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Month: October 2016

4 of the Best Cities in the World for Sports Enthusiasts

Posted on October 31, 2016 in Sports Cities by

There is something about sports that connect to human emotions. Many who are into sports, regardless of role, would agree to what has always been said about sport being a metaphor for life. Stories about athletes’ dreams, struggles, wins, and losses are among the things that have inspired millions of people. While anyone can be an athlete and play everywhere, there are places that are veritable havens for people who love sports. Here are some of the best cities in the world for sports enthusiasts.

The city is home to not just its world-renowned soccer club — FC Barcelona. It also boasts of several sports clubs. It has hosted numerous major international tournaments like the European Champions League, FIFA World Cup, and an extensive list of World Championships for different sports. In 1992, the city served as a venue for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It has many sporting venues like sports arenas and stadiums suitable for hosting high-profile sports events.

London has a vibrant sport scene. Soccer clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham are among the major clubs that see action in the city. Soccer is indeed big in London. But it is not the only sport that enjoys huge support and following. Places like the Crystal Palace, Lord’s, The Oval , Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, and Wimbledon among many others serve as excellent venues for a wide range of sports. The city has thrice been an Olympic venue the most recent of which was in 2012. It also hosts various local and international sports events like the Boat Race, London Marathon, and Tour de France.

Australia has a strong sport culture and Melbourne is no exception. It is not only a popular destination for people who want to catch some waves. It also boasts of several sporting events. Basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer, and surfing are among its most popular pastimes with huge following. The city also has numerous sporting arenas and venues including the Albert Park, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne Ballpark, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Olympic Village, State Netball and Hockey Centre, Victoria Park, and a lot more. It has hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Tokyo is a major sports hub in Japan. It is home to many sports teams like the professional baseball clubs Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants. Many sports are played the most popular of which are baseball, basketball, football, rugby, tennis, and volleyball. Martial arts like judo, karate, and kendo are also widely practiced. There are many sports venues including the Ajinomoto Stadium, National Olympic Stadium, Meiji Jingu Stadium, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Dome, and Yoyogi National Gymnasium among many others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and is set to be the venue for the 2020 Games.

Making Fitness a Priority

Posted on October 14, 2016 in Staying Fit by


Keeping fit is a commitment that many athletes take seriously. Whatever the sporting goal may be, one’s level of fitness can make or break the chance of achieving it. But sticking to a regular workout routine may sometimes be a daunting feat, especially for busy athletes. It becomes even trickier when there is a lot of traveling involved. If you want to make exercise one of your priorities while traveling, here are some strategies that can help you get started.

1. Stay committed. Everything is doable if you commit to it. And regular exercise is high on the list of must-dos that you can actually stick to if you choose to. You just have to get past the real or perceived obstacles that may hinder you from doing it. Foremost of which would be the initial inconveniences when you try to squeeze in some exercise time to your tight travel schedules. You should also be prepared to work around the inherent challenges of traveling. The hours can be unpredictable and you might have to deal with unexpected changes to your travel schedules. When you commit to your fitness goals, you are more likely to find ways to make room for exercise every day.

2. Maximize free time. Plan your day ahead so you can manage your time well. Set aside some time for exercise. If that is not possible given your itinerary, squeeze in exercise or any physical activity during your free time. Instead of sitting down for long stretches of time, you can spend it moving around. Maximize waiting times by going for a walk even just in building corridors.

3. Adapt. Exercise does not have to follow a rigid schedule. Chances are you will have more time for exercise if you just take advantage of every little time you can spare. Apart from a regular workout routine, come up with a list of other activities that could get you moving throughout the day. If you are just starting a fitness routine, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercises. You can either complete a workout at one go or divide your exercise goal time in chunks of three 10-minute exercises. The more short exercises you can do in a day, the easier it gets make your fitness routine stick.

4. Eat nutritious meals. Eating the right foods can help you sustain the energy to exercise on top of the many other things you have to do during your work trips. Maintaining a healthy diet has always been essential to a good fitness plan. Some foods can even provide you with the energy boost you might need to stick to your workouts.


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