Marathon Training In 12 Weeks – News

Any marathon training program that you will come across even for beginners assumes that you are already running at least 25 miles a week or you can comfortably run 5miles in one go. Also you should be already involved in active running for a period of at least 6 months if you are thinking of taking up the marathon. Without spending too much time let us look at how you can get yourself fit enough to cross the finish line within the next 12 weeks.

Getting Started

Firstly to get you started you need to understand the science behind marathon training. The objective of marathon training is to adapt the body to be able to end the distance and have sufficient energy to do so. Whilst it may sound technical it's a simple concept really and once you grasp it, you will be able to align most if not all of your daily activities around adapting your body for endurance.

What do I mean? Well in addition to your marathon training you will be able to, on your own add activities that will contribute to you being able to run the required distance. For example the old age advice of taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the grocery instead of taking the car. These activities though not being part of a program go a long way and keeping you fit and in shape.

Structured Program

In the list below is an example of how a typical week would be like when following a training program:

Week 1: Running for Endurance

Monday: Recovery Run – 5km
Tuesday: Day off
Wednesday: Medium Long – 13km
Thursday: Recovery Run – 6km
Friday: Cross Training (running, cycling & swimming)
Saturday: Day Off
Sunday: Long Aerobic Run – 22km

Of course the full 12 week program will vary slightly from week 1 but the concept is basically the same. For a full 12 week program you can try the Vaam Power program from the makers of VAAM Hornet juice. This is quite a detailed program that is well laid out, easy to understand and follow. As you go through it you will have very few questions on what exactly it is you are supposed to do. In addition to being easy, what I like about it is that it can be fun.

There are also terms that are associated with marathon training programs. You will come across terms like 'endurance run', long runs, medium runs at pace etc. You will also find an explanation of all these terms together with the training program above. Prerequisites to Training

  1. Adequate Preparation: Marathon training requires lots of dedication and commitment, this I'm sure you already know. What you should be asking yourself is, does the training fit into my normal everyday life, and is there space for it or will I have to make sacrifices to fit it in. The only way not to fail is to be prepared. What's the point of starting the training only discover you can not dedicate the days and hours that are required for you to be ready on race day? So; go through the program above, look at how much time you need to dedicate in a day to your training and when in the day. If your schedule can fit the training in then you can move on to step 2.
  2. Clean Bill of Health: Training is quite demanding, intense and very strenuous. Before you even start running make sure that you have checked in with your doctor ie a full medical exam.
  3. Get the Right Gear: You also need to make sure that you're kitted right. The clothing that you wear has to be light, non-sweaty and preferably reflective. Your shoes are the most important part of your gear. Do get special shoes made for marathon running, make sure they fit comfortably and use socks that will not moist when running.In addition to the above you can also consider getting a wrist watch, a heart and speed monitor, cap and sunglasses.
  4. Choose a suitable Training Program: Once your doctor has approved your training then you just need to pick an appropriate training program that will suit you. An example is the one I gave above but you are not limited to this one only. There's quite a number of programs available, some even in the form of DVD's, for those that prefer training on a treadmill indoors. Nutritional Requirements

Another thing that will have to change is your daily intake of foods. Not only do you have to eat healthy but you have to eat healthy foods in certain quantities. Basically carbohydrates will make up a larger percentage of the food that you eat, up to as much as 70%. Also included among the food that you should be eating are proteins and fiber.

Carbohydrates are essentially the body's energy source, which is why they make up such a high percentage of the food that you eat, since endurance running requires a lot of energy. Proteins are there for the repair of damaged tissue and the build-up of fresh muscle and tissue. Fiber is there to make sure the entire plumbing (digestion) system works and operates efficiently.

Most marathon training programs have a corresponding diet that you are meant to follow as well. So knowing what to eat should not be a problem if you get the right program. 12 weeks is quite a reasonable timeframe to be ready for a marathon, there is no pressure and only positive expectations. If you are not too comfortable setting yourself a 12week target then set a standard 18weeks which will see you across the finish line.

Can I Run a Race Without Registering For It? – News

I often have athletes that I coach decide that they want to run a race in training to help them prepare for their up-coming goal race. Sometimes they either want to use the race to simulate the conditions for their goal race, or they want to get in a long run while having the company of other runners and the help of aid stations.

Many times my clients ask me if they must register and pay for the race or can they just run it and not take the medal as your cross the finish line. I always tell my clients that they need to register and pay the fee. This is the same information I pass on to you. I recommend this for many reasons.

