Challenges Athletes Face When They Retire

Facing retirement from your sporting career can be tough, but knowing what to expect can make the transition easier. Here, we highlight the challenges that athletes may face when they finish competing.

All athletes have to face the reality that one day their sporting careers will end and they will have to begin a new chapter in their lives. Some may reach retirement sooner than others – New Zealand’s Julie Brougham was still competing in dressage at last year’s Olympic Games Rio 2016 at the age of 62 – but eventually every athlete will have to call it a day. The transition into a post-sport life isn’t always easy, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the transition by reading about the challenges that you may be facing…

1. Loss of structure
As an athlete, you are used to following a rigid training schedule. While at first it may seem liberating not having to get up and train every day, the lack of a strict routine can often leave you feeling lost. If you’re used to having things done for you by coaches or members of your entourage, then planning your own life and even carrying out simple tasks can often be difficult. To overcome this, try building some structure into your regular day by creating a schedule – even if it includes nothing more than eating breakfast and doing some laundry, it will help give you some goals for the day.

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A Millennial’s First Day At Your Nonprofit

“Imagine that a Millennial is arriving today for the first day on the job at your organization. It’s their first full-time job. If given only a sentence to provide them advice for the rest of their professional career, what would you tell them? The answer largely depends on your generation.

Despite jokes about living in their parents’ basement, Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S. and they range in age up to 39. The Millennial generation stops at those born after 1995. Those younger are in Generation Z.

Jason Dorsey, co-founder and Millennials and Gen Z researcher at The Center for Generational Kinetics, discussed generational perception and divides in the workplace during his presentation “Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking the Power of Generations to Grow Your Business” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Conference in National Harbor, Md.”

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How to Negotiate a Job Offer

“You wanted this job so bad, and finally the offer arrived. The adrenaline is flowing freely, and you feel like sharing the good news with the entire world — certainly with those who contributed to your win. But is this job a really good deal? Could you have gotten a better deal if you only knew how?

The majority of people simply melt once they get a coveted job offer. They’re so grateful and they feel so saved that they think that by crossing the finish line, their goal has been attained. However, that is not the case. A job offer is a significant milestone indeed, but negotiating your best deal right now is the only time you can do it. You’re now in the falling-in-love period — like when you were in your teens and falling in love and your love interest could do no wrong and was simply perfect. Well, once the company you’ve applied to goes through the arduous and protracted hiring process and decided on you as the winner, they want to move on. At this point, they don’t want to go back to square one and start the process all over. That’s the time to negotiate.”

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Top 10 Classic Sport Movies

Fighting, dying, hoping, hating … great sports films are about far more than sport itself. Here Guardian and Observer critics pick their 10 best.10.

This Sporting Life
Lindsay Anderson brought to bear on his adaptation of David Storey’s first novel, all the poetic-realist instincts he had been honing for the previous decade as a documentarian in the Humphrey Jennings mould. (Anderson had won the 1953 best doc Oscar for Thursday’s Children.) Filmed partly in Halifax and Leeds, but mainly in and around Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Club, one of its incidental attractions is its record of a northern, working-class sports culture that would change out of all recognition over the next couple of decades.

The story of Frank Machin, a miner who becomes a star on the rugby field, all the while knowing that he is considered as disposable property – a machin(e)? – by his club, and as “a great ape on a football field” by his landlady and lover (Rachel Roberts), is told in a stream-of-consciousness style, largely in flashbacks from a dentist’s chair, using some of the most inventive editing – by Peter Taylor – that British cinema had ever seen. Produced by Karel Reisz, it was perhaps the last gasp of the northern kitchen-sink boomlet inaugurated by Room at the Top and climaxing with Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and its failure at the box-office caused producers to withdraw from the genre.

Nonetheless, this is the movement’s artistic pinnacle, featuring marvellous black and white cinematography by Denys Coop, and performances that are still shattering to witness. Harris was just back from Tahiti, having played opposite Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty, and although he abhorred Brando, the cursed and luckless Machin – shirt number 13 – is as Brando-esque a performance as British cinema has ever produced.

