Can Playing a Team Sport Help You at Work?

At Salisbury Super Sports we are asked, from time to time, whether playing a team sport can help with one’s work, and our answer is, “Yes, most certainly”.

Playing a team sport, as with any endeavour in life that involves you immersing yourself into situations where you need to communicate with other human beings is very beneficial. It is guaranteed to stretch you in ways that allow you to learn skills for functioning cohesively and effectively within the different peer groups that you encounter during the course of your life. This translates into your work life for sure.

It has to, because while playing a team sport you are forced to problem solve, share ideas, delegate roles and work within those roles together as a team, towards a common goal. It is the same as in a workplace. This expands your brain, and opens your mind to interesting new ways of interacting with the different personalities that you encounter during your day to day life. Experiencing this in a sporting arena allows you to test out what works and what doesn’t, without impacting on your livelihood. Then once you have tested your theories on your team mates, and built some great friendships along the way, you are better equipped to handle anything in the workplace like a champion.

Humans: Social Animals

Humans are social creatures, and, as such, they need the connection with other human beings to learn about themselves and to develop cognitively, as well as spiritually and emotionally. Even for the most introverted of us, the desire for human contact on some level is as important to our well-being as food and water, even if we might not realise it at times. If you watch any documentary of the animal world you can see how interrelated every living being actually is, and the human world is no different. It may often be a concrete jungle for many of us, but it is still a jungle, and is governed by social laws specific to our evolving species. Learning skills in navigating through this jungle is paramount to both our ability to survive and also to thrive.

Get More Out of Your Body

For many of us, sitting down is a big part of our work life. We sit down on the way to work, and then we sit at a desk for up to eight hours a day, behind a screen. This doesn’t do our bodies any favours. If you don’t use it, you lose it, so get moving and stretch those muscles during your free time, to keep yourself in good shape. Not only will it give you more energy physically, but also you will find that you are clearer in your thoughts, and you are more easily able to cope with the daily grind.

Sport: Why Your Choice Of Clothing Matters

They say that in any endeavour that we embark upon, the likelihood of success relies a lot on whether we believe that we can achieve success in pursuing the experience. This means that a large part of our success happens before we even step out onto the court, or field, and it all starts with our own mind. Dressing ourselves in clothing that is appropriate for the situation is one way that we prepare our mind, by assisting us to put ourselves literally into the picture of our success story.

The Placebo Effect

You know that feeling of being fully prepared, and having complete confidence in your own ability to achieve your goals. For some of us, this can take a bit more convincing of ourselves than it does for others, but we can trick our minds into it by wearing clothing that makes us feel more confident in ourselves to get the ball rolling. Wearing clothing that makes us feel good, in whatever we are doing, helps us to get the most out of ourselves and deliver our best performance, no matter what arena we are stepping into.

Boost Performance

We live in a time where technological advances are enabling amazing developments in all sorts of industries. The sport and recreation sector is one area where science has been kicking a lot of goals, producing quality clothing that can really enhance your performance. Swimming is one sport where this has most definitely been the case, with particular swim suits now being banned from professional swimming because of their ability to assist with moving through the water more easily. Check your local sports store, or talk to one of our people at Salisbury Super Sports for information about clothing that might assist you to get more out of your performance for your sport of choice.

Prevent Injury

We all know the old adage about ‘different horses for different courses’. This applies to any sport when we consider the clothing and equipment that is worn, and for good reason. Wearing the appropriate clothing is not just about looking the part, but also about preventing injury and getting the best out of your performance. Clothing and footwear that does not fit properly or is not appropriate, can cause injury or hinder your performance; therefore, it is important to get it right, every time, to get the best out of yourself.

Ideal Post-workout Snacks

When you have finished your workout, or are heading home after a game, there is a good chance that you will be famished and in need of some sustenance to alleviate the hunger pains. Often those quick fix options of grabbing something easy could put you on a slippery slope towards undoing all the good work you have done, especially if it becomes a regular occurrence. Planning ahead is one way of ensuring that you are not falling into the trap of eating unhealthy food after your workout, and knowing what you want to eat will prevent you from grabbing fast food.

Smoothies

A healthy smoothie is a great choice as it can be prepared before the game, and be ready and waiting for you when you finish. Choice of ingredients should take into account that the body will be filled with lactic acid, so ensure that you are choosing alkaline ingredients for easing your body back into its regular post-workout routine. Bananas, berries, nuts and low fat milk options are best, incorporating ingredients that will be high in essential nutrients for the body to get what it needs without extra sugar.

Nuts and Dried Fruit

Nuts and dried fruit such as dates are some of the easiest and best snacks for your body, whether you have just finished a workout or game, or you simply need a snack on the run. Not only will they provide the essential nutrients needed to refill your body’s energy systems, but they are easy to transport and can be kept in a container in your bag.

