As has often been a topic by Friday Fitness, again the post will be about what affect sports can have on your mental health.
We talked about it before in a Friday Fitness but that was just on a general basis. This post is about team sports and how they can influence your mental state.
If you are like either of us, once you start to play losing is not the goal but saying that neither is taking the fun away from the opponents or team mates. Sport is about playing the best you can as a team and being sporting while doing it. These points can get lost in the heat of the battle and emotions can run high, that is for sure. One of the founders of One Player Down might be a bit more guilty of this than the other, a little hint, his name begins with N.
The benefits of team sports has been studied a lot but you do not have to go much further than thinking about how it increases your social circle and how shared experiences builds a strong bond between individuals. It is a well researched topic for children but as this video from Child Mind explains, sports changes in the teenage years from fun to competitive and leaves people that were enjoying it completely out.
We hope to make sure that everyone gets back to enjoying sports and is able to forge new friendships through shared experiences. However, if you are more of a viewer than a player, you can use One Player Down too, to organize that better, just title the event TV: Football at the pub and either send the link to your friends if it is private, or leave it open if you are trying to find interesting people.
As always just email us for an invitation or register on the landing page
One last point, for all our German speaking readers we were featured on the blog rolfgeneratedcontent today Vorgestellt: One Player Down – Social Network für sportbegeisterte he writes about day to day life in Vienna a great read and also runs a digital agency in Vienna called Fresh Van Root Disclaimer: as you will see, he plays Tennis with Nick and is also a good friend of his.
Joining a sporting community can improve your mental health
Video: What role do sports play in the Mental Health of Children
Vorgestellt: One Player Down – Social Network für sportbegeisterte
Fresh Van Root
Mission Monday will be about us talking about what we are doing and why we are doing it, in regards to One Player Down. There might be times when we give small updates through the blog as well, before we send out a newsletter.
This week the focus will be about the invitations that are being sent out.
Currently, as we are in Private Beta the process is a little longer than we would like but it will change. The more users we get the easier and quicker it will be for us to leave this development stage and enter into Beta, the first stage of being an open platform.
For those of you not versed in the Start up speak of Beta, Private Beta, etc., what it means is that right now we are working with a special group of people that can give us good feedback and help us become the platform that our users deserve and will make their lives easier. The reason that the group is controlled at this stage, is to get focused feedback from people that are used to seeing the ideas in their raw stage. If we are lucky enough that this group is huge then that is fine, so do not hesitate to ask for an invitation.
Don’t get us wrong, the platform looks amazing, here is a quick example of an event:
There are just a few extra bits to be done, that with a steady flow of feedback from users will help us deliver what we want to and what you deserve.
Back to the invitations, if you have signed up, please look in your Spam accounts as the invitation might be buried there – Gmail’s new classifications are not our best friend at the moment.
Looking forward to seeing you on The Sports Socializing Network – Get in the Game
We are forever fighting to find the balance between working to live and living to work. How do people find the right amount of time for both without causing extra stress?
What might seem weird is that planning an extra thing into your day, exercise, might actually help you balance both better.
Just think about that feeling of coming out of the gym after doing enough exercise to get the blood flowing. You have that wave of calm run over you that makes everything a little easier to handle, from deadlines to food shopping.
This article from lifehacker goes further into it.
Naturally, adding another thing to do already creates stress just thinking about it. However, if you can combine the sport with catching up with friends, hanging out with family, or maybe even networking that will help relieve some of the scheduling stress. The classic 2 for 1 that all busy people love to do.
If you haven’t yet signed up for your account just visit www.OnePlayerDown.com to register.
This might sound weird but due to the cold weather people seem to put less stress on drinking water than they do in the summer months. This is a big mistake, being cooler doesn’t mean you need to hydrate any less then you would normally.
Commonly it is said, that as soon as you are thirsty, you are dehydrated and to operate at your peak levels, you need to be hydrated.
Here are some shocking numbers from Human Kinetics “Exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as 2% of body weight. Losses in excess of 5% of body weight can decrease the capacity for work by about 30%”
The article also stated though High Intensity athletes such as sprinters should be just as concerned about hydration as endurance athletes such as marathon runners, as their performances can be just as affected.
