You are a very successful handball player, for how long have you played this sport?
I have been playing handball since I was around 8 years old, so around 20 years so far.
What triggered your passion for handball?
It was my older sister who played handball first. She is 5 years older than me, so I was always in the arena with my dad cheering for my sister when she had games. When it was halftime in her game I went on the court to try to score some goals against my dad who stood in the goal. My 10 years older brother played football and I also went to see his games with my dad. I actually stopped playing handball for 1 year, when I was 10 years old, because I preferred football at that time, but I realised after a year, that I was much better at handball than football. And I didn’t like the cold weather in Denmark, so it was much nicer to be inside on a handball court.
How has playing this sport affected your life?
It has affected me in so many ways. Some of my best friendships developed because of handball. I am travelling around the world and get experiences I would never be able to get if I wasn’t a professional handball athlete. I train every day, and I have a big focus to keep my body in good shape so I am healthy all year around. I met my wife because of handball. I have won things I remember for the rest of my life.
Do you have any handball idol?
No, but the basketball player Lebron James is a huge inspiration for me.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to start playing this sport?
Handball is an amazing sport which will give you friendships for life and experiences that you will never forget.
How do you find the motivation to train hard every day and how do you prepare for a big match?
For me it is important to play on a high level in every game. Not only one game or two games, but every game! I want to be the best on my position and that is only possible if I am training, eating and living in the most optimal way.
Before a big match I have some rituals I always follow. I stretch my body in the locker-room and I use a hyperice roll to get my muscles warm and fresh. I make sure I have eaten healthy food before the game, so I have a lot of energy. When the game starts I try to be focused and give everything I can to get the win for my team.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
I think the Olympic final in Rio in 2016. We played against a French team which had not lost a final for the last 10 times in a row before this game. France has dominated the international handball sport for many years and was the clear favorites before this game. But we managed to play a really great game and won the gold medal at the end. That was an amazing experience for my team mates and me which we will never forget.
Do you have any guilty pleasure?
No, I cannot go party the day before a game, for example. I have to live healthy to stay fit and ready for every training session and game.
You recently signed a contract with FC Barcelona, how do you feel about it? And how do you feel about moving to Spain?
I have played for 3 years in Germany now. I love the Bundesliga. It Is the best league in the world. I like Hannover a lot where I have played for the last 2.5 years.
Now there is one club which can change everything for me, and that is FC Barcelona. It has been a dream of mine since I started playing handball to represent this club. It is an honour that the biggest club in the world wants me. I am ready to take my talent to Barcelona and hopefully win a lot of trophies for the club.
What do you do when you are not training?
I am seeing my lovely wife, my family and my friends. I like to watch TV series, NBA and movies and I like to play card games or something similar. I enjoy traveling around the world and seeing cities and nature.
You often wear our DANISH ENDURANCE compression socks. What do you like about them?
It is the best sock I have tried in my life. I am wearing the compression socks every day. I train and play with them. The compression optimizes my game and I feel my legs are quick and fast. The material is really comfortable, and they have the perfect fit for my calf muscles and feet. I also wear them when I travel around the world. It can be on a bus before an important game with the team, or when I’m flying to the Maldives for vacation. I love the socks and I am really happy to be a part of the DANISH ENDURANCE family!
You are a passionate runner – how did this passion start and evolve?
I started running 3 years ago. Everything unfortunately started because of a family loss (my dad). I needed to find a sport that would keep both my mind and heart busy not to make me think too much about it. After trying many different sports, I started running. My first competition was called “La corsa dei Santi”, in the center of Rome. It took me more than 1 hour to complete it the first time, but I did not give up. I have committed more and more by training with other marathoners from my gym.
What do you like the most about running?
It is a moment for myself only. It allows me to leave negative and stressful thoughts behind, dragged by the strength of my legs.
You live in Rome – what are your favorite running spots?
I live in the very city center of Rome, I love running and I have the chance to run at the Colosseum, Imperial Forum and Vatican, through the streets of the Eternal City.
How do you prepare for your marathons?
I train for marathons for at least 3 months. I rely on my trainer Marco Ambroselli, who is a FIDAL (The Italian Athletics Federation) instructor. He carefully prepares both training and nutrition schemes! I am very diligent, and I closely follow his instructions in order to reach my goals! I love sport and eating healthy!
Do you have any advice for international runners on which marathons to run in Italy?
The Rome Marathon, absolutely. It is a unique and wonderful experience. The finish line is at Altare della Patria, which is very famous, and to get there you need to go through the Colosseum and Piazza di Spagna, just wonderful!
