Making Boring Sports Interesting!

Making Boring Sports Interesting!

Pexels

Have you watched some sport on the TV and thought “how can anybody watch this? It’s boring!” You might not be inclined towards sports at all, but there is a sport for everyone out there. The best sports rejuvenate, relax, and get you focused and fired up! There are plenty of sports that aren’t very sexy or cool, but it’s not about whether it’s boring to watch. If you don’t like watching it,  that’s one thing, but playing it might be a completely different story. For a relaxing sport like golf, it may be as dull as ditchwater to watch, but playing it has been shown to appeal to your Jack Nicholsons and Will Smiths of the world, believe it or not! There are some sports that are pretty cool underneath the surface, and here are three to pep up for yourself!
Add to Flipboard Magazine.

Fishing

Yes, sitting for 12 to 18 hours to catch a guppy the size of your pinky might not sound like the most interesting of ways to spend a weekend, but that’s because you’re doing it wrong! Fishing is all about strategy, not just patience. You can place a line into the water and hopefully catch something, or you can combine it with something like drones! Now, fishing and drones might sound like a weird combination, but to eradicate that sense of boredom and to get a better chance of catching something, you can use a drone to fly the rod out further. Depending on where you want to fish, you will want to find the best drones for fishing based on your budget. But if money is not an issue, you can use a drone to search for fish, help with the catching of the fish, and even film your efforts! If you become such a keen fisherman (or fisher lady), then you can make your own videos and put them online and show people that fishing isn’t actually that boring!  

Snooker

The armchair sport to rule them all! Back in the 1980s, snooker was all the rage, and people like Alex Higgins drank and smoked his way through to world championship trophies. Flash forward, and the sport is considered slow and sleep-inducing. As an observer, the game can be at a snail’s pace, especially when you compare it to fast sports like rugby, football (soccer or pigskin), and anything where fists are involved. But snooker doesn’t have that cache, it’s controlled calm, and incredibly pressurizing! But the only way to get an appreciation for the game is to play it yourself, and you’ll see that it’s not like your 8-ball pool, the table is huge, and there’s a massive margin of error. Snooker is an incredibly addictive sport because of the rounds, or “frames,” played. If you were to go toe to toe with an amateur competitor, it would take you days to complete. The stamina involved in snooker isn’t about the physical, it’s the mental exhaustion that can occur. One little mistake can cost you the whole game in professional circles, and this is something that is overlooked by the casual observer. It is a massive mental challenge, and as far as the toughest mental challenge is concerned…

Chess

Much like snooker, chess isn’t the sexy sport you see on the TV. In fact, chess isn’t televised anymore. The last time it was considered to be a popular sport was back in the 1970s, when people like Bobby Fischer were the key proponents of the game. And looking at Fischer as a player, he worked out mentally and physically as if the next game was a fight. And this is the allure of chess, it’s a real fight, it’s Monopoly, Risk, and Tetris all in one! And then some! It’s a game of endless possibilities, and there will never be the same outcome. Chess is considered very off-putting for the reason that it’s too difficult and can’t be learned in one session, yet this is the rewarding nature of the game. That is what will keep you coming back, and the more you play, the more you will learn about how your own brain works. Looking at it from one perspective, if you were to play against someone, they have their own method or sequence, and once you’ve figured that out, that is how you can beat someone. It isn’t just pieces on a board, it’s a real test of lateral thinking. Even people like Arnold Schwarzenegger are big into chess, and this is because it’s something that you will never get bored of!





Co-founder of disruptive business and political site zenruption

Predicting The Winner Of The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy

Predicting The Winner Of The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy

 

By Haris Quintana
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy is the 8th edition of the Champions Trophy, a tournament involving the top 8 teams in world cricket. To date, six teams have won the competition with India and Australia winning the Champions Trophy twice. Other winners of the Champions Trophy include the West Indies, New Zealand, Srilanka and South Africa. The 8 teams in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy have been divided into two groups. Group -A features Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh while group B includes India, South Africa, Srilanka and Pakistan.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, under creative commons license

Add to Flipboard Magazine.
The favorites for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy include Australia, India, South Africa and England. New Zealand is also expected to do well in the tournament. So, who will win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy? Predicting a winner right away is not possible but there are reasons to back some teams over the others. Australian bookmakers are heavily favoring Australia and England to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with India being the outsiders. The reasons the odds heavily favor Australia and England to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy are obvious. Australia is the defending ODI champion and England is playing on home turf. As for the outsiders, India has always done well in ICC competitions so it’s natural to back them to perform well in this year’s Champions Trophy.

This is a huge gamble but here’s how I think the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy will pan out. Group-A will be won by Australia with England finishing as runners-up. Group B honors will be taken by South Africa and India will fill in the second spot. Australia will face India while South Africa will play England in the Semi-finals. My bet for the final? Australia vs. England for the reasons mentioned earlier i.e. defending ODI champions and the home team. Whether you agree with me or not, you can make your feelings known by betting on your favorite 2017 ICC Champions Trophy team.

