Summer activities for teenagers

It’s finally summer! While your younger kids are begging to go the pool, your older kids may be wondering how to fill their time. It’s important for teens to stay busy. Help your teens fill their time by suggesting fun activities. The following activities are teen-approved.


First, try to encourage your child to get outdoors. Have them throw a frisbee around with their friends or a younger sibling. Let them ride their bike downtown to a movie or to get ice cream. Purchase kites at the local hobby shop, taking them to a park and flying the kites as a family. Participate in a sport together as a family. Go to a park that has tennis courts or basketball courts, for instance, or set up your own baseball game in your backyard. Teach your child how to swim in your backyard pool or build a sandcastle with them.


Another fun activity is to go camping. In most communities, there are local parks that allow camping. You can camp at most national and state parks. It all depends on what activities your family wants to do while there. If you want to fish or go hiking, for instance, this may take some research. Also, you have to decide if you’re tent camping or will have a camper. There are different amenities than if you are simply putting up a tent. There are electric and water hookups, for instance, as well as options for wifi.


When it gets too hot, it may be a great day to stay inside and play games. This may be board games or video games, but it’s important the teen spends time with their family. They are well on their way to growing up. Soon they will be out of the house and off to college. (Sorry, Mom). Spending the day with the family is going to create memories that last a lifetime. Turn on the air conditioner and eat simple foods. Have a turkey and cheese wrap for lunch instead of a hot sandwich. Pair it with chips or fruit. This helps your family beat the heat and have fun at the same time.


Teens may also have activities they enjoy just by themselves. They may enjoy writing in a journal or drawing, for instance. They may enjoy exercising, baking or studying a religious text. Respect that they enjoy this activity on their own. If you try to crowd their space, it may either spark their interest (and they’ll let you join them) or it could backfire. Alternatively, some teens may enjoy working on crafts. Help them invest their time in a home improvement project, such as flipping an item that you purchase at a second-hand store. There are several places you can sell these items after just adding a coat of paint.


Finally, encourage your teen to use the summer in order to learn a new skill. Are they off to college soon? Allow them to start their summer courses by taking a class or two at the local junior college. If they have a passion, drive that passion by enrolling them in workshops or seminars that further their knowledge or skills. This is going to be fuel for your child to love learning. They are going to be more willing to love school and keep learning than had they simply stayed home and watched reruns of their favorite sitcoms. It may be summer, but it doesn’t have to be the dog days of summer. Keep your child active and they’re going to thank you for it.

O’Neill, Henderson Represent Pitt on All-ACC Preseason Team The Pair of Pitt Juniors Earned All-ACC Honors Last Season

Quadree Henderson

LINK: O’Neill, Henderson Represent Pitt on All-ACC Preseason Team


PITTSBURGH—Two Pitt football players, junior offensive tackle Brian O’Neill and junior return man Quadree Henderson, were named to the All-ACC Preseason Team, the league office announced Wednesday morning.


The dynamic Panthers duo—both Delaware natives—gave Pitt two of the 27 players chosen to the 2017 All-ACC Preseason Football Team via voting by 167 media members that attended last week’s ACC Football Kickoff.


O’Neill (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) had already garnered preseason candidacies from the Outland Trophy for his blocking ability and the Wuerffel Trophy for his work in the community. On Wednesday, he added selection to the All-ACC Preseason Team as an offensive tackle, along with Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, as his accolades continue to add up prior to the 2017 campaign.


The junior, who is expected to switch to left tackle this season, has started 25 consecutive games on the Pitt offensive line. Adding to his consistent production as a blocker, O’Neill’s athleticism and touchdown-scoring exploits, including a 24-yard catch-and-run off a lateral against Georgia Tech and a 6-yard run on an end-around versus Virginia Tech last season, have also caught the attention of fans and media alike.


A Maxwell Award and Hornung Award candidate, Henderson (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. du Pont) earned All-ACC Preseason honors as a specialist returner after being named consensus All-America as a returner and proving himself as one of college football’s top all-purpose threats last season.


