10 Epic Sports You Won't Believe Exist

10 Epic Sports You Won't Believe Exist

You might think the only thing pro athletes and those who compete in extreme sports have in common are their talent, drive, and physiques—but you’d be wrong! Plenty of high-profile athletes find time to give back to the communities in which they live and compete, whether it’s through charitable donations or by providing assistance to those in need. Here are 10 awesome sports stars who are also incredible humanitarians. Who says you can’t win at life? Read on to learn more about these amazing athletes and what they do off the field.

1) Serena Williams

I always go to bed at 9 p.m. : According to Williams, who was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016, her secret is getting enough sleep. I always go to bed at 9 p.m., she says in an interview for TIME LightBox. That’s something I learned from Venus: You need your rest!

2) Usain Bolt

Runners have long credited endorphins for their so-called runner’s high, but we now know that what makes us feel good isn’t technically an endorphin at all. It is, instead, dopamine — and its presence in our brain spikes during exercise. Dopamine helps regulate our moods by signaling to our bodies how rewarding or pleasurable something is.

3) Simran Pareenja

A good night’s sleep has many benefits, and not just in your day-to-day life. Not getting enough sleep could affect your long-term health, including your heart health. For optimal heart health it is important to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Aim for an earlier bedtime so you can wake up fresh for a great start of your day. [1] Most adults should aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night; however older adults may need more as they require more time to fall asleep.

4) Sam Pan

Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time each day helps regulate your body’s natural rhythms. In addition, Pan suggests laying off caffeine, alcohol and eating too late at night. The most important thing for getting enough sleep? Following a routine that makes you tired at night and ready for bed. No matter what happens during your day, try your best not to break from that routine before going to bed.

5) Sushil Kumar

What do you do when you're not sleeping? Let’s face it, sleeping is much easier said than done for most of us. With so many things vying for our attention before we close our eyes, it’s hard to take some time out for ourselves. But remember—you need sleep! And not just because it makes you feel better and more energetic throughout your day. A good night’s sleep helps prevent serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Read on to learn what you can do to get a little more shut-eye

6) Ronaldo

I don't get enough sleep. Because when I sleep, my dreams are filled with football and how I can improve in that area. And when I'm awake, I'm focused on training harder so that one day I can be as good as Messi and Ronaldo . . . two of my favorite players. So for me there is no off-season—not even at night.

7) Andy Murray

Andy Murray of Great Britain in action against Martin Klizan of Slovakia during their match at Roland Garros on May 28, 2015 in Paris, France. Photo by Glyn Kirk/Getty Images. If you’re like most Americans, you probably dream about sleep . . . but not about actually getting enough of it. Adequate rest is more than just a fun fantasy—it’s essential for everything from personal performance and productivity to weight management and disease prevention. If you could get your recommended amount of sleep every night, research shows that you would likely have better health, less stress and increased mental clarity, among other benefits.

8) Neymar Jr.

He is one of my biggest inspirations. He taught me how to focus and how I should care about what I do. He never stops fighting, no matter how difficult things get. He taught me that there’s no time for pity, you have to fight for what you believe in. If you want something bad enough it will happen, if not tomorrow then next week or next month but it will happen because life goes on. That’s why I admire him so much because he is always trying his best and always has a smile on his face no matter what happens to him during games or at training, he never stops fighting!

9) Max Verstappen

A Natural-Born Pilot: At 17, he’s already mastered a formula car and Ferrari. What will he drive next? Next year, Max Verstappen will race for Toro Rosso—the team that brought him into F1 at 17 years old last fall. That makes him one of very few teenagers to ever race in F1, along with New Zealander Mike Thackwell in 1984. Some have criticized Max’s youth and inexperience—but Max says not racing until age 16 has been an advantage. In fact, his father says that driving go-karts helped develop Max’s skills as a pilot earlier than other racers usually acquire them.

10) Luis Suarez

Biography & Stats: (born 24 January 1987) is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and captains the Uruguay national team, mainly as a striker. Suarez played for Nacional in Uruguay before moving to Ajax in 2006 where he played with current strike partner Daniel Sturridge. He scored 111 goals in 159 games at Ajax before joining Liverpool in 2011 where he developed into one of England’s top strikers. His 82 Premier League goals is already 29th on that competition’s all-time list, just two behind Teddy Sheringham.

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