And though the rugby scenes take up relatively little screen-time, they are vivid, violent and frenetic, with massed crowds of working men roaring on the touchline. The last match, with Harris physically exhausted and emotionally destroyed, and black with mud, is filmed like a day on the Somme.”

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4 Wallet-Friendly Fun Things To Do

Today’s consumer culture makes us believe that fun can only be had if we spend a great deal of money. But the truth can reached at very easily. Think back to the best memories of the past year and see whether they comprised of indulging in shopping sprees or spending quality time with your loved ones. The same goes for earning money. Did you find inner peace the day your paycheque was deposited in your account or when you sat down to meditate for a few minutes. Make a list of ten things that gave you joy and count how many of those were based in consumerism. I bet almost none.

As a practice, spend an entire month without buying anything or spend money on frivolous items that you can do without. Instead, spend your free time doing something you love. This will help you realize what you want in life and where your happiness lies. To help you with this exercise, URstore suggests five inexpensive ways to have a good time.

1. Pick up a new fun sport such as cycling.
What I love about cycling is how you not only get some exercise but also get from point a to point b. I set aside the last hour before sunset for cycling because of the pleasant weather during that time. I put on my helmet, grab a water bottle, and bike to a park nearby. The greenery around me allows for nice, deep breaths as a way to relax my body. What’s more, I listen to relaxing music to bring calm and peace to my mind.

2. Read an inspirational book.
Reading is one of the best ways to learn new things and keep your mind active. Look up the New York Times Bestseller in the category of books you’re inclined to read. This will help you decide what you should read next. Don’t rush to finish the book because the joy doesn’t lie in completing book after book. It’s in finding the right book that speaks to your soul, one you can read again and again and take something away each time.

3. Go for a picnic at the local park.
Make a nice sandwich and pack it along with your favorite cold drink to have in the local park. Spending your evenings on the couch is no way to enjoy the summer. Get our and stay out as long as you can while the weather is warm. Bonus tip: bike to the park and take a book with you!

4. Throw a potluck party.
Invite your near and dear for a potluck party. This is a great way of gathering those you love and get to devour delicious food together. You can set themes to add a flavor and take turns hosting the party to mix things up.

5 Tips for Effective Running

There are few things in life that get our heart pumped, running is one of them. To be an effective runner, there are lots of things to consider: the right sneakers, the right outfit, the right location (other than the treadmill If you’re a running enthusiast, you’ve probably got it all figured out. In this post, we are going to discuss some simple yet crucial points that will ensure you’re making the most of your runs. Without further ado, here are five tips by URstore for you:

1. Maintain a proper diet.
You are what you eat and that’s even more true in running. If you eat too little you won’t have the stamina needed to do the miles. If you eat too much, you will suffer from cramps. More importantly, the right diet will lead to an ideal eight for racing. You can now watch your weight very closely with a food scale and an activity monitor like fitbit. Simply put, follow the axiom of ‘calories in, calories out.’ Watch your calorie intake and maintain workout schedule accordingly. This is a good way of tracking your progress as well.

2. Keep yourself hydrated.
Ensure you’re having a good amount of water as well as other healthy beverages such as coconut water. The key to proper hydration is to keep a balance, don’t overdo it because in worst case scenarios overconsumption of water has proved fatal. Carry a stainless steel water bottle and stock your fridge with unsweetened coconut water.

3. Mix up your workout.
One sure way of sustaining injuries while running is by not doing any other type of workout. Due to repetitive use of the same muscle groups, you can expose your body to a high risk of injury. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of stretching before and after every run. According to, “stretching after a workout helps to reduce muscle fatigue. When you stretch after a workout, your muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation.”