The speedster accumulated over 2,000 all-purpose yards last fall, joining 1976 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Tony Dorsett as the only Panther to achieve that milestone. Henderson’s 914 kickoff return yards—aided by four kickoff returns of more than 80 yards—set a Pitt record. He also recorded 252 punt return yards, giving him a FBS-leading 1,166 combined kick return yards in 2016.


His three kickoff return touchdowns in a single season also set a Pitt all-time mark, and he added a 65-yard punt return for a score against Duke.


Henderson garnered 98 votes and O’Neill received 83 votes as both were consensus selections to the All-ACC Preseason Team, according to the league’s media. Henderson also earned 43 votes from the media as an all-purpose offensive player.


Several other Panthers, including senior wide receiver Jester Weah (22 votes), junior safety Jordan Whitehead (17), senior punter Ryan Winslow (16) and senior offensive guard/center Alex Officer (13), were also touted for All-ACC selection by double-digit media members.

Best summer road trips to the west coast

Where do you want to travel this summer? The West coast offers a bit of everything. It offers you a historic remembrance of the Wild west where outlaws and tough cowboys once called home. National and state parks are spread from Washington to Arizona and New Mexico, not to mention wineries and tours that you can’t see anywhere else. But wherever you go should be as unique as your family. All of these places have a great deal of attractions, no matter the interest of any family member.

Let’s start up north and work our way down. Seattle, Washington is probably most well-known for the Space Needle. It’s quite similar to Willis Tower in Chicago. You ride an elevator to the top and there’s an observation deck where you can take pictures. Seattle, too, has the Museum of Flight and the Museum of pop cultures. There are several parks to sit and relax after a busy day of sight seeing. Or, arrange to take the 3-hour Seattle tour around the city. You’ll explore Seattle’s neighborhoods and see where the Seattle Mariners (a Major League Team) play baseball.

Portland, Oregon is another place to visit. Portland has many attractions centric to those who love the arts or gardening. There is the International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden, for instance, each of which offer unique plants and flowers relevant to their garden theme. In addition, there is the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Take a stroll through the Portland Art Museum or the Pittock Mansion. Don’t also forget to check out the outdoors. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers waterfalls and hiking trails for those seeking adventure. Another fantastic perk about Portland: any shopping that you do will be tax free. This is a huge benefit if you hit any shopping malls.

Moving down the coast, San Francisco is a fantastic place to visit. Here you will see the Golden Gate Bridge, which may be the location’s most famous landmark. It’s also home to the infamous Alcatraz Island. Once a prison, it’s since been made into a museum and attracts millions of visitors each year. Also, don’t forget to check out Lombard Street. It’s known to be the crookedest street in the world due to its zig-zag formation. You’re going nowhere fast on this road; just follow the cars in front of you and take in the scenery. Chances are that you’re never going to be on a street quite like this again! Likewise, don’t forget to check out San Francisco Zoo. It’s home to over a thousand endangered species and nearly 100 acres of gardens.

The American Wild west may only live in history books, but this summer take your kids to get a glimpse of what life was like in the 1880s. Tombstone, Arizona takes you back to the day of gambling halls and saloons. While it may have the appearance of a ghost town, there are museums of the courthouse and the gunfighter hall of fame. Visit the Boothill Graveyard where the real outlaws and cowboys lie. There is a lot to keep you busy here. Try to only stay the afternoon and leave before the sun sets, however; it is the dessert and it does get chilly.

Finally, visit Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you want a cultural vacation, this is the place to visit. Make sure to check out the Sandia Peak Tramway, which runs over 10,000 feet above sea level. It runs to the top of Sandia Peak and has its own observation deck. You’re able to see the city of Albuquerque below you, which is a stunning view. Another spot to hit is old town Albuquerque. This is a tribute to Spanish and Native American culture, both of which are prominent within the area.

Traveling out west can be really fun. Add these cities to your road trip destinations and you’re sure to have a great time.