In addition to predicting the winner of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, you can predict the team that’ll finish last in each group. My picks are Bangladesh and Srilanka. You can bet on each game of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy to get a chance of winning some money and increasing your wealth. Fifteen games will be played in this year’s Champions Trophy. If you bet on each match correctly, you’ll stand a chance of making some serious money. You can increase your chances of betting on each match correctly by taking a look at the ICC Champions Trophy odds listed online.

In terms of interest and TV viewership, The ICC Champions Trophy is the second biggest competition in cricket. The ICC Champions Trophy will be held for an 8th -time this year and most experts are backing Australia, England or India to win the competition. You can watch the ICC Champions Trophy on your favorite sports channel to see whether that happens or not.



Sports Suitable For All Ages

Sports Suitable For All Ages

Add to Flipboard Magazine.
Playing sports has a way of encouraging many positive qualities in those who practice them. No matter what the sport actually is, it is likely that it is always going to make a huge difference to how a person interacts with others, how they feel about themselves, and how they develop as an individual. But a big part of the whole experience is actually finding a sport which is likely to be suitable for anyone who wants to try it. As it happens, there are many sports which we might consider suitable for all ages. If you are keen to get into a sport this year, then you might want to have a look at the following. These are going to be good choices no matter what, and no matter how old you are, so it is worth considering these first and foremost, especially if you want to play with your children.

Pic Credit

Soccer

When it comes to games for everyone, there is nothing quite like soccer. With this particular sport, you can be sure that people of all ages will feel welcome. Even if you are thinking about a sport for your five year old, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a club which they can join, so you can be sure that there is always a way to get into this particular sport. If you are looking for yourself, then you can be sure there is no limit to a number of clubs available. In fact, it is worth taking a look around for soccer clubs before you go or any other sport, as it is one of the most prevalent sports in the world and you are bound to find plenty. Getting into this sport can be good for you for a variety of reasons, so it is worth it too.

Scootering

Traditionally, this is something which might well have been considered as a child’s pastime. It is true that children tend to particularly enjoy scootering – but as more and more time goes on, it also becomes more clear that people of all ages are turning to it as a fun new sport to try out. Scootering can be great for you physically; it is surprisingly effective in terms of helping you to become fit, and it is also a lot of fun no matter who you are doing it with. If you want to get into this, make sure that you spend time finding the best scooter and scooter parts, as this is one of the most important elements of enjoying the sport properly.

Volleyball

Again, we look to a sport which has a lot of preconceived notions often attached to it. However, no matter your sex, age or location, volleyball can be a fascinating and exciting sport, and it is worth a place on anyone’s list of the top sports. If this sounds suitable for you or your kids, find your nearest club and get started at whatever level you feel is necessary. You are bound to get into it more than you might have imagined fast.



Essential Advice For Amateur Anglers

Essential Advice For Amateur Anglers

Image source
Add to Flipboard Magazine.
Soccer may well be the most spectated sport in the world, but when it comes to participation numbers nothing even gets close to fishing. It is one of the most peaceful hobbies anyone can do. There is just something about having the breeze on your back, an eyeful of calm water in front of you and an opponent you can’t see eagerly flashing about below the surface. The anticipation levels you feel as you wait for a bite are just amazing and the more you do it the more amazing it becomes.

Of course, fishing is also a skill with a hundred variables that need careful consideration. That’s why we have come up with some fishing tips and tricks for the amateur angler to help you reel something special in.

Image source

The License

We wish this was simple, but every state offers a different form of license, from Texas to Ohio to good old Kansas. However, ask any top tier fishing guides what the most important thing an angler needs is and they will tell you it is the correct permit, one that meets that state’s regulations. The reason they do this is conservation and to preserve the beauty of fishing in that area. Luckily, most permits can be bought online, so it is a pretty hassle free experience.

Image source

The Rod

It may seem like a pretty rudimentary thing to say, but choosing a rod and knowing your rod – the parts and the lingo – is a basic need for all those who fish. You need to know your butt-cap from your ferrule and your butt guide from your hook keeper. So get to know the parts that make up your rod, how they can differ and which suits your style. From there it is just about practice.

Image source

The Gear

Different fish need different equipment. That is why we always recommend you have some sort of idea of what fish is in the local vicinity, which fish you want to catch and then have the rod that will best allow you to do this. To find this out, there is no better resource that a good old local tackle shop.

Image source

The Bait

There is no one bait fits all. Sorry. But there are different types of bait and it all depends on what you are fishing and where you are fishing. As a rule, though, nothing is better than having live bait. Earthworms are a great place to start for those getting into the game because they are cheap, versatile and relatively odor free (compared to some of the other baits out there anyway). Of course, you could go down the route of getting a lure.

Image source

The Technique

This is where the thrill of fishing comes in. This is what makes it a sport. It’s the thrill of the hunt. You see, a fisherman’s technique needs to be adapted to catch the fish they are after. Basically, what you need to do is mimic what the fish likes to eat. That’s the only way to maximize your strike rate. For example, fly fishing is a totally different style of fishing to that of bass fishing. So know what is out there, know what you want, and then work on perfecting your technique. This is the part of fishing that will hook you (sorry, worst pun ever).




