• Great Gifts for Sports

    The benefits of playing sports are highly promoted for children and teenagers, participating in sports can improve your health throughout your life. You can improve your general fitness through a variety of physical activities, but sports offer unique benefits, whether you're joining a team in elementary school or playing in an adult league. Gifting sports is also one of the way to promote sports and to healthier lifestyle, and for a sports fan or a sports lover; gifts to sports are the best thing you can surprise them with. So be ready to put a smile on the face of any sports fan with lots of interesting and great ideas and get the sports lovers in your friends and family excited around the celebrations, here are some great gifts ideas:

    gifts for sports

    1. Children Cycles and Bikes: For children, Cycle is a freedom and adventure. They feel good in their bikes, gain in confidence with every turn of the pedals and soon develop the physical and mental skills needed to make safe decision when they are on road. Bikes are evergreen gifts you can give to your children. Your child has grown taller and still having the same small cycle! This may harm their body structure and even health. This is the best chance to gift a cycle to them and make their ride more smooth and fun. Get involved, if you can, in your children's cycling. Teach them how to care for their bikes and they'll develop knowledge of how things work. You can find various varieties of cycles in SportXS online website as well as stores in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai.
    2. Fitness/Yoga Mat: A gift for those who are fitness freak and regular in exercises’. There are lots of different colors and design mats in SportXS which will make your loved ones happy and more enthusiastic for the exercise. There are many factors you must look into, before buying a yoga mat, like thickness, length of the mat, its texture and stickiness of the mat. Accordingly you will get different price ranges.
    3. Running Clothes with compression technology: These running clothes are made with special compression technology which provides supports to the muscles while running and help the runner’s to reduce impact on their muscles and improves their running capacity. This is what all runners want today, and getting one of them as a gift from you, will make you much closer to them. There are various shapes, sizes and design you can find in SportXS.
    4. Skateboards and Scooters: Skateboards and scooters are children’s favourite sports; Skateboarding requires balancing on a board equipped with wheels, and maneuvering the board over different types of terrain. Kids love to perform tricks using a skateboard and scooters. It’s a popular activitythat can be done for fun, transportation, or competition. Find different designs and sizes of skateboards for different age-groups children in SportXS online as well as stores in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune.
    5. Dartboard and Foose ball table: These gifts would be best for indoor sports lover. If your child likes playing dart, you can gift them dartboard to make them pro in this game. The Olympic fooseball table isbuilt with durability and sturdiness in mind for many hours of enjoyment. For extra resilience and quick gameplay, the table has a glass field which ensures lower friction between the ball and the table. The table is equally suited to a public or home setting, and will enhance whichever space it occupies.

    6. Squash Rackets: Squash is a racquet sport played between minimum two players I a four-walled small court with hollow rubber ball. A good squash racket depends upon its frame profile, string type, grip and playability. You get lots of varieties of squash racket in SportXS.


    Finding a best fitting shoe from lot many choices in the market is itself a big task. To ensure that you run comfortably with happy feet, you need to make sure the shoe fits perfectly from heel to toe. Selecting your running shoes will depend on the different factors.

    fit running shoe

    1. Type of runner your are: you can run on road, running track, mountain road, or forest trail. The different surface needs different types of shoes, differentiation is in heels of shoes, weight and sole of the shoe.
    2. Your foot pronation type: Shoe has to be chosen according to your pronation type or the style by which your foot rolls when you walk. Each shoe in the market is suitable for a particular pronation type and when you wear the wrong one, you cannot feel comfortable while running.
    3. Length of the shoe: Select a proper size of shoe keeping in mind that more you run, more space your foot need. So make sure there is a thumb’s width of space between your youngest toe and the end of the shoe. You toes should also wiggle freely up and down. You can feel this while having a trial before buying a shoe.
    4. Width of the shoe: The width of a shoe is as important as length, to make a comfortable run for you. Your foot should not be of exact fitting, but it should be able to move side-by-side in the shoe’s forefoot without crossing over the edge of the insole.
    5. Heel of the shoe: Your heel should fit snug, but not tight, i.e., "Laced up (but not tied), you should be able to slide your feet out." There will be some heel movement, but it shouldn't be uncomfortable.
    6. Weight: Weight here refers to the weight of shoes, and weight of the runner. Both factors act an important role in running. The more you run the lighter weighted shoe you will need to make a lighter feel while running. If your weight is more, you would need more supports in the shoe and hence you will need the high weighted shoe.
    7. Try out with socks: While selecting your running shoe, try wearing the shoe with running socks to give to exact fitting. There is a wide range of running socks available in any store. Chose a sock which will make you feel comfortable and support your shoes perfectly.

