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Even When On Vacation.........

Oahu, Hawaii in general is a great vacation destination, however, if you are into extreme sports, then it is a world class vacation destination. Skateboarders are going to find numerous skateparks to choose from, great skateboard shops and other fun skateboard related sports to try out. If you are planning a vacation this year and you are a skateboard fanatic then consider Oahu.

Skateparks in Oahu, Hawaii

Skateparks can be found all over the place in Oahu. Some hotels and resorts even have their own skating areas on site. However, before you get out your board you will want to ask if skating is allowed in the parking lot, or if the hotel has a special area dedicated to skateboarding and in-line skating. Generally, most of the skateparks that are located on Oahu will not be associated with hotels or resorts.

Your first choice is a free skatepark that is located in Kailua, Oahu. It is called the Keolu Skatepark and it is ADA accessible. It offers about 15,000 square feet of terrain and pads and safety equipment are not required. Your other skatepark choices include:

  • Aalo Park, 280 North King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Ewa Beach Skatepark, 91-955 Nroth Road, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • Hawaii Loa Skate Park, Kaneoho Bay, Hawaii
  • Kapahulu YMCA Skatepark, 1112 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Makiki District Skatepark, 1527 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hickman Skateboard Hanger, Building 2065, Hickman Air Force Base, Oahu, Hawaii

Since skateboarding is a sport that is rapidly gaining followers in the U.S., keep your eyes open for new and improved skateparks in Oahu. Ask your hotel concierge service for recommendations and directions to the best skateparks on the island.

Skateboard and Equipment Shops

While on vacation in Oahu, don’t forget to stop by some of the local skateboard shops. These shops offer boards with uniquely Hawaiian graphics. Find great boards and equipment for your Hawaiian skateboard adventures, or stock up on special items to take back to the mainland with you. Here are three great skateboard shops located on Oahu, Hawaii

  • 808 Skate, 354 Hahani Street, Kailua, Hawaii 96734
  • Apb Aala Park Board Shop, 1200 College Walk, Suite 110, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
  • Mission Skateboard Shop, LLC, 812 Lehua Avenue, Suite C, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Expand Your Board Sport Repertoire

While there are a lot of great places to skateboard while on the island of Oahu, you can find more activities to participate in if you expand your board sport repertoire. Try surfing or kite boarding. Both of these sports take similar skills as skateboarding, including balance, quick decision making and thrill seeking. As you become familiar with these alternate sports, look for free clinics, free lessons and special events that will educate you more about your boarding options and provide you with the chance to exercise your competitive nature. With all of the sand, sun and various terrains to explore in Oahu, this skateboarding vacation will not disappoint.

Ready, Aim...Fire: How To Aim When You're Exercising

Everyone has a body part that they would like to change given the chance. Whether you hate your thighs or your stomach or your love handles, there are ways to target your exercise regimen to firm up those areas you’d rather not show to the public just yet.

Everyone has a body part that they would like to change given the chance. Whether you hate your thighs or your stomach or your love handles, there are ways to target your exercise regimen to firm up those areas you’d rather not show to the public just yet, as long as you have the willpower to sustain a regular workout. Although you shouldn’t neglect full-body exercise such as cardio, you can incorporate certain aimed exercises.


This area is perhaps the most frequently targeted as aimed exercise, and is also one of the most commonly neglected. Doing crunches once or twice a day is usually sufficient to keep this area in check, but it’s important to exercise the right way if you want to see results.

Some people use equipment such as exercise balls and ab rollers to perfect their techniques, but according to Elizabeth Quinn , nothing beats the Bicycle Crunch. Simply lie on your back with your hands beside your head, and alternately bring your elbowsto the opposite knee. This type of aimed exercise targets all abdominal muscles, and will even start to chip away at those love handles.


Women are probably the gender most often concerned about their thighs, and thankfully there are aimed exercises that can help slim them down and tone them up. Of course, most women don’t want bulging thigh muscles that make it difficult to fit into their jeans, so the trick is to exercise without adding bulky muscles.

One of the most popular exercises for this area is the Sumo Squat, which is easy enough to do for beginners but can be made more difficult for advanced workout enthusiasts. Stand with your legs slightly spread, toes forward, and place your hands in prayer position in front of your chest. Then squat down as far as you can without allowing your knees to venture in front of your toes, hold for three seconds, and straighten back up. To increase the burn, you can hold a dumbbell between your hands rather than squeezing your palms together.


If you don’t like your view from the rear, it might be time to shape up that but. Aimed exercise for the buttocks can provide shape and toning, but again you don’t want to build bulky muscle. For this reason, your exercise regimen should include strength training movements that are intended to tone down rather than bulk up.

