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Beautiful girls in sports.

Sabina Altynbekova was just one of the Kazakh girls playing volleyball for Kazakhstan’s Junior Volleyball Team until Chinese fans noticed her at the 17th Asian Junior Women’s Volleyball Championship. It was a life changer for the young athlete.

The 18-year-old athlete has a beautiful face and body as well as light skin. She is charming and is popular all around the world.

Who can disagree with this?

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10 Tips for your Trip of Summer Beach

Whether you are heading to exotic climes or spending your summer on a beach in the UK, there are certain things you can do to avoid getting hacked off as the temperature soars. When it comes to protecting your phone while on the beach, or making sure your valuables don’t get stolen while you’re having a dip, these ‘beach hacks’ could make the difference between holiday hell and holiday heaven.

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About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

Photo credit: David Crane // Left to right: Debi Anderson, LA2015 Board Member and Special Olympics Global Messenger; Dustin Plunkett, LA2015 Board Member and Special Olympics International Global Messenger; Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA2015 Honorary Host and Mayor of Los Angeles; Rob Friedman, Chairman of the LA2015 Board of Directors and Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015 – at the announcement of the Special Olympics World Games that will be held in Los Angeles in 2015.

About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)

With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25-August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts.
Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, Los Angeles News Group, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, LA84 Foundation, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA  on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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What your favourite sport says about you?

Swimmers are tidy and make the best lovers while cyclists vote Liberal Democrat: What your favourite sport says about you?

Unless your name is Rebecca Adlington, Victoria Pendleton or Mo Farah, sport is probably nothing more than an enjoyable hobby.

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Yunnan, a travel heaven

Although Yunnan province is less developed economically, when compared with China’s eastern provinces, its tourism resources are so rich that one should not explore China without visiting Yunnan. From the world-renowned Lijiang to numerous small ancient towns; From the amazing Karst formations to the newly listed World Heritage Site Hani Terrace, Yunnan can be a complete eye-opener for even the most discerning travelers. Here are eight Yunnan destinations not to be missed, although we are sure that the place’s natural wonders and cultural landscapes are far beyond the few spots listed here.

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5 Easy Ways To Drop Weight Without Sweating Or Starving Yourself

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Humming. Fidgeting. Stretching. You probably don’t think of these as calorie-burners. But they’re all forms of “non-exercise activity.” And a new study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests they may control your weight better than spending time on a treadmill.

Physical activity—from running and lifting weights to laughing and lifting your water glass—accounts for 15% to 30% of the energy you use, the study authors say. (You use the rest eating and digesting food, or just staying alive; it takes a lot of energy to keep all your body’s systems running.)

When you break down all your calorie-burning movements, the study indicates your small non-exercise activities could add up to thousands of extra calories expended each day. Just standing up or playing solitaire while you watch television burns 50 to 100 calories an hour—compared to just nine calories if you sit still, the study shows.

Any activities that involve movement will enhance the number of calories your body uses, says study coauthor Pedro Villablanca, MD, a cardiologist at Montefiore-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

“There is no question about the benefit of exercise,” Villablanca is quick to add. But making an attempt to move more—whether that means standing up whenever you talk on the phone, or cooking your own dinner—will help you expend more calories, he says. Even if you’re just standing up or stretching every few minutes at your desk, those little movements matter.

Here are four more weight-loss tricks that don’t require dieting or exercise:

Get more sleep

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The less you sleep, the more your hunger hormones shout at you to overeat, shows research from PLOS Medicine. Compared to people who sleep eight hours a night, those who sleep five experience a 15% swing in their body’s levels of ghrelin and leptin—two hormones that stoke your appetite. The Stanford University researchers say the less you sleep, the more your BMI is likely to rise.

Sniff some peppermint

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When people sniffed peppermint every two hours for five days, they consumed 1,800 fewer calories than those who sniffed a non-peppermint placebo, shows a study in the journal Appetite. That study’s authors say the scent of peppermint may stimulate your brain’s hypothalamus—which helps regulate your hunger levels—in ways that suppress your appetite.

Get some (morning) sun
The more you’re exposed to bright sun-strength light in the AM, the lower your weight is likely to plummet, finds a study from Northwestern University. Because sunlight helps set your body’s internal circadian clocks—which control your appetite—being outdoors or near a window as much as possible between eight AM and noon is a great way to eat less. Compared to sitting in a windowless room or office, just 30-minutes in a room filled with sunlight in the morning is enough to improve your BMI, the authors say. (You don’t have to expose your skin to the sun or its harmful UV rays; your eyes just need to be near sunlight, the study shows.) Just avoid a lot of bright light later in the day, which can have the opposite effect on your weight, the authors say.

