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Is it time to move gyms?

Is your 3-times-a-week exercise routine a distant memory? Are you paying a fortune for your infrequent visits to the gym? Tempting though it is to throw in the exercise towel, a change of scene could be all you need to get your fitness routine back on track.  If your current gym isn’t inspiring you to stick […]

13th June 2018 read full article

Summer Health and Fitness with PledgeSports!

SUMMER IS UPON US! Everyones favourite season is here and we want to promote our ethos of health and fitness.  There’s no better time to be active than in warm weather and long days and we have everything covered from sports and food for weight loss to fitness and injury.  Let’s start by giving you […]

3rd May 2018 read full article

What is Female Athlete Triad?

With females athletes from all over the world in every sport you can think of on PledgeSports, we come across lot’s of health stories and one such is female athlete triad.   It’s a syndrome in which eating disorders (or low energy availability), amenorrhoea, and decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis and osteopenia) are present. Also known simply as the Triad.  The female athlete triad is […]

1st May 2018 read full article

Junk food and sports sponsorship

As all our readers know, we love to promote health and fitness.  So we where shocked to learn just yesterday, that 76% of sport sponsorship in the US is tied to junk food.  The recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics , reveals that 76% of food products shown in ads promoting a sports organisation sponsorship are […]

28th March 2018 read full article

Most Common Sports Injuries

Unfortunately injuries are a common thing when it comes to playing sports, whether it is at professional level or amateur it is very hard to avoid some kind of injury. More importantly if you have ever tweaked a muscle or fractured a bone you may not know the exact way to treat or prevent it […]

21st March 2018 read full article

Top 10 Most Successful Vegan Athletes

Doubtful that a vegan diet will provide sufficient nutrients, protein and energy to sustain a professional athlete? This list may just make you think again! All these athletes mentioned below are all supporting the vegan lifestyle and in doing so are performing better than ever.  A plant based diet offering such benefits as reduced inflammation, better recovery times […]

13th March 2018 read full article

Our Top Tips To Fitness and Weight Loss

The eternal quest for fitness and weight loss in an ever changing environment can be tough to decipher.  And of course the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand.  However if you are exercising or doing sport with the aim of loosing weight then naturally you are going to increase your fitness. Below is plenty […]

1st March 2018 read full article

Sports most likely to cause Concussion

In an ever more health conscious world, injuries like concussion are being talked about and diagnosed a lot more that they were 10 years ago and thankfully so.  We want to look at concussion in sport and which sports are the biggest concussion risk. Lets look at an official definition of Concussion below – Concussion, […]

28th February 2018 read full article

Best Sports for Fitness

For those who want to change their lives and increase their fitness levels, we at PledgeSports want to answer the age old question – “What are the best sports for fitness?” We have a list of the best sports that you may or may not know help increase your overall fitness levels dramatically. The great […]

16th February 2018 read full article

Best Exercises for Fitness

We all know that proper exercises and a good diet plan is key to best results whatever it may be that you are striving in health and fitness. We at PledgeSports are no different from you and we always are eager to know what are the best type of exercises out there that will aid […]

8th February 2018 read full article

Best Sports for Overall Exercise

We at PledgeSports are deeply interested in health, fitness and exercising alike. We want to provide a list of sports for you that will aid you in getting the best overall workout for your body. Debating what the best sports for overall exercise is very difficult, however we believe that these 10 sports below will […]

6th February 2018 read full article

10 Best Sports For Losing Weight

At PledgeSports we like to practise what we preach so we thought we’d publish what we think are the best sports for weight loss.  Most of these sports are easy on the body and are accessible by most people.  We already covered the best exercises and foods to aid weight loss now here’s the best […]

11th January 2018 read full article

10 Best Exercises For Weight Loss

We at PledgeSports take health and fitness seriously and practise what we preach.  If you are seeking to lose weight you will need to quite a lot of exercise to do so. It won’t be the overnight success story that all the magic fitness marketers promise you.  So no more “instant weight loss” products but […]

