What to Expect while Travelling to Africa

What to Expect while Travelling to AfricaSometimes it can be a challenge to know what to expect while travelling to Africa. Africa is a beautiful and amazing continent with the friendliest and warm-hearted people. It offers some of the most attractive land, scenery, food and people. You might be scared of myths and misconceptions heard in the West but it is quite other way around. In Africa, try not to compare the things with your homeland and be a bit liberal about the things here. This will eventually help you have a care-free and pleasurable tour.

One of the things most common things you face in Africa is the unwanted attention. Local people there stare you as you are some kind of aliens to them. Although, there are places where many tourists visit quite often, but still, people will stare at you. By staring they certainly mean no harm to you and it is just the curiosity for the most part. If you are a woman, you might be naturally frightened when a group of men stare at you, but in Africa, it is not like that. Just try to ignore the stares and enjoy the tour.

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Intro to Natural Disasters

Intro to Natural DisastersNatural disasters are the effects of a natural hazard. It negatively affects the lifestyle, the land, the economy and has long-term consequences. Natural disasters can be caused by naturally occurring events. They usually occur when the earth’s natural processes concentrate energy and then release it. In reality, they are just internal process of earth’s energy flow but when they occur, these natural processes becomes natural disasters.

They are events that lead to hardships, sufferings and awful tragedies. The consequences can be critical damage to infrastructure such as destruction of roads, bridges, buildings, houses etc. It can also result into limitless injuries and even deaths. They have negative influence on businesses as well. The cost of rebuilding the business and infrastructure is a solemn problem for the sufferers of natural disasters. The adverse effects of economy leave some of the longest-lasting trauma.

The areas affected by natural disaster are beyond repair or takes a lot of time to become liveable again. Scientists and geologists put together a lot of effort in predicting major disasters, with all the technology available, and prevent as much damage as possible.

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Truth About the Healthcare System

Despite of political influence, there are a number of facts about the healthcare industry of USA that are not unveiled to the general public. There is a need of realization that there is a desperate need of change.  You might have heard few stories unveiling the truth of the healthcare system in USA. In this article I’ll unveil the facts that may start you to wonder.

  1. The Health Care System Cost Americans around 2.8 Trillion Dollars in 2013

Under the current reforms regarding health care system in US, it costed US 2.8 trillion dollars last year. The cost is still not settled and is expected to increase every year. The ever-increasing costs of health care system and the rising profits of health are corporations have all lead to bankruptcy and personal debt.

US spend more than twice as much per person on healthcare than any other developed country, but still, the quality of treatment is well below its level.  The control of US healthcare system continues to spiral downward. With reference to a report by Health Care for America Now, five biggest United States health insurance companies ended up with a combined profit of $12.2 billion in the end of 2009 year. It is a frightening scenario to even imagine the cost being spent in the healthcare industry in the coming years.

  1. 50 million people with no health insurance

Although, US spends highest recorded budget on healthcare than any other country in the world, there are still approximately 50 million people with no health insurance at all. Many people on salaries are not able to bare the health insurance cost. According to a middle-class American Citizen, Julie Shay, the insurance firms do not realize or care about what patients are going through.

They care more about their profits rather than providing cheap treatments to the patients. There are numerous patients who do not get care and are falling through the cracks. Too much money is spent by doctors on carrying out tests which are not needed. Lot money is wasted on inefficient claims processing as well.

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How Meditation Helps Live Healthy and Happy Life

How Meditation Helps Live Healthy and Happy LifePerhaps you’ve read about meditation through one source or another in the past. The practice of meditation is different things to different people, with some chanting mantras continuously while others simply seek a quiet and comfortable place to mull over their thoughts in peace. Regardless of how you approach the action, the purpose behind meditation is all about clearing the mind, relaxing and finding momentary peace in a chaotic world. There are several surprising health benefits behind regular meditation, including lower average blood pressure among others which I will cover in short order.

