My Perspective on Being Overweight and Overage in Taekwondo Training

I have recently trained in the Korean martial arts, and to be frank, it appears that my training appears to be completely fruitless – and it is not because I am unwilling to learn taekwondo, but rather It’s due to two important factors which have placed me on a handicap: being overage and being overweight. As much as I have untapped potential which can be used to serve a larger community, sadly these two factors are bringing me down like a prisoner carrying his heavy burden all day and night.

Being Overage

At the not-so-young age of 31 years old, paying attention to details is very different when I was just sitting in the classroom. It is a sign that I am getting older, and thus it is more difficult for me to learn the sport. Watching children learn the basics of taekwondo feels refreshing, but at the same time, it reminded me of my inferiority as I was then wearing eyeglasses. I started wearing them at around 6 or 7 years old, as I have inherited my nearsightedness from my parents. Being bespectacled for close to twenty years is a curse and a hindrance to my physical training and development, as I never had the chance to participate in sports. Most of the time, my classmates in elementary school would oftentimes exclude me from playing because of my handicap. I can understand their concern, but at the same time, it also amounts to contempt, because it only shows that I was being treated with kid gloves. I always find myself as a substitute player who may or may not be called in. Some of my so-called ‘friends’ are online on Facebook, but I have decided not to establish contact with any of them, not out of hatred or perpetual …

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The New Springboard – Africa

For the past handful of decades it has been alleged that in case you put ten Africans within a race, the fastest American would take position eleven. And so it has been the case for the other sports arenas for instance boxing; tennis; golf – sorry, soccer. A single would also appropriately argue that the former boxing globe champions Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson as American citizens but of African descend. The same brush may also be used to paint Serena Williams and Tiger Woods for the Tennis and Golf sports respectively. So what about Africa?

To the majority of the outside world, Africa is a poor continent with enough population that is either susceptible candidates or already graduates of the American Idea of Discouraging Sex – sorry – AIDS. By inches, with the like of Swaziland’s King Mswati’s 13th wife’s infidelity, yes, this is possible. Also remember that majority of riffraff’s overhear suffer life elimination via hunger, kwashiorkor, malaria, elephantiasis of the scrotum, and septic wounds – diseases that understand clearly that they belong to the “socially excluded” (the latest euphemism for the poor). But the rich exit in style, through posh-sounding diseases, the affluent diseases – always to do with heart and related to overconsumption of meat and alcohol and stress. Yes, Alcohol. Alcoholism is another African way of dissolving problems.

The continent also produces sensational soccer players such as Didier Drogba (Chelsea) and MacDonald Mariga (inter-Milan) who have made the European leagues the current cash cows of sports business.

Behind this international perception of Africa as a region equaling diseases, poverty plus political tyranny lies a continent with immense potential that will define the new global economy in the course of the next two decades. This is a dream come true for the continent via the adoption …

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Avoiding Dehydration When Swimming

Avoiding Dehydration When Swimming

Swimming is one of the best ways to spend your summer vacation. There’s nothing like jumping into ice-cold water on a very hot day. But there are dangers that you need to be aware of before heading to the local swimming pool. One of the biggest (and quietest) threats is dehydration.


Dehydration is a disease that causes an extreme electrolyte imbalance in the body. This happens when you don’t take enough fluid to replace what is lost through sweating and urinating. While dehydration is a danger during sports physical activity, it becomes more during swimming. This is for two reasons, first when you exercise, you sweat. When you are in swimming water, you do not realize that you are still sweating and thus lose fluid. Second, because you are surrounded by water, your brain is tricked into thinking that you have all the fluids you need and does not signal that your mouth and throat are thirsty. This can be made worse if you swim in the sea. When you swim, you must swallow salt water which can make you dehydrated faster.

As always, prevention is your first line of defense. When you swim, pay attention to your fluid consumption. You should avoid alcohol as much as possible because it is a natural diuretic. Fruit juice is also not very helpful because it often contains a lot of sugar. Because your brain won’t tell you when you need to drink, make sure you schedule special breaks during swimming to drink. You must consume at least half a gallon of water every day to prevent problems. This must be improved if you spend more time in the water or if the weather is very hot. You can also add water to sports drinks because it is specially formulated to replace …

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Sports Trends and Statistics – Give Applause to Sports Entertainers

Sports Trends and Statistics - Give Applause to Sports Entertainers

When it comes to sports trends, soccer reaches the top slot. Technically, handicapping is a gambling technique where the final outcome of a sports match is predicted and the handicapper is someone who analyzes, evaluates, and bet on certain events or races. This trend is very helpful when trying to come up with obstacle strategies. For every sports handicapper and especially soccer handicapper, information such as statistics, betting trends, and betting systems are very useful in helping him build a successful handicapping scheme or policy and produce better and better bets so that the right winner can be taken. in league or NFL matches.

There are a number of factors that might have a direct impact on the game such as player form, current and previous team composition and other related statistics. Data relating to this will be very helpful in forming your opinion about a particular team and their potential performance in the match. Even though sports trends are beneficial in guiding you through the betting process, they should not only be relied on for all future matches. Today, whether it is just a college level game or a professional league match, disability sports have become a concern and almost become an obsession among fans and have become an inseparable part of the game.

Sports in general and soccer in particular remain a favorite among many. Over the years, because the game has developed and developed both technically and passionately, football disability has also captured and followed the game. Today, it is very common to bet on certain sports both before and after a match. Sports trends not only help sports fans on the betting agenda, but also keep them posted about the latest events in the sports field. There are websites that specialize in sports disabilities and provide …

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Speakers Discuss Success and Olympics 2012

Speakers Discuss Success and Olympics 2012

As the 2 year countdown kicks off across the UK the world’s medal-hopefuls are gearing up for the start of the London 2012 Olympics and construction of the site is well underway. Kevin McCloud has already been busy taking a peep and has spied a “hint of awe-inspiring architecture” amid the numerous challenges that lie ahead. Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre – titled the ‘Pringle’ thus far to the organisers’ slight consternation – may turn out to be the architectural star of the show especially when Danny Boyle works his magic as Artistic Director at the opening ceremony, but who will be the sporting stars? Will there be another rising talent like Amy Williams’ incredible gold medal victory at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, or will ‘veteran’ Sir Chris Hoy be the one to watch in the cycling velodrome – and while we’re at it what makes such a sporting success story, and what can we mere mortals learn from their journey?

Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and keynote speaker Lord Sebastian Coe has learnt more than a thing or two as a double Olympic champion and chairman of the successful Olympic bid. In business, sport, and politics he values the importance of healthy competition, passion, and the need to surround himself with people smarter than he is. As he says, “I work long hours and often have to make tough choices between work and family life, but so does everyone. We’re all in this together and share a vision that we understand.” This level of teamwork and leadership is also emphasised by Olympic gold medal winner Sir Matthew Pinsent, whose coach Jurgen Grobler outlined the 5 key factors which could lead to his victory with Sir Steve Redgrave in the coxless pair and the …

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