Sep 05

Powered Parachutes

Powered ParachutesThe powered parachute is a half parachute, half glider motorized flying wing. Originally crude when invented in the early 80’s, the powered parachute has become the ultimate personal flying machine. The powered parachute is also the most affordable powered aircraft available.

Man’s desire to fly is as old as man himself. This desire has led us to the construction of planes, rockets, helicopters and so on. However for some people wishing to really explore the intimate side of flying these things fall short.

Planes and helicopters simply lack the zest of souring above treetops and lakes like a bird on a wing. To fulfill this desire you need look no further than powered parachutes.

The powered parachute is also the most affordable powered aircraft available. A new single seat version will cost you below $10,000. Not only being affordable, a powered parachute, when not in use, is small enough to fit in your garage.

What owner of a helicopter or plane can claim these things? Not only cheap to buy and maintain, a powered parachute is simple to operate. In the United States you don’t even need an operator’s license.

An average person can learn the basics to flying these wonderful machines in an afternoon. Most people have their first solo flight after only 5 days of instructions. With a powered parachute there is no danger of spins and stalls so you can cruise along simply enjoying the views.

Using powered parachutes

The restrictions that do exist for powered parachutes are fairly common sense. Don’t fly your powered parachute in strong winds or at night. Other than this the sky is basically yours. All these great features have made the powered parachute popular with many different people and for a variety of reasons.

To begin with, they make an excellent aircraft for photographing. Many pictures of shining lakes and majestic mountains were taken from powered parachutes. Their slow speed and 360 degree view make them perfect photography platforms.

Their cheap initial and maintenance cost make them a popular selection among law enforcement and other government agencies. To operate a helicopter for a search and rescue operation is extremely expensive.

To operate a powered parachute is extremely cheap. When the space shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry the government called upon the powered parachute to search hundreds of miles for debris recovery.

To have conducted this search with helicopters would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. All these reasons have made the powered parachute one of the best flying machines ever invented.

Aug 29

Beware With the Abdominal Exercises Myths

If you have ever read a fitness magazine, if you have ever watched TV ads about latest machines that will magically reveal your abs, or if you have ever gone to a gym and saw tens of people lying on the floor doing crunches, then beware because chances are you are a victim of the two biggest abdominal training hoaxes!

Myth No: 1; just doing some midsection exercises can reduce your “love handles”.

Fact

You cannot reduce fat from a certain targeted area of your body just by using exercise alone. And the abdominal area is no exception.

So if you want to get a flat stomach and to reveal your abs, losing the fat covering them is the way to go. And the only way to do this is to lose fat proportionately from your entire body by burning more calories than you consume.

How? By doing these two things:

Have a healthy and balanced permanent diet: dark green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole wheat and whole grain products, non-fat dairy products, fish, poultry breast, lean red meat, egg white.

Yes, you should cut out all sugar, soda, non-whole grain products and saturated fats: these aliments should only be a reward for achieving a goal, not a habit!

Start exercising

Aerobic and weight training will raise your metabolic rate. In result, your body will burn more calories.

Aerobic exercising, 3 times per week, practice an exercise that keeps your heart rate elevated for at least 30-45 minutes (ex: walking, running, cycling, swimming, aerobics, etc)

Weight training, alternate days of aerobics with weight training. You will build muscles that will burn more calories, even when at rest!

Myth No: 2; you have to do tons of crunches.

Fact

Overuse of crunches will only shorten your abs, pull your head forward and gives you a bad posture. Any standing exercise that will contract your abs will do but you should specifically target your lower back to strengthen the muscles that support your spine.

Time now for YOU to take action!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.

Aug 22

More Information About Hiking Boots

If you’ve ever been 5 miles from the trailhead with painful blisters, or even a sprained ankle, you will appreciate how much your hiking enjoyment rests literally on your feet. The selection of the correct hiking boots can be the difference between a great experience and a disaster. The choice of the right pair of boots can add considerably to your comfort and personal safety, especially in rugged or difficult terrain.

