Basic Abdominal Workout

Abdominal WorkoutFor people who want to have six pack abs, daily abdominal exercises are the most important key to reaching their goal. There are a variety of effective abdominal workout and training that people can try out on their own to find which one is best for them.

They can find some references from various exercise books, magazine or website, and search for basic exercise that they can perform (it is pointless to find good abdominal training if you cannot do it due to the limitation of your body). Or, for maximum results, they can combine a few different abdominal exercises or alternate between their favorites.

Probably the simplest and most popular, abdominal exercise is the crunch. Lying on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat will get your crunch started.

Some people like to place their fingertips to the sides of the head, just behind the ears, while others like to do crunches with their arms crossed over their chest. Either way, the next step is to push your lower back to the floor and hold that while you crunch your abdominal muscles to lift your shoulders a few inches off the floor.

To mix things up a bit, you could add an exercise ball to your crunch. You will want to sit on the exercise ball with your feet flat on the floor. Slowly let the ball roll as you lie back until your thighs and torso are parallel with the floor.

Then you will contract your abs, raising your torso no more than 45 degrees. The exercise ball is a lot of fun and can really help keep you from getting too bored with your usual abdominal exercises.

Whichever abdominal exercises you determine to be the best route to six pack city, don’t overdo it and end up having to postpone your trip. You should always check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program and of course you can’t forget to stretch.

The Importance of Physical Education

The Importance of Physical EducationIn the present world of space age and automation era, most human beings appear to be living a more and more inactive life. They ride instead of walk, sit instead of stand and watches instead of participants.

Such type of inactivity or sedentary life is detrimental to mental and physical health. Thus, there is great need for physical or sports education as a part of balanced living.

Here are some of the things that make physical education become very important for youth and children, especially in this time of ages;

It is needed because due to advanced technology the lifestyle of people becomes sedentary and they become passive entertainer.

It is needed during childhood for proper growth and development.

It is beneficial during adulthood to maintain good health and fitness.

During old age, it is important to prevent and treat various ailments and disease.

It is important as it provides us the knowledge of our bodies from musculoskeletal, physiological and biochemical point of view.

It teaches us various physical activities that can be practiced now in later life such as motor skills for the games and sports of volleyball, tennis, swimming and so on.

It also teaches us the value of ethical behavior in sporting situations.

It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

It teaches us the value of physical fitness and how to become physically fit.

It is important for aesthetic reasons as by participation in physical fitness programs like gymnastics and dance, beauty and grace in cultivated in the movement.

It is also important for catharsis reasons with mean releasing of energy, emotion, tension or frustration and some people let off their extra steam by participating in various games and sports which are part of physical education. This way physical education helps in checking juvenile delinquency.

The Concept of Perfection in Children Sports

Perfection in Children SportsWhen we’re talk about was perfection in children sports: how is it good for a ballplayer, especially a child, to expect to be perfect? For example in baseball, where failure is the expected norm; failing 7 out of 10 times makes you a star. Everybody swings and misses. The best players in the world regularly walk in runs, and errors are made almost every game.

Why is perfect the right goal? We need to think about the goals and attitude we should teach our children in sports.

The right attitude, it’s about control

Why would anybody ever tell their kids to be perfect? Michael Jordan once said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Babe Ruth had the record for strike outs in a career until his record was broken by another Hall of Fame member of the 500 HR club, Reggie Jackson. Nobody is perfect!

If you can’t be perfect, what is the right goal? In sports and in life there are so many things that are completely out of our control, but we individually have the ability to choose our responses to each situation – positive and negative. In essence, you can’t control the actions of anybody else or the results; only yourself. Consequently, the focus has to be on what you can control.

Children need to realize that you don’t have to be perfect is a good thing. People need to shifts their focus from being perfect to doing what you can control. Here are some of the sports game elements that can be controlled;

Fundamentals, there is no reason that every kid can’t learn to do things the right way. If the coach can teach a kid to perform with proper fundamentals the results will follow. The emphasis here has to be on first, the coach learning the right things to teach, and then, insisting that the kids do it correctly. Remember: Practice makes Permanent!

Focus, every kid can think and have their head in the game. Even the kid who can’t make a basket can be in the right place all the time.