Fresh Fruit and Yoghurt

Who wouldn’t salivate at the thought of some fresh fruit and yoghurt after a strenuous workout or game? There’s something about eating a really healthy snack after a workout, providing peace of mind that you are doing something great for your body. Choose fruits that are easy to digest and low fat yoghurt for a delicious, healthy snack.

Tinned Fish

Fish is one of those foods that both tastes delicious and is very good for you. A tin of sardines on low sodium crackers is the perfect snack for after a workout or game, and it will not require much preparation. Tinned sardines are packed with the healthy Omega oils, as well as B vitamins, phosphorous, zinc, copper and other nutrients to keep your body looking and feeling great! At Salisbury Super Sports, we encourage all of our members to opt for healthy snacks after the game.

How to Stay Warm and Active During Winter

If you are looking to stay warm during the cooler winter months but want to keep active, you may need to take some time away from snuggling up with a warm companion and watching Netflix under a blanket. For many of us this seems to be the easiest option but, as we all know, the temptation to munch the winter away with naughty treats will mean that we have more than one winter coat to peel off when summer arrives. Finding ways of staying warm that combine some physical activity will keep you feeling great, in your body, mind and soul.

Morning Walks

Believe it or not, but by the time you get back from your morning walk through the brisk winter air, you are going to feel a billion times better than you did when you were hunkered down under your quilt trying to talk yourself out of going. Not only does it get oxygen flowing through your body, but also it keeps you warm, and increases your metabolism to assist your body to burn up the hearty winter food that is a staple during the season.

Playing a Team Sports

For some of us, the motivation to get out there and actually take that morning walk eludes us, so playing a team sport is another way of getting motivated to increase your heart rate during the colder months. The knowledge that your team is waiting for you to join them for training and games will get you off the couch and out into the cool air to get some of that much-needed oxygen into your system. Salisbury Super Sports offers a variety of different sports so you are bound to find one that inspires you to make the move.
Another great way to get your body moving and keep those winter blues at bay is dancing. Joining a local dance group, or simply putting on your favourite tunes and dancing around in your lounge will be sure to have you peeling off the layers in no time at all.

Drumming Classes

In case you haven’t noticed, there has been a rise in the number of group drumming and djembe classes during recent times, which brings forth a new age of physical exertion that not only feels great but also keeps you fit. Joining a local drumming group will not only improve your rhythm, as well as your mood, but it is also a great way to keep fit and make new friends.

Four Major Reasons Why Processed Foods Are Unhealthy

When we think about the word ‘processed’ it is best to clarify what we actually mean in the context of this article. We all know that there is some processing that is done to natural foods to get them from the plant to where humans are able to buy them to take home to consume. This would include the processing of fruit from the tree and into the shop or market so we can buy it. It also includes the processing of meat so that we do not have to buy the whole cow, but can pick up cuts from the supermarket, or the process of making milk into butter, cream and other useful dairy items. The kinds of foods that we are talking about here are foods that are processed using chemicals, which in essence de-nature them to the point where a lot of the goodness is removed.

Low Nutrient Content

One of the main reasons why it is best to avoid processed foods is that they have a much lower nutrient content than if we ate them the way nature intended, as raw and unprocessed as possible. The fact that there has been a significant rise in cancer during recent times could very well have much to do with the fact that people are eating a lot more foods, but with a lower nutrient content. So their bodies are spending a lot of good energy processing the food, but not really getting any fuel that the body can use.

High Sugar Content

A lot of the ‘fast foods’ that you buy either at the supermarket or at the fast food ‘restaurants’ are extremely high in sugar and carbohydrates. They are carefully engineered to look and taste like real food, (and some of them are such a good copy that it really can be difficult not to be fooled). However, often they have a much higher sugar content than regular foods. One of the reasons for this is that the companies that produce them want you to become addicted so that you keep coming back for more. The best way to eat food is as nature intended, pure and unadulterated, to avoid hidden sugars that cause a variety of health issues if continually eaten over long periods of time.

Artificial Flavourings

Anything that has ‘artificial flavourings’ basically means that it has chemical additives that are produced in laboratories to create the illusion of being the food that it is pretending to taste like. When you see a product that says ‘chicken flavoured’, it is very unlikely that there is actually any chicken involved in the product. To get this amazing flavour out of thin air, as you can imagine, takes a delicate balance of difference chemicals, and therefore, not something that will be doing any good for your body, or your mind.