You’ve probably heard this before in your life, but I want to start off by saying something simple and true. You must encourage yourself to try new things all the time; things like meditation, for instance, or a number of other activities you might scoff at to think of them. You never really know what you’ll enjoy until you try it first – this is true for food, drinks, activities and even other people. Unless you’re willing to experiment and try new things, you’re never going to find that one thing that really makes you happy. The advice is common enough, but the quality of it is far rarer.

We take many of our bodily actions for granted, as if they are givens, or things which just happen without any controls or efforts on our part. Respiration, perspiration and other actions all seem like nature to us, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. We all know we can take a deep breath to help relax, or meter our breathing to last longer during a run, or take quick, shallow gulps of air when doing something difficult. Just like you can affect your current health through the way you breathe, you can change things up with meditation as well.

A calm mind begets a calm body, but how do you find your way to the latter when it can be difficult to find the former in the first place? Well part of this is finding your own, private space – somewhere you won’t be interrupted by the outside world, a place which is inherently yours. Being alone with your thoughts does indeed entail finding a place to be alone, just you and your mind, so you might work through whatever it is that’s troubling you. Meditation is a key to healthy aging, but perhaps it’s more the work that goes into meditation rather than the act itself.

For instance, part of meditation is metering your breath to keep it slow and steady, not exactly shallow, but steady. This helps to lower your heart rate, which will in turn lower your blood pressure, which will in turn lead to an overall increased mood. Focusing on whatever problem has presented itself and considering the issue objectively, without any personal attachments or biases involved, is the next major step towards meditation. If you cannot do this thing, do not fret; many people struggle with this specific concept. But singularity of thought and deep introspection are vital to this process.

So you’ve found a quiet corner, you’re comfortable, your body isn’t stressed and you know exactly what’s bothering you. Are you meditating yet? Well, you might be and you might not be. Before you try starting and start questioning whether you’re doing things right, make sure to optimize your surroundings to make the experience as enlightening as possible. Find a nice temperature which isn’t too hot or too cold and let your room acclimate accordingly. Humidity is another consideration, especially if you’re the type who can’t sit still on a muggy, warm day when you just want to fan yourself off.

 

While you’re in your zone, consider your problem, or problems, from a number of different perspectives. Try, if you can, to see a situation from someone else’s point of view – or to try changing your own point of view, once you’ve had some quiet time to further consider circumstances. This can help you find realistic solutions to your problems, rather than having you stress over them or drown in anxiety when you can’t think of how to solve something.

Why does all of this lead to healthy aging, though? For starters, stress is pretty much a prime cause for most of the maladies a person will face in his or her life, and because meditation is so effective at reducing stress, it can be a big help when it comes to all the illnesses, sicknesses and health issues, caused by stress, which you might face if you didn’t have such self control. Plus, regardless of your current age, learning how to will yourself to a better physical state is always a useful skill. It might not do away with other pains of aging, but mental alertness and a sense of serenity can go a long way.

Speaking of its limitations, there is only so much you can expect from meditation. There is no single exercise which does everything your body and mind needs to be healthy, so you need to find the right combination of different activities to reach that level you want to reach. I recommend doing exercises at home like lifting weights and resistance training, calisthenics, climbing stairs and more. These are easy things, they don’t require special equipment, you’re already doing them every day unless you’re seriously injured and they’re things you already know how to do, because of that.

There’s something about meditation and disconnecting from your surrounding world that makes the act so peaceful. You don’t need to spend hours a day doing it to feel the effects and by all means, if you try and try and find it’s not working for you, don’t spend that time on something that’s not producing results when you already have other, proven ways to deal with your stress and anxiety. But don’t forget about meditation either, just because one or two sessions go awry. Physical health and mental health are not mutually exclusive; improving one will improve the other, so don’t neglect your mind.