10th January 2018 read full article

10 Best Foods For Weight Loss

In January every year there is a mad rush for gyms as people try to shake off the holiday excess but diet can also be a great way to drop a few pounds.  Research shows that eating healthy protein, healthy fats, and healthy carbs can help slim your stomach and aid your weight loss program. These 10 best […]

10th January 2018 read full article

5 Most Mentally Challenging Sports

We have done the research and compiled a list of the most mentally frustrating and challenging Sports!  They are the most mentally challenging sports because they all have the potential to place moments of negativity in your head or throw mental demons into the mind. While it may be apparent that most of the top […]

5th December 2017 read full article

Best Post Workout Foods for Vegans

At PledgeSports we take nutrition seriously, we have compiled a list of the best post workout foods for Vegans. As you may or may not know, you do not need protein powder to make sure you meet your needs. When it comes to post-workout meals, it is very important that you get your necessary carbs […]

23rd November 2017 read full article

The Best Foods To Eat After A Workout

Do not let all that hard work go to waste!   Your post-workout meal should be just as important as your actual workout regime. Consuming the correct nutrients after you exercise is vital for your body to maximise it’s recovery. After you workout your body tried to rebuild its glycogen and repair those muscles. By eating […]

22nd November 2017 read full article

Gym Etiquette – Smartphones

We’ve had a few interesting stories/complaints from people complaining about gym etiquette. And we are not talking about the age old issues which are always covered like – when the sweat runneth down, wipe it up.  Bad smells, creeps or the really annoying habit of not of re- racking  (When someone uses a weights then […]

7th November 2017 read full article

Best Stretches For Flexibility

Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, etc – one of the primary interventions for people on a daily basis is stretching. Improving your flexibility can decrease tension in tight muscles, improve mobility in your joints, and ultimately decrease pain in tense or tight body areas. At PledgeSports, we not only help […]

7th September 2017 read full article

Best Sources Of Plant Protein

Every day people are becoming more and more aware of their diets and what they should and should not be putting in their bodies in order to be healthy. There has been a lot of negative publicity surrounding animal proteins, but the opposite goes for plant proteins which are classed as a healthier alternative. Protein […]

10th August 2017 read full article

Top 10 Foods High In Protein

Every day people are becoming more and more aware of their diets and what they should and should not be putting in their bodies in order to be healthy. One huge element of the diet is protein, and while protein is great for you, what many don’t realise is the importance of eating both the […]

9th August 2017 read full article

4 Ways To Prevent Tennis Elbow

Tennis is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, and with that comes the likelihood of sustaining injury. However, one injury commonly associated with the sport stands head and shoulders above the rest – the dreaded Tennis Elbow. At PledgeSports, we are huge tennis fans and have worked with players of all […]

18th July 2017 read full article

Let’s talk food and sport with… Shirley McCay

The 2018 Hockey World Cup is being held in London, but all eyes are on Johannesburg this month as the Irish Women’s senior hockey team battle it out for a qualifying spot at the World League 3 series. Amongst the team are many household names to hockey fans, one of these names and leaders is Shirley […]

10th July 2017 read full article

Because It’s Our Greatest Wealth – Healthy Living Tips

Mr Sun is back, which means it’s time to try being healthy! As well as providing a global and very successful crowdfunding platform for sport, PledgeSports are also doing our bit for health awareness. Here are some of the most popular blogs from our “Healthy Living” section – we guarantee they’ll have you feeling your best […]

4th May 2017 read full article

The Key Difference Between Fitness And Endurance

  Through our hugely popular and controversial series, “The Fittest Sport”, we recently discovered which sport boasts the fittest athletes on the planet. Now, we switch our focus to endurance sports and determining what is “The Ultimate Endurance Sport”. But first, we’ll explain the difference between fitness and endurance. One of the most significant factors […]

11th April 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport On The Planet

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

31st March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 7

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

29th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 6

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

22nd March 2017 read full article

How Different Running Surfaces Affect Your Body

The freedom of running takes us on many different surfaces: road, sidewalk, dirt, grass, sand, track, and treadmill. Each surface has its own set of pros and cons and it is important to understand these before starting your run. Here at PledgeSports, we care for the health and fitness of all athletes, whether they’re fundraising […]