Running a race without registering and paying the entry fee is very common. It is called being a bandit. The first reason to register for a race is to be allowed to be on the course. I most cases races do not want unregistered runners on the course. They can be a liability to both the race and the other runners. They put an additional burden on race officials and they can cause someone else or themselves to get hurt in some way.

The second reason is to think about the other runners. Use the 2007 Chicago Marathon as an example. Both years the weather was warmer than usual for that time of year. There were even reports of aid stations that had run out of water or Gatorade. Imagine yourself in the marathon that year. The temperature is in the low 90’s and you are approaching mile 20. As we all know mile 20 seems to be where everyone falls apart in the marathon. As you approach the aid station you feel like a glass of water or Gatorade is essential to helping you make it to the finish line. As you reach the aid station you see a volunteer hand out the last cup of water to a runner without a bib on. You decide to move on to the Gatorade just to discover that it too has run out. Now you have to run another mile hoping that the next aid station has fluids all the while know that the glass of liquid you paid for when registering for the race was just stolen by the bandit just in front of you who did not pay the entry fee. How would you feel?

The third reason is for safety purposes to you. You have decided to bandit a 25 kilometer trail race. The trail takes you through a very remote section of the wilderness that consists of steep hills that you must negotiate. You think that the race will make an ideal situation for you to get in a long run and hill training to prepare you for an up-coming hilly marathon. About mid-race your reach the top of a hill and you are headed down the other side of it. Suddenly you toe catches a rock and you are tumbling down the hill. Sometime during your slide down the hill you hit your head. Now you are unconscious. A race official is notified of your position and emergency personnel are summoned. The only problem now is that they have no idea who you are because you have no identification and no bib number to match up with registration information. The emergency personnel have no idea what medication you may or may not be allergic to or what your past medical history may include that could help them treat you.

These are just three reasons why it is important to register and pay the entry fee anytime you run a race. Being a bandit can seem like a cheap way to get into a race it should be avoided. Do yourself and all your fellow runners a favor and pay that entry fee.

Sport Compacts Are a Win-Win Situation – News

Sport Compact cars are absolutely a "win win" situation. With gas prices rising and the economy falling, sport compacts are a great way to change with the times. Some of us do not think to much about the car we drive except that it runs good. For those of us who like to drive a car that matches our personality; modifications and upgrades are a must.

There was a time when it might have been practical to drive a 1969 Dodge Challenger, and with a little bit of money and some elbow grease we could definitely express ourselves. Now the only place to find old American Muscle Cars is in a car show or garage. But now with the rise of the sport compact it is possible to build and own a hot rod without going broke. Here are some of the reasons the sport compact industry is growing by leaps and bounds,

1.Gas mileage
2.Purchase price
3.Modification options
4.Choice

As anyone who loves horsepower knows it comes with a cost, and with our belts tightening everyday, it is nice to be able to make it more than to work and back on a tank of gas. Next, muscle cars have always carried that high sticker price, especially compared to a Honda Civic! As far as finding parts, with all the attention the sport compact industry has received laTely, performance parts and accessories have become surprisingly easy to find. Lastly, ever car manufacturer has put out at least one or two great choices for a sport compact build. So whether you are a Chevy lover, Mopar enthusiast or an import fan like Toyota or Honda you can find a price on a good gas mileage sporty little car to make your own.

Ethics in Sport – News

In the highly competitive sports environment we hear more and more about unethical behavior. Sport can have a huge impact on people’s lives, creating unity, promoting values and products and community pride. Everyone who participates in sport, athletes, administrators, officials, coaches and supporters, should take personal responsibility for ensuring that the sport is fun and fair for all.

Morals, values and ethics are more than just sayings, rules or laws. They imply a duty or actions that you should take. But they also imply that taking these actions is “right” or “good”. Not performing in that way is “wrong” or “bad”.

One of the problems of upholding morals and values in sport is that the morals and values of one participant may differ from that of another. It is therefore an obligation of coaches, captains and leaders to define basic sports morals and values that they want their teams to adhere to, and then lead by example.

