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3 Things To Remember Before Your First Whitewater Rafting Trip

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Remember Before Your First Whitewater Rafting Trip

Whitewater rafting is great activity for people who love extreme sports, and one that’s sure to get the adrenaline pumping. That said, going into your first whitewater rafting adventure completely blind isn’t the smartest way to go about it. There are a number of things you should keep in mind before getting in the raft that will keep your experience from being totally ruined. Take a look at three of them below. Wear Quick-Drying Clothes It’s pretty much a given that you’re going to get wet while on a whitewater rafting trip. Most people will tell you that you should wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet. But that’s just the half of it. You should wear clothing that also dries quickly, as the average cotton shirt will stay wet far longer than is comfortable. Look at clothes made of a polyester or nylon blend to start. While these garments might be a bit pricier than cotton alternatives, it’s worth it to not have a heavy, wet shirt sticking to your back hours after you’ve left the river. Many of these synthetic blends also offer sun protection, which is something you may want to consider when comparing prices. Stick To Low-Level Rapids  Even if you’ve never been whitewater rafting, you can have some idea of what to expect by having a look at the International Scale of River Difficulty. All rapids are given a class rating from one (I) to six (VI). The former are the easiest rapids with very small waves and hardly any risk of injury; the latter may intimidate even the most seasoned professional rafters. On your first trip, it’s not recommended to venture beyond Class III rapids, which are usually considered intermediate. And regardless of how easy or difficult you think a rapid might be, never underestimate the power of water. Don’t Panic if You Fall In Falling out of a boat on a whitewater rafting adventure isn’t the greatest experience, but it certainly doesn’t have to result in serious injury either. On intermediate rapids especially, you may occasionally lose your balance and find yourself overboard before you know what’s going on. Don’t panic, though — your life vest will keep you afloat. Before anything else, you should focus on orienting yourself downriver and floating on your back. Be sure to keep your feet up so that they don’t get stuck in underwater rocks or debris.  For advice on the best raft to use on your first trip, contact a company like Andy and...

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Thank Your Fishing Guide After Your Excursion With These Gift Ideas

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thank Your Fishing Guide After Your Excursion With These Gift Ideas

Whether you’re fishing near your home or in a distant state, hiring a fishing guide can help you maximize the experience and end up with lots of fish to show for your efforts. Whether you’re paired with your guide for just an afternoon or you’re together for several days, it’s a nice idea to present the guide with some sort of gift at the conclusion of the fishing trip. The exact value of the gift depends on how impressed you were with the guide, your budget, and other such factors, but generally, a token of your appreciation will go a long way. Here are some ideas to consider. Custom Fishing Tackle If you’re an avid angler, you may make some of your own fishing lures. Whether you make fly fishing lures or traditional fishing lures, giving a couple of your homemade items to the fishing guide is an effective way to convey your thanks. You have the choice of simply giving the guide some lures to use or having them mounted in a small box to use as a display piece. This is simply a matter of preference; if you’ve spent hours meticulously crafting the lures, they’re probably better to display than potentially lose in the water. Fishing Gift Card Every fishing enthusiast will appreciate a gift card that he or she can use toward this hobby. You have a wide range of options available to you. You can’t go wrong with a gift card to a large outdoors store, but you can also consider buying a gift card to a specialty fishing shop in the area — perhaps one that sells homemade lures or specific high-end items. A gift card to an online fishing retailer is also a good idea. If you want to keep your gift more generic, a gift card to a local gas station is something that the fishing guide will use the next time he or she has to fill up before a trip. Website Testimonial While it’s not technically a gift in the traditional sense, you can also offer to write a testimonial for the fishing guide if he or she has an online presence. Your thoughtfully worded testimonial can potentially help the guide get more business, which can have more value than a gift. When crafting your testimonial, use specific anecdotes to detail the fishing guide’s professionalism, knowledge of the craft and friendly demeanor. A clear indication of these attributes can help prospective future customers decide to hire the...