15th March 2017 read full article

Best Food For Sports Performance

With so much information on nutrition, it is difficult to know what is the best food for sports performance. For optimal performance, it is important to keep your energy levels up and view your food as fuel. The key here is preparation; plan healthy meals and snacks in advance to fit in with your training […]

14th March 2017 read full article

Top 10 Healthiest Sports

Sport promotes competition, creativity and inspires us all to improve, but not all sports have the same impact on your overall health. Because of this, we have come up with a list of the Top 10 Healthiest Sports . At PledgeSports we are complete sports nuts and care for the well-being of all athletes across […]

13th March 2017 read full article

10 Things You Didn’t Know About JimGump

On October 1st, JimGump set off on a 20,000-mile run around the US with the mission of inspiring a generation to be more active and healthy. Fast-forward to March 2017 and Jim has run over 4,000 miles, inspiring children throughout the states of Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida and New York, to name a […]

13th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 5

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

9th March 2017 read full article

What Do The Best Athletes In The World Eat?

On average, men and women consume 2,800 and 2,300 calories per day respectively. With that, they engage in daily exercise for half an hour — but what do the best athletes in the world eat? And how do they fuel their training? At PledgeSports we are obsessed with nutrition and training, and how they impact […]

7th March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 4

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

3rd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 3

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Part 2

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

The Fittest Sport: Soccer

“The Fittest Sport” series is sponsored by Mongoose Sports & Entertainment It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, we at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?” The Fittest Sport It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” […]

2nd March 2017 read full article

You Are What You Eat: Top 10 Superfoods

Here at PledgeSports, we like to keep healthy, and a huge part of that comes down to the food you put in your body every day.  Food, if chosen correctly, can completely change your body and put your health on a whole new level. It can also improve your mood, focus, energy, skin, and metabolism. […]

1st March 2017 read full article

Meet The 30,000 Mile Man: Ultra-Runner Jim Gump

Jim Gump is on an incredible mission. He has already run nearly 14,000 miles (10,000 in the UK and 4,000 in the US), covering an average of 22 miles per day! This remarkable quest will eventually see him run 30,000 miles (and he has hinted he may not stop at that!). Jim’s running isn’t without purpose. […]

27th February 2017 read full article

Barefoot Aleks Completes Incredible 6189km Ultra Run

On the 16th of February 2017, Aleks Kashefi went where no man ever has before and completed an unsupported ultra run through the entire length of Europe. Over the course of 196 days, Aleks (or Barefoot as we’ve come to know him) ran 6189km from Nordkap in Norway’s most northerly point, to Tarifa in Spain, […]

22nd February 2017 read full article

Down & Dirty – The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry

This week’s guest blog on “The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry” comes from sports marketing agency, Mongoose. Mongoose help sports & entertainment brands harness the power of sponsorship to gain actionable insight and drive business growth.  The Rise Of The Obstacle Course Racing Industry Obstacle Course Racing (or OCR under its jazzy acronym; […]

17th February 2017 read full article

Top 10 Athletes Over The Age Of 35

Maybe it’s modern medicine, maybe it’s greater access to information, or maybe they’re just really, really, ridiculously talented. Some sports are being bossed by particular athletes for much longer than usual, but why? Take tennis for example. In 1992, the average age of the top 10 men’s players was 23.2 years. In 2002 it was […]

8th February 2017 read full article

This woman changed her life around by getting active

After heavy smoking from her teens to her 40′s, Trish Train turned her life around for the better and set herself on a healthy new path by starting to run. We hope that Trish’s story will inspire many other women out there to change their lives and get active and healthy. Fast-forward to today and […]

30th January 2017 read full article

10 Reason Why Tennis Is The Key To A Longer Life

It’s been called the “sport for a lifetime” for many years now and recent findings by some of the world’s top scientists certify the fact that playing tennis is the key to a longer life. Tennis has it’s physical and psychological benefits. In fact, there are so many reasons to play tennis that we couldn’t […]

