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Do You Like Table Tennis Like Me? After Kitesurfing

I always loved to play table tennis – since my childhood I have played the game and enjoyed every bit of it.

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My hectic schedule these days has certainly limited my time spent in playing the game, but I still try to find much time possible, so that I can practice the game. My friends come over at home during the weekends. We usually do not watch television or chit-chat; it is always a game of table tennis which attracts us.

If you are reading the article, it surely means, you have certain interest in the game. Do you like playing table tennis like me? Well, I have several happy memories of my school days, when I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to play the game. Those days, we were not financially as sound as I am today. My dad couldn’t afford the good ping pong paddle for me. I had several cheaper varieties of the paddle and was certainly very happy with whatever I had.

There were days, when I played so much that my paddle simply wouldn’t last long. In fact, I knew my dad wouldn’t get me a new one because I had broken the paddle, way too early. I didn’t mind those times – I simply wanted to play and enjoy the game. So, all that I would do was to borrow a ping pong paddle from my friends. I practiced the game lots. Whenever I had time, I would spend playing the game. I felt happier and healthier after a session of the game.

Soon, things started turning for the good. As they say, hard work is always rewarded and so I was. Though, I did not have many expectations and never believed that I could play really well, things started looking up, when my sports teacher recognized by talent. There were several students playing the game, but the selectors found me to be the most promising and enthusiastic.

I was given special coaching and just in a few months I was representing my school in several tournaments. I can proudly say that I have won many laurels for my schools. Those were the golden days of my life. Finally, I was presented the best ping pong paddle of my life. It was certainly the happiest day of my life, when I had the paddle in my hand.

In the later years, I played a number of games which included kite surfing but Ping continued to be my favorite game. I still play the game at home. In my busy schedule and hectic lifestyle, I still find a way to play the game. I am amazed by the opportunities youngsters get these days to train. Ping pong robot is something which has always amazed me. Youngsters have the best training when they play with a ping pong robot. Have you ever had the opportunity to play with the ping pong robot? If you have – I must say, you are really lucky, because I never had this privilege during my training days.

Ping pong can actually bring in a lot of positivity and health benefits in your life. It is not just a game for fun and entertainment. This is a health booster, which you should never busy. Do you know how a game of ping pong can help your health?

  • Research reveals that those who play ping pong at least sixty minutes a day have a fit body. They are able to lose weight quickly. Calorie burning can never be as fun and entertaining. It is a great way of losing fat.
  • The game helps in boosting your concentration level. Since, it is a fast paced game, the player needs to focus a lot on the game. With continuous focus, your concentration level is definitely going to improve.
  • This is one of the few games which helps in improving your reflex action. If hand and eye coordination has always been a problem for you, you can try the game of ping pong.
  • This is the game which helps in improving your body balance. Try it and you will realize the difference.

If you have never played the game, I suggest, you give it a try. You are not going to regret it.

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Kitesurfing Fitness – First step, diet.

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Kitesurfing is not a physically demanding sport unless you want it to be. Cruising across the sea sat comfortably in a harness using the tips of fingers to control your wing is almost effortless. Do not let anyone tell you any different. However the flip side is that you can make it seriously extreme by going out in strong winds and unhooking, in simple terms unhooking the control bar from your comfortable harness, riding the kite and swinging like a trapeze, the attraction is more freedom, being fully extended and spinning feels just incredible, it is also good for your back and shoulders to be stretched, the consideration is the landings, when you are pushing your limits landing can be like hitting a brick wall but don’t let this put you off as we can get away with metaphorical murder compared to other sports. Nearly every other extreme sport when you take a big fall, you are going to break bones,  rip flesh and smash your head open. Think MotoX, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, snow boarding, a bad day is hospitalization or worse but in kitesurfing if you are relatively safe, if you practice just simple common sense, leave plenty of room, build up to your tricks, wear protective gear and are fit, a drop on your face from the sky at serious speed is nothing worse than a slap in the face, a winding and dented pride. One of the local hero’s at my local beach who is a national downhill mountain bike contender reckons that kitesurfing accidents are, and I quote “sexual”. Occasionally the water can take your breath away due to an impact in your nether regions but this is quite rare and mainly down to the highly addictive activity of kiteloops which I will cover in another post.

In order to have the most fun from Kitesurfing and to progress even if you are just going cruising and your main goal is just to ride, chill out, suck in the scenery, hang out with friends, meet others or just be a part of something amazing you could do yourself no harm by getting a little bit fitter. Great news, the bi product of this is living longer which means more sunrise/sunset sessions, more of everything that you really enjoy out of life, keeping fit is the ultimate win win situation for you.

So where do you start?

Diet. Simple. Fitness is 80% what you eat and drink and only 20% working out. First things first, sort your diet out. You dont have to be an angel here but from seeing hundreds of people struggle with board starts because they have a belly and struggle getting their legs up to their chest in the water will stops progression and can turn something awesome into a chore.

I have been training for many years and studied diet as a huge part of all my other sports, I have kitesurfed across the English channel in an unofficial world record (the camera crew were sick and had to stop filming as it was so rough but that’s in another post) so here is what I know in a nut shell, as concise as I can keep it for you to be able to be better prepared for teaching yourself to kitesurf.

Drink more water, dont eat carbs (no chips, pies etc) in the evening, be prepared, get your shopping sorted, keeping fit starts in the supermarket, buy non processed food that is wholesome and good for you, realize that you are going to get peckish, take healthy snacsk with you everywhere like fruit, nuts and one of my favorites peanut butter, honey on rice cakes. Eat a big breakfast everyday, the old saying eat like a king in the morning, a prince in the afternoon and a porper in the evening, drink lemon juice in the morning to kick start your metabolism, drink only water during the day, cut out stimulants, cut back on meat, cut out sugar entirely, don’t touch anything low cal or fat free as sweeteners are death on a stick.

Ok so I really could go on, I am super passionate about diet after seeing the massive benefits in my life from changing my diet like seeing my riding improve, having more energy, being better at work, having more time, looking better, feeling smug, massive endophine and ceretonin realeases that make you feel epic! etc etc etc

Now no one is perfect so you will be glad to know that your body loves cheat days. So when your diet is consistently sorted and you have weened yourself off everything bad, not only will everything in your life improve but you will also be able to indulge in the world famous cheat day, yes, eat as much you want and what ever you want. Woo Hoo! How could anyone not love a cheat day, all the chocolate, chips, kebabs and sweets you can fit in your cake hole in a day and its good for you. Yes if you are strict then your body can get used to so much good food that it needs to process some junk, plus as an added benefit your brains happiness receptors will be in seventh heaven so you will feel great too and not guilty either, another clear win win.

All in all its not rocket science, a little bit of planning,  preparation, extra investment in some quality food will help you learn to kitesurf quicker. Fact. Once you get in to it almost every aspect of you life will improve too how brilliant is that?

Ride harder, go bigger and go for longer. Simple.

Click on the picture below for a summary of how to structure your diet.

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Right now you have made some small but positive changes to your diet.

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