Recreation and Sports Archive

Ensuring Family Safety on Your “Fun Day”

Amusement Park in AlbuquerqueEven if you know that your children are going to be a handful during a vacation or short trip, the enjoyment you’ll get from the trip won’t compare to anything else. Seeing the joy on their faces is simply worth it.

But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. There will be crying and running around. There’s also the chance of something going horribly wrong. Here are some mother-tested ways on how to make family activities in Albuquerque less stressful and safer:

1. Temporary tattoos are your friend

If your child is too young to remember details like phone numbers and addresses or even your real name, temporary tattoos or special films that protect writing on your child’s skin are quite nifty. This way, if park personnel or hotel workers find your child wandering, they know whom to call.

2. Everyone gets an extra outfit

That’s right. Even you do! You certainly don’t want to be walking around with spit-up, pee and food stains on your shirt. Pack a dress to save space and a pair of foldable shoes to go with it. Don’t give up space in your bag for your own peace of mind.

3. Set a schedule for peeing and bathroom breaks

Little ones might ask for the bathroom at the most inopportune times. Or they might simply pee where they’re seated. Make bathroom breaks a priority between rides and other family activities.

4. Always hold your child

If you need a leash, then get a leash. While you can’t watch them 24/7, you can at least have them attached to you. Consider babywearing instead of a stroller for fewer things to bring on the trip.

In the end, the quality of your trip completely depends on how your kids act the whole time. So helping them have a good time means less stress for you.

Join the Ride: Rewards of Mountain Biking

Mountain BikingWhile many mountain bikers ride just for the fun of it, there are many health benefits associated with the sport. Other than it being fun and a great way to stay in shape, mountain biking is also an environmentally friendly way to see the best of nature while challenging your mind and body.

As one of the top ranked adventure activities, mountain biking is a sport that everyone should try. While you may encounter the occasional scratch or scrape on the trail, you will definitely build muscle and endurance, and reap the other benefits of the sport.

AmericanAdventure.com talks about some of the greatest rewards of mountain biking in the discussion that follows:

Naturally Healthy

Depending on the trail you tackle and speed you go on, mountain biking is an activity that can help you burn 10 to 16 calories per minute. It helps you maintain an ideal weight, if not with weight loss. It also helps increase muscle strength, build endurance, and improve cardiovascular health. It is a naturally healthy activity that is also enjoyable at the same time.

Running On Wheels

Mountain biking is an aerobic exercise that offers the same benefits as running. It preserves the impacts between your legs, buttock, and arms, while helping preserve your knees. Some say that cycling is much better than running, as it is a low-impact activity that can keep you going longer, with the benefit of injury avoidance.

Emotional Benefits

Apart from the physical benefits, the activity also offers emotional benefits that can improve your overall sense of happiness. Experts suggest that outdoor activities like biking can increase self-esteem, reduce stress, and gives you a sense of adventure and challenge.

Kids Benefit, Too

According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, biking is the favorite outdoor activity of American kids 6 to 17 years old. Cycling is an activity that can strongly affect their decision to become active in outdoor recreation. If you have teenage kids, you can encourage them to try mountain biking and take on less challenging trails. You can also go on a mountain bike tour that can benefit the entire family, even younger kids.

Have an exciting outdoor adventure with mountain biking. Make sure to gear up for safety and find the perfect trail that you, your friends, and your family can enjoy.

5 Things to Look For When Booking a Hotel

Hotel AccommodationA fitting accommodation is essential to make the most of your travel. In choosing a hotel, you’ll perhaps come upon a wide selection of options. Narrowing it down can be a taxing task, though.

Exact Location

The first thing you should consider is the proximity of the hotel to where you’re going for your trip. If it’s a holiday vacation, look for the ones near the beach, parks, shopping centres or any other recreational places. For business trips, meanwhile, look for the hotels near the business district or the town centre. These areas provide many prospects, as evidenced by the number of bed & breakfast for sale deals and other investment opportunities.

List of Facilities

It’s important to consider the conveniences of the hotel. Breakfast deals are practical because it saves you the time and effort of having to go out in the morning for food. There are hotels that have swimming pools, which is good for the kids. A Wi-Fi connection is essential, as well.

Considerably Great Value

Of course, you should always look for hotels that provide quality services. You can enhance your stay if you can get comprehensive packages at discounted rates. There are some who may offer laundry service and 24/7 customer service. You can compare the AAA star rating of the hotels to make a short list.

