European Week of Sports

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Before we start this blog, we know that we are a little behind, this is all a plan that will be revealed later

Gone sports crazy

Not only is the baseball post season upon us (one of us is a Mets fan and very happy), the european football seasons are in full swing, Basketball is warming up, gridiron is back in business and the rugby world cup is wowing crowds. Lots to sit in front of the TV for it seems, and the weather is looking like hibernating is a viable option.

Europe wants to make you sweat

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Though might be time to grab the remote and take your TV for a spin, that is not what the EU thinks. A few weeks ago was the first European Week of Sports, where a lot of famous athletes were promoting people to move #BeActive.
If you want to know more about it all, there is a Sports facts
In Vienna there were also a couple of event sandwiching this one, the Vienna Sports Festival and the Tag des Sport. The former was something new to the OPD team as they had never been there before, the latter, well, you can read about it here in our Tag des Sport blog.
We are not trying to be lazy here but it was a very similar event and felt like deja vu all over again (RIP Yogi Beara).

Europe is not alone here

Be Active is actually an initiative that is backed by Michelle Obama. Here is a quote from the website:

Everyone can benefit from being active – from improving sleep to preventing chronic disease, like heart disease or cancer.

Getting people moving is a worldwide problem. 80% of our lives are spend indoors, that is as depressing a statistic as there can be.

Follow that up with this article from the daily telegraph about losing weight getting harder and harder

Everyone is getting in on the act

Governments are not the only ones getting in on the act, so are charities. In fact, a few health charities are noticing that it might be better to prevent illnesses through promoting healthy life styles than treat the illnesses after they have reared their ugly heads.

Movember is one such case as they now have an initiative called the MOVE Challenge

The One Player Down team is up for the month of activity of challenge, are you?

Still waiting for the big reveal? Well you will have to wait a little longer, sorry.
While you are waiting, here is an infographic from ClassesandCareers.com showing the other benefits of what exercise can do for you.
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Fitness Friday (Saturday)

Ironically, this post is about  keeping to a schedule and how hard it can be.

Everyone always starts a workout regime with great intentions. It can differ in intensity and regularity depending on the goals you have set and what age you are.

But as the saying goes “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray”.

So staying motivated and making sure your workouts are as an important part of your weekly agenda as other things, is not easy, in fact it is an art!

Woman’s Health has a few tips on ways to help stick to you plans.

1. Just Show Up
2. Play the Percentages
3. Book It
4. Make a Date with a Friend
5. Target Your Heart
6. Be Defensive
7. Invest In a Trainer
8. Find a Happy Place

It is number four that immediately One Player Down can help you with.  Not everyone has friends that like the same sports but on our platform you will find someone for sure.

As always enjoy your weekend

The exercise high – better than medication?

We have all felt that calm relaxed feeling after exercise, the high if you wish, making you promise yourself that tomorrow you will make sure you go back to the gym.  It is not always that easy to remember the feeling the next day though.

However, the British Medical Journal might have another motivator after recently published a study with the catchy objective “To determine the comparative effectiveness of exercise versus drug interventions on mortality outcomes“.  In plain English, as the New York Times puts it “Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death, according to a new report“.

Though it might not be news that exercise can be a good for you and enable you to enjoy your life it is new that it might prolong your life better than prescription drugs.

Actually, the New York Times Phys Ed Blog is a great read and for our German speaking readers the Runtastic blog is great