One Player Down Event to kick off MOVE for Movember

Late Movember event review

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This is a very late update as we and sorry for that, but there are many reasons behind that and most of them involve procrastination of some sort.

We had some great partners behind us to help push the event and unfortunately due to time constraints it was hard to get the blog out in time.

This is a better late than never moment.

The original idea was a little different but sometimes you have to roll with the punches and in the end we put on a packed event with some fantastic feedback.

The serious stuff

Though it is great fun to grow a mustache during the Month of November, the meaning sometimes gets lost and we want to take just a couple of sentences to remind you all.

Movember is about raising money and awareness about prostate and testicular cancer, this year Movember expanded to include MOVE.

MOVE is about helping people manage their physical and mental health by being active. It is proven that being physically active can reduce the chances of cancer.

Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic “Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

This is something that we understand and that is why we are so behind what Movember and MOVE are trying to do.

Now that we have that out of the way, here are some photos

One Player Down and Movember Event

The Thank you’s

Movember

– especially Nina and Christian who supported the event from the first moment. We hope we can make this an annual event to help kick off MOVE in Austria at the least.

Dish Tennis

– Helping us raise money and putting on a great show, don’t they always

TriVolle

– You were so generous to get behind us and donate sets all the way from Chicago, we are big fans and will continue to spread the word.

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– You guys were fantastic hosts, donating too and going smoke free for the evening! The hot dogs are amazing but did throw us off our TriVolle game a little.

The One Player Down players, you have been behind us getting this platform going, helped us raise money and give us great feedback. You will get the platform you deserve, even if it kills us!

Photo credits: Movember Austria / Stefan Diesner unless stated, incl. the header image.

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Sports App of the week – MapMyRide

Sports app review

During the time working on One Player Down, we have come across various sports apps, website and even print magazines that we feel it would be a shame to keep to ourselves.

Therefore we will do our best to do a review a week to maybe give you a new app to try or to have a fresh outlook on one you already do use.

We would love for this to be a 2 way street though, so if there is something that you want us to look at please just contact us and we will.

So here is MapMyRide

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MapMyRide is just one of the apps offered by MapMyFitness the also offer their apps in a number of language. Here is what they say in their own words

We’re ready to ride, anytime, anywhere. Take your performance to the
next level with MapMyRide.

What is it about?

This is a fitness tracker, specifically for your bike rides. It has all the regular fitness tracker features:

  • Recording a workout
  • Sharing your workout on Social
  • Friends
  • Challenges
  • and many more

Now that it is part of the Under Armour, expect that the Fitness wearables will soon be integrated seamlessly (pun intended) into the apparel

Where is it from?

They are based out of Baltimore at least they are now after being bought by Under Armour

What does it look like?

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Is it worth it?

This is a very well created app and if you are a competitive person either against others or against yourself then this and the rest of the MapMyFitness apps are a good bet.

Through the post to Social features, this can also increase your bragging rights as your times and distances get better and better. Be careful if you are taking a “Me day” from work not to post your times on Facebook though as your boss might not like that.

With the take over from Under Armour, it is a very exciting time with a lot of possibilities with new inbuilt sensors to help you understand your fitness better.

Where can I get it?

With Android, iPhone, Windows and even a Blackberry app, they have it all covered all can be found at the MapMyFitness app page.

More than just apps, they have integration into Microsoft Band, Jawbone and many other wearables

As always, this is going to be what we would like to call a Live Review, meaning that we will revisit it, updating it and getting more in depth the more we use it.

If you want to find more people to play sports with just sign up to One Player Down and just Get in the Game

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Your sporting week with OPD

As most of you know it is Marathon weekend in Vienna, actually Matthias is running it this year.

It is already underway and will finish at…, if Nick was running, it would finished on Tuesday.

That is not the only sporting event in Vienna over the next week.

On One Player Down:
Weekday Softball,
Wiener kickabouts Monday night Football, and
next weekend will be the start of the weekend softball league.

As always, just sign up to Get in the Game at www.oneplayerdown.com

Other sporting events in Vienna:
Boogie Woogie Einsteiger Seminar 
Shaolin Kung Fu Kurs
Nordic Walking Gruppe

Here are a few more sites to find more Events:
Sport Union
Sport in Wien

Sport to watch over the next two weeks:
BC Zepter – Basketball Club Vienna 2013
First Vienna Football Club 1894
FK Austria Wien

Sport events to book now:
Erste Bank Open 2014
Austrian International Open AIO

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Fitness Friday – Olympic training regimes

What does it take to be an Olympian?

Is it genetics, hard work, diet, or a mixture of all three?

It seems that it is a mixture of all three and maybe a sprinkling of luck (sorry to say that to all the hard working Olympians out there but, getting discovered, having the right coaches at the right time etc has a bit to do with luck but that is really a small percentage).

The One Player Down founders grew up in different countries and were exposed to different sports.  Nick was in the US and was immediately exposed to sport at a very young age and saw how it is treated like a job extremely quickly.  For instance, 6 year olds swimming 2 hours a day.  Matthias was exposed to more recreational sports, where it was about family activity and fun, hiking, skiing, football etc.

Does this affect the long term enjoyment, both say no and both are about as competitive as each other, though Nick might be a little louder.

Do these fundamental different attitudes change the success of the people towards sport?  Maybe, but not at the Winter Olympics.  As it stands Austria has 10 medals and the US 25, when you take in the population difference, Austria is miles ahead.

Saying that to become an Olympian it takes a dedication that separated the athletic from the athletes.

Here are a couple of example training regimes from Olympians:

Katie Uhlaender, Skeleton

Kristin Armstrong, Cyclist

Shawn Johnson, Gymnast

Once you feel that you can keep up with a training schedule like these then you might be ready for the 10 Steps to Become an Olympic Athlete

The most difficult part of training for an elite sport where it is just you against the clock is, the hours of training alone.  There is a great psychological strain put on an athlete to just compete against themselves, a clock and their own limitations/technique.

As it is well known, the Jamaican sprinters train together.   “John Donne said that, “No man is an Island” and socialization is a basic human need that having a training partner (or partners) would satisfy.”   “Training partners are not only useful for satisfying social needs, they can be vital in helping motivate you to train!” Catherine Robertson, writer from The Sport In Mind, says in Psychological effects of Training Partners a great article about what a training partner can bring you.

This is where even with individually focused sports, One Player Down can help an athlete gain advantages by finding a like minded training partner to help them strive and improve.   We are after all The Sports Socializing Network.

Sources:

What It Takes to Be an Olympic Athlete – Fitness magazine
10 Steps to Become an Olympic Athlete

Psychological effects of Training Partners – The Sport In Mind

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Fitness Friday

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.

Sources:

Joining a sporting community can improve your mental health
Video: What role do sports play in the Mental Health of Children
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Vorgestellt: One Player Down – Social Network für sportbegeisterte
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Fitness Friday (Sunday Edition)

Hydration:

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.

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Sources:

Web MD
Human Kinetics
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Friday Fitness 2014

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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