Hunting for Pictures

Hunting for PicturesMany of my girlfriends don’t understand the thrill of hunting, but I think I get it very well. There’s something supremely satisfying about sneaking up on something that’s unaware, getting within feet or even inches of the target. It’s a great feeling and I rather enjoy it myself, but I don’t have to go off killing animals to get it. When I go hunting, I’m usually looking to track down great shots of wildlife, landscapes and other scenery in a place. I guess you might not call it hunting at all, though I have to do practically everything a hunter must do, just to get the quality shots I want.

I must dress the part, so I blend into my surroundings and don’t set off every deer, turkey, rabbit and another animal I’m trying to capture with my camera. I must move silently, or very quietly at least, while being willing to stop and stand still for stretches of time when I’m closing in on a good shot. I must carry lures and repellants, both to bring the animals I want to see closer as well as to keep animals I don’t want to see from nosing in on my shot. In these three ways, I’m just like a hunter stalking prey.

That aside, there are other similarities as well. I need good, solid boots that won’t slip out from under me or leave my feet open to damage – boots like these. But that doesn’t mean I can walk with a heavy heel, either – make too much noise and I won’t be able to sneak up on anything at all, you see? To be honest, most of the pictures I get are from picking an inconspicuous place and settling into it, where I then wait for some animal to walk into range. It’s quite the opposite I know, but I do still go stalking into the woods now and then, so I get to experience it from both perspectives.

It’s much easier to track animals through snow, so I do have that going for me right now. Also, just like hunters, I need to go out looking for the targets of my photographs when they are more likely to be active. That means going out at night for nocturnal animals and during the day for those which are most active when the sun is up. This means I have to research my “prey” of choice, learn its habits and figure out the best times and places to look for it when I want to find it.

Even the act of taking the picture itself is akin to lining up a target in the scope of a rifle, just before taking the shot. Photography is, for all intents and purposes, startlingly similar to hunting and in several distinct ways, all of which I’ve outlined above. Have you ever noticed how similar one activity is to another? I’d love for you to share those similarities here, or say something about what I’ve outlined, or do anything at all, really. Stay healthy.

The Best Cures for Sore Feet

The Best Cures for Sore FeetBack when I was still working at a major practice, I used to hear all sorts of complaints from patients who were in pain. Sometimes it was a dull, throbbing kind of pain and other times sharp, stabbing, intense. To this day, I find it hard to believe that so many people complained about pain in their feet. Not that I didn’t work on my feet a lot, but it’s a major source of pain for a lot of people, just like the lower back and a few other specific parts of the human body. I want to share with you today what I would tell many of my patients back then.

The foot contains more muscles than the hand, along with a comparable number of tendons, ligaments and other connective tissue that keeps everything tight and in working order. Feet can become soft with lack of use, and those muscles can become weak if they aren’t implemented regularly, which could then lead to painful walking, standing and running. This can occur from being bed-ridden by a major injury or surgery or just from working behind a desk for many hours a day over a long period of time. The best way to make any weak muscle strong again is to use it – a lot.

In many cases, I would say the best cure for sore feet is to start using them more. Try dancing, or roller skating, or something easier (and safer) like hiking to get on your feet and start making them tough once more. You can find all kinds of boots made especially for this purpose at http://www.hikingaddicts.com/, if you happened to like the hiking idea. Regardless of what you do though, you have to do something, otherwise the muscles in your feet will only continue to weaken and soften. Every muscle can atrophy if you give it the chance, and weak feet are a pain to overcome once they get to that point.

If getting enough activity isn’t the cause of the pain, then I think it’s safe to say poor posture comes up a close second for most people suffering from aching feet. Maybe they’re already on their feet all day, working an assembly line or delivering newspapers or, like I used to do, providing healthcare to patients. There’s little time to sit around on jobs like these, which is why having good posture in your body and in your shoe can have a huge impact on the way your feet feel at the end of the day. Adequate arches, sole cushioning, support and more should all be considered when you’re looking for a good work shoe.