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge has been on 24/06/2018. The 48KM Cortina Trail, in the Cortina mountains of Trentino Alto Adige. An amazing experience with unbelievable sceneries.
Do you have any dream or goal you want to achieve?
I would like to complete marathons below the 4 hours timing.
You are also a running coach – how would you describe this experience?
I love running and I try to transmit my passion to others, my enthusiasm and positivity really engage the audience!
You often run in our compression socks, what do you think about them?
I love your socks! They accompany me in my long-distance runs. I’ve recommended them to all my friends. Ultra tech material, perfect compression and crazy colors!
Would you recommend them to other runners?
My experience in Cortina determined my 100% positive review. My legs have been compressed for the whole 48km and they felt light despite the effort. I have crossed a river and not even after 15 minutes, the socks were dry! They keep the legs tight to the right point for long distances, thus avoiding blood clots and sore legs. I love them! I also love the Low Cut Socks, breathable, super comfortable and anti-blisters! Very important for runners!
What do you do when you are not running?
I love travelling, reading and listening to my favorite music. I love animals and I spend a lot of time with my two Chihuahuas Tito and Cesare, they are always with me!
Let’s be honest, we all strive to look our best, whether it be for exercise or not. Considering this, we have created the perfect blend between causal and sport with our new Performance Crew Socks. With a clean silhouette and minimalistic design, these socks are designed to satisfy your need for either a dress, athletic, or casual sock to be worn both on and off the tennis court.
Whether you’ve been caught up in the Stranger things 80’s vibe or want to “be like Kanye,” there is no question the popularity of the Performance Crew type socks has skyrocketed. But do you really know these socks, or are you simply caught up in the hype? Let’s take you behind the scenes into the technical specificities of the DANISH ENDURANCE Performance Crew Tennis Socks.
The perfect height, the perfect comfort
By definition, performance crew socks are categorized as a mid-calf length sock, making them perfect for any shoe you can think of such as sneakers, dress shoes, or boots, perhaps just avoid pairing them with stilettos (we would however be accepting of the German way-with sandals!). This length also provides a good protection for your ankles as well as your lower legs.
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While on a hike, from the glorious views of the nature around you to the fresh, crisp air blowing directly into your lungs, you can’t help but feel like you’re on top of the world, and sometimes you are literally on top of the world. Growing up in Northern Michigan, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the beauty of several trails and journey through several forests, beaches, and cliffs.
I’ve even traveled to Colorado and trekked the infamous Flatirons of Boulder as well as the glorious Maxwell Ridge of Fort Collins. And experienced the countless peaks of several mountains in Arizona, uncountable nature paths in the sunny state of Florida, not to forget King Canyon Park and Sequoias of California have truly been a blessing.
It is amazing how rewarding a great day on the trail can be. From relaxing your mind, to creating many health benefits to your body, the benefits of hiking are of many.
There is nothing like the feeling of knowing you’re doing something good for your overall health. It is no secret that there is a significant amount of modern research that suggests the countless benefits of exercise on health. Though we are constantly reminded of these numerous benefits, factoring in a regular exercise program can often be challenging for many. While the intense gym workouts or challenging cycling classes may be intimidating, hiking offers a less extreme exercise that can offer many of the same benefits.
Trekking through trails and mountains is a great workout for your hamstrings, calves, quadriceps and even glutes-add a backpack and you’ll really feel the burn!
f you’re looking to lose some weight, a hike can help with that as well. Depending on the challenge level of your route of course, hiking can burn a significant number of calories. According to LiveStrong, this amount can be as high as 430-550 calories per hour of hiking!
If you’re not already convinced that hiking is good for your body, take into consideration that hiking can also be very helpful in lowering one’s blood pressure as well as lowering risk of Cardiovascular disease and strengthening the heart. The CDC has found regular physical activity can lower blood pressure and manage cholesterol levels.
In a modern world of constant text messaging, email, and social media, we seem to have a constant attention deficit. Out on a hike, with the absence of these distractors, one can unplug and instead connect with the world around them, set their mind at ease, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the road, trail, or peak they are traveling. Stepping into the outdoors gives one time away from the electronic world around them which is sadly something we rarely experience today.
Aside from this, hiking can also have benefits on your mental health, even if for short periods of time. Stress, Depression, and Anxiety levels are continuously on the rise around the world.
After a long, hard week at work, take a weekend trip to a trail near you and experience the nature that this lovely world has to offer us. This will make the world feel much bigger, and allow your problems to seem significantly smaller, and possibly even blow away with the wind.
