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  • Jump On It!

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    Do you have a trampoline in the back yard for your kids to jump on? Well, after reading this article, you might find yourself competing with the kids for some jump time of your own. As an outdoor enthusiast, you are always looking to increase your stamina, strengthen your muscles, joints, and tendons, and get your heart into better shape.

    The problem is, unless you are able to get out everyday to participate in your favorite outdoor activity, it is difficult to have the level of health you need when the time does arrive. Jumping on a trampoline, also known in the health world as "rebounding," can be a solution as it is quite beneficial to your overall health.

    Jumping on a trampoline involves using every part of your body. As a result, it is a much more efficient source of exercise. It also involves much less shock than other aerobic activities and so it is easier on your joints. Now, most of the benefits from jumping on a trampoline are obvious the first time you land after your first jump. At the bottom of your bounce, you body weight is double by the G-force caused by your weight being forced down by gravity. This helps to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your arms, legs, neck, etc. You can also do specific bounces that will actually help increase your flexibility. After bouncing for just a few minutes, your heart rate increases significantly and you begin to breathe harder. These are just some of the possible health benefits you'll realize from hopping on the trampoline just one time.

    Now, for the interesting and useful health benefits of rebounding that are not so apparent. First off, your lymphatic system, the system which provides your body with immunities and helps distribute nutrients, requires the physical movement of the body, mostly through skeletal muscles, in order to work effectively. Rebounding involves the movement and use of your entire body, which aids your body in the release of toxins as well as the production of energy. Routine workouts on the trampoline will also provide an increase in balance and stability, an essential to almost any outdoor sport. One other benefit to mention is a result of up and down movement from jumping. The G-force involved here helps to stimulate your internal organs. This stimulation helps your internal organs, specifically your digestive system, to function more efficiently.

    I’m not suggesting by presenting this article that everyone should run out and purchase a trampoline so that they can train for an upcoming event. What I am suggesting, however, is that regular use of a trampoline can be a good "fill in" between your other activities. Besides the health benefits involved, jumping on the trampoline can also be a lot of fun. After all, that's why you bought one for your kids, right? If you would like more information on this topic, visit this site.

    This post was posted in Exercise

  • First Comes Love, Next Comes Marriage, Then Comes . . . An End to Outdoor Fun?

    Posted on May 3, 2006 by Justin

    Have you recently been introduced to the wonderful world of sleepless nights tending to a newborn? If your newborn is several months old, you’re probably thinking that your whole life has been turned upside down. Gone are the days of fun and adventure with just you and your spouse. The baby gets all of the attention and all you can do is find ways to keep the baby from crying, right? That’s exactly the way I felt a few months after our daughter was born. Don’t get me wrong. I loved everything about our new addition to the family. But, I was starting to wonder if things would ever get back to normal. Not long before the baby, my wife and I were enjoying almost daily hikes through the mountains, campouts in the great outdoors, and a number of other outdoor activities that we both loved. Would the new baby mean an end to all of the outdoor fun?

    Lucky for me the answer was a definite no! After my wife recovered from the trauma of the whole hospital scene and she was tired of being stuck in the house all of the time, we discussed the possibility of our first adventure outdoors with the little one. I realize here that many parents would call me crazy for even mentioning the idea, but just hear me out on this one. With a little planning and the right preparation, you won’t have to say goodbye to all of the fun outdoor activities you used to enjoy.At two weeks old, my wife and I decided that our daughter was ready for a little nature walk. We stopped by a local outdoor store and picked up one of those big wheeled rigs called a “jogging stroller.” Heading up into one of the local canyons, we found a fairly wide hiking trail that wound up through a majestic forest of tall pines and beautiful aspens. While we were not able to hike too far on this first trip, we realized that there were probably plenty more outdoor activities that we could take our daughter on.

    As our daughter became old enough to hold her head up really well on her own, we invested a new kid carrier. A kid carrier is like a backpack that you put your little one in. The one we bought has a nice canopy over the top to protect the child from the sun. This new advancement in outdoor gear really allowed us to get outdoors with a little one. We took on several lighter hikes to test

    This post was posted in Exercise, Outdoor Gear

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