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As if it isn’t enough that we need to exercise to stay healthy, did you know that exercising at home can actually be dangerous if not done properly? You won’t have a trainer watching and guiding you, and you’re on your own to figure out any equipment you may be using. Well, it doesn’t have to be dangerous, as long as you can follow some basic, simple rules which will allow you to have a safe, even enjoyable, exercise program in your own home.

  • The most important thing to remember is to always make sure you’re doing proper stretches before starting your exercise program. Stretching your muscles before exercising warms them up and prevents them pulling and tearing.
  • If you’re just starting out, make sure you start with a short exercise routine. The worst thing you can do is overdo it, and exercise too much. You can injure your muscles, because they just aren’t used to it yet. You can slowly increase your exercise over time, as your muscles adjust. It’s very important to get your body used to doing exercises of any kind before taking it up a level.
  • Slowly increase your speed and endurance. Never try doing any more than you can physically do. You need to know your limits, and stick with them. Lifting 300 pound weights when you only weigh 150 pounds right off the bat, is not only a bad idea, but dangerous as well!
  • If you’re using any kind of exercise equipment, make sure that it’s in good condition and that you know how to use it properly. It’s obviously not a good idea to exercise with faulty equipment, which can break and cause major injuries. Not only that, if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly, you can be putting yourself at risk for injury as well.
  • If you’re lifting weights, it’s never a good idea to bench press alone. Even if you’re doing lighter weights than you have done before, you never know when the bar can become too heavy for you to lift back up. If it comes down onto your chest or neck area, you could have your air circulation blocked off. Obviously this can be extremely dangerous and even fatal, so always make sure to get someone to come and spot you when doing any bench presses.
  • As you’re doing your exercises, pay attention to your body. If you ever start feeling any pain, stop immediately and take care of the pain. Go to a doctor if necessary. Never continue with your exercises, thinking you can “work through the pain.” Just stop, and take care of your injury.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you’re planning on doing any walking or running exercises. A cheap, low quality pair of shoes will only make your feet hurt, and discourage you from completing your workout. Not only that, but they can even cause you to injure muscles as well, so go for the good quality shoes that are comfortable on your feet.

Following these simple steps can help ensure that you have a safe work out at home. Take it easy, and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. You can exercise freely, without risk of injury, so long as you’re willing to take the steps needed to be safe.

(From:http://www.fitwatch.com/)

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Once you’ve bought your tent, your next major consideration will be what equipment to buy to ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible. Here’s a guide to help you choose.

Sleeping on the Floor?

Whilst some people can adapt to the challenges of sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a regular sleeping bag with only the groundsheet between yourself and the floor does not often lead to a comfortable night’s sleep. For some added comfort, you have two main options – a camping mattress or a Sleeping  Bed. Both offer their own advantages and are discussed in more detail below. But whilst both provide added comfort, neither will raise your body particularly far off the ground. Therefore if you don’t like the sensation of sleeping close to the ground, however comfortable, there is also the option of buying a camp bed. Whilst it will not be suitable for some smaller, lower tents, inside a larger family tent it offers you a solution to this problem.

Camping Mattress

There are several factors to consider in terms of deciding which sleeping mat or camping mattress to choose. The first is perhaps the simplest – do you need a single or a double mattress? A key factor in deciding this is to look at the floor space inside your tent, as this will determine how large a mattress you can actually fit inside. The second factor is whether to go for an inflatable mattress or a foam mattress that remains at a constant thickness. Inflatable mattresses can offer greater levels of comfort, but must be inflated and deflated before and after use. A third option is a self-inflatable mattress such as the Quechua A300 Mattress, which offer a compromise between the convenience of a foam mattress and the comfort of an inflatable mattress.

Another important consideration is the ‘folded size’ of the mattress. Whilst a mattress might fit inside your tent, but if it is too large for you to actually transport it then it will not be a worthwhile purchase. Studying the folded size (and weight) of the mattress is essential for any backpackers, but even if you will have access to a car during your camping holiday, it is still worth considering as a mattress with a smaller folded size will be easier to store at home following your holiday.

