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The 5 Best Relaxing Sports to Reduce Stress

The 5 Best Relaxing Sports to Reduce Stress

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There’s a difference between good and bad stress. Good stress can be motivating, while bad stress makes us feel overwhelmed. To keep our levels of good stress high, find an activity outside of work to unwind. 

Some of the most obvious advantages of participating in sports include maintaining a healthy weight, having fun, improving sleep habits, and many others.

Here are five sports that are perfect for reducing your stress without going on an expensive vacation.

How Exercise Relieves Stress 

Physical activity improves your body’s ability to use oxygen and blood flow. Both of these modifications have an immediate impact on your brain. In addition, exercising is a great way to relieve stress because it releases endorphins, which elevate your mood.

1. Biking

Biking is a popular cardiovascular sport that promotes relaxation and low stress.

Getting some natural light while your heart is beating and your limbs are moving has been shown to reduce anxiety by releasing mood-regulating hormones. As you bike in natural daylight, your vitamin D intake rises.

2. Swimming 

 when you consider a sport that truly embodies the concept of relaxation, swimming is in almost everyone’s top 3 choices.   

When you’re in the water, all your worries from the day seem to fade away.

When done correctly, swimming also involves rhythmic breathing, which can activate the part of the nervous system responsible for rest and relaxation.

3. Golf 

Golf is a well-known stress-relieving sport enjoyed by a wide range of people.

It has been proven that enjoying nature and the company of like-minded people while your brain works to develop strategies for this competitive sport reduces stress levels.

While some sports require a lot of moving and running, which can sometimes add to the stress, golf is the polar opposite. A pleasant change of pace from your daily routine will encourage your brain and body to take things slowly, reducing stress and anxiety, while still keeping you motivated to move your body

4. Field Sports 

Field sports such as hockey, football, and lacrosse are great stress relievers. In addition to their stop-start nature, which provides an excellent high-intensity interval workout while boosting cardiovascular health and releasing endorphins, they also create a sense of well-being due to that unique team spirit. And on days where you might not be feeling it to go out to play these sports, you can always sit back and enjoy entertainment news from the field by visiting

5. Hiking 

Nothing beats a nice, relaxing hike in the wilderness. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to the sport, the benefits of hiking are countless.

Hiking clears your mind and boosts endorphin levels, which is why medical professionals worldwide recommend it to relieve stress and anxiety.

Being in nature will improve your overall mood and sensory perception.

You can always bring family and friends with you on a hike, and good company is always appreciated.

However, it is essential always to be prepared when hiking, whether alone or with others.

Make sure you always have:

  • Water
  • Hiking boots and equipment
  • A fully charged phone
  • First-aid supplies

Word of caution: Make sure you always tell a friend or family member about the location of the trail you’re taking so that you can enjoy the scenery and all of nature’s experiences without worrying about getting lost. 

Bottom Line 

It’s always a good idea to try new things and give different sports a chance. Regardless of how stressed or stuck you are today, there is a simple solution that can get you out of that mindset tomorrow.

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Dream chaser

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Dream chaser

Lee has become a dream chaser and we couldn’t be more proud of him. Since early on in his toddler years he has always shown an interest in football. This has not changed one bit now he’s in his teen years. It has been a hobby that he has always enjoyed very much.

This is a hobby that is enjoyed by Lee on a daily basis. To become a footballer would be a dream come true for Lee. We are always encouraging our teens and talking about chasing our dreams and Lee is certainly doing that.

Lee is a huge spurs fan, anyone who knows Lee personally will know he is always talking spurs and going to as many home games as he can, he is also on the season ticket holder list and has a Spurs membership. We live five minutes from their training grounds and this is where Lee can often be found. He tends to know when the players are there and goes in hope to grab an autograph or photo opportunity to add to his already huge collection of old and new players signatures and photos.

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Lee’s favourite photo and favourite player.
Harry Kane.

We have toured many of football stadiums over the years with Lee (Lee has toured them more than once with friends) in and out of the UK, Barcelona being our latest. We toured Barcelona with Lee as a 16th birthday gift from us. We toured the stadium and the museum. Lee really enjoys looking at the memorabilia and reading the history in football.

How Lee is turning his hobby into a career

Lee’s hobby is fastly turning into a career, a career that he is very much enjoying. He is currently studying to get a diploma in sport. This will open up many of exciting opportunities for him. This course will lead him to the right path in elite sports.  With the course he has been enjoying since September he has assessments, both formative and summative, with continuous practical assessments throughout the year. Lee is currently being assessed on his academic ability and also his practical performance in fitness testing and sporting performance.

Lee is continually assessed, this is done in various different ways, anything from a written report, practical activity to a presentation. A majority of his assessments are all down to his personal performance whilst participating in squad events.

If Lee is successful in this course he will then be able to forward his career – following a structured sports programme he can then move his career to a higher level and study sports science ending with possibilities of a scholarship or employment opportunities.

Lee has chosen a very exciting career path and we are so excited for him. We have had a long chat with Lee and he is fully aware that there is a lot of hard work to do and lots of studying to be had but he isn’t at all fazed by it as he is doing what he has chosen and enjoys. Lee certainly is a dream chaser and we are very proud of him.

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Lee has always been a sporty child and has always tried to build his knowledge the best he can. All that leaves now is for Lee to build his future the best he can in a career he loves and live his dream.