Things I miss about Pittsburgh Summers

I will have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for four years this fall. It’s great except for the fact that most of its inhabitants–myself included–actually can’t afford to live here. But there are loads of advantages and unique flavor, like being able to claim an NBA franchise and an official city instrument (the accordion). But I’d be remiss not to mention the things I really miss during the summer months in Pittsburgh:
1. Actual humidity: I know it sounds crazy to miss humidity, but there is nothing worse than stepping out into what you think is a beautifully sunny day, only to be smacked in the face by defiant, inland winds. It was erroneously documented that Mark Twain once said “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Regardless of who actually said it, it’s not necessarily far from the truth. What’s the point of summer if you still have to wear layers? I now appreciate that summers in Pittsburgh require packing away winter clothes.
2. Cool, finished basements: The BEST way to recover when it’s a little too humid. Many of the houses in the surrounding SF suburbs are ranch-style, so basements are hard to come by. There’s nothing like leaving the arid humidity and blistering sun to descend into a cool, subterranean bunker with a perfectly worn-in old couch. Even better is that most of these refreshing oases feature refrigerators filled with Pittsburgh’s own summer sugar-water trifecta: pop, Hugs (a.k.a. Huggies) and popsicles.
3. Islay’s chip-chopped BBQ: This rivals Primanti’s as Pittsburgh’s most famous sandwich in my humble opinion. Even though I’ve recently stopped eating meat, I dream of lifting the top of a steamy crock pot and inhaling the sweet, bubbling goodness that is BBQ ham and slathering it on fresh Mancini’s italian bread. I have yet to find this delicacy outside of Pittsburgh.
4. Kennywood: Growing up in Pittsburgh will ruin you for multi-site amusement parks like Six Flags. There’s nothing like an amusement park that personally invites you 2-3 times per summer between school picnics, neighborhood days and ethnic celebrations. Selecting pre- and post-Raging Rapids/Log Jammer outfits and mapping the best food sequence are memories that span generations. Insider information (i.e., the Jack Rabbit “jumps” the track and you get squished going around the bend of the Thunder Bolt when you sit on the left side), oral histories (e.g., Garfield’s Nightmare used to be The Old Mill and Phantom’s Revenge used to be the Steel Phantom which used to be the Laser Loop) and urban myths (e.g., The skull and crossbones warning is on the Racers because a child stood up and subsequently died), are passed down among families and communities like ham BBQ recipes.
5. Ethnic/Church festivals: What’s summer without a sun-drenched celebration at the local Sons of Italy, Greek Orthodox Church, or Insert-your-catholic-saint here Church? So hot that you expect the delightful seniors citizens who wait all year to cook and serve thousands of people to slump over from heat stroke but praise Saint _______ they never do. So hot that everyone fans themselves with the stiffest piece of paper they can find until night fall when the winner of the 50/50 raffle is finally announced, they can grab their take-home dessert and go.
6. Dairy Queen: I watched the Pittsburgh Dad “Little League” video because I was 1000% sure DQ would be mentioned; I wasn’t disappointed. Its an after-sport tradition for children who engage in intramural sports and the parents forced to watch. While DQ is a national chain, out here in health conscious and wealthy SF, the fast food places I grew up with are few and far between. Sure, I can get a hot fudge sundae with peanuts elsewhere, but it’s a sad excuse for the real deal–the one and only Peanut Buster Parfait.

Shanna K Houser Contributor/Freelance Writer

Ray Jr. on Sports

  1. Panthers Announced as Candidates for Nagurski and Outland Trophies- Safety Jordan Whitehead was selected as a preseason candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, annually presented to the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year, while offensive linemen Brian O’Neill and Alex Officer were chosen for the watch list for the Outland Trophy, given each year to college football’s top interior lineman.