Hustle, Do your best and put out the most effort that you can on every play. Every coach should be working on kids to hustle, play hard and put out effort – not on results.

Teamwork, this plays into focus as well, but working with your teammates is something that every player can do, control, and excel at.

Sportsmanship, There is never any reason to not be a good sport. This year, I’ve seen far too many kids saying “bad game” instead of congratulating the other team on their effort. Be a good sport – always!

Measuring your results

At the end of each game, ask the kids to evaluate their individual and team performance. You’d be surprised at their own understanding of how they did. Don’t spend time on performance measurement, but on the non score book things that the kids can control. We can’t control the results of our actions, but if we work on everything we can control, we won’t be perfect, but we will be the best we can be.

Basic Guide to Football

Basic Guide to FootballBefore you hit the bar, it helps to know a little about the game, how it starts, and what they are trying to achieve. The offense is where you can watch for the strategic plays and learn lessons in planning that apply as easily to your career as they do on the football field.

Starting the game

Before each game, the captains from each team and the referee meet at the center of the field for the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss has the option of starting the game by kicking the ball to the other team or receiving the kickoff from the other team.

The game begins when one of the teams kicks off to the other. The receiving team must catch the ball and try to advance it as far forward toward the kicking team as possible.

The play ends when the player with the ball is knocked to the ground (tackled), runs out of bounds, or makes it all the way to the kicking team’s end zone (touchdown). The spot where the kick returner was tackled becomes the line of scrimmage. The line of scrimmage is a term for the place the ball is spotted before a play is run.

Once this starting point is established, the offensive squad of the receiving team will come in and try to move the ball toward the opposition’s end zone.

Offense

The offense is the team that has possession of the ball and is trying to score by moving the football down the field towards the end zone. There are two ways to move the football: running or passing. The offensive team has four attempts, or chances, to move the ball ten yards. These attempts are called downs.

Once the ball has moved ten yards or more from the starting point of play, the team gets four new downs to try to move the ball another ten yards. If the ball doesn’t move ten yards forward in four downs, the other team gets possession of the ball (the offense also has the option of kicking – punting – the ball to the other team on the fourth down).

There are two ways to score points while on the offensive side of the ball. One is to kick the ball through the goal posts at the back of the other team’s end zone, which is called a field goal, and the other is to run or throw the ball into the end zone, which is called a touchdown.

A field goal is worth three points and a touchdown is worth 6 points. Immediately following a touchdown, the team gets to attempt a kick for an extra point. This is similar to a very short field goal. Following the kick, the possession of the ball moves to the other team.

The offensive team has several players in different key positions:

Quarterback

The quarterback is the team leader who really gets the offense moving. He is the only player that touches the ball on every offensive play, regardless of running or passing strategy. He throws the ball for a pass or hands it off for a running play. Sometimes the quarterback will even run with the ball himself. Quarterbacks don’t have to be large, but most have magnetic personalities and display clear leadership qualities.

Wide receiver

This position is mostly used to catch passes from the quarterback. They don’t need to be big, but they definitely need to be fast. Jerry Rice is probably one of the most famous wide receivers in football and he could certainly teach the energizer bunny a thing or two about staying power.

Running back

It’s a dangerous job, but someone’s gotta do it! Running backs take the hand off from the quarterback and run as far as they can before getting tackled by the thugs on the other team’s defense. Their goal is to gain yardage and they take a beating doing it.

Full back

These guys are crucial to a good running game. They can run like a running back, or block for the running back, giving him a chance to get further down the field. Just like the running back, these guys take a pounding.

Tight end

To clear up a common female misperception, this position has nothing to do with the fit of the uniform. Tight ends are multitalented players who block, catch passes and provide protection for the quarterback.

Offensive line

There are usually five players on the offensive line. The typical offensive line has a center in the middle who hands the ball through his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play. There are two guards, one on each side of the center, and two tackles who play on the outer edges of the offensive line and are usually the biggest players.

The offensive line’s mission is to block for the running back on a running play or protect the quarterback from the defense on a passing play. These are the big guys on the offensive team who usually weigh in at around 300 pounds.