it is in the movies.

              Quidditch Useful Resources: Quidditch Rules, International Quidditch Association, History of US Quidditch.

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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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