A fantasy sport is a game in which participants act as owners and managers who build teams that competes against other fantasy owners. Scoring is usually dependent on the generated statistics by real life athletes or teams. If you happen to be die hard football fan, chances are that you have heard of a fantasy sports league mostly the one offering fantasy football.
The truth is, the whole experience can be addictive and there are cases where individuals spend hours each week selecting players and trying to build successful teams. The question then becomes, is fantasy sports right for you?
Well, in as much as it can be addictive, the whole experience of participating in any fantasy sport is worth it. In fact, fantasy sports have been around for a long time, for instance, fantasy football has been around since 1962. However, its popularity grew more in the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, there are a soaring number of people wanting to join any fantasy sports league, and the growing profitability of fantasy sports has led to the industry being labeled as “recession-proof”. However, that is not the reason as to why you should consider joining a fantasy sport league.
One of the reasons as to why you should consider participating in fantasy sports is that they are really fun social activities to engage in. It has been found that playing fantasy sports facilitate staying in touch with friends or even family. In fact, people have testimonials showing how the sports have given them a chance to stay connected with guys they met in their late teens, some of whom are even halfway around the world.
What comes across is that not every benefit has to be financial. There is always something to be said about investing time in an activity that has the ability to spawn long-lasting relationships. Talking of financial benefit, how would you feel when you are given a chance to manage a team of your favorite real-life players while at the same time making some money?
Most of the available fantasy sports sites let you play every night in as many leagues as you can include the popular money leagues where you get to play fantasy sports for cash prizes. In fact, most of these sites will let you chose your favorite sport, draft style, duration, size, and entry fee. You can draft your teams through traditional, snake draft or through the salary cap format.
It is easy, especially when you understand how to play, but even if you are a beginner, you can still be part of a fantasy sports league, draft a team and compete. You are usually made to compete against other fantasy sport players in the same league and scoring is usually done basing on the real life performance of teams and individual players. Scoring is usually done on a weekly basis and winners are usually awarded prizes depending on the total points accumulated.
When used properly, cold-water swimming can be a useful means of improving your physical fitness and even benefiting your overall health. But there are potential risks if you don’t handle this activity properly. Swimming in cold water can increase your skin’s heat loss by 70 times what you would experience in air of the same temperature, according to Active.com. Water is a much more effective conductor of heat, so while 65 degrees might feel comfortable when you’re walking outside, it can be very cold when you’re out for a swim. Before you pull back your swimming pool covers and ready yourself for a cold-water swim, make sure you understand the risks and rewards.
The body regulates its heat by burning calories. In colder temperatures, the body has to work harder—and burn more fuel—to stay warm. When you go for a swim in cold water, the heat-regulation demands on your body go way up, resulting in increased calorie consumption. Over time, these extra calories can help encourage weight loss.
Meanwhile, the heightened activity used to regulate your body heat also creates other health benefits, particularly in regards to circulation. The body’s blood pumps faster and harder, and lesser-used capillaries are forced to fill up with blood, according to The Next Challenge.
When you enter a body of cold water, your immune system interprets the sudden change in body temperature as an attack on your health. It triggers immune system responses, including increased white blood cell production and other immune system benefits. These rewards of cold-water swimming were identified by scientists in the Czech Republic, who studied subjects immersed in bodies of cold water for one hour a day, three days per week.
Because water is such an effective conductor of cold and heat, it can cool your body down too much if you overexpose yourself. According to TribeSports, water temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or less can cause hypothermia to set in within 30 minutes. If you remain exposed, hypothermia at this temperature can kill an individual within one hour.
These temperatures shouldn’t be experienced for longer than 30 minutes unless you are wearing a wetsuit. Also, expose yourself to less extreme cold-water temperatures over time, to help your body acclimate and respond to the changes.
If you decide to go for a cold-water swim, you are likely to experience some negative consequences. Some are minor and some are more serious, but any bodily change should be monitored to make sure it doesn’t progress to something worse.
