Learning the Basics of Wall Climbing

You don’t have to be nervous about wall climbing. You may feel uneasy as you aren’t sure what to do or how to do it. You may be afraid of falling, even with a safety harness on or worried about others watching you. Don’t let fear hold you back though because this can be a great deal of fun! It can also be a wonderful way to get some exercise as your whole body is involved.

Instruction

Taking a climbing class can help you to overcome your fears, to get your questions answered, and to learn the basics. Once you master that, you can decide if you would like to take an advanced class or not. It is important to enroll in a class that is going to teach you what you need at your skill level. Don’t be in a rush to take advanced classes or you will miss details.

Curriculum

Before you sign up, learn about the curriculum that will be covered with the climbing class. Most of them involve you learning information in a classroom setting. Then you move into the hands on learning. The classes should be small so you can get one on one help from the instructor. Many of these classes are for half a day or a whole day. Find out what is included.

Ask about the instructors too so you know what their experience is. They should be patient, encouraging, and have the right level of expertise to be teaching such a class. They should have excellent communication skills and make the learning fun and interactive. If you know others who have taken such a program, ask them who their instructor was.

Availability

Sign up for the climbing class you want as soon as you can because many of them fill up quickly. If you have any questions, ask them before you sign up so you know what to expect. They should give you information on what to wear, when to show up, and other key factors that will influence your learning.

Some locations offer these classes for adults as well as children. For those under the age of 18, a parent may need to be present at all times. Find out what the requirements will be so you and your child are fully aware before you sign them up. They are going to love this type of adventure and be very happy you are allowing them to take part in it.

Pricing

You will be delighted to learn it isn’t outrageous to take part in a climbing class. The prices are very reasonable but it does vary depending on where you go and what is included. Spend some time comparing the prices and the curriculum so you can obtain overall value. The learning should include safety, best practices, individual help, and offer you plenty of fun.

If you are looking for a terrific gift for someone, consider a climbing class. They will love the originality of such a class. You can even sign up to take it with them. Then you can both learn at the same time and have a memorable experience. This type of event is a great adventure and the climbing class may be what it takes for you to feel comfortable taking part in it!

You may be able to get a discount if you sign up several people or as a family for such lessons. A group rate can make it even more cost effective for everyone to learn about safety and to enjoy the process of learning how to rock climb. It is an adventure you will be excited to take part in again and again once you have learned the basic fundamentals.

Have Fun With a New Adventure

Indoor rock climbing is fun, exciting, and a wonderful way to get some exercise. If you often avoid working out because it is boring, this is going to change your mind! This is a fun activity that you can do with friends, your children, or with your significant other. It is challenging and it takes time to learn the basics. Yet it can be a wonderful way to spend your time!

Challenge your Body

Every single muscle in your body is going to get a workout when you take part in indoor rock climbing. This is a workout you will enjoy though so it isn’t going to seem like work! Most locations have various options so you can take on the one that works well with your current fitness level. As your abilities improve, you can move on to the more challenging climbs.

Challenge your Mind

Don’t overlook the ways in which indoor rock climbing will challenge your mind. You have to think about where you will put your feet, where to reach, and you have to stay calm as you climb higher and higher. You also have to trust yourself to make good choices and to determine how you will move.

Practice for the Outdoors

Perhaps you have an interest in one day climbing outdoors. Starting with indoor rock climbing though is a good way to get a solid foundation in place. This is your chance to become confident with the process. You can learn as you go and then move on to the outdoors when you feel you have the right skill set to take on such a challenge.

You can do this activity indoors all year long too. It doesn’t matter what the temperatures are or the weather reports. You don’t have those perks when you are outdoors taking part in the climbing.

Equipment and Safety

It can be expensive to invest in the various types of equipment you need for safety and for climbing outdoors. When you go to an indoor rock climbing location, all of that is provided for you. They have the equipment you need so all you pay for is the climb. Many locations also offer instruction. If you need help or you are new to the process, they will guide you.

