Nicholas Fainlight

A young professional interested in sports and fitness.

6 Skills Organized Sports Teach You

6 Skills Organized Sports Teach You

Sports hold many benefits for those who participate in them. You might not feel interested in sports, especially when it comes to having to compete, but even recreationally there are plenty of benefits. No matter what age you are, or if you have a young child who you think might be interested in playing a sport, here are some of the many skills that can be gained from joining a team and working toward a common goal while improving yourself in the process.

Teamwork

The most obvious skill you’ll learn from organized sports is teamwork. Even if you’re pursuing a more singular sport, such as running, if you’re working on a team, you still need to work together to push one another and meet individual (and group) goals. Even simply being able to organize a time to practice with other people leads to better teamwork. Playing a sport, such as soccer, where you’re on a team means you need to work together to win.

Focus

Sports force you to be incredibly focused, from small physical tasks you need to do to hone your skills to larger goals such as winning a championship. When you’re on the field, you cannot be distracted by other concerns. You learn to stay focused on the task at hand and do what needs to get done.

Healthy lifestyle

It’s no secret that an active lifestyle is good for you. Participating in sports helps people stay fit and often leads to better nutritional choices. You’ll learn what the best foods to eat are and what gives you the most energy. If you want to play at your best, you’ll need to get a full night’s rest. Athletes understand the importance of taking care of their bodies to avoid injury and to win their competitions.

Self discipline

As an athlete, you’ll need to learn the skill of self discipline. Participating in sports teaches you that you cannot simply eat whatever you feel like; it’ll negatively affect you the next day. When you have practices and competitions to attend, you also need to carefully plan your schedule around that. If you’re working or in school, also participating in sports means you need to priortize and plan your time carefully instead of doing whatever you want, whenever.

Communication

Many people lack communication skills, but sports help improve this skill. When you’re on a team and working with other athletes, you need to learn how to communicate with them in a clear, positive way. One of the worst issues a team can face is a lack of communication, where people begin to resent and misunderstand one another because it then affects how they play.

Leadership

A large amount of leaders were also athletes at some point in their lives. When you’re on a team, there are going to be some people who naturally help lead others and innately understand how to better your game, as an individual and as a team. Even if you do not have great leadership skills before joining an organized sport, the longer you participate, the easier it is to develop those skills.

5 Fantastic Ways to Spend Time Outside This Fall

5 Fantastic Ways to Spend Time Outside This Fall

Autumn is a fantastic time to get outside for a variety of fun activities. The weather is cooler and there are endless activities you can do outside. You’ll still have warmer days from the tail end of summer and many places open over the summer are still running. You get the added bonus of beautiful leaves changing color and the chance to go hiking to get a better look. Here are some ways to spend time outside this fall.

Visit an apple orchard

If someone wants to have a bushel of fresh apples, then they should visit an apple-picking orchard with their family or friends on a gorgeous Saturday morning. It is a good idea to layer clothing for the day because everyone will need to climb ladders to pick the apples from trees, which can be a fairly big workout! Whether you want to eat the apples or use them to make other food, you’ll definitely find a use for them.

Celebrate football games

Football is the most popular sport during autumn and one of the best ways to celebrate the sport is to have a party with your friends to watch a big game. You can also tailgate a game in person; whatever works best for you. Prepare food ahead of time and delegate responsibilities to everyone who’s coming. Have paper plates and plastic utensils to serve everyone after the football game ends.

Go on a hayride

Look for a farm that offers hayrides on wagons pulled by horses. This autumn activity requires riding on the loose hay or hay bales that are in the wagon, so make sure to wear rugged clothing for the excursion. The hayride may include seeing the other animals on a farm such as the cows, chickens, or pigs, making it a learning experience for children. You can also find plenty of Halloween attractions with haunted hayrides!

Enjoy a camping trip

Autumn is the perfect time for a camping trip in the woods to enjoy the changing color of the leaves. Make sure to have high-quality sleeping bags and tents to cope with the cooler weather conditions. Bring along a camping stove so that it is easy to cook tasty foods such as roasted hot dogs and grilled hamburgers. If you want to go camping for a few days, make sure that you have all the supplies necessary.

Visit a pumpkin patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch in the autumn is one of the best family activities so that children (and adults) can make unique jack-o’-lanterns. Make sure that everyone bundles up in flannel shirts and sturdy jeans to walk through the patch while looking for a bright orange pumpkin that’s perfect to carve or simply set out for decoration.

