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Outdoor Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by Pulse

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Spending time outdoors is a great way to fully make the most of any season and to take in all that a city has to offer. For families, outdoor activities offer the perfect chance to spend quality time together while getting plenty of exercise and exploring new areas or appreciating familiar ones. Here are some outdoor activities that are ideal for the entire family.

Hiking

Hiking is a great activity for families because it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about nature while taking in incredible views and getting some exercise in. Hiking provides a great dose of cardiovascular activity, which is highly beneficial for adults and children alike. Hiking can be very educational as parents can discuss with their kids the different plants and wildlife encountered on the hike.

Riding Bikes and Scooters

Like hiking, riding is an activity that provides a healthy bump in heart rate. It is also something that kids and grown ups alike find fun and exhilarating. Riding scooters provides fast paced adventures that can make even a familiar neighbor exciting and interesting. Riding is also a wonderful way to explore a new city and to take in beautiful weather. Most people would agree that there is nothing quite like the feel of wind in their hair to make it seem like vacation time.

Sledding and Skiing

In the colder months, winter activities like sledding are a wonderful way to enjoy all that winter has to offer. Sledding is inexpensive and simple to do and can be done anywhere there is a minor slope. Skiing may be a little more time consuming, but many ski slopes offer classes for kids, who may learn so quickly that they are soon racing their parents down the slopes.

Planning a Picnic

Warmer months can be a great time to work as a family to plan a great outdoor meal and pack it for a picnic in the park. Choosing a park that no one in the family has ever been to can make picnics even more exciting and interesting, and picnics can be a great way to spend a day relaxing or kick off other activities like riding or hiking.

Swimming

Whether it’s in a lake or the ocean or a public pool, swimming is a great form of exercise that kids love doing with their parents. Swimming in the ocean can also mean body surfing or boogie boarding. It can also mean plenty of time looking for shells or building sand castles together. Lake swimming can be done on its own or paired with activities like paddle boat rental or inner tubing for a full day of action. Pools offer plenty of chances to play games, swim laps, or take a jump off the high dive.

Horseback Riding

Horses are majestic animals that are beloved by kids and adults alike. Riding a horse is a fun and interesting time that allows for a totally new view of terrain and can be a real treat to any animal lover. Many areas have equestrian centers where horses may be rented and where rides are guided by expert riders who can lead the way.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is such a fun winter activity that even cities in warmer climates are constructing outdoor rings that allow skaters to get the full winter experience. Ice skating is a great physical challenge that is safe for both kids and adults and offers a great chance to try new tricks or simply skate around as a family. Even if parents grow tired, they can easily and safely watch kids from directly outside of the rink.

7 Tips To Keep Your Kids Riding Safely

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by Pulse

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Riding scooters and bicycles is a wonderfully productive activity that kids of all ages can enjoy. Scooters provide a healthy dose of physical activity and also encourage kids to be independent and make good decisions for themselves as they learn to ride by themselves.

Many parents of children who ride scooters may be happy to see their child engaging in physical activity but want to make sure that they are as safe as possible while riding. Here are seven important safety tips to make sure your child knows about before they ride.

1. Helmets Must Be Worn At All Times

Many states have laws requiring riders of bikes and scooters who underage to wear helmets. This is more than a mere precaution. Wearing a helmet drastically reduces the chances of serious incidents and can be the difference between a lifelong injury and a minor scuffle. Impress upon your child that every time they ride, they must wear a scooter.

2. Heed All Traffic Lights

A big part of riding safety is making sure to stay safe in an environment where cars may be present. Make sure your child understands that under no circumstance should they ride their bike or scooter in traffic and that they must stop at intersections where their light is red.

3. Avoid Talking to Strangers

Riding scooters or bikes with friends can often mean exploring areas in the neighborhood, which can be a lot of fun for young kid. This may mean that they encounter strangers from time to time, however, and kids should be well aware that talking to strangers is a safety risk whether they are riding or on foot.

4. Be Aware of Weather Conditions That May Cause Slick Roads

After the rain, asphalt may become quite slick, as the oils from it are released by water. This can create a situation where in accidents become more likely, especially for younger, more inexperienced riders. Knowing the safety risks that certain types of weather pose can help your child make wise decisions when it comes to knowing when and where to ride.

5. Avoid Steep Hills

It may be tempting for many children to experiment with riding fast down steep hills or to ride on muddy areas that are not intended for riding. This can pose quite a threat to their safety, as areas not intended for riding may pose a greater risk for falling or being involved in a collision. Encourage your child to ride on designated riding areas only.

6. Travel In Numbers

Riding with friends is much more fun. It gives children a great chance to socialize with one another as they engage in play and explore the areas in their neighborhood. Riding with friends can also be an important means of ensuring safety. When riding in groups, kids have a safety net – someone who can get help if they become injured or speak up if a situation seems unsafe.

7. Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

Young riders should never assume that auto drivers see them or that simply because they have a green light, they should cross the street without looking where they’re going. Remaining aware of traffic means always knowing whether a car is coming and assuming that said car does in fact not see them. Exercising extreme caution when it comes to auto traffic can help keep kids safe and free from dangerous accidents.

Whether your young rider is new to riding or a seasoned pro, talk to them and make sure they understand the importance of safety and the ways in which it can and must be achieved.