High Fat Content

Most processed foods have a high trans fat content; this is the bad hydrogenated fat, which clogs arteries and often leads to heart disease. Not only will they not be doing your body any favours but can also become addictive, which means your body will need more of them. We all know that cholesterol clogs up our arteries but do we really know how much fat is actually in that ‘low fat’ microwave meal that we have chosen from the supermarket freezer section? And what sort of preservatives are in it to allow it to be kept for so long?

If you are playing sport, the best thing you can do for your body is to put good fuel in, so that you can get the best out of it. At Salisbury Super Sport, we encourage our players to choose the highest quality and most nutritious foods and snacks, because we know that good health requires a holistic approach – mind, body and spirit.

How Friendly Competition Strengths Camaraderie

Do you remember the school swimming or sports carnival where each student is allocated to a particular sports ‘house’ and everyone gets dressed up in the colour of their team? For many of us, even if we were not the athletic type, that feeling of being a part of something bigger made us feel good and we would enthusiastically become involved.

We would be caught up in the excitement of the day, cheering for our team and making new friends along the way. Playing a team sport such as those that are offered at Salisbury Super Sports, can assist us to experience this friendly competition in a non-threatening environment, which can enrich our lives in many different ways.

Making Lasting Friendships

Often some of the best friendships that we have come from experiences where we worked as a team to overcome something or achieve a shared result. Working as a team towards a common goal puts the focus on where you are heading together, and with many different minds working in unison to achieve a result, often we get better results. Working with others who are focused on the shared goal, often produces friendships because we tend to open up to our team members, get to know them and begin to form friendships.

Being a Part of Something

The competitive nature of life can sometimes get people down, especially if they feel isolated and that they do not fit in; when they feel like it is “me against the world”, this can lead to low self worth, and a sense of disconnection. Conversely, friendly competition in a team environment can do wonders for self-esteem, because people feel supported and that they are a part of something much bigger than they are.

More Fun

Have you ever watched a sports team on television when they are losing and it is obvious that they are starting not to enjoy playing the game as much as they would when they are winning? Often, the fun that we experienced is in direct proportion to how much anxiety we have about achieving a particular outcome.

Playing sports as a team that is focused on working together to have fun puts the intent in the right place, often leading to greater satisfaction and enjoyment as well as increased camaraderie than if the focus was simply to win against all odds. Friendly camaraderie comes from releasing anxiety about the outcome and doing it for the fun, which is so much easier when you are doing it with your friends and valued team mates.

How to Get Your Child Interested in Sports

Getting your children into a sport is one of the best things you can do to prepare them for the life ahead of them. Playing a sport will assist them to learn valuable skills for life including working as a team, learning how to lose, respecting authority, patience, controlling their emotions and building self-esteem.

As well as the valuable life skills that your child will learn, the physical benefits of playing a team sport are far reaching. Importantly, it will prepare your child for living a healthy life. At Salisbury Super Sports, our young team players are enthusiastic to come along every week to spend time with their friends, learn new skills and get fit!

Make it Fun!

Often, parents put too much pressure on their child to play a sport, and this can translate into the experience being one of stress, rather than fun. Many parents have an idea when their baby is born that they want to see them playing a particular sport and this dream can often be hard to let go of if their child has other ideas. Letting your children choose the sport that they want to play will help them to feel inspired to actually front up and go the distance with playing the sport. When things get challenging, as they sometimes do, your children will be more likely to keep at it if it is a dream that they have thought of themselves.

Get Them Kitted Out

We all know that having the right equipment is an important part of feeling good about ourselves. Fitting in with the team can make a big difference to how well your child enjoys the experience. Encourage your child to feel enthusiastic about playing their team sports by having the correct equipment. A shiny new uniform that they get to put on before the game will make them feel good about the experience and themselves.

Encourage Their Friends to Get Involved

For children, the opportunity to do something fun with their friends is a big factor in their receptivity to doing something. Encouraging their friends’ parents to get their own children involved will mean that your child has another reason to be enthusiastic about the idea of going to their game each week. When it comes to crunch time on those days when they just don’t feel like getting moving, the mention of the opportunity to be with friends can make all the difference to getting them up and into their uniform ready for the game. Additionally, the chance to practice techniques with their mates during their spare time can assist them in gaining new skills, and as we know, practice makes perfect.

The Hassles Of Playing Sports Outdoors

Playing indoor sports takes the hassle out of playing sport that usually accompanies playing a sport outdoors. During recent times, there are more indoor sports centres available for people to sign up to, demonstrating that there are more and more people embracing the indoor sports movement. At Salisbury Super Sports the facilities are second to none, which means that you spend less time worrying about the hassles and more time enjoying your team sports.

