Sep 21

What Is Orienteering?

OrienteeringDo you know what Orienteering is? It is one of the most thrilling activities available for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and here’s the good news – it’s inexpensive. If you enjoy spending time out of doors and you are looking to break out of your regular routine, Orienteering may be the challenge you’ve been hoping for. Thousands of men, women and children around the country are addicted to the mental and physical rush of Orienteering. Let’s find out why.

First off, what is orienteering? Orienteering is an outdoor sport where you use a map and a compass to find your way through a cross-country style course either leisurely or competitively. Here’s basically how it works: By using only a compass and a map, participants will move from one control point to another until reaching the end of the course.

Each participant – an orienteer – uses a special device, a unique one is located at each control point, to mark their scorecard thus proving they have actually visited the required control points. The orienteer, who reaches the finish line first, with all control points visited, is the winner. Sounds easy don’t it? So what’s the catch?

There are two main challenges to the sport. First, the route is not marked. Therefore the orienteer must personally navigate from control point to control point using only a compass and a map. To successfully do this, you will always need to know how far you have traveled and in what direction.

Their map, provided at the event, gives detailed information on the terrain such as hills, landmarks, bodies of water and other obstacles. Secondly, to be successful in orienteering, the orienteer needs excellent map reading skills, the ability to focus mentally and the ability to make decisions. If the event is competitive, all of this is done as fast as possible.

The most popular type of Orienteering is Foot Orienteering – abbreviated as Foot-O – and it is an Olympic sport. World-class Foot-O athletes typically have endurance and strength characteristics similar to marathon runners. Other Orienteering types include Mountain Bike, Skiing, Trail, and Night Orienteering.

To find out more information on Orienteering in your city, contact the United States Orienteering Federation or visit our online Education Center. Competitive orienteering has been called the “thinking sport” and has been likened to “running while playing chess.”

With Orienteering, you’ll improve your problem solving skills, your decision making skills and you will push yourself to new levels of accomplishment. All while having a great time. While leisure Orienteering is not nearly as fast paced or as pressure-packed as competitive Orienteering, you’ll still get an adrenaline rush when you’ve successfully found your way through the course – and that’s why Orienteering is Hot! Use this information and you’ll Get It Right the First Time. Get Outdoors!

Sep 14

Weight Training For Muscle Building

Weight Training For Muscle BuildingWeight training is one of the most important parts of your life-long exercise program. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine now recommends weight training for every adult. The sooner you start weight training, the more muscle you’ll keep. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon.

Weight training is also a great area in which to practice mental imagery. You can imagine your muscles getting firmer and bigger as you perform your weight training exercises. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this simple tool will help keep you motivated, and will help yield a higher return on your exercise investment!

Keep in mind, building muscles by lifting weights does more than make you look and feel better. It speeds up your metabolism! This is great news to anyone who’s trying to lose weight or get fit. Lifting weights also gives you more energy, allows you to eat more food, and recaptures lost youth.

Weight training also increases bone density more than activities like swimming or even running. By stressing the major bones in the body, weight training offers tremendous protection against the thinning of bones, or osteoporosis. And, by building more muscle, you protect your joints as well. For instance, squats strengthen the knee joint by building stronger, firmer ligaments and muscles.

For a weight training program to be effective, you will need to exercise between three and five days per week. You will need to exercise each muscle group with weights, at least once a week, or preferably twice. For example…arms twice, shoulders twice, legs twice, chest twice, etc. Abdominal muscles will be exercised two to three times a week.

So, to assure the safety and effectiveness of your workout, you may want to consider using a personal trainer at least once to help you design the proper exercise routine and sequence for your body type. A personal trainer will show you the proper way to do each and every exercise, and help you get things done effectively.

Sep 06

Building Your Exercise Habits to Maintain Your Weight

Walking Exercise Starting and maintaining an adequate exercise program really is the “magic pill’ which will jump start your weight loss program and make it easy to maintain your new weight after you reach your goal.

If you are not exercising on a regular basis, check with your Doctor first, he or she can give you guidance on what types of exercise would be safe for you to start with. Start small, doing just a little is far better that doing nothing.

Almost without fail, those who lose weight without including exercise, take a lot longer to reach their goal, they are also the ones most likely to regain all of the weight they lost and possibly even more.

What are the excuses for not exercising?

Can’t afford expensive equipment… there are many exercises that require no equipment.

Can’t afford to join health club… there are many exercises that do not require belonging to a health club.

Don’t have time…you can exercise in small time increments, as little as 5 minutes at a time, 5 or 6 times a day, while not the preferred method, can still be effective.

Possibly the easiest, least expensive and one of the most effective exercise programs is simply walking. Nature gave us all of the equipment we need; all you need to add is a good pair of walking shoes, and the determination to improve your health.

You don’t have to start with a long walk or a fast walk. If you are not walking now, no matter how much you start with will be more than you were doing. If you are really out of shape, maybe only 5 minutes is all you can do at once, that’s okay, do 5 minutes today, 6 minutes the next day and so on.

Here are some easy ways to start walking more, without thinking about it:

Park at the back of the mall parking lot

Park a few blocks away from work, or get off the bus a few stops early

Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

You should shoot for 20-30 minutes as a minimum and really as long as you have time for. You should try to get up to about a mile in twenty minutes; this will be brisk enough to get you breathing faster and start burning calories. If you can’t carry on a conversation, you are walking too fast.

Sep 04

Save Some Money to Buy Sport Equipment That You Need

Although fishing, running shoes, skis, and other sport equipment can be quite costly, you must not give up to own the proper equipment to enjoy for your favorite sport. If you really like the sport that you want to participate, there are few ways for you to purchase the sport gear that you need without spending too much of your cash and save few bucks for the purchase.

The easiest way to get the sport equipment without spending money is to borrow the sport gear from the people that you know such as family or friends. But unfortunately you may not always able to do it; especially if the owner also wants to use the sport equipment at the same time you also want to use it.

The second method is by buying the used sport gear. There are many places that you can go to search the used equipment such as yard sale, flea market or online store and auction. If you are thorough enough you may have a chance to find the sport gear that you want that is still in a good shape and performance.

And if you have the knowledge about the equipment and ability to restore it, you could get the equipment that already broken but still repairable with much lower price.

But if you prefer to get the new sport equipment, then you could try to find the store that offer discount. In the internet, there are many website that offer promo code for various sporting equipment from famous vendor and brands such as Backcountry. Usually the promo codes offer a 10% to 50% discount from the original price, depending on the type of equipment or the promotion campaign.

With this method, not only you will able to save money on the purchase of sporting equipment that you’re wish for, but also you will have brand new sporting gear with the top quality and performance.