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White On White – The Parts Of A Fencer’s Uniform

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on White On White – The Parts Of A Fencer’s Uniform

There are only a few pieces that make up the uniform worn by fencers. One of these parts is based upon the history of the sport, while the others are more for functional protection. Here are the main parts of the fencing uniform and why they are significant. Fencing Jacket and Pants The largest component of the fencer’s uniform is the long-sleeved white jacket. The jacket is long-sleeved mostly for protection, but also to reference the historical aspects of the sport. While in today’s fencing world, competitors are permitted to adorn their white uniforms with assorted emblems, or minor color variations, the real reason behind using the color white is actually somewhat gruesome. In previous centuries, fencing was more than just a sport; it was often a duel to settle a dispute – a dispute that was ultimately settled by drawing blood by piercing your opponent. Consequently, in those times the ultimate end was not to activate hidden electrodes inside the coat to score points, but to draw blood. Therefore, white fencing coats carry as much of a sense of dedication to the history of the sport as they do with their function. While not nearly as important as any of the other pieces of fencing gear, pants are usually also white. This is as much to match the jacket, as it is to pay tribute to the history of fencing. Regulation fencing pants are knickers with white socks, or ankle length slacks with heel straps like a ballet uniform. Protective Equipment The remaining pieces of a fencer’s uniform are designed for protection. Even the padding on the saber arm of the fencer is to help avoid injury from contact that does not score points in the match. The other items are all padded to protect the fencer. Underarm Pad Each fencer has a padded area under his or her saber arm. Often when extending in a lunge to attempt a score on their opponent, their underarm is left exposed. This pad is designed to prevent injury to a very sensitive part of the human body. Breast Protector For women fencers, there is a padded breast protector. These pads are inside the two breast pockets on the front of the fencing jacket. White Glove Only the saber hand of the fencer uses a glove. The off hand is kept bare. This glove is also padded for protection, usually about halfway up the forearm. Beginner fencers can use a glove that covers the entire arm, padded up to just below the shoulder. Mask The fencing mask must be worn at all levels of competition to protect the face and head of the fencer. It has a padded bib to protect the throat and a wire mesh facemask to protect the face of the fencer. The mesh is made of a rigid material that can withstand the force from an opponent’s saber. As with all the rest of the pieces of equipment, for more of a historical purpose the fencing mask is also white. So, while the equipment that composes a fencing uniform is customarily white out of a dedicated reverence for fencing history, it is the protective features that are most important. Luckily for today’s competitive fencers, the design and the color of their uniform pieces is for protection and...

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3 Tips For Using A Dog Training Collar For Your Stubborn Beagle

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Using A Dog Training Collar For Your Stubborn Beagle

Beagles may be one of the smaller-sized and friendly breeds of hounds, but their stubborn nature is just the same as it is with most other hound breeds. These dogs are scent driven, which means they will often follow what their nose tells them to much faster than the commands that you try to give them. Whether you are training your beagle for hunting rabbit or small prey in the fields or just want to teach him a bit of obedience, a dog training collar (from an outlet such as Field Trial) is perhaps one of the few effective ways to get a beagle to obey. If you plan to invest in a training collar for your bull-headed beagle, there are  few tips to keep in mind.   Invest in a long-range dog training collar.  Beagles can sometimes follow a scent trail for miles without stopping. Once they catch a whiff of something interesting and are off the leash, they could easily be out of sight in a matter of minutes. This is why it is so important to invest in a dog training collar that has long-range capabilities. If you stick a collar on a beagle that will only work within several hundred yards, he could be long gone before you have time to send a signal to draw him back. It is recommended to find collar for beagles that has a minimum one-mile range.  Beagles respond well to even the lowest settings of a dog training collar.  One of the good things about beagles is they do tend to respond well to training collars. You will not really need a collar that has high-intensity settings or even a range of settings to choose from because they will quickly react to even the lowest setting when it is activated. So don’t waste your money on a complex dog training collar that has a wide range of intensity levels, as they will likely never have to be used.  Introduce the collar to the dog in an enclosed area.  Even though a dog training collar is designed to provoke a reaction from your dog, it is important to not just stick a collar on the beagle for the first time if he has room to run away. The first time you use the collar to send a slight shock, your beagle may be a bit confused and run in the completely opposite direction of you. Introduce the dog to the new training device in an enclosed, small area where you can give commands to come back to you when you send a signal to the...

