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Love Yoga? Perform These Three Types To Get Your Whole Family Involved

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Love Yoga? Perform These Three Types To Get Your Whole Family Involved

If you’re the type of person who enjoys visiting your local yoga studio to unwind and stay in shape, you might occasionally wish to include your family members in this activity. While you can always take a family member to a beginner’s yoga class, there are many types of specialized yoga that can appeal to family members of various experience levels. Depending on the areas of interest of your family members, here are three types of yoga that are worth signing up for. Partner Yoga Partner yoga, performed with your spouse or partner, is a fun way to connect and enjoy some quality time together. Partner yoga poses rely on two people to perform, and you’ll likely enjoy this new form of contact – and you’ll likely have a few laughs as you contort your bodies into different positions. In one pose, for example, you each sit upright with your legs crossed and your backs against each other. You then lock elbows and turn from side to side with each other. A beginner’s yoga class will introduce you to such basic poses, but if you and your partner enjoy this new activity, you can work your way up to the intermediate or advanced level, where the poses get more challenging. Baby Yoga If you have a newborn baby, baby yoga is an ideal way to include some activity in your day, get out of the house and meet some other mothers with newborns. Baby yoga is a fun way to connect with your son or daughter; while you perform poses on your mat, he or she lies beside or below you, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to smile and laugh with each other. In some poses, you can even position the infant to lie on your chest or stomach, which can help to develop the bond with your child. Yoga For Athletes When you have a teenager who is active in any number of sports, taking a yoga class geared toward athletes is ideal. This type of class often works on accentuating each student’s core muscles – and developing a strong core is necessary for success in a wide range of sports, given that much of the body’s power comes from this area. It can occasionally be difficult to find common interests with teenagers, but if you’re both athletically inclined and open to this type of yoga, it can be something you look forward to each week. For more information, contact Mindful Yoga Tips or a similar...

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Packing For Your Chartered Boat Trip

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Packing For Your Chartered Boat Trip

Spending time on the open sea can be a fun and unique way to spend your vacation. If you lack the sailing skills required to operate a sailboat on your own, you can still enjoy the vastness of the ocean by investing in a chartered boat. Knowing how to pack for a chartered boat trip can be challenging if you haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time on a ship, so here are three tips you can use to ensure you pack properly for your next open-water vacation. 1. Opt for a duffel bag instead of a suitcase. Storage space on a recreational vessel is extremely limited, so you must carefully consider the type of luggage you pack your belongings in as you prepare for a chartered boat trip. Instead of using a suitcase (which features a rigid frame), opt for a duffel bag. Once your belongings have been taken out of the bag and placed into a storage drawer, you can easily roll up a duffel bag so that it will not take up valuable storage space aboard your chartered boat. 2. Pack clothing that can serve dual purposes. Since you won’t be able to pack many outfits to take along on your chartered boat trip, it’s essential that the clothing you do pack has the ability to serve multiple purposes. It can be beneficial to invest in a swimsuit cover-up that is elegant enough to be worn into a beachside restaurant when your chartered boat docks for the night. Investing in a pair of solid-colored swim bottoms will allow you to mix and match your tops so that you can change your look without packing a lot of swimsuits. Ensuring that the clothing you pack for your chartered boat trip can serve multiple purposes will help you reduce the number of clothing items you take along on your open-sea boating trip. 3. Make sure the clothing items you pack will dry easily. When spending time aboard a chartered boat, you can plan on being exposed to the spray of the surf and possibly some inclement weather. Being stuck in wet clothing can be miserable, so it’s imperative that you pack clothing items that will dry easily. Rather than packing denim pants or shorts and cotton t-shirts (which can take a long time to dry and may wrinkle during the drying process), opt to include clothing items made from ocean-friendly materials like linen or nylon instead. Knowing how to pack for your chartered boat trip, such as with Chicago Watercraft. will help make your next open-ocean vacation memorable for all the right...

