Category Archives: Active

Learning to snowboard

Where you live can have a big impact on the kind of activities that you can do to stay active. Having been born on an island, I always had access to water sports and all kinds of beach related activities. However, there was something that I always wanted to try out: snowboarding.

I had some experience skiing during various travel trips, but it wasn’t until the winter of 2009 that I had my first snowboarding lesson in Taos, NM. I have to say, I wasn’t very good at it. I had good balance but I wasn’t mastering the turns.  In snowboarding you must master the basic turns (heelside, toeside) independently before linking the turns in order to go down a slope. I fell so many times that I ended up with a bruised tailbone (ouch!). Read the rest of this entry

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Exercising Your Hobby

I have a love for photography and a desire to stay active. I have found that taking photo walks, whether in the city or in the midst of nature, with my camera takes my mind off the fact that I am actually exercising. Walking in a news scenery each time often gives me the opportunity to exercise, meditate and photograph many beautiful photos also.

Photo walks can also be very motivating when done with a group who all have the same goal and hobby. Here are 4 things that can keep your walk interesting: Read the rest of this entry

Spend Time With Your Dogs

Dogs are a man's best friend

Dogs are a man's best friend

Staying active can be as simple as playing with your dogs for as little as an hour a day. If you walk, play with, or just run around with your dog every day, it’s emotionally and physically good for you.

It’s important that we stay active, but we can’t forget about the other important things in life like being mentally healthy. Read the rest of this entry

As Simple As Riding A Bike

Road Bike

Road Bike

Staying active can be long and boring if you aren’t doing the things you enjoy while you are being active. Everyone has ridden a bike before but if you get a couple friends to go with you, it can be a day of pure enjoyment!

One of my favorite ways of having a day full of exercise is bike riding. I put some headphones on and will ride for miles in the morning. It’s great because it’s not hard on your joints and unlike running, there’s no constant contact that can wear on you. It’s just you and the road and the music you decide to listen to. Read the rest of this entry

Play The Drums

Practice pad and drum sticks

Practice pad and drum sticks

You would be extremely surprised if you picked up some drum sticks and started jamming on the drums. It’s actually a great workout for your whole body because you are always moving and getting faster and faster.

Part of the reason I started playing the drums was because they were easier to pick up and play compared to a guitar or piano. I have always enjoyed listening to music and the drums are great if you can keep a rhythm but yet you can’t read music at all or at least too well. I haven’t played for awhile but I still use a practice drumming pad to practice because the actual drum set is quite loud. Read the rest of this entry

Obstacle mud runs and overexertion injuries

“Man dies during Mud Run competition” read the headline of a news website on March 10, 2012. I was in shock when I read the news article. Obstacle mud runs have become a new genre of athletic event. These races range from 5k to 10k trails with obstacles and mud in between. Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, Rugged Maniac and Muddy Buddy are a few examples.

As a past participant in both Mud Run and Warrior Dash, I have found that people enjoy the camaraderie and adrenaline rush of these events. Some people make groups and start training six months in advance. These are the ones who take the race very seriously. Others do it just for fun, walking instead of running and completing only the obstacles that they can master. However, after knowing that a man recently died in one of these races makes you wonder about both the security of the event and overexertion injuries that can occur during competition. Read the rest of this entry

On The Lake

Another good but surprising way to stay active is to join your friends on the lake. Go ahead and give wakeboarding or water skiing a try, you might just really like it! Wakeskating is a variation of wakeboarding and it’s a lot like skateboarding on water.

I’ve been riding for a few years and it never gets old. We ride behind a jetski, or you can even ride behind a winch if you are in a tight spot. After riding, your arms and legs are extremely worn out if you haven’t done it much so it’s an awesome way of staying active and having fun at the same time. Read the rest of this entry

Hiking Eagle Rock Loop: 26.8 miles of forest, streams and hills

Hiking the ERL (Eagle Rock Loop)  was definitely a challenge. The trail consists of 26.8 miles of trails along nine mountains and the Little Missouri River. It is the longest loop train in the state of Arkansas. Hiking through the shaded trails of mixed hardwood and pine forest on a flat terrain was very pleasant. However, once the elevation started to increase, the fatigue kicked in. On the way down, the trekking poles really came in handy to take the pressure off the kneecaps.

We started the hike at the Albert Pike Recreation Area following the Little Missouri Trail. The scenery in this hike was wonderful, along with the sound of the rushing river. Before making camp for the first night, we stopped at Eagle Rock Vista overlook, which provided great views of the Viles Valley. It was a great opportunity to take pictures. The next day, we passed through Winding Stairs formation, a scenic area with a swimming hole. However, we didn’t have enough time to spend in that beautiful spot, since the sun was setting and we needed to make camp for the second night. Read the rest of this entry

Active At Work

When it comes to finding ways to stay active, it’s important to stay motivated and to enjoy what you’re doing. A great thing about running or walking a 5K is that you gain awareness and raise money for good causes.

There are many places you can go to run a 5k worldwide. A 5K is approximately 3.1 miles, so it can be a bit intimidating to some people but don’t let that stop you from at least trying it because you will meet a ton of fun people and you might end up liking it and enjoying the community. Read the rest of this entry

Horse Back Riding: a fun way to exercise

Often when we hear the word “exercise”, what comes to mind is a person working out at a gym, or practicing a competitive sport. However, many things that we do for fun are also a disguised form of exercise. Take for example horseback riding.

Recently, I went with a group of friends to Marshall Creek Ranch, near Grape Vine, TX. We went there with the idea of having some fun and recreation. I never imagined that my muscles would be so sore after an hour and a half of horseback riding. The reality is, that besides being a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with some friends, horseback riding is a good form of exercise. Read the rest of this entry