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The importance of a healthy lifestyle: focus on kayaking

A healthy lifestyle is an aspect that many people are increasingly embracing in modern times. People are starting to pay much more attention to their health than people in the past did. Today people are paying keen attention to the kinds of food they eat trying to eat the most healthy foods. They are also trying to engage in physical exercises to keep their bodies fit and to manage their body weight.
The increased interest in the importance of personal health is as a result of the increased weakening of the modern day man due to exposure to negative conditions. For example, mankind is today much weaker and more susceptible to diseases due to the kind of diet he feeds on. The modern day diet for mankind is usually composed of many unhealthy processed foods and junk foods. These are foods which lead to poor health.
By mostly eating junk foods and processed foods which are usually less costly, mankind is not able to get crucial nutrients that can only be found in natural organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole cereals. As such, the body will naturally suffer due to lack of these important nutrients.
Apart from becoming prone to diseases, excessive consumption of junk foods and processed foods usually leads to people gaining excessive weight which has many negative consequences including high blood pressure, heart problems, poor respiration, arthritis, and many other effects that can be fatal.
Modern lifestyle is also more laid back from physical exercise as compared to previous times. This also leads to lack of fitness and excessive weight gain.
It is therefore important for mankind today to find alternative ways of getting physical exercise. One way of doing this is by engaging in a physical intensive activity such as kayaking.
Kayaking is a water activity that has been used for fishing, hunting, travel, and sports. The kayak is a vessel that has many suitable features that makes it an ideal vessel for working out.
The kayak is very easy to use due to its design and therefore people of all skill and experience can use it effectively. This has also led the kayak to being embraced as a recreational vessel.
The kayak is moved and controlled by paddling. The action of paddling provides a great avenue for the paddler to work out and achieve effective physical training. The more exertion that one puts into the paddling generally translates to more workout.
During the paddling motions, the kayaker uses many different sets of the body muscles. This includes the hands, chest, abdominal muscles, core muscles, and the legs. As such, the paddler is able to get a very effective full body workout.
Kayaking is a fun activity that will keep the kayaker motivated unlike other training methods where the individual might get discouraged due to the dull and demanding routines. There are different designs of kayaks including sit in kayaks and sit on top kayaks. Sit on top kayaks provide the kayaker with a better position to move around and to enjoy the elements such as the sun while paddling.

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An awesome vacation kayaking with my family

Last year I had a wonderful time with my family during vacation. The vacation was ultimately made so satisfying by our choice to go kayaking. We had never tried kayaking before. My wife and I had been introduced to the idea by another family who were close friends. They had attempted kayaking during their vacation the previous year and they had loved it so much that they urged us to try it for our vacation.
The family, which lives a few blocks from where we live, consists of four members just like my family. Their kids are however older than my kids with a few years difference. My son is nine years old and my daughter is seven years old and so they are also old enough to go kayaking.
I had a little previous experience of kayaking but my wife and kids had not done kayaking before. This was therefore a very exciting prospect for them. They all good swimmers and therefore the idea of kayaking was not very daunting for them.
The Jones, our family friends, had purchased an inflatable kayak at the end of their vacation and they offered to lend it to us for our vacation period. Apparently they had loved their kayaking experience so much that after their vacation they had bought the kayak so that they could be using it regularly including over the weekends. The inflatable kayak was a large tandem kayak that could allow all four passengers.
The kayak proved to be highly advantageous for us. Being an inflatable kayak, despite having such a large capacity, it could be deflated and folded up into a very manageable size and packed into a bag. We were able to conveniently carry the kayak in the trunk of the car unlike where people have to carry hard shell kayaks in a trailer or on a carrier on top of their car. The inflatable kayak was also very light and could be easily carried around by one or two people.
When we got to the vacation destination, which was a kayaking resort, having our own kayak was also a big advantage for us since we did not have to incur the cost of hiring a kayak. All we had to do was pay a discounted amount to use the facilities. Having our own kayak, which was unique to the kayaks owned by the resort, also made us stand out and we looked like pro kayakers.
The tandem kayak could also conveniently take on all of us. Despite it being so large, the kayak was surprisingly easy to handle on the water. The kayak was very buoyant and steady on the waters which was suitable for my family who were novices at kayaking.
The kayak conveniently had two paddles. I used one and I gave the other to my wife who sat on the second seat just behind our son who was in the front seat. Our daughter took the seat behind my wife and I took the rear seat from which I could steer and control the kayak better.

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A brief look at Fishing kayaks and fishing equipment

Over the last few decades, fishing industry has experienced tremendous growth. Sport fishing in particular has been popularized as an outdoors activity in many countries across the globe. The reason for this growth can be attributed to the development of fishing kayaks that are inexpensive and require little maintenance. They occupy small space in the garage and can be easily launched on to the waters. Many anglers have specialized in customizing their kayaks for fishing while others are buying kayaks that are already customized.
Fishing kayaks come in different models. The most basic are the sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks. Sit-in kayaks refer to those kayaks with seats in a cock pit where the anglers sits as they fish. These kayaks require great skill to maneuver and hence they are best suited for skilled kayakers. They are narrow and long with limited storage space. These kayaks are mostly used by anglers who fish during winter as they help them keep warm and dry.
Sit-on-top kayaks on the other hand are the best for the inexperienced anglers. They are short and broad, a feature that enhances their stability. An angler can stand on top of the kayak and fish comfortably from a stationary position. These kayaks have scuppers that drain water continuously from the kayak. Sit-on top fishing kayaks can carry up to four peddlers at a go making them the best choice for tandem kayaking. It is easy to customize a sit-on-top kayak for fishing than a sit-in-kayak.
Inflatable fishing kayaks are the new development in kayak fishing. These are kayaks made from high quality PVC or rubber that is strengthened to enhance durability. They are extremely light and easily portable compared to other kayaks. Some are capable of carrying up to 600 pounds whilst weighing less than 60 pounds. Inflatable fishing kayaks are the best for beginners. They come with huge storage spaces where anglers can store fishing gear and other personal effects. Inflatable kayaks are suitable for tandem kayaking.
There has been also great achievement by fishing equipment manufacturers who have made the sport more accessible and enjoyable to both beginners and expert anglers. Specially designed fishing kayaks with advanced features such as rod holders, electronic fish finders, anchor systems and built in coolers have hit the industry with a bang. Traditional fishing equipment has been replaced by more efficient modern equipment that utilizes new technology.
Most of the fishing equipment has been designed for use in different environments and to achieve specific purpose. For instance, fishing equipment for use in salty waters is mostly made of graphite. This is so because graphite materials can tolerate saline environments. However, graphite is a weak material and therefore equipment made of graphite is not the best for use in rough environments or for catching big fish.
Aluminum on the other hand makes strong fishing equipment. They are mostly used for catching bigger fish in rough conditions. Aluminum on the other hand cannot be used in saline environments.