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The Game of Hockey Brought to Your Backyard

Written by Recreation Magazine on October 16th, 2016. Posted in Backyard ice rink liners, Backyard skating rink, Home ice rinkhome ice rink

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It’s a game with a puck, a stick, and ice, and although hockey may seem like the domain of Canada and other countries with colder climates, it is now possible to bring the game of hockey to your own backyard.

Although the number of hockey players overall in the United States is growing, a difficulty in growing the sport has been due to the lack of an ice surface. Fortunately, over the past decade, that process has been made slightly easier with the advent of the backyard ice skating rink.

In the past, it was up to private companies or municipal governments to create a surface on which a child could play hockey. Now, a mom or dad who wants to give their child the opportunity to play hockey can control the process. Continue Reading No Comments

A Short History of Cheerleading

Written by Recreation Magazine on September 16th, 2016. Posted in Custom pom poms, Youth cheer pom poms, Youth metallic cheer pom poms

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Cheerleading is a popular American sport that boasts over four million cheerleaders across the nation. But have you ever wondered about the dynamic history of this popular sport? Here is everything you need to know about the history of cheerleading.

Cheerleading first started as a male sport.

Funny to think, but those cheer poms that came to be nowadays are because of college football. The first intercollegiate football game happened in 1869, and by the late 1880s, Princeton University had formed an all male pep club. The goal of this pep club was to energize the crowd and to root on the team, and the first organized cheer was invented by medical student Johnny Campbell.

Texas is known as the home of cheerleading.

Even though the first official pep team w

Gearing Up to Go How Outdoor Adventuring Can Change Your Life

Written by Recreation Magazine on July 14th, 2016. Posted in Fishing tackle, Shooting range, Sports stores in tampa

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No matter what your favorite hobbies are, there is something to be said for taking it to the great outdoors. Even those who would rather sit in an air conditioned building, or go shopping, or revel in the excitement of everything that a city has to offer, when given the opportunity to experience the peace and beauty that nature has to offer, it is hard not to appreciate it. And for those who are ready to jump right in to everything that could possibly be seen, explored, or experienced on a great outdoor adventure, it will be hard to be disappointed, especially if all the preparations have been made and all of the equipment is stocked up, packed, and ready to be used.

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Hey Pom Poms, You’re So Fine, You’re So Fine You Blow My Mind, Hey Pom Poms!

Written by Recreation Magazine on July 11th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

plastic poms pomsCheerleading is a sport that boasts a 100-year history and nearly four million athletes in the United States alone. Aspects of cheerleading can be seen in every part of American culture, from fashion accessories to pop music. But there was one decade in our nation’s past that was more cheerleader-centric than any other. Think big hair, bold prints, power ballads, and MTV. Yep, were talking about the 1980s. Here are some examples of cheerleading throughout this decade of bright color.

Saved By the Bell
Starting in 1989, this sitcom focused on the life and drama of six California students. The show mirrored the trials and tribulations of high school life in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and what high school would be complete without a cheerleading squad? Kelly Kapowski was the It Girl, in large part because she was also the head cheerleader. A flash of those red and white plastic pom poms, and the Bayside spirit filtered into houses worldwide.

Hey Mickey!
With the rise of the music video on MTV, pop artists turned to costumes, characters, props and plots to promote their music through short narrative films. Toni Basil portrayed a cheerleader in one of the first videos to become popular, for her song “Hey Mickey.” With its chanting, cheer-like refrain and Basil’s colorful cheer poms, and her crisp choreography, this video shot to the top of the charts. And as one of the first cultural icons to bring cheerleading into the mainstream, Basil set the stage for cheerleader popularity to come.

The Mall
The 1980s brought the birth of the mall to suburban America. What cheerleader didn’t go to the mall to stock up on pom pom accessories after practice? Stores in the mall were brimming with everything related to cheerleader pom poms, from yarn pom poms on socks, to headbands, roller blades, and jewelry. There was no such thing as having too much!

Jazzercise
It is no secret that cheerleaders are athletes, with 62% of cheerleaders participating in a second sport. In addition, 12% of cheerleaders are dancers, so it is only natural that they would be a part of the 80s Jazzercise era. This fun, boisterous form of exercise was great for all, cheerleaders included!

