Feb 03

Can scuba diving be dangerous?

The answer to this question is a resounding ‘yes’, unless you follow specific guidelines. Most deaths from scuba diving are caused by divers not following the training they have been given by organizations such as PADI. For example, if you go diving alone, or without a what is known as a dive ‘buddy’ you are certainly asking for trouble. I ran out of air in my tank once on a dive in Egypt. I was only around 10 metres deep but without a dive buddy sharing their oxygen tank with me, I would of been in serious danger. Scuba diving has been compared to crossing a busy road, if you don’t follow the guidelines, you may have an accident.

When people go diving for the first time it is not unusual for people to feel a little apprehensive. The human body is not designed to live underwater, therefore without the correct equipment and instruction, we won’t!

Training is essential and any accredited dive centres will insist on both theory training, on dry land, followed by shallow water or swimming pool sessions. Safety checks and drills for all equipment must be practiced until it’s pretty much second nature.

Safety checklists include checking your BCD ( buoyancy control device), checking the tank is fastened properly and everything is connected as it should be. Next check that your weight belt is fastened securely. Next is air – check your air is switched on, and check your dive buddies is also. Finally, check your mask and fins fit and are secure – again checking your buddies too.

As mentioned earlier, scuba diving is a fantastic experience and following all the correct safety procedures will not only make sure you are safe, but give you the confidence of knowing they are.

Scuba Diving

Jan 17

Early Morning Stretches

Hey you guys, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog SportFit. I hope you are all doing well, and keeping with your New Year’s traditions and staying fit. I am trying to, with a new yoga mat and some comfortable workout pants from www.easyprices.com, my favourite website for bargain online shopping deals. But with my new workout schedule I was starting to wake up achy and tight every morning, and more than usual. I have since started experimenting with different stretched that I can perform when I wake up, and if you are feeling sluggish or tight in the morning then try some of these yourself!

early morning stretches

Calf Stretch

The calf is your lower leg muscles and is vital in any walking/running regime. A well stretched calf can allow you to run faster and further, where as a tight calf will seize up during prolonged running. To do a basic calf stretch, start by standing shoulder length apart with your hands on a wall or chair in front of you. While keeping your heels on the ground and your knees straight, lean into the wall. Hold this position for 30 seconds and complete the stretch 3-5 times depending on comfort. This will help relieves pain in your foot, hip, knees or shins and to strengthen the muscles surrounding your Achilles Tendon. A great stretch to do after having your workout drink.

 

Quadriceps Stretch

The quadriceps is a fancy name for the four muscles making up your upper leg muscles. They are all very important for running walking, jumping or squatting; things that any good workout plan will include. This stretch starts by standing with your feet together, hips straight. Bend one knee back, and grab that foot with your opposite arm. Bend your knee back and towards your buttocks while continuing to keep your body straight. You should begin to feel a burn in the top of your quads. Hold this for 30 seconds and like the previous stretch perform it 3 to 5 times depending on comfort.

 

Quadriceps muscles

Shoulder Stretch

Some people (like me) put quite a lot of stress on their shoulders during sleep. This can be amplified if you are dealing with an injury or have been working out your shoulder joints and muscles. Stand shoulder length apart again, and raise one arm to shoulder length, and then move that arm across your chest. Using your other hand, grab your extended arm around the the elbow and hold it as close as you can towards your chest and hold it there. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat with the other arm. Again, 3-5 sets depending on your comfort however more reps/exercises are advised if you are planning on some more hardcore workouts. Check out some examples at http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/likness22.html.

shoulder stretch

Recap

Those are some of the most important stretches I have found to perform in the morning. These stretches help me feel less tight, more refreshed and ready for the world. I would recommend adding these to your daily routine, or finding other stretches that work better for you. If this is your first time on my sports and fitness blog, then check out my previous post about horse racing at http://jandresults.co.uk/horse-racing-betting-beginners/. Hope you had a good read, see you soon everyone!

Jan 03

Horses racing betting for beginners

Having the occasional flutter on the horses can be an extremely fun past time. However, for beginners it can a minefield as often people may get too excited, or even confident and lose themselves considerable amounts of money. This is true of all forms of gambling as it gives us a natural rush, but obviously is also highly addictive.

The most important rule then for a newcomer, betting at the track, or in a bookmakers shops, is to NEVER bet more than you can afford to lose. I personally have seen friend’s marriages go up in smoke because they have gambled way over their budgets. In these cases they convince themselves they can win back any earlier losses, but unfortunately don’t stop until they have literally ran out of funds.