Preparation

Make sure you are focused and ready when you are going to spend time indoor rock climbing. Being alert mentally and having your body physically ready is important. Stretch before you start the climb so your body is flexible and less likely to feel strain as you move. Eat a meal a few hours before you go that is high in protein so you have extra energy.

Dress in clothing that fits you well and will be comfortable. It shouldn’t restrict your movements in any way. Make sure your clothing isn’t too loose though or it can be hazard while you are climbing. Your shoes should fit properly and have plenty of traction to offer. Make sure they are double tied so your laces don’t come undone while you are enjoying this activity.

Some people like to have gloves on that allow them to have a better overall grip. You may find that is a good idea when you go rock climbing. It can prevent your hands from getting roughed up from the ropes. It can also prevent your hands from being sweating and slippery which will prevent you from holding on securely as you climb.

Some locations offer shoe and glove rentals or they include those items in the cost of the activity. It is a good idea to find out before you show up so you can plan for what you will need. If you have any questions, make sure you ask before your begin the climbing process.

Understanding How Much Water to Store and Proper Containers To Use

H20 IS LIFE
Two-thirds of the human body (by weight) consists of water. We need water for circulation, respiration, and converting food to energy. Water is the body’s most important nutrient, after oxygen. To put it plainly and bluntly, you need water to live. After 3-5 days, you need water or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, but only 3-5 days without water.

Your body loses water constantly through sweat, urine, and even breathing. You must replace the water your body loses for your organs to continue to work properly. Dehydration occurs when you’re losing more water than you’re taking in.

Three days of storage is recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should your regular water source become inoperable. Unfortunately, your source of water could be out longer than 3 days or become contaminated during the crisis. Therefore, three days of water storage is the minimum. You should have at least two weeks worth of water on hand in inventory. The golden rule to remember for how much water one person needs a day is this; one gallon of water per person, per day. So for a single person, that’s 14 gallons of water. For a family of four, that would mean you’d need 56 gallons of water.

Now since we know the importance of having plenty of water on hand, let’s now talk about proper container and storage of water.

CONTAINERS
If you plan to store water in a plastic container for the next you need to make sure you choose the right type of container. Some plastic containers are not made for this purpose and will leach harmful chemicals into water over time. Empty, used milk jugs are the worst to store water for this very reason.

To ensure the container you choose is safe for long term water storage, make sure it is “food grade.” Most of these containers will also have a “HDPE 2” (which stands for high density polyurethane type 2) or LDPE (low-density polyethylene) that is BPA and phthalate free, it will not add taste or odor to the water.

Water storage kits, drums, totes are idea to store your water. The kits are “food grade” and either HDPE or LDPE. The kits can store as little as 5 gallons of water to as much as 300 gallons of water. Therefore, you have options to consider for your needs; either mobile to keep in your vehicle or stationary such as your “bug out” location or home. Also, many of these kits can easily be stacked to limit the amount of space that is being used in your inventory.

Commercially manufactured bottle water is a thought to consider as well. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or “use by” date that is printed on each individual bottle. Store in cool. However, a lot of room in your inventory space will be taken up to accumulate enough of these bottles for adequate survival means.

As we know, H20 is essential to survival. The challenges are knowing how much to accumulate for that unexpected and sometimes unannounced crisis, and knowing the right storage container to use. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding to answer both of those questions.

What Is Scoliosis and How Can Scoliosis Surgery Be Avoided?

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways shifting or misalignment of the spine that can lead to devastating health problems.

Scoliosis usually develops early in a child’s life, before the teen years, and it can occur in both girls and boys. Early detection is absolutely necessary and extremely beneficial so treatment can be provided to prevent further progression of the scoliosis.The spine normally is straight when viewing from the front and it has three naturally occurring curves when viewing it from the side. However, there are times we see an ‘S’ shape or ‘C’ curvature in the spine when viewing it from the front. This is not normal. This is called a scoliosis.

The spine is made up of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. These spinal bones make up the spinal column. The main function of the spinal column is to protect what’s on the inside, the spinal cord. The spinal column protects the spinal cord much like the skull protects the brain. What flows through the spinal cord? It’s all the signals to and from the brain. The brain is the master organ that controls all body functions, all healing, and all repair. Therefore, for optimal health and body function, there must be no interference on the spinal cord, the main pipeline that feeds life from brain to body.