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Four Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Guided Fishing Trip

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Questions To Ask Before Signing Up For A Guided Fishing Trip

If you enjoy fishing, but have never tried to fish for large fish before, you may want to consider a guided fishing trip. There are guided fishing trips available throughout the year that are very affordable and allow you to experience something new and exciting in a safe, fun way. If you are considering a guided fishing trip, use the guide below to know what things to ask before going on the trip. What Attire to Wear Ask the guide what attire you need to bring with you to wear on the boat. Some captains have restrictions about what people can and cannot wear on their boat. Sandals and flip flops are often prohibited on fishing vessels for safety reasons. A hook could easily get stuck in someone’s foot if they are not wearing protective shoes. If All of the Necessary Equipment Is Provided Many fishing trips include most of the equipment that you would need for the trip. You will not need to bring your rod, reel, or tackle box as it should all be included in the cost of the trip. You may need to bring a cooler to keep your portion of the fish that are caught cool on your way home. If Fish Cleaning Is Included When you go on a guided fishing trip you will be fishing with other people who have paid for the trip. All of the fish that is caught will be divided between all of you equally. Many guide companies offer fish cleaning and division when you arrive back at the dock after your trip. You need to be sure that the cost of the cleaning is included in the trip or that you know how much it will cost when you arrive back at the dock so that you can plan accordingly. If Accommodations Are Included If the trip is going to last a couple of days, you need to find out if accommodations are included in the cost of the trip or if you will need to pay for them separately. You want to be sure that you know exactly how much you will be spending on the trip before you sign up for it and taking the cost of where you will be staying at night is important. Once you know all of the information listed above, you will be ready to make an informed decision about which fishing trip is right for you. Be sure to book the fishing trip with a company like Rip Lips Fishing as soon as you can, as there are limited spots available on each...

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The Differences Between A “License To Carry” Permit And A “License For Concealed Carry” Permit And Why It Matters

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Differences Between A “License To Carry” Permit And A “License For Concealed Carry” Permit And Why It Matters

In a day and age where citizens can now carry concealed weapons, the gun control issue has become the forefront of many political debates. Some people feel that it was a right given to them by the Founding Fathers to carry a concealed weapon, but that particular interpretation of the Constitutional Amendment may not be quite accurate. Still, you can choose to exercise that privilege by taking a class for “concealed carry.” You can also take a class for a “license to carry,” which is a slightly different matter altogether. Here are the differences between these two permits/licenses and why it matters. License to Carry A “license to carry” is that piece of paper you apply for that states you can and are able to own, carry and use a firearm. You can acquire this license one of three ways: By being in law enforcement By taking a gun safety class and passing a criminal background check By applying for the license and waiting the required time in your state to buy a gun (this may be in lieu of a criminal background check or in addition to it, depending on the state in which you reside) Once you have acquired your license to carry, you can show this to any gun seller and make a purchase of one or more guns. Without the license to carry, you cannot legally purchase or use firearms. The license to carry is not the same as a “concealed carry” permit, and cannot be used in place of this permit when you are carrying firearms on your person or in your vehicle. The “Concealed Carry” License/Permit This document may be an actual license in some states and just a permit in others. When it is a license, you are usually required to take a complete course on carrying concealed weapons before you are given the license. As a permit, you may not have to take a course beyond gun safety, something which you may have already taken to get your license to carry. The “concealed carry” license/permit allows you to carry at least one firearm on your person or in your vehicle that is hidden from view. This document is in addition to and separate from your license to carry. If you encounter police officers, you may have to announce that you are carrying and then show them your permit/license so they do not shoot you. Typically, you do not have to announce that you have a weapon in your vehicle that is unseen, nor do you have to allow a police officer to search your vehicle. The concealed carry license/permit has some other restrictions you will need to follow in order to continue carrying this piece of paper and an unseen firearm on your person. Contact a business, such as 4HrLTC.COM, for more...

