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Tips To Be Better Baller

It’s all about dominating the game and being the best. It doesn’t make sense to accept your current skillset unless you have the ability to dominate the game of basketball at will. Nobody wants to lose and nobody wants to be second best, so let me show you how to become a better basketball player.

Fundamentals

Improving your game is actually very simple. What you want to do is practice the fundamentals of basketball daily. Michael Jordan was able to great things on the basketball court because he mastered the fundamentals of basketball.

Doing simple ball handling, shooting, and defensive drills make a big difference when done on a consistent basis.

When you master the fundamentals, your understanding of the game of basketball increases dramatically.

For example, think about when you first learned how to walk. At first, you had to crawl, then you started walking, then you could jog, and then you could run. Eventually you started dancing and now you can play the game of basketball.

The reason you were able to accomplish all those feats is because you mastered the fundamental of walking. You mastered it because you practiced every day without fail. What if you decided to practice the fundamentals of basketball every day without fail?

Target And Eliminate Weakness

Be honest with yourself.

What are your weaknesses?

Identify those weaknesses and attack them daily.

Can you handle the basketball with both hands?

Can you finish at the rim with both hands?

Can you hit the wide open three?

Get rid of your weaknesses and your performance on the basketball court will be noticeably better.

Mental Toughness

One of the fastest ways to improve your game is to change or improve your mentality. Believe that you’re unstoppable on the basketball court, and act as if you’re unstoppable.

In order to increase your self-belief, you have to act as if you really are the best. Take control of the things you can control. Out-hustle, out-think, and out-perform your opponent(s) in every situation possible.

Don’t just attempt to do your best, instead aim to go above and beyond what you thought you were capable of. Most basketball players are contempt with doing the best they can, but what you want to do is set yourself apart from the rest.

Decide that you will go above and beyond. When you mind is telling you that you’re tired and lazy, it’s just a test. You’re not actually tired or lazy, unless you decide to be. Everything in life is a choice. There is always a way to get what you want. And if there is no way to get what you want, it’s up to you to find a way to get what you want.

Don’t be a victim of your circumstances. Strive to be the best and then go beyond that. Even if you come up short, you will be happy with the results.

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The Benefits Of Morning Running

Admittedly, I struggled with becoming an earlier riser and running first thing in the morning for many years. However, now that its become a habit of mine, I realize just how important it was to establish this (almost) daily routine for my health, happiness, mood, and performance.

Here is a list of ten benefits to running first thing in the morning.

1) Less Conflicts.

One of the main reasons for running first thing in the day is that there are relatively few things that will interfere with your workout. Unexpected things tend to pop up throughout the day. If you’re able to get your workout in before any of those unexpected conflicts arise you’ll be able to run more consistently on a daily basis. Evidence shows that 90{2281a464b0db6d821f967ee4c31842ef432e8153e986fd396ff458e4f3c84c77} of people who exercise consistently do so first thing in the morning.

2) Improved Sleep.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found those who run regularly in the mornings showed an improvement in deep sleep. Subjective sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day improved, whereas sleepiness during the day decreased. Conversely, since exercise stimulates your body, when you exercise at night, it becomes more difficult to fully relax and drift into peaceful sleep.

3) Enjoy the Peacefulness Of the Morning.

The early morning to me, is the most peaceful time of the day. The paths are moist with dew, it’s calm and quiet, a light blanket of fog is lifting off the water, the birds are singing a soft chorus in the background. Being out there to witness the sun rising above the horizon is truly worth getting up early for all by itself.

4) Increased Metabolism Throughout the Day.

Running in the morning will jumpstart your metabolism early in the day and keep it higher for hours afterward. This means that you’ll be burning a greater amount of calories, not only during your run, but throughout the day as well.

5) Enhanced Mood Throughout the Day.

