Sport : The Great Stress Relief

Physiological Benefits

Endorphins are your friend; they are your reward for getting some exercise, and they make you feel good. When you work up a sweat your body releases the ‘feel good’ hormones – endorphins. The rush of good feeling hormones is often called ‘runners high’ but can be achieved through playing any sport, as long as the blood is moving and you are working up a sweat.

Distract from Your Troubles

Leo Buscaglia was quoted as saying: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy”. One of the major causes of stress is from ruminating over our troubles, and spending a lot of our waking hours thinking about the things we are worried about. When you are on the court, or preparing for a game the last thing on your mind is worrying, so sport makes a great distraction and gives us somewhere positive to put that powerful thought energy.

Relieves Tension

We know from Chinese medicine that during our regular day as we sit at a desk, move heavy objects, or spend time repeating the same movements over and over, our bodies build up stress and tension in particular areas. These areas hold blocked energy, which if left in place, can lead to disease in the body, which may show up as aches and pains, or illness, over time. Many people visit acupuncturists and have massages to assist the body in releasing this trapped energy, but there are many different ways of doing so.

Exercise is an important way that assists with the release of tension in the muscles, joints and other areas of the body, and is somewhat of an easy tune-up for the body to be conditioned to work at its best. At Salisbury Super Sports we have seen new team players arrive tensely for their first few games, but over time the results speak for themselves and they become different people as the built up tension gradually leaves their bodies and their lives.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

During our day-to-day living, as we go about our business of ‘doing’, unless we are aware of our body, we may become tuned out to what is actually happening in it, as well as how it is feeling. Often this can lead to us not being aware of what it needs at any particular time and we may miss its subtle cues when it wants us to rest, get more sleep, or eat particular foods. If this happens, we may not notice when there is something wrong, until it is too late. Playing a sport helps you to be more in tune with listening to what your body needs at any given time, and will encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices that mean a better quality of living, and a happier life.

Indoor Sports: How It Can Boost Your Social Life

If you want to expand your friend network and bring some new people into your life, taking up an indoor sport can reap a lot of rewards. Often people complain that they don’t meet any new people, but if you don’t get out into the world, how are the new people going to meet you?

Meet New Friends

Getting involved in playing an indoor sport at Salisbury Super Sports gives you the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whom you might have never met before. Often when people join in on indoor sports the regular contact with new people can help with building friendships that can last a lifetime.

Reconnect

Playing a sport can help you reconnect with old friends and create a space where you can see each other regularly. At Salisbury Super Sports we often have people bringing their old friends along to join in on the fun, and take up friendships where they left off. During the course of playing a game you have the opportunity to share in the fun and excitement that comes with playing an indoor sport together.

Learn Valuable Social Skills

The art of maintaining a social life requires all parties to grow and learn. The opportunity to do this in the setting of playing an indoor sport provides valuable skills such as problem solving, tolerance of different personalities, compassion for the needs of others and team building. These skills can be translated into your life in other ways and enrich your experience of interacting with other humans.

Get Into Shape

If you have been feeling like you are out of shape then you might have inadvertently pulled away from social engagements due to not feeling that great about yourself. Regularly playing an indoor sport is great for fitness, and can get you back to feeling healthy and happier, which encourages you to get out into the world and meet new people.

Rain, Hail or Shine

The advantage of playing an indoor sport is that you can rely on always being able to play, regardless of whether it is raining outside. The regularity of having a routine of getting to your game and taking part in the fun gives you somewhere to be and allows you to connect with the new people in your life every week. If there is nothing else on your calendar you can be sure that you will be able to play with your new friends and maintain that social interaction that is such a crucial part of enjoying life.

 

Team Sport: Why It’s Great For Children (And Parents)

As parents, it is our role to teach our young ones about life, and prepare them with the tools that they will need to go through life as healthy, happy adults. It’s a learning process for everyone, as we all learn how to work together towards a common goal, and so it is with team sports. Working as a team gives children the opportunity to learn about themselves through the eyes of the world outside of the family, and gain valuable skills in how to interact and problem solve with other people.

Physical Fitness

The benefits of physical activity have been well documented, and with the digital world encroaching even further into our lives, many children are lacking the inclination or opportunity to get active. Playing a team sport provides an incentive for children to spend time with their friends while engaging in a physical activity, which is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for growing bodies.

Mental Health

For some youngsters, the growing pains of life can cause damage to their self-confidence, and for some this can lead to over-eating as a means of numbing their feelings. Sadly, studies have revealed that 25% of children between the ages of 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, which causes them to suffer with the self-esteem issues associated with their physical condition. At Salisbury Super Sports getting young people involved in team sport not only gives them an opportunity to get active, but their emotional health improves remarkably as they learn new skills, and start to feel a part of a team.

