Monthly Archives: November 2013

Beach Activities to Stay Fit – From Sports to Metal Detecting

Beach Activities to Stay Fit – From Sports to Metal DetectingThe beach is always the perfect place to visit as there are lots to see and so many things to do. Swim, beach comb, play a sport, jet ski, sunbathe, surf – the list goes on and on and on. But you don’t see everything all in one beach. For example, you don’t see surfers flock to certain beaches because there aren’t any good waves to ride.

Certain places are known for certain types of recreation. Maybe that’s why it’s always so refreshing to experience a different beach scene. Check out these popularly increasing beach activities and find out where you can catch them.

Beach Soccer: Rio de Janeiro is the cultural hub of Brazil, and it’s one lively tourist destination. In fact its where the 2014 World Cup will be hosted. Football (or soccer) is the most popular sport in the country, so it’s no surprise that beach soccer is a loved beach activity here, as well. The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are where beach soccer originated, specifically in Leme Beach. Praia do Pepe at the beginning of Barra da Tijuca, is also one location where sports enthusiasts like to come and play.

Body Surfing: One mention of body surfing, and I’m reminded of Hawaii. You’re free to do it in almost all the beaches there, so long as you check the weather conditions before going into the water. For those who are just starting out, head to mellow surf beaches such as Waikiki Beach in Oahu and Kalapaki Beach in Kauai. There, conditions are near-perfect. For more experienced body surfers, challenges await you in Makapu’u Beach Park.

Metal Detecting: Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire, UK offers you a pristine beach with golden sand, spectacular views, and a lot of washed-up trinkets just waiting to be found. So if you’re after travel and treasure, this quaint village is the place to be. People come across a variety of things, from ammonite fossils to lost pieces of jewelry. So why don’t you grab your metal detector and pay the place a visit. You might find knickknacks you’d probably want to keep forever.

Paddle Boarding: Calm, blue waters are perfect for paddle boarding, and the place with conditions that are almost always ideal for this kind of activity is Loreto, Mexico. Though paddle boarding is quite popular in Mexico, Loreto offers a much more relaxed vibe. Folks also enjoy visiting Bahia de Loreto National Park to get a chance at paddle boarding with their favorite marine animals. Tower Paddle boards comes to mind as a source for paddle boards – I remember watching them on Shark Tank :-)

Tubing: If you get a kick at tubing as a recreation, then you will definitely have fun with the Banana Boat Ride and FlyFish. And I know of a fun-filled beach destination that offers both these rides 7 days a week – Boracay, Philippines. When you decide to sojourn in this beautiful island, you’ll find that it’s always so inviting to see a whole family or a bunch of friends enjoy the adrenalin rush that comes with riding the Banana Boat and FlyFish.

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Pregnant Women Need Exercise Too

In the early days, women were unsure about maintaining an active lifestyle while with child, but nowadays it is highly recommended. Pregnant women reap a lot of benefits from exercising regularly. It not only gives women an advantage during the entire course of their pregnancy, but it can also affect postpartum wellbeing. So what benefits am I talking about exactly? Read on to find out.

  1. If you sign up for a prenatal water aerobics class, that actually helps make labor and delivery much easier and less painful. It helps you develop a strong core, giving you enough strength to push deliver the baby. And one study even showed that the likelihood of these women to request pain medication reduced to 58%.
  2. Some women have no control over their weight during pregnancy, but according to research, women are likely to gain less weight when they continue to stick to a regular exercise plan. Because of that, it is quite possible to avoid complications such as preeclampsia and type 2 diabetes
  3. So what’s worse than the mood swings we experience during our period? The mood swings we encounter during pregnancy. But with an active lifestyle, you will be able lessen the chances of that happening.
  4. Having the time to do pelvic tilts, yoga or water exercises, especially during the second trimester, have shown to actually help decrease the likelihood of experiencing back pains while you are pregnant.
  5. One other benefit you get from doing yoga is help maximize the effects of relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone produced by the body during pregnancy that helps relax pelvic joints to prepare you delivery. The stretching you do during yoga can also allow relaxin to take effect on other joints in the body.
  6. Research has also shown that women who are more active have a higher chance at normal delivery, are 75% less likely to undergo forceps delivery and 55% less likely to have an episiotomy.
  7. One study that followed women 20 years after their pregnancy concluded that those who were able to workout while pregnant can run 2 miles at 2 1/2 minutes faster than those who opted to take a break from their exercise regimen. And if calculations are accurate, those women become fitter in middle age.
  8. Physically active women also seem to experience faster recovery from their pregnancy, and they are able to handle the stresses that come with motherhood much better.
  1. Sticking to your daily exercise routine while with child also takes your mind off being noxious. The physical activity also makes you feel better, so you’re less likely to experience the symptoms of morning sickness.
  1. We all know that smoking is never good to smoke while pregnant, nor is it good to smoke with children present. Exercise can actually makes it easier for you to kick the habit, allowing for a much healthier environment for you and your kids.
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