How to Raise Active Kids

How to Raise Active Kids

Keeping kids active and healthy is a hard job for parents; follow these simple tips if you want to turn it a little easier Set a Healthy Example Your kids will model your behavior, so first of all you need to be active and healthy. That includes not only exercise but your diet and daily habits. Exercise as a family Take them with you to exercise as a family as much as possible. Run while they ride their bikes or bike all together, swim, walk, even share your Gym training or Yoga session. When they grow older it will become a part of their routine and a way of life. Do not compete with them Don’t stress your kids with unnecessary goals or objectives. Enjoy spending time with them and dont push them beyond their limits. Remember that this should be a game for them not a competition. Teach them to find Peace in Nature Whether it’s a hike or skiing or cycling through a forest preserve, teach them to value nature and be kind to it. This is one of the most valuable gifts you can do to your children. Joining Teams Instills Life Lessons Help them to learn what it means to be part of a team at a young age. There are so many lessons that they will pick up about the importance of teamwork. It is also the best way to make new friends with a similar life...
Mensen Ernst – The first professional Ultra Runner

Mensen Ernst – The first professional Ultra Runner

Mensen Ernst (1795–1843) was born in the village of Fresvik, Norway. He made his living running, mainly through placing bets on himself being able to run a certain distance within a period of time.   PARIS – MOSKAU At the start of the 1830s, Mensen Ernst planned a journey on foot from Paris to Moscow, which he would attempt to complete in only 15 days. The departure date was set for 11th June, 1832, the twentieth anniversary year of Napoleon Bonaparte’s disastrous march on Moscow. Ernst started out from Paris at 4am. He ran about 2,500 kilometers in 14 days averaging over 175km a day Ernst was given a hero’s welcome on his arrival in Moscow, once his identity had been established (with his disheveled appearance he had been mistaken for a beggar; and in any case, he turned up a day earlier than anyone expected). After days of banquets and receptions in Moscow, he travelled to St. Petersburg, where he was presented by no less than Tsar Nicholas I himself. Add to this the 4,000 Francs that Ernst won from wagers, and it might be considered a good couple of weeks’ work. CONSTANTINOPLE – CALCUTTA On a later trip, from Constantinople to Calcutta, he spent 59 days, running140 kilometers per day. It is an incredible achievement to run such a distance without the proper gear and food, crossing that part of the world in the first half of 19th century.  THE LAST CHALLENGE His last trip started in Bad Muskau (Germany), and went through Jerusalem and Cairo, from where he intended to run along the Nile until he...
Titan Desert – Xtreme MTB experience

Titan Desert – Xtreme MTB experience

Six MTB stages in Morocco, a lot of desert and a bit of mountain. Titan Desert, that has celebrated 13 years recently.  Titan Desert was born on 2006 as a MTB-alternative to Paris-Dakar. The organizers wanted to create an event as tough as Paris-Dakar for MTB lovers, creating a race that is an opportunity for the participants to test their limits and overcome themselves. Titan Desert is open to anybody that wants to participate, and there’s no need to be a professional rider. However, it’s necessary to be in very good shape and be aware of the challenge: you will be cycling in the desert, with high temperatures and in really hard conditions. At some points, you will even need to carry your bike and walk, as the sand makes impossible to continue pedalling. The Titan Desert’s itinerary changes every year Along it’s 6 stages, we can visit many places in Morocco such as the village of Merzouga in the desert, Rissani (a city in a palm grove) or a mountain stage in the Morrocan-Swiss Alps (Ifrane) that was part of the Titan Desert in the last edition of the race. The total distance of the race changes every year, but it stands around 650 kilometres divided in 6 stages.  Thanks to the hard work  of more that 100 people that are part of Titan Desert’s staff, plus all the doctors, physioterapists and mechanics that will accompany you in every stage, you will have the chance to rest and relax inside of the haimas that you will find set everyday after the race. The organization stress the importance of a...
Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

The Ironman World Championships is enjoying its 41st edition in Hawaii this year. Since the inception of the event, its magic and legendary status has only grown, planting a seed in triathletes’ minds that’s impossible to dislodge until they’ve experienced the thrill of going to Kona. With a brand as strong as the competitors who take part in its races, it’s easy to forget that what we now take for granted as Ironman began as little more than a dare between athletes to settle the bet of who were the fittest: swimmers, cyclists or runners. The beginnings in 1978 The original Ironman was conceived during the Oahu Perimeter Relay awards ceremony in 1977, where athletes from the Mid-Pacific Road Runners club and the Waikiki Swim club engaged in the usual debate about which sport created the best endurance sportsmen. Commander John Collins of the US Navy suggested an ultimate race to settle the debate once and for all. A combination of three already incredibly tough events held on the island of Oahu: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, a 3.8k sea-swim; the Around Oahu Bike Race, a gusty, crosswind-dogged 185k course (reduced to 180k for the Ironman) and the Honolulu Marathon, a standard 42,2k running race in baking hot Hawaiian conditions. On February 18th 1978, there were only 15 competitors willing to drag themselves through such a monumental sporting challenge. Each of the competitors had their own support crew providing food and drink as the race went on – beer in the case of John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL whose support team ran out of water during the marathon, but...
Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging with your baby can be harmful if you are not using a properly designed jogger. What is Different About Joggers? Larger tires, better shock absorption, a five-point harness, and a reclined seat angle are among the many features that separate jogging strollers from traditional ones, making them perfect for active pursuits.  Larger pneumatic (air-filled) tires A jogger typically has 16″ or larger diameter wheels in the rear, and 12″ or larger in the front (double the diameter of many traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier, and transmit less stress to baby. The air-filled tires reduce the impact of bumps, taking some of the shock out. The large wheels also offer reduced rolling resistance, so your long runs involve less pushing effort. Effective suspension systems A jogger will include some kind of shock absorber system to further take the stress out of bumps in the road. Locking straight-running front wheel You would never know it unless you tried it, but if you try to jog with a traditional stroller, or even a properly designed jogger with the front wheel unlocked, you may find the front wheel(s) start wobbling dangerously. This creates strong vibrations and makes jogging uncomfortable. At worst, it can result in the wheels turning so sharply that the jogger tips over, a serious risk to baby. All joggers provide the ability to fully lock the front wheel, and the best allow tuning the front lock position for perfectly straight and true running. Joggers designed for serious runners rely on a fixed front wheel that is perfectly straight. While this means you must turn by...
Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

A few years ago, Kevin Vermaak, South African, was worried: there were not enough mountain bike races in Africa, therefore, he decided to create his own. That is how, in 2004, the Cape Epic race was born. However, how is it possible that in Africa there were not enough bike races in such a big continent? Well, maybe after reading this article you will get a better idea on why. Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike event in the world and gathers, during 8 days, the best and toughest mountain bikers in the world, together with amateur bikers. Cape Epic is for partners. Besides being selected, pay the registration fee (1.500 €) and fly to South Africa, you will need to find somebody you can participate with. The elements of this race make necessary to participate with somebody else, but also being able to share such an intense experience with somebody is, indeed, a great opportunity. Ask anybody who has participated in the Cape Epic, they will all agree on one thing: you never know what is going to happen, as you will be surrounded by dangers: Fallings, extreme heat, floodings, wild animals and the accumulated fatigue make essential to go with somebody else. However, and according to the rules, you cannot be more than 2 minutes away from your partner. In case you get very far away from each other, you will face a one-hour penalty, and if this happens 3 times you will be disqualified. Cape Epic in numbers Cape Epic is divided in 5 categories: men, women, mix, master (over 40 years old) and...
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