Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed with Baseball?

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I am not a fan of baseball because I think baseball is boring.  But I think most people think otherwise because I see fully-occupied stadiums every time I watch baseball games on TV.

But what makes baseball interesting and why people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars to attend baseball games?  I have done some research and I think these are the reasons why:

1) The baseball tradition is still here – I don’t quite understand this at first, but I feel the fans immediately when I saw the scoreboard was changed manually at the Wrigley Field on TV.    People loves baseball because it has a long history in North America.

2) Watching baseball is my family tradition – I guess that’s why a lot of people love baseball because many were brought to baseball games by their parents.  Eventually, they have developed a love to their local team and will pass on this tradition to their future kids.

3) Baseball can make me rich – I totally agree with this because Major League Baseball (MLB) is the only sport league in North America that don’t have salary cap to team’s total compensation to players.   For example, Derek Jeter made $17 million USD in 2013, Alex Rodriguez made $28 million USD in 2013, and Miguel Cabrera would be making about $22 million USD this year.  Not that many people make this kind of money IN A YEAR!

4) You do not have to be 7 feet tall to play baseball – I couldn’t agree more because you do not need to be a certain size to play baseball.  Having great flexibility, powerful core and strong arms the only essentials to any professional player.

5) I can play baseball with my friends or by myself – Anyone can play baseball as long as they know how to catch a ball and bat a ball, therefore there should not be any problem getting your friends to play baseball with you.  You can also go to a batting cage if you have no one to play baseball with.

Do you like baseball? What is your favourite MLB team? Post your comments below! Till next time!

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Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Swimming?

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Happy Canada Day everyone!

It is summer time and I am sure a lot of people would go to the beach to enjoy the sunlight.

In addition, people are more likely to go swimming at their local community centre. at the pool in their backyards or at the beach just to cool themselves off.

But other than that, what make people fall in love with swimming?  I used to swim at least once a week and maybe I can answer that.

1) Swimming allows you to work out every single muscle in your body – I couldn’t agree more.  Swimming is a whole body exercise and my muscles were toned after I swam consistently for a few weeks.

2) I am able to work out even when I have joint pain – Swimming is a very low impact sports, therefore it is very easy on the joints.   This is awesome for seniors or people who have weak joint because swimming allows them to stay active.

3) I know how to make myself float on water without having to travel to The Dead Sea – This is especially true if you are at the beach and you want to enjoy the sunlight and the water at the same time. You probably would not need a life jacket or swimming float either.

4) I am able to enjoy swimming with my friends or by myself – Swimming is perfect for everyone because everyone has their own personality and workout preference.  Also, not everyone likes to get themselves wet during exercise so often times it is better to go swimming by yourself.

5) I want to gain a few inches taller – After many years of watching swimming competitions, I have not seen any professional swimmers who are short and has short arms and legs.  In fact, they are all GIANTS just like professional basketball player.  So I guess swimming DO make anyone taller.

Do you like to swim? Where do you usually swim? Post your comments below! Till next time!

Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed With American Football?

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NFL season is going to start in a few months.  Every year, millions of Americans would travel to their local stadiums or sit near their TVs to watch their favourite teams play. Even Canadians would buy tickets online and travel miles just to catch a glimpse of their favorite players.

But what makes American football so popular? Is it because of the adrenaline rush? Is it because of the excitement?  Let’s take a look:

1) There is no team domination – In the NBA, MLB or NHL where people are able to make good bets on which team is going to be win the Cup, you are not able to predict which team is going to win the Super Bowl in the NFL.  Due to the constant changes in the roster every season and the many offensive and defensive strategies, a team who was at the bottom last year may become one of Super Bowl contenders the following year.  This is what makes NFL games so exciting just like NCAA basketball.

2) The adrenaline rush is awesome – I think most people watch football just to see how players go very aggressive on each other just to chase a football.  You could also feel the players’ willingness to win and their fearlessness of getting injured.  In addition, people love to see how players cope when playing in cold weather. NFL is basically, in my point of view, the modern day Gladiator.

