Do Not Let Canadian Winter Stop You from Being Active

Believe it or not, it is possible to be Canadian and hate winter. We are not being facetious when they say this; the Americans seem to think we all love ice and snow, which is why we live up here. True, there is a significant number of Canadians who do dig skiing and snowboarding and hockey, but a lot of us do not. We prefer sports played in warmer weather, which is why the coming of winter can be especially depressing for some people.

Fortunately, there is a way to get around all that ice and snow thanks to an air dome structure for sports. These structures are increasingly popular and there is a very good possibility that you have seen one in your travels. However, you might not have known that these air-supported structures can be used for sporting activities.


Installing such a dome does require some planning and things like land preparation and permits, but they are not nearly as involved as what one faces when building a regular structure. If you are interested in adding an indoor tennis court to your community, the first step is to determine the cost to a build a tennis course bubble. Once that is ascertained, the manufacturer will work with you to determine the best location and help you to perform whatever land preparation is required.

Also, most manufacturers will help you to do the research and paperwork involved in obtaining the required land and building permits, as well as the financials involved in purchasing the building materials.

Construction on domes generally starts in the spring so that they are ready by the fall at the latest. That way, your community can play tennis and other outdoor sports while it’s warm and then have the dome ready to host such events when it is no longer hospitable outside.


Safety in Sports

It’s true that many injuries come from playing sports.  Most of them are from contact and team sports like football and soccer.  However, individual sports like diving, skiing, surfing, and tennis also have consequences when not played right.  Before putting your child in any sort of team or individual activity or sport, always take them to the doctor first to get checked.  It’s important because if they grow up and become really successful in whatever sport they play, they may have a professional career playing in that sport.  This leads to the topic of workplace safety – in sports, this is even more important because the chances of getting hurt increase drastically. 

Whenever you start a new career in sports, you should always have class training for health and safety.  It’s similar to swimming – you take CPR and first aid in the classroom before going into the pool.  Even in the army, you must learn health and safety information in a classroom before practicing out in the field.  Classroom work is extremely important because you have to learn the basics of everything before trying it out. 

For sports like diving, you should always know the safety instructions for working at heights training.  Just because you’re jumping into a pool of water doesn’t mean that it’s a safe sport.  In every sport, there are injuries and there are ways to prevent those injuries by learning about safety in the workplace.  People who have careers in sports often become injured and have to either take time away to heal or even end their careers due to not knowing prevention tactics of getting hurt.  This is why health and safety is even more important in a career in sports because the chances of getting injured is higher than ever.  Everyone should know the basics and safety rules of whatever they participate it.  Protect yourself and others by understanding this information. 

Running Your First Race

I remember running my first marathon a couple of years back.  It was not only difficult but also exciting and exhilarating.  When you cross that finish line, you’ll feel so proud of yourself like never before.  There are some things on race day that I wish I had known when I ran my first marathon.  A good routine to follow always helps me get my mindset in place for the big run.  Make sure you eat a balanced and full breakfast in the morning.  This will be your ultimate energy supply throughout the day.  When you’re training, follow a general routine everyday so that you can get used to doing the same things every day in advance to your race.  On the day of, do the same routine you have done and it should help calm your nerves.  The night before, lay out what you’re planning on wearing for the marathon.  You don’t want to have to think about clothes and shoes on the day of your big run.  Remember to include your unique bracelet to notify of an emergency in case something happens to you.  You don’t want to be put in a situation where the doctors aren’t sure of what you’re allergic to or if you have any diseases.  This is especially important.


Remember to wear the shoes you’ve been training in and also wear layers when it comes to clothes.  Depending on the weather, it might start out cold and then as you are continuously running, it may get warmer and warmer.  You can start to take off the layers and tie it around your waist.  Also make sure to bring a granola bar or energy bar that you can eat while you run.  Your energy will get depleted pretty quickly so you’ll want something to help boost you up.  Depending on the styles of medic alert necklace or emergency bracelet, make sure that it’s safe to wear and won’t be choking you or making you feel uncomfortable.  Lastly, if you’re allowed music, I highly recommend bringing earphones and a small music device.  In some of my runs, you’re allowed to listen to music and on others, you’re not.  I’ve always felt that the run goes faster with music and it’s also a great way to motivate myself.

I hope these tips help you out in your first run.  Just remember to do the same things on the day of the marathon like you would do on a training day.  Wear the same shoes, similar clothes, and eat and drink the same as you would on your routine.  You just have to get your mind in the mentality and you’ll do great!

Training For Your First Marathon


Marathons are hard work, and training for your first marathon might be a huge challenge to some people.  We understand how tough it may seem in the beginning because we’ve done it before.  And then again and again and again.  Eventually you get the hang of it and start to really love it.  The training pushes your body, and your health will increase like it never has before.  Here are some tips for first time marathon runners.  Remember – training is just as important as the marathon itself.

You know what makes training for a marathon easier?  Friends!  Friends and teammates provide much more inspiration and encouragement than anyone else.  Why?  Because they’re training too.  Having people to train with keeps you accountable as well as gives you encouragement not to stop training.

Make sure you have the right shoes and that they’re comfortable.  The last thing you want is to buy new shoes the day before your marathon and not being to break them in.  Train in the shoes you’re planning on wearing during the marathon.  That way, nothing will surprise you.

When you’re training your body, you also want to train your diet.  Eating the proper foods is just as important as running each day.  If you’re not intaking the proper nutrients or not enough, your body will deteriorate and you won’t have enough energy to continue training.  Always make sure you’re feeding your body what it needs.