Swelling can be painful too, especially when it is in your feet. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as poor circulation, lack of movement, not getting enough water every day, and more. If inflammation is what’s keeping you off your feet, there are all sorts of NSAIDs for handling it. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen and other drugs can reduce swelling and pain and get you back up and moving again.

Getting in Shape Without Hitting the Gym

Getting in Shape Without Hitting the GymOne of the most frequent questions I am still being asked about by my patients and acquaintances is whether they really need to hit a gym to get fit. While I’ve helped many people get back to their normal healthy self, training is a matter of how physically fit they are and the fitness goals they have. In some instances, it is necessary for the patient to undergo regular fitness schedule to get back control of body movements and reduce weight. But, in my opinion workouts need not be done at a gym alone. You can readily do a pushup at home without any equipment or go for a walk without a treadmill.

I’ve seen many people have an expensive gym membership, but don’t ever step into the gym. In fact, gyms actually benefit more by this attitude. Others who want to be fit say that they couldn’t afford the gym membership fees. As I said, to be fit, you don’t have to go to an expensive gym set up. There are several workouts, which can be done easily in your home or outdoors. They do not cost much and some are even free. Here are some tips to get in shape and gain a toned body without hitting the gym.

Pick out easy moves

Gyms look overwhelming with all the fancy equipment and gears. However, just because you’re afraid of the equipment, you can’t hold back from getting fit. Instead, you can try squats, lunges, triceps dips and squats to focus on proper form and strengthen your body.

Economical ways

You can use your own body to give it a good workout using the bodyweight exercises. This is as much effective like the workouts you try at the gym. Many exercises that need no equipment at all, but require just stretching your body, lifting your arms or legs like pushups, squat etc. can be chosen to keep you fit.

Customize your workouts

If you are just starting out fresh on the exercises, the boot camp method of workouts may seem daunting. And the workouts done by those who frequent gyms regularly would seem overboard to you. However, you can make choices and variations of these exercises to fit your body and requirements. My husband uses power rack for getting fit and customizing his workouts.

Get a workout video

There are several DVDs available on dance, kickboxing, strength, Pilates, yoga etc. These methods require very little equipment or if needed they are things that you normally have in your home. You can easily use a chair for workouts, where you need support or use soup cans or water bottles instead of dumbbells.

Walking for health

Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise that most physicians prescribe for all age groups. It is a natural activity that no one can deny they’re not familiar with and needs only a good pair of comfortable shoes. For beginners, a fast pace on the pavement that makes you short of breath slightly is sufficient. For more experienced persons, walking uphill or intervals of slow and speed walking works well.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities, when it comes to workouts.  Focus on a fitness schedule that keeps you motivated into doing it regularly.

Why Shopping Is Revered By Women And Abhorred By Men

Why Shopping Is Revered By Women And Abhorred By MenStanding for long hours at a time may not be a new thing for me given my profession is of that genre, but I’m often amazed at how women can go shopping all day without ever feeling tired or sapped out. While in case of men it is the exact opposite. They flee when they hear the word shopping.

Most of the shopping trips that spouses take together always end up in arguments. This is mainly because the men are frustrated beyond endurance about the way women tend to dither and prolong their decisions when they purchase. Men on the other hand make their decision straight away. The long time that women spend on deciding the right item, ends up in the men feeling hungry, thirsty, and tired.

Though what I say may look like a generalization, it is nevertheless true most of the time. The women in my family are proof of how vexing shopping with women can be. I’m however an exception to this state of affairs and finish off my shopping as fast as I can. But if I go with my friends or my cousins, it is another matter entirely. I’ve to suffer the indignity of being dragged from one store to another in search of the perfect shade, size or material they’re looking for. I usually put on my comfortable nicer shoes when I go with them. This keeps me from getting tired and worn out.

As to why men are not avid shoppers, the answer lies in our evolution. In the early days of civilization it was the man’s responsibility to hunt for food, while women were left the work of finding fruits, nuts and vegetables.  Women played a more vital role in food collection as most of the food eaten was vegetarian and had only around 10% of meat added. This also served to keep them healthy and fit. In line with this theory, women show the same gathering instincts when they shop now. They browse from shop to shop, instead of from plant to plant for their needs.

