Making Your Spares

“Brackets” are a mini tournament using your game scores in whatever event you are competing in, there are typically 8 bowlers starting each bracket who are eliminated from the bracket as soon as they lose a game. The bowler has the option to buy as many of these “mini tournaments” as he would like, usually at a cost of $5 – $10 dollars each. The bowler competes, on a blind draw basis against another bowler in the event, if he wins his first game, he moves on to another winning bowler for the second game, and then again on to the third game. The payout for brackets is made form the entry fees for the brackets. It is not unusual for a bowler who is hot to make more money from brackets than from the original tournament. So this one spare miss really could have cost me more than $2000.00. But alas we will never know, however on to the story.

I was not bowling well on this particular day only averaging about 190 for the first 3 games, at the end of the third game I calculated that I could still make the cut with a

Choosing Running Gear


I think choosing suitable running clothes is the second most important thing to do to ensure you have an enjoyable running experience. You do not want to feel all wet and sticky in your clothes when running. Personally I always look for Nike Dri-Fit clothes since they are most comfortable to wear and they fit me very well. If you are a tennis fan, you would know that Serena Williams loves Nike clothes as well. They are also long lasting since I have been wearing this Nike singlet for the last 5 years and I expect it could last another few years as well. You also could look for names such as Coolmax and Dri-Weave. They all mean that the fabric has the ability to draw sweat away from the skin to the outside of the fabric.


The next task on the list is choosing suitable socks. You do not want your feet blistered after a few runs. I have been wearing Thorlos socks and in my opinion, they provide the best insulation and cushioning. Although they are pricey, they can last for a number of years. You may also look for names

Basics of Ten Pin Bowling

  • Ten bowling pins – Bowling pins are about 4.75 inches wide at the widest point and 15 inches tall. They weigh between 3 pounds 4 ounces and 3 pounds 10 ounces.
  • Bowling ball – bowling balls are made from a variety of materials, from rubber to plastic to reactive resin to a combination of these materials, as well as other materials. Most bowling balls used in ten pin bowling have 3 holes drilled into them, one each for the thumb, middle, and ring finger. Of course, there is no regulation stating that a bowling ball cannot have up to five holes drilled into it, one for each finger. Bowling balls cannot weigh more than 16 pounds.
  • Lane – In ten pin bowling, a bowling lane is 60 feet from the head pin to the foul line. The width of the lane is 3.5 feet.
  • Gutters – Once the ball is in the gutter, there is no chance you are going to be able to hit any pins down. The gutters allow the ball to roll safety to the end and then to begin its journey back on the ball return. Some bowling alleys have “bumpers”

Running in the Cold

In spite of my obvious aversion to cold temperatures, I have trained for years all winter long. In Texas, this means crazy temperature swings. As a teen, in Rhode Island, it meant bitter cold and snow. In fact, I can remember as a high school cross country runner racing in snow and ice and wearing shorts (like an idiot). Training in the cold can make you tougher, but take some advice and dress for the elements. Thank God they finally invented cold weather gear that does not weigh a ton and make you look like you are ready for skiing, not running!

The real goal of cold weather running is to maintain motivation, not get too cold and not get too hot. Easier said then done! One solution to this is to just head indoors and stick to the treadmill. I absolutely despise running on treadmills much more than running in the cold, so unless it’s raining; I’m outside. In addition to the boredom, the repetitive motion of the treadmill can put you at risk for other injuries such as stress fractures. It’s best to have some variety.

The key to staying comfortable and cold weather

Improve Your Scuba Diving Skills

Engage your brain

One should not blindly follow the divemaster. A good diver is the one who uses his own brain. This does not mean that you should ignore what your instructor is saying as he knows better that is why he is your master. But make sure, you are not at his mercy for directions all the time. You should be well prepared in case he goes out of sight for a while.

At all time, you should know, where your boat is, where your buddy is, how much ndl you have left etc.

Test your weighting

This is important as when you are properly weighted, you do not need a lot of air in your BCD. For this you have to do a simple exercise – after a dive, run your tank down to 30-40 bars. Empty your BCD. Lock your ankles together and fold your arms close to your chest, so you don’t scull. When you exhale, you should sink and when you inhale, you should come up the same amount. If you are sinking or not coming up when you inhale, you are too heavy.