According to a 2012 study published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, running will boost your spirits and make you feel more positive. Runners actually have attested to the alleged “runner’s high,” which is the feeling people get after they’ve finished a good job or run. Endurance activity is suspected to lead to an increase in the brain chemicals that signal pleasure.

6) Enhanced Fat Burning.

Several proponents of working out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach argue that it stimulates increased fat burning. This is due to the fact that your glycogen stores are low forcing your body to rely heavily on fat storage to fuel your workout, as opposed to burning carbohydrate for its energy.

7) Increased Alertness Throughout the Day.

Running can increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours post-exercise. It will raise heart rate and increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, including the brain. A 2013 study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found aerobic exercise, like running, improves brain function and cognition in healthy aging adults. The study found that it led to an increase in brain blood flow to the hippocampus which is the primary brain region affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

8) Increased Productivity Throughout the Day.

You will be more awake and ready to tackle your day by giving yourself that extra energy boost. I personally feel more energized throughout the day when I run in the morning, which leads to more creativity and productivity in my other daily activities.

9) A Great Time for Thinking and Planning Your Day.

The peacefulness described above can be the perfect setting for starting out your day. It’s the perfect time to sort out and clarify your thoughts and to plan for the activities and events you have later on. For many people, this peaceful time every morning becomes something they look forward to. Time for themselves to think, take care of their body and mind, and just relax before starting the day.

10) Less Pollution and Heat.

By getting out the door early you’re cutting out much of the exhaust and other contaminants released by all the cars, buses, and other vehicles in the morning rush hour. These pollutants not only have the tendency to accumulate in your system over time, but also make breathing during your runs more difficult. Additionally, you’ll get out there when the sun is not beating down on you and the temperatures are relatively cool. The cooler temperatures make for an easier, more enjoyable, and more intense workout.

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Guide to Choose a Snorkeling Mask for a Beginner

The mask is a very important item of snorkel gear. It is the item that allows you to see the amazing world that lies underneath the surface.

Snorkel masks are used to protect the eyes from the water or any object that can harm you when diving. Since it is a vital item, it is important that you choose the best snorkel mask. The best kind of mask will be one that you fits right, feels right, doesn’t let water in, and allows you to see the underwater world clearly.

Choosing Your Mask

1. Lenses

The most important aspect of any underwater mask is ability to see clearly. This means lens formation and measurement is the biggest decision you are going to make. You can get single, twin or multiple lens configuration. However, the lens shape, glass specification and special coating are all possible options. Single lens masks are more open because they do not have frames across the bridge of the nose. With single lens, it is impossible to replace prescription corrections.

Twin lens masks are compatible with replacement prescription lenses. They are easily fitted because you can remove part of the frame. Multiple lens masks have a window panel on each side of the mask to make the mask more comfortable and brighter.

2. Internal volume

The internal volume of the mask is very important. The volume is the confirmed airspace that is created when the mask is sealed against the face. The internal volume is subject to compression when a diver dives into the water. Most people prefer a lower volume mask because it is the most comfortable.

3. Mask angle

Most people do not notice that mask angle is very important. A lot of snorkel masks do not run at the same angle as the face and are always scraped in at the bottom. This is beneficial because it helps to reduce the internal mask volume and also to improve the lower field view. When the mask angle is raked, the frame is moved back towards the cheek bones. This makes looking downwards easier and also helps the snorkel to see below without lifting his or her head.

4. Other features to look out for

Since there are different masks to choose from, it will be down to personal preference, and a bit of trial and error before you can find the best that has everything that you want. If you must wear contact lenses or spectacles, you need to get snorkel masks that will match your prescription.

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The Important Skills For Being A Great Rebounder

Rebounding is easily the most overlooked skill in basketball. I’ve never heard the crowd cheer when a dominating rebounder pulls down his 12th board of the game. Don’t let the crowd noise fool you! Rebounding is absolutely critical in basketball. Here are 3 skills that will make you a better rebounder.