Sleeping Bed

The Sleeping Bed offers an alternative to the traditional pattern of buying a separate sleeping bag and mattress, and come in two main varieties. The first is a sleeping bag with an integrated self-inflatable mattress built-in, such as the 15° Sleeping Bed. This built-in mattress can be detached, meaning that both the mattress or the sleeping bag can be used on their own as well as together, offering a 3-in-1 sleeping solution. The other variety is mattresses with integrated duvets such as the Single Sleeping Bed Camp, providing a more portable option for people who prefer duvets to sleeping bags.

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags come in a range of varieties, but there are a number of features to consider when deciding which is the best for you. One of the most essential features is the temperature that your sleeping bag is designed to cope with. For example, the O° Quechua Light Hiking Sleeping Bag is designed to be comfortable at O°. Therefore if you are camping in that sort of temperature, it will be an ideal sleeping bag to ensure your temperature is comfortable throughout the night. Yet if you are camping in warm temperatures, other sleeping bags will be more suitable, such as the 20° Basic Camping Sleeping Bag, which is designed for use when the temperature is 20° and above. Therefore identifying the likely temperatures during your camping trip will help you to choose a sleeping bag that will provide the most comfortable night’s sleep. If you will be camping in a wide range of temperatures and don’t want to buy multiple sleeping bags, choose a bag that is suitable for the lowest temperature you expect to encounter as it is easier to find ways to lower the temperature in the tent at night than increase it.

Size is again another important consideration. The sleeping bag should be large enough for you to sleep inside of comfortably, so check both the size and the dimensions prior to buying to ensure that this will be the case. As with the camping mattress, the folded size is also important, particularly for backpackers. The smaller the folded size of your sleeping bag, the more space you’ll have available for additional equipment and supplies. And finally, if you are going to be using the sleeping bag regularly, it is worth investigating whether it is machine washable or suitable for a tumble drier.

 

Bed sheets, duvets and blankets

Sleeping bags are not the only option. Your normal duvets or blankets will work too, and depending on the type of mattress you choose a bed sheet is an option too. The advantages of this set up is that it brings the comforts of home with you when you are camping. However, the major problem is that they are not designed specifically for the purpose of camping. Duvets in particular are notoriously difficult to transport, taking up a lot of space and being difficult to reduce down into a smaller size. This clearly rules them out for anyone backpacking, and even if you have access to a car, anything more than one duvet will be too large for most hatchbacks. However, if do have a car available offering the necessary space, it’s an option that will give you added comfort.

Additional Equipment

If you have perhaps already got a sleeping bag that maybe isn’t completely suitable for what you need to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, other sleeping equipment can help you get the comfort you need. Liners and pillows can help provide additional comfort, whilst if your sleeping bag is not designed for the cold temperatures you are encountering, then a Fleece Blanket is an option for providing additional warmth. More camping equipment, you can click  Basic Tent Camping Equipment | Sports Related.

(This entry was posted by Colin)

More summer camping information, you can see:

10 best national park campsites across the USA | Sporting Life.

 

Selecting the Right Hiking Equipment Before Going on a Outdoor camping Trip | Sports and Exercise.

Basic Tent Camping Equipment | Sports Related.

Bored of hitting the gym every day this summer? Don’t fret! Fitness can be achieved through fun sports too. There are several fun sports that can help you achieve great health and fitness.

Summer Sport # 1: Tennis

Tennis is undoubtedly the best way to pass your time leisurely and improve your health. Playing tennis helps in moving your body and keeps your mind alert. Since it is a low-impact sport, you don’t need a lot of strength and skills to play the game. Hence a good option for toning.

Summer Sport # 2: Football

Football or soccer is one of the best summer sports, as it engages players to run fast and slow – with sudden balance shifts. This helps to build stamina and works for interval training too. Being a continuous game, it is extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health.