Social Skills

The benefits of engaging in a team activity are many, and the opportunity to navigate through close interactions with their peers can provide social skills that are far reaching. Negotiating with the members of their team, delegating, sharing and accepting when things do not go their way are just some of the skills that children take away from a team sport.

Resilience and Commitment

The ability to dust oneself off, and get back on the proverbial horse after being knocked down is a really important experience for children to encounter – providing them with the tools that they can use later in life, when the stakes are higher. Teaching children how to be resilient in the face of their worries will help them to be the sort of adults who bounce back from their troubles in life. When children sign up for the season to play a team sport at Salisbury Super Sports they learn the value of commitment. They soon learn that as a member of a team, they are a valuable cog in the wheel, and are needed at every game and every practice.

 

Mental Health – How Playing Sport Keeps You Feeling Good

If there is one thing that can lift your mood no matter what, its physical activity. Part of it is to do with the simple act of getting out of the house and changing your scene, but science demonstrates that sport releases chemicals into your body that naturally make you feel good. You don’t even have to be doing something extra strenuous; even doing yoga or tai chi can get you there, as long as it gets the oxygen moving through your body, and takes your mind off your worries. At Salisbury Super Sports we’ve got something for everyone, so if you don’t know what exercise you want to do, come on in and have a chat to us and check out what we have available.

Mood Lifting

Exercise stimulates the neurotransmitters in the brain to produce endorphins (chemicals that act like opiates), which make you feel good, and can even provide a sense of euphoria. For people who are suffering from depression, even 20 minutes worth of exercise a day can have a positive effect, and it is often recommended to include exercise as a part of the treatment program.

Empowering

One of the factors in many mental health issues is a feeling of powerlessness, and a lack of belief in the self. Many doctors will be only too happy to prescribe pharmaceuticals to ‘fix’ the problem, but often this does not get to the ‘root’ of the problem. This puts the point of power in the pill, which does not empower the person. However, using the pill in conjunction with lifestyle choices can have a positive effect on the treatment program. For people who choose to make changes to their lifestyle such as taking up a sport, the benefits are far reaching, and long lasting.

Relieves Stress

As far as stress relief goes, exercise is one of the most important factors in relieving the stress and anxiety that we take on during our day to day life, because it releases the tensions that we store in the body. One of the factors that cause a mental health crisis, is a build-up of tension over a period of time, but exercise helps to relieve the tension along the way. As the old adage says; “a healthy body makes a healthy mind”.

Make Friends

At Salisbury Super Sports we’ve heard countless stories from people about how great their game went, and how being a part of the team has relieved their social anxiety. A contributing factor to mental health issues is the feeling of isolation and separation from the rest of humanity. The opportunity to meet like-minded people, and the regular activity of playing sport together, can help you to feel less isolated, and bring a sense of belonging back into your life.

 

 

Exercise – Good For Slaying That Mental Dragon

When we think about exercise we think of it as the answer to reducing our waist lines, firming up our floppy thighs, tummies and arms, or allowing us to squeeze back into our skinny jeans.

The happy side effect to being physically fit is that natural chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are created and released when you exercise. Increased levels of these chemicals are responsible for elevated moods, higher levels of self-esteem and a good restful sleep.

The latter of these, restful sleep, can be a phantom for most people and they do not even realise that a good night’s sleep is within their grasp just by getting up and being in it as Aussie icon Norm would say.

The sense of achievement gained from regular exercise will have you smiling for hours after a good workout. As you gain strength and muscle tone you will not be able to stop admiring yourself and patting yourself on the back for a job well done.

We are not lying to you. It’s a proven fact that all these good things will come to you if you can just find the motivation to go find some form of physical movement that appeals to you.

Group Fitness – A Fun Way to Share

The good thing about participating in group fitness such as the sporting activities offered at Salisbury Super Sports, is that often, you discover that you have lost those inches around your waist, and have a lovely toned supple body, and you did it without even trying!

That is because when people congregate on a social level to be part of a soccer, cricket, netball or handball team they enjoy themselves so much that they do not realise they are actually “working out”.

True story.

Stick to that New Year’s Resolution

2015 is it! Don’t let another year of broken resolutions slip you by.

If you don’t have a group of friends who want to play any of these sports with you that is OK.

Just come visit with our friendly and qualified staff and they will slot you into a team and give you an opportunity to make some new friends.

The time is now to stop tossing and turning in bed and feeling terrible in the mornings. Exercise in a team environment will not only nurture your mind and body, but also your soul. Give it a go.