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Essential Gear For Loading A Motorcycle Into A Pickup Truck

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Gear For Loading A Motorcycle Into A Pickup Truck

When you’re a new motorcycle rider, it’s fun to spend time picking out your helmet and the apparel you’ll wear on the road. It’s also important to think about how you’ll transport the bike when you don’t want to get behind the controls. Loading your motorcycle into a pickup truck is arguably the best way to move it around, but you’ll also need some gear to make this transportation method a reality. The main tool you’ll use for loading the bike into the truck is a motorcycle ramp. These ramps are available in several styles, but all share the common design of allowing you to walk the bike off the road and into the truck’s bed. Here are some other essential gear for this job. A Second Ramp A pair of ramps is necessary if you’re loading an all-terrain vehicle into a truck, but it’s a smart investment to get a second ramp for loading your motorcycle, too. Loading a motorcycle with just a single ramp can be difficult — it’s not prudent to ride the bike up the ramp, so you’ll find yourself standing on the ground and trying to push the bike up the slope. This can not only strain your back, but make the bike difficult to control. With a second ramp positioned next to the main ramp, you’ll be able to easily walk up the second ramp as you load the bike. Wheel Chock You can’t simply set the bike on its kickstand when it’s in the bed of the truck, so a wheel chock becomes a necessary part of the gear you’ll need. Wheel chocks have several different designs, but all are built to fit snugly around the front tire of the motorcycle to hold the entire bike in place. Wheel chocks are mounted to the bed of your truck to ensure that the bike won’t move as you drive. Tie-Down Straps A handful of tie-down straps will further prevent your bike from budging as it rides in the truck bed. You can wrap a tie-down strap around the bike’s frame or rear wheel, as well as any other places to keep the bike secure, and then attach the ends of the straps to the anchors along the sides of your truck bed. Ratchet-style tie-down straps are ideal because you can wrap them around the bike, secure the ends to the truck’s bed anchors and then use the ratchet mechanism to pull the strap snug. For more information, contact Cruiser Caddie or a similar...

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Are You A First Time Boat Buyer? What To Know Before You Buy

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You A First Time Boat Buyer? What To Know Before You Buy

If you want to get into boating but you aren’t sure how much money you want to spend or what type of boat you should get, there are some things you want to know before you start shopping. Owning a boat is something great for people that love to spend time on their own or with family or friends, and can be a great experience if you do it right. Setting a budget while taking storage, gas and insurance into consideration is important and you’ll also want to think about maintenance. Here are a few things to think about before you make a purchase. Buy Used A lot of people buy a boat and think that they’re going to be out on it all of the time, or that they will love to be on the water. This may not always be the case, and it can take a while to find out what kind of boat is best for you. Try buying a used boat first to see what you like and dislike, and to see if you are going to get enough use out of it that a new boat is worth the investment. There are many licensed and reputable dealers that can get the offer you a boat that has had a mechanical inspection. Boats depreciate in value off the lot so purchasing used is practical. Try an Outboard   Outboard motor boats are gaining popularity because they are an ecologically friendly choice for consumers, and because they are long lasting and durable. Find a dealership that has outboard motor boats if you are just looking for a fishing boat, a cruiser or even for water sports. Get Great Coverage Just like in automobile, a variety of issues can happen with your boat while you are on the water or it is parked at the dock or marina. The marine insurance will cover both your property and liability if someone gets hurt.  Don’t skimp on the insurance policy that you get, to make sure your investment is covered if anything happens with another boat, other people, or because of a weather related accident. You may want an agreed policy plan, instead of a market value policy plan, so you can get a newer model boat if something happens to yours.  You may not be able to test drive all of the boats that you like if you aren’t near water or can’t get the boat in the water, but you should be able to let a mechanic look at anything before you buy it. Buying a boat can be a great investment if you don’t risk too much money and if you know what you’re getting into before you make the purchase. To learn more, contact a company like All Seasons Honda & Peninsula...