A Kneeling Leg Press, for example, is perfect for the buttocks, and will also help to shape your outer thighs and even your abdominals. Start by kneeling on the ground with the heels of your hands directly underneath your shoulder blades and the fronts of your knees under your hips. Flex your left foot, keeping your eyes directly between your hands, and slowly lift your leg in the air until your knee is level with your hips. Hold, then slowly lower back to the floor. If you need an additional challenge, try squeezing a rubber ball at your knee joint.

There are thousands of other aimed exercises that can target different areas of the body, but make sure you’re targeting the results you want. If your goal is to build muscle, try cardio exercise and weight lifting, but stick to strength training exercises if you simply want to tone.

Let's Get These Kids in Shape and Have Some Fun!

Physical fitness is important for children. It helps them gain strength in the bones and muscles, which is good for growth. It also can help fight obesity by keeping the body in shape. Kids already get some exercise in gym and PE classes at school, but as a parent, I realize they still need more. Parents should be actively involved in promoting physical activities in their kids, creating some type of opportunity for exercise every day.

I have noticed that many public schools are getting more active in promoting physical fitness in children, which is great news. One thing I’ve seen some schools do to get kids moving is to add a rock climbing wall to the school gym or playground. They are accessible during recess, as well as on certain days during gym or physical education class. The kids seem to really enjoy these rock walls and it’s a great total body workout.

School playgrounds are actually a good source of exercise as well, offering a range of physical movements. Adding other things to the outdoor play area, such as a tether ball pole, basketball court, and volleyball net add even more fun and exercise. Some schools even allow the children to use bicycles, inline skates, and skateboards in a designated area. With this type of play growing in popularity, I have even seen some schools with bicycle and skateboard ramps.

Many museums also have an interactive physical health section where children can visit to learn more. Schools can take a day trip and teachers can center a lesson around this. Some of the museums even offer lesson plans or guided tours of these interactive exhibits.

Another thing I have seen schools do is to have a free play time at least once a week during gym or physical education time. They will have assorted things available to play with, like gym scooters, fitness balls, a rock wall, rope climbing, and many other items. These create physical activities that are disguised as fun to the kids.

Making gym and physical fitness fun is a great idea. In fact, that’s what we do in our household. Active kids are healthy kids, so we are sure that the kids get their dose every day, in addition to what is offered at school. Dancing is a fun and versatile family activity that is also great exercise. Some schools are also incorporating dance into the curriculum of the core subjects for added physical and mental benefits.

Our kids also like to play many of the classical games that children don’t seem to play as much of anymore, such as “Red Rover”, “Freeze Tag”, and “Dodge Ball”. Bike riding is another regular family event that we have found to be very fun and beneficial to the physical health of the children. It’s great to do any time of the day, but especially after dinner, one of the best times to burn some of those calories!

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Coolest Skate Park: Coronado Skate Park

Learn all about the Coronado Skate Park in Coranda, California.

If you happen to be roaming around near Coronado, Calif., and you are a skater then you are in luck. One of the coolest skate parks in the country is located in this city at 2000 Mullinix Drive. It opened back in 2001 and offers skaters 16,000 square feet of skateboarding fun. This park is designed for skateboarders and in-line skaters who want a safe place to skate and a park that offers a variety of skating formations.

General Attractions

There are four main skating formations in this skate park. The first formation is the Street Plaza. It is a shallow bowl with wall heights between 2 and 3 feet. This is a formation for beginners; if you are looking for a place to work on basic skills, this is a great formation to work on.

Intermediate skaters are going to enjoy the second formation, which is called the Clover Bowl. This bowl has wall heights between 5- and 7-feet tall. This is a great formation for skaters who are trying out new tricks and are not ready for the challenge of the Teardrop formation.

The Teardrop formation is designed for experienced skaters. It has walls that are up to 8-feet tall. This formation is great for air tricks, though some skaters criticize the height limitation of this formation.

The Street Course is the final skateboarding option that you can explore. It includes pyramids, banked hips and a fun box. This is the formation that you will want to try out if you are interested in a variety of skating terrain and formations. This course is great for breaking out of a rut.

Coronado Skate Park Costs

To start with, everyone will need to pay a one-time annual waiver fee of $10. This fee applies to everyone. In addition to the annual waiver, you will also need to pay an admission fee. There are several different admission passes that you can buy. Your first option is to pay a $5 daily admission each time you use the park. This is a great option for people who are in town on vacation or who don’t plan on using the park that much. Your second option is to buy a Youth Year Pass. This pass costs $60 a year and is sold to kids between 6 and 17 years of age. Adult Year Passes are for adults, ages 18 to 54, and they cost $100. Senior citizens receive a discounted price on their year pass. The Seniors Year Pass only costs $60.

If you need to rent your safety equipment then you can do that right at the park. It will cost you $1 for a basic safety equipment rental package, which includes a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. You can also rent a skateboard for $2; however, the parks supply of skateboards is limited.


