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7 Reasons To Go Kayaking Today

7 Reasons To Go Kayaking Today

Very few activities offer outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of experience as kayaking. Whether you are in for heart-stopping roller coaster exhilaration or the peace and serenity of getting lost in the moment, kayaking can never let you down.

There are various types of kayaking. Flatwater kayaking can include from a lazy day at the lake to day long kayaking on the ocean. Whitewater kayaking basically involves navigating in swift moving rivers.

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People from all walks of life have become fascinated about how kayaking can prove to be an exhilarating experience. Those who consider themselves as kayakers are as varied as their boats and the waters they paddle in. In addition to being easy, enjoyable, and fun, kayaking is also an excellent low-impact workout.

Here are more reasons why you should take up kayaking!

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1. A Chance To Get Close To Nature

Kayaking definitely offers you the ability to get closer to and interact with nature than a lot of other outdoor activities. You will be able to travel to sights and enjoy sceneries that only a very small percentage of people are able to access. If you are into recreational kayaking, you must have noticed by now the tranquility and that comes with it, away from noises, dust, smoke, and congestion of the urban setting.

2. Kayak To Be With Friends

During a fun day out, kayakers share a strong bond with fellow enthusiasts which builds camaraderie and enhances friendship. Whether you want to hang out, have some fun, or go out on a competitive streak, kayaking is for you. Personally, this qualifies as one of those very few outdoor activities you can engage with your partner to create long lasting, sensational, and adventurers’ memories.

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3. Adventure and Relaxation

Whether you are kayaking off a 30 foot waterfall, exploring crevices of banks of some hidden shoreline, or sneaking up on wildlife in a secluded island, you can never miss an opportunity for adventure during any kayaking event. There are very few things that offer the relaxation and serenity that come with watching the sunset over an ocean while seated in your kayak.

4. Kayaking Relieves Stress

Stress relief is probably one of the most cited benefits of kayaking, and it’s not difficult to imagine. Research by Leanna Fines and Dough Nicholas on self-concept, satisfaction, and attitude benefits of recreational kayaking suggests that there are in fact more emotional and mental benefits to paddling beyond stress relief.

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The study was based on people who had encountered brain injury and were not able to participate in outdoor activities. When exposed to a kayaking program for 12 weeks, the emotional and physical benefits were staggering. They recorded over 27% increase inpsychological, social, physiological and educational scores.

5. Great For Aerobic Exercise

Kayaking is a great exercise indeed. Very few other outdoor activities offer this level of aerobic exercise coupled with upper body conditioning. According to scientific researches, kayaking for one hour can burn up to 500 calories. So, if you kayak for 4 hours, you basically lose 2000 calories; Weight watchers favorite! Yet another good plus and fun way to shed off some pounds. Pick up the pace today and race your heart rate to enjoy the cardio benefits without having to hit the gym.

6. It’s Adaptable and Versatile

You can use a kayak in almost any body of water; ocean, lake, dam, pool (well, large pool). Again, there are different uses within all those waters ranging from marathon racing to water polo or leisure paddling. First timers and learners are advised to keep of deep and violent waters, and always accompany a friend who has a good grip on kayaking or knows their way around water. Make sure you also take a handheld GPS for fishing if you want to get your bait and never lose your favorite spot.

7. Tone Your Tummy

Any fitness trainer will tell you that abs is the hardest group of muscles to work out. It is so difficult to get nice-looking and firm abs given that the area around the stomach is usually packed with hard-to-eliminate fats. You can however get that six-pack within a very short amount of time with kayaking. The rotational paddling movements you make during kayaking give your core muscles quite some good demanding exercise. This will also give your biceps and triceps an excellent workout, leaving you with bulky and firm looking arms.

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Co-Founder, Siplikan Media Group

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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