Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • Cool Outdoor Obstacle Courses

    Summer is a welcome break from the rigors of school... and it's a great opportunity for kids to pick up some new healthy habits through fun warm weather activities. Even kids who aren’t into traditional team sports want a outlet for their abundance of energy. And that's where the obstacle course comes in. All you need is patience, space, basic outdoor equipment, and a plan.

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  • Tennis: Fitness for Beginners

    Tennis is a great way to stay in shape. Whether just starting (or just starting again), understanding the fundamentals will help you make the most of your time on the tennis court.

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  • Indoor Fitness: Stationary Bike and Elliptical

    Busy work schedules, getting kids to and from their activities, and sudden or unexpected weather changes can really get in the way of your plans for outside exercise. Indoor activities are often more challenging, but they don’t have to be. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. This equates to 45 minutes of activity, 5 days per week. An easy way to track your progress and achieve that goal is to simply move your outdoor activities inside.

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  • Ultimate Frisbee 101

    When people think of summertime fun, many minds focus on a specific warm-weather activity for the whole family: Frisbee, the name given to Wham-O’s flying disc toys in 1957. Originally, flying discs were made of wood and created around the nation’s obsession with UFOs. By the early 1950s, the material changed to plastic and Wham-O took over on the manufacturing end. In the early and mid-1960s, the nation was consumed by single and paired play with the inexpensive disc toys. The sport took on a whole new look by the end of the decade with the birth of Ultimate Frisbee. But what’s so ultimate about it and how exactly does it differ from the original purpose of the game? Continue reading

  • Miniature Golf: Just for Kids?

    While golf has been a popular sport in Europe since the 15th century, the first golf course in America wasn’t created until the end of the 19th century. The game has evolved from its primitive roots to become one of America's favorite sports, as reflected by the $23 billion industry’s 10,752 clubs and courses across the nation. The formal game of golf doesn't appeal to everyone… that's why there's miniature golf. Continue reading

  • The Dangers Facing Referees

    Sadly, the violence that dominates the daily news has made its way onto our athletic fields. Outdoor games are meant to be fun, but a dangerous trend has emerged. Once respected referees, the overseers of good sportsmanship, have come under attack from angry players and disgruntled fans. Continue reading

  • America's Fight Against Childhood Obesity

    The past three decades have led to such an overwhelming rise in child obesity that the number of obese kids has tripled across the nation. A number of factors have led to this new health scare, including increased availability for cheap fast and processed foods, limited access to affordable healthy alternatives, increased sedentary lifestyles due to television and video games, cutbacks in physical education and school gym activities, and land hoarding and usage decisions which discourage physical activity. Fortunately, some national movements are getting involved to make the health and welfare of our kids paramount once again:  Continue reading

  • What is the FIFA Women's World Cup?

    Summer is a favorite season, especially for soccer fans. Kids across the country pull out their soccer equipment and dust off their cleats in preparation of practice and group fun. Parents and coaches collaborate to get teams together and ensure the sports equipment lockers are stocked and ready to go. But soccer fun goes far beyond kid play and potential coaching gigs. As FIFA fans know, women’s soccer is a non-stop roller coaster of emotional energy and excitement, and nothing proves that more than the current excitement over the FIFA Women's World Cup.  Continue reading

  • How to Enroll Your Child in Youth Soccer

    Youth soccer is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. In 1974, about 103,432 American kids participated in recreational soccer. In 2014, nearly 3.1 million U.S. children were playing! Getting your child involved in this fun, beneficial sport is easy - here's what you need to know:  Continue reading

  • Are Hockey Fans the Most Loyal of Them All?

    Every sport has its own unique history and rule book, and hockey is certainly among them. What sets hockey apart, however, is its special fan following and the general mood surrounding those associated with the sport. Few things are as impressive as a player decked out in full-on hockey equipment: sticks, pucks, skates, gated masks, and padding. And then there's the sheer rawness of the game. At a live ice hockey game, the air just seems to crackle with energy. Bottom line: hockey fans are among the most eccentric sports fans on the planet. Continue reading

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