The hunting nature of men makes them have a singular focus that of killing an animal and getting home. They don’t like browsing or loitering around as women do. This connection with the past helps to justify the shopping habits we see now. It may perhaps be of use in overcoming the impulsive shopping tendencies we have now. When we buy unnecessary goods, which we cannot well afford and don’t give us much happiness, and which are produced by people in poorer countries under harsh conditions and breaking environmental safety rules, it makes us a part of creating global destruction.

When you realize this truth completely it’ll be easier to control the shopping urge and shop more practically. It would also prevent the long drawn out shopping sprees which I tend to avoid and if I’m coerced into it, I always have my best comfortable shoes, click here, to keep me safe as I’m not fortunate like men who just wander off or just sit outside the shop, till their women finish their shopping.

Safe Shooting with Air Guns

Safe Shooting with Air GunsAir guns are good for both target shooting and hunting small game, because they don’t utilize live bullets, gunpowder or other dangerous elements. However, hitting someone in the eyes, the ears, the mouth or other soft tissue and vulnerable areas around the body can still cause serious injuries, even when one is only shooting plastic beads or BBs. Learning safe shooting habits with air guns is just as important as learning how to handle the real things in a safe and conscious manner – it may be more so because air gun users tend to think their weapons couldn’t possibly hurt a person, and that can make them careless.

Therefore, it would be a smart move to follow the same safe shooting practices you would use with a gunpowder weapon, even though you’re only using an air gun. Keep the muzzle lowered until you’re ready to shoot, and never point your weapon at another person under any circumstances. Far too many people goof off and play around while carrying a weapon and that leads to a majority of injuries. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really too fond of the idea of having a gun pointed at me, either. You never know how a person will react when you make them face imminent danger like that.

You might not think air guns could be very dangerous, even with what I’ve outlined up above. I think you will be unpleasantly surprised to see just how much damage an air-propelled projectile can really do to a person. Knocking out teeth, impacting eyeballs and tearing holes right through especially soft tissue are all possibilities, even if they don’t happen as often as they could. It’s actually a good thing that they don’t happen so often, but if we could do away with all air gun injuries, that would be even better.

When you’re trying to make your air gun shooting experience a safer one, you also have to consider the environment in which you’re shooting. Are you on a range, with a wide open space and no people between you and your target? Do you have necessary tools with you, like rangefinder? Then you can afford to relax a little. Shooting in the middle of a forest during a snowstorm with zero visibility and who knows what (or whom) around the next corner? That’s a place to show more restraint and take your time shooting.

Overall, the only way to increase safety when shooting is to pay more attention to your surroundings and the people around you. You have to be vigilant, keeping your eyes open and watching for little changes here and there. It’s kind of like driving, where you can get into a serious accident just by taking your eyes off the road for a few minutes. While the injuries may be different, they can be just as tragic when hunting, even when using an air rifle. Take care while you’re out there, and you’ll thank yourself later.

Bow Hunting in Safety

Bow Hunting in SafetyYou may not believe it, but I’ve seen my share of arrow injuries throughout my life. Thankfully they’ve all been accidental – either the result of a careless shot by a hunter or some kids playing with a bow and some arrows. Arrow wounds have been some of the most severe I’ve seen, mostly because arrows are designed to penetrate hide and muscle typically much tougher than that of a human; most hunting arrows just rip right through a person. But not all the way through, and extracting an arrow is a painful and dangerous process requiring surgery and more intensive care than I give.

I won’t go into any gritty details about that. What I’d much rather talk about is how to go bow hunting in safety, so you or somebody you meet out in the woods don’t accidentally get a gaping hole in your chest. That’s really much more useful material, if you ask me.

