Prevent Alzheimer’s – Play Scrabble

Playing Scrabble or other “thinking” board games is being shown by modern medical science to have many health benefits. No matter what your age, “brain sports” such as Scrabble have been proven to be of particular benefit for many aspects of human mental health.

At the simplest and most obvious end of the spectrum, the social aspects of Scrabble and other board games can be a preventative or even a treatment for loneliness, depression and social phobia.

At the other end of the spectrum, a study from the University of Southern California and published in the respected “Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences” shows that mentally stimulating recreational activities in early and middle adulthood is strongly associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in later life.

A similar study by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging in 2002 studied 700 dementia-free people aged 65 and older for a period of 4.5 years. It compared the level of active cognitive activities regularly performed by the study participants, such as card games, checkers, crossword puzzles, reading books and visiting museums. The NIH reached a conclusion that those with the highest levels of cognitive activities in their lifestyle had a 47% reduced risk of future Alzheimer’s disease than those who had the least levels of cognitive activities in the lifestyles.

A 2008 study by the University of NSW published in the renown journal “Public Library of Science” adds that, in addition to Alzheimer’s Disease, the onset of other degenerative brain diseases such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s Diseases can also be delayed or prevented with these forms of mental activity. It found that a brain region known as the hippocampus, known to shrink with age and particularly with these three degenerative brain diseases, has only half the rate of shrinkage in people engaged in active mental tasks as in those with low levels of mental stimulation.

The evidence suggests a “Use it or Lose it” basis to human cognitive health.

If it is too late for prevention, research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that has been published in the “Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry” still has some encouraging news. They have demonstrated that computer and internet based mentally stimulating activities such as games can play a useful role alongside medication in improving the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients. That is another plus for Scrabble, the various internet versions of which have grown the game into one of the most popular online today.

Irrespective of Alzheimer’s Disease or other form of dementia, cognitive decline is a very common phenomena as we advance in years. Medical research teaches us clearly that keeping one’s brain active with puzzles, games, study and similar means are an effective method of slowing the rate of age-related cognitive decline. Furthermore, the earlier in life one begins to regularly participate in such active brain games and pursuits, the longer it takes before any cognitive decline even begins.

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How Personal Electronic Devices Are Used in Sports

Technology has always benefited the sports that it is involved in, and this can easily be seen at major sporting events with large scoreboards or some type of electronic timer. Technology has also been used to create better golf clubs or light weight tennis rackets, but when personal electronic devices started to be produced in mass quantities in the 1990s some sports equipment manufacturers began to worry. They thought that this new technology would keep people indoors and hence would not purchase their sporting products. This fear was largely unfounded and with the cost of most electronic devices falling, it is the perfect time for companies to take advantage of this new technology. The biggest piece of technology that is becoming common in outdoor sports such as running or bicycling is global positioning systems.

GPS is quickly becoming the standard for navigation while bikers, runners or even kayakers are out in wilderness or even in the city. GPS systems can now be linked to Google maps so that a jogger can look at the device on their arm and be told where to turn in order to reach their destination. Previously this technology was generally used in cars but more and more it is becoming more popular for sporting purposes. The overall market for sporting equipment is on the rise and companies that do not take advantage of the new technology will fall behind. Nike has placed an electronic in one of their shoes that records the mileage that the runner has run. Then this mileage is put on a social networking site and users can chat with each other about their runs, how far they have run, where they like to run et cetera. These social networking sites have become very popular in many different areas of sports. Technology has become such a force that the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association is hosting a three-day conference on the subject starting Tuesday. Speakers are to include executives from Google and Nike. It is no surprise sporting has benefited from technology and consumers can assume that technology will continue to be integrated into their sport to make it more enjoyable.…

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10 Funny Sports

Human beings have been taking part in sports for centuries. Whereas many sports attract a following because of the competition, the excitement and the thrill they have, there are a number that draw crowds because of their eccentric or out of the ordinary nature. Sometimes, such sports being odd is not deliberate but circumstantial because of the differences between cultures. In other words, a certain sport may appear peculiar to one person but is completely normal in the culture where it originates from.

The following is a list of 10 of the funniest sports in the world.

