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Rio here we come

Saturday, 30 July 2016  |  Admin

The 2016 Rio Olympic games are almost upon us and with it the excitement, the hype and the spate of middle-aged dads deciding to get back into shape - even if it kills them. And that leads to the inevitable sports injuries that occur when out-of-shape middle-aged men try to do too much too quickly.

By all means, jog, do push-ups and sit-ups, go to a gym (please don't pay for a year's membership in advance!) and bench press free weights. But don't OVERDO IT. You know what I mean. You're NOT Usain Bolt or Mo Farrah. Just like when you kick a ball around in the park with little Johnny, you're not Lionel Messi. Apart from anything else, he still has his own hair!

But if you are going to take up sport, you might just like to wear a magnetic therapy bracelet. While these offer no guarantees, they should be considered a useful sporting accessory.

The good thing about them is that in some respects they symbolize the Olympic Games. I don't mean that they can make you go faster, higher or stronger. But they do come in those wonderful colours of Gold, Silver and Bronze (well, copper and gunmetal at any rate).

Another good thing about these bracelets - including the ones with sports magnets - is that they are works of art. I have always maintained that jewellery should be both functional and aesthetic - and you have only to look at the two featured items to realize that this is certainly the case with bracelets from Magnetic Therapy Bracelets.

Oh, and one further interesting fact about these bracelets is that they have extra strong magnets - round about 3000 gauss. Indeed some of the bracelets have as many as 20 such magnets!

But as I have said time and time again, don't just look at the number or strength of the magnets. Pick the bracelet you most like. And if you can't make up your mind, remember, there's no law against buying two or three.

The one to the left is an example of the highly ornate bronze magnetic bangles that I was speaking about. It has a kind antiquity and ancient elegance about it - almost like the kind of thing that might have been worn at the original Olympic Games in ancient Athens. But of course it would not have been given as a prize, because in those days, the prizes were not medals, but olive wreaths.

Indeed there is a story told by the ancient Greek historian Heroditus that Xerxes I of Persia asked a prisoner why there were so few Greek men defending the Thermopylae only to be told: "All our other men are participating in the Olympic Games". He then asked "What is the prize for the winner?" However, when he was told that it was an olive wreath, one of his generals (Tigranes) overheard and said in astonishment"Good heavens! Mardonius, what kind of men are these against whom you have brought us to fight? Men who do not compete for possessions, but for virtue."