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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 November 11, 2019

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                4. Feed Your Brain

                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                6. Write it Down

                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                7. Listen to Music

                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                8. Visual Concepts

                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                9. Teach Someone Else

                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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