Tips for the Beginner Snorkeler

  • First, be aware of the elements. Check the weather before you go out just in case something new has begun brewing. This is very important especially if you are planning on going quite a distance off shore. The weather can change quickly so be prepared if it does. Know the currents. If the waves look rough and the water isn’t clear then don’t go in. Ask locals if they know of spots that are better than others, look for flags and signs that direct you to areas that are considered safe for swimming and snorkeling. Look for lifeguards on duty or go out with reputable snorkeling companies who will put your safety first.
  • Second, select a location worth seeing! If you don’t do your research and just grab your snorkel gear and go you might just see sand, for miles leaving you wondering what the hype is all about. Be sure to select a location full of life making it a jaw dropping experience, but don’t lose your snorkel. A coral reef will offer you a plethora of colors and countless fish, manta rays, turtles, moray and other exotic creatures depending on the location. Now that is the kind of sightseeing to write home about. You don’t have to go to a reef to find interesting underwater adventures though. Some other ideas are shipwrecks that have great stories, locations where your favorite marine animals swim and beaches that have a trademark like shark teeth hiding throughout the sand.
  • Last, be good to yourself and the ecosystem. You need to make sure you are well hydrated and are wearing proper sunscreen. Some sunscreens are harmful to the marine ecosystem, especially the coral reef, so be sure to use eco/marine safe or biodegradable sunscreen which is now becoming a requirement for some countries like Mexico. Make sure your equipment fits good and isn’t bothersome while you are trying to enjoy your adventure. Be sure not to touch the animals, as safety for them and you, and remember not to stand on the coral reef as it is living too. Unfortunately, much of the reef has been dying due to people not knowing or caring enough to change their actions.

Win at Bowling Tournaments

Give yourself time to be sure you have packed up every piece of equipment you will need during the tournament so that when the time draws near, you can focus on the game.

Maintain a professional image

You should arrive at the alley with plenty of time to spare (no pun intended) so you can keep a relaxed mentality towards the venue, fans and competition.

Give Yourself a Proper Warm-up

Undergoing a series of exercises before the game can do wonders for both getting your muscles loose and prepared for the competition. Just because bowling isn’t a full-contact sport doesn’t mean you can ignore this part of the preparations.

Stay focused

Maintaining your cool and keeping a level head is crucial in a tournament situation. Becoming upset during a bad string of frame is only going to make a bad situation worse. Tournament champions are the ones who are able to fight back against adversity and maintain a positive outlook throughout the competition.

Lung Power and Climbing

However, once the weather on the mountain starts to become very cold, it is imperative to keep an eye on everyone’s breathing, even if they are experienced climbers well-versed in proper techniques. Very cold weather tends to make breathing much more difficult, not to mention raise your risk for getting a stroke. Fires, very warm clothing and breath-aiding devices are quite necessary. Such are the effects of cold on your respiration.

Then again, it is possible for the reverse to happen: that is, for breathing to affect body temperature. Still, such skills can be quite challenging to learn. For instance, there is the practice known as Tumo. Tumo can be thought of as a kind of “power breathing.” It is a very special technique developed by Tibetan monks. Not only does it help them stay warm in winter, but it also helps them to get through some of their more arduous meditation rituals, which can involve standing or sitting in icy-cold water for an entire night. Make no mistake, this is not an easy technique to learn, even for the monks themselves. It must be practiced for several hours a day, for many years. Many initiates begin learning it as young boy novices, and only master it some time during adulthood. Traveling monks may give introductory classes during lectures and other types of visits, but such lessons are only a tiny taste of what the real technique is like.

Regulated breathing can be quite useful in the case of climbing accidents. For example, you might get caught in a cave-in or other such occurrence, and become trapped in a small, confined space. You might have brought some oxygen tanks with you, but these will eventually run out, and either way, you still have to deal with the carbon dioxide building up in that small space from your exhalations. Being able to control your breathing increases the likelihood that you will be still breathing when it comes. Controlling breath can also help you stay calm and focused. Breathe easy, and you can conserve air by not hyperventilating.

If you improve breathing patterns, this can also increase endurance when you are climbing up the lower altitudes. The atmosphere might still be what you are used to at low-lying areas, but the exertion of climbing means that you will still need to breathe deeply in order to feed your muscles.