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Fencing Footwork Begins With A Fundamental Stance

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fencing Footwork Begins With A Fundamental Stance

Every beginner fencer needs to focus his or her concentration on learning the most important aspect of fencing: the stance. Everything in fencing begins with a proper stance. Without a good foundation, you will soon find that you are vulnerable to your opponent, plus unable to successfully attack your opponent’s weaknesses when you notice an opening. A poor stance will also make it very difficult for the beginner fencer to correct any mistakes. The fencing stance begins with what is termed the on-guard stance. This is the initial foot position from which every move in fencing begins. Rear Foot To set the on-guard beginning stance, the fencer should take the foot that is opposite their handedness and establish that firmly as the rear foot. The foot should be turned perpendicular the center of the body and your opponent. While this foot needs to be established as a firm base, you will also need to practice adjusting this foot as you lunge and retreat away from your opponent. A beginner should start with this back foot, bending slightly at the knee, repeating slight dips backward and forward in a rocking motion. The Lead Foot The lead foot is positioned with your toes facing your opponent and is the same foot as the hand you will use. This foot moves more than the back foot in fencing, because sometimes you will only lunge and not retreat. Often the lunging maneuvers will be necessary to score points, or keep your opponent on his guard, but if your opponent does not change his position, you can leave your rear foot still. You will need to practice the basics of the advance and the retreat hundreds of times before you begin to get comfortable with the weight balance on your lead foot. Upper Body & Torso The last part of the basic fencing stance involves the upper body and also needs to be practiced. While the upper torso and the head of fencer do not move much, their positioning is important. You are going to want to keep your back as straight as possible at all times, and your head perfectly above your shoulders. Since the lunging with your lead arm is how you will successfully score against your opponent, any tilt or bend to your back and torso will require you to waste time with compensating movements. This will leave you immediately vulnerable to an attack. Once, as a beginner fencer, you have an established basic stance and can perform these standard steps with perfection, you will easily be able to learn the more intricate moves of an expert fencer. Find a full size mirror in a room with enough space to make at least 5 to 10 approach attacks and retreats, watching how your feet move. With some dedicated practice you will be able to establish the most important part of fencing for the beginner – a good stance.  It’s also crucial to have the right clothing as you practice so your body can get used to the range of movement. Contact a store like Fencing Armor for more...

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The Art Of Gun Stock Checkering Explained

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Art Of Gun Stock Checkering Explained

Few stock modifications add as much to your gun as a checkered pattern, which pays dividends functionally and aesthetically. This ancient art lets you grip your gun better in wet weather and gives it a sharp, modern look. Whether you need to refresh the checkering on an older gun or if you want to add it de novo on your own firearm, knowing the basics of this intriguing craft will serve you well whether you want to do the job yourself or ask a master gunsmith for a very specific pattern.  Tools of the Trade While many beginners may think that this simple task can be done with a pocket knife and a free afternoon, the fact is that, just like many other subsets of woodworking, checkering uses very unique and specialized tools to get that classic grip. Actual checkering tools come in single and double edged versions, and you’ll need both for hand checkering. Other essentials are the checkering cradle and a vise to hold your work steady.  While It May Look Random, There Are Rules Complex checkering patterns might just look like a series of very small cuts that happen to make up an array, but the truth of the matter is that these cuts are very carefully planned out in three dimensions. On the surface, the larger diamond pattern that makes up a checkering pattern is typically made by lines that intersect at 33 degree angles, but you can increase or decrease the specific angles based on personal preference. Another specific factor to keep in mind is that those beginning checkering should start out with checkering tools that cut 20-22 lines per inch, since this size will let you correct your errors fairly easily.  Why Should I Checker My Gun Stock? Checkering your gun stock not only makes your gun much easier to grip and hold steady, but it also can breathe new life into an older gun without checkering or where the checkering has faded with age. Checkering is a common part of any gun restoration and will be sharp and clear on very valuable guns. Another reason to consider having some checkering done on your existing gun is that it can completely change the look of your gun since there are simply so many specific styles of checkering for different types of guns. A skip line pattern, for example, can invoke Scottish tartan patterns of old and breathe new life into an otherwise unremarkable firearm.  For more information, contact Lock’s Philadelphia Gun Exchange or a similar...