Hiking can even improve your social life. Spending time with others and sharing an experience of a trail is truly unbeatable. I’ve hiked both alone and with pals and let me tell you, when you’re at the top of a peak gazing at the sunset over the mountains and lakes, there’s nothing better than someone to admire the view with.
So grab a friend, pack your bags, and explore the world together! You won’t regret it!
Article by Annie Fuller
Compression stockings are essentially close-fitting socks that gently keep your feet and lower legs tight by exerting a constant and graduated pressure on them. Sound uncomfortable? You’ll have to rethink yourself – once you have tried them, your legs will feel light as a feather.
But why would someone ever want to squeeze their legs into compression stockings?
Surprisingly, compression socks have many benefits linked to both health and sports performance. By applying a moderate to firm pressure to your lower limbs, compression stockings favor a better blood circulation, thus preventing your legs from getting tired, swollen and achy. The same compression also helps you to achieve faster muscle recovery in case of injuries or surgeries, thus boosting your performance to a new level.
How do compression socks do this?
If you want to go into technical details, compression stockings act upon the basic venous blood circulation. Veins pumping de-oxygenated blood back to the heart could be hindered by any alterations, causing the blood vessels’ to expand. This leads to the subsequent weakening of the veins’ valves. Being unable to return to the heart, the venous blood will begin to accumulate in the legs, causing unpleasant swelling. By exerting external pressure on the lower legs, compression socks will reduce the diameter of your veins and place the valves back to their original position, thus enabling the venous blood to return to the heart.
So, who are compression socks for?
Professionals, amateurs – a runner, hiker, canoer, boxer, volleyball, handball or basketball player – you name it. Compression socks will always support you, regardless of your sporting activity. In addition, they are the ideal solution for everyone who spends most of their days standing – from waiters, sales assistants and flight attendants to tour guides, hair dressers and nurses. Finally, compression stockings greatly help promote a faster recovery in individuals with problems such as varicose veins, edema or to prevent blood clots, cramps, plantar fasciitis, fatigue, deep vein thrombosis.
Now that you’re familiar with how compression socks work, you’re likely wondering how to choose the pair to fit your needs. So how do you choose your perfect compression sock?
Stay tuned for our next article on how to choose your perfect DANISH ENDURANCE Compression socks!
You are a passionate and very successful trail runner – how did your passion for ultra-running evolve?
Since I come from the classic alpinism and hiking sports, I have been used to going on long tours in the mountains since my youth. This way I have learned to spend a lot of time outdoors and take in the special atmosphere in the nature. Accordingly, long runs in the mountains are very similar to a quick mountain hike for me.
What does your daily training schedule look like in preparation for your big runs?
Although I train according to a training plan, this still gives me enough flexibility to spontaneously do something else or just take advantage of good weather. In addition, variety is very important to me. Exercising on different pulse levels, not neglecting strength training, as well as incorporating other sports, such as race cycling and cross-country skiing, are all key factors in my training.
What motivates you to train so hard?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I just like to feel my body, especially in intense phases, when the pulse is extremely high, or the muscles are under high stress. Looking into challenges and coping with them as well as possible motivates me tremendously and gives me a lot of self-confidence and balance for my everyday life.
One big event you are currently training for are the Trailrun World Championships in Spain this year. Are there any other running events you will participate in?
Definitely – it is my plan to compete on the marathon distance in March or April, but have not decided on any specific events yet.
What has been your favorite running trail so far?
That’s the beauty of my sport – I really like running everywhere. Of course, I love running in the mountains and always like to gain some altitude, but completely flat parts of a trail are also appealing to me. I already have a favorite mountain, the so-called Höfats, a uniquely beautiful mountain high above my hometown Oberstdorf.
We heard of your recent journey storming the summit of Mont Blanc. Are there any plans for new adventures?
That’s right, at the end of September I had a dream come true and “jumped” onto the Mont Blanc. I still have so many plans for new adventures. These projects are a big motivation for me, in addition to the competitions, to continue to train and stay fit. There are still many mountains and peaks out there that only wait for me and want to be discovered – you will certainly hear from some more of my adventures in the future.
Are you currently practicing any sports other than running or have you previously participated in any other sports?
I’m a typical German boy and played at my local football club, FC Oberstdorf for a few years. In addition, I think badminton is a great sport. Unfortunately, I find too little time to practice it.
As a balance to running, I have discovered race cycling and in the winter I also try to get back on my cross-country skis. Otherwise, I just love to spend time outdoors, like relaxing in the mountains with friends or family while hiking or just going for a walk.
What do you do when you are not running?
Look what the fridge offers and eat chocolate ?. In addition, I like to meet people who are important to me for a nice cup of coffee …
You often run in our DANISH ENDURANCE stockings. Which is your favorite product and why?
