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Posts tagged ‘iPod’

Work Out At Home: The Neccessary Supplies

Writing about working out is ironic as I have missed my gym appointments for over a week now. Between work and life, working out becomes very secondary and at the bottom of my life list. For some reason, it seems impossible to find the time to find my work out clothes, gather my stuff (water bottle, iPod, iPod arm band, gym id, keys and driver’s license) and drive to the gym to work out.

Working out at home cuts out the hardest hurdle for me which is getting to the gym. Once I am there, I love working out and the feeling I have after. But gathering my stuff and actually getting out of the door and into the car just is not happening. But with working out at home, you often do not even have to get out of the door.

One of my favorite (and cheapest) ways to work out is by getting outside. The minute the spring weather came it was like a switch had turned and every person was outside enjoying the weather. I mean if you have to work out, you might as well enjoy the weather, right?

Simple working out at home is just as easy as strapping on shoes and hitting the road. But if you want to get serious about working out, you need the right gear. Sure, you can do without, but you will have a better work out that is more fun.

  • Water bottle. The hard thing with running or walking outside is making sure you are hydrated. In addition to perspiring from the physical activity, you are also losing a lot of water from the heat of the sun. And replenishing after your work out might not be enough to keep you from getting dehydrated. If you are lucky enough to work out in a friendly neighborhood, you could bum a drink from a neighbor’s hose. But to be safe take a water bottle. Waist packs (read: not fanny packs) are great for this. These slim, adjustable bands have a pouch for your water bottle and often a small zipper for other items like a house key and cell phone. Waist packs are much better than carrying your water bottle, which can actually inhibit your form when running.
  • Good shoes. For basic walking, your needs are not too particular with shoes. But if you have high arches (or no arches) you will want to purchase shoes or insoles that are specifically designed for your feet. If you like to run, visit a shoe store that specializes in runner’s shoes. A sales associate can watch your run and help you find the perfect shoes for you.
  • Bright clothing. Exercising outside means you are put into a lot of potentially risky situations. The most dangerous is cars. Wear bright, reflective clothing when you run, especially at night, to ensure that all drivers on the road will be able to see you.

Be safe and have a great and cheap work out!

Fun Away From Home: Should Your Kid Go to a Concert

The teenage years are fueled by music. When no one seems to get their angst, teens turn to music to get the emotional support they need. Music is also a way to connect with friends and have fun.

Back in my youth, music was only on the radio. I would wait with baited breath until my favorite song came on before I would quickly push the record button on the cassette tape. This way I would have the song to listen to forever. CD’s quickly came out in my teen years, as well as a CD walkman.

Nowadays, every kid has earbuds peaking out of their shirt with an iPod tucked inside. Even though MySpace is practically defunct, it helped propel music into the forefront of the teen mind. New bands were discovered, as well as new genres and avenues of self expression.

Even with how plugged in music is these days, there is nothing compared to seeing a band or musician live. You cannot capture that excitement, energy and talent into a little mP3. Seeing a band live will forever change how you listen and connect to a band.

I adore live music. Live performances separate the true artists from the posers. When in front of a live audience, the musician cannot hide behind synthesizers and voice manipulators. The imposters are always exposed. It is through a concert that you can find those who are truly talented.

Going to a concert is a rite of passage for many teens. But as a parent, that can be nerve-wracking. How old is old enough to go to a concert?

A lot of that depends on what kind of concert the teen wants to go to. The seating plays a big part on what experience the concert-goer will experience. There are generally two seating options: assigned seats and open area. With assigned seats, think like a stadium. When you purchase your ticket, you are given an assigned seat. The better the seat, the more expensive the ticket. You can arrive shortly beforehand to find your seat and you stay there the entire time.

A general admission ticket can be a much different experience. If there are actual seats to be had, it is first come, first serve. However, there are generally not any seats. The general admission is for an open area where the crowd stands below. This, my friends, is a mosh pit. It is first come, first serve and a bit dog eat dog. The bigger you are and the more willing you are to shove, the closer you will make it to the front.

The musician or band will also greatly affect the type of crowd you will find. A good rule of thumb is, the heavier the music, the crazier the crowd. For a mellow artist like Ingrid Michaelson, even general admission will be low key. A heavier artist will attract a more aggressive crowd.

Weighing these factors and the maturity of your teen will help you decide if it is age appropriate. If anything, tag along for some adult supervision.