Secondly, do not rely on anything superstitious. I have heard hundreds of stories over the years about your Aunty or wife, always goes for number 7, or  the jockey wearing sky blue and green. Now these kind of decisions may show you small returns and suck you in. In reality though, people who follow this method will end up losing everything they may win initially and a lot more if they continue.

The only way to truly win or break even, whilst enjoying this sport is to place win or each way bets.  A bet on a horse to win being the biggest earner whilst an each way half of it. Then, obviously study form and study it hard.

Superstition is nonsense, form, weather conditions and keeping a level head are the key factors.

horses racing

 

Dec 30

8 of the most common different types of yoga

Namaste, beautiful people.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week and are relaxed and ready for Christmas and the New Year.  I’ve just finished all my Christmas shopping and have been looking online for some great yoga pants.  I came across some cheap second hand yoga pants online at http://www.cheap.forsale/yoga-pants.

Today on my sports and fitness blog I wanted to share with you the many different types of Yoga.  There are so many variations on yoga which if you’re not used to yoga can be very intimidating.  The variations in yoga can also be the difference between a class you love or a class you hate.  

Types of Yoga.

 

To find out which Yoga class suits you best maybe consider heading to a yoga retreat where you should be able to test out many different types of yoga hands on.

 

  1. Anusara


    Anusara Yoga was developed in the late 90’s by an American Yogi named John Friend.  It’s still relatively new and classes are more common across the pond in the U.S. but are becoming more and more popular everyday.  This type of Yoga is regularly described as a pure form of yoga, and is meant to be more accepting and heartfelt.  Students in Anusara classes are asked to express themselves in each pose to their best ability.  Classes in Anusara Yoga are great for both the body and mind.

    yoga

  2. Ashtanga


    Ashtanga Yoga is based on ancient yoga teaching.  In the 1970’s it was brought over to the West by Pattabhi Jois.  There are 6 pose sequences – the primary series, second series, third series, fourth series, fifth series and sixth series.  Each pose is accompanied by an inhale and followed by an exhale.  Linking the series of poses to each breath is known as vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga is a form of Vinyasa yoga.  AShtanga yoga is fast paces and each pose is held for a short period of time.  

  3. Bikram


    One of the more popular forms of Yoga in the Uk, and one you will find in nearly every Yoga studio.  Invented by Bikram Choudhury in the 80’s, Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga performed in a sauna like room.  The temperature is turned up to a hot 105 degrees, with a humidity of nearly 40%.  Working your way through a series of 26 yoga poses, each bikram class will follow the same sequence, similarly to Ashtanga yoga – although the sequence is very different!  Be prepared to sweat, and to sweat a lot.

  4. Hatha


    Hatha is a term which simply refers to any form of yoga that teaches the physical poses.  So by definition it encompasses nearly all of the different yoga types that you will regularly come across in the U.K.  for example Anusara, Ashtanga and Bikram are all types of Hatha Yoga.  If a class markets itself as a Hatha Yoga class then it’s normally a basic and classical form of Yoga.  Most probably based on the breathing exercises and poses that are standard in yoga.

    yoga

  5. Hot Yoga.


    In concept Hot Yoga is very similar to Bikram.  However if a class markets itself as being Hot Yoga rather than Bikram it will be because it doesn’t 100% follow the Bikram Yoga sequence.  Bikram Yoga, somewhat controversially can only be called Bikram when the poses are taught in the exact same way Bikram Choudhry would.  Studios have been sued for calling themselves Yoga without following the same sequence.  Ouch.

  6. Iyengar


    Iyengar Yoga is a form of purist Yoga.  It is about making sure that each pose is performed accurately and that you have the proper alignment in each pose.  To do this Iyengar yoga classes will provide you with yoga props to help you get into pose.  Yoga blocks, blankets, straps and chairs are all common and will be utilised.  Unlike other Yoga classes you won’t be moving around in between poses very quickly, so your heart rate won’t peak as much, however your muscles will still be strained to perform each other.  It’s not easy, but is a great place to start if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.  

  7. Prenatal


    Prenatal Yoga is, as you can assume, a form of yoga adapted for pregnant women.  Each pose has been carefully chosen to help women through each stage of pregnancy, as well as post-birth and can be a great way to help your muscles stay strong throughout and maintain a great amount of energy and strength throughout.  

    yoga

  8. Vinyasa


    Another form of yoga from the 1980’s brought over to the west.  Vinyasa yoga is a form of athletic and higher paced yoga which was adapted from Ashtanga yoga.   Unlike Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa doesn’t follow the same sequence pattern each time, although the general feel should be similar.   Vinyasa is Sanskrit and can be translated to form the phrase ‘To place in a special way’.  Often accompanied with music, Vinyasa yoga is great for those who prefer to be more active and hate following a set routine.  Check out some wonderful yoga CD’s available at www.cheap.forsale/

    Learn more about the different forms of Yoga here; http://www.artofliving.org/yoga.