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3 Ways Newbies Can Prepare For A Mountain Bike Tour

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways Newbies Can Prepare For A Mountain Bike Tour

Mountain bike tours are a great way to explore an area while getting fit. As a beginner, it is important that you properly research and prepare for a tour so that you do not overtax yourself and burn out on the experience. To help ensure that you have a good experience with your first few tours, here are some tips for preparing and riding the actual tour.  Avoid Loading Up on Gear When shopping for your gear for the bike tour, avoid buying all the newest, high-tech gear the salesperson is suggesting. Not only is it not necessary, but it can weigh you down while cycling, which can make the tour more exhausting for you.  Keep it simple when selecting your gear. For instance, pack some extra cycling clothes, a set of normal street wear, and any minimal gear that you need to navigate the terrain. Some gear is specifically required for riding in the mountains. For example, a pair of shoes with a flexible toe is ideal for a mountain bike tour because some walking might be involved and the shoe is more comfortable to wear.  Talk to the leader of the tour to find out what additional cycling gear is recommended.   Sign Up With an Operator Although you might be tempted to map out a tour and hit the road yourself, this could be a bad move for a newbie. This is especially true if the path you have selected is not right for someone at your fitness level.  When you work with a bike tour operator, you can select a tour that is right for your fitness level and also get the support you need to successfully navigate the chosen path. An operator can provide you with invaluable information, such as how to make quick repairs while on the road.  Practice Skills Mountain biking requires skills and body conditioning. For instance, when handling your bike, good upper body strength is necessary. To prepare for a bike tour, try working on your conditioning and skills. Weightlifting and attending seminars that are geared towards preparations for mounting biking can be beneficial to you.  If the bike tour includes camping, you also need to be prepared for that. Basic skills, such as being able to set up a campfire, are essential.  A mountain bike tour can be a good way to exercise and also serves as entertainment. Although the first few tours might be rough, with time and a consistent effort, you can improve. Work with an operator to learn other ways that you can prepare for the experience....

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Kickboxing Training and Yoga: Complementary Paths to Fitness

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kickboxing Training and Yoga: Complementary Paths to Fitness

Engaging in both kickboxing training and yoga may seem contradictory, but the two activities actually complement each other by producing skills that can be used in either activity and proving unique elements of fitness training that may be absent if only one of the two activities are practiced. How do kickboxing fitness classes differ from actual kickboxing training? Kickboxing classes for fitness differ from actual kickboxing training in that participants don’t actually fight (and get hit), but perform the same fitness training as competitive kickboxers. Kickboxers must be in excellent shape to fight in successive timed rounds during competitions, so they must train for endurance and speed as well as power. Kickboxing-styled fitness training seeks to instill the same level of fitness in a noncombative manner. What kinds of activities are performed in kickboxing fitness classes? Practicing techniques on a heavy bag Individual punches as well as combinations (a series of punches thrown in succession) are practiced on a heavy bag, which is a large punching bag that provides resistance to punches. This enables the individual to build upper body strength and endurance as well as simulate the feeling of striking an opponent. Kicking techniques are also practiced on a heavy bag to develop the lower body and the abdominal region. Emphasis is placed on using proper technique in kicking, which relies on maintaining balance and pivoting the body to increase power. Knee strikes are also practiced, which involve striking with the knee in a thrusting or sweeping motion. The repetitive lifting of the knee strengthens the core muscles, which are the muscles that support the back and abdominal region. Core training is an essential part of kickboxing because of the punishment the body receives in actual kickboxing training and competition, so core conditioning is a major component of kickboxing fitness classes.  Some kickboxing fitness classes incorporate activities such as rope jumping to increase endurance and dumbbells and resistance bands for strength training. Why is yoga a complementary activity for kickboxing fitness training? Kickboxing uses explosive tensing and releasing of muscles to allow the participant to strike with speed until the muscles are tensed at the point of impact, which adds power to the strike. It involves aerobic training, which means that it trains the heart and lungs to deliver sufficient amounts of oxygen to the muscles to perform the activities involved. Yoga uses static movements to keep muscles tensed for extended periods, while also including flexibility training to keep muscles from shortening and tightening as they gain strength. Yoga is an anaerobic activity, meaning that it is not practiced to increase cardiovascular endurance, but to build muscle strength.  Breathing exercises are important components of yoga training, but they are practiced to calm the mind and body.  These traits make yoga training a perfect complement to kickboxing fitness training. While strength training and flexibility are components of both activities, their approaches to attaining them, as well as their unique benefits, create a more complete training regimen when combined than either activity could provide...

