Saturday, March 31, 2012

Adventure Sports: Bungee Jumping


Now, I have personally, never bungee jumped, but if I were only 20 years younger, I would seriously, consider doing so, because it looks like a thrill of a lifetime.


Bungee jumping is an adventurous sport where the participant jumps from a great height while he is connected to a large rubber rope. The jump can be made from the top of a tall building, bridge or crane. To bring in more adrenalin rush, jump can be made from a moving object like helicopter or a hot air balloon. 


Bungee word was developed in 1930, which meant rubber eraser. The idea originated from dwellers of the Pentecost Island, who used to tie vines to their ankles and jumped from tall wooden platforms. The vine was substituted by elastic cord. Members of the Dangerous Sports club made the first official bungee jumping on April 1, 1979 from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Initially they were arrested, but later on they appeared on television and jumped from many places including hot air balloon and mobile cranes, in 1982. 


A J Hackett of New Zealand did the first commercial bungee jumping in 1986, from Auckland's Greenhithe Bridge. After that he made numerous jumps from famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The first bungee jumping site was laid in Queenstown, New Zealand, on the Kawarau Bridge. 


The rubber rope absorbs the complete energy of the fall and when the rope snaps back, the jumper flies in the upward direction.  The process of oscillation continues until all energy is utilized. The rubber rope is covered with cloth and has hooks on both the end. It is a specially designed braided shock cord. A tough outer cover encloses many latex strands. The function of the tough outer cover is to provide durability. Some consider using unbraided cords without the tough outer cover, which delivers a longer and softer bounce. Commercial operators are forced to use body harness to ensure safety in case of accidents.   


Variations to traditionally bungee jumping are catapult, twin tower, bungee running and bungee trampoline. In catapult, the jumper is placed on the ground and the cord is stretched, usually with the help of a crane, and then the jumper is released and he goes shooting up in the air. Twin towers employs two oblique cords. Bungee running, as the name suggests involves running and not jumping. The rope is attached to the participant and he runs as far as possible on an inflatable surface. The point maximum reached is marked with the help of a Velcro-backed marker, after which the runner gets pulled back to his initial position. Two or more people are involved in this and it is more like a running competition. Bungee Trampoline has a mix of bungee and trampolining. The body is fitted into a harness attached to a trampoline, which in turn is attached to a bungee. When the participant begins to jump he goes higher than a normal trampoline would. 


Bungee jumping has been incorporated in many movies and video albums. The most famous of all is the James Bond movie, Golden Eye, which was released in 1995. The movie opens with Bond jumping from a dam in Russia. The jump was no special effect and was genuine. 


Like other sports, bungee jumping has its share of possible injuries. The reason for most of them is human error, along with failure of safety harness, miscalculation of elasticity of the rope and improper connection of the cord. Possible injuries are body entangling with the rope, rope burn, dislocations, eye trauma, uterine prolapsed, back injury, pinched fingers and bruises. Jumper's age, weight, experience, and location should be reviewed before the jump, as a safety measure. 


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Reasons Why We Should Buy Home Gym Fitness Equipment


Worrying about how to get to Gym on rainy days? Then give an end to the worry. With the advancement of Science and technology, there are so many Gym Equipments available on the market these days. There are various advantages of setting up home gym fitness equipment, as it reduces our effort to go to the Gym especially, on rainy days. It saves, not only time, but also money from spending excess money to local gyms and driving expenses in the case of people who drive.

Equipment that is used by every age group

Setting up a home gym apparatus at home is useful not only to the adults but also to the children present at home because these days manufacturers are meeting the needs of every age group as the part of the business expansion of theirs.
Home gym fitness equipment is worth buying as it is very much of use for the ones who find no or less time to set out to the gyms for the work outs. And setting up our own personal gym can be the very first step to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Due to the growing demand of the gym equipment at home, the manufacturers are making different models to ensure quality.