The most important values in sports ethics are:

o Fairness

o Integrity

o Respect

o Equity

How you feel about others also determines your moral sense. If you value others highly you will be considerate and play with compassion and moral sense. You will consider the effect your actions will have on others and the fun of the game and all it’s participants, and will want to do what is right and good. On the other hand, if you feel that opponents are against you, you may lack empathy for their feelings. You will not recognise their value and worth and may not feel compassion for their welfare. Some personality types, especially the defunct, may be empathy challenged, and they may have no or limited capacity for empathy and may be more inclined to play unethically.

Fortunately, human nature is basically good and most people will not try to win the point at the expense of harming or disabling another player.

Here are some basic tenants to follow when playing ethically:

1. Glory can not be owned. You can only taste it for a while, then it is someone else’s turn.

2. Appreciate the curve balls that sport sends you. Don’t give up after a bad game or season. Treat all curve balls as opportunities to improve and grow.

3. Stay positive and have positive self-talk. Don’t beat yourself up about every little mistake.

4. Success in sport can not ensure happiness. Too many athletes assume their success will serve as the foundation for their self-respect rather than their self-respect serving as the foundation for their success.

5. Opponents are not evil. Successful athletes don’t waste time and effort attacking another or trying to prove they’re better. They don’t have enemies and they respect the competition. Lay down your weapons and play in peace.

Ethics in sport is important. It forms a basis for moral behavior in life and communities. You may not be able to win every time, but the way you and your team handle defeat will either gain your respect from other people or will do damage to other people.

Golf and Your Kids – News

So, you think your little guy might be the next Tiger Woods? If you think your child has a propensity for golf, or if you have a love for the game that you want to share, how can you best teach your youngster the game? How can you tell that they are ready to learn? What age is best to start a child on learning golf if you want to develop a quality player?

Golf, a detailed and complex sport, can be tough to teach to kids. For this reason, get them started early and ensure that you build a firm foundation in their game play so that they learn to be confident in the sport and in their own abilities. This type of learned confidence can help them embrace the complexities of the game as a whole and will turn them into golfers that are ready to learn.

Once a child is walking well independently and able to hold a child-sized golf club, he or she is probably ready for the first introduction to the sport. This can happen when the child is as young as two or three years old. Preschool children will not be ready to play golf as a game, but they can be given small putters and practice swinging the club correctly.

Children at this age learn almost everything through imitation. The best way to teach them proper swing and putting techniques is to demonstrate, and then have them imitate the motors. But use caution that you do not make this tedious for the child. These imitation sessions should be short and fun. Try having the child hit a small balloon. Not only will this be fun, but the child will also have success in hitting the balloon, which will keep the frustration at bay. To make it even more fun, try filling the balloons with water for added resistance! This is a great summer time activity for you and for your child!

Once the child has entered school and has a good handle on the swinging and putting techniques learned through observation, it is time to start teaching the game of golf. School aged children are accredited to verbal instruction and can listen to explanations about the game better than their preschool counterparts. You need to keep in mind, however, that they are still children! They will thrive on encouragement, and all teaching sessions should be kept upbeat!

Start by taking your child to the driving range. Show your son or daughter how to hit the ball correctly, aiming for distance. The driving range is a good place to start since there is not a specific target they must reach, so the child is less likely to get frustrated. After the child demonstrates aptitude on the driving range, you can head to the course. By this point you should be able to tell whether or not your child is going to share your love for the game of golf.

Parents need to remember that no matter how hard they try, not all children have the same likes and dislikes that their parents have. If you have introduced your child to the game of golf, and he or she does not enjoy it, try not to push them. By pushing, you might find that you drive your child away from the game. All you can do is give them the experience at an early age, and they must come to a conclusion about the game on their own.

Outdoor Biking – The Smart Sport – News

With gas prices sky rocketing today, why not try biking as an alternative to driving? It is a great source of cardiovascular exercise as well as very budget friendly. If you are lucky enough to live within a safe biking distance to your work, then you are ahead of the game. Running errands on a bike is also a great option. Not only are you going green and saving money, you are also doing your body and mind a favor.

You can not go wrong with biking. It minimizes the risk of coronary heart disease and protects against strokes, diabetes, and cancer. Regular cycling keeps your blood pressure in tact and also builds stamina, enabling you to carry out every day tasks more easily. You can shed extra calories and lose that fat on our abs we all love. It improves your overall balance and coordination as do most exercises. It boosts your metabolism, therefore making your weight loss goal so much easier to achieve. Your goal should not be a number, either. It should be a statement along with plans on what you are going to do to maintain a healthy weight in the long term.