From plastic pom poms, to custom pom poms, youth pom poms, and metallic cheer poms, Poms4Less is the place to go for any of your pom pom needs! So go get your 1980s on and feel the spirit!

Recent Studies Confirm the Health Benefits of Hot Tubs

Written by Recreation Magazine on May 12th, 2016. Posted in Caldera hot tubs in delaware, Hot tub installation, Hot tubs

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While most people think of home spas, saunas and hot tubs as a luxury, they are overlooking the health benefits of a hot tub. Medical research shows a link between sauna baths and longevity. Hot baths may also be used in diabetes treatment and management. And then there’s the fun factor. There’s nothing more fun than to spend a chilly or even snowy evening in the hot tub with your family and friends and some cool drinks.

What are the health benefits of a hot tub?
Hot tubs and home spas can promote overall health and well being. Soaking in hot tubs helps people with insomnia, arthritis and stressed or tense muscles.

How High Speed Cameras Affect Our World

Written by Recreation Magazine on May 5th, 2016. Posted in High speed camera price, Phantom v611, Vision research incorporated wayne nj

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There are a few different kinds of cameras that can be used depending on the type of picture that you want to take. There’s everything 1000 FPS cameras to slow motion cameras to many other kinds. Photography is really about much more than just the taking of the picture. One must have an eye for angles, lighting and motion but the type of camera that is used makes a huge difference as well. Here are a few types of cameras to show you the options that you may have.

High Speed Cameras
A high speed camera has the ability to expose images at more than 1/1000. This is also known as more than 250 frames each second. Recording fast moving objects is difficult but after recording, the images are then played back in slow motion. Because the high speed camera is able to capture them at hig

Decreasing Your Carbon Footprint Choosing a Bike That is Right for You

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 26th, 2016. Posted in Bike shop chula vista, Scott bikes san diego

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As a species, human have by far had the biggest impact on our planet for better and for worse. At our best we participate in conservation efforts and projects to create cleaner, better energy to diminish our effect on the environment. At our worst we can eradicate whole species, destroy ecosystems, and threaten the delicate balance of nature. Over the past several decades we have become increasingly aware of our role in the world and many have taken steps to decrease their carbon footprint and lessen the negative impact they play on the Earth. One of the best ways to do so is to cut back on or completely eliminate vehicle emissions by commuting via bicycle.

Road Bikes

There are a number of different bikes built for different terrain. Road bikes make up around 20% of all bike sale

High Speed Cameras Find Many Applications in Research and Industry

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 12th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

10000 fps cameraDo you need a digital high speed camera? That depends. If you work in the scientific, military, aerospace, automotive, research, and entertainment industries and need to capture high speed movements for analysis, there’s probably a vision research phantom camera that’s right for you. With a range of slow motion cameras like the phantom flex4k and the 10000 fps camera, there are no limits to their uses in research, manufacturing and entertainment.

From wildlife photography to weather forecasting to industrial parts testing, there’s a ultra high speed camera that’s right for your current project.

Digital and high speed photography 
Digital and high speed photography have transformed photography and expanded its applications in many different directions. Since George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company in 1888, photography has become increasingly popular and accessible. The advent of digital technology, the Internet and social media have taken this even further, and for many people, taking pictures is almost second nature. By 2014, it was reported that digital cameras could be found in almost one third or 31% of all households in the U.S.

High speed photography captures motion on film, with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000th of a second. The amount of light allowed on the film depends on shutter speed, which is measured in fractions of a second. Shutter speeds can be anywhere from one whole second to 1/1000th of a second. Regular photography uses shutter speeds of 1/125th of a second in sunlight.

High speed film and its applications 
High speed cameras can capture video at speeds of 250 frames per second (fps) and upwards. This allows the camera to record very rapid motion. The film can then be slowed down for analysis of the movement. For instance, one of the earliest applications of high speed photography, as early as 1878, was to film running horses determine if all four feet were in the air at the same time at a gallop. In 1886, Austrian physicist Peter Salcher photographed a supersonic flying bullet.

High speed photography has developed into an engineering tool, which allows scientists, engineers and researchers to visualize and analyze motion. It can capture movements that are too fast to be seen by the the human eye or conventional cameras.

