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Reduce Your Stress with Exercise

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2020 has been a stressful year. If you aren’t worried about COVID-19, maybe it’s job security, paying your bills, or even politics that has filled your life with anxiety.

The easy answer is exercise, and it’s especially easy if you have a Sport Court in your backyard or neighborhood recreation area.

Exercise is a great stress reducer. It gives you a sense of overall health and well-being and just makes you feel better about yourself. Here’s how:

  • Exercise increases the level of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the feel-good neurotransmitters produced by the brain when you engage in aerobic activity.
  • Exercise not only reduces stress in your body, it protects your body from the effects of stress on the cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems.
  • A fast-paced game of tennis or pickleball takes your mind off the problems of the day. The effect is almost like meditation or mindfulness techniques that force a person to focus on the response of their body instead of their worries.
  • Exercise can improve your sleep, which in turn improves your mood, your energy levels, and your productivity.

The best thing about exercise as a stress-relief technique is that it can be fun! Do what you enjoy—basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, running, bicycling, or whatever. Here are some suggestions for making your exercise routine more enjoyable:

  • Invite a friend or family member to join you. Exercise does not need to be a solitary activity.
  • Set goals for yourself. You will find that your sense of well-being is enhanced when you meet your goals. Goals can be as simple as a set number of days a week of activity. Or your goal might be to lower your pulse rate or meet a weight target.
  • If you find yourself getting bored with your exercise routine, it is easy to make changes. Try a new sport. Buy or borrow some new equipment. Try changing your schedule to do more different activities for shorter periods of time.

If you don’t have a Sport Court available for your use, give Grand Slam Courts a call for a quote on adding one to your backyard.

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San Antonio is FitCitySA

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Clients of Grand Slam Courts who have a backyard Sport Court have lots of physical fitness opportunities right outside their door. The Office of the Mayor of San Antonio is interested in providing a variety of opportunities to the whole citizenry for physical exercise, dietary wellness, and mental health resources. The website FitCitySA.com is a one-stop source for information about these topics and for local resources.

Although COVID-19 has had an effect on the volume of information on the website, the calendar is being kept up with events and classes of various kinds. Many of them are now virtual, online classes. Join a cooking class for diabetes patients. Or a Zumba class for seniors. Or a class on the benefits of acupuncture. There are also links to events sponsored by San Antonio organizations like the YMCA and the Witte Museum.

Next time you are trying to fight the boredom of COVID restrictions, visit the FitCitySA.com website for some healthy ideas.
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Make Your Home Your Castle

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COVID-19 has caused many of Grand Slam Courts’ clients to consider making improvements to their home. If we are going to have to spend more time at home than in the past, why not make it as comfortable, relaxing, and entertaining as possible? Plus, if you are restricted from using public outdoor facilities, why not make your own backyard a place that offers greater enjoyment?

A backyard home improvement project is a great investment for your family. Fresh air and sunshine promote a healthy mind and body. Surrounding yourself with natural beauty will increase your enjoyment of the outdoors. And having something to do in the backyard that gets your heart beating and puts your competitive spirit in gear is also important for physical and mental health.

As all of us have learned in recent months, having a home that is also your castle is a big plus when you must spend nearly all your time there.

When you view photos of the world’s most beautiful castles, you will undoubtedly see that they are surrounded by beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Your yard may not be as large as that of most castles, but your backyard can become an oasis of trees, shrubs, flowers, and lush, green lawn.

If your backyard just needs a little sprucing up to be a more welcoming space, you may be able to avoid hiring a landscaper. Remove old overgrown plants. Replace them with new plantings. Add some new plants, edging, and other outdoor décor. You will find a large selection of everything from bird houses, fire pits, planters, outdoor lighting, trellises, border edging and much more from San Antonio online retailers, GardenGateDecor.com.

But, to make sure your backyard is not just a serene place to relax, you need to add some recreation. A sport court from Grand Slam Courts will complete your castle set-up. The client shown above added both a half-court basketball court and a court for racquet sports. Great idea!

Once your “castle” is complete, enjoy it! And, when COVID-19 is a thing of the past, invite all your family and friends to enjoy your custom-designed backyard/recreation area. Biggest problem? They may want to move in! Give us a call to get a quote on completing your castle with a new backyard court from Grand Slam Courts.

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Fitness When the Gym is Closed

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Going to the gym is an important fitness routine for many people. It is also a social outlet for many—one that is sorely missed in this time of “social distancing.”

Although it may be impossible to replicate all of the benefits that a fitness center provides, it is possible to get or stay fit at home—even without a lot of equipment. If you have a backyard Sport Court from Grand Slam Courts, it is even easier to stay fit at home.

Exercise physiologists identify five elements contributing to overall fitness:

  1. A warmup
  2. Some kind of cardiovascular or aerobic workout
  3. Resistance (strength) training
  4. Flexibility exercises
  5. A cooldown

A warmup could be as simple as an easy walk around the yard or an easy bike ride around the neighborhood. Or try shooting hoops for a few minutes, changing your position with each shot.