With that said, many of the same safety practices which lead to safe shooting with firearms will be useful if you want to go bow hunting. Namely, don’t point your bow at any other person, and don’t point it at anything besides an animal you’re looking to shoot. You don’t want to undershoot, because then your arrow won’t travel far enough to land. Overshooting is far worse though, because it’s difficult to tell what you might hit then. I highly recommend taking using high quality bow with you when you go bow hunting, to help nail down more accurate targeting when shooting.

I feel it is important to note there are many different kinds of bows out there. There are bows which claim to be exclusively for hunting and sport shooting, but the underlying concept is the same, regardless of the tool. There’s no reason to overpay for such a device, and you should check out Hoyt Gamemaster to see exactly what I mean.

Because the point of hunting is to kill something, you can’t really use alternative types of arrows, like you could with bullets. Even if you could, removing the spear-shaped tip of an arrow would ruin its flight ability and compromise even shots which would normally be excellent. I’ve done a little hunting myself, but I’ve heard lots of stories from people who hunt with bows and guns, so I’m a bit of an authority on this topic.

There isn’t really protective gear you can wear to stop yourself from getting injured by a misfired arrow. Heavy, bulky armor would make it impossible to sneak up on anything, and kind of defeat the purpose of going hunting in the first place. Likewise, helmets and similar devices limit one’s vision and can actually make shooting more dangerous because of this. To bow hunt in safety, you might also consider taking a specialty class or course on the topic. They aren’t required, like gun courses for hunting, but they are just as helpful in preventing unnecessary injuries.

Health Benefits of Playing Piano

Health Benefits of Playing PianoPerhaps you’ve heard it said before, that laughter is the best medicine. While it certainly won’t cure any infections or do away with a tumor, laughter does indeed help in the healing process. It releases many good chemicals in the brain and throughout the body, which puts people at ease, makes them a little less tense. There are some perfectly natural things which modern medicine still hasn’t been able to corner, like the health benefits of playing piano, or any other musical instrument for that matter. Working with music can add harmony to a person’s life, and that can lead to other fringe benefits down the road.

Many people work jobs which are absolutely awful in terms of mental stimulation. Let’s take a guard standing in a tower and keeping watch over an empty field or industrial facility, for example – the work is important enough but leaves very little room for mental stimuli, since anything out of the ordinary is pretty much automatically perceived as a threat. Guards can fall asleep when watching over the same boring scene for hours on end, as well. In this specific case, playing an instrument while patrolling or watching a place would provide something fresh and different, adding variety to a boring evening.

If you’ve never heard of pianoreport.com website before, it’s a website that features a healthy number of different digital pianos from multiple manufacturers and in a wide variety of price ranges. It doesn’t really feature any literature on why playing piano is good for a person. That’s what I’m here to provide.

Besides brightening up an otherwise monotonous and boring day, playing music regularly activates certain parts of the brain, much like speaking in public, or cooking, or working over a mathematical equation. Like muscles in your body, different areas of your brain become stronger with regular use, and can weaken over time if they aren’t used as much as they need to be. Speaking in such simple terms alone, without any specifics, it is still plain to see the potential health benefits of playing piano.

To get more technical, consider the hand eye coordination which is necessary to play a piano. I’m not talking about playing the piano well, mind you, but it still takes some coordination to select keys you want to press and then press those keys. For people who seem to be clumsy or drop things more often than others, I think some time spent playing the piano every few days would do a lot of good.

The problem for many people who are just getting into playing a musical instrument is that they don’t know where to start. They don’t know if they should get something cheap, or if investing a lot of money on an expensive piece will prove to be a waste if they end up not liking it.

Stitching for Fun

Stitching for FunThese days, I tend to stitch up torn socks and other garments more than I stitch shut wounds in people. When I think about it, it’s kind of nice to still be doing some of the things I used to do more than 20 years back, even if I’m working with cotton and clothes instead of injured people as of late. For one thing, I don’t have to worry about anyone bleeding out or thrashing about while I’m sewing. That might sound a little morbid, but once you work around the stuff for long enough, you get pretty used to it. People can get used to anything, it seems.