The rules for this skate park are designed to keep skaters safe. The first rule is that you have to wear safety equipment if you want to skate here. As mentioned above, if you don’t have your own safety equipment you can rent it at the park. Next, only skateboarders and in-line skaters are allowed in the park. No bikes are allowed. Spectators are also not allowed in the park. Rule three is that you have to sign a liability waiver in order to skate at the park. You only have to do this once. Your waiver will then be kept on file. The final rule is that you need to be at least 6 years old to skate here, and you will need to have proof of your age.

You Have To Measure Those Feet, Ya'll!

Making sure your shoes fit properly is critical to comfort, good posture and general health. Feeling good is looking good and style should never need to be sacrificed for comfort. For this reason knowing how to determine your proper shoe size in both length and width is important.

Even if you think you already know your proper shoe size, it is important to measure your feet periodically. Our feet grow as we get older and the shoe size you wore in your twenties may no longer be appropriate in your 40s. Additionally, it is important to remember that our feet swell throughout the day, so a more accurate measurement is one taken in the afternoon. Finally, remember to wear the appropriate socks when measuring your feet: women should wear stockings for dress shoes, but wear athletic socks when measuring for sneakers and similar casual shoes. Men should wear dress socks for dress shoes and athletic socks for sporting shoes.

To measure your foot begin by placing your foot on a piece of paper on the floor and tracing around it. Make sure to keep your pencil completely upright at all times while tracing. You may have to tilt your leg forward a bit to trace smoothly around the heel. It is important that you trace both feet. It is common for one foot to be slightly larger than the other (it’s usually the non-dominant one; right-handed people usually have a larger left foot) and you shoe size will ultimately be based on the larger foot’s measurements.

Once you have your tracing, measure your foot at the longest point. Do not run your ruler on a diagonal. Rather, place it parallel to your tracing and take the measurement that way. To compensate for the width of your pencil, be sure to subtract 1/5th of an inch from the measurement. Compare the length measurement to a shoe size chart (there are dozens available online).

Ascertain the width of your foot in the same fashion, being sure to remember to adjust for the width of your pencil. Shoe width charts are also readily available online. However, choosing the shoe width for your foot can be difficult. Many shoes no longer come in widths designated by letter. Regular and Wide are often all that are available in women’s shoes. Regular is usually a B width for women. Women with broader feet may wish to try a Wide when available. Narrow has also commonly replaced A through AAA sizing for women. Men’s shoes more commonly use the traditional letter designation for widths. D generally translates to a Regular width in men’s shoes, with Narrow and Wide being on either side.

While shoe sizing is consistent within countries, shoe sizes are named differently in different places. Luckily, conversions charts are readily available online. It is also important to remember that different shoes are cut in different ways and not every shoe is right for every foot. When trying on shoes it is important to walk in them to test for comfort and fit.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you have what it takes to be the next Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan? Have you always valued your physical condition above all else? If so, you might have the makings for an incredible athlete, but sheer strength and endurance are just the tip of the iceberg. True athletes require several characteristics in order to succeed, particularly if they want to break out of the amateurs and go pro.


If you just kinda want to be an athlete, it is doubtful that you’ll go far, because the competition is much stiffer than you realize. There are thousands of people all over the world who want to spend their lives playing ball or running marathons, so you have to want it more than they do. Your skills might be equal to those of fifty other people, so something has to act as a tie-breaker.

Focus, drive and ambition are all qualities of a successful athlete, combined with the necessary skill and talent to get the job done. Participating in local events, reading everything you can about your chosen sport, and spending more hours in the gym will give you a significant leg-up on the competition.


Although the “thinking requirements” vary depending on the sport you want to play, athletes must be able to think logically and objectively in order to succeed. For example, football requires that athletes map out strategies in their minds before they ever make it out onto the playing field; the same goes for baseball and hockey. Or, if you’re a distance runner, you have to be able to plan your speed changes throughout the course, setting your pace so that you can make it to the very end.

Furthermore, athletes must be capable of making split-second decisions, particularly in high-impact sports where milliseconds matter. You can’t be thinking about what your teammates would do or how your coach is going to react; instead, you have to trust your own instincts and do what feels right at the moment a decision is required.

It is nearly impossible to become a professional athlete on your own, as much as you’d hate to admit it. Coaches, mentors, teachers, parents and friends all play a part in your success, and they can mean the difference between amateur and pro. Great athletes surround themselves with people who believe in their ambitions and with people who have done what they want to do before.

A mentor, for example, can keep you from making the mistakes that he or she made, and can give you advice for making something out of your career. Align yourself with positive people who have achieved the same goals you want to achieve, and you’ll go farther than someone who wants to do it by themselves.