According to Active.com, bodies exposed to cold water could experience uncontrolled shivering or shaking, constricted blood vessels, increased urine volume, heightened lactate production and a decreasing VO2 max, which essentially means your capacity for aerobic exercise will be reduced. If you are swimming in a large body of water, this is a very important consideration, since your endurance in cold water will be reduced from what you experience in warmer water.
If you do decide to go cold-water swimming, talk with your doctor first to make sure you don’t face any abnormal health risks. Always swim with a buddy, and ease yourself into both the lower temperatures and your length of exposure.
Paige Hathaway from Oklahoma City showing why she was definitely worthy of being crowned the winner of the August 2013 Flex Bikini Model Search. Send her an e-mail at PaigeHathawayFit@gmail.com for fitness and diet tips.
Losing excess weight with a thyroid problem is a challenge because it causes your basal metabolic rate – BMR – to slow down. As you grow older, it becomes even tougher. Although shedding the pounds isn’t an easy as if you had a healthy, active thyroid, it is possible. Consider the following four points to become a healthier person.
Although thyroid tests do not require a doctor’s order, schedule an appointment to visit with your doctor so you can discuss and decide on a plan of action to combat your low thyroid. In most cases, you’ll need to get prescribed medication to regulate your thyroid hormones before you even start to successfully lose weight.
Of course, most approaches to losing weight are common knowledge, but with a thyroid condition you have to work harder, watch what you eat, and listen closely to what your body is telling you. It’s important to maintain a relationship with your doctor to make sure you’re on track to reaching your weight-loss goals.
Receiving a positive result on a thyroid test isn’t the end of the world, but you need to develop a plan to get your body in motion if you want to lose weight and stay healthy.
A good workout routine will speed up your metabolism and help you do this. If walking or running sounds boring to you, take up fun exercise activities such as Tai Chi, Kung Fu, or kick boxing. If you’re concentrated on learning something new instead of losing weight, you’ll be more motivated to do it.
Drinking eight glasses of water per day is essential to everyone’s health, but if you’re a person with thyroid disease it’s especially important to exceed the norm (especially if you want to lose weight). It’s recommended you drink an additional glass of water for each pound you wish to lose.
Green tea is also great if you want to feel more energized while exercising. With a low thyroid, you’ll feel sluggish and too tired to work out on most days, so anything that helps you reenergize (in a healthy way) will aid you in pushing toward your goal.
Of course, whether you have thyroid disease or not, you need to eat right. This is especially important if you’re dealing with a low thyroid because what you put into your body directly affects what’s going on inside of it. One of the first things you should do when planning your new diet is reduce your carbohydrate intake. Although you may crave carbs because they give you an energy surge, it’s best to stay away from them unless you’re eating good ones like whole grains.
Foods that contain high fiber are also great for people with a thyroid condition. Add plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts to your diet, getting rid of the sugary junk in the process. Just remember that some vegetables and fruits are actually worse for you, so stay away from broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, strawberries, and peaches.
Having an under active thyroid is definitely an obstacle standing in between you and your goal of losing weight, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a hurdle you jump over.
Sure to rekindle memories of intense lust from the olden days (or more specifically, during her near seven year tenure with the WWE from 2000-2006), we present Patricia Anne Stratigias, better known as Trish Stratus.
The three time “WWE Babe of the Year” and “Diva of the Decade” shows she’s still in great shape even at thirty-seven. Ironically, both her and former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page own yoga studios now; of course we’d choose Trish as our instructor in a heartbeat any day. After all, where else can you get a Stratusfaction guarantee? That’s what we thought.
What really caught people’s attention at the recent Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio wasn’t Charlie Kimball’s decent finish in the 90-lap auto extravaganza, or the continuing success of Team Chip Ganassi Racing. Instead, race fans were wowed by something even cooler — a sneak peek of Acura’s NSX hybrid sports car, a sleek-looking vehicle that offers fuel efficiency, plus something called style.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the NSX car won’t officially be ready for release until 2015, but that doesn’t mean that Acura has to keep the whole thing under wraps. Allowing the mid-engine hybrid prototype to drive a lap before the official start of the August race is a perfect way to build buzz among race spectators and those tuning in on NBC Networks.
