Archive for November, 2013

Exciting, Action-Packed Date Ideas for Frugal Couples

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Whether you are saving for a house or just generally don’t want to spend a lot of money on date nights, there are plenty of things you can do for entertainment without breaking the bank. The good thing is that many things that are free and cheap also help to keep you moving so you can get some great exercise while still having a great date.

One thing that you can do that is pretty much free is take a trip to your city pool. Many pools have adult-only hours so you don’t have to worry about screaming kids on your date night. Whether you both do laps or just go for a leisurely swim, pools are a great place to go. The best part is that most public pools are either free or only charge a few dollars per person, making swimming a great cheap date.

Bowling is one of the most fun things you can do as a couple while still remaining active. The great thing is that many lanes have steep discounts if you go on a weeknight. If you have your own shoes and other equipment, like the things they sell at, you don’t have to pay to rent out items at the bowling alley. You may even choose to join a league together so you can compete every week. Skill levels for leagues can range from beginner to expert, so you can find a league, no matter what your activity level is. Buy all of your bowling supplies at

Finally, a good cheap date night can be playing pool. Many new pool halls also offer happy hour or other discounts on week nights meaning that you can play for much less than if you go on a weekend night. Pool is another one of those sports that just about everyone can do and is relatively inexpensive. So for just a couple dollars in fees and the price of a couple cold ones, you can have a great cheap date.

Herbalife: The Source of the Dream Team?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

RonaldoWhen we scour through the biggest sponsorship deals in sport, most people are quick to assume that the likes of Puma and Adidas are the big players. Unsurprisingly, this is pretty accurate, with both of these brands leading the way with some lucrative sponsorship deals.

However, one that a lot of people forget is Herbalife. The international nutritional supplier has caused quite a storm over recent years with its supplements, which are proving to transform the ways in which athletes approach sports from a nutritional point of view. There are now countless stores where you can find a range of Herbalife products and this just highlights how much success the company are experiencing. In a bid to emphasise their message, the company have sourced some of the best teams and players in the world to endorse their products. Here, we showcase some of the biggest stars…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Regarded by some as the best player in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo is unquestionably the crown in the Herbalife endorsements catalogue. The Real Madrid forward, who was up until recently the most expensive football player in the world, has broken countless records on the field and has also established some lucrative contracts off it. In fact, you could say that Herbalife has helped him substantially with both, with his trademark chiselled body most probably aided by the effects of the nutritional supplements. Herbalife’s own marketing material shows Ronaldo with one of their protein shake models and considering his physique, this certainly isn’t surprising.

Five Ways to Prevent the Typical Running Injuries

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Germany 1974It would be fair to say that the country is more health conscious than ever before and unfortunately, the by-product of this is that more sporting injuries are also occurring. Even those individuals who simply embark on a quiet jog before work can be affected, and it happens to be the runners that we’ll be concentrating on through the remainder of this article.

As you can see through this piece, there are countless ways in how that simple jog can lead to an almost life-changing injury. We’ll now detail some of the methods in which you can prevent such conditions occurring.

Be a fair weather runner                                                     

It might take a while for you to take your exercise seriously, but once a lot of people get there it’s really difficult to stop. However, if the weather dictates otherwise, don’t be afraid to have a day off. Training in excessive temperatures can cause all sorts of problems – some of which can prove to be very dangerous. Alternatively, heavy rain or snow is another one that you should tend to avoid, with this increasing the risk of slipping.

Invest in decent equipment

The old phrase “a good workman never blames his tools” is often attributed to sport, but when it comes to running you should invest in the best equipment your budget allows. This is particularly relevant to footwear and if you stick to the running clothes from legendary brand Adidas or any of the other big manufacturers, you shouldn’t have any problems. It’s when you venture over to lesser-known brands, or opt for footwear that simply isn’t designed to cope with rigorous activity, that problems occur. Blisters are probably the most common, although anything from shin splints to Achilles tendinitis can be caused by inappropriate trainers.

Cave into the sports drink marketing spiel

You might sometimes think that all of the adverts marketing sports drinks are simply trying to make you spend money on something else to supplement your exercise, but that’s not entirely the case. They do replace the electrolytes that you lose through sweating, while they can also help to hydrate you. Of course, if you are really opposed to investing in them, water will suffice and will take care of the primary task of hydration. If you’re about to embark on a long run, perhaps consider one of those bottle holders that strap onto your body.

Don’t be afraid to put your feet up

From time to time you must give your body a rest. If you can feel an injury occurring, put your feet up the next day. Alternatively, if you’ve been training non-stop for the past ten days, it’s definitely time to take a break. Not only will you put your body under excessive stress, but you’ll also run the risk of psychologically burning out.

Dabble in several exercises

Some of the injuries that have been touched upon through this piece are related to overuse – where you simply place too much emphasis on a particular set of muscles. To avoid this, don’t be afraid to dabble in several sports at a time. Perhaps consider going on your standard run one day, but switching to a bike ride the next. This will ensure that you use different muscles, whilst still staying active.

After Dinner Speaking: The Sports Person’s Typical Second Career?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Stoichkov HristoFor most modern-day Premiership football players (or any sports person for that matter), the issue of a second career will never arise. Those that do consider it will most likely be contemplating a career in coaching or management – not something that is completely outside of the game.

However, several years ago when money did not rule sports quite as much, most professionals had to keep an open mind on which path to take next. While few were on the brink of going broke at this point, many opted for the after dinner speaking industry in a bid to profit on the reputation they had forged during their playing days. This blog post will now take a look at some of these sports men and women who take to after dinner speaking to highlight just how common it has become for those who have now hung up their boots.

Shane Warne

If you want to bring a touch of colour, and quite possibly a risqué element to your dinner, then former Australian cricketer Shane Warne could be your man. Regarded as one of the best spin bowlers of all time, Warne was a constant thorn in the side of the English batsmen although he also had an off-the-field reputation that made him loved by many. He regularly hit the press for all of the reasons a cricketer shouldn’t and considering his exuberant personality, don’t be surprised if he demonstrates such characteristics in front of your audience and keeps them thoroughly entertained throughout the night.

Colin Montgomerie

At the other end of the scale we have Colin Montgomerie, the Scottish golfer who will largely be remembered for his Ryder Cup exploits. In comparison to Warne, there’s no doubt that ‘Monty’ is a much more sombre character although having contested with some of the world’s best he will most certainly have more than the one story to tell from the golf course.

Ian Wright

If you want someone who’s right in between the above two personalities, Ian Wright is probably your man. He showed all of the swagger of Warne when he ventured onto a football field, while his confident and entertaining style netted him various television presenter roles. All of this came without the front page headlines that were regularly attributed to Warne – meaning that he can be the ideal candidate for some events.

Lawrence Dallaglio

The fact that Lawrence Dallaglio was a member of that historic 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad will be sufficient to cement his invite for most events. While he had surrendered the captaincy at that point, he was the only man to play every single minute of that competition. Additionally, having played in most major tournaments from 1995 until 2008, he will have more than his fair share of anecdotes to recall. Anyone who has read his autobiography will be fully aware that he is more than happy to reveal the intricate ins and outs of his playing career, so get him in front of a live audience and the show could be explosive!