5 Ways A Scooter Purchase Can Save You Money

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Pulse

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After the spending blitz that is the holidays, many people head into the new year hoping to keep their budgets as conservative as possible, looking for ways that they can maximize their incomes by minimizing spending as much as possible. Finding effective ways to save money may be surprising for many people. Scooters, for example, can be a wonderfully effective way to save money while having a great time. Here are six reasons why.

1. Cut back on spending money on gas.

As gas prices continue to rise, many commuters are looking for ways to cut back on the amount of driving they do on a weekly basis. Finding an alternate mode of transportation as little as a few days a week can help dramatically reduce  the amount of money you spend on fuel. Scooters offer a great way to eliminate car rides to work while starting the morning off right with an enjoyable ride to the office.

2. Save on funds spent toward fitness routines.

Few people will argue with the fact that physical activity is an important part of total mind and body health. Physical activity helps lower stress levels and increases feelings of happiness and well being. Exercise also helps regulate important bodily functions like heart rate and can help lower the chances of serious health risks like heart disease. The problem many people encounter, however, is that staying fit can be very costly. Gym memberships or access to classes can be a major expense. Replacing a gym membership with riding a scooter to work can help you save money and time.

3. Reduce the amount of money that is spent entertaining children.

Any parents know that children need constant entertainment and stimulation. In this day in age, that can mean major spending. Video games and trips to expensive amusement parks are very costly, and even going to the movies can present a hefty price tag. Going on a scootering trip with the family, however, is a cost effective way of keeping the whole family happy and healthy all while spending quality time together.

4. Plan less expensive vacations.

Who needs a pricey getaway when you can easily plan a great trip riding scooters in the wilderness? Camping is a great way to get away from it all, and it becomes even more fun when you bring along scooters to help you explore the beautiful area where you’re setting up camp. Owning a scooter is a great reason to explore the great outdoors, all at a much lower cost than traditional vacations.

5. Entertain guests easily and cost efficiently.

Having friends in town can be a lot of fun and is a wonderful way to see your hometown through the eyes of a visitor. Entertaining guests, however, can sometimes be just as expensive as going on a vacation of your own. Most guests are excited by the idea of seeing a new place from an insider’s point of view, so be the best tour guide you can be by showing your guests around on scooters, all while keeping your entertaining costs way down.

6. Minimize the amount you buy when you shop.

Overspending and impulse buying is something anyone who has been to the store is familiar with. Riding a scooter to the store not only cuts back on fuel costs there and back, but will also encourage you to purchase only the items that you absolutely need and can bring back via scooter. Exercising this kind of good judgement every time you shop can save untold amounts of money over the course of an entire year.

Scooters Promoting Healthy Exercise For Kids

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Pulse

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There are few activities as healthy for children as regular physical activity. Physical activity helps maintain a child’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems and puts a child at a much lower risk for being overweight both in childhood and later on in life. Children who exercise regularly are much more likely to make healthy choices as adults, including having a better diet and a much smaller chance of being overweight. It can be difficult as a parent to ensure that your child is getting a sufficient amount of exercise, however.

Many parents of young children face busy schedules as they struggle to make sure that kids are spending enough time on activities like school work. Often, the kids who receive the right amount of exercise are those who do so by finding fun recreational activities that naturally provide a healthy dose of physical activity. In this way, scooters and electric scooters are helping promote physical activity in kids by creating a natural time for both fun and exercise.

Scootering to School

Scootering to school is one way that kids are having a great time spending time with their friends and siblings and having fun as they travel to campus. Scootering gives kids a great sense of independence and helps promote an environmentally friendly mindset. Some schools have even begun to offer programs that reward kids who bike or scooter to school by entering them in drawings or other types of contests.

Many kids who scooter to and from school get a great amount of exercise just from the activities they engage in at school and the physical activity in their commutes. Many schools also offer students a safe place to lock up scooters and bikes while they are in class.

Playing Outside

With the additional influx of video games and television options that seem to be presented to kids at every turn, many children simply do not have the same motivation to play outside that kids in other generations did. Having an activity such as scootering to help draw kids outside can create a great reason to take a break from sedentary activities like watching television and engage in a number of activities outside, which are far more likely to keep a child physically and mentally healthy.

Socializing With Peers

The more active a child’s friends are, the more physically active they are likely to be themselves. As a child finds an activity like riding a scooter that is very fun to engage in with other children, they may become open to a whole world of other social and physical activities. Kids may join up with friends to ride scooters and bikes to the park, where they may continue to engage in physical activity such as setting up a game or playing on the swing set.

Increasing Imagination

Physical and mental health are tied in people of all ages, and it seems that physical activity that is engaged in outdoors is beneficial for a myriad of reasons. Kids who play outside activate their imaginations by finding new areas to explore or discover and new types of play to engage in with their friends. Scooters facilitate this by encouraging kids to find areas in their neighborhood that are ideal for scooter riding, which promotes a spirit of curiosity and discovery.

There are many ways that scooters are a fun, safe, and simple way for kids to become more healthy as they engage in every child’s favorite activity: having fun. Scooters can be enjoyed by kids of all ages and are a sure fire way to help keep kids active for their entire healthy and happy lives.