That’s right and I do not just run in your socks but also wear them in my free time and to regenerate. That’s why I do not have a favorite product. I just like your entire offer, which completely covers my claims as an athlete. But if I want to highlight a product, then it is certainly the compression socks, which have already accompanied me reliably on some ultraruns.
As a competitive athlete, you certainly have to be very disciplined. What is your biggest vice?
Haha, definitely chocolate. Here I have to be careful again and again that I do not fall into a “food craze”. Then, instead of altitude, I collect calories. The good thing is, that as an endurance athlete you easily burn off those calories again!
Any tips for our DANISH ENDURANCE community on how to stay fit and healthy as an athlete?
Here, I think the principle that holds for most things in life applies: If something drives you and motivates you, everything in life is possible. My experience with sports has proven this to me in the past and it is confirmed almost every day. When you are motivated, discipline and even renunciation in certain situations come automatically. I have learned not to strain myself too much, and sometimes just to enjoy life and kick over the traces. Listen to your body and occasionally give your mind some space, then the fun will always be guaranteed and your soul will thank you. #moremilesmorecalories
Hi, my name is Stéphanie Versteeg and I am a travel writer from the Netherlands. I’m the adventurous kind of travel girl and for my blog expeditieaardbol.nl I get to travel the world on a regular basis.
For the last 10 years, I have conquered our beautiful planet with flip flops and sneakers. I climbed mountains in Austria and Laos, and did challenging hiking trips in the jungle of Indonesia. As you can imagine, that did not go without a little struggle: I injured several body parts when falling from slippery rocks and always prayed for a good outcome when climbing to a new viewpoint. Despite some serious bruises I always survived, but it wasn’t really convenient to do these kind of hikes on worn-out sneakers or flip flops.
A few months ago, I finally stocked up on some more professional travel gear. I exchanged the flip flops for some decent hiking boots and paired it with the merino wool hiking socks by Danish Endurance. I took them to Sicily for a short trip and – this will not come as a surprise – what a relief! Why didn’t I think of this earlier? The hiking boots are perfect for hikes and adventures on rugged ground, but especially the socks are a life saver: I haven’t stopped wearing them ever since.
The Danish Endurance hiking socks are made with 33% merino wool and have a padded area to absorb shocks. The socks are quite thick and keep your feet warm, but at the same time they dry quickly after washing them, which is extremely convenient when on the road. They help prevent blisters and injuries, but I also use them as my everyday socks. I am even wearing them right now, just at home, writing stories at the kitchen table.
After all these years of travelling, with Danish Endurance I’m finally prepared to do some more serious hiking. I’m looking forward to taking my new gear on a stroll somewhere remote, and I already have a destination in mind. This year I’m planning to go to Madagscar, and I can’t wait to wear my socks for a confident hike or climb in one of its national parks.
Follow Stéphanie on Instagram here: @expeditieaardbol
When did you start to run and who and what motivates you?
I started doing track and field/running when I was 3 years old. My motivation comes from standing on the track at Championships like WC, EC and the Olympics where the atmosphere is outstanding.
Have you ever practiced any other sports?
When I was little I did handball, swimming, badminton and dancing.
What would a typical day look like for you?
On a typical day I wake up at 6.30 am, eat breakfast and drink coffee. Then I have my first morning session at 9 am. My first session is done around 11.00 am and then I have lunch around 12.30 pm
Then I sometimes have physio and massage.
School/studying for 4 hours and then I have my evening session from 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm.
Then I go home, relax and have dinner around 9PM and straight to bed afterwards.
How often and how do you usually train?
I train 6 days a week. Two sessions Tuesday and Thursday. My trainings sessions are about sprinting, distance running, core, strength and technical workouts.
What do you do to relax after an exhausting day of training?
My days off I usually go to my favorite cafe, relax and read. Sometimes I also go to the sauna.
We know that you are training for the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin next year. What are your expectations for this?
Getting to the final is my main goal. But first, I need to qualify.
You love to travel – what is your favorite destination? …and where would you like to go next if you could choose any place?
My favorite place is very difficult to pick. But probably Bali or the Philippines. I would love to visit Sri Lanka, Kenya or Hawaii.
What is your favorite food?
Dishes that contain fish. ?
What is your favorite Danish Endurance product and why?
Low cut socks. Perfect for training!
How will you celebrate Christmas this year?
I will celebrate Christmas in South Africa this year.
Do you have any advice for us how to get a healthy start to the new year?
Set some realistic goals.
Follow Stina on Instagram here: @stinatroest