Football season is back, and it’s time to party! With a season that’s sure to be filled with challenges and epic plays, there’s nothing greater to look forward to for football fans. Kansas City’s season win has put the Chiefs at the top of the game, and with the help of quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals are top contenders. The San Francisco 49ers’ talent got them close last year, and the almost-reachable victory has likely given them the push they need to take it all the way. Tom Brady, along with plenty of young talent, will undoubtedly provide a superior New England Patriots’ performance. No matter who takes it, we’re in for an intense season.
The weather is warm and school’s almost out! That means it’s time for some fun in the sun with your family and friends. What better way to make your summer exciting than by sampling a couple of new activities? Water sports are a great way to get in shape and stay cool on scorching summer days. Here are a few you might like to try.
Every June for 21 years, Woodstock, Vermont, has hosted the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. This year on June 2, the town will host the 22nd annual race. This race always sells out super fast because the beautiful course drops gently 200 feet in elevation over 13.1 miles, with only a couple of short hills. Named Vermont’s premier half marathon, the course winds around ponds and through picturesque villages, fields, and of course the eponymous covered bridges in the best weather the season has to offer (temperatures between 51 and 77 degrees with little chance of rain). With this year’s race on the horizon but already sold out, you might be wondering how you can get in on the action and prepare to participate in next year’s race.
When it comes to participating in sports, fueling your body right is as important as getting in some solid practice before the big game. A good rule of thumb is to consume about half the number of calories that you expect to burn during the game, run, or practice. In terms of which nutrients your body needs, you’ll want about 50% to 60% of those calories to come from complex carbohydrates. Simple sugars (including some sports drinks) can cause a spike in blood sugar that’s followed by a drop that could leave you dizzy and fatigued. Avoid fatty foods before games as well; they take much longer to digest than carbs and can make you feel sluggish. It’s also a smart idea to test your pre-game snacks before a couple of practices to ensure that they agree with you and don’t upset your stomach.
Sports provide one of the best outlets for the limitless energy that kids seem to have. As an extracurricular activity, they have a lot to offer children beyond the chance to burn off excess energy. Joining a sports team helps your child stay healthy and active, learn and practice sportsmanship, and improve social skills and concentration while developing a hobby that can be enjoyed throughout life. Letting children compete in a safe, fun environment develops their perseverance, work ethic, kinesthetic intelligence (knowing how to move one’s body), and coordination. To ensure your child’s successful introduction to a sport, consider his or her size, age, ability level, personality, and interests. Here are overviews of several choices to offer children, including some of the skills needed and what each has to offer.
Perhaps you’ve seen Hollywood’s depictions of epic dogsledding rides across snowy terrain in Eight Below or Snow Buddies. But do you know the true history of this ancient human activity? Beyond the thrill of bouncing across snow-covered slopes on a fur-lined sled is the original function of dogsledding: the sole means of transportation, and sometimes survival, in the coldest places on Earth.
Ski season is finally here, and whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, the East and West Coasts boast some very different conditions and terrains for your skiing fun. With forecasts for a snowier winter compared to last year’s, we’ve put together a comparison of what each coast has to offer skiers or boarders so you can decide which is right for you.
Skating and Skiing Around Town: The Best Places to Ice-Skate and Cross-Country Ski in the Upper Valley
It’s the wee hours of the morning, still no trace of the dawn’s early light on the horizon, and the icy air cuts through the coats and mittens of the drivers pulling up to the ice rink. These are the hockey moms and dads—the unsung heroes in any family with a young hockey player—who are out there when the rest of us are still snuggled under layers of quilts, making sure the kids are on time for their teams. Odd hours, cold rinks, and sweaty clothes in the back seat of the car are common among the unwavering parent-cheerleaders.
No NBA team in recent memory coming off a Conference Finals appearance has undergone perhaps as dramatic a retooling as the Boston Celtics have this off-season. While the leadership core has, for the most part, remained intact, it will be the supporting cast that will largely determine if the Celtics can improve on last season’s performance in 2012–13.