Well, I’ve gotten pretty used to sewing, so even when I quit taking care of people, I knew it was something I would want to keep doing. I found myself a nice serger style sewing machine, a review for which you can find right at this place. Brother is actually a pretty famous manufacturer of sewing machines, and I still have one of their old desk models where it looks like a small table when not in use, and the whole machine just folds up and out of the inside when it’s time to start sewing. This newer model isn’t like the older one, but then many of the things of today look an awful lot different from how they used to appear.

I mentioned stitching for fun, but most of the stuff I do with my sewing machine is still work of a sort. Though it may not be mending skin, darning socks and sewing up sweaters is still work and not exactly what I would call fun. I think the real joy in sewing is teaching it to other people, so they can make things they need and extend the lives of their goods by replacing popped stitches as the need arises. I’ve always gotten a kick out of helping along less educated people like this. Not to say I know everything there is to know, but I do know plenty about sewing.

Like in many other activities, a seamstress is only as good as the tools she’s using, which is why it’s important to get a decent sewing machine if you find yourself wanting to sew. I’d check http://sergerpro.com if you wanted a serger like my own, but they aren’t for beginning sewers so much. See, standard sewing machines operate with a single thread at a time, which makes them easy to load and use. Because sergers sew using several different threads simultaneously, they are great for making interesting and colorful designs which hold together well, but not so good for novices.

Sergers can be fairly complicated, which is another reason they might not be much fun for the average person. I love them though, really. Not only do they allow me to do the same amount of sewing in significantly less time, but the work from a serger is usually more solid than the work from a single stitching machine. I’m already sewing up things which are torn and damaged, so I don’t want them falling apart again, you see?

Dangers of Longboarding

Dangers of LongboardingI may not be working healthcare anymore these days, but I’ve still got the eyes for it, and I see people making stupid mistakes that could get them hurt more often than you might think. Though I mostly just travel and enjoy photography these days, I still can’t help but worry about people when I see them doing dangerous thing, like longboarding down massive and steep hills with little or no protective gear at all. The sport is great fun for people who like to move fast, but just like every other sport, longboarding has its share of dangers too. Again, just like any sport, these dangers can be minimized with care.

First, and this is perhaps the most important step to preventing longboarding injuries as well, you need to get yourself a high quality board. I recommend checking out a site with the superb longboard reviews to get a better idea of what makes a top end longboard. I don’t board myself, but I’m sure you’ll want equipment that doesn’t crack or snap under the pressure of regular use. The board needs to be good, but so do the wheels, the fittings, the bolts and everything else, for that matter. Be sure to pick out a board that is unlikely to injure you due to poor craftsmanship.

The high speeds of lonboarding downhill can also lead to serious injury, if a boarder falls off and ends up rolling against the pavement. Remember what Isaac Newton said about objects in motion staying in motion? Well, besides a good board, the next thing riders should be using is a sturdy helmet. A helmet should fit tightly, but it shouldn’t be painful to wear. One which secures with straps hooked under the chin is preferable to one which secures behind the ears of neck. The entire top of the head should be covered, with a ridge or ridges which extend to cover some of the back, sides and forehead.

Likewise, you’ll want pads for your elbows and knees, maybe even your shoulders if you plan to board on your back rather than upright, on your feet. Some people like to luge, I think the term is; that’s lying back on a longboard and just flying down a hill like a rocket. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get more pads than you would normally wear, when you perform activities which are more dangerous than normal riding. If you check here for longboard brands, you should be able to find protective gear too.

Blunt force trauma, road rash, lacerations caused by rolling through gravel; these are just a few of the injuries which can occur while longboarding, and only a handful of the dangers to look out for when doing the same. If left unchecked, the dangers of longboarding can lead to serious physical harm, and not necessarily just for the boarder. However, with the right equipment and a mind conscious of safety concerns, it’s possible to make longboarding an activity which is more enjoyable than dangerous.