A scoliosis is a specific type of spinal misalignment that can exert pressure and tension on the spinal cord thereby minimizing the flow of life from brain to body. Not only can scoliosis lead to pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, back pain, neck pain, and headaches, but once scoliosis progresses, it can cause complications to how other organ systems function. This can lead to fatigue, lack of sleep quality, low energy, and more serious health problems like complications to the heart and lungs.

Scoliosis can be easily detected and assessed for by a qualified practitioner like a chiropractor. Chiropractors are experts in spinal analysis and correction of spinal problems called subluxations (spinal misalignments). If you suspect your child or teen to have scoliosis or if scoliosis runs in your family, consider bringing child to a chiropractor for a scoliosis screening and spinal exam.

The chiropractor will perform a thorough health consultation and spinal examination. The spinal examination will include a posture check up, a range of motion analysis, a spinal check up for vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments), and spinal x-rays. To absolutely confirm a finding of scoliosis, x-rays are necessary.

The treatment and management of care for scoliosis by a chiropractor is completely different than that of a medical doctor or medical specialist.

The medical approach to managing and treating scoliosis is one of three approaches:

1. Wait and see. I have heard this being recommended by medical specialists when the degree of scoliosis is found to be from 10 to 25 degrees. The danger with the wait see approach is that it can allow the scoliosis to progress while you are “waiting” to “see” what happens. This is a crucial time for management and correction of scoliosis that the “wait and see” approach should be avoided.

2. Bracing. When the scoliosis is over 25 degrees and less than 40 degrees, a brace is usually recommended. A scoliosis brace is required to be worn for 23 out of 24 hours of the day. Although bracing has been know to be effective in reducing the scoliosis curvature and preventing further progression, it can be a burden for the child/teen. Often time, bracing can be avoided when the scoliosis is managed earlier. This is why early detection and management is crucial, instead of “waiting and seeing” what happens. The “wait and see” approach is what can lead to the requirement of using a brace.

3. Surgery. This is the last resort when the scoliosis curve has advanced and progressed that it poses a serious health problem. Spinal surgery is usually recommended when the scoliosis curve is over 40 degrees. Again, another effect of either “waiting and see” or not detecting the scoliosis early in a child’s life. Scoliosis surgery is extremely invasive because it involves the insertion of metal rods, called Harrington rods, along the spine. Yes it will cause some correction and reduction in the scoliosis curve, but at huge risk to your child. And there is major healing time required after the surgery is completed. Further, the mobility and function of the spine will never be normal again as it is limited by metal rods.

In my opinion, everything should be done to avoid scoliosis surgery. Most parents agree with this opinion. The best approach is early screening, early detection, and early management of scoliosis. And the earlier the better.

Signs That Your Child Could Have Scoliosis

Look for:

  • One shoulder higher then the other.
  • Winging of the shoulder blade (scapula). This is where one shoulder blade is popping further out than the other.
  • A hump on one side of the rib cage along the spine.
  • Hunching of the back.
  • Head tilt.

This is only a general screen that you can do at home and in no way a substitute for a professional spinal examination. The presence of any one of these signs does not confirm your child has scoliosis. Only a spinal x-ray, following a complete spinal examination, will confirm a scoliosis.A corrective care chiropractor, upon confirming the diagnosis of scoliosis, will recommend the proper course of action to manage the scoliosis, correct the spinal problems (spinal misalignments/subluxations), and help prevent further progression.

The benefits of chiropractic care for scoliosis is:

  • Improved posture.
  • Improved mobility.
  • Reduction in pain.
  • Improved function.
  • Reduction in muscle tension/spasm.
  • Eliminating the need for surgery.
  • Eliminating the need for drugs.
  • Overall improved health.

If you suspect your child to have a scoliosis, do not wait to take action and get it checked by a chiropractor. Take your child to a corrective care chiropractor as soon as possible.