3) My idol plays American football – Many African-Americans grow up poor and they depend on athletics to change their lives around.  Since NFL players are predominantly African-Americans, therefore many young African-Americans who watch NHL games aspire to become one of their idols one day.

4) It signifies the American culture – Unlike basketball, hockey and soccer that are played around the world, American football is only played in America.  Rugby is similar, but it is very different than American football when you watch a rugby game closely.  That is why there is some kind of pride in Americans when it comes to American football and NFL.

5) American football is not just a game – American football is not just a sport, it is an entertainment.  You get to watch the pretty cheerleaders and skillful band players who are supporting their team.  Also, people get to see their favourite stars during half-time of the Super Bowl game such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.  Entertainment is one of the things that draw people to watch American football.

Do you love to watch American football? Which team is your favourite?  Post your comment below! Till next time!

Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Soccer?

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I wouldn’t say I am a HUGE fan of soccer myself, but I watch pretty much every matches during the World Cup because I feel connected and excited every time.

Not only my family, but I know many other families would gather together to watch the game and have a good time!

But why do people love soccer so much? I guess these are the reasons:

1) It is inexpensive – I used to play a lot of soccer with my family friends and we literally called each other up whenever we wanted to play soccer.  The soccer ball costed less than $50 and we did not have to book a soccer field to play.  It was very cheap and convenient.

2) It is liked by everyone – I think I am slightly exaggerating this, but I have never seen malls live streaming sports games other than the World Cup and the Olympics.  While malls would live stream every single World Cup games, malls only live streamed hockey games that were played by the Canadian team.  As you can see, a lot more people love to watch soccer than any sport in the world.

3) I get to play with my friends – Similar to basketball, you are able to play soccer as long as you can kick a ball.  Since you also do not have to book a soccer field to play soccer, you can just call up your friends who are able to kick a ball and enjoy a game of soccer.

4) Soccer is not as easy as people think – Soccer is not as easy as people think because they are not able to use their hands. Instead, they rely on their great footwork and header to control the ball.  In addition, it is not easy to pass accurately to someone who is more than ten yards with you.  I have only seen professional soccer player doing that but not amateurs.

5) I get emotional – I think soccer is a sport that connects people all over the world together because soccer has been around for so long and soccer is being played in almost every country around the world.  I am not saying basketball and hockey are not common, but soccer is pretty much universal and soccer could be an ice-breaking topic when you want to communicate with someone outside your background.

So do you love to watch soccer? Who is your favourite player? Which country you think is going to win the World Cup this year? Post your comments below! Till next time!

Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Tennis?

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I used to watch a lot of tennis, but not so much anymore because I am too busy with my life.

I know a few people who love to watch tennis because of the famous players such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

I also know a few people who play tennis regularly.  Often, they started playing badminton and develop their interest in tennis eventually.

But why they love tennis so much? I am guessing it is due to the following reasons:

1) I get to be pretty and fashionable – I think this is especially true for women players because I couldn’t think of any other sport where women could wear skirts.  Also, women could get their nails done without having to worry their nails getting chipped during a tournament.

2) I get to be rich – You could be making millions each other if you are playing professional tennis player and you are winning almost every major tournaments, but you would have to put up hours of practice everyday and high levels of concentration into your games.

3) It is challenging – Tennis is not as easy as people think because you need to have great physique, great technique and focused mentality in order to play great tennis.  Honestly, I don’t think I will ever be great at tennis because I just don’t have the strength to hit the ball to the other side of the court.  So if you are up for the challenge, tennis would be great for you!

4) I get to play with my friends – There is no way you can play good tennis unless you are playing with more than one people.   Tennis is also a great way to reunite with your friends after hard days of work.  Your friends do not have to be superstars, but the tennis game would still be awesome as long as they are good enough to get the game start with!

5) I get to travel around the world – Since tennis tournaments are all over places, you would have to travels a lot in order to attend to those.  For professional tennis players, they often have to travel to other countries for those tournaments.   So being a professional tennis player may be a great career for you if you like to travel!

Do you love to play or watch tennis? What do you think of tennis in general? Post your comments below! Till next time!