Our job at Men's Health is to make your life better. But, just like you, we also like to take care of ourselves. One way we do that is playing pickup hoops as a staff twice a week.Regardless of your skill level, basketball is the perfect cardio workout because of the constant action: You use about 90 percent of your maximum heart rate when playing, according to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning. Hoops is also great to improve your motor skills and hand eye coordination, and according to a review from the Recreational Sports Journal, sports like basketball help with stress reduction.Related: Playing Recreational Sports Can Keep You Fit Into Old AgeMost of all, basketball is pure fun: a way to hang out with friends and compete against one another. Now, wearing the best basketball shoes isn’t going to make you the next LeBron James, but you need a solid pair to help you protect your feet and perform better on the court.So we tested the newest models over the span of a year at … [Read more...] about These Are the 8 Best Basketball Shoes From 2017
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ESPN is teaming up with eBay to auction off a grip of sports experiences that could each become the peak of your life. To coincide with the 25th Annual ESPY Awards, fans can bid through July 12 at ebay.com/espn for more than 55 insane experiences. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation for cancer research, named for the legendary college basketball coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano. The experiences up for bidding include tickets to the 2018 College Football National Championship, tickets to the ESPN party at next year’s Super Bowl, a weekday spent shadowing Adam Schefter during the NFL season, and VIP access to the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. You could even watch Stephen A. Smith shout at people in person during a live broadcast of ESPN’s First Take.Bidding is already underway, and so far the highest priced experience is a chance to sit in on the Live With LeBatard show, which, as of publishing, has a top bid of $15,300. If you’re not really a sports fan, there … [Read more...] about ESPN Is Auctioning Off the Sports Experience of Your Dreams on eBay
Q: What's the best way to coordinate a sport shoe with chinos or blue jeans? —Joonyoung Kim via FacebookHi Joonyoung,Thanks for writing. The short answer is no. Those shoes are great—for running, biking, and hitting the gym, but they make you look amateurish anywhere else. Leave them in the locker room. That doesn’t mean you need to resort to wearing dress shoes all the time. Outside of the gym, you’re better off pairing your jeans and chinos with a sleek pair of sneakers.These navy ones from Tretorn are a fresh breakaway from the gray and white neutrals you’re used to. Not ready to ditch traditional gray? Then go for a chukka update with these Keds, featuring a gray suede that’ll fit with every color of pants. Or, try these from Clae. They combine leather and suede to add a sophisticated edge while still maintaining a casual sneaker vibe.Each of these options still has the athletic aesthetic and comfortable feel we all love, but a more … [Read more...] about Q: What’s the best way to coordinate a sport shoe with chinos or blue jeans?
Imagine for a moment that you’re a teenage athlete. You’ve loved sports as long as you can remember, and squeeze in as many as you can: football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring and summer. The problem, at least in the eyes of some of the adults in your life, is that your love is too promiscuous. You feel constant pressure to pick just one. Your football coach wants you and your teammates to spend your offseason loading the barbell like powerlifters and filling cafeteria trays like sumo wrestlers. The local AAU coach wants you to play basketball on his team through the spring and summer, making you more accessible to college recruiters. And the hitting instructor your father hired wants you to play baseball year-round: high school in the spring, travel teams in the summer, and showcases in the fall and winter.Now imagine instead that you’re the parent of a kid who’s good at just about anything he or she tries. On the one hand, … [Read more...] about How Soon Should Kids Focus on Only One Sport?
Your lucky pair of running shoes might not be so charmed, after all. According to a new study from the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory in Luxembourg, running day after day in the same sneaks can lead to results-wrecking injuries.For the study, researchers gathered intel on the running habits, injury rates, shoe usage, and cross-training routines of 264 recreational runners. During the 22-week study, 87 of the subjects suffered from at least one running-related injury that prevented them from logging miles for one day or more. While their running frequency, speed, and mileage varied, the injured runners tended to have one thing in common: They always ran in the same pair of shoes.MORE: 6 Common Running Injuries and How to Cure ThemMeanwhile, the runners who rotated between multiple pairs of running shoes (3.6 sets of kicks, on average) during the study had a 39 percent lower risk of injury. Researchers say the protective effect is due to mixing up the impact running has on your … [Read more...] about Why You Should Switch Up Your Running Shoes