This isn’t the first time that the public was able to check out the flashy NSX, which has already been dubbed the “Supercar.”
In January, an earlier version of this prototype was shown off at the Detroit Auto Show and covered by the LA Times. That model was black and had a snazzy-looking red interior. The one that took the track at the Lexington, Ohio, event, driven by Honda engineer Jason Widmer, was a bold blue.
Some of the specifics about the NSX haven’t been released yet, including the estimated price, but what has been shared is enough to get serious car fan’s motors running.
Here are some of reasons it’s looking so special:
The streamlined new auto will be powered by a dual-clutch transmission that includes a blend of three electric motors and a direct-injected V6 engine. Two of the motors will power the front wheels, and the other motor will offer extra power to the gas engine.
This is still a big unknown, but some expect it to cost similar to an Audi R8, which ranges between $120,000 and $200,000.
We’ve seen the blue and the black-and-red versions, but there’s a good chance that more colors will available once full production begins. Cross your fingers for red?
Indynews reports the NSX is built by Honda at one of its R&D facilities in Marysville, Ohio.
Overall, the chance to see the progress of the NSX hybrid prototype is doing a lot for car fans. The more serious motorheads among us will happily stand in line, or get up and cheer for the opportunity to see it close up, although it certainly moves.
These kinds of previews have become tradition at these shows, and Acura has brought several prototypes to the Indy series races over the last few years.
Once a prototype is watched in action or even on display, people’s collective brains really become properly wowed by the heavy-duty hardware.
Some people will want to head right home to their workshops and start tinkering with their own cars, seeing if they can find ways to safely and legally improve their vehicle’s performance. You don’t even have to do a full rebuild – you can touch individual pieces up with genuine Acura accessories for some pizzazz.
Earlier this month paparazzi images surfaced of Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze and his girlfriend Ann-Kathrine Brömmel spending a little quality time together and Mario looking very, ahem… excited as a result. One look at Ann-Kathrin and it’s easy to see why Mario shouldn’t be blamed for his reaction one bit.
Many famous athletes live for the love of playing the game, and the celebrity status that comes with it. However, some athletes allow their addiction to drugs, or alcohol to destroy their entire careers. Here are four athletes that should have said “no” to their addiction.
As the number one pick in the 1980 Major League Baseball draft, Darryl Strawberry rose to become one of the best baseball players for the New York Mets and Yankees. He won several World Series championships and was awarded the title of All-Star player each year.
Strawberry admitted that he started using drugs such as cocaine, and marijuana along with drinking alcohol before he entered the baseball league. Once he entered the league, his usage of drugs, and alcohol increased, and began to affect both his personal and professional life.
He was arrested for domestic violence, and was suspended three times from the league due to cocaine usage. Despite his great stats as a player, he was never inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
As a first round pick in 1979, Steve Howe began his career as a professional baseball player in the majors. He earned the title of 1980 Rookie of the Year. He also helped lead his team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to win the World Series Championship.
Despite having a successful starting career, Howe began to use both alcohol and cocaine often. He was suspended from playing baseball seven times for alcohol and drug abuse. He was eventually banned from playing, but was later reinstated.
In 2006, Howe was killed in a car accident. Based on the toxicology report, drugs were found in his system.
John Daly started his career as a professional golf player in 1987. After winning two golf majors, he was named the 1991 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. After earning this title, Daly became known as one of PGA’s famous golfers, which earned him endorsement deals.
Shortly after this accomplishment, his excessive use of alcohol began to overshadow his golfing career. He was accused of pushing his wife into a wall, and fighting with a golf fan in a parking lot.
Despite seeking help at the request of PGA officials, he continued to drink heavily, which led to his suspension from the PGA. In the end, he lost millions of dollars in endorsements. The career of Daly and other athletes could have been saved if they had sought help at long-term rehabs.
Roy Tarpley started his career in the NBA in 1986. He played for the Dallas Mavericks and received the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. He also made the All-Rookie Team.