1) The Annual Man versus Horse Marathon

This is a race where a man competes against a horse. The sport was started in 1980 by following an argument between two men on whether or not a man can run faster than a horse if both were to compete in a cross country race. The race is usually held in Llanwrtyd town in Wales.

2) Wife carrying

Wife carrying races were first introduced in Finland but have now become common in other parts of the world such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Morono and Sonkajarui. In this event, the male competitors run through an obstacle track while they carry their wives or girlfriends. If you are going to win this race, you need technique. Most couples will go for the classic piggyback as well as the fire man’s lift where the wife interlocks her legs over her husband’s shoulders while she is carried in an upside down position. The reward for winning the race varies but the most amusing is the Sonkajarui race where the winner walks away with beer that weighs the same as his wife.

3) Toe wrestling

This sport was started in the year 1976 at Derbyshire pub in the UK. Similar to arm wrestling, for you to win you must find a way of forcing your opponent’s foot to the ground while your toes are locked together.

4) Bog snorkelling

A trench filled with water is cut through a peat bog. The competitors must swim in the trench wearing snorkels and flippers. The competitors only use their flippers to swim and compete against each other. You are not allowed to use any other traditional swimming techniques.

5) Chess Boxing

This sport is aimed at testing the competitor’s intelligence and strength. There are eleven rounds that alternate between boxing and chess competitions. The first round is chess, which is played for four minutes, followed by a two minute boxing round. This sport has an umbrella body known as the world chess boxing organization which manages international tournaments.

6) Cheese rolling

Amusing to watch, this is a fairly straightforward competition where competitors race after a round piece of cheese that is rolled from the top of a hill. The goal is to catch the rolling cheese. Of course this never happens given that the cheese gets a head start and that it hits speeds of up to 112Km/h.

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The Principle of Variance For Conditioning Team Sport Athletes

The principle of variance at first glance may seem counter-intuitive when it comes to conditioning athletes. However, team sport athletes encounter wide and varied stimuli within the context of competition in their sport. When you actually analyse the nature of these sports and the needs of the athletes, it makes perfect sense not to implement segmented training strategies.

Conventional training suggests that an athlete performs separate sessions for strength, power, speed and endurance. This is usually conducted within the confines of a set programme with progression. Makes sense right? Well sort of. Athletes need this specific training, however they need to apply it under circumstances they might encounter within their chosen sport. This is more specific to this type of athlete than a programme.

So what is variance?

Variance means continuous variation of the training stimulus from one session to the next. This can be seen in training methodologies such as CrossFit and our own Personal Evolution methods. Each and every workout is different from the last. It is not often you will encounter the exact same workout within a short period of time.

Now this sort of training may seem somewhat random and a hit-and-miss approach, but not if it’s applied intelligently. You wouldn’t just go out and get team sport athletes doing random, irrelevant drills and exercises. The training still needs to utilise the energy systems and movement patterns that are applicable to their sport. Soccer players need to run a lot, so the varied training sessions will include strength and conditioning, but it will also include a lot of running in an endless combination of drills. A rugby player tackles, jumps, gets tackled, drives scrums etc. This athlete needs a lot of strength, speed and power workouts.

So how do you apply variance in an athletes conditioning programme?

  • First of all identify the movement patterns they need to develop and the energy systems constantly used within the context of competition.
  • Begin creating workouts that utilise these patterns in a constantly varied fashion. One day you might be doing Olympic lifts for high reps, the next might be a timed workout with four or five different exercises performed continuously at high intensity, the next day could be maximum dead-lifts using single reps.
  • Begin with a build-up phase, don’t just jump straight in. This sort of training can be potent and may result in injury if the athlete is not prepared.
  • Have each athlete record their results in a note book. This goes for timed workouts, loads lifted etc. They can then track their performance over time.

Remember, intensity is the primary variable to aim for here. Intensity is what controls the adaptations that take place, more so than frequency, type and duration.

Variance is king, apply it intelligently, track progress and train as hard as possible. This will result in athletes being prepared for anything and everything.

