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Sports & Fitness – The Changing Senario

 

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Old methods of getting in shape seem to us today as antiquated and inefficient. 

  • While racking up several miles on track or on a treadmill may be great for cardio respiratory health, it does nothing for the upper body and can wreak havoc upon joints.
  • Weight training can promote muscular strength, but it has a limited effect on the most important muscle of all, the heart.
  • While swimming seems ideal activity for the total-body workout, and ideal for post surgery orthopedic surgery, it will not melt many calories without hard-won and proper technique. Besides it is not an all season sporting activity.

The above mentioned activities have their place in the overall well being package of an individual. But they are unique elements which make up a health and fitness package and one must participate in each to get the overall benefit.

Understanding health and fitness!                                                                                                            

Let us first understand what the words “health” and “fitness” mean. ? Health – is to do with reducing the risk of disease, and Fitness – is about maximizing the four basic physiological components of fitness: cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. 

Of course, one can be healthy without being fit, and vice versa. But while the out-of-shape individual you see huffing and puffing toward the bus stop may be able to reach their life expectancy; they’re going to be a lot less comfortable getting there than those who strive to maintain peak physical condition along the way.

Today’s Lifestyle                                                                                                                                            

It is no secret that our lives today are under the great stress. Stress, at home, at work, in relationships while driving actually everything that we do today only adds up further to an already over burdened human health. 

STOP FOR ONE MOMENT!     RIGHT click on the following link and navigate to open a New Tab and go through what Linda Ellis writes about life. I came across the same on the web; the poem is called “The DASH…… 

http://www.dash-movie.com/

………..while the truth in Linda’s words can never be denied, only a few of us work at slowing down to add value to the dashes in our lives.

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Uncomplicated – S Q U A S H

  • The game of squash has convenience on its side – Thirty minutes on the squash court provides an impressive cardio respiratory workout.
  • Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in the lower body.
  • Lunges, twists and turns increase flexibility in the back and abdomen.
  • The game of squash also encompasses plyometric exercises which are aimed at reducing the amount of time spent on the ground preparing to move, with the primary emphasis of most exercises focused upon vertical and forward motion.

In a game, the next movement could be in the same direction or in an infinite number of possible directions. The game of squash and its training drills hinges on eliciting a plyometric based stretch shortening cycle but then using this stimulus to isolate the multidirectional foot patterns specific to squash. To recreate “game play”, each drill mirrors a movement on court and as such is performed over short distances focusing on the development of both linear and lateral movements. To maintain your new found flexibility and reduce the risk of injury, it is highly recommended that you engage in a stretching routine of your major muscle groups before and after your game.  AND IF YOU DID NOT KNOW SQUASH IS THE MOST FAVOURITE OFF-SEASONS FITNESS SPORT MOST SPORTSMEN PREFER. IT WAS THE SECRET OF KAPIL DEV AND NOW OF ADAM GILCHRIST’S PERFORMANCE AND FITNESS. THE LEGENDRY DON BRADMAN ALSO PLAYED THE SPORTS – SO YOU SEE IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MANY YEARS.  

MOST FIGHTER PILOTS PLAY THIS GAME – BECAUSE IT HELPS THEIR REFLEXES AND HAND EYE COORDINATION BESIDES GIVING THEM THE REQUIRED FITNESS IN JUST 30 MINUTES.

 

No other sport can package in 30 minutes – workout for every major muscle group in your boday, taxed the cardio respiratory system, help flexibility while helping your muscular strength and endurance.  

Impressive isn’t it?

But wait there is more playing squash regularly (2 – 3 times per week – 1.5 hours – nothing really!) significantly reduces anxiety, anger, and depression while increasing our sense of well-being.  So let the endorphins flow!!

To read more about this and find out what the game actally benefits you with – please click on the following link…….

http://sports4healthunlimited.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/squash-simply-uncomplicated/

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History of Squash

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Flash Back

Squash was invented in Harrow school around 1830, when the pupils discovered that a punctured Rackets ball, which “squashed” on impact with the wall, produced a game with a greater variety of shots and required much more effort on the part of the players, who could not simply wait for the ball to bounce back to them as with Rackets. The variant proved popular and in 1864 the first four Squash courts were constructed at the school and Squash was officially founded as a sport in its own right. 

The first recorded reference to “Squash”, other than in Harrow school, appeared in 1890 in the English book “The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes” written by the Duke of Beaufort. Eustace Miles, a world championship at both Tennis and Rackets, wrote the first book on Squash in 1901; stating that the sport was enjoyed by thousands of players in various parts of the world. By that time there were courts in schools and universities in England and some also in private houses. The first professional Squash Championship was held in 1920 in England, when C.R. Read (Queens Club) beat A.W.B. Johnson (RAC Club).

In 1923 H.A.L. Rudd, writing in “Baily’s Magazine”, forecast that Rackets would lose many players to Squash with the arrival of the first English Amateur Championships. He was concerned at this prospect as he considered Rackets to be a “manlier” game; Squash afforded a good “sweat” but did not demand the same skill as Rackets, in his opinion. Rudd’s forecast proved to be only too correct as Squash grew rapidly and soon left its parent sport far behind in popularity. As Squash play developed so did its administrative structure. The first discrete national associations to be formed were the United States Squash Racquets Association in 1907 and the Canadian Squash Racquets Association in 1911. In England the game was regulated by a Squash sub committee of the Tennis and Rackets Association from 1908 until it gained full status as the Squash Rackets Association in 1928. 

Squash spread rapidly in its early days and the major growth areas were wherever British forces were stationed. South Africa, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries learned their Squash from the military and soon adopted it as their own. Probably the most successful Squash nation of all time, Australia, had its Squash seed planted through contact with the

To read more about the Past, Present & Future of Squash please click on the following post…..

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