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3 Tips For Successful Inverted Poses

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Successful Inverted Poses

For many people new to yoga, inverted poses can be difficult to master. Not only do they require strength and balance, but it also takes a bit of courage to flip yourself over and balance on your head, hands, or upper back. It is important to recognize your hesitance regarding inverted poses and to create a plan to work up to the poses that you want to master. Here are three tips to make inverted poses easier.  Work Up To Each Pose  While each yoga pose has unique physical benefits, it is often the process of getting into a pose and building your strength, awareness, and confidence that you will most benefit from. Instead of simply throwing yourself into new inverted poses, you should ask your instructor for a series that you can practice to build up to the poses you want to achieve. Your instructor may give you a series of poses to practice at home and they will also likely offer a few ways to modify poses during your class, such as using a partner or a wall for added security or staying in dolphin pose while your classmates rest in a handstand.  Increase Flexibility  The success of sustaining inverted poses depends heavily on your balance and upper body strength. However, getting into and out of inverted poses can be made easier if you concentrate on increasing your flexibility, especially in your hamstrings. With greater flexibility, you can ease yourself into poses instead of hopping or jumping from one position into your inverted pose. This can make it easier for you to adjust your balance and concentrate on slow, controlled movements.  Develop Deeper Understanding of Your Muscular and Skeletal Structure  While strength is important, understanding how your skeletal structure supports your muscular system can allow you to make adjustments in your posture that will take away some of the strain that you may feel in inverted poses. This will allow you to relax into a pose and maintain it for a longer period of time than you would be able to if you depend solely on your strength to achieve the pose. Consider studying basic anatomy outside of class and paying attention to the way postural changes affect other poses in order to apply the information to your inverted poses.  If you feel ready to try inverted poses but are not sure exactly how to add them into your practice, consult with your instructor for some hints and tips. If you’d like to find out more about various body strengthening techniques, visit a variety of disciplines, including schools like Olson’s Martial Arts...

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Keeping Your Kids Interested In Golf

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Kids Interested In Golf

Golf is unlike almost any other sport. It is a long game and requires a good bit of practice if you want to get your score down. Unfortunately, kids can be quick at losing concentration in the middle of a golf game. Playing 18 holes of golf can be difficult on any kid. However, there are so many benefits to kids playing golf including burning calories, learning positive competitive behaviors, and developing critical thinking skills. One study even showed that golfers could burn up to 721 calories by walking and carrying their own clubs. If you have tried to get your kids involved in playing golf and they still aren’t showing any interest, here are some tips to help. Reduce Their Frustration It can be frustrating to line up your ball at the tee only to know you have to make it travel a good 300 yards. This seems like such a big feat for a child. Instead of requiring them to do something that is geared more towards adults, you could help eliminate their frustration by moving their ball up a good 150 yards. By moving the ball and allowing them to drive it much closer to the hole, they are still learning about the game and practicing their skills. This puts it more in range with what they are capable of until they improve their skills further.  Start Slow Not every golf course is best for kids to play on. You want to check out what the course looks like and how many hazards it has around each hole. There are par threes located all over the country. Par threes are much shorter and make it easier for kids who are still learning the game. Before hitting a major course, you may want to try playing a par three with your child until they are comfortable on the golf course. You can also try taking them to the local driving range and letting them practice their different strokes. They should have the opportunity to try putting, driving, and chipping.  Create Small Goals When you feel like you have unattainable goals, it is much harder to concentrate on the individual stroke. When helping your child, you want to focus on each stroke separately. For example, if they have a long putt, then you may want to have them try and break the distance in half. This will help them learn how to control their putting and also avoid over doing it so that the ball goes beyond the hole.  If you’re unsure, consider contacting a local golf course, such as Chaska Town Course, to discuss kid friendly approaches to their...