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Barry’s Ticket Service Announces 2017-2018 Rams Tickets Are Now Available

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(Los Angeles, CA) Barry’s Ticket Service proudly announces Rams tickets for the 2017-2018 season at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are now available. Individuals purchasing their tickets through the service find they can save 10 percent on single game tickets when using promo code RAMS2017 on tickets marked BV at checkout. The LA Rams Schedule was recently released and tickets will be selling quickly, so don’t miss out and order tickets for the desired game or games today.

“The preseason kicks off with a game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 12, 2017. This is one game no fan will want to miss, as major changes have been seen in the Cowboys team in the past year. Tony Romo is gone and Dak Prescott will be leading the team again. It will be exciting to see if Prescott and Elliott can match their success of last year. Purchase tickets today, and be sure to check the LA Rams Seating Chart to make certain the best seats are obtained,” Chris Cabrera, spokesperson for Barry’s Ticket Service, recommends.

On September 29, 2017, the Rams will face off against their rival, the San Francisco 49ers, and this is a game every fan should be sure to attend. San Francisco and Los Angeles compete in numerous areas, and this carries over to the football field. This intense rivalry began in 1950 and shows no signs of slowing down, thus it is guaranteed to be a great game from start to finish.

“Considered among the top ten rivalries in the NFL, according to Sports Illustrated, the Rams and 49ers never disappoint when they meet. Although the rivalry peaked in the 1970s, it could ramp up again at any time. Fans don’t want to miss out on a great game, and our ticket service ensures they won’t have to,” Cabrera goes on to say.

The Rams take the field with a new coach. Sean McVay is excited to see where the team will go this year and is eagerly anticipating the draft so the team can fill some gaps in the lineup. A number of players will be taking new spots on the field and there is much debate about which areas they prioritize during the draft.

“Jared Goff has a year under his belt now and will need great players to help him out. It is expected with the changes to the lineup and new players coming in through the draft that he will receive this help. It’s going to be an exciting year in every way, so be sure to get tickets to one or more games so you don’t miss out. We can be of help with this,” Cabrera states.

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The Universal Language of Soccer

There are six billion people on the planet, with thousands of things that separate us from knowing and understanding one another. Language, distance and cultural differences are just a few things that build walls and keep us from getting to know our fellow human beings. How are you supposed to forge relationships when you can’t even ask somebody how they’re feeling that day?

Despite cultural and language barriers, there are many things that all people share, no matter where they are. Soccer is one of the ways that we can bridge the gaps between cultures. It’s the most popular sport in the world, and the World Cup, held once every four years, has a viewing audience twice that of the Summer Olympics, according to FIFA.

Soccer – A common ground

The rules of the soccer game are the same no matter where you are. A yellow card means the same thing, whether you’re from Brazil, China, Spain or the U.S. If you’re doing an exchange program abroad, how much better is it to have a sport as an instant common ground?

Unlike your typical overseas trips, soccer exchange boarding school programs provide people with an immediate connection. Even if the players on your team are from all corners of the world, you all know the same information about the world’s best players, the biggest clubs, or World Cup or European Cup facts and tidbits. And of course, players worldwide also share the common rules and traditions associated with the game of soccer. With soccer as a common ground, it’s possible to foster a keen awareness and appreciation for diversity amongst other cultures.

International soccer exchange boarding school opportunities

If you want to go to another country to live and study for an academic year, using soccer as a medium provides you with a number of advantages.

Soccer exchange boarding school programs are unique exchange opportunities designed for aspiring soccer stars that appreciate the benefit of international travel, foreign training, and cultural immersion. Depending on your particular interest, you have a chance to live, study and play abroad in a soccer exchange soccer boarding program in Spain, Italy, France, England, China, Brazil or Mexico.

With soccer exchange boarding schools, not only do you get to immerse yourself in a new country, but you also get the chance to meet other passionate soccer players from around the world. Players also have the opportunity to learn a second language, pursue their academic study, and improve their soccer skills by training daily under accredited professional coaching staff.

Soccer skills last a lifetime

“Soccer skills” don’t just refer to those of the ball-handling variety. As with any team sport, you are learning to think about more than just yourself. You learn to see yourself not as one person, but as an integral part of a team. When all the players do their jobs correctly, the team as a whole succeeds.