  1. Jordan Whitehead’s value-It really says a lot about a player’s value when he’s still selected for a postseason award, despite missing several games. Such is the case with Whitehead who missed Pitt’s final four games due to an arm injury. And make no mistake, the Pitt safety is a superior athlete who is a threat on offense and defense. I even compared him to 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson and me stand by that comparison.
  2. Pitt WR Tre Tipton will miss 2017 season-Early this week, the Panthers announced that Pitt WR will miss the 2017 season due to a non-football knee injury. Many feel that he will weaken the Panthers at that position, but although I wish the young man well, I think the Panthers will be just fine at receiver with speedsters Jester Weah and All-American Quadree Henderson.
  3. FSU Coach said ACC is the best in College football-As the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) begin their annual media day, Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher made a bold statement that the ACC is the “Premier conference in college football..” I’m not going to argue with the man as the conference finished 9-3 in Bowl games, including Clemson’s upset over Alabama in the National Championship Game. But I’m sure the Southeastern Conference (SEC) begs to differ.
  4. WVU picked 6th in Big 12 Media Day-The Big 12 Conference also had their media day as they predicted Oklahoma to finish first, despite the sudden retirement of HC Bob Stoops. The West Virginia Mountaineers are picked to finish 6th and it has to be because they lost several players from their 2016 season. I think WVU will prove the conference wrong and finish higher.
  5. Big 12 Championship Game Returns-After a 6-year absence, the conference will have a Big 12 Championship Game which will be played at at&t Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Of course, we know that stadium as the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
  6. 2017 MLB HR Derby-I admit, it was a pretty good derby this season with fierce competition, but in the end, it was my favorite NY Yankee, rookie Aaron Judge who took home the trophy as he beat Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano for the title. Judge’s feats included hitting the Marlins Park roof and two mammoth shots that averaged over 500 feet. I witnessed the 512 blast. Pretty impressive.
  7. MLB All-Star Game-It wasn’t as thrilling as the HR Derby, but MLB’s Mid-Summer Classics was full of excellent pitching and it even went into extra innings as Seattle’s Robinson Cano’s HR in the 10th gave the American League a 2-1 victory over the National League. I honestly believe that MLB has the best All-Star games. Something about how they value their tradition when it’s played.
  8. Cubs make a trade-The 2nd half of the MLB season hasn’t begun yet, and the defending World Series Champions proved they’re ready to go as they acquired P Jose Qunitana from the cross-town White Sox for 2 top prospects. Quintana isn’t at his best with a 4-8 record, but he can eat innings and he knows he’s going to a contender. Are the Cubs worried about losing those prospects? No. they’re more concerned about a World Series repeat.
  9. Brewers make trade-No, it wasn’t as huge as the Cubs, but the NL Central Division leaders also made a trade, acquiring P Tyler Webb for a prospect. Webb was a Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 draft pick who was eventually sent to the Yankees because there wasn’t a roster spot for him. It’s been reported that the Pirates were interested in Webb again. Makes you wonder why they didn’t make a move for him?
  10. Pirates-Speaking of the team who is currently 7 games back from the Brewers with a 42-47 record. It’s not determined if they will be ‘buyers’ or ‘sellers’ at the August 1st Trade Deadline, mostly because the NL Central division is pretty week, giving the Pirates a chance, provided they start off strong in the 2nd
  11. What will the Pirates do? While I honestly hope they start strong and make a serious run at a weakened division, I still don’t trust this front office. They were contending for a Wild Card spot last season when they traded All-Star Closer Mark Melancon, which in my opinion, deflated the team. I think they will still find a way to trade their highest-paid stars, especially since there will be contenders who will be hungry for them.
  12. Andrew McCutchen-So many folks wrote the Pirates outfielder off last season after he struggled and now that he’s regained his mojo, McCutchen is now hitting over .290 and leading with 17 HRS. I think the team will trade him if a contender will offer a package of prospects, but if they’re near first place in a few weeks, even they won’t be dumb enough to do so. I hope he keeps this up as I feel he also should’ve been in the All-Star Game with Josh Harrison.
  13. Jung Ho Kang-The news isn’t so good for the Pirates Korean infielder as he’s been missing action due to being on the team’s restricted list after DUI issues in the offseason. Plus Kang has been having issues getting back into the country. GM Neal Huntington said he can’t imagine Kang helping out the Pirates this season, which means more David Freese and whomever else may fill-in at 3rd
  14. Staling Marte-The suspended Pirates Gold-Glove outfielder is set to return July 18th, but will he make a difference to the team? Possibly, but I doubt it. He’ll certainly do his part and keep rotating utility players out of the outfield with his presence. But the Pirates need more pitching to improve.
  15. Knicks, Rockets working on Melo Deal-Just when you thought he was heading to Cleveland, ESPN reports that NY Knicks are working on a deal to send F Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets in several trade scenarios. What does this mean? Nothing. The Cavs still have a shot.
  16. Knicks pursuing Perry as GM-The Knicks are also trying to hire Sacramento Kings assistant GM Scott Perry as their next GM, per ESPN. Perry was just hired by the Kings after being fired as by the Orlando Magic. Hope he keeps his suitcase ready.
  17. Pelicans pursuing Rondo-The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to build a team around All-Star F Anthony Davis by signing former Chicago Bulls G Rajon Rondo who formed a strong bond with former King and current Pelican DeMarcus Cousins a year ago. I think it will work if Ronjo doesn’t disrupt the chemistry with his attitude.
  18. Forbes lists Cowboys as most valuable team again-For the second straight year, Forbes magazine lists the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable sports franchise at 4.2 Billion. The NY Yankees are 2nd (3.7 Billion) and the Pittsburgh Steelers are 28th at 2.25 Billion.
  19. Venus Williams advances to Wimbledon Final-In her sister’s absence Venus Williams will play for her 5th Wimbledon championship after upsetting Johanna Konta and will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday, It will be Venus’ 9th Wimbledon final.



