Posts Tagged ‘football’

Sports, Sports, and more Sports – How to stay active while watching all of your favorite sports on TV.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In Chicago we are in the midst of quite a time in sports. There is Cubs playoff baseball on TV, Blackhawks hockey, Bears football, college football, bulls basketball and so much more.

The question you might be asking is: how do I avoid becoming a bum watching all of the great sports on TV? We have the answer for you with a few suggestions below.

1. In general sitting and watching TV is not great for your health. One suggestion is, if you are watching a long game, walk around at commercial breaks (there sure are plenty of them). Or better yet, try mixing in some exercises during the commercials (sit-ups, crunches, or even a pullup).

2. Instead of watching on your big TV at home, try going for a walk in your neighborhood and listening to your old fashioned radio while you walk. PRO TIP: if you don’t have a radio anymore, you might be able to stream audio for free via a smartphone.

3. Subscribe to a steaming video service (WatchESPN, BTN2go, MLBtv, etc.) and watch your favorite game while on the treadmill or other exercise machine.

4. Lastly, you can take the stress away by just putting down the remote, turning off the TV and going to workout, catch the score and highlights when the game is over. We know this isn’t that much fun, but you didn’t think we’d tell you to sit on your couch all day did you?

Hope you enjoyed our tips! Best of luck to all of your favorite sports teams out there!

–The Chicago Family Fit Team

World Cup (Hey look at all of those fit soccer players)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Are you at home watching the world cup? Have you been thinking to yourself, look at all of those fit player run around?

Well, if you couldn’t figure this out already, soccer is a great form of exercise. It’s a great display of balance, flexibility, endurance and strength.
Many of us played soccer when we were kids at the local park district, at recess or just in the backyard. Most of us never imagined we grow up to be soccer stars (Maybe football, baseball, basketball stars), but we certainly wish we were as athletic as the soccer stars are now.

Even if soccer isn’t your sport, it’s still pretty popular around the world, here are a few statistics:

Did you know that the World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world? The most watched sporting event in the world is football (European Football).

To give you an idea of how popular football is, the 2006 world cup final drew 716 million viewers. While the whole tournament attracted 30+ billion non-unique viewers.

As for recurring events, 600 million households watch the English Premier League (football) a week.

This past week in Chicago, more than 20,000 fans filled Grant Park to watch the American Team compete against Portugal.

Okay, as fun as soccer is to watch on TV, it’s even more fun to play. If your kids play soccer, join them for a few minutes and get some exercise in of your own. Or perhaps you could plan a game of your own and grab some friends and head out to a large open field. You don’t even need goals; just bring some cones or markers for goals. Soccer is a good form of exercise, because it’s a game and you don’t always realize what a great workout you are getting.

So next time you’re looking to break-up your exercise routine, try out a game o f soccer (or football as they call it!).

Also, Go USA!!!!