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7 Tips for Traveling to See Your Favorite Sports Team

A true sports fan always supports their team. You wear a certain pair of socks to ensure that they have luck on their side. You scream the loudest in the stands. You make and end friendships based on which team they support. You’ll do anything for your favorite team, including traveling across the country or around the world to see them play. Read below for tips on how to avoid travel stress when traveling to see your favorite team play.

Pack with a Purpose

Only pack the essentials when traveling across the state. These trips tend to last no more than two or three days, so you don’t need to carry anything that won’t be used or worn within these days. Do not forget to include your team’s jersey in your bag, this will get worn the most.

Apply Discounts

The travel expenses, which include plane tickets, hotel, and car rentals, add up. Even a cost at least a couple hundred dollars. Save on booking a hotel or a flight with price comparison sites, such as Expedia.

Use coupons for car rentals. Companies like Alamo supply coupons through their partnerships with discount sites such as Groupon. Maximize your savings by using more than one discount when possible. The extra money can be used for more team merchandise or game day food.

Know the Laws

Traveling to another country to see your favorite team requires you to have some knowledge of that place’s customs and laws. Before traveling, thoroughly research what behavior that country accepts and normalizes.

It is not as intense to travel to another state as it is to travel to a different country, but it does have its own set of rules and customs. Research the state laws. Every state has a few strange ones that you may not have to worry about, like making faces at dogs. However, it’s very important that you know the alcohol laws, especially if drinking is a major part of your game day routine and experience.

Start with LegalBeer.com, because it is a useful resource that gives you a general rundown of the liquor laws from state to state. In addition to that site, make sure you visit the game’s stadium website to know its rules and regulations.

Bring Cash

Avoid overspending by carrying cash during your trip. Many credit card and debit card fees vary from state to state, which could lead to over drafting or going beyond your budget. Carrying cash lets you make smarter spending choices and keeps you within budget.

Another thing to worry about with credit cards is possible card declines. Some companies may instantly put a hold on your card if they see a strange out of state purchase. You can usually resolve this problem quickly by calling the bank or card company. Use cash to avoid this problem in its entirety.

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5 Takeaways That I Learned About Bicycles

Learn Everything There Is For You To Know With Regards To Balance Bikes When it comes to those kids out there who are still on the process of knowing how to properly ride a bike or those that are still discovering the joy of riding one, it is significantly essential for parents to see to it that they are making their kids use balance bike. You need to know that oftentimes, balance bikes are being referred to as run bikes. When we say balance bikes, we are actually pertaining to a certain type of bike that is intended for the use of young children and little kids as they go by learning the proper way of riding a bicycle and how to balance themselves so that they won’t fall when the time comes that they already need to use bikes that do not have balancers. If you have not yet scene a balance bike before, for sure, you will be surprised upon knowing that it actually does not have any pedals at all, not to mention that it also does not have other important parts like training wheels, cranksets and chains as well. Albeit the fact that balance bikes look exactly the same as the normal bikes that we have these days, you can actually say that one that makes it different and unique from all those bikes is the fact that it exist without having any of its important parts such as the pedal, the chain, to name a few. There also goes the fact that balance bikes were not only made for the purpose of being used solely by little kids but, it was made for the purpose of being enjoyed as well by little children. Moreover, you also need to know that there are balance bikes that comes along not having brakes while there are also other balance bikes that comes together with brakes that is either single hand-activated or two hand=activated. Of course, being parents, we always want to secure the safety of our kids with everything they do hence, if they are showing interest in riding normal kiddie bicycles but they are still beginner at it or they do not even have the right knowledge on how to do so, you can actually begin with letting them use balance bikes as these bikes are very effective when it comes to learning, balancing and steering. It is of utmost importance on their side to have first the knowledge and understanding on how to properly manage a bicycle in order without a balancer or a support in order for them to be able to protect themselves from any possible injuries or even getting hurt.
Incredible Lessons I’ve Learned About Bicycles
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Questions About Lessons You Must Know the Answers To