By biking in the outdoors, you have the added bonus of breathing in that fresh air and getting vitamin D from the sun if you live in a pollution free environment void of car fumes. Also, if you are biking in a city area it is a good idea to keep an eye out for car doors opening which can be rather painful. Sometimes, biking can be more stressful than peaceful in cities due to high traffic. I have heard too many horror stories having to do with accidents on bikes and they are not just associated with motorcycles. However, by practicing common sense and caution, cycling leads to a more peaceful tension free life. It increases your life expectancy so you will be able to play with your grand children and live a long, healthy life.

The Division I Syndrome: Sports and Identity – News

Déjà Vu

As I began my first few days as a Health & Physical Education Teacher, something seemed very familiar. I made my way to the gymnasium purposely wearing my College of New Jersey Alumni sweater trying to entice students into asking me about the college experience. I was eager to enlighten these energetic young men about the importance of education and the unlimited opportunities available to them during their college years. Instead, my first interactions with my students seemed very familiar. The initial questions that I was asked were, did you play basketball in college? Is The College of New Jersey Division I? Did you start on the basketball team? Is The College of New Jersey even a real school? These inquiries continued from my students as I wore apparel from other schools like Kean University, Erskine College, and Virginia State University. I could not help but think to myself, this experience seems very familiar.

Hoop Dreams: My Story

During my middle and high school years, I was a nationally ranked basketball player. Division I became a part of my vocabulary and focus at an early age. My determination and effort increased as I was invited to the prestigious Nike Basketball Camp. There, I found myself competing with and against current NBA players such as Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Ishmael Smith (Philadelphia 76ers), and Spencer Hawes (Charlotte Hornets) to name a few. With letters of interest pouring in from major colleges and universities, I believed that my dream of being a Division I basketball player was becoming a reality. To substantiate my belief, I received personal phone calls from a former head coach at Stanford University among others. My family and I were convinced that I was going to be a Division I basketball player. However, my dreams of becoming a Division I student athlete took many detours and never went as planned.

Detours and Disappointments

As my athletic career unfolded, I was left without a Division I scholarship. It appeared as if my basketball goals would never become a reality. Therefore, like many other high school senior athletes who seek additional exposure, instead of enrolling in my first year of college, I attended prep school hundreds of miles away from home. The idea was to attract the attention of Division I coaches one last time. When the scholarship still did not come, I was heartbroken, embarrassed, and felt like a failure because I had worked so hard at becoming a Division I athlete. Not wanting to give up on my dreams, I tried to join the basketball team as a walk on at a Division I institution. However, walking on did not work out and once again I felt I had let myself down. Interestingly, I began to question my motives for wanting to become a Division I athlete. I surprised why my disposition seemed to be tied to the concept of Division I.

The Division I Syndrome

Becoming a Division I player seems to be rewarding; therefore, when you are a young athlete, validation from peers, coaches, parents, and colleges / university's coming from "going D1." It appears that if an individual does not become a Division I athlete, there is a lack of respect in that person's athletic ability. As adults, we want to push our athletes to be the best they can possibly be, and becoming a D1 player seems to solidify success. However, we must be cognizant of the message that we may subconsciously be sending to our kids about the concept of Division I athletics. It appears for many in society, being a D1 player is the pinnacle of success for student athletes. In the sports arena, positive validation coming from being an elite Division I athlete. The perception seems to be that superior athletic achievement can only be attained through Division I status. The idea of ​​Division I athletics and the glitz and glamour we see on TV appears to become a part of the young athlete's identity.

Sports and Academic Identity

For many young student athletes, the fascination of being a Division I player appears to become their identity and a part of who they are as a person. For these players, Division I sports identity appears to supersede academic identity. It has been my experience in speaking with young students, sports seems to be the focus of the conversation. As I attempt to transition the conversation to academies, the discussion often loses its liveliness. Interestingly, some parents tend to put more emphasis into sports.

For example, some parents send their kids to speed camps, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches. Sending your kids to athletic development training is great! However, these trainings should be accompanied with preparation in subjects like, math, science, and reading. By continuing to reinvent sports identity over academic identity, parents could be subconsciously inflating some type of psychological damage especially, if dreams and goals of becoming a Division I player are not met. To the contrary, student athletes can be extremely successful at the Division II and Division III levels.

