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How To Paddleboard With a Child on Board

How To Paddleboard With a Child on Board

Paddleboarding with your kids makes for a great experience on activity vacations for families. We have got some tips for your to consider before you travel out with your kids.

If you have a passion for paddle boarding, you may be looking forward to the day when your children are mature enough to join you on the water. Active holidays for families are much more fun when everyone can participate, and paddle board is not a contrary!

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The good news is, once your children have at least two years of age, they will be able to go board with you! But first, here are a few points before you go.

Safety and Equipment

Before taking your children onto paddleboard, make sure that your board is the right size for the weight of you and your little handsets. Otherwise, it will be a challenge to balance, turn and steer effectively. It is highly recommended you take one or two kids between the ages of two and six out on your paddleboat with you, and older children on their own child’s paddleboard.

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Because paddleboarding and surf culture are closely related, life jackets are still worn by paddlers. However, we have always encouraged to wear life jackets during the holiday activities for families who are planning to spend time in the water. It is important that your kids wear life jackets, even if they are excellent swimmers and even if you choose to abandon wearing one yourself. If the paddleboard were to flip over (and it probably will at some point), your kids may suddenly end up in the water. Life jackets will help protect them and to stabilize themselves in the water immediately.

Starting

To start, choose an area in the water that is calm, free from waves and the wind, and away from other water activities. It is best to set your kids on the board in very shallow water and get them comfortable with deeper water. Put them in front of the mid-point of the board to get them used to the swaying motions of the waves before encouraging them to move from the sitting position to their knees and then back to the sitting position.

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Then it is your turn to ride behind in a kneeling position for a start while you and your youngsters start to feel comfortable with it and can paddle in deeper waters.

Extras

Add to the fun of a day out paddleboarding by taking along a few sand toys for your kids to play with while on the board to prevent them from getting nervous or bored. Snacks are advisable for any activities especially when taking them paddleboarding.

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And do not forget to make good meals to control hunger, as well as water. Be sure to take along all empty containers and wrappers back on land so as to keep the water free of trash.

You don’t have to wait for your kids to grow up before enjoying a day of paddleboarding with them! They will love being out with you on your board and will look forward to the day they can also paddle on their down beside you.

Paddleboarding is a child-friendly activity that is easy enough to teach, but you may want to consider signing your offspring up for a lesson if you lack experience and are unfamiliar with the strokes. Any place that rents paddleboards will most likely offer a beginners’ class to get the kids started. You may also want to look out this lesson together so that you can enjoy the day together out on the water on paddleboards!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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