If you are going

How To Play Netball Safely

Train properly and regularly

First and foremost, it is important for players to train properly and regularly. This is important to help you tone your bones and muscles. Frequent training can also help individuals boost their endurance which is a crucial factor in every game. But, during training, it is best that you follow the program to avoid potential injuries. Not to mention, rest is also important when training to help muscles and bones to unwind and release tension.

Look for reliable teammates and a coach

In order to safely play netball games, it is also essential that you look for reliable teammates and a coach. By having reliable teammates, you can focus on your position and play properly. In addition, your teammates can also help you make better decisions on the court, which can reduce the risk of injuries. Meanwhile, teams with coach can increase safety during games since a coach can assist their players to release their full potential without harming their mental and physical abilities. The coach can also protect players in case they notice unusual actions that may lead to injuries as well.

Do not forget to have a good

How To Play The Mental Game Faster

The key to learning the mental game faster is to focus on 1 thing at a time and never live or relive any tennis matches in your mind too many times, before you play them.

Here is what I mean.

What’s 2+2?

See how you didn’t even have to think before you answered that question?

This is the mental level you are trying to reach with your mental game.

Tennis players tend to play in the past or in the future, instead of in the presence time on court.

This prevents them from playing in the moment.

To learn faster, be more aware of where your mind is on court.

Watch your thoughts and observe your reactions during a match, the minute you find yourself thinking about a mistake and error, quickly bring yourself back to the moment, by breathing deeply and then focus on the next point.

Your goal is to rewire your brain through constant repetitions.

This is where you want to go with your mental game and this is how you can get there and get there fast.

Let Go of All Negativity

Health Benefits of Bowling

Promotes good muscle exercises

Merely walking along the lane, while attempting to make a strike or a spare, is enough to exercise the muscles in your legs. It resembles that of the “walking exercise” that most health buffs do; the only difference is that there is more weight involved. This is because in bowling, your hands are holding the bowling ball.

Consequently, as you swing around to hit the pins, the flexing and stretching provides adequate exercise for your tendons, joints, ligaments, and muscles in the arms.

Fat burning

As your muscles flex, turn, and twist in every swinging motion that you make while playing bowling, these moves can actually promote the burning of some accumulated body fat.

Builds friendships

One of the health benefits that can be derived in bowling is based on the kind of relationship that is being built with your friends or family. As some psychologists contend, building social relationships can actually promote better performance of the heart muscles. Emotional stress can shorten the lifespan of an average person.

Muscle Cramps in Runners

Muscle cramps or cramping is a condition that most runners have experienced. It is usually defined as a spontaneous and painful contraction or spasm of a muscle or a muscle group such as the calf muscles or hamstrings.

Yes, and also a number of different causes of muscle cramps. Muscle cramps occur in the well-trained athlete, the elderly and is also more common in women during pregnancy. Severe electrolyte or chemical deficiencies or imbalances may also cause muscle cramping, in addition to underlying neuromuscular disorders. The wide variety of people whom experience muscle cramps suggest that there are multiple or different factors or triggers for cramps.

The most common type of muscle cramp seen in athletes is exercise-associated muscle cramps (EAMC). Surveys of marathon runners and Ironman triathletes have reported a prevalence of muscle cramps of 30-50% and 67% respectively (Schewellnus).

Schwellnus and others have suggested that EAMC is actually a result of muscle fatigue and not due to other causes such as dehydration or electrolyte imbalance. Their current concept for the source or etiology of EAMC is that an altered or abnormal spinal reflex activity produces muscle cramping. As the muscle fatigues, the amount

Bowl Like a Professional

One of the most important things that one must look into before learning how to roll the ball down the aisle is the ball and the shoes. One must choose a bowling ball that is easy to handle, not too heavy and has holes that will fit ones fingers as holes to big or too small could cause one to hurt them. The next thing one must look into is the shoes. Every bowling alley has a stand where one can get a pair of bowling shoes, or one can come with their own. These shoes must be worn because they can handle the highly slippery floorboards that, if one wears regular shoes, they risk falling.

The next step as one tries to know how to bowl; one must be able to hold the bowling ball right. This means that one must place their fingers correctly in the corresponding holes. Then one must ensure that the ball can swing comfortable outwards then downwards and must not be swung backwards past shoulder length as that could cause some harm. One must then have their knees slightly bent and the body straight in preparation for the shot. One must