Division II Success

While obtaining a master 'degree from Virginia State University, I had the opportunity to work as a graduate teaching assistant in the sport management department. Working closely with one of the professors, I taught undergraduate classes as needed, facilitated lectures, and served as an assistant academic advisor. Teaching at the college level has inspired me to become a professor of Sport Management. Furthermore, I had the privilege of being invited to serve as the moderator for the student panel at the annual Mass Communications and Sport Management Symposium. Here, I was able to meet the featured guest speaker Sharon Robinson, daughter of the legendary baseball icon Jackie Robinson. In addition to my academic accomplishments at Virginia State University, I also served as an assistant basketball coach for the women's basketball program.

As an assistant basketball coach at Virginia State University, I had the opportunity to take on many responsibilities. I was instrumental in creating scouting reports, teaching the opposing teams offensive plays, player skill development, and strength and conditioning to name a few. My Division II coaching experience allowed me to cultivate my craft of coaching while learning from the winningest coach in school history. Coaching at VSU allowed me to use my experience as a former player to contribute to the success of the program for two seasons.

During my first season, we had seven Division I transfers in our program. These women were extremely instrumental in our 24-1 regular season record. We also achieved a # 10 national Division II ranking, # 1 national Division II defensive ranking, and several other accolades. It has been my experience that many student athletes would rather sit on the bench at a Division I school than to contribute significantly at a Division II program. I admire the humility that our Division I transfers demonstrated by not allowing their pride or negative outside effects to get in the way of their Division II athletic success.

The following year, with a few of our Division I transfers remaining, we won the 2015 CIAA college basketball conference tournament. There was no greater feeling than seeing our ladies cut down the nets at The Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. This Division II college basketball championship game was filled with thousands of spectators and was filmed on live television. Our ladies represented hard work, dedication, and extremely a belief in the success of Division II athletics. In addition to my Division II success, Dayna Phillips credits her achievements to the opportunities available at a Division II institution.

Dayna Phillips, MD, is a 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All District Softball Team member. She believes that her Division II student athlete experience possesses her opportunity to become excellent on the softball field, as well as, in the classroom. The University of the Sciences at Philadelphia's competitive athletic conference and academic rigor provided her with discipline, resilience, and support. By attaching USP, she was able to focus on becoming an orthopedic surgical resident. Dr. Phillips says that "USP enforced restrictions on team practice time unrelated to the NCAA's practice restrictions. ability. " Dr. Phillips credits her athletic and academic achievement to the benefits of attending a Division II institution.

Many young athletes and parents are not seeing the benefits of being a Division II student athlete. The Division II experience helped the seven Division I transfers at Virginia State University, Dayna Phillips, and me to realize that there are unlimited opportunities to be successful at the Division II level. Being involved in the Division II experience helped me to understand that I was not created to only play basketball. I was created to use my athletic ability and knowledge of sports to help others see their full potential with or without Division I status. Furthermore, the Division III student athlete experience can be extremely beneficial as well.

Division III Success

Earning a bachelor's degree from The College of New Jersey is a major accomplishment for me. Succeeding academically at one of the country's highly selective schools was a challenge that I was able to overcome. I achieved multiple Deans List honors while competing in a competitive Division III athletic conference. This academic accomplishment helps validate one of the many benefits of a DIII student athlete experience.

As a basketball player at TCNJ, I led my team in multiple statistical categories. I was able to accomplish being top ten in the league in points averaged, assists, free throw percentage, and three-point percentage. Division III athletic success helped me understand why I originally fell in love with the game of basketball. I became serious about basketball to be the best I could probably be regardless of the level I was blessed to compete at.

Greater than the Game

As a middle school teacher, I realize that the adolescent years are where students are most impressionable. Teenagers are constantly trying new things in search of who they really are. If a person is good at a sport, then their identity seems to become wrapped in their ability to be an amazing athlete. They started to become labeled and nicknamed as the guy with the killer crossover or the girl with unbelievable three-point range. As adults, we should be careful on how we approach the concept of "D1" at an early age. Although sports can be extremely rewarding, it can also lead to low self-esteem, depression, and a feeling of lost identity if dreams and goals are not met. I believe that parents, coaches, and teachers should push athletes to reach Division I status if that is the athlete's aspiration. The benefits of Division II and Division III athletics should be emphasized as well. When an athlete's playing days come to an end or if they do not become a Division I player, my hope is that they will know that their identity is not tied to their athletic ability.

