5 movies every sports lover needs to watch


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Who doesn’t love a good sports film?! There’s nothing that gets the blood pumping more than watching some high school sports team go from zeroes to heroes. If you’re looking for a classic sports movie to watch, we’ve got the best of the best here.
Rocky
Even if you haven’t watched Rocky before, you’ll definitely know the theme tune and have sung along punching the sky just like Balboa himself. Rocky is one of the most inspirational (and most famous) sports movies of all time, that is an inspiration to anyone anywhere in the world that only you can do your absolute best. You need to train hard, you’ll get knocked back, but you’ll eventually end up winning for yourself.

Bend It Like Beckham
This British sports movie covers everything – soccer, love, social issues, and religion. But it is also a darn good movie. It follows the life of Jess, an Indian girl whose family expect her to be the perfect Indian housewife; to get married, cook and clean for her husband, and to have babies. However, Jess has an overriding passion for football that takes over her whole life and ends up defying her family to continue on with her dream. And she really does bend it like Beckham… It also features a very young Keira Knightley!

Chariots of Fire
Many sports movies focus on winning; they focus on the struggle to be the best of the best, and to overtake all of the competition. But Chariots of Fire doesn’t. This story follows the lives of two runners during the 1924 Olympics – one is Jewish, the other is Christian. However, they don’t try and outdo each other; they don’t try and sabotage each other, they don’t try and put each other down. They help each other while achieving their own goals. And that Vangelis theme tune is something else.

Cool Runnings
Not all sports movies have to be hard-hitting, serious and made in earnest. Cool Runnings is a feel good, slap-the-knee kind of movie, and follows a team of Jamaican Bobsleigh runners (yep, Jamaicans and ice). But despite everyone’s doubts in the team, they practice, they pick themselves up from their knock backs and make their way to the 1988 Winter Olympics. Just remember, you have to kiss the lucky egg.

Miracle
When you’re deemed an underdog, it can often be difficult to pick yourself up and push forward with your goals. Sometimes, however, it just takes one person to spur you on. In Miracle’s case, Herb Brooks pushes the U.S Ice Hockey Team to their fearsome Soviet Union opponents in the Winter Olympics in the best way. He whips them into shape and tasks them with grueling exercise regimes and practices. But it all works out for the best, and the ending is one of the most emotional finales in movie history. See for yourself.

 

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The benefits of jumping rope


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Cardio is very important. It not only helps to strengthen your heart muscles, but also helps to increase lung capacity as well as increase endurance. It even helps to relieve stress.
Many people enjoy running due to the fact that it enables people to go outside and move as well as provides a great way to lose weight.
But what about jumping rope?
For years jump ropes have been the purview of little girls and summertime, jumping to little ditties and tunes as well as doing fun things like double dutching. In general, for a long time, jumping rope was not considered a serious form of exercise.

But now, doctors, scientists, and physiologists are starting to think differently, and now believe that what used to be relegated to the realm of little girls’ toys may actually be beneficial to overall health.
Lower impact
It turns out that jumping up and down actually may be better for your joints than just straight, simple running. This is because the light jumping required to jump rope does not put nearly as much stress on your knees, hips, and ankles as running on a concrete surface does.

Another reason for this is because you are not supposed to jump rope for as long as you would normally go running for. This is not an exercise where you are meant to push yourself for over an hour, this is simply a cardio exercise which can help compliment other exercises.
Coordination
Let’s be honest, most of us have not used a jump rope in the last, well, when was second grade again? When trying to get back on the horse (or the rope as the case may be), you will quickly discover that you are hitting the rope against your feet more times than you are actually jumping over it.
This is because jumping rope requires a huge amount of coordination. The act takes a while to get used to and a good amount of practice, but eventually, your brain will become used to knowing exactly when to jump. But you should give those little girls credit for making this exercise look like just a game.
Portable workout
One of the great things about jumping rope is its portability and how easy it is to do literally anywhere. After all, it is just a rope. And they also will not break the bank if you buy one, even a really nice one.
Additionally, there are enough tricks and fun things that you can do with a jump rope that you will never get bored with it. If you do not know any tricks, never fear, your ten year old will probably be able to show you. Just try not be too hurt when they laugh at you for not being able to do the things that they can. After all, you are the adult, you can take away their TV privileges.
It makes you calmer
Exercise in general makes you calmer, especially cardiovascular exercise. But did you know that jumping rope makes you especially chilled out? This is because you are not only training your body, but also training your mind and your coordination.
It helps focus all of your mental energy on one thing – the rope – and puts you in an almost trance like, meditative state. Who knew that a little kid’s toy could do so much.

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7 great fitness myths you need to be aware of


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There are some people out there who just love to exercise (we don’t know how you do it) and those that struggle to get out of bed in the morning, let alone wake up at 6 am to go on a 10-mile run. But do anyone of us really know how to exercise by the book? With so many fitness myths surrounding us, it’s hard to know what we should really be doing to keep fit. So take a look at these 7 fitness myths and what the truth about exercising really is.
Myth 1 – It’s best to workout first thing in the morning
Truth – Thankfully, for those people who love a lie in (AKA us) this is not true. There is no set time of the day that’s better or worse for working out. The ideal time for anyone is when you can exercise in the most consistent way. If you know each day you can fit in half an hour at 6 am, then that is best for you. But if you know you can only fit in half an hour each day at 6 pm, that is also fine. Whatever works for you.

Myth 2  – Exercise is the best way to lose weight
Truth – Although exercise is a major factor in your quest to lose weight, it is not the best way to lose weight. In fact, scientists suggest that changing your diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays a bigger role in losing weight than exercise.
Myth 3 – Weight training is mostly for men
Truth – Nope. Exercise is never solely for one gender; exercise is a genderless free-for-all! Weight training is one of the most efficient ways to build and strengthen muscles – the only factor that may affect women that are strength training is that it may take longer to achieve the muscles you desire, as women produce less testosterone which is vital in producing muscle mass.

Myth 4 – Sports drinks are the ideal post-workout drink
Truth – Many people believe that drinking a sports drink after their workout is the best way to rehydrate their body after a session. However, this is a myth. Most of the sports drinks on the market are made primarily of sugar and water rather than being a nutritious and healthy drink. Experts suggest that drinking a good amount of water after your workout is the perfect way to refresh your body, as well as indulging in a high-protein snack (or a banana!) to repair your muscles.
Myth 5 – You only need to work out once or twice a week to stay in shape
Truth – If you want to sustain a healthy body, you need to be moving around much more than just once or twice a week. Experts suggest that technically you should be actively moving about every day, but working out at least three days a week would prove most beneficial.
Myth 6 – If you want 6-pack abs, sit-ups are the best exercise for you
Truth – Sit-ups are incredibly beneficial when it comes to training your abdominal muscles, but there is another exercise that would prove even more so if you watch 6-pack abs. Planking not only uses your abdominal muscles, but they also use the groups of muscles along your back, sides, and front to maintain and progress with a strong core.

Myth 7 – It takes two weeks to become ‘out of shape’
Truth – Unfortunately, it is worse than that. Your muscles can become weaker and can start to break down after a week if you do not continue to exercise and maintain muscle strength. Once you stop training, your muscles become deconditioned – so you need to use it or lose it.

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