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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 September 20, 2018

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                1. Breathe

                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                2. Loosen up

                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                3. Chew slowly

                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                4. Let go

                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                It’s not. Promise.

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                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                5. Enjoy the journey

                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                6. Look at the big picture

                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                Will this matter to me…

                • Next week?
                • Next month?
                • Next year?
                • In 10 years?

                Hint: No, it won’t.

                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                8. Practice patience every day

                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                Final thoughts

                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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