Summer Sport # 3: Cricket

This favorite Indian sport provides a number of benefits to its player along with gallons of excitement. Cricket helps in endurance, stamina, balance and co-ordination and physical fitness. It also improves hand-eye co-ordination.

Summer Sport # 4: Frisbee

Frisbee is a swift and easy sport which can be played with anyone, anywhere. Besides adding the fun quotient, this has health benefits too. Throwing a Frisbee is a good cardio-vascular workout; it uses your thigh muscles and arms too. It improves balance and helps to develop better landing skills.

 

Summer Sport # 5: Volleyball

Summer volleyball is one of the best sports workouts. This sport helps you burn calories and improves your muscular system.

Summer Sport # 6: Cycling

Cycling is a good summer sport option, because you don’t need company. All you have to do is pick your bicycle and race for good health. Cycling helps to build strength, tones muscles, builds stamina, burns calories, improves heart health and reduces stress.

Summer Sport # 7: Swimming

Swimming is the best way to help your body cool down during summer. Since, swimming involves your entire body; it is the best full-body workout. It helps you to relax, builds endurance, tones your muscles, maintains a healthy weight and improves flexibility.

Summer Sport # 8: Dancing

Dance is an amazingly fun activity. It allows people to enjoy, socialize and develop creative skills. Dancing for 30 minutes helps to keep the body active, helps to improve strength and flexibility, improves posture and balance, reduces stress levels and burns calories.

Summer Sport # 9: Badminton

Racquet sport is good for people of all ages. Badminton helps to burn calories, maintains healthy weight, and improves cardiovascular fitness.

Summer Sport # 10: Hiking

Hiking is a good recreational activity. It helps to improve muscular fitness, reduce depression, maintains healthy weight and lubricates your joints well. So, plan a trek this weekend to enjoy a peaceful traffic-less zone.

(By Renita Tisha Pinto)

Taking a trip to the snow is one of the most fun and exciting things that you can do on your family holidays. There’s simply something magical about a skiing vacation, and there’s something that every age and skill level can enjoy when you choose the right resort. If you’re looking for the best places to hit the snow on your next holiday, here are some of the top ski resorts that the whole family can enjoy.

The Remarkables

Located just 45 minutes from the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown, The Remarkables is popular with families who want to stay in town and travel to the slopes in between their other holiday activities. From gentle beginner terrains which encourage a steady progression, to adrenaline pumping Black Diamond runs for the passionate ski experts, The Remarkables ski fields can cater for every ability within your family. Their kids clubs are extensive and well planned, and there are plenty of great facilities when you’re ready for a warm drink and a bite to eat. Why not add a ski adventure at The Remarkables to your Queenstown holiday, and enjoy the best that the area has to offer.

Treble Cone

Here is a ski field that actively markets itself as being family friendly, with something on offer for all ability levels and ages. With great value family passes on offer and full gear available to hire, Treble Cone makes a day on the slopes a fun and affordable experience. There are specialised lesson systems for all ages, from one on one introduction classes for the little ones to exciting group lessons for kids aged 5 and over. There’s plenty of action to be had for the older and more experienced skiers as well, with a range of slopes tailored to suit all ability levels. With professional childcare available and a warm café looking out over the kids slopes for parents, Treble Cone lives up to its reputation as being one of the best family ski fields around.

Mount Hutt

Another family favourite, Mount Hutt sweetens the snow holiday deal by offering a very special promotion to families with children who are less than 10 years of age. For every paying adult, the Kids4Free program offers free travel, accommodation, meals and skiing to any child under 10 in partnership with local participating businesses. This initiative is one of the most innovative ways to make your next ski holiday as affordable as it is enjoyable. They offer a range of specialised kids clubs, beginner slopes and some serious advanced challenges for those seeking a bit more of an adrenaline rush. The whole family is well and truly catered for when you choose to holiday at Mount Hutt.

New Zealand offers some of the best ski slopes for families to enjoy their snow holidays together. When you’re looking for a great family getaway, keep these top ski resorts in mind to ensure that your getaway is truly the trip of a lifetime.

(This post was written by Emma Jane)


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