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Think Racing is a Lazy Sport? Think Again!

Posted by mandy on February 22nd, 2013

Have you ever seen an overweight F1 or NASCAR driver?  No?  Well, that makes sense.  A lot of people believe that racing is not a physically demanding sport, but that is most certainly not the case.  Racing is an extremely taxing activity that requires excellent fitness—maybe not on par with what NASA needs, but certainly better than the average American.

Drivers need to be able to cope with extreme temperatures, extra G forces, dehydration, and increased heart rates for hours at a time.  It’s certainly not easy, and they have to condition themselves to handle it.  That’s all in addition to isolating certain muscles that are used in driving.

loftinThe thing that prepares drivers the most for the 120 degree heat, dehydration, and prolonged elevated heart rate is cardio.  Running, bicycling, and climbing stairs are all ways that drivers stay in shape.  NASCAR’s Justin Lofton, for example, regularly mountain bikes.  The cardio also helps drivers focus their minds.  According to Vitantonio Liuzzi, a Formula 1 driver, explains, “Fitness is a very important thing in Formula 1…to be sharp for a one and a half or two hour race without making mistakes–[is] more than a physical thing, I believe it’s a mental thing.”  Cardio helps drivers get used to exerting themselves for extended periods of time, which is perfect conditioning for getting behind the wheel.

Drivers also have to focus on their upper bodies.  Wrestling around a 4,000 pound car with no power steering can be difficult, especially at high speeds and for hours on end.  Shoulders, neck, biceps, triceps, and wrists all need to be in tip top shape to keep adequate control of the car.

The real key is variety for a driver that wants to stay fit.  Cardio, weight lifting, and good circulation are all essential for a racing driver.  They take plenty of risks behind the wheel at 200 mph, so it’s especially important for a driver to look after his or her health.  Want to start racing?  Well, getting fit is an excellent place to start!

Damon Tiggs is a sports journalist and fitness bug who writes about American racers like Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon.

Attending a Pro Golf School

Posted by mandy on December 11th, 2010

At first many people find the idea of a professional golf school laughable. Golf is a sport, not a subject for study. They are wrong. More and more programs and schools are offering degrees in golf management and offering students the ability to prepare for the multitude of professional jobs that exist in the ever-growing golf industry.

Students who attend a golf degree program will be expected to continue to develop their golf game. While some will use these skills to become pro golfers or to become instructors and coaches, most will just relish a deeper understanding of the skill involved in the game that will help them as they step into positions of management, hospitality, and marketing to golfers.

Think of how many private golf clubs exist in the US and in other countries. Add in the number of public golf courses and all the tournaments and tours that are played. Someone has to organize, manage, and run all these events. Companies make golf equipment, clothing, and supplies and they need marketing, sales, and finance people. Sports magazines , newspapers, and television networks need golf reporters and commentators. A stint in golf school can provide the background, credentials, and networking opportunities to land any and all of those jobs.

Taking the Kids to a Football Game

Posted by mandy on June 28th, 2010

There are a lot of debates over whether or not you should take your kids to a professional football game . Most of this stems from the high ticket prices at NFL games as well as the unbridled passion that many fans seem unable to control. Sports events can be a great family outing, baseball is known for catering to fans with families, and with a little creativity a family day of football can be just the thing.

Before you decide which football game to go to and whether or not to take the kids there are a couple of things to consider. Depending on the age of your child, they may be more interested in running up and down the steps than actually watching the game. If they have a short attention span and will be distracting you from the game, it would be better for both of you to go to a game where you don’t mind dividing your attention. This will give the opportunity to explain the game and really spend quality time together. It is also a good idea to research the teams that will be playing. If there is a strong rivalry between them, there may be more tension and heckling than normal; which may not be appropriate for young children.

Regular season tickets tend to be pretty expensive, even for nosebleed seats. Another option is to go to a training game or scrimmage. These are often more family oriented than regular season games and considerably less expensive. Because they are more relaxed, preseason games are usually more enjoyable for kids and allow you to enjoy your time as a family more.

If this is your child’s first game, make an extra effort to commemorate the game. Make sure that you take lots of pictures to remember the day by and try to get an autograph or two if you can. With older kids you can stop by the team shop and pick up Philadelphia Eagles t-shirts or matching Dallas Cowboys watches .

At the end of the day the most important thing, and what your child will remember the most, is spending quality time together and making memories that will last a lifetime.

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