Reduce Your Chances Of Injury With One Of These Low Impact Sports

Reduce Your Chances Of Injury With One Of These Low Impact Sports

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

When it comes to sports, some are a lot harder on the body than others. If you want to reduce your chance of injury and trauma on the joints, then choose low impact activities when you have the opportunity. Low impact sports still offer a good workout for the body, while reducing the pressure on weight-bearing joints. Such sports are good for older people, especially those with arthritis, as well as people recovering from an injury and those looking to reduce the chances of one occurring when being active. Not sure which sports are the best for low-impact activity? Below are some of our favorites to get you started.

Swimming

Since you’re floating in the water, you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary stress on the joints from doing a few laps in the pool. In fact, this is one of the best low impact sports for athletes who are recovering from a prior injury. It also improves your lung function and strengthens your shoulders.

Golf

There’s a good reason that so many retired seniors take up the sport of golf. Walking the course is the primary activity, which almost anyone can do. And the biggest risk of injury comes from swinging the golf clubs. If you take up this sport, then remember to get yourself a cart for your golf bag so you don’t have to worry about any back pain from carrying around a heavy set of clubs from hole to hole.

Cycling

Whether you prefer to ride a bike on the pavement or stay indoors on an exercise bike, this is another sport that doesn’t put much stress on the body. By riding on trails outside, you get additional health benefits from nature like stress reduction and greater feelings of happiness.

Hiking

While walking itself is a great low impact activity, taking up hiking gives you a bit of a better workout and requires you to get deep in nature (and soak up all those extra health benefits being outdoors provides). Before you hit the trail, just make sure that you’re not carrying a hiking daypack that is too heavy of a load. Otherwise, you’ll end up causing unnecessary stress on your joints while out on your trek.

Bowling

While you might not think of bowling when you’re coming up with a list of traditional sports, this activity is actually a good low impact activity that you can do alone or with a team. Though you don’t have to worry about stress on your joints when you go bowling, you should be cautious of using a bowling ball that is too heavy for you. Otherwise, you might end up injuring your shoulder by accident.

Kayaking

Since all of your activity is done while sitting, kayaking (and also canoeing) is a great outdoor sports option for people seeking out low impact activities. All of the movements for this activity require your arms, shoulders, and back, so you will want to avoid it if you’re recovering from a back injury. And if you don’t want to go out alone, get a tandem kayak so you can take a friend.

Didn’t find a sport that appeals to you in this list? Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there. You can get more ideas from this list at the Huffington Post.




By Shawna Newman

Shawna is the content editor at Where’s My Caddie (http://www.wheresmycaddie.com/), and when she’s not writing about outdoor sports she’s in search of a good cup of coffee.

The Unmistakeable Benefits Of Golf

The Unmistakeable Benefits Of Golf

Add to Flipboard Magazine.
Of all the sports in the world, golf is one which is particularly unique. When it comes to the way it is played, and the society surrounding it, there is nothing else quite like it. These days, of course, anyone can learn to play golf, and it is often pleasing to watch how easily people pick up a club and get swinging. Maybe you are wondering whether to get into golf yourself, or whether to continue if you have already given it a go. If you are looking for a reason to get into golf and carry on with it big time, then take a look at the following. Here are some of the great benefits you can expect to get from playing golf.

Image Source

Patience

Something that can be said for all golfers is that they are adept at being patient. If you look at the way that it is played, this is hardly surprising. After all, golf is by its very nature quite a slow and considered game, and this means that when you play it you usually find yourself developing a keen sense of patience. There is no doubt that patience is something which any modern human will definitely find to be useful. In our rushed lives, being able to slow down and wait soon becomes one of the most valuable tools of all. So the more you get into golf, the more likely it is that you will be able to be patient in your everyday life – and that is something that plenty of people could benefit from hugely.

Image Source

Competition

Let’s not forget that, despite its calm nature, golf is still a competitive sport – a highly competitive one, in fact. Playing golf with others is one of the keenest ways to develop your own innate competitiveness, and this is a quality which very often actually does quite a lot for us as a species. If you want to really boost this side of the sport of golf, then you could consider hosting little tournaments or competitions with yourself and a few friends from time to time. Grab some professional looking trophies and medals from a reputable website and draw up your own league table. This can be a great way to get more out of the sport, and to really delve into the competitive side of it.

Pace

One of the things that draw many people to the world of golf is the pace of the sport itself. We have already seen how golf can help a person to develop their own sense of patience. Well, it’s true. Golf has a calming and gentle pace to it, and this is more often than not what enables people to be able to play it for hours and hours, sometimes all day. If you like the idea of playing a sport, but you don’t want to run around all day, then golf can provide you with the perfect solution for that predicament. Many others have turned to golf for this very reason, and few are disappointed.




Pin It on Pinterest