Sport for Everyone new stamps from Spain

Sport for Everyone new stamps from Spain

Under the title Sport for Everyone, three stamps have been released by the Spanish Correos dedicated to sporting activities in the open air which do not require great technical preparation: races, bicycle touring and hiking.

Long-distance running requires great control of one's breathing. Practiced since the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, it is a sport in which the feet are sometimes not in contact with the ground. Anyone intending to take part in a long-distance race needs to prepare through gradual training, from trotting - slow running during which you are able to speak and the pulse remains stable - to speed running, during which the pulse rises to its fastest rate. The recommendations to be taken into account in running and in order to improve the technique include maintaining a good posture, with the trunk straight, firm and relaxed, so energy is directed to the lower body. It is also important to land on the middle of the foot, without using the heel, to facilitate inertia and to drive the body forward. More and more people, of all ages are practicing this sport and participating in the different competitions that are organized.

Bicycle touring is a non-competitive sport which consists of travelling around on a bicycle, visiting places. A person in good physical condition can cover between 50 and 150 kilometers a day, depending on the terrain. Bicycle touring begins by preparing the route, studying the terrain, the places to be visited and the materials to take with you. The routes can vary from those completed in a single day to ones lasting for months or even years, as cycling is becoming an increasingly popular form of tourism. In some European countries, the railway companies combine cycling and travel by train, offering extensive cycling routes.

Hiking is a non-competitive sporting activity which is done along signposted paths approved by the corresponding body. It combines contact with nature and knowledge of the area and its cultural and ethnographical elements. Generally, the routes follow the course of cattle tracks, mountain routes, local paths or trails. Hiking was introduced into Spain in 1972, at the request of the Parisian Association de Tourisme Pedestre, which requested the continuation of European route E-4 to southern Spain. In 1975, the first white and red mark was painted in Tivissa (Tarragona), part of the GR-7, which continues to Tarifa and forms part of European route E-4.

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