In conclusion, be sure to include various types of breathing exercises as you prepare for mountain climbing. Try to learn some tricks for increasing endurance, conserving air in tight places, staying calm and even keeping warm. Even if you bring oxygen tanks, it is good to train your system to be its own oxygen tank, up to a point.

Women’s Climbing Shoes

Comfort and Confidence

Women’s climbing shoes can provide great comfort and confidence when climbing. Regular use makes different change in the structure of shoes. One such change is increase in with which puts you at a risky and even dangerous situation while climbing.

Participating in adventure sports always has its share of difficulties. Climbing footwear plays important role. Every one is expected to have shoes which will be useful at all kinds of surfaces. A shoe designed for climbing will provide permanent benefit, comfort and strength.

Be Careful

No victory in any game is possible without willpower. You should have physical as well as mental ability. You may end up losing the battle if you play without the right tools and outfit for the game. Therefore you should be very careful when investing in equipments for sports.

Going up high mountains with strong flow of air is not an easy task. It needs lot of physical strength with great willpower. If you are supported by proper and comfortable accessories like shoes, the task will become easier. Women’s climbing shoes are this accessory. Having a desire to play adventurous sport does not make you expert in that field. This article directs you towards the various steps for purchasing ideal rock climbing shoes.

New Season? New Shoes

Purchasing climbing shoes is a very big problem. Every new season will lead to a new variety of the shoes in the market. New shoes contain many additional and advantageous features in it. Purchasing completely new featured shoes for climbing is risky. Purchasing new shoes of old model saves money as well as lowers risk

Saving money at the cost of your life is not a wide move. Being starter in the adventurous sport does not mean you can compromise with quality of shoes for money. Purchasing a pair of shoes from reputed brand will be the right way to proceed.

Invest Your Money Right!

For purchase of equipments in adventure sport, mountain gear shops are very useful and it is advisable to use such shops for buying stuff. These shops provide expert advice as well. And you can test the shoes before buying, so you should invest your money for shopping in such shop for comfortable and supportive shoes without any hesitation.

Nowadays, the web has become one of the best medium for shopping. If you are clear about the shoe you want, you can take help of internet to buy the women’s climbing shoes you need.


Anatomy of a Bowling Lane

There are four parts to a bowling lane. The approach leads up to the foul line at the beginning of the bowling lane. The foul line marks the end of the approach and the beginning of the lane. The lane is the majority of the planks where the ball is released and travels towards the pins. The final part of the bowling lane is the pin deck where the ten bowling pins are set. Bowling lanes were originally constructed of planks of hard maple and pine wood. However, lanes are now constructed of approved synthetic materials similar to wood. In total, the standard bowling lane is 41 to 42 inches in width and 77 feet, 10 3/16 inches in length.

The approach is a 15-foot starting point where the bowler takes aim and begins their movement forward towards the bowling lane. Two sets of approach dots assist bowlers in aligning themselves to the pins for proper aim.

The foul line is between 3/8 and 1 inch in width. This indicates the end of the approach and the beginning of the bowling lane. Players are not allowed to cross this mark; if they do, they are awarded no points in their bowl. The foul line must stretch the entire width of the lane at a minimum.

The bowling lane comprises 60-feet from the foul line to the center point of the head pin, or first pin. The bowling lane is regularly conditioned with an approved oil to reduce the friction and wear of the boards caused by the constant traffic and impact of bowling balls. Because oil is a slick substance, this causes less friction between the ball and the lane, and therefore minimizes any motion from the ball due to the spin the bowler applies to their delivery. There are several patterns by which to condition a lane, but the oil used must be the same from edge to edge of the lane. The oil is generally applied beginning at the foul line and continuing along the lane until a point several feet before the pin deck. This allows for additional friction where no oil is present to increase ball movement into the pins. The length of the bowling lane is bordered on both sides by a 9 1/4 inch gutter that catches balls that do not stay on the lane.

The pin deck is the final 2 feet, 10 3/16 inches of the bowling lane. This is the section of the lane where the pins are set equidistant from each other in equilateral triangle formations. Each pin is 12 inches apart from the next, measuring from center to center of each pin.

