Monthly Archives: September 2017

Water Sports and Activities in Ireland

Ireland boasts a breathtaking 1,372 kilometers of coastline, which is more per capita than any other nation in Europe. Many people like to hire a car and drive along the coast, admiring the scenery; a rental car will give you access to the less traveled roads, making it easier to choose the most scenic routs. However, in addition to the beauties of the coastline, with such ready access to the ocean as well as a large number of lakes and rivers inland, it comes as no surprise to learn that water sports and other aquatic activities are a big part of life for Irish residents. Nor is it surprising that so many visitors to Ireland choose to try their hand at one of the many opportunities available to them related to the water.

Fishing is always a popular choice in Ireland, and a number of boat companies specifically cater to anglers, but there are other boats for hire as well. Visitors can choose to take out small pleasure craft on a lake or quiet river, or they may want to look into something more luxurious. Some visitors choose to charter a yacht to sail both inland and on the open water; sailboats are another popular sea craft, and most companies will also hire you a captain to go with your boat; they will certainly insist on it if you have no prior boating experience!

In addition to sailing, swimming, snorkeling and other activities are equally popular with locals and visitors. If you have no prior experience, you can book courses with experienced instructors who will teach you the ropes and supervise your activities in the water, ensuring that the experience will not only be fun but safe, too.

Teaching Yoga to Children’s Sports Teams

Just 40 years ago, it was common to see children playing sports like baseball, soccer, and football in vacant lots. These unorganized games were competitive, but they had no adult intervention or supervision. This “adult free” atmosphere had positive and negative benefits. As children, we learned to sort matters out amongst ourselves without competitive adult coaching. On the other hand, there were times when we could have used a sage for guidance.

Children today are more involved than ever in organized sports: according to CNN, an estimated 41 million kids play competitive sports in the U.S. today. Speculation that competitive, organized sports have replaced unstructured play seems obvious, but is this negative?

Team sports offer a number of benefits, including physical activity in a time of increasing childhood obesity, learning teamwork, sharing and self esteem. However, early “extreme specialization,” or focus on one activity to the exclusion of all others by parents hoping for scholarships or professional athletes, is a big problem. Such focus can lead to burn out and sports injuries, giving children a negative experience. Teaching Yoga to children’s sports teams offers a great way to diversify play time and even help prevent injuries.

Indoor Sports Are A Popular Alternative

Most people have a favorite form of leisure. There are so many to choose from, it is impossible to get bored. Water sports, athletics, gymnastics and triathlons are there for those who are fit and like a challenge. Football and cricket come high on many peoples list of favorites. Sports is a great way of spending our leisure time, while getting exercise and getting fit. Indoor sports is also a way to enjoy our free time with the benefits of being protected from the sun’s damaging rays, and other problems like storms. With a variety of games, there is something for everyone.

Indoor sports have gained in popularity over the years. Basketball, netball, volleyball, handball and cricket are all popular sports played indoors regularly with teams gaining skills with regular practice sessions. The advantage of playing indoors is not having to worry about the weather, and staying cool in sun protected comfort. When we feel comfortable we naturally play a better game, and enjoy doing so. This being the case, we are more likely to be at each practice session and game.

Cricket is an Aussie favorite with a huge following. If fans can’t get to a game, you can be sure they are glued to their television sets, and egging on their team. However popular our cricket is though, it is still subject to the same weather problems as our other outdoor sports. Indoor cricket is A way of enjoying the game, with all the advantages of protected and consistent conditions with weatherproof playing areas. This game has also become hugely popular and more people are becoming converts as they realize the benefits it has. With all the necessary equipment provided, there is no need to be worried about buying or bringing your own. This in itself is a big plus. Making new friends and having fun is what it’s all about.