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Be the King of the Backyard Barbecue – Tips for Crafting the Perfect Burger

by beconrad


Summer is the perfect time to grill the perfect burger. If you are getting ready to fire up the grill and invite your friends for a barbecue, proper planning and execution are important. The perfect burger does not just happen – it is the result of painstaking preparation. Here are some tips you can use to create a burger that will have everyone at the party asking for seconds.


.   Fresh is Best – A pack of frozen hamburgers will do in a pinch, but if you have time to plan fresh is always best. Pack your cooler with ice, stop at your favorite meat market and ask for a fresh ground burger.


.   A Little Fat is Fine – While we all want to eat better, a little extra fat is good for grilling burgers. The additional fat will provide a juicier burger, while leaner cuts tend to dry out on the grill.


.   Let Your Thumb Do the Work – When crafting those delicious burgers, use your thumb to place an indent in the center of each patty. That indent will help the burger cook more evenly and allow it to get done in the center without burning along the edges or on the sides.


.   Experiment with Different Cheeses – Swiss and cheddar are fine, but you do not have to settle for the same old thing. Provide your guests with something different this year, with an assortment of provolone, pepper jack, blue cheese and even brie.


.   Keep a close eye on the grill. The high heat gas and charcoal grills emit mean food can burn in an instant. Pay close attention to your grilling duties – and never leave the grill unattended.


.   Set Out a Bun Bar – The serving table at most backyard barbecues starts with a back of store-bought hamburger buns. You can do better than that. Set out a bun bar with sourdough bread, Texas toast, pita bread and other options. Pick up your favorites at the grocery store, or invite each of your guests to bring their favorites.


.   Provide Unusual Condiments — You will want to provide plenty of mustard, ketchup and relish for your guests, but do not be afraid to set out some more unusual choices. From barbecue sauce and mayonnaise to steak sauce and horseradish, there are plenty of ways to top off the perfect burger.


There is an art to grilling, and artistry to creating the perfect burger. Whether you are grilling in your own backyard or manning the grill at a friend’s barbecue, the tips listed above can help you craft the perfect burger and keep the guests coming back for more.


How To Go Camping While Avoiding Natural Hazards

Going on vacation is a special time for everyone and camping can be one of the best experiences you have. To help ensure that your camping trip goes off without a hitch, read the following tips. You will find some great tips that can make a difference on your next adventure outdoors!

Try to get to the campsite well before nightfall. This allows you to get a feel for the lay of the land and gives you the opportunity to set up camp while you can still see what you are doing. In addition, it lets your children feel a little more comfortable with their surroundings because they will have time to explore.