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Three Types Of Boat Lift Canopies And What You Can Expect From Each

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of Boat Lift Canopies And What You Can Expect From Each

When you dock your boat on a boat lift, you want to be sure that your boat will stay dry and be reasonably protected from the environment. Unlike docks themselves, which can be constructed from multiple materials, most lifts are constructed of one or two specific materials, and the canopies overhead are only made of three different materials. Here are the three types of boat lift canopies and what benefits each provides to your boat. Canvas Canvas canopies are similar in thickness, color, design and structure to the canopies used on pontoon boats. They are rectangular in shape, may or may not have a decorative fringe, and are generally stretched out over the tops of the boat lifts. Canvas canopies can be treated with a waterproof agent that repels rain and will not allow the rain to seep through and soak the interior of your boat while it is lifted. If rains are especially heavy, the rain may pool on top of the boat lift canopy and cause it to sag, but it should still be resilient enough to keep your boat drier than it would be without a boat lift canopy. Sloped Wood Some boat lifts are constructed from rustic knotty pine and split rails to make them look more “wilderness-like”. If that is the case with your boat lift, you probably have a sloped wood roof as your boat canopy. As long as you keep the logs tarred with pine and keep the cracks filled, your sloped wood boat lift canopy will prove even more durable and resilient than a canvas canopy treated with a water repellant. It is comparable to having your very own wooden “boat garage.” Steel or Aluminum These two metals are probably the most common type of canopy material because they are cheaper to buy and cheaper to maintain. They can be flat with channels that help the rain move off their edges, or they can be sloped, like the sloped wood canopy. Either way, you do not have to wash them, polish them, pitch and tar them or shake them out after a storm; and both steel and aluminum canopies can be ordered with your steel/aluminum boat lift or added later as an accessory. The extra benefit is that they never look out of place on a steel or aluminum boat lift. (Steel will outlast aluminum, but either material makes the best boat lift canopy money can buy.) For professional boat lift covers, contact a company such as Waterway Boat Lift...

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How To Make Your Child’s First Duck Hunting Trip A Success

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Child’s First Duck Hunting Trip A Success

Getting your child excited about hunting is all about their first experience. If your child is new to duck hunting, you want to do everything you can to ensure a successful hunt. Here are ways you can make their first duck hunting trip memorable and adventurous. Hunt during migration Migrating waterfowl are always on the lookout to strengthen their numbers, so migration season is the best time period to hunt ducks. Your decoys and aggressive duck calling will be much more successful as flocks fly overhead, since ducks will be interested in congregating with new waterfowl. Check your hunting season’s open days for duck hunting and keep an eye on your weather reports–ducks often begin migrating within a few days of the season’s first cold front. If you time your child’s first hunt just right, you should be able to call in many migrating birds for a successful hunt. Consider a guided hunt If you or your child are brand new to the world of duck hunting and don’t know where to start, consider a guided duck hunting tour. A guide will take you to prime duck nesting and migrating locations and show you the best way to lead the waterfowl for successful aiming. Once your child has bagged their first duck of the season, they will be more likely to want to continue duck hunting in the future. Pick duck recipes Everyone knows the key to a successful hunt lies in proper use of the animal that has been taken. Pick recipes you would like to try with your child once they have bagged their first duck. You can smoke duck jerky, cook a duck similar to a goose, or even place duck in a stew for a unique dining experience. Buy the supplies you need to cook any ducks you bring home before your hunting trip to help boost confidence in your child. If your child knows that they get to help prepare a meal with the duck they bag, they may be more ambitious about their first hunting adventure. Success with duck hunting lies in knowing the proper times to hunt, having great recipes on-hand to prepare fresh birds, and using the assistance of a guided duck hunt if you don’t know where to start. If your child has a great experience with their first duck hunting adventure, they will be more likely to want to continue hunting waterfowl in the future. Use these tips to make your child’s first duck hunting trip a great...

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