Maintaining uniformity from one bowling lane to the next is extremely important in order to allow a level playing field for all bowlers. Although the oil on the lanes can be pushed around the lane by rolling bowling balls, these guidelines give bowlers the confidence that each bowling lane they play on will offer the same consistency as the next.

Marathon Addict

Ever since the first marathon was run in Greece many, many moons ago, man has had a fascination with running the marathon. In honor of the marathon, there are some very famous marathons that everyone in world would love to run. We know of New York, Boston and London. Every year thousands upon thousands of runners and walkers descend on the streets of these great cities to “give it a go”. With much fanfare, emotional, elation, exuberance and cheering they trudge along, drinking, sipping and chewing on energy foods and snacks to propel themselves to the finish line.

At the finish line, promises are made such as “never again”, “I am crazy”, to “what was I thinking”. Hours later, with adrenaline gone, giving way to lactic acid filled legs a runners thoughts turn to “well maybe one more time”. You see, the marathon is like a drug. It pulls you in, you experience a high and a low, and then it has you. After a few weeks, the mind starts saying “I have to have another”. It’s got you.

Back on the roads, along with the others you trudge along. Cold mornings, hot days, you keep running and running never giving up. Not even an injury can stop you. In the gym lifting weights, swimming or cycling, “got to keep the heart rate up”. Cannot let a little injury stop you from your fate. There are medals to be won, and pictures to be taken. On and on you go. With no end in sight you churn up the roads, trails and sometimes even the track for some speed work.

At last it’s that day, the day you have been waiting for since you last had a taste, a taste of the marathon. Gun goes off, and everyone dashes, pushes and shoves, “got to get into my stride”. Along and along we all go, miles after mile we keep pushing. The end is in sight legs feel strong, “maybe a little faster, could break that PR”.

There it is the finish line, glorious finish line, medals, pictures, adoration, and Gatorade. You have done it, completed another marathon, and dare I say welcome to the club, the club of marathon addicts.


The problem is that we tend to think of doing something like 400 meter repeats as fast as we can when we think of speed work. I was guilty of this myself a few years ago when I decided to start doing workouts on the track for the first time in over 10 years. In my mind I still felt like I was in college and should be doing the same sort of track workouts I did back then, my body however did not feel the same way. So I started out with two speed sessions a week of repeat 800’s and 400’s. By the end of the third week I had to quit doing speed work and cut way back on my mileage for about a month to get rid of all the new aches and pains I had.

One of the best (and most overlooked) ways to introduce speed work into your training is with strides. Strides are usually around 100 meters in length. They are broken into three sections; the first section is used to accelerate. During this portion you gradually build your speed so that at the start of the second section you hit your top speed. This isn’t necessarily an all out sprint but rather a controlled fast pace. You then hold this pace for the second portion of the stride. The final section is for slowly easing back down to either a walk or slow jog. Personally, when I do strides I like to do them on the straightaway on a track or barefoot on the infield. That way I can use the markings on the football field to designate the different sections of each stride. I go from goal line to goal line with the first 30 yards being the acceleration phase and then I hold my top speed for the next 40 yards and then gradually slow down over the final 30 yards.

The great thing about strides is that they can be worked into just about any type of run. Often times people like to do them after they have completed a normal easy run. However, they can also be done in the middle of a run. When I run from my house there really isn’t a good spot for doing strides in my neighborhood after I finish my run. So what I will do is plan my run so that at some point I pass by a track where I do several laps of jogging the curves and striding the straights. Basically, strides can be done anywhere you find room to safely do about 15 seconds of faster paced running. I would recommend trying to do your strides on a softer surface (grass, dirt, a track, etc.) if at all possible and as with any sort of speed work, always be sure and do a good warm-up first. One other way of doing strides that I have found to be fun change of pace is to do them up hill. If you are doing strides up hill just go for time instead of distance. Find fairly steep hill and do about a 15 second stride up the hill. You can then walk back down for your recovery. This is a great way to build strength in your legs.

When doing strides the most important thing to focus on is your form. You want to work on running fast but relaxed. Also, make sure you are not over striding. Your foot should be landing directly under your body, not out in front. For me it always feels a bit awkward the first few times I do strides after not doing any speed work for a while. But if you keep at it and pay attention to your form eventually it will start to feel comfortable.