Bring a plastic garbage bag and put all of you family’s dirty laundry in it. This keeps the items from mixing in with your clean clothing. It also makes things convenient for you when you return home. You can simply dump out the bag in your washing machine and begin working on it all immediately.

When you decide to go camping you want to make sure that you bring a flashlight with some batteries. You want to be able to see in the middle of the night just in case you have to get up and go to the bathroom, or just to move around.

Camping is definitely a fun time, but there might also be uninvited guests at your campsite. Who are these guests? Bugs! This is their environment and they like camping, too. Make sure you have bugged repellent with you to tell them to stay at their own campsite or to go visit other campers who weren’t quite as prepared as you were.

Make sure you buy a tent that is big enough for your needs. Many people find themselves crowded in a tent for no reason. Tents are lightweight and very compact, so there is no reason not to have enough space when you buy a tent. Make sure you’re buying for comfort.

While camping, cook easy dinners like “hobo stew”. Simply bring potatoes, ground meat, and veggies. Cut the veggies and potatoes at your campsite. Using tinfoil like a bowl, put the ingredients inside and fold the foil over until the food is covered. Place foil on hot rocks or the coals of the campfire, and eventually, you will have a tasty “stew”.

Prepare some of the food ahead of time so you will not have to mess around with it at the camp site. Make up some sandwiches, precook the pasta and take along foods that can be eaten as is to make each meal less tedious. Other meals can be enjoyable to prepare in the woods, but some should be ready to go on the days the weather is not perfect.

If the area you are camping in is known for dangerous wildlife, you will need to be doubly careful with food storage. So, you will need to keep things wrapped well, keep them far removed from the tent, and you may need to steer clear of certain foods entirely. This will reduce the chance of an attack.

Be sure to check your first-aid kit before you leave for your trip. You need to be sure it has all the basic necessities. Make sure it includes items like bandages, tweezers, disinfectant, ointment, etc. You never know when something may injure you or another person on your trip, so it’s best to be prepared.

If you have never been camping before, then be sure to bring extra of everything. This is most important for things like food and drinks. Since you are inexperienced you may underestimate how much food you actually need. Remember, you will probably be very active, and therefore need more food than normal.

Make sure not to drain the batteries in your flashlight by accident. You can easily bump the power button on the flashlight while digging for things in a bag. To avoid drained batteries, store your flashlights with the batteries backward. This will ensure they do not drain if the flashlight is accidentally turned on.

Never park your vehicle under a single tree when you are at a campsite. If there is a storm, it will attract lightning. This also means that you should avoid sleeping under any trees that are in a particular area by themselves. Try to be in an area that is free of trees or one that has many.

Take along a battery operated radio when camping. A radio will keep you up-to-date on any late-breaking news and weather reports. A radio will also give you entertainment during those quiet evenings sitting around the campfire. Or if you prefer, pack a guitar for you and your campers’ enjoyment.

Never force anyone to go camping with you, including family or girlfriends. Some people just don’t enjoy being in nature, and they will be miserable and in turn, make you miserable as well. If your children are simply not interested, find a babysitter for the weekend and relax alone!

Be aware of where your campsite is. You have to figure out a spot that doesn’t have too many insects or problems with any animals. If you must erect your tent near dense areas of vegetation, make sure that you wear tops with long sleeves and full-length pants in order to protect your body’s skin from insect bites. You should bring insect repellant along.

You should be sure you have survival and first aid kits. These two items can be the deciding factor in whether you have to end a trip early or care for situations as they arise. Also, you can prevent dire situations and help you to get a sick person some help.

Camping can be much more enjoyable and easier when you have good advice. This article should have given you exactly what you needed. Enjoy whatever time you spend camping by utilizing what you’ve learned here the next time you decide to go camping. Nature has a lot to offer, so don’t miss out on any of it!

ESPN’s SportsCenter On the Road to Broadcast Live

During Steelers Friday Night Lights Practice


PITTSBURGH – For the second consecutive year, ESPN’s SportsCenter On the Road will broadcast live as the Steelers practice under the lights at 7 p.m. on FridayAugust 4, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.