 

Exercise For Personal Pleasure or Exercise For Personal Gain

Salisbury Super Sports have two main types of clientele. Those who wish to have a pleasurable social interaction with friends and or family and those who wish to gain something such as greater fitness or to lose weight.

For those of you who are in the latter category we would like to offer some tips and support to guide you through the challenge these goals attract.

Getting Your Head Around It

Losing weight and gaining fitness is a mental challenge more than a physical challenge.

Yes, you have to use your body to play an indoor sport such as those offered here but if you are mentally not in the game, then the game is already lost.

If you ignore your mind when the “too tired” excuse rears its ugly head your body will repay you tenfold.

The truth is that once you form a regular exercise regime your body will thrive. Your mind will become clearer and as your body becomes used to the exercise you will start to crave it.

Help yourself by tracking your results. Take before pictures and measurements and record your progress weekly.

The number one thing to consider is to reduce your weight. When you talk about losing weight your subconscious will naturally want to find it for you.

You Are What You Eat

Whilst the analogy ‘you are what you eat’ is true, there are some food rules that many of us are unaware of. We need to educate ourselves about them before we can begin to understand what it is our body needs.

The first thing to know is that eating carbohydrates will encourage and increase your sugar cravings and the 3pm energy slump so try to cut as many of these out of your diet as possible.

Ways you can do this are as follows:

• Eat a salad for lunch instead of a sandwich or pasta.

• Go to a juice bar for a nourishing juice instead of a coffee shop to avoid the temptation of having a cake with that coffee.

• Consider buying a juicer and juice at home. You can drink in a day what you might have had in a week and you will feel the vitality almost immediately.

Find a Support Buddy

Humans are not meant to be alone or completely self-sufficient. Our very souls demand and crave interaction with each other.

This is why it is a good idea to find a friend or join a local group of like-minded people who have the same or similar goals as you.

Salisbury Super Sports offers a supportive exercise environment for you to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

 

Getting In Shape – The Fun Way

We all exercise for different reasons. There are many motives for it, and not all of them are so we can get in shape.

There is no doubt that getting in shape is a brilliant thing to do. You will reduce fat, and improve your muscle mass which is very important to maintain as we age. Especially for women. It certainly is true that strong women stay young.

Maintaining good cardio health is also important to your overall quality of life.

Just like a motor vehicle if your body is well tuned it will run much better and not only physically. Your mental attitude and capacity will also be greatly improved when you maintain physical wellbeing.

Salisbury Super Sports is not just a fun indoor cricket centre. We are a family. A community of souls all ready to fine tune our bodies whilst enjoying the social interaction that a centre such as ours provides.

Making Friends – a Beautiful Side Effect to Team Sports

Many friendships have been formed on our courts, even marriages! These have all been completely without our help or direction – we only offer guidance and training for the sport you nominate for – the rest is up to you.

We have been lucky enough to have and witness the generations of families that come through our doors. We love helping children and adults alike, build leadership skills, character, and confidence.

Watching our members’ blossom through their own achievements is a very special experience for us.

Many a drop of coffee has been enjoyed after a game in our relaxed and friendly Café.

You can get in shape playing indoor cricket, soccer, netball, and handball. These are all team sports and, as such, demand a certain level of companionship to evolve if you are going to achieve your goals in exercise.

It’s OK if you don’t have your own team. Visit with us in person or online at http://supersports.com.au and make your nomination. We are more than happy to help you fit in and place with you a group that may be looking for an extra buddy – or two!

We can offer mixed and same sex teams so whatever you need and desire is we can help you achieve it.

Don’t worry if you’ve never played before. We can help with training and great tips to help get you into the swing of things.

 

Improve Your Golf Game

Now that we have your attention! We have a sure fire way of improving your golf game so read on.

Super Sports lives true to its name and offers the best in indoor sports to the Southside of Brisbane hands down. We have teams young and old, playing cricket including major league, netball also including major league, handball, and soccer.

Whilst it’s true we offer an exciting city indoor sports experience we also like to offer good solid impartial advice to our members.

The absolute number one piece of advice we can offer is to stretch those muscles.

Often, the cause of injury is because a full and proper warm up has not been completed followed by a good stretch before and after conducting any form of exercise.

What is so Good about Stretching?

There are so many advantages that it is hard to know where to start to explain.

The first advantage is that stretching really does decrease the odds of injury. If your muscles are warm and languid there is less opportunity of them being torn through sudden or jarring movements that come with most sporting activities.

If you possess a sedentary job such as sitting at a computer you may not even realise that your chest muscles become tight. This has a knock on effect of hunching and tightening of your shoulders.