Step outside
The more stressed out you feel, the more likely you are to overeat, shows research from Yale and the University of California, San Francisco. The study team says the stress hormone cortisol may stoke your appetite and your desire to snack. But walking outside in nature slashes your stress your levels, and so may reduce your cortisol-fueled desire to snack. Music and meditation are two more ways to beat stress.

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5 Coaches’ Tips to Make Sense of Your Running Data

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GPS running watches are great tools, but analyzing the data they collect can be tricky.

GPS running watches can track everything from your steps per minute to the length of your stride, but analyzing all that data can be a chore — especially if you don’t have a running coach to help you make sense of your stats.

Live Science spoke with two expert running coaches to wade through the running-watch data dump. They told us what information runners should betracking during workouts and helped us make sense of the advanced metrics that some GPS watches collect.

From checking your pace to counting your steps, here are some expert tips for how to analyze your runs.

1. Pay attention to your total time and distance

The most basic information you’ll get from any GPS running watch is your total time spent running and total distance covered. But these simple stats are actually the most important metrics for runners to track, said John Honerkamp, a running coach and senior manager of runner products and services at New York Road Runners, an organization in New York City that provides classes, clinics and online programs for runners.

“Basic GPS is key, because time and distance are important,” Honerkamp told Live Science. “Beyond that, it’s an extra layer of data — like cadence and heart rate. You don’t need that stuff, but if you’re the type of person who wants and can handle that information, it can be helpful.”

Some watches, like the TomTom Runner Cardio, can be programmed to buzz or beep when you’ve covered a certain distance or run for a certain amount of time. And many GPS watches also let you set up alerts that go off every mile, so you can keep track of how much ground you’ve covered without constantly looking down at your wrist.

TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS map.
Even the most basic GPS running watches track distance, time and pace.

Whether you’re training for a race or just trying to stay fit, Honerkamp recommends abiding by what he calls the “coaching standard.” According to this rule, you should gradually build up your endurance by increasing the number of miles you complete on your longest run every week, but do so by no more than 10 percent per week. So, if you run 10 miles (16 kilometers) one week, try running 11 miles (17.7 km) the following week.

If you shape your workouts based on how many minutes you run (rather than the number of miles), try adding five to 10 minutes (or about one mile or 1.6 km) onto your longest run each week, Honerkamp said.

2. Check your pace (but not too often)

Another key metric that GPS watches track is pace. Your pace, measured in minutes per mile, is an important measure to pay attention to, because it helps you estimate your effort over the course of a run. For example, many runners start out at a slow pace to conserve energy for later in the run. Pace can also be used to predict how long it will take you to finish a run (for example, if it takes you 10 minutes to run 1 mile, or 1.6 km, it should take you 50 minutes to run 5 miles, or 8 km). A watch that helps you track your pace is convenient, but as Honerkamp noted, it can also be distracting.

“You don’t need to look at your pace every five seconds, since things like going up a hill will change your pace, and you don’t want to change your pace all the time just because of your watch,” he said.

Instead of glaring at your wrist every few seconds, Honerkamp recommends checking your pace every mile or so, just to make sure you’re on the right track. Some GPS watches, like the Garmin Forerunner 220, have pace alerts that beep or vibrate when you fall behind a programmed pace.

3. Don’t ignore elevation gain

Even the most basic GPS watches, such as the Garmin Forerunner 10, track changes in elevation along your running route. This information may not seem important at first glance, but it can come in handy in certain situations, said Jack Daniels, two-time Olympic medalist and a running coach with the Run SMART Project.

For example, if you live in a relatively flat area where changes in elevation aren’t obvious, you can use your watch’s elevation data to determine whether you’re going uphill or downhill, Daniels told Live Science. This information is important because you’re likely to run at a slower pace when elevation increases. And if you’re training for a race with a hilly course, you’d do well to prepare your body for those elevation changes ahead of time, Daniels said.

“If you plan to run the Boston Marathon, which has some fairly long downhill stretches, the quadriceps muscles take a beating if [you’re] not used to it,” Daniels said.