    You started running and now it’s being quite a long time running regularly. You are feeling stronger, healthier and awesome than before and wanted to enter a new level of runners to run much faster without stressing the body. So here are some tips to fall in love with running.

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    1. Improve speed moving each step ahead: Instead of starting with very long speed works, start with small runs and add one fast interval each week which will give results in a long term in improving speed. This method is called Sprint Interval Training and is a proven method to improve muscle function and speed.
    2. Improve speed by Plyometric Drill: Jumping exercise known as Plyometric Drills is another way to increase running speed. Through this exercise, muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time with the goal of increasing power. When power increases, agility and efficiency increases which decrease your foot strike time making you run faster.
    3. Improve strength by regular gym exercise: Resistance training known as strength training or weight training done in the gym is used for building the strength. This exercise needs to be done for 2-3 times a week to help you to improve the run economy, i.e. amount of oxygen you consume at your top speed. This will make you run faster and longer.
    4. Improve strength by explosive strength exercise: Explosive exercise is a part of martial art which burns calories, and forces the central nervous system to recruit the maximum number of muscle power. Only small amount of these exercises can give major results, from a 9 week of explosive training you can improve muscle power and running strength up to 5000 times.
    5. Increase you running distance slowly: Every runner has a different capacity of running, do not exceed more than your capacity and put yourself into injuries. Increase miles run every week but not more than 10% a week, this will increase your running mileage and boost the endurance.
    6. Use of different intervals exercises: There are different types of works having different intervals, applying mix intervals working system will contribute towards running faster, stronger and longer. Short intervals method increases speed, but long intervals working helps in boosting VO2Max which results in improving endurance.

    To choose correct swimming suit for yourself you must your body type, where is your naturally distributed weight. There are 5 most common body type, namely, triangle, inverted triangle, apple, hour glass, and straight and all these different body types need different types of swimwear.

    swimwear body type

    1. For Hourglass body type: Go for vintage styles, this style perfectly suits the body type. Always avoid mix-matched tops and bottoms as different colors can make your body look disproportional.
    2. For apple body type: Go for plain top with a pattern bottom to take emphasis away from your top. Use thick straps which can make your shoulders appear smaller as well as provide support. Avoid thin straps dress which will make you appear bigger.
    3. For triangle body type: Go for lighter, printed tops with contrasted and dark solid bottom to draw the eye upwards. Avoid high cuts bottom as it will accentuate the smaller waist. Also avoid boy shorts as they will make the hips appear wider. Busy prints or detailing at the bottom should also be avoided, as you wanted to emphasis the top half.
    4. For inverted triangle body type: Go for halted tops to get support to you top half, the one which can be tied around the neck and back for adjustment will fit you perfectly. Details such as frills or belts on your lower half will help balance your shape. Avoid Bandeaus as it do not give much support.

    5. For straight body type: Go for frills, embellishments and gathering which can help in creating an optical illusion of curves. Try something with detail at the hip and bust line. Triangle tops are perfect for breaking up straight lines and adding the looks of curves. Avoid Bandeaus, it will flatten you.

    swimwear size chart

    Choose colors and fabrics that will highlight your best features and downplay your less-loved parts. Select the right cut, A one-piece will hide your waist. Choose one with shirred panels over the stomach, or in a dark, solid color. A tankini will highlight your waist, because it draws the eye to the section of skin that's showing. If you love your waist but not so much your hips or bust, choose this. High-cut bikini bottoms make legs look longer. If you're short, or you're long in the torso, this is a good selection.