For a cardiovascular workout, jumping rope on your SportCourt or doing sprints across the tennis court will suffice. Or up your tennis or basketball game enough to get your heart rate up. That is the most important element in cardiovascular fitness.

There are many ways to create a resistance training effect. Use the weight of your own body and do squats, crunches, or lunges. Or use resistance bands to build strength and muscle tone.

Floor stretches or yoga poses are great for building flexibility. These can be done anywhere, but the surface of a Sport Court offers enough cushioning to be ideal if you do not have a mat.

The cooldown should be similar to the warmup and should continue long enough to bring your heart rate down to its resting level.

Exercise experts recommend that beginners aim for about 30 minutes of cardiovascular work 3 times a week, and 20-30 minutes of strength training 3 times weekly. You do not need to do both cardiovascular and strength work on the same day.

Start slowly and build the amount of time and the intensity of your workout. If you begin to experience pain in joints or muscle groups, back off your routine to give your body a chance to heal.

One of the challenges to working out at home are distractions. The phone, kids, TV, Internet, etc. can all pull a person away from their exercise routine. If so, try exercising in the backyard, or on your backyard Sport Court. The distractions can be kept at a minimum, and you can enjoy the extra benefit of sunshine and fresh air.

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Build a Sport Court to Build Community

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Grand Slam Courts believes that the single most important element in any housing development, apartment complex or condo community is a Sport Court.

It is as important as broad walkways and manicured green spaces. It is more important than a pool.

Swimming pools and nice landscaping help attract residents. But, Sport Courts build community.

What better way to help families meet their neighbors and have fun than to make available facilities for playing tennis and basketball? Or pickle ball and roller hockey? Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy a Sport Court. A court encourages fitness and healthy living. And because a court promotes team play in ways that a pool doesn’t, it is a great way for residents to build friendships and camaraderie among those who live in the same community.

Pickup games are always fun. But communities with Sport Courts can facilitate play by having a sign up sheet available for those who are looking for partners for tennis or teammates for basketball and other court play.

What would it cost to include a Sport Court in a community’s development plans? Or to add one in a community recreation area? Give Grand Slam Courts a call at 210-496-3399. To see a list of many of the corporations and communities we have built courts for in the San Antonio and South Texas area, visit our Commercial Courts page.

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A Holiday Resolution: Better Family Fitness



Do you worry about the excessive amount of screen time family members get? Would you like to encourage more outdoor time and better fitness? Do you want to improve both the mind and the body of your family members? For all of these concerns, there is no better family gift—and no better way to encourage a successful New Year’s fitness resolution—than a new backyard court for basketball, tennis, volleyball, or multiple sports.

Grand Slam can help you plan a court that is a beautiful addition to your backyard. Best of all your new court will encourage physical activity in the sunshine and fresh air.

Here are some ideas for helping your family develop a fitness habit:

  1. Schedule a time for a family doubles game or basketball competition. You’ll not only have fun but teach good sportsmanship and how to be part of a team.
  2. Use the court as a gathering spot for friends and neighbors. Invite people to come over for an impromptu pick-up game and refreshments. Friendships are certain to grow while you get some exercise.
  3. If your children participate in organized sports, invite the whole team over for some practice time. Your kids will appreciate all the encouragement and support you can provide the team.
  4. In tennis, basketball and volleyball, drills are an important way to develop skills. Drills can also be a great way to develop fitness. Go online to find sets of drills that you can do with the other members of your family.
  5. Outdoor court play is a great way to balance screen time. Consider setting up a rule that for every hour of screen time, kids need to spend an hour playing outdoors. Giving them a second fun activity should make it easier to get them to adhere to screen time guidelines.

Do you have other ideas? Share them on our Facebook page—www.facebook.com/grandslamcourts.

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3 Benefits of Playing Sports for Kids

      1. SOCIAL BENEFITS

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports that out of 14,000 high school athletes, the ones who regularly played sports were less likely to use drugs.

The National Household Survey of Drug Abuse found that students who played sports were less likely to have smoked cigarettes or used drugs and were more likely to disapprove of others using them.

The Women’s Sports Foundation has stated that female high school athletes are 80% less likely to become pregnant than non-athletes.

       2. ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Studies of children in Colorado, Wyoming and Iowa found that playing sports can increase success in the classroom. These studies showed that athletes have higher grade point averages, higher standardized test scores, better attendance records, lower dropout rates, and are more likely to go to college.

       3. CAREER BENEFITS

A survey of individuals who are Executive Vice Presidents of 75 Fortune 500 companies showed that 95% of them played sports in high school.

Playing sports may not guarantee higher incomes, and executive level jobs. But sports can prepare children for the leadership and team work skills, work ethic and determination that are needed to be leaders in the business world and in our communities.