If you want to be a professional athlete, it is best to decide as quickly as possible and make decisions reflecting that desire. It is never too early to start planning for your athletic future, so even if you’re on the high school basketball team, don’t let coaches or parents tell you that you should leave your options open. Instead, go for your dreams and make something of yourself regardless of what everyone else thinks.

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Healthy Options/Recipes for the Family!

How many times a week do you find yourself in a fast food drive-thru? How often do you feel guilty about it? This is something that parents face on an everyday basis as they rush home from work, and then off to the next recreational activity. It’s no wonder that parents think a home cooked meal is simply out of the question. Thankfully there are ways you can enjoy a home cooked meal, while still keeping it quick and healthy.

Every household needs a slow cooker. A slow cooker allows you to prepare quick and healthy meals, without all the work. In fact, you can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and place the removable pot in the refrigerator before going to bed. All you need to do the next day is place the removable pot into the slow cooker and turn it on low. When you get home, you’ll have that quick and healthy meal you’ve been dreaming of. Here is an easy recipe to get your started.

Slow Cooked Barbequed Pork and Vegetables:

  • 2 pound of lean pork, cubed
  • 1 pound of baby carrots
  • 2 large onions cut into wedges
  • 8 small, red potatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • Salt, to taste, Pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce \\ -Combine the first 5 ingredients in your slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
  1. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Ten minutes before serving, stir in the barbeque sauce and allow to heat through.
  1. Serve with a side salad and whole wheat rolls.

Of course, many parents turn to fast food because they don’t even have time for a quick meal at home. That’s when you need a quick and healthy meal that can be eaten on the go. Meals that can be cooked and assembled the night before are the perfect choice for such an occasion.

Fruit and Honey Chicken Wraps:

  • 1 pound of chicken tenders
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste, Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup honey, Whole wheat tortillas
  • 4 slices of honeydew
  • 1/2 pound of sliced strawberries

Sauté the seasoned chicken tenders in the olive oil until cooked through.

  1. Drizzle the honey over the cooked chicken tenders and cook until the honey creates a glaze on the chicken.
  2. Allow the chicken tenders to cool completely. Once the chicken has cooled, place two chicken tenders on a tortilla along with a slice of honeydew and 1/4 of the strawberries.
  3. Tightly roll the tortilla around the chicken and fruit and slice the wrap into two pieces.
  4. Place each wrap in a disposable container and store in the refrigerator.
  1. Serve with grapes and baked potato chips.

Both of these recipes allow you to stop the fast food madness. Best of all, these recipes are just a starting point. There are thousands of slow cooker recipes available online and the type of wraps you prepare is only limited to your level of creativity.

If you have any recipes ideas, improvements, suggestions, please
comment below and let us know! Let us in on some of your secret recipes!

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Best U.S. Marathons: World Disney World Marathon

One of the most popular marathons in the country is the Walt Disney World Marathon. It is held in January of each year and it attracts thousands of runners. The attraction to this marathon is that it takes runners through all of the Walt Disney Theme Parks, including: Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you want to run this marathon you need to get your registration in early, as there are a limited number of entries accepted and spots fill up quickly.

Participating in the Walt Disney World Marathon

To enter the Walt Disney World Marathon all you need to do is go to their website and fill out the entry form. You can even pay online. When you arrive in Walt Disney World you will have the option to participate in several great events and activities. However, you will want to pick up your timing chip, commemorative items and race packet ASAP. Race events start at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

It will cost you $30 if you don’t return the chip. If you finish within the allotted time then you will be mailed your finisher’s certificate in February.

Race Events During the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

There are several different running events that you can enter during the marathon weekend at Walt Disney World. The main event, of course, is the marathon. This race takes you park hopping. Along the race course you will be cheered on by fans and Disney characters and treated to music and Disney movie science. The entry fee for this event is between $110 and $125. The 2009 event will be held on January 11. Right now the entry for the Walt Disney World Marathon is about 60 percent full, so you need to hurry if you want to reserve your spot.

The second event during this special weekend is the half marathon, which is run on Saturday. This race event also has a limited number of spots available, and unfortunately all spots are ful at this timel. If you want to run this event in 2010, keep your eyes open for the next entry period. which will open after the 2009 event in January.

The final main event offered during the Walt Disney is Goofy’s Race and a Half event. This event is for runners who want to run in both the half and full marathon. This event is limited to 4,000 entrants and it is already closed for the 2009 event. If you plan on participating in this special race duo, you will get several additional goodies in your goody bag, many of which will undoubtedly become valuable collector’s items in the future.

What Makes This Race Special

The main attraction to running in the Walt Disney World Marathon is that it is a Disney event. Disney fans from around the world try to enter this event for the fun atmosphere, the Disney themed events and goodies and for the excellent recreational activities that are available before and after the race. In order to facilitate participants in the planned running events, the Walt Disney company has put together several money saving travel packages that include lodging, special services, park hopping tickets, rental cars, meals and special event tickets.