Confidence, leadership, and resilience are a few skills learned from competitive in sports. These transferable skills can contribute to a successful career as a Professor, Doctor, Coach, General Manager and many other professions. As educators, coaches, and parents it is important to help young athletes reach their dreams athletically at any level. However, it is vital to guide young athletes in reaching their full academic potential.

Now, when a student says to me, "Mr. Smalls, can you help me work on my game?" I help them become the best they can possibly be and go as far as they can go – athletically. Most importantly, I work on their mind and the way they think about the game. It is great if an athlete is enamored with a sport. However, I believe the focus should be to help them find their purpose within the sport in addition to being a player. It would be most beneficial to guide students into being a scholar in the classroom and allow athletics to be accompanied with their academic ability. I firmly believe that as educators, coaches, and parents, our goal should be to help young men and women prosper to become greater than the game.

Cherokee SRT8 – Best Sport SUV In 2011 – News

2011 Cherokee SRT8 is engineered taking advances on technology and performance for jeep cars. It is considered as the most powerful vehicle among Jeep car series. It was released early summer of 2011 which is figured to be a hard-hit on the market. Basically, Cherokee SRT8 combines the conventional Jeep capacities and the utility engineering enhancement with Chrysler Group's LLC Street and Racing Technology (SRT). This means Cherokee SRT is created to be highly functional with performance-oriented design and excellent driving, handling and braking capabilities.

Cherokee SRT8 has a very interesting design inspired from sporty appearance. It has side sill cladding with body-colored wheels making it look like an extreme-performing sports car. Moreover, its impressive exterior design is enhanced with highly functional car components that absolutely boost performance. Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with a reflex wiper that automatically detects moisture which is extremely helpful for the driver. It also has forward-looking radar sensors with Forward Collision Warning System that detects when the car approaches another vehicle. Signal mirrors are also attached on front, sides and rear area to give alert on oncoming pedestrians.

Cherokee SRT8 has a very sophisticated interior design that presents a luxurious sensation to the user. Steering wheel is wrapped with heated leather and an SRT logo. All electronic vehicle controls as well as audio and video controls are made accessible on the horizontal spine of the wheel. It is also equipped with comfortable cushion ventilated seats, sculpted and covered with leather for the convenience of the driver and other passengers. Carbon Fiber is used for the dashboard and doors. Pedals and brake pads are designed similarly to a racing style to provide high sports performance. It has a solar roof panel that extends from the windshield down to the rear providing a Dual CommandView area that is twice more compared to a standard sunroof.

Designed to be a sports car type, Cherokee SRT8 is furnished with new engine, Yaitu 6.4 L HEMI V8 producing an estimated horsepower of 465 lb-ft. What makes this Jeep model more interesting is that, it is supplied with interesting technologies that does not just secure high performance but safeties as well. Such technical features include the following:

• Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – provides directional stability at any condition especially during times of dangerous situations.
• Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) – this technology uses sensors that detects if the vehicle is going to have a possible roll situation and automatically stops the car for safety.
• Forward Collision Warning (FCW) – uses radar sensors allowing the system to detect if the car approaches another car and provides warning to the driver.
• Child Seat – is mainly designed to facilitate compatible child seats.
• Constant Force Retractors (CFR) – provides automatic release for seat belt webbing.
• Braking assist – provides maximum breaking power especially in times of emergency.
• Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) – slows down or stops the car by applying brake wheel slip.
• Braking Override – reduces engine power whenever there is disagreement between the accelerator and the brake allowing the car to stop.
• High Intensity Discharge (HID) – allows light output to be three times more than standard lamps allowing the car to have extreme night lighting.
• Navigation System using GPS satellite technology – provides precise traffic instructions through a voice-activated navigation system.

These were just a few of the good advantages of getting a 2011 Cherokee SRT8 car. There is no doubt that this new Jeep model is a perfect choice for everyone.

Cycling in the City – The Pros and Cons – News

With changing global circumstances such as increasing fuel costs, traffic and high fees for parking, there has been a change in how people get around, whether to work or appointments or even to grocery stores. One of the means of transport that has gained support is cycling. In many major cities and surrounding areas the push for cycling lanes and laws to protect bikers has grown in popularity and more and more people have taken to the streets with two wheels instead of four. There are however both pros and cons which all cyclists and drivers should consider.

