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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 January 17, 2019

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

                More Resources About Mindfulness

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