Monthly Archives: June 2014

Water Soccer

World Soccer? How about Water Soccer?

You may have heard of water breaks, water polo, even water slides but have you ever heard of water soccer?  You have got to try this!

Water soccer follows most of the usual 5-a-side or 11-a-side game rules but your feet are immersed in ankle high water and the field is an inflatable court.  Water soccer is a version of soccer that is wild and wet. (And a great idea for a party!)  It will tests your skills, agility, balance and coordination while using your body’s core muscles.  Best of all you stay cool while having a ton of fun.

Check it out !  It’s looks like a challenge.

Get your Soccerwear to show off!

4th of July Checklist

4th of July Checklist

 

Cue the hamburgers, patriotic music and fireworks as Independence Day is right around the corner.  All the BBQ essentials might be in order, but take a look at The-House.com’s 4th of July Checklist to insure your celebrating the Stars & Stripes in style.

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What’s better then getting a new pair of sandals for $5?  How about a t shirt for $13?  All this gear and more is up to 40% off  – leaving plenty of extra cash to get those fireworks.


Let's go Kayaking!

Tips for a new kayaker!

We just headed out on a lake vacation with our kayaks!  but, before venturing out on the kayaks,  I looked up a few tips to help a beginner kayaker.  I was hoping to not have an experience like Dorothy Gale!

 

There are many other things to consider when you paddle:  getting into the kayak, stretchingpaddle strokeback support, and safety precautions.  All good things to look into before heading out on your kayaking adventure.  But here are a few additional things I learned:

 

Hold the paddle loosely.  Surprisingly you only need to hold the paddle with a grip of your index finger and thumb. There’s not a need to hold with a really tight grip and holding too tight with tire your hands.  The only exception to holding loosely is if you are kayaking in rapids or rough waters when you need to hold tightly to avoid losing your paddle.   So, just remember to hold on loosely but don’t let go!

 

Paddlers Box.  The paddlers box gives a mental image of how to paddle the kayak and move it forward or backwards without overuse of your shoulder or arms.  The imaginary box is found by holding your arms stretched out in front of you and shoulder width apart.  While holding the paddle, the arms, paddle and your body create the perimeter of the box.  The box shape moves with the paddle and your body to create a moving paddlers box.  This is the shape you want to keep continuously  so that your hand should never extend behind your shoulder and your paddling is efficient.

 

Use your core.  They say that the core body parts actually propel the kayak forward not the arms!  Hard to believe but if the paddling motion is done correctly, the core muscles are the ones that have the power and the rotation.  Using the core muscles-, abs, hips, back, makes your paddling more stable, smooth and efficient.

 

Find the right kayak.  There’s a lot of information about different kayaks to purchase. Check out this great site at REI.  They have information for the beginner kayaker about choosing a kayaking and learning the ins and outs of a kayak. Once you have narrowed down a type of kayak, (recreational, sea kayak, inflatable, sit on top, etc) you’ll be ready to head out and get the one you need.  So, get out on the kayak.  It may be just the thing you need for a good laugh!

 

In the end, if you don’t want your attempt at kayaking to feel ‘like balancing on a rubber ball’, these are a good things to look into before heading out on your kayaking adventure. For a great video presentation of these techniques check out MonkeySee.

 

Happy Paddling!