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Living The Boating Life

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living The Boating Life

Living near the water offers you many advantages, including the opportunity to make boating a part of your life. Owning a boat is not just a pleasant hobby: it offers you real physical and psychological benefits. If you have water access, consider buying a boat to improve your quality of life.  Physical Benefits All forms of boating involve exercise. Even one hour of power boating burns 102 calories. Water sports associated with boating offer more intense workouts. Water skiing burns 340 calories per hour while exercising your entire body. In addition to being part of a fitness routine, boating helps you get your daily dose of vitamin D. After years of protecting yourself from sun exposure, you may have developed a vitamin D insufficiency, a condition that can affect your bone strength, blood pressure, and mood. You need approximately 15 minutes of  unscreened sunshine per day to keep your vitamin D levels where they need to be. Boating easily provides that exposure.  Psychological Benefits Boating reduces stress. In fact, 93% of those boaters surveyed said that this recreational activity reduced their stress. In addition, boaters reported a higher level of satisfaction than non-boaters in many aspects of their lives, including sex. People who manage their stress are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, frustration, and anger. Boating also provides family bonding time, which can help children improve their academic performance and also reduce behavioral problems. All members of the family can enjoy sitting on a boat and soaking up the sun. Others can fish, water ski, or even boogie board. Boating is one activity that can bring the entire family together.  Cost Many people believe that boating requires that you be wealthy. In fact, 76% of boat owners have household incomes under $100,000. After you acquire a boat, you will have to meet yearly maintenance and storage costs, which may cost between $4,000 and $6,000. Most of the yearly costs center around cleaning, dock fees, and insurance. Routine maintenance is an additional cost that can vary with the type of boat that you own. Owning and maintaining a boat is a significant investment, but it provides years of recreation and relaxation.  If you want to improve your life, take up boating. Whether you buy a bay boat, a sailboat, or a pontoon boat, you will be purchasing fun for your entire family. In addition, you will be giving them a way to improve their physical and psychological fitness. For more information, contact a professional like those at Boater’s...

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Skydive For Mental Health

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Skydive For Mental Health

Even those with no real inclination to skydive have to admit that it looks thrilling. You are flown high into the sky, and then you jump, alone or in tandem, and float to the ground supported only by fabric and air. Skydiving seems counter-intuitive to survival and good health. In fact, skydiving provides some excellent health benefits, so you should consider strapping on a parachute and giving it a try. Risk Taking Although skydiving is perceived as a risky sport, its safety numbers have improved drastically. In 2014, skydivers jumped 3.2 million times with only 24 fatalities. This rate is lower than the total of people who die after running marathons, an activity many consider to be arduous but healthy. However, the perception that skydiving is hazardous makes it a positive mental exercise. When you take a risk, your entire being is focused on that activity. You shut out your everyday worries, and everything else seems small in comparison to what you are doing, You will also benefit physically. The adrenaline rush you get will dilate your blood vessels, delivering more oxygen to your body. You will feel more alert and energetic. Your memory will improve, and your senses sharpen. In short, you will feel better and more alive.  Facing Your Fears You may have a fear of heights, as many people do. In fact, three to five percent of the population is believed to share this fear. You may also fear death, as nearly everyone does in some way. Skydiving may represent both fears for you, so jumping will have multiple benefits. Psychologists have found that repeatedly exposing yourself to what you are afraid of lowers or even eliminates the fear. This is not a prescription for foolhardy behavior but a suggestion that you take reasonable steps to address those fears that are holding you back in life. Since your first jump will undoubtedly be in tandem with an instructor, skydiving gives you the chance to start slowly before going solo. You may believe that skydiving is dangerous, but the risk of death is pretty low. However, the thrill of participating in an act that feels risky has quite a few benefits for your mental health. Skydiving can provide stress relief, an adrenaline rush, and relief from fear. Plus, you will have a fabulous time. If you are looking for a hobby to add excitement to your life while improving your health, you should think about enrolling in skydiving...

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