Good and Bad Reviews

The Internet is useful in these kinds of situation. Check on the reviews posted by previous clients. You can’t entirely rely on its credibility, though. You have to be more careful, especially if the review came from their affiliate or own site. Travel forums will make an ideal starting point.

Easy Accessibility

Lastly, make sure you can get to the hotel conveniently or else everything is just a waste. Get to know the type of transportation means you need to get there. Is it just minutes away from an airport or ship terminal? Are cabs always passing by the hotel? You may want a parking space also if you have a car.

These are just some of the factors to consider when booking a hotel. Make a reservation days prior to your trip so you can make the most of your time.

Work Out in Style: Winter’s Coolest Athletic Gears for Men

sports gearIt is that time of the year again when most people would prefer to sleep rather than do some exercise. Winter is almost here, but that does not mean you have to put your fitness routine on hold. Continue with what you do, whether it is hitting the gym or going for a morning run. It is no secret that colder months can be difficult for most men, especially for those who have regular routines to keep their bodies in shape.

Though it is never easy, you can do it with some simple adjustments. Start with dressing your best while training. To stay motivated this wet and windy season, try shopping for new, fashionable athletic gears.

One of the UK’s top clothing shops, 5 Pointz, offers some tips on how to look good while you exercise:

Running Shirt

Some men wear boring, ripped T-shirts that look like they are decades old. You need to pay attention to what you wear, especially during winter. It has to be appropriate, but still offer flexibility and suit your taste in fashion. Athletic shirts, for instance, are sturdy yet still breathable. The clothes you choose should provide you enough room to stretch your arms.

Modern Sweatpants

Forget those shorts and go for modern sweatpants. These are good for mobility and keeping things covered up, whether you are jogging or doing yoga. Sweatpants are perfect if you favour simple yet classy designs. Not only stylish, but they are also great for added warmth through the cold. These are not the same, old-fashioned workout pants. You can mix and match them with your tops every once in a while. Grey sweatpants with blue shirt or black sweatpants with a lime green shirt may work well.

Fitness Tracker

Wireless activity trackers are popular these days, especially in the world of athletic tech. Keep your fitness routine in check and monitor the steps you made and calories burned. Some fitness trackers can help with motivation and planning. Just wear the gadget and continue with what you normally do.

With these athletic gears, you will be encouraged to keep working out through the winter. Fashionable yet functional should be your priorities when it comes to knowing how to dress right.

Poetry, Music, and Tributes: Invictus Games Officially Open in London

London Buckingham PalaceAfter months of planning and preparation, Prince Harry has launched and hosted the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women at the Olympic Park in London.

Let the Games Begin

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of Cambridge joined Prince Harry at a glittering opening ceremony.

“Over the next four days we will see some truly remarkable achievements,” he said in a crowd of 6,500. “For some of those taking part this will be a stepping stone to elite sport. But for others, it will mark the end of a chapter in their recovery and the beginning of a new one. Either way, you can be sure that everyone who takes part on the track, pool or field of play will be giving it their all. And I have no doubt that lives will be changed this weekend.”

Meet the Heroes

The event aims to pay tribute to the bravery of hundreds of competitors, which will take part in sports over the next four days.

The opening ceremony featured Hollywood star Idris Elba, who read the poem Invictus before the teams emerged to cheers from the crowd.

The countries sending teams include the US, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, and many more.

Violence Against Women: Ray Rice Suspended by NFL, Fired by Ravens After Abuse Video

Ray RiceThe NFL has indefinitely suspended running back Ray Rice from playing after a disturbing abuse video emerged online.

Domestic Violence Policy

The video shows Rice striking and knocking out his then-fiancée with a punch during an altercation in February.

NFL spokesman did not provide further explanation whether or not Rice’s ban is for a minimum of one year before he can apply for reinstatement.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens has decided to terminate the contract of Rice the same day as video was published.

For several months, the Ravens had continuously supported the 27-year-old athlete until TMZ had posted a video dragging Janay Palmer’s unconscious body out of the elevator.

‘Go Forward’

The Ravens did not offer any other details after viewing the video for the first time.

“It was something we saw for the first time today, all of us. It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different,” Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement.

“I have nothing but hope and goodwill for Ray and Janay,” Harbaugh added. “And we’ll do whatever we can going forward to help them as they go forward and try to make the best of it.”