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Back To School Exercise Tips For Your Kid

Posted on: September 21st, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Kids Exercise TipsWhen it’s time for kids to go back to school in the fall, it’s a period of trepidation and excitement for parents. They feel excitement, because they’re looking forward to seeing the personal and educational growth of their beloved child.

But they’re also nervous, because they want their child to have the best experience possible, and adjust well to their new set of classes. Kids who exercise on a regular basis, have been proven to get better grades and be more likely to be socially well-adjusted. Physical fitness is directly tied to self-image and confidence, and kids in particular are at a crucial step in their personal development.

Organized Sports

Not every kid is an athlete, but for the ones who aspire to sports greatness, enrolling them in an organized sport can be a great way to get them active. If a kid is naturally competitive he can find an outlet for his energy, and learn about teamwork and how to get a long with others.

These are all things playing an organized sport can teach a kid, while also making a new groups of friends. This can also prepare him to play sports later on in his life, if that’s what’s he’s interested in.

Impromptu Stretches And Jumping Jacks

Doing impromptu exercises can be surprisingly fun for a kid, if given the proper motivation by a parent. Running through a silly set of exercises with a kid can get them active and have a good laugh at the same time. Doing a quick set of jumping jacks is another fun way to keep the kid active and alert.

Bike Riding

Family bike rides are cherished memories for many people when they think back on their childhood. Heading out with the family on a bike ride can bond a family while engaging in an activity together. Local bike paths can be researched to see what’s available, and beautiful scenery can be taken in while biking.

Riding A Scooter

While maybe not as well-known of an activity as bike riding, riding a scooter is also an awesome activity for a kid to do. They can ride safely with a helmet, elbow and knee pads and get their first taste of youthful freedom riding a scooter. In particular this is an activity that kids will have fun doing that’s different than riding a bike or rollerblading.

Family Walks

On slower days, sometimes the best thing to do is just to take a walk with your kid. Such a simple activity can reap surprisingly great rewards. The walk will allow the opportunity to spend some quality time with your kid, while being outside and getting exercise. If there’s a family dog, the pet can be included on the walk also.

By getting your kid active, you are getting him prepared to have a productive and happy return to school. Physical activity promotes mental health, combats obesity, and sets healthy habits early. Kids who engage in physical activity are also more likely to have high grades and be able to pay attention better in class.

7 Best Big City Skateparks

Posted on: September 15th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Big City Skateparks

Skaters who want to develop their skills are always on the lookout for great parks to hone their tricks. Skateparks are a gathering place for new and experienced skaters alike to meet and practice. Fortunately, there are notable skate parks in many big cities. The seven best skate parks are listed below, in no particular order.

One: Vans Skatepark – Orange, California

Vans Skatepark is very popular, and has everything a skater could want. There are multiple courses for every skill level and many times spectators come to watch and appreciate the skaters performing. Built in 1999 by the established Vans apparel company, it’s a challenging and enjoyable park that even has a street course.

Two: Los Altos Skatepark – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Altos is the largest skatepark in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It features a concrete course, a street course, and five stair structures. New Mexico is known as a great state for skaters and Los Altos is a popular gathering ground.

Three: Wilson Skatepark – Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is another great city for skaters, so not surprisingly it’s also home to Wilson Skatepark. Wilson Skatepark has real roots – back in the day skaters had to fight for this park to be built, so they would have a place to practice. Now they have a park where kids gather to hone their tricks, engaging in positive activity that keeps them off the streets and exercising.

Four: FDR Skatepark – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On the east coast, FDR Skatepark is the place that has been popular with many notable skaters over the years. Well-known skaters such as Willy Akers and Chuck Treece have been regular visitors to FDR. Described as a skatepark built by skaters, FDR Skatepark is held in high regard by the skateboard community. It was even featured in Tony Hawk’s Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground, and has also been included in many other video games.

Five: Skatepark of Tampa –Tampa, Florida

Skatepark of Tampa is considered one of the top skate parks in the United States. Located in Tampa, Florida, it’s often referred to as the SPoT and first officially opened in 1993. It’s also home to the yearly Tampa Pro and Tampa Am competitions. A highly popular location, it also doubles as a musical venue.

Six: Lincoln City Skatepark – Lincoln City, Oregon

Oregon is considered another great state for skaters. Lincoln City Skatepark was built in stages and is like six skateparks located in one. There is so much going on in the skatepark, that it’s actually recommended that visitors stay a couple days to enjoy the full terrain of the 25,000 square feet.

Seven: Louisville Extreme Park – Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky is generally not thought of as a great place for skaters, but it’s home to Louisville Extreme Park. Open twenty-four hours a day, skaters can brush up on their skills any time of day. Great for all skill-levels, it’s 40,000 square feet of fun, ranging from ramps to curved bowls.

The diversity and size of these skateparks shows that skateboarding is alive and well. Skaters now have parks specifically built for them in most major cities.