4. Cadence (sometimes) counts

Cadence, or steps per minute, is not a metric that most runners need to analyze after every workout, said Honerkamp, who added that he rarely counts the steps of the runners he coaches. However, Honerkamp did say there are certain situations in which he’ll take a closer look at cadence.

“If someone is getting injured constantly, and they’re working with a podiatrist or doctor, I think [cadence] is definitely something to look at,” Honerkamp said.

That’s because cadence is directly related to running economy, orrunning efficiency — the amount of work you have to do to maintain a certain speed. If your running form is inefficient (maybe you swing your arms around too much or overextend your leg), your cadence likely suffers. The most efficient cadence is about 180 steps per minute, according to Daniels, who said he has tested runners at a variety of stride rates and always found this rate to use the least amount of energy.

Garmin Connect mobile app.
Advanced running watches, like the Garmin Forerunner 620, capture in-depth data about your running efficiency.

If you’re trying to improve your running form, consider checking your cadence every few weeks to see if you’re becoming more efficient.

5. Efficiency is great, but don’t get hung up on it

Cadence is just one measure of running efficiency. Some of the most advanced running watches on the market — specifically theGarmin Forerunner 620 and the compatible HRM-Run heart rate monitor — also track vertical oscillation (movement up or down, or “bounce”) and ground contact time (the amount of time your foot stays on the ground with every step). However, these metrics are not something that the average runner needs to be concerned about, Honerkamp said.

“They’re just other stats that tell you you’re fitter and more efficient or faster. They tell you you’re on the right track, but you’d already know that from other pieces of data — like your heart rate going down or your pace getting faster,” Honerkamp said.

Daniels agrees and said that though these metrics are advanced, they also track things that are simple for a seasoned onlooker (like a coach) to observe with his or her own eyes. If you have what Daniels called a “plodding stride,” chances are you’re less efficient than someone whose feet spend less time on the ground with every step. And a runner who tends to bounce up and down a lot will certainly be less efficient than a runner who focuses on moving horizontally instead of vertically, Daniels said.

Instead of focusing on how many milliseconds your foot spends on the ground or how much you “bounce,” you could aim to “float over the ground,” which is what Daniels tells his runners to do.

“Try to imagine you are running over a field of raw eggs and you don’t want to break any of them,” he said.

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Hiking – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hiking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hiking in Canada and the USA is the preferred term for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the term walking is used to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or trekking in the Alps. The word hiking is also sometimes used in the UK, along with rambling, hill walking, and fell walking. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.

via Hiking – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Skiing – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Skiing

Skiing is a recreational activity and competitive winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Ski Federation (FIS).

History

Skiing has a history of almost five millennia. Although modern skiing has evolved from beginnings in Scandinavia, it may have been practised as early as 600 BC in what is now China.

The word “ski” is one of a handful of words Norway has exported to the international community. It comes from the Old Norse word “skíð” which means “split piece of wood or firewood”.

Asymmetrical skis were used at least in northern Finland and Sweden up until the late 1800s. On one leg the skier wore a long straight non-arching ski for sliding, and on the other a shorter ski for kicking. The bottom of the short ski was either plain or covered with animal skin to aid this use, while the long ski supporting the weight of the skier was treated with animal fat in similar manner to modern ski waxing. Early skiers used one long pole or spear. The first depiction of a skier with two ski poles dates to 1741.

Until the mid-1800s skiing was primarily used for transport, and since then has become a recreation and sport.Military ski races were held in Norway during the 18th century, and ski warfare was studied in the late 18th century.As equipment evolved and ski lifts were developed skiing evolved into two main genres in the 1930s, Alpine and Nordic.

Types of skiing

Nordic uses free-heel bindings that attach at the toes of the skier’s boots but not at the heels. Nordic skiing does not require lifts and equipment can be used to reach the backcountry.

Alpine

Also called downhill skiing, alpine skiing typically takes place on a piste at a ski resort. It is characterized by fixed-heel bindings that attach at both the toe and the heel of the skier’s boot. Because it is difficult to walk in alpine equipment, ski lifts including chairlifts bring skiiers up the slope. Backcountry skiing can be accessed by helicopter or snowcat. Facilities at resorts can include night skiing, après-ski, and glade skiing under the supervision of the ski patrol and the ski school. Alpine skiing branched off from the older Nordic skiing around the 1920s, when the advent of ski lifts meant that it was not necessary to walk any longer. Alpine equipment specialized to where it can only be used with the help of lifts.

via Skiing – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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