I hope this has helped anyone interested in getting into yoga.  Remember after your workout to make yourself a great little green smoothie to re-energise!

Peace and love,  

Namaste.

Bella.

 

Dec 09

My favourite post-workout drink.

Namaste, beautiful people.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week, and have had plenty of chance to relax, take a step back and reach inner peace.  

Today on my sports and fitness blog I wanted to share with you one of my favourite post workout snacks, the Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie.  

post-workout green smoothie

I drink a green smoothie every single day, normally after my morning workout and find it the perfect way to nourish my body, and help my body to recover and rejuvenate after my workout.  If you are someone who doesn’t think you will like green smoothies then this is a great recipe to try out (use the spinach) as it doesn’t taste too much of green, instead the overwhelming flavour profile will be the banana and the chocolate.


One of the main reasons a green smoothie is the perfect post workout snack is that having the snack in liquid form means that your body can absorb the nutrients to the muscle cells far quicker, as they don’t need to be digested first.  It is also full of fruits and vegetables which means that you should be able to consume at least 3 of your fruit and vegetables for the day, and should mean that it will keep you full for quite a few hours.  

 

Post-Workout Green smoothie.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach or kale
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tbsp of chocolate protein powder (Sugar Free)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 2 tspn of chia seeds
  •  ½ cup of crushed ice


Instructions

  1. Cut fruits and vegetables into small chunks.
  2.  Add all ingredients to blender.
  3. Mix well
  4. Drink and enjoy!

Nice and simple, and produces a wonderful drink, that will satisfy you for hours.

Until next time, thank you.

Peace and love,  

Namaste.

Bella.

Dec 05

Why you should go on a Yoga-Retreat

Namaste, beautiful people.

I’m Bella and welcome to my first post on my sports and fitness blog.  

Today I wanted to talk to you about why you should go on a Yoga-Retreat.  Now I know lots of people may not think that yoga is for them, and why should they incorporate a fitness activity into their holiday.  I believe that anyone who enjoys Yoga, or wants to give it a go, and anyone who enjoys a healthy lifestyle will benefit greatly from a Yoga Retreat, and here’s why.

  1. Your Yoga will improve.


    Now this one is fairly obvious, but even for the most advanced Yogi, with classes being offered 2-3 times a day you will see improvement quickly.

  2. Meditate, meditate, meditate.


    One of the best things about being at a Yoga-Retreat is that you have extended time to focus on yourself, and what you’re doing.  This gives you lots of free time to relax, take your mind off of life and breathe deeply and meditate.

  3. Eating healthy


    If you choose an all inclusive Yoga-Retreat like many being offered, you will get 3 healthy meals prepared for you, full of all the right nutrients as well as being delicious.  It makes it so much easier as you will eat right without having to do any of the preparation or cleaning up.

    Yoga-Retreat

  4. Meet like minded people.


    One of the best ways to experience a Yoga-Retreat is to go by yourself and meet new people.  You’re pretty much guaranteed to meet others at the Yoga Retreat who are like yourself and will make friends from all other the world.

  5. New perspective


    You get to visit a new country, and see the world in a new light.  You will grow and learn as you meet new people, and have new experiences.

     

Until next time, thank you.

Peace and love,  

Namaste.

Bella.

Dec 02

Namaste, and welcome.

Namaste beautiful people, and welcome to my Sports and Fitness blog.

My name is Bella, and as someone who loves health and wellness I decided to create this blog to share my favourite tips and tricks to get fit, as well as the different types of sport and fitness I enjoy.  

As I’m sure you can already tell one of my favourite ways to keep fit is through Yoga.  6 years ago I visited the beautiful country of India, and fell in love with the people and the way of life.  One of the most eye opening experiences of my life was studying and practising yoga at a yoga retreat in the mountains in India.  Since then I have studied many different varieties of yoga, and am a certified Yoga teacher and have taught all over the world, most recently at a Yoga retreat in Bali.  

Other sports I enjoy include pilates, crossfit, barre/ballet, as well as barefoot running through the countryside.  

I look forward to sharing all my insight and knowledge with everyone, and am very excited to be able to create a community here where we can share.  

Until next time, thank you.

Peace and love,  

Namaste.

Bella.