4 Benefits of Taking a Fitness Class

4 Benefits of Taking a Fitness Class

No matter your level of interest in fitness, there are plenty of reasons to take a fitness class. There is going to be a class out there that fits your fitness level and what you’re interested in, so take time to look at some of your options and find what works for you. It’s also not a bad idea to try out different classes before settling on one that works the best for you. Here are some of the many benefits of taking a fitness class.

Learn new exercise methods

If you want to learn more about a particular type of exercise, joining a fitness class is a great way to learn about yoga, lifting weights, or boxing. In addition to learning from the teacher, a fitness class gives you the chance to learn from other people. The instructor walks around the classroom to help students use the correct positions or movements for a particular type of exercise and is useful for learning the correct way to do a specific exercise.

Stick to a scheduled time

If you find it difficult to stick to a regular exercise routine, paying for a fitness class is usually a better incentive to make sure you regularly exercise and arrive on time so you don’t waste your money. Joining fitness classes that occur two or three times a week can help you meet your fitness goals, such as losing weight and gaining muscle tone. Look at various exercise classes and the times they’re offered to find what best fits your individual schedule.

Better structure for fitness

Trainers structure their exercise classes carefully so that that the students engage in a warmup routine before beginning the major portion of the class. As the class is ending, the teacher also has a cool-down so that the students don’t experience risk fitness injuries. This type of class structuring can help you understand how to create your own exercise routine once you’re done with the class.

Make new connections

Socializing during a fitness class offers benefits for your mental and physical health. You’ll have friendly competitions with each other in your fitness class to determine who does the best in reaching their goals. This type of camaraderie can lead to having lifelong friendships with other individuals who want to remain physically fit. These connections can also provide perfect companions for when you want to do a regular workout outside of class. Find people to hold you accountable and you can work out with in addition to your fitness class.

About Nicholas Fainlight

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A young Nicholas Fainlight with his brother, Ben

 

Nicholas Fainlight has played a number of sports throughout his life, such as football, basketball, baseball and water polo. He has always enjoyed being active, but swimming is his biggest passion.

Swimming was not always his favorite sport. In fact, he started off with baseball. When he was young, he would always stay in the batting cages working to tweak his technique.He believes that baseball is a great way to focus yourself. Playing baseball and working on tuning his technique was extremely important to Fainlight. It allowed him to control his mind and keep it in tune with his body.

 

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Nicholas with the Loomis Chaffee Baseball Team.

It was this precision and fine-tuning that allowed Nicholas Fainlight to fall in love with swimming as well. He got involved with swimming when he was a freshman in high school. He had been playing football, but had grown tired of it and wanted to change things up. His advisor suggested that he try out water polo since he had good arms from playing baseball. Fainlight took up the sport and it immediately clicked. Once the water polo season ended, he noticed that most of the water polo team stayed in the water by participating in the swim team during swim season. He figured he’d join in and do swimming as well. He did not yet know how important swimming would be to him.

The swim team was a close-knit group of guys that were like a family. They all worked hard and supported each other, pushing each other to succeed. Fainlight realized what a beautiful sport swimming is and it got him through high school.

Nicholas Fainlight loves everything about swimming. He loves how smooth and fluid it is. Just like baseball, swimming allows you to keep your body and mind in sync with one another. Swimming is a personal sport but a team sport at the same time. Fainlight loves being in the water and thinking about how to be as streamlined as possible. The smallest technical things can make or break a swimmer, and he is fascinated by this. Swimming is a sport that pushes you to work harder to be faster than the person next to you. Fainlight likes to use this drive to get better throughout all aspects of his life.

Image of Nicholas Fainlight posing with the Loomis Chaffee Baseball Team

Nicholas with the Loomis Chaffee Swim Team

Sports are very important to one’s development, as Nicholas Fainlight learned in a class about associating, leading, and serving. In this class, he learned that athletics allows a kid to learn at an early age whether he or she is a leading personality or an aiding personality. Sports allow kids to build camaraderie at a young age and also build respect for adults. When a young person joins a sports team, he or she is given people to look up to and a team to go to for support. Athletic kids can also learn that there is not one way to do things right.

Nicholas Fainlight believes that the most important thing to get out of athletics is confidence. As a young child, he was quiet and shy, but he was able to relax once he got into baseball. From then on, he enjoyed sports as a way to stay active and to be around people. He remains passionate about swimming and also golf as a hobby.