Sun Risks

The risks from the sun are all too real for many of us. Every person now knows someone, or knows of someone who has had their health affected by too much exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Playing sport outdoors calls for us to be diligent in ensuring that we are committed to appropriate sun safety, which can be a real drag, especially if you are allergic to sunscreen as some of us are. When playing an indoor sport you never have the bother of putting on sunscreen, or making sure that you can wear your hat while playing your sport of choice, so it’s much easier to simply turn up and do what you do best.

Limited by the Weather

How many times have you had your game cancelled due to weather, or the threat of a weather event? Often when playing sports outdoors we are limited by wind, rain and storms, which can put a real dampener on the season, especially if you end up missing out on a few games. When you sign up to play with an indoor sport team, you are ensured that your games will always go ahead, rain, hail or shine – and in a clean, well maintained facility such as Salisbury Super Sports, all you need to worry about is getting out there and giving it your best!

Insects

One of the most annoying hassles of playing sports outdoors is the insects! Midges and other irritating insects can really put a spanner in the works when playing sports outdoors, calling for the need to put on various insect repellents and creams to combat the uncomfortable bites and stings. When playing sports indoors, you don’t have to worry about getting bitten so you can give 100% to the game.

Distractions

Playing sports outdoors means that there are a lot more distractions, which you don’t experience when playing indoor sports. When playing indoor sports you will find that you are more focused on your game and able to get the most out of it, rather than losing focus and dropping the ball – sometimes literally.

Benefits Of Working Out With A Team Rather Than On Your Own

For some people the idea of working out on their own excites them, and they are motivated enough to stay the course and keep to the program. However, let’s face it; for most of us, working out on our own is not only boring, if we had to rely on motivating ourselves to do it, we probably wouldn’t bother. On the other hand, working out or exercising with other people can be all we need to motivate us to get out there and get our bodies moving.

Motivation and Inspiration

The number of people who pay for expensive gym memberships and then never bother to go more than once, is what keeps gyms in business. Having said that, there are definitely people who enjoy going to the gym, otherwise there would not be people in there, but for the majority of us, working out on our own is uninspiring. Working out with a partner or team can make all the difference to keep us inspired to keep going, which is why many find team sports such a beneficial way to get fit.

Keep Boredom At Bay

Everyone talks about wanting to get fit, but when it comes to actually doing the repetitive workouts, procrastination becomes a lot more interesting, and often we find a million things to do, other than doing the work to actually get fit. Unless we have a clear goal in mind, working out on our own can be one of the most boring things to do, but having someone to discuss our progress with can keep boredom at bay, and help us to stay the course.

Team Inspiration

Doing stuff with other humans is fun – which is why so many people opt for getting fit via playing a team sport. We get to socialise with other like-minded people who are also committed to their own fitness, and discuss our progress. Being the social beings that we are, we humans need the connection that we get from other humans to keep us in good spirits and working out is definitely better when we get to share the journey with someone else. If personal growth is your goal then look no further than Salisbury Super Sports team sports, where you will be inspired by your fellow team players.

How Playing Sports Makes a Woman Feel Sexy Inside and Out

Marketing and beauty companies will have you convinced that you need a particular type of makeup or a particular type of clothing to feel sexy, but this just isn’t the truth. The truth is that feeling sexy as a woman, is the same as happiness. It’s an inside job. Nobody else is going to make you feel good about yourself except for you, and you are your best friend when it comes to cultivating self-belief.

People get themselves feeling good through many different means and for a lot of people when they feel great physically, they exude a confidence and presence that is often thought of as sexy. For a woman to feel complete she needs to feel happy with her own appearance, live a healthy lifestyle and have confidence in herself. Playing a team sports such as those played at Salisbury Super Sports can get you there!

Toned and Terrific

If there is one thing that comes without trying when you are playing sports, it is getting fit and toned. While some may choose to slug it out at the gym, to try and shed those extra kilos or tone up, others find that this is too forced, and often the motivation just isn’t there to reach the goal. Playing a team sport allows you to have fun, while losing those extra kilos; and in no time at all, you will notice how toned and terrific your body is. As you review your new body in the mirror you will feel sexier than ever before.

Self-Confidence

Another attribute of a sexy woman is self-confidence. Sexy women exude an aura of knowing who they are, and what they want, and others are drawn to it. Playing a regular team sport gives you that extra edge of belief in yourself, which comes up from inside of you, and nothing in the world can take that away. Those seemingly small achievements with your team on the court translate into much larger benefits that happen inside, where your self-belief resides.

Healthy Lifestyle

Any man or woman will tell you that one of the sexiest things about a person is a healthy lifestyle. Being part of a sports team encourages you to make healthy choices for yourself and your life, and this is reflected outwardly in the presence of who you are. Living a healthy lifestyle has benefits for your whole self, inside and out, and is an important part of feeling like a sexy, complete woman, every day.