#1) Anticipation – Dennis Rodman, AKA “The Worm”, had a long and successful career in the NBA by being extremely good at anticipation. For those of you that remember him he wasn’t much of an offensive threat. But he averaged double digit rebounds per game for his entire career. He had a great ability of anticipating when a shot would be taken. He also had great vision of how the ball would come off of the rim. In doing so he was able to put himself in the best position to secure the rebound. To practice anticipation you have to make a conscience effort to think about it while you play. Next time you compete try to go after offensive rebounds by anticipating when your teammates are about to shoot and then pursuing the basketball. On the defensive end it’s important to box out your own man. Once you box out pursue the basketball aggressively. You can become a better rebounder just by learning to anticipate.

#2) Leverage – Charles Barkley was far from the tallest power forward when he played in the NBA. He is in the basketball Hall of Fame and is also known as one of the best rebounders to ever play the game. He used leverage to drive space between his opponent and the basket. The lower man wins in basketball and this is especially true when it comes to rebounding. It’s important to get your center of gravity lower than your opponent so that you can drive him out of the key. To improve this skill practice wall sits with your legs at a 90 degree angle and your back against a wall. This will help you build muscle memory and get into a low position quicker.

#3) Physicality – One of my coaches once told me that if you are physical with your opponent for the first 3 possessions of the game they will likely lose their intensity. This was proven true and I made it a habit during my career. If you push your opponent back out of the paint for the first 3 possessions of the game the majority of players will stop crashing the boards to try and get an offensive rebound. It doesn’t happen 100{2281a464b0db6d821f967ee4c31842ef432e8153e986fd396ff458e4f3c84c77} of the time but in my experience about 90{2281a464b0db6d821f967ee4c31842ef432e8153e986fd396ff458e4f3c84c77} of players don’t like to get pushed around and will avoid the contact. This will make your life much easier during the game and your rebounding statistics will skyrocket.

These are 3 quick tips that will help you become a better rebounder. Rebounding gives your team an extra opportunity to score. The fans won’t normally cheer when you pull down that board but your coach and teammates will value you as a player.

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How To Choosing Your Favorite Team

When I was first growing up I always had a problem from choosing which team I actually like. My mom’s family are huge Chicago fans no matter what sport it was. The problem with that was there were two teams in Chicago! On the other hand, my dad’s family were huge Cardinals fans. No matter where I was as a kid I was always second guessing myself on which team I would cheer for. As a kid you are supposed to listen to what your elders say, the only problem was I was getting two different things told to me and it was driving me insane. I decided that I wanted to see for myself which place I felt was “home” for me. There we a couple of things that I took into account when deciding, and they were: the atmosphere of the stadium, the fans surrounding me, and the things that they did for kids.

When you are a kid and your mom or dad tell you that you are going to be going to a professional sporting event, your heart feels like it is going to explode. I was six years old going to watch my idols play a sport that I dreamed to be playing when I was their age; there is nothing like it. The first game that I ever went to was when the Chicago Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wrigley stadium was so cool! The ivy that was growing on the wall gave it the old school feel. It was a feeling that is hard to describe in words. I really liked the stadium, and that is when the Cubs had Sammy Sosa. It was really fun, except the people that I was surrounded by really made me feel uncomfortable. The fans around use were only saying negative things about the Cubs and how bad they were, and the worst part about it was that they were Cubs fans! The park was really dirty with garbage thrown on the ground. It made the atmosphere of the game so much worse, and I just wanted to leave the game because it was no fun. Plus, at the time that I went they really did not have anything fun for kids to do before or after the game. Players did not come talk to anyone, maybe I just went to the wrong game but I was not feeling like it was home.

The next game that I went to see was the Chicago White Sox! My grandpa took me this time because that was his favorite team. We go in there U.S Cellular Field was hands down better than Wrigley Field. One of the things that was better about it was that there was hardly any trash on the ground. They took really good care of the stands where people were sitting.