26th January 2017 read full article

8 Reasons To Hop On Your Bike And Start Cycling

Being inspired by many of the athletes we have worked with over the years especially  Jim Gump – the man running 20,000 miles around the US to get kids active and raise awareness about obesity –  we though it was time that we took responsibility for doing the same and encouraging people to become more active […]

25th January 2017 read full article

How to treat Shin Splints: Expert Advice

Shin Splints are the bane of any pro athlete’s existence. Even us amateurs get them from time to time. They’ll creep up on you out of nowhere and put your body through a world of pain in the process. Thankfully we’ve got some great top tips on how to treat Shin Splints so you never have […]

9th January 2017 read full article

PledgeSports “Athlete of the Year”

2016 has been a great year for us, but that has been made so purely through the great people we have the fortune of working with on a daily basis.  To honour the fantastic times our athletes have given us over the last 12 months, we wanted to give something back to them. One of […]

21st December 2016 read full article

Top 5 Blogs Of 2016

We’ve had a look at our site analytics and come up with our Most Popular Blogs of 2016 among readers. To make life easy for you we’ve put them all into one page for you to enjoy! No.1 – Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall In this piece we get to grips with the […]

13th December 2016 read full article

Running Man: Jim Gump – 11,000 down, 19,000 Miles To Go

Setting your mind to something is a part of life, it is how we achieve the goals that take us to the next step, whatever that step may be. For some, it could be walking to work rather than getting the bus. For others, it could be a Saturday morning cycle, or swim in the […]

15th November 2016 read full article

Sports Injuries: A Spanner in the Works

“When your life revolves around sport, nothing is as frustrating as an injury or sickness that stops you from doing what you love. Nobody likes to be on the sidelines, ourselves included.” – Gareth Reynolds, Digital Director of PledgeSports. “As a very active and busy person, I hate nothing more than being sick or injured. Between tennis, […]

1st November 2016 read full article

Athletes Running On Empty: Hitting The Wall

Often times, sport hinges on defining moments. In tennis, a break of serve. In golf, a clutch up-and-down. In football, a last-minute goal. All are defining, but perhaps none are more so than an athlete “hitting the wall”. Hitting the Wall refers to the moment an ultra-athlete’s body no longer has any energy to burn. […]

27th October 2016 read full article

Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. The person who starts a long-distance run is a different person to the one who finishes it. In a form of sport that pushes every atom of human effort to its limit, we delve inside the minds of […]

27th October 2016 read full article

‘You sweat, you die’ – Inside the mind and body of an ultra-athlete

Founder & CEO of PledgeSports, Richard Pearson, recently caught up with ultra-athlete, Audrey McIntosh, as she prepares  for a challenge never before attempted by any woman in history.  Audrey McIntosh is a 53 year-old mother and ultra-athlete from Scotland. By her own admission, Audrey is an ordinary woman fitting in training around her family and work […]

27th October 2016 read full article

JimGump has started world’s longest run

On October 1st, Jim Plunkett-Cole (JimGump) set off on what is the longest run ever attempted. 20,000 miles and 3 years of running stand between Jim and the history books.   Jim is recreating the infamous cross-country trek from the 1994 Oscar-winning film, Forrest Gump, hence his apt nickname, JimGump. Over the 1,172 day run, […]

29th September 2016 read full article

Couch to 3,000km: Diary Of An Ultra Marathon Beginner

Training For Ultra Marathons For Beginners WE’VE so many ultra marathon runners raising adventure funding on PledgeSports.org right now, we felt sharing their expertise was well overdue. Behold, the latest extract from running newcomer Sophie Rooney’s Diary of An Ultra Marathon Beginner It’s The Rooney’s (almost) Couch to 3,000km: Training for Ultra Marathons For Beginners: […]

16th May 2016 read full article

Get fit in January with the help of our athletes

  MORE turkey, less time in the gym this Christmas? Fear not, we have a whole host of inspiring projects that can not only lift you, but actually get you fit again. Many of our athletes are performing near the top of their sport and are experts in all levels of fitness. In return for […]

9th January 2015 read full article
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