5 Tips To Ensure Your Child’s Safe Ride

Posted on: September 8th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Child Safety TipsScooters are an amazing way to help a rambunctious child burn energy with a fun activity. And while most times, kids will ride scooters without any accidents, safety precautions should always be taken. There are always dangers that come with riding a vehicle, but these dangers can be greatly decreased if parents follow safety precautions when allowing their kids to ride scooters. Listed below are five tips that will help ensure your child’s safety.

One: Always Wear A Helmet, Elbow, And Knee Protection

This is an extremely important step to follow. No matter how much a child complains about having to wear the helmet, elbow, and knee protection, this safety gear could mean the difference between an annoying fall and a trip to the emergency room.

Two: Practice Makes Perfect

Although scooters are easy enough for anyone to ride, in the beginning the child should have a handful of practice runs before embarking out on his own. The child should practice riding the scooter on a flat surface under the careful supervision of the parent.  Then the child and the parent can assess that he has adequate skill level before letting him go on longer adventures. This way the parent can be sure that the child has acquired the basic amount of coordination and skill-level needed to ride the scooter safely.

Three: Anybody Between Four-Eight Years Old Should Always Have Supervision

While it may be easy to leave a child to play around with the scooter in a confined area, if he is between four to eight years old, the child should always be supervised. Anyone younger than four is obviously not ready to ride a scooter, but anyone eight or under is not ready to ride without supervision. This will help ensure the child is riding safely and not attempting to do anything too dangerous while on the scooter.

Four: Only Ride Scooters On Flat Surfaces

Streets are busier than ever, bustling with cars, trucks, buses, pedestrians, and bikers. They are also eroded from the constant traffic. They are no longer a safe place to let a kid ride a scooter. Generally, areas with reasonable amounts of flat surfaces should be scouted as an area where the kid can spend some quality time with his scooter. This minimizes the chances of the child hurting himself by falling, or getting into a collision with another vehicle or person. By literally eliminating the bumps on the road the child can have a safe and fun time riding his scooter.

Five: Don’t Let The Child Ride Barefoot

This may seem a given, but riding barefoot happens surprisingly often. But this practice can be exceedingly dangerous. To ride a scooter, the child has to kick the ground, and in doing so can damage his foot or fall off his scooter, because he isn’t able to do so properly without shoes. He should also always wear close-toed shoes, instead of open ones like sandals. This will help minimize any chance of an accident.

If these tips are followed, a child should have many happy years of riding on his scooter. Kids love scooters and for good reason: it gives them a sense of autonomy and adventure. And for parents, they can rest easy knowing their kid is enjoying an exciting and safe activity.

5 Great Ways To Get Around The City Without A Car

Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

City Without A CarIt may seem like having a car is necessary for getting around if you live in a big city. But the truth is, oftentimes you can actually get around faster and experience the city in a better way by not driving a car.

With gas prices continuously on the rise, many city dwellers are opting for car alternatives. They’re finding that living in the city without a car is much easier than they expected. Here are a few transportation alternatives that may inspire you to make a change in your own commute.

1. Bicycles and Scooters.

Go totally fuel free by biking or scooting your way around the city. Finding and paying for parking in cities from New York to Los Angeles is a huge hassle day after day. You can save time and money by riding a bike or scooters for quick errands and shorter trips. You’ll never have to sit in traffic again either.

Those who choose a bike or performance scooter for their commute say they begin to experience their city or neighborhood in a completely different way. Bikes are becoming the transportation choice for many in major cities, from college students to office workers.

2. Public Transportation.

If you live in a major city, chances are there is a train, bus, taxi, or subway that can take you where you need to go. Larger, more spread out cities, such as Los Angeles, are actively working on making their public transportation more accessible by adding more subway and train lines to take passengers to the farther outreaches of the city.

In cities like New York and San Francisco, many use public transportation on a daily basis. By purchasing a monthly or annual pass, frequent passengers save on the cost of their daily commute. Riding public transportation frees you from the stress of traffic and finding parking, and also gives you some down time.

3. Carpool.

Get together with fellow students, coworkers, or friends who share the same commute and organize a carpool. Even if you don’t own a car, you can participate by offering to drive on occasion or paying for gas. Many college campuses and workplaces offer substantial discounts on parking and other perks for those who choose to carpool.

You can skip over traffic on the highway by using the carpool lane. Overall, it saves money and stress for carpoolers and helps the environment too. Look around you the next time you’re stuck in traffic on the freeway – the majority of passengers around you will be solo drivers. If more of these people got together and carpooled, we could reduce carbon emissions and traffic too.

4. Walk.

Of course this only goes for short distance trips and errands, but walking is highly underrated, especially in cities like Los Angeles and in the suburbs. You won’t believe how many people choose to drive to locations that are a mile or less from their home, simply because they don’t think of it.

Walking around your neighborhood to go shopping or run errands is a great way to experience all it has to offer. You’ll be getting fresh air, exercise, and meeting neighbors that you’d never encounter by riding in a car. A daily walk can reduce stress and help you lose weight too. Next time you need an item from the market or a book at the library, resist the urge to get in the car and try a leisurely walk instead.