    Swimming cap is an important accessory for swimmer which prevents long hairs out to your face while swimming and protecting it from chlorine. People thing swim cap keeps the hair completes dry but truth is that any swimming cap doesn’t act as waterproof seal around your head and some water gets inside. Some of the advantages of using swim cap are: protecting form chlorine keeps long hair out of the face, keeps your head warm while swimming, etc. Swim caps come in a multitude of materials, shapes, sizes and colors and which one to choose depends upon what type of swimming you do and length/volume of your hair. So further we will compare which material to be used for which type of swimming.


    1. Lap Swimming: Lap swimming means head-down, face-in-the-water swimming. Lap swimmers more commonly use caps to help them move through the water more efficiently and will prefer the hydrodynamic qualities of latex or silicone swim caps. Latex swim capsare made of latex rubber and are very durable as their tight fit gives a speed advantage. They always have a uniform color. They protect the hair well against the chlorine of the pools. They are however more difficult to put on and remove, and some people are allergic to latex. Currently silicone swim capsare the most popular. They were developed as an alternative to people that are allergic to latex swim caps. Silicone swim caps come in a great variety of colors and can even combine several colors. They protect the hair well against the water and are still flexible enough to be put on and removed with ease. However they slip more easily than latex caps.
    2. Water Exercise: water exercise can be anything from aqua jogging, to water therapy, to aqua aerobics. Water exercisers usually use caps to keep their hair out of their face and dry. Athletes doing water aerobics, aqua jogging, or other forms of gentle water exercise may want to wear a LYCRA swim cap. A lycra swim capis more comfortable to wear than a latex or silicone one. As they are made of the same material as your swimsuit, they can give you a more uniform look. They are also more durable than their latex or silicone counterparts. These are soft mesh material and will help keep hair out of their eyes without the tight, heat-retaining fit of traditional swim caps. The limitation of lycra swim capsis that it tend to slip a lot, and they aren't very waterproof. So they don't protect the hair well from the chlorine.
    3. Water Racing: Racing caps are made of molded silicone, which provides a smoother surface and reduces drag during races. They are a bit more expensive than traditional swim caps.
    4. Open water swimming: Open water racers or swimmers may want to opt for a silicone or even a neoprene cap which provide a bit more insulation and floatation than latex caps. Neoprene swim capsare made of the same material as wetsuits used by surfers or triathletes and are designed to keep your head warm in cold water. This makes sense because you can lose a lot of heat through the head if you swim in cold water. Neoprene swim caps are thicker than the swim caps made in other materials. They often have a dark color (black), have seams, may be padded on the inside and have a distinctive smell.

    The other factor for choosing swim cap is the type of hair you have. If you have medium to long hair, then a silicone cap will suit you best. Silicone caps outlast their latex counterpart, are more tear resistant, and don't tug at your hair. Typically softer to the touch, a silicone cap is gentler on the hair and easier to get on and off after a workout. Those with longer hair will need a snug fit to keep their cap from falling off. Silicone caps can provide a contoured fit for your personal head size while keeping everything in place. If you have little or no hair, a latex cap will provide a better fit. Made of latex rubber, the latex cap tends to stretch more easily so they can be worn by virtually anyone.

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    Swim caps come typically in the following sizes and shapes:

    • Small swim caps for your children.
    • Regular size swim cap for short hair. They fit most head types as the swim caps can easily stretch to adapt to the individual head shape and size.
    • Swim caps for adults with long hair. They are usually an inch or two longer so that long hair is better trapped inside the swim cap.
    • The so-called bubble swim caps. These have a more helmet-like form and their surface is made of small bubbles. They give the best coverage if you have long hair.