Drinking water is a good start but we can all remember famous tennis players eating a banana when they are on their short breaks and it is the potassium that they are after. This article from Web MD talks just about the importance of more than just water.
Staying hydrated helps the blood flow and thus keeps your muscles looser and in better shape. So hydration, just as stretching can make your workout safer and more effective.
Here is an interview (in German) with Nick about the story behind the One Player Down idea. The gist of the article is about how Nick moved to Vienna for one great reason, his future wife and then also as that he felt that Vienna was better able to weather the on coming financial storm. Having moved here he faced the normal challenges of the language and finding friends but the biggest problem was finding people to play sports with, especially Austrians. While at a bar with a friend he overheard the conversation at the other table where someone was complaining about having to cancel Tennis for the next day as his friend was not going to make it. Nick decided to turn around and tell the guy keep the booking as he was going to play instead. This is how the idea was born and these two are now friends and play Tennis when they can. He also talks about the advantage of living in a smaller city giving the enviable gift of extra free time.
www.oneplayerdown.com is now in the Private Beta testing phase and looking for more users to help test the platform, so sign up today.
The original article in Trend Magazine can be found HERE
The New Year is here and we have been working hard, as usual, to make One Player Down better and quicker to use.
We have added a couple of new features that will make managing or attending events easier and quicker.
- Event list view: This view shows a list of all the events to give you a quick overview. The first big advantage of this view is that, without opening up each event individually to edit whether you are going to attend or not, you can now enter your response directly in the list view. The second big advantage is the immediate overview of the status of each event (how many people are going/not going, how many haven’t responded yet, has the event been cancelled, etc.). The final bonus is the ability to search for your groups/teams events, making the overview more user focused.
- Event Series creation: To make creating a number of events more simple (e.g. for a league, for a weekly training session, etc.) you can now do the following: While creating the first event you can click on the + button next to the time and date to add another event directly there. By default, when you click the + button, the time is the same as the original time and the date is a week later. The genius part is that you can edit or change the time and date both directly while creating the event series.
This means that if you are creating an event that takes place once a week at the same time then just click the + button and all you have to do is press Create Event and two events will be created, this can be repeated as many times as you want; 20 events at a time – no problem. If however, your event is at different times and not always on the same day, you can edit both directly in the Event creation window and save yourself a lot of time.
As always all the events can be edited individually later.
Both the new view and new feature are a thing of beauty and so if you have not yet signed up to get a One Player Down private beta invitation, what are you waiting for? Get in the Game
What was once a Western world phenomenon is now a growing problem in the developing world, as obesity levels are rising fast. This is a sad development but caloric intakes are outstripping the movement levels of the general population at an alarming rate.
Happy New Year from the whole OPD team.
Sleep…The most underrated part of a fitness regime and one of the harder parts to regulate as well. Sometimes your subconscious is nice enough to take the decision, without considering your vote, to deprive you of the right amount; to keep you awake and motivated enough to workout.
We have all been there, the coffee is just not strong enough to compensate for your brain not shutting down the night before, the book was too good to put down, or you were just on one of those rolls that everything you were saying was so funny that it would have been a crime to leave the party early. The next day the workout, kick about, shoot around etc just does not seem top priority and might even be a step to far. When that happens, there are a couple of things to do:
- Stretch to get the blood flowing; it can motivate you enough or just get you ready for the next day,
- Take a few minutes to remember how good you felt after the last exercise that you did and let that motivate you,
- Push through it and play any way – make sure you take it a little easy and don’t go 100%, sometimes your body knows better and a light workout is all you should do, or
- HIIT, High Impact Interval Training, this is something that needs to be carefully approached but can be just the right thing for “One of those days”
Stress, bad diet, and lack of physical activity are all things that can disturb sleeping patterns and it doesn’t take a lot of exercise per day to help you sleep better.
2014 update: During the year we will try to bring you some guest posts to offer a bigger mix of topics to help you stay fit and healthy.
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