4. Maintain consistency and discipline.
Write out a plan and stick to it. Whether it’s an hour a day or whatever your goal is, it helps to write it down. As you follow your daily regimen, it will help you build consistency. Mix high intensity and low intensity running modes to build speed and endurance. It helps to have running buddies to motivate you and keep you company.

5. Dress right.
From shoes to accessories such as headband and smart watch, shirt and trousers, make sure you put some thought into what you will wear during workout session. It’s important to be comfortable in your gear and oftentimes wearing the right shoes is crucial for injury prevention

Sports and Risk Factors for Major Diseases

“An understanding of the most prevalent diseases and associated risk factors is crucial to conceptualise the role of sport in health prevention and promotion. In developing countries, sport is widely used as a tool to educate individuals and communities on the risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS. Whilst HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases continue to affect millions of people around the world, there is a significant increase in the global burden of non-communicable diseases related to lifestyle changes in physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and tobacco use.

Cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease and stroke and are the leading causes of death globally. Causes of cardiovascular disease are unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving glucose metabolism, reducing body fat and lowering blood pressure.

Diabetes is a disease which occurs when the body does not produce or properly use insulin and this may result in Type I or Type II diabetes. Diabetes may be prevented, or at least delayed, by weight loss, a healthy lifestyle, in particular, regular physical activity. Diet, drug therapy and physical activity are also major components of the treatment of diabetes.

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San Diego is the New Top Philanthropy City

“San Diego ousted Houston as the most philanthropic city in the United States, according to latest Metro Market Study released by nonprofit charity evaluator Charity Navigator.

The annual study compares the median performance and size of the largest nonprofits in the 30 largest metropolitan markets, which account for 62 percent of the 8,219 charities evaluated by the Glen Rock, N.J.-based nonprofit.

For overall financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, three cities scored better than 90: San Diego, 90.10, which finished tied for No. 4 in last year’s study; Houston, 90.05, which was No. 1 last year, and St. Louis, 90.03, which was No. 2 in 2016. Rounding out the top five were Tampa-St. Petersburg, 89.51, which finished third last year, and Dallas, 89.39, which tied with San Diego in the previous year.

In addition to overall score, the study provides rating dimensions for Financial Score and Accountability & Transparency Score, which examine almost two dozen metrics, ranging from program and administrative expenses to donor privacy policies, and contributions and revenue, as well as CEO compensation, among other things.”

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How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

“The internet is responsible for trillions of dollars in annual retail sales, and a study by Statista reveals that in 2016, an estimated 1.61 billion people worldwide purchase goods online.

This data shows how the market has changed. Every business aspires to produce goods or render services for maximum profits. However, it is not enough to produce goods or render services — you need a market share comprised of loyal customers and clients. Clients and customers are going digital, and conventional sales methods are phasing out.

This explains why millions of businesses are embracing e-commerce. However the issue is not with launching your online business — it’s about securing it against cyber attack, hackers and unscrupulous competitors.”

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The Problem of Masculinity in Sports

“With forty years under its belt, Title IX is rightfully lauded for having not just levelled, but transformed the playing field for women and girls. Title IX, passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, provides that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Simply put, Title IX bans sex discrimination by educational institutions that take federal money.

Congress’s aim in passing Title IX was to provide women and girls with equal opportunity in education in an era when they were blatantly discriminated against in terms of admission, especially to professional schools; had their numbers capped; or were admitted but were subjected to entirely different (and worse) treatment.

Title IX indeed has changed the face of education. It has been invoked to protect students against sexual harassment by teachers and peers, to ensure fair treatment of pregnant and parenting students, to remove obstacles to women’s education in non-traditional fields like science and math, and to curtail the use of single-sex education that was rooted in stereotype. But Title IX is most known for its impact on athletics, even though that was probably the furthest thing from the legislators’ mind when they enacted it. (The legislative history suggests little more than some chuckling over the prospect of co-ed football and co-ed locker rooms.)”

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