    Many people do not take swimming goggles seriously, but it is as much important as your swimming dress. A human eye is not made for aquatic environment and hence the vision is blurred in the water, but for perfect stroke you need a perfect vision while swimming hence, here comes the role of swimming goggles. You can have the perfect clear vision in underwater with eye protection. There is a pair of swimming goggle for everyone and picking the perfect one is a pretty tough job, here are some points that can help you in selecting your perfect fit pair of swimming goggles.


    1. Goggle Size: Swimming goggles comes in all size and shape, so we need to look into socket size and lens size for selecting exact size for us. Socket size indicates the size of the goggle lens. You should try both large socket and small socket and choose what is comfortable to you as small socket is somewhat harsh on your orbital bone and large socket is little bulky so you may feel heavy while swimming. Lens size is the size of the lens through which the swimmer sees. A larger lens allows the swimmer to see more; larger lenses allow for a wide-angle view or even "natural" vision. By contrast, small lenses allow the swimmer to "put the blinders on" and, perhaps, focus on their race by limiting their field of vision. Go for the size chart for better understanding.
    2. Goggle type: There are different types of goggle; some are specifically for training, or regular swimming. Some are specific designed for high diving so you need to choose the goggle for the purpose you want. There are some goggles which are made for more than one purpose, you can also choose those.
    3. Package Type: Some goggle comes in fully assembled form, you just need to take out form the packet and start using it or you can say it is ready to wear. Some needs to be assembled, i.e. it may require treading the straps through goggles, stringing of nose piece. You have to decide which type of package you would like to buy, as ready to wear is easy way to start while other needs some instructions from which you can have a perfect fitting goggle for yourself.

    4. Goggle style: There are lots of style and designs available for you same as other eyewear such as sunglasses. Try on yourself, the goggles which looks better and comfortable on you  go for that piece.


    There are many different types of bicycles, so when you are going to buy a cycle you need to consider lots of things and compare it with you cycling needs. Some people like tricking and some like bike racing, so you should choose a cycle according to your preference and needs.

    1. Recognise your riding styles- your first task is to know where you will be riding, on a pavement, dirt trails or both. Some bicycles are made specifically for a particular kind of riding surface, while others are versatile enough that, perhaps with a quick tire change, they can be ridden in more than one category.


    2. Know about different types of bikes available- There are many different types of bikes or cycles, you must know which are those and out of which you have to select a cycle for yourself.

    • Standard Cycles: These are old-fashioned, single speed bikes with coaster brakes (pedal backwards to brake). Good for leisurely riding around town if there are no serious hills or other obstacles.
    • BMX bikes: Low profile bikes with 20 inch (50.8 cm), usually knobby tires. These are for "competition" biking on trails or courses. And have cable operated caliper brakes on the front and rear. These bikes are single geared bikes.
    • Road bikes: This is a general term for traditional bicycles designed for good performance on pavement. There is a wide range of choices within this category; often they can be classified into the two broad groups of racing/performance or touring. Racing bikes are designed for pure speed with an emphasis on light weight, and place the rider in an aggressive posture. Touring bikes are designed for sustained comfort and carrying loads.
    • Mountain bikes: Bikes designed for off-road use, with compact frames, stable handling, clearance for wide and knobby tires, and higher handlebars for a more upright position. There are many types designed for specific purposes, such as downhill versus cross-country racing. They can be equipped with sophisticated suspension and disc brake systems.

    1. Compare your style and bike style- Know you know your preference of riding style and aware of most different types of bicycle, so you can now compare it wisely and choose the bike which will suits your style.
    • Standard cycle is used in pavement or some gravel roads, not more than that.
    • BMX bikes are used for off-road cycling (dirt roads)
    • Road bikes are best for pavement roads.
    • Mountain bikes are best used for Dirt or rocky trails and gravel roads and also work for pavement but with tyre change.