Tips on the Right Golf Mental Mindset Golf mental toughness is a vital requirement of the high caliber sportsman. Numerous professional players, while describing the reasons they hadn’t reached their targets of the season, frequently talk about ” them not letting it happen or trying too hard out there,” and similar phrases. Besides sharpening swings and putting strokes, the challenge for golfing professionals is also to sharpen their golf mental game too. Here are four golf mental game tips: Know the way to keep each shot in perspective.
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There’s absolutely no need for one bad hole or two to tense you up. In golf there aren’t any life and death shots- just ones that are bad and good. You are not helping yourself by becoming unnecessarily tensed or psyched up. The top golf shots are taken with a clear conscious and with a smile. Recall you’ve years of golfing ahead. Take your sweet time and learn your shots.
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Focus on the task at hand as opposed to the results. This truly is the most challenging to accomplish as the mind is concentrated on the result and its own consequences. Yet this thinking is just a distraction which is not going to take you any nearer to your target. Banish such-like thoughts. Here is an interesting mental golf tip. Think of your favorite song or something else that pleasant to you. This may drive the stress away and bring you to some suitable frame of mind for making the shot. The best players on earth get tensed up too while handling tight situations. Their ability to swing their club smoothly is directly affected by this stress. Here’s a mental golf tip: stand and take out a deep breath. Tell yourself that you’re breathing your stresses out. Keep it cool, mentally, while playing golf. Recall that as a golfer, you can only just control your preparation and maybe, your reactions, as opposed to everything else in the universe. Golfing regulars know that something surprising happens in almost every round. For example, an excellent tee shot may land in a divot, issues may be suddenly developed by your golf club or you also could possibly miss an easy putt. Be cool and give your best to each shot. Don’t fret or take any baggage from the shot. You need to have some mental golf toughness. Specialists say that lots of players are really so preoccupied with the thought of not doing any mistakes that their play is significantly affected by it. On the other hand, players that are successful play to achieve success as opposed to avoiding failure, and are confident in their skills. These straightforward mental golf tips will allow you to develop habits that’ll assist you become a good golfer and scale the heights of golfing.…

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With 2017 UK Horse Racing Season Underway, RacingStats247 Has All the Results

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SLIEMA, Malta — There were over 10,000 horse races run last year in the United Kingdom, according to the British Horseracing Authority. Keeping up with the latest results and statistics for Britain’s second most popular spectator sport used to be difficult, but RacingStats247 now makes it easy.

With the 2017 season now underway, RacingStats247 visitors can check up on the progress of top British horses like Athassel, Call Out Loud, Mr Clarkson, Fujin, and others. Compiling results from all of the UK’s active horse racing tracks and each day’s horse racing cards, RacingStats247 makes it easier than ever before to stay informed. As 2017 fixtures with million-pound-plus purses like the Investec Derby Day and the Qatar Sussex Stakes draw closer, RacingStats247 will remain the best place for fans to stay up to date.

“Spring is traditionally when the UK horse racing season starts in earnest, and we’ve seen some spectacular races already this year,” said RacingStats247 representative Catalin John. “Like so many others, there’s little we enjoy more than heading to a track to see some exciting races in person. Being able to keep up with the latest results and statistics in the meantime is always rewarding, as well. That’s why we created RacingStats247, and the response has been truly gratifying. From our daily previews, racing cards, and results, to exclusive features like our historic statistics and up-to-the-minute trends, we’re truly proud of what we have to offer.”

Ranking only behind football in terms of in-person viewership, horse racing generates around 4 billion pounds’ worth of economic activity each year in the United Kingdom. Following an annual schedule that kicks off with late-winter and early-spring fixtures like the Cheltenham Festival and the Winter Derby at Lingfield Park, the pace of horse racing activity in Great Britain picks up steadily as weather warms each year.

With the height of 2017 UK horse racing on the way, RacingStats247 is the top online resource for all those seeking to keep up with the latest statistics and upcoming races. Collecting results from every horse racing track in the United Kingdom, RacingStats247 makes it easier than any other site to stay up to date. From the records of the top horses and jockeys at the moment, to daily previews, racing cards, and insights on the latest trends, RacingStats247 provides everything fans will want to know.

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