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Career Decisions

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My Career Decisions

Last week I attended open day with mum at our local college, we chatted with tutors and career advisors about the best path to take for my chosen career. It felt really strange talking about and making career decisions, I knew I wanted something sport related but I didn’t know what was on offer.

My career choice is to do something sporty, preferably something football related. I wrote down questions that I was wanting to ask and we headed off to the college for a chat with the right people. I currently play in a football team and enjoy playing, I have always enjoyed football for as far back as I can remember. My dream job would be to become a footballer – pro of course!

So we attended the college open day and got chatting, discussing my options and the courses available that will best suit my career decisions. There was a few options open to me and I found one that I think will suit my choices. The course I had chosen is an educational football development course. This course looks best suited to my interests and offers rather a lot!

It offers me:

  1. Academic development through BTEC sport level 3 courses.
  2. Level 2 coaching badges.
  3. First aid.
  4. Child protection.
  5. Presentation evenings at my all time favorite stadium – White Heart Lane.
  6. Opportunities to play against selected UK/International sides.
  7. Allocated use of Tottenham Hotspur first team training facility.
  8. Elite training sessions delivered by FA/UEFA qualified coaches.
  9. Allocated stadium tours.
  10. Chosen squad to compete in midweek british college leagues.

As you can see for someone like myself who enjoy’s football this is a fantastic course and opportunity – I have applied and I am just waiting now to see if my application gets accepted.

All I can do now while I wait is work hard to get the best grades possible. This course will help me progress academically whilst being part of an elite football programme receiving coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches who will push me to the top of my ability.

Fingers crossed!


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From White Belt To Black

From white belt to black

Hello everyone, it’s me again (Bradley) sorry I been a little quiet recently but I have a good reason for that. I have been rather busy practicing/training for my black belt. I had my grading for my black belt on the 29th March and I needed to get as much practice in as possible.

Guess what, it only went and paid off, YIKES! I am now a black belt.

I have been going to Tia Sung Kung Fu Kickboxing now since I was 7 years old, this is a picture of me on my first day.


Wow look how tiny I look.

Here is a picture of me as a black belt after many years of training hard to get it.


I am feeling rather proud of myself.

I really enjoy going to Tia Sung Kung Fu Kickboxing class, it helps to keep me fit and I have made so many friends. I have entered championships where I have come third and got a bronze medal, this was great fun but extremely tiring, I certainly slept well that night that’s for sure.

I meet up sometimes with my friends from kickboxing class and we train together and help each other it is great fun. I have great support from my family they all cheer me on, some family members come along and support me on grading days if they are not busy.

Wow it feels amazing being a black belt, my best friend from Kickboxing class also got his black belt which is great as we have supported each other all the way through and we can now continue to do so.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and wished me luck, I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without you all, it means so much to know you are there cheering me on.

Here is to a new chapter in my life.

 Thank you 



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Becoming A Junior Football Leader

My Life Dream 

For my local football team I will be helping them raise money on the 9/8/2014 for extra kit and eqipment, we are raising money by helping to pack shopping at our local supermarket from 10 – 2 pm, hopefully we will raise enough needed.As you may have seen on previous posts I love football, being a footballer is my dream, I love anything to do with football, I have recently been chosen to play in our local team and this is great.

I am doing business studies at school to set up my own sports business so I can turn my hobby into a career, by doing this it will not be a job that I will not look forward to getting up for, everyday will be a good one and a very healthy one.

Next month my mum and dad have paid for me to attend a one day course that will give me all the skills I will need to lead football activities as a young person and begin my coaching career, I am going to be provided with the knowledge and skills to work with children aged 6+, the course will teach me how to teach, the ability to plan and deliver safe, fun and progressive football games / skills

A good start on my career

I am really looking forward to this, it will give me a good head start on my career, I will be able to meet new people, make new friends, get some great advice, some new skills and progress that bit more.

I am really looking forward to putting all my plans into practise next month, I now feel my plans are now being put into action, it is a scary but exciting feeling.

I am nervous but excited, wish me luck everyone.

Keep a look out if you would like to see how I get on.

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My life is definitely a pitch
      Lee J
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Ozeri pedometer


We was recently asked if we would review  this Ozeri pedometer, this is a great exercise tool that tracks the total number of steps you take and also the total time you spend walking, along with the distance you walk and calories you burn, it is a handy size and you can fit it in your pocket, bag or even use the strap provided and wear round your neck, I like to use the strap provided so I can keep track easier.
This pedometers motion sensor is optimized to detect steps while walking, the data is tracked daily and the daily memory is automatically reset at midnight, even though daily memory is reset at midnight the pedometer will still add each day’s data to the total memory, accumulating data for up to seven days, it counts up to 1 million steps, it has 3 recording modes, today, split and total, it has a blue back light for night viewing and also has a sports timer, clock and calendar.
This pedometer uses a lithium battery which comes with the pedometer, the pedometer has auto sleep mode to preserve the battery life, I am terrible for remembering to turn things off, for me this is an added bonus.

We have been using the pedometer and we are really enjoying using it, this is a great way to keep track on your exercise, we have been setting ourselves goals each day, and we can see how we are getting on with the pedometer on hand to help, having this pedometer has made us more determined to start exercising and to keep track on our daily exercise.

The pedometer is of a nice size, excellent quality, it looks good and has made us more motivated, we are enjoying seeing how far we have walked and calories burned on a daily basis.

The RRP is £39.99 you have a choice of colour, yellow or black, can find the digital pedometer here

Disclaimer: We was sent a pedometer for review purpose, all thoughts and opinions are our own.