Importance of proper schedule

Friday, March 16, 2012

Choices You Face When Picking Golf Clubs

With so many new types of golf clubs hitting the market every year, it is an understatement to say that it can be a challenge to pick new clubs. Probably, as much as the game itself! If,  you are new to the world of golfing, you'll be shocked at the sheer number of options that you will have when choosing clubs. Everything element, concerning the clubs integrity can be changed and customized to fit your own needs. Choosing the right golf club is very important in order to ensure that your money is well-spent and your game will hopefully, improve as a result of using new clubs. Therefore you should pay attention to the following factors when trying to decide, which set of clubs are the proper fit.

Essentially, every single part of the golf club is just as important as the other. Without any of them, the other isn't feasible, as is concerning the golf swing itself.

With that said;

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How To Play Cornhole


How To Play Cornhole

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GAME SETUP:

Find a nice flat surface on your lawn, in a parking lot, the beach, etc. Set up your boards directly facing each other with 27 feet between the front edge of each board. Cornhole can be played with 2 or 4 players. Pick which side of the board you’ll throw from. In a 4-player game, your partner’s pitching box will be directly across from you. In a 2-player game, if you start throwing from the left side of the board, you’ll walk directly across to the other board, and throw back from the right side. Lastly, pick your bags (4 for each team) and get ready to play!
Image of Court Layout

GAME PLAY:

Decide who goes first (usually the ugliest person) then take turns throwing bags with your opponent. You throw one bag, then your opponent, then you, then your opponent, etc. Your feet may not go past the front edge of the board. If they do, a foul is called and you get pelted with cornhole bags. Also, a tossed bag may not touch the ground. If it hits the ground and bounces up on the board, remove it before any other bags are thrown. If its hanging off the board and touching the ground, remove that as well. When all 8 bags have been tossed to the other side, add up the score (see scoring below). If you earned the most points in that single round, your team will throw first in the next round.
cornhole tourney How To Play Cornhole


SCORING AND WINNING:
Scoring is simple. After all bags have been thrown, a bag remaining on the board is worth 1 point. A bag that went in the hole is worth 3 points. Add up how many points you earned and compare them to your opponents. Equal points cancel each other out so that only one team can score per round. For example, if you scored 5 points and your opponent scored 3, you will add 2 points to your overall score and your team will throw first in the next round. If you scored 6 points and your opponent scored 6 as well, there will be no points awarded and whoever threw first in the last round will throw first again. A game is won when a team reaches 21 points with a lead of 2 or more points. The first team to win 2 games wins the match.
Of course, you can play with your own rules. For example, some play with the rule that you must reach 21 exactly. If you go over in points, your score is automatically reduced to 11 and play continues. Another variation is to count every point (no negation of equal points) and see who has the most points at the end of 13 rounds.
cornhole score How To Play Cornhole

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Aquasize To A Flatter Stomach!

When the weather is warm, there is nothing quite like going for a refreshing swim at the local pool.

To add to the benefits, you can use it as an opportunity to work on those stomach muscles. 

The water provides natural resistance, making the pool a great place to do stomach exercises to flatten out that tummy. Despite the greater resistance water has than air, aquasizing is low-impact, meaningless strain on joints.



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Try these exercises the next time you take a trip down to your pool. 


*** Remember, to always, consult your doctor before beginning a new workout routine and always warm up properly to prevent injury.


  • The first set of exercises to try is called: 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fitness Regimes You Can Follow to Get Rid of Belly Fat



Let us cut to the chase and get straight to the point; belly fat is one of the irritating aspects of human body and today, we're going to discuss few exercises that can allow you to shed the belly fats, fast. Read on.


  • 1. Vacuum Pose


This might sound strange to you, but a lot of people have benefited from this single exercise alone. What you need to do is suck your belly for nearly 20-25 seconds and repeat the exercise several times for at least 5 minutes at least 2 times a day.

Some people even do this exercise for 10-15 minutes too; there is no harm in this, but on an average 5 minutes shall be sufficient for anybody out there! If you follow this regime for just 30 days to 45 days, I bet it's going to be really beneficial to you.


  • 2. Hindu Squats