Taking high speed photography further 
High speed photography finds applications in a whole range of industries, including basic research in academic settings, commercial product design and applied research, industrial manufacturing and production, defense, automotive testing, and of course media applications.

New technology makes high speed cameras like the 10000 fps camera accessible in terms of cost. There are many sturdy and portable models available, increasing the number of possible uses. High speed cameras have been used for wildlife photography, analysis of upper atmosphere weather phenomena, studying the impact of space debris on astronaut safety and much else.

The accessibility and versatility of high speed cameras like the 10000 fps camera means that there is no limit to their possible uses. Future developments in the field are expected to focus on electronic imaging with higher resolution and faster frame rates. Smart cameras with powerful software options will continue to revolutionize the technology and its applications.

How Will Terrorism Affect Your Family’s Next Vacation?

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 8th, 2016. Posted in Colorado rafting trips grand canyon, Colorado river rafting grand canyon, White water rafting trips

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We’ve all read the headlines: suicide bombings in Denmark, mass shootings in France, train bombings in Spain. While Europe used to be a relatively safe haven for tourists, it seems those days are a thing of the past. In fact, with terror attacks on the rise worldwide, nearly all international travel is no longer as safe as it once was. In response to this, more and more Americans are turning to domestic United States vacations to fill the wanderlust gap that international travel used to fill. If you’re searching for an affordable and, most importantly, safe adventure vacation, look no further than an exciting expedition of river rafting the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon: America’s National Treasure

The Grand Canyon is one of the oldest and largest geological features on the planet and

5 Must-have Items to Always Take on a Fishing Trip

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 6th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

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If you are planning to make it big on the show Survivor, it might be a useful skill to learn how to catch a fish with nothing but the hands God gave you. For the other 38 million Americans who actively participate in hunting and fishing, being properly equipped for a fishing trip is the difference between enjoying yourself and coming home empty-handed. It’s a delicate balance to make sure you have all of the supplies you need, but that you aren’t weighed down by clutter that you don’t need. Some of your fishing essentials depend on the environment you’re in and the type of fish you’re hoping to catch, but almost all fishing trips should include this essential list:

  1. Your Fishing License
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service carefully monitors the game and fish populations to keep our delicate ecosystem in balance. Issuing licenses a way of ensuring that there are not too many people reducing wild populations, and that you are not taking marine species that could have a negative impact on the ecosystem. What that means to you is that if you are caught breaking licensing regulations in your area, you’ll be subject to hefty fines. You can obtain a fishing license online or at a tackle shop nearby your fishing destination. Make sure you don’t leave home without it.
  2. Food and Water
    Spending a lot of time in the great outdoors can really zap your energy. Staying hydrated should be one of your greatest priorities. Even if your outing is only going to last between lunch and dinner, make sure you bring plenty of water. Beyond that, don’t let yourself get hungry! Having food on hand will keep the trip enjoyable for yourself and your companions. Being hungry makes a person cranky.
  3. Fishing Gear to Match Your Game
    The basic fishing tools are a fishing rod, a line, and some bait. Everyone knows that at a minimum, you will need that much. The type of fishing sport you are attempting and the type of fish you hope to be eating for supper determines what other gear you will be needing. Unless you’re an expert in the area, it’s a good idea to swing by a local tackle shop and ask what type of fish are biting and what equipment you will need.
  4. A Cooler
    You will need something to store your fish in, so they are fresh when it’s time to eat. If your fishing hole is just a short walk away, you might only need to look for a cooler that is leak proof and provides good insulation. If you take your fishing trips on one of the 16.8 million boats our great country boasts of, you might want to consider a compact storage option like a backpack cooler or insulated bag that can be tucked away until it’s needed.

    You will find that not all coolers are created equally. Having a great cooler is an essential part of being successful. When you’re ready to buy a nice fishing cooler, it’s a good idea to consider the ice retention rate, leakage reviews, capacity per cubic foot, and drainage.
  5. A Recording Device
    Let’s be honest, fishers get a bad rap for exaggerating the size of their catch. When you have the catch of a lifetime, you’re probably going to want to talk about it once or 300 times, and maybe people will be hesitant to believe you because of the tall tales other fishers (not you) have come up with about their impressive catches (once again, not you).

    However, there’s no denying your glory if you have photographic evidence of it. Science tells us that 82% of the time you’ll be fishing