Before you start comparing the many brands and styles of hiking boot, consider the type of terrain and your style of hiking. Do you take extended treks through the mountains or just stroll through the local park or greenbelt?

Select a boot based on the most difficult terrain you will encounter. Do you carry a heavy pack? The heavier the pack the sturdier boot you will need. Are you an all-weather hiker? Do you need a lightweight breathable fabric or a heaver waterproof material?

Modern hiking boots do not weigh as much as older styles. Lightweight high-tech materials have replaced the metal shanks used in older boots and modern fabrics offer many advantages.

A lightweight boot can still offer plenty of support and be a lot easier on the feet over less rugged trails. Many of today’s top quality lightweight hiking boots offer a Gore-Tex┬« liner that helps keep water out while still allowing your feet to breathe.

All-leather boots provide more support than the leather and fabric styles and they are easier to waterproof. They lend themselves to rocky terrain but they are heaver and less flexible. In my experience, leather boots will outlast the lighter styles, partly due to the heavier construction but also due to the fact that they have less seams which are always the weak point in any boot.

Have your feet properly measured and wear the type and thickness of sock you will be wearing on the trail when trying on boots. Boots should fit snugly but not too tightly. Remember they will become more comfortable with wear.

Make sure they fit and provide support around your ankle and instep. You will need good ankle support, especially when carrying a pack. Hiking boots will never feel as comfortable as that old favorite pair of sneakers, but if you develop blisters or have pressure points, then you need a different boot.

Look for boots with foam padding around the ankle and tongue for comfort. Removable inserts will help to fine-tune for a perfect fit.

Once you’ve found the perfect pair of hiking boots, be sure to break them in slowly. Start with short walks around the neighborhood and progress to 3 or 4 hour hikes before that week long hiking vacation.

Aug 15

The Importance of Good Hiking Socks

Hiking SocksGreat hiking socks are critical. Do yours deliver in all these important areas? Learn how to pick the hiking sock that is smart for your trip.

Your hiking socks are probably like you at work, they do a lot more than they’re given credit for. They must be comfortable, wick moisture, protect against shear, support your natural posture, keep your feet at a good temperature, distribute pressure, promote circulation, absorb shock, and be tough. That’s no small order.

They are almost as important as your boots and shoes when it comes to your comfort. Here are some things to consider.

Blood flow This is the circulation of blood through the foot. A decrease or cut-off in blood flow can be caused by unyielding fabrics in hiking socks. Acrylics in combination with other fibers and a terry weave can help with this and shear.

Moisture With exertion one foot can sweat 1-2 pints of vapor/fluid per day. That’s why wicking technology in hiking socks is so important. Without it bacteria and fungus can become a problem.

Position If your hiking socks don’t help to maintain correct anatomical alignment this can cause premature fatigue. Correct posture also helps to correctly position your foot in your boot or shoe to make it feel like it’s an extension of your body.

Pressure areas Pressure can cause discomfort and lead to damage if it’s not addressed. A good example of this is a bedsore. Most people hopefully won’t experience pressure to this degree, but it’s something you want to keep in mind when looking at hiking socks. Padding is especially important around bony areas like the heel and ball of the foot.

Shearing force This happen when your tissue is moving in opposite directions, like when jumping over a stream, or descending a steep slope. Part of your skin is moving one way and the tissue under it another, this causes a tearing action just under the surface of the skin. This is the most common way of getting blisters.

Temperature Good hiking socks need to be appropriate for their intended use, from a warm weather day hike to a week-long mountaineering trip. Once in their appropriate environment they should maintain a consistent comfortable temperature.

Like a shoe or boot your hiking socks should be matched to the type of hiking you’ll be doing.

Liners Thin socks called liners are made to be worn under your hiking socks next to your skin so they can wick the moisture away and keep your feet dry…