4 Ways To Stay In Sports As An Adult

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As we get older, we have less and less outlets in life that offer adult programs and communities for staying in sports. From early education, communities offer many opportunities for kids to be active and partake in organized or unorganized sports. Even in college we have lots of opportunities to be in intramurals. But what do you do once you are out of college and in adult life? The desire to be part of a team may still be there or just to be active, so here are 4 ways to get into sports as adults.

 

 

1 – Check out your local leisure center/community center.

This is the best way to check out what your specific area will have to offer you close by. These places are also where you can get general information on things like races/marathons, non-traditional sport events, and almost anything you need to know about community-run athletics.

 

2 – Go to places you do your preferred activity:

Basketball courts, swimming pool, tennis court, etc., and inquire about things like leagues and team for adults to be a part of. Even just a local gym is great for this. Local fitness centers or gyms typically have information or connections to clubs or organizations for things like walk/runs or community teams.

 

3 – It may be time to try solo sports.

As we get older, we tend to appreciate our hobbies to also be our time to ourselves and give us time to think, de-stress, and just to be alone. Sports like Rock Climbing, Indoor bouldering, acrobatics, dancing, martial arts and snow sports are all good examples of sports that are equally fun on their own and performed by yourself as they are with others.

 

4 – Think unconventional.

Now that you are an adult (or at least trying to be one), you can attempt activities you know have time, money, and experience (aka are old enough) to do! Like whitewater rafting or mountain climbing.

 

Take all of these into consideration while trying to either get back in or starting anew with sports and athletics all together. You have more options than it seems! So in addition to asking friends or colleagues, try all these tips out too.

 

*Always Proud, but Never Satisfied*

 

~Luke

The Dos and Don’ts of Exercise

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Exercise and working out is extremely vital to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. However, almost everyone (including myself) thinks they are the fitness pro when it comes to exercise. There are a plethora of different myths and legends of what’s good/bad for you in the gym. Although everyone has their own niche, I am going to go over a few Dos and Don’ts for your next workout.

 

Dos:

  • For starters, it is tremendously important to hydrate yourself prior to going to the gym. Not only does the risk of dehydration skyrocket, but you may also notice yourself feeling tired and very lackadaisical in many of your workouts if you don’t drink enough.
  • Another important tip for continuing to build strength while exercising, is to set new goals for yourself. New goals have many different benefits, which include: staying motivated, having fun while trying new things, and realizing what your body accepts or rejects. Along with these, you will notice your strength lacking growth if you just do the same exercise every day.

Don’ts:

  • It’s so unbelievably important not to try exercises you haven’t been taught or trained on. Although I do emphasize on trying new things, seeking assistance or help the first time is the way to go. By doing certain lifts incorrectly, your body tends to cheat itself by using muscles the lift does NOT train, and will most likely lead to injury.
  • Although you may really like working a certain muscle group or doing a certain workout, don’t get into an unbalance. Having versatility in your workouts is important for keeping proportionality in your body. In addition to this, over-training one muscle can drastically the effect said muscle group and may even make it weaker over time.

 

I would say one of the most important things to take away from this, is to realize that you may not always be right while exercising, and believe me there is nothing wrong with that. Seeking assistance with a trained professional is never a bad thing in anything you do, especially in working out. Keep some of these tips in mind during your next stop at the gym.

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

 

– Tyler Kloss

 

 

For more information, check out this article:

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/the-new-get-fit-rules-exercise-dos-and-donts/

Healthy Fall Foods

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With fall just around the corner, it is time to get excited about all of the wonderful foods that will be coming into season. When fruits and veggies are in season it means that they are naturally at their best. Fall Is a time that many fruits and vegetables are at their peak of deliciousness. It is a lot easier to eat healthy with so many yummy options surrounding us.

Apples– Most people’s favorite fall fruit is about to come into season. Apples have a lot of notorious benefits. Going apple picking is also a fun activity and a great way to get outdoors.

Cranberries– These berries are sweet and delicious. Cranberries are full of antioxidants. They are the perfect treat this fall.

Grapes– Another yummy fruit that has many health benefits: Grapes tend to ripen towards the beginning of fall. They are the perfect fruit to pack as a snack for school or work.

Pears- Pears are full of fiber and vitamin C. Pears are a great snack option to grab and go.

Potatoes– While there are many different types of potatoes, most varieties are harvested in the fall. Potatoes are full of nutrients and fiber.

Pomegranates– This tart fruit also is in season during fall. Pomegranates are full of vitamins and antioxidants.

Pumpkins– Carving pumpkins for Halloween can be a fun fall activity. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkin into your fall meals. Pumpkins are the most common winter squash that contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes- Don’t forget about this fall favorite. Sweet potatoes have their peak season during this time of year. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and fiber that make them the perfect addition to your diet this fall.

These are just a few of the delightful fruits and vegetables that are coming into season this fall. The changing season also means changes in what fresh produce you can bring home. Check the grocery stores near you and pick up some of these fresh healthy options. There are many more fruits and veggies that are best to eat during these cool fall days so it is the perfect time to try something new.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

Oh, Back to School

It’s that time of year again… Stores are filled with school supplies, big yellow buses driving around town, and you find yourself packing up your belongings in preparation to head back to school. For many, this is an extremely exciting time, simply because this means you will once again be linked up with your closest friends for the next eight months. However; every year at the beginning of school the thought of, “How am I going to be able to balance my school work with my social, regular work, and physical health life?” reappears. The answer really is simple: DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.

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The absolute perfect advice for a good “balance” in life does not exist. Every single person is different when it comes to prioritizing their responsibilities. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty obvious suggestions that can be made, such as maybe not going out with friends the night before a big exam, or skipping class just to get a work out in. Those are just some of the simple things that almost every parent tells you before you get to school. What it really comes down to though is finding the correct balance for YOU. If this means going to the gym one less day a week to either catch up on school work or hang out with friends, so be it.

 

Your ultimate happiness will come when you can find that perfect or near perfect balance in your life. With that being said, this adjustment may take a week or two, so don’t become discouraged when the beginning of the school year seems quite stressful. Also, it may be relieving to know that almost all of your friends are going through this transition period with you, so don’t feel like the only one who may be struggling right off the bat.

 

Like I stated earlier, the perfect advice for a balanced life really doesn’t exist, however what I want to challenge you to do is find that perfect advice for yourself. Try your best not to let others around you influence your priorities, because no one really knows you better than YOU.

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

  • Tyler Kloss