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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Gear for Summer Activities

January 29th, 2010

Regardless of the fact that many of us are facing a tight budget, the summer season is here and the kids are ready for some boredom-busting activities. But it doesn’t have to break the bank to keep them having fun and active. The best recollections are often created from lots of laughs, creative imaginations, and simple activities. Here are a few fun suggestions for enjoying your summer while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Throw a party with a theme. This is a fun thing to do for people of all ages. Visit your discount party supplier and purchase some themed decorations that feel as laid back and fun as summer. A luau is the most obvious choice. You can buy some grass skirts for the girls and some leis for the boys along with some themed paper plates and cups. Decoration ideas for your table and backyard are limitless at the discount party stores, use your creativity and make it feel like you’ve retreated to a tropical place where tikis fill the land and where no one has a care in the world!

Go camping. You can find some great camping equipment at yard sales or rummage sales. Many people buy tents, stoves, etc. and then only use them once or twice before donating them or having a yard sale. This is a great way to get camping supplies for less. If you prefer new discount camping gear, check out online discounters and buy closeouts for the best deals. You can purchase camping permits at your state parks, lakes, or beaches for great rates. You can even camp in your very own yard! Don’t leave out the graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate!

Try putting on the greens. Golfing is one of the best ways for children to practice their hand-eye coordination and develop necessary motor skills. It’s easy to find golf clubs; you can lease it at a local golf course, purchase it online, or buy second-hand. Miniature golf is especially enjoyable for the children because the course is easy to use, has fun themes at each hole, and the putters are small enough for even the youngest kids! The cost is usually pretty fair also.

Visit your local YMCA or community center. Not only do they have water games to keep your family cool on those scorching summer days, but they often have fun crafts, activites, and even tennis courts for the kids. This is another great way to get the kids to stay active while developing their motor coordination. Wilson tennis racquets can be purchased for almost nothing at a yard sale and can bring tons of fun! If you would like a new one, shop on the clearance area of your sports store or even online vendors who have overstocks on sale.

Purchase an above-ground pool. For about $100, you can purchase a stand-alone pool that will surely be a splash with the kids for the entire summer! It can be a great way to bring their friends together in one place while keeping them busy for hours and keeping them cool. Summer is the time to get the best deals on seasonal items, so check online and in your local discount stores for specials on these great items! The best part is that you don’t need a huge yard in order to put one together.

Even with the limitations of a tight budget, you can still make the best out of this year’s summer break! Try these suggestions out and create some more of your own. With some creative juices flowing, you can have a few months of relaxation and good times that will make lasting memories!

By: Frank Stewart

Sporting Activities As Age Advances

November 11th, 2009

ng ago middle-aged people would be quite happy to join their local golf club, perhaps sign up for an aerobics or pilates class and, when older, perhaps try a little bowling. But for many years that was about the sum total of sports that encouraged the participation of the older members of our society.

But that seems to be changing as people recognise the benefits of regular exercise and realise how much enjoyment can be gained from trying out some different leisure pastimes. Witness the recent surge of interest in Nordic walking, with hundreds of clubs and organised walks now available all over the country. It claims to be the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and owes its history to cross-country skiers in Finland, who resorted to summer training walks using the ski poles that they used to propel themselves across the snow during the winter months. The growth of the activity can be put down to its popularity amongst the older ages groups. It’s cheap, non-competitive and caters for all ability levels.

Other sports that are now attracting people due to new derivatives and equipment include surfing. Particularly in the UK, where sea temperatures are not always suited for bathing, the use of wetsuits and new-style body boards has opened up the sport of surfing to many new groups. Younger children can try out their techniques in the relative safety of shallow waters and smaller waves, while older generations can do likewise, by donning a warm wetsuit and get in amongst the waves on beaches all over the UK, and at any time of year.

Skiing, of course, has always had plenty of fans in the UK, but the ability to participate in this winter pastime as always relied on an individuals ability to afford a winter holiday to a ski resort. That restricted the amount of time anyone could spend skiing unless they visited one of the UK’s dry ski slopes. These plastic cover slopes often failed to satisfy those used to skiing on snow. Runs were short, poor weather often took the gloss off a dry slope visit and landings were hard. Injuries, particularly for older skiers, were painful and slower to heal; a factor that stopped many from making repeat visits to these outdoor facilities.

The newer indoor ski slopes that provide real snow and more controlled conditions may have found an answer to all those negatives and could provide the facilities all those mature skiers were looking for. Combining ideal skiing conditions, with convenience, onsite cafes and a choice of instruction programmes aimed at all age groups is set to see these new style indoor ski centres flourish.

And it’s not just skiing that the older generations can enjoy. Snowboarding would have seemed an activity exclusively reserved for the younger, more adventurous age groups. As an older skier contemplating a try out at snowboarding, you would have been faced with many obstructions; nowhere to try out the basics before you got to the ski resort, no instruction programmes to get you beyond the basic techniques and a lack of safe environments to get you started. Answers to all this obstacles can be provided by the real snow indoor centres. The slopes are not too steep, custom-built layouts can be designed and built to suit beginners and fully qualified instructors can be used in group or individual sessions to help anyone experience snowboarding for the is first time.

So perhaps over the next few years we’ll be joining our grandparents surfing in the waves or skiing on the slopes. Sports like running, swimming and cycling already have age-related competition structures aimed at older people with many seventy plus years olds taking part in races that just a few years ago, even younger athletes would have thought twice about. The revival of veteran sporting activity may be upon us and no sport is off limits it seems.

By: Mark Bartley