    4. Select the bike for you- There are different bikes for adults and children. Men and women bikes are different by its design. Women bikes are designed for those who have the more typical woman's body proportions of longer leg length relative to torso length. There are many options available for kids, different size are there for different ages.

    cycle size chart

    5. Choose the right bike size which fits you- Now you have chosen which type of bike you need for yourself, make sure it fits you. Bikes are sold in a variety of frame sizes, find the frame that best fits your leg length. Now consider the seat height. You want to make sure your leg has a slight bend when your pedal is at its lowest point in its rotation. To achieve this may involve making simple up or down adjustments to the seat height. You should also have the proper reach to the handlebars. Your arms should not be fully extended; rather, your elbows should be slightly bent so that you feel comfortable and not too far away or too close to the handlebars. Kids bike are measured by wheel size instead of frame size.

    kid cycle chart

    1. Take a test ride- Test ride is the best way of final selection, ride for a good distance to know whether the selected bike is comfortable for you or not.
    2. Have a bike professionally assembled- Ensure all the nuts and bolts of the bike are installed tightly and correctly, and all the accessories are properly fitted and adjusted correctly.

    8. Protect yourself- Riding without protection may be dangerous, bikes already come with necessary accessories and safety gears. The only safety you need to take is bike helmet. Choose bike helmet wisely.


    1. Select a Certified Helmet-There are several standards for bicycle helmets including standards for many specific countries and internationally accepted standards. In the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes standards for helmet safety for a variety of sport activities including bicycling, skateboarding, snowboarding, equestrian, and many others. The Snell Memorial Foundation publishes standard for a variety of sport actives that are internationally recognized. Similarly for India the helmets approved by ISI (Indian Standard Institute), ACU (Auto Cycle Union) or ECE 22.05 (UN Economic Commission of Europe) meet the respective quality standards.


    From a consumer’s perspective ensure the helmet you are buying is certified to one of these standards according to the country you are buying in. All certified helmets provide the minimal level of protection, even the lower cost helmets. More expensive helmets provide additional features and may be more comfortable, but do not provide additional safety.

    2. Select a helmet that fits you- the helmet must fit properly. It should be fit tight enough to prevent it from coming off your head in case of an impact while allowing comfort for long term use. Check that the helmet sits down about half a way on your head to prevent to hitting your face in case of forward falling. Try it more than one time to make sure it fits properly, if not sure seek some help. Proper fit is very important to ensure the helmet works when you really need it.

    helmet size cart


    1. Select helmet designed for you- Choose an adult helmet for adults and a child's helmet for children. An adult must not select a child’s helmet even if it is almost fitting to them and vice versa. As children grow, be sure to constantly reassess the head size and move on to the next size as needed.

    4. Select a helmet designed for your activity- Helmets come in a variety of styles, designed for different types of cycling. Road bike helmets are lightweight while BMX helmets and mountain bike helmets may offer more protection and often include visors and more secure straps to keep the helmet properly positioned during extreme activities.

    fit helmet

    5. Select a helmet that is comfortable enough to be worn for your entire ride- Helmet should be comfortable for a complete ride, it should not be like that after a while you feel to take out the helmet because even a low speed crash can cause considerable damage if you head meets the pavement or ground. Check the chin straps to ensure they can be tightened enough to hold the helmet securely without digging into your chin or face. Make sure the headbands and/or padding are comfortable to your head.

  • Run Bangalore, Run with Rewards!

    Running for Bangalore has become a very popular sport keeping health cause in mind, in the past few years, and events like Marathon have gone up exponentially in a short span of time. Bangalore, the fitness city of India, is ready to host Marathon next month. Here is the Gel Galaxy 8 running shoe by Asics, designed for runners, featured with Gel technology in the fore and rear-foot areas. With this upcoming Marathon, You can win Gift Voucher worth Rs. 500 with every purchase of any Asics running shoes.                                                                                   Ideal for Marathon runners, Asics running shoes with extra comfort and absorb shock reduces the impact on your muscles and joints for a smoother and perfect run. Asics Gel Galaxy 8 running shoe is available for men and women both with vibrant colors and designs.

    Asics all running shoes are lightweight, durable and comfortable and are perfect shoes for running in the Marathon. Run this Marathon with Asics running shoes, and make Asics as your ideal race day shoe.

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