Although he was a rising young star, Tarpley’s NBA career soon took a nosedive. He failed a drug test, and was arrested for a DWI. He was expelled from the NBA due to cocaine. Three years later, he was reinstated, but failed to follow the NBA policies regarding alcohol. He became the first player that was permanently banned from the NBA.
Although these athletes were able to achieve their dreams, they failed to keep it due to drug and alcohol abuse.
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You’ve probably heard that you should drink eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. But have you ever wondered why?
Here are five reasons why drinking enough water will improve your health and athletic performance. Drinking water:
Your body is made up of 70 percent water. Unfortunately, certain activities, like exercising, cause you to lose some, or a lot of that water. Heat will also strip your body of water. In order to support a proper amount of fluid in your system to keep your body healthy, you must replenish water that is lost through physical activities or overheating. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will keep your body hydrated. Consuming one glass of water for every 20 minutes of working out will help prevent dehydration and fatigue.
Dehydration is most common during sports or while exercising. Understanding that there is no substitute for water during a workout will help prevent dehydration. Common signs of dehydration are dry mouth, feeling fatigued, decreased urine excretion, dry skin, headaches, constipations, dizziness, palpitations, confusion, fainting, and muscle cramps.
While certain sports drinks are helpful in preventing dehydration post-workout, they are not good for drinking during a workout lasting less than an hour. Staying hydrated will give you the energy you need to complete your workout.
Drinking water helps increase your body’s metabolism, which will increase the rate at which your body breaks down food. Your metabolism helps turn food that you ingest, into energy. Without the proper amount of water, you could feel fatigued because your body has no way of producing energy.
This greatly complements your workout routine, by aiding your body’s breakdown of food to turn it into energy. A proper workout is useless, if you have not been hydrating the day of, and several days before it. If you become dehydrated, it slows down your bodily functions and metabolism, which will render your hard workout useless.
Your body temperature needs to stay at a moderate level in order to perform to your highest ability. In the summer and winter months, if you’re feeling overly hot or chilled, drinking water will help. Water regulates your body’s temperature, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Try an extra glass if your body temperature starts to feel off.
Many people make the mistake of not drinking enough water during the colder months, even though they are just as active as they are during the summer, while snow skiing or snowboarding, participating in cross-country skiing, running in or outdoors, and ice skating. It is important to drink the same amount of water throughout the year, so that your body temperature does not peak or plummet.
Our body is limited to four ways of eliminating toxins – feces, urine, perspiration, and respiration. All of these toxin-ridding functions clean out your system, so that you have energy and you’re healthy — toxins can hinder your athletic performance.
Although you don’t want to drink too much water, you also don’t want to drink too little. Your kidneys need the proper amount of fluids to flush out toxins in your body. Whether it’s getting rid of your body’s toxins or filtering your body with water at home, if you’re not drinking enough water, your kidneys won’t work normally.
Sweating is a great way to rid your body of chemical toxins and stored-up fats. However, if you’re not properly hydrated, sweating will be more difficult for your body, and you may be losing vital water, leaving you dehydrated.
If you are feeling constipated, you could be dehydrated. Water helps push all of the waste through your body properly. Because hydration aids in your metabolism, it also aids your body to move food through your bowels.
Too many toxins trapped in the body can cause serious problems, including painful kidney stones.
As important as drinking enough water is, it’s also important not to drink too much water, which causes water intoxication. When you drink too much water in too little time, your kidneys can’t flush it out, and your blood becomes waterlogged. The excess water then gets trapped in your cells, and they begin to expand.
Too much expansion causes headache, fatigue, nausea, disorientation, and eventually, death. If you’re having problems avoiding intoxication, you can learn more and learn where to get help with toxins, drugs, and other health-related issues by reading blogs such as this one by Best Drug Rehabilitation in Michigan.
The key to a healthy functioning athletic physique is staying injury-free. If you don’t drink enough water, you could suffer from increased joint pain and muscle spasms. Water provides hydration and nourishment to every single party of your body, thus giving your joints and muscles the nourishment they crave.
Water is very important to maintaining your body’s health. It keeps you balanced, flushes out toxins, and holds in moisture to keep you hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day, without drinking too much, to help your body reap the benefits that it has to offer.
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