Pros: Cycling is one of the best means of transit. Not only is it better for the environment, healthier for the rider and less costly than driving. Most buses are outfitted with bike racks and other modes of transportation such as subways generally allow a few bikes per car for those people commuting from longer distances. Cyclists are also seeing cities changing to accommodate their needs. Bike lanes and streets which are bike friendly are beginning to be a part of the city. As much as biking instead of driving is good for the environment it is even better for your health as it is recommended to get 20-30 minutes of exercise per day. One of the biggest benefits of cycling is the lower costs associated with it. Commuting to work saves money as you are not stuck in traffic burning fuel and also not paying high rates for parking.

Cons: In West Coast cities and those with milder temperatures, cycling is a year-round activity enjoyed by many, especially the hardy who bike in the winter months. Biking in the city can be a dangerous activity. Inadequate laws can be problematic to cyclists. Currently, other than owning a bike little else is required by law to outfit cyclists. Most states and provinces do not require helmets, reflective clothing and the knowledge of signals. Cars and other vehicles also do not require knowledge of bike signals either which can be confusing and dangerous for cyclists. Many people who ride bikes are very courteous and respect the rules of the road, especially in a city setting which can be very dangerous at rush hour. There are occasionally cyclists who disrespect the rules by taking non-cycling routes which can be deadly as narrow roads, dark conditions and lack of safety equipment can lead to accidents.

Cycling is a great activity. It is healthy, environmentally friendly, cost efficient and a great way to travel. As long as cyclists follow the rules of the road and are properly outfit in safety equipment such as reflective gear, both clothing and on the bike, and a helmet, cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make a difference in the world.

Sumo Wrestling – The Japanese Sport That Offers Thrilling And Entertaining Action Combined – News

Sumo wrestling is a famous Japanese sport where trained professionals – called the sumo wrestlers – fight to bring the opponent down. The winner has to defeat the opponent by tussling them on the ground, or make an attempt to flung him out of the wrestling ring called dohyo.

The sumo wrestlers unlike the habitants of the Far East are heavy in body weight, and live on a special diet known as chankonabe that helps them gain and retain body mass.

Sumo wrestling soldiers started gaining popularity when sumo wrestling became a sport of the Japanese royalty. Gradually, the fighters started wearing typical costumes made of precious silk material with rich embroidery naming the feud they served. The tradition of wearing this typical costume has continued till today. This precious silky suit is called keshÅ -mawashi. However the amateurs, sekitori, wear the same version which is simpler and less expensive and is termed as mawashi by the locals.

The white thick-waisted loincloth made of cotton is worn while training and colored silk suits are worn during competitions. The Japanese believe that color determines the wrestlers luck, incase of a match not ending in triumph for a wrestler the color could be replaced, to bring good fortune to the one wearing it.

The sport has made its way in Europe, America and Australia, but not professionally. People of all ages engage in sumo activities as a recreation, it is termed to be a fun game. Companies all over the world manufacture and sell attire that make a person appear like a heavy weight fighter, in an attempt to resemble the original Japanese soldiers. The inflatable sumo paddy suits also come with a built-in battery-powered fan that continuously blows air on the person wearing it, though not apparently. The costumes are either rented out or sold.

A sumo suit is like a neck-to-toe jumper suit that has full sleeves. These toy suits comes with padding in all the right places to give affects of curves, bumps and tires similar to a real sumo fighter. The upper front curves resemble the warrior’s heavy bosom, the lower tire right before the part where the underwear is designed, bulges out as does the warrior’s tummy and the inflated arm look similar to the fatty ones just like an actual professional.

The underwear looks like a baby’s pamper, from the front and from behind it resembles a g-string, with a thicker belt. People wearing the suits appear bulgy and enjoy the experience of bumping into each other, making them giggle endlessly because of the funny look.

These sumo suits come in a variety of colors. The difference between a real sumo wrestler and a person wearing a sumo suit is that the wrestlers are bare waist above, whereas the toy suit, to ensure safety not only covers the entire human body but also comes with added accessories. A complete sumo wrestler suit package consists of a typical sumo suit, gloves, moccasins that cover the entire foot, safety helmets, neck braces, and landing mats.

In the west, the term ‘sumo’ seems to have become a jargon to describe anything that is bulgy and appears huge. The latest addition Sumo Splash Guard is a water sport accessory that is type of an oval shaped balloon that features six double-webbing foam handles with knuckle pads, inflatable armrest, and splash-smoothening design to keep the water from spraying right into the swimmer’s face.