THAT’S WHY YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS!

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Mother's Day Ideas for the Fitness Fan



Would Mom like a new Sport Court from Grand Slam Courts for Mother's Day? Probably. But, since Mom's Day is in less than a week, it will be easier to purchase and wrap up these ideas.
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How to Create a Beautiful—and FUN—Backyard

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Having a beautiful backyard does not mean that the only thing you can do there is sit. We have had plenty of clients that longed for a backyard sport court or tennis court that would enhance their fitness and ability to have fun in their backyard. But, they worried that they would end up with a backyard that looked full of concrete.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

With some creative landscaping, including trees, plants, flagstone walkways, and retaining walls, it is possible to create a backyard court that seems to be part of a virtual oasis.

Below are some ideas. But, for a landscaping plan that works in your backyard, give us a call. We can provide a quote on installation of a court and recommend local landscapers to complete the lovely—and lively-- backyard you desire.

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What is Sports Worth to Your Family?

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Youth sports is reported to be a $15 Billion industry annually in the US. That is what parents across the country shell out for registration fees, uniforms and equipment, camps and coaching, travel expenses and facilities fees.

And the dollars are just the beginning of the sacrifices that some parents are willing to make to encourage their children’s athletic prowess. Participating in club teams demands lots of time. Some parents even give up time with their kids to send them to boarding schools that offer specialized athletic opportunities.

Clearly, this is lunacy for most sons and daughters. But, sports does have its benefits. And, when parents and kids can participate in sports together in their own backyard, that is the best possible athletic opportunity for the vast majority of kids. (That’s why we love to be able to install backyard Sport Courts for our clients.)

Time Magazine published an article last year on this phenomenon of youth sports and how it has become a lifestyle for many families. The article features 10-year-old Luke Martinez of San Antonio, who plays for the Alamo Drillers baseball team, which was ranked #1 nationally at the time in the 10-and-under group. In the article, Luke’s dad is quoted: “We have friends and family tell us that it’s too much, too soon. But this is his passion. I’m not going to stomp on it.”

Read the full article here and let us know what you think using the emojis below.
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What Did Outdoor Play Teach You?

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What is the most important thing that outdoor play taught you when you were young? We’d love to hear from you here. Share what you learned with us, and we will share that wisdom with our readers in future posts.

Outdoor play is one of the most important ways to encourage the healthy development in children. In days gone by, enticement may not have been necessary to get kids to play outdoors. But with so many children tethered to their electronic devices now, an investment in a Sport Court will draw your children and their friends into your backyard for hours of healthy playtime. What benefits do outdoor games provide that video games, television and social media don’t?         
  • They encourage healthy development of the mind—and the body!          
  • Children learn to work together, to collaborate, negotiate, share, and resolve conflict.         
  • Outdoor play enhances the development of leadership and decision-making skills.         
  • Creativity is encouraged.         
  • Outdoor games provide an opportunity for children to learn to compete.         
  • They allow children the opportunity to find a sport they can be passionate about participating in.       
  • They encourage parents and children to play together for great bonding experiences.
Share other ideas with us below.
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Why a Sport Court® Benefits Your Family

Check out this 3-minute video with testimonials from happy families who enjoy the fun and fitness benefits of having a Sport Court in their backyard.
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Why Choose Sport Court for Your Backyard

JC Baker, entrepreneur and former professional football running back, tells why he chose Sport Court. And how his Sport Court now benefits his family and his community.

 

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5 Things a Backyard Court Teaches Your Kids

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There is a general agreement that sports offer a great opportunity to teach kids important lessons. Having a backyard court means that the classroom to teach your children is much closer. Here are 5 things we think every child should learn that are enhanced by having a home court.

1. The Benefits of Physical Exercise--After just a few weeks of outdoor play, even your kids are likely to realize that they are getting stronger, quicker, and healthier. If all they do is sit indoors in front of a screen, they can't experience that.

2. The Fun of Competition--The world is a competitive place. Letting young people learn how to deal with competitive situations, and with both winning and losing, while in their own backyard is a great way to help them develop a healthy attitude about competition.

3. The Importance of Teamwork--Playing basketball, volleyball or doubles tennis helps kids learn how to work with others toward a goal.

4. The Value of Hard Work--Kids often idolize sports celebrities, but do not have a good sense of the amount of hard work it takes to develop professional-level skills and physical strength. Giving them an arena to work on developing their skills and talents for a sport is a great way to help them experience what real dedication looks like.

5. The Impact of Parental Guidance--There is no better place for parents and kids to experience bonding time than on the court. Kids learn to trust their parents' judgement and guidance in an atmosphere that is enjoyable and fund for all. It is a great way to teach concepts like honesty, sportsmanship, and responsibility.

Make sure your children have an opportunity to learn these important lessons. Let Grand Slam Courts install a court in your backyard. Call for a quote and to set a time to visit one of our demo courts here.

 

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