When you have a good stretch you loosen up those tight muscles and have better posture.

Circulation is much improved also thus allowing the transport of vital nutrients and improving blood circulation.

We have heard many people say that after doing a yoga or Pilates class that they feel like they are taller. This is obviously due to the muscles not being so tight.

Members have also reported that since incorporating this style of exercise by way of attending just one hour of yoga a week that their golf swing has improved.

Flexibility is the key to playing not only golf or tennis but all forms of exercise. When your muscles are warm and ready to work out you turn, twist, run and jump better.

Did you know that stretching your muscles will also relax your mind, giving you more focus? It’s amazing the knock on effect that ensuring your body is well tuned can have.

We hope you have found this article informative and useful and we look forward to seeing you soon at Super Sports.

 

Team Sports – Exercise, Companionship, Rivalry

Fun indoor cricket is all of these things. If you are interested in getting out and about and doing something that is physical to keep your wheels well-oiled then check out Super Sports Salisbury.

We offer a supportive environment and obviously encourage a team player attitude. Not only do you exercise amongst friends and team members but you also learn to work as a team in the fast paced game that is indoor cricket.

If you are not familiar with the rules and regulations of this game, it is pretty simple. Eight players a side is best but it can be played with as few as six players. Each player has a go at bowling two overs. That’s 16 overs per innings. An over consists of six balls.

Each batting pair will face four overs. A batsman’s runs are scored just the same as the outside game. That is to say, they run between each wicket for one run but also have the option to increase this up to six runs by hitting certain surrounding nets.

The difference between indoor and outdoor in regard to batting is if a batsman is caught out, he does not leave the game. Instead, five runs are deducted from the team’s total score and the batsman completes the four overs.

You can get yourself a team together to play on a Tuesday or Wednesday night or just visit us at http://supersports.com.au/join-a-team to register and we will get you into a team.

We have between three and five grades playing on each of these nights so don’t despair, we can slot you or your team into your appropriate grade once we have completed a pre-season assessment of your skills.

Affordable Team Sport

Not only do you get all the fun of exercising your body and mixing with friends but you can do it at an affordable level.

A weekly game will set you back $15 per member, which is way cheaper than what a personal fitness instructor will charge you!

To ensure you get the best out of your game, bring a good pair of shoes and gloves; a protector is also essential. A bat comes in handy too!

Obviously if you are playing in a team, you will need a team uniform. A uniform by nature means each member must wear an identical outfit. What you choose to wear is your choice. You can be serious or silly. Why not create your own team of Smurfs?

Promoting Sports in the Workplace

Adults spend a great deal of their time at work. Thus, the workplace can be an effective setting to integrate sports and other physical activities. Fitness programmes at work can help employees who normally cannot find the time after office hours to do even a simple physical activity such as walking. Business owners must encourage health and wellness programmes in the workplace because studies have shown that these kinds of programmes benefit both the employees and the employers.

Benefits of a Physically Active Workforce

Promoting physical activity in the workplace provides the following benefits to employees:

  • Better fitness and health;
  • Enhanced productivity and morale;
  • Improved team spirit and job satisfaction;
  • Lower stress;
  • Improved communication and inter-personal relationship among employees; and
  • Improved concentration and mental sharpness

A major component of an effective health and wellness programme is sports. Sports have been known to contribute to healthy bones, muscles and joints; lower stress and aid in relaxation; reduce body fat and tone muscles; decrease the risk of contracting diseases such as cancer and diabetes; and improve co-ordination and balance.

Promoting indoor sports will ensure that employees will continue to enjoy their favourite sports throughout the year. Salisbury Super Sports offers indoor courts for cricket, netball, soccer, volleyball and handball. The graded competitions held regularly at the sport facility are designed to be enjoyed by all participants, from elite athletes to neophyte players. These courts are available for hire, including an umpire and all the required equipment. Salisbury Super Sports also hire the sports courts for birthday parties, team-building exercise and other fun events for friends and family. Different sports can be introduced into the workplace through tournaments or friendly games. The games can generally be held over several nights or weeks. It is vital to plan these games ahead of time by designating a group of people who will oversee the whole event.

Benefits of a Physically Fit Workforce for Employers

Instituting a health and wellness programme in the workplace also pays off for the employer. The benefits of a healthy and fit workforce for employers include reduced absenteeism and employee turnover; lower stress among staff; enhanced productivity and efficiency in the company as a whole; an improved corporate image; and better relations between management and staff.

It is important to enlist the support of management for any health and wellness initiative to be successful. All employees including management have the duty to establish a healthy work environment and promote healthy lifestyles.