Run to Slim Up

Yes! It’s true if that’s what you have to do. It’s what you have to do to keep from missing any days of running. Because if to slim-up is your goal then this is just what you want to do. Everyone’s body makeup will vary, but I would say it takes four to five days a week of running to keep the gut off! And you will have to work your way up to between two to three miles a day for each run. This kind of schedule should allow you to eat just about anything you want to eat. It’s the size of your portions you have to watch out for.

There is one thing about running that doesn’t last. If you start missing more than four days in a row you will start to lose your slim-up fitness you have acquired from the act of running. What did I do over the last twenty years if I couldn’t run? You can park your car further away from the store. You can run back and forth to the car. You can get up early and run before you go to work. Your creative self will come shining through!

Sometimes you may have to run at lunch time instead of eating lunch. I do see if you’re one who likes to go to a fitness center. You may not always have time for that. Most of my runs would always start and finish at the front door. You might call this time management! I can see if you do not live in a community where you may not be able to run outside. Some of my most favorable running days were when we lived by a park where there were ten square miles of running trails. We didn’t move so I could keep my running grounds.

You just have to give it some thought. To have little chance of a cold or a flue means a lot. To many most likely to not die from a cardiovascular disease, this means a lot too! If your goal is to slim-up and work you daily runs in if you have little time, this all will mean a lot too! I hope this gives you some slim-up ideas from the guy that runs!

Dangers Associated With Scuba Diving

  • The Bends/Decompression Sickness – Decompression sickness is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Divers need to pay close attention when ascending because of the body’s absorption of nitrogen. If a diver does not take the adequate time to release the nitrogen, build up an assortment of issues can arise. A diver with decompression sickness can experience a skin rash, aching joints, paralysis and in extreme cases, death.
  • Barotrauma – If someone suffers from barotrauma, he or she has damaged their inner ear because they have not kept themselves equalized. Preventing damage to the inner ear courtesy of underwater pressure is done a few ways. The most common things divers do is pinching their nose shut and blowing. Other options include swallowing or chewing, both options force air into the middle ear.
  • Sea Creatures – Scuba divers need to remember one factor, as beautiful and as interesting as sea creatures and sea life are, they do pose potential threats. Scuba divers need to stay alert and not touch things or get to close to dangerous sea creatures. Sharks, stingrays, and other creatures pose potential risks if not respected.
  • Malfunctioning equipment – Whether you own or rent diving equipment it is essential to give it a thorough check before heading to the water.

Decompression sickness can occur if a depth gauge is broken. If there are issues with a regulator is it possible for the scuba diver to drown. Never rent, or use, scuba gear that appears faulty in any way. Using suspect gear could lead to sickness or death.

Types of Bowling Leagues

When it comes to enrolling in league bowling, an individual can do this any time of the year. This although might be affected by the weather that come all throughout the year. Now looking at the composition of a league team, we see it varying in the numbers of members it constitute. In a team that is made up by adults, we see it constituting of four to five bowling members. This is different when it comes to the youth league teams that are made of three to four bowling members. Format of the games in league bowling is usually that of three games. The length of the time taken to play the whole game is approximately two and half hours that is taking a traditional league. The good thing about league bowling is there uniqueness when it comes to competition. Apart from the league bowlers at time playing for the main reason of winning trophies or cash awards, at times they play for the main reason of raising money which can be used for funding specific projects.

To join a bowling league one can get in touch with the bowling league offices that he or she wants to join and see if there are any offers. Usually one can form his or her own team or in other cases, the bowling alley can connect you with other bowling players who are also looking for a team. Requirement for joining a bowling league is not that much fixed owing to the different average scores that individuals get to achieve. The handicap system used in a game of bowling ensures that every one playing this game gets a chance to win. It is easy to form a membership when it comes to bowling league. This is largely due to the reasonable membership fee that gets to be charged, which may be weekly, monthly or even yearly. Therefore, before any one thinks of bowling all that he or she is to do is simply apply for certification through ones local jurisdiction of which he or she intends to play. This means one has to be qualified under the USBS by laws. All this ensures that the game gets to be played in compliance with the bowling playing rules.