Numerous ESPN personalities will be on site, including Scott Van PeltSal Paolantonio and Steelers alum Ryan Clark, as the network captures all the elements of the Steelers’ highly-anticipated annual night practice. There will be interviews on-set and sideline reports throughout the team’s practice.


Prior to the team’s night practice, fans are encouraged to stop by Latrobe Memorial Stadium to enjoy numerous activities.


Steelers Fest will run from 12-6 p.m. outside of Latrobe Memorial Stadium and will feature free games, prizes, food, an outdoor adventure area and much more. Steelers alumni Mike Logan (4-5 p.m.) and Louis Lipps (5-6 p.m.) will be on site signing autographs. Fans will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the six Lombardi Trophies.


Fans can stop by the Steelers Nation Unite tent from 12-6 p.m. for a chance to win great prizes, as well as pick up a team roster for the night’s practice. Fans can also visit to become members and RSVP for Training Camp for a chance to win VIP on-field experiences and watch a special viewing of the 2016 Steelers Highlight Film. For the most up-to-date information on Friday Night Lights and the team’s complete training camp schedule, visit

Change Your Life And Become More Fit!

Getting in shape has tons of benefits, such as preventing illness and injury, but it can also help you gain strength, gain confidence, and look better. In fact, most people have no idea how to get started on a program to become fit. The following article will give you some tips on how to start a fitness program.

Set up your weightlifting routine around your fitness goals. If you are trying to create large, bulky muscle you’ll want to do more weight, but with longer rest periods between sets and between workouts. If you are trying to develop lean muscles with high endurance, you want to lift less weight, but do it more often and with shorter rest times.

When looking for another way to improve fitness sometimes one needs to look no further than their pet dog. By taking the dog on walks around the neighborhood or specific trails an individual can increase the amount of exercise they and their pet get. Apart from all the extra exercise and the benefits from that one will strengthen the bond between owner and their pet.

To become more fit, you need only put one foot in front of the other. Walking is an excellent way to improve your aerobic fitness level. You will get your heart pumping and muscles working. You can start small, walking a little bit more every day. Your body will adapt, and soon you will be able to walk miles and miles.

Do not think of the process of getting fit as a short-term exercise with a cut-off date. Fitness is a long-term commitment. In fact, it should be a permanent one. When building a fitness routine consider not just the immediate benefits but whether or not the routine is one that can be sustained indefinitely. Fitness is for life, not just for bikini season.

To stay fit it’s important to break bad food habits. While a healthy diet contributes greatly to overall fitness, it can be one of the hardest goals to achieve. Most people enter a fitness program accustomed to eating unhealthy foods. This is a habit that can be broken. The quicker the fitness enthusiast acclimates to a healthy diet the faster cravings for junk food will disappear.

A good tip to help you lose weight is to exercise moderately. A lot of people make the mistake of going too hard at first. They’ll do over two hours of cardio in one session and pretty soon they’ll burn themselves out. It’s best to go with a more moderate workout routine.

It’s important to replenish your body’s sodium levels when you exercise, so make sure you aren’t letting them dip too low. Most sports drinks contain plenty of sodium, or you can add an electrolyte supplement to water. Keep an eye out for any symptoms of low sodium, such as headaches, muscle cramps, and disorientation.

A good nutritional tip is to keep eating healthy even when you’re trying to put on muscle. A lot of people think they can eat whatever they want when they try to gain muscle, but that kind of reckless eating will only result in fat gain. Instead, keep eating healthy as you normally would.

Use your workout equipment in an order to see maximum results. The order should be dumbbells first, regular barbells second and machines last. Doing exercises in this order will ensure that you don’t get fatigued too early in your workout, by engaging in the more labor-intensive equipment first. This also works your muscles out, from smaller to larger.

You can prevent illness if it is really difficult for you to exercise during the week or if you just don’t do it at all by adding two 20 minute aerobic or weight workout sessions to your weekly schedule. This small amount of exercise can help you avoid sick days.

When shopping for shoes for your fitness workouts, try going at the latter part of the day. This is because, at the end of the day, your feet swell and are at their largest. You should leave at least half an inch between your toe and the end of the shoe.

Giving a part of your home or your car a deep cleaning will not only improve the look of your house or vehicle but burn a lot of calories. Going to the gym or setting a time to exercise is not always necessary when you keep active and do high-intensity activities.

Before you begin squatting heavy weight, you must practice squatting with proper form. First, you should stand in front of a bench. Then, as you squat down, you should imagine that you are about to sit down. As your butt touches the bench, push back up. Attempt this with a light bar and as you improve gradually increase your weight.

When you are doing your working routine, try not to use a weight belt. Constantly using a weight belt can actually weaken the muscles in your lower back and abdominal muscles. Use it only when you are going to do maximal lifts in exercises including the overhead press, deadlifts, and squats.

A great fitness tip that can help you lift more weight is to start developing your weaker muscles. Sometimes it’s your weaker muscles that are preventing you from increasing the weight you can lift. By developing these weak muscles, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can lift.

The fitness of your chest if very important when dealing with structure and form while working out. If you want to achieve a balanced workout, you must work your chest as well as your other muscle groups. If you only work out your chest, these muscles will grow stronger disproportional to the rest of your muscles.

Walking is one of the best ways to maintain good fitness. It is a low impact exercise so it is easy for people of all ages. You can incorporate it easily by walking to the places you frequent that are near you. Walking provides a fantastic aerobic workout if you maintain an appropriate pace.

As a fit individual, you enjoy a world of benefits for both your mind and body. Use the information shared here. By following these tips, you will soon see your fitness level start to improve.

Know the risk factors of heart disease


Heart health is important at any age. Heart disease is a term associated with those that are middle-aged or older; rarely is it ever associated with a young person. Many of the risk factors for heart disease are contributors due to an illness or bad habit. They are all preventable. We can avoid each and every one of these if we have the willpower. Here are the most common heart disease risk factors. Use these as fuel to better your health.

First, too little exercise invites heart disease. How often do you exercise? Most doctors will encourage you to exercise at least 30 minutes every day. By no means does this have to include a gym membership. Go outdoors and walk or run. Go for a bike ride, go fishing or go swimming. If you do have a gym membership, make the most of it. Alternate cardio and strength-training. Take advantage of every machine they have in the building. You have to keep your heart strong and healthy. If you need a trainer then get a trainer, but get it done.

An unhealthy diet is also a contributing factor. Think about how much you eat out at restaurants. Now, how much of that is fast food restaurants? Do yourself a favor and cut out fast food altogether. In fact, you need to stop eating a high fat and high sugar diet. Cut out drinking soda and energy drinks. Instead, switch to a high protein diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. It’s going to energize you and give you the ambition to get things done. Start drinking water, tea, and coffee. It’s going to be a game changer for you; you’re going to find that you drop weight and have a positive new outlook on life.

Similarly, being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease. It’s important to realize that not all those individuals who are overweight have poor diets or exercise. Some have medically-related conditions, which in turns makes them gain weight as an effect of the condition. But at the same time, this makes their risk for heart disease much higher. If you’re the latter, it’s important to work with your doctor. Get on a diet and exercise plan that best suits you. You want to make sure your heart is healthy while you have the condition.

Smoking is also a high-risk factor for heart disease. More than two million people die each year in the United States due to heart disease deaths impacted by smoking. When you’re a smoker, fat builds up quicker around the heart’s arteries which make it more likely for a heart attack. It also affects every organ within the body. It also makes you more likely to experience blood clots. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes makes your blood sticky. It makes it more of a challenge to move throughout the blood vessels.

Finally, an individual is more at risk if heart disease is in their family. There are two ways this could happen. You could have a history of early heart disease throughout your family line, anything from heart attacks or coronary heart disease. Or, you could have a history or preeclampsia during pregnancy. This is where the mother-to-be’s blood pressure spikes prior to delivering her baby. Both of these are risk factors for heart disease and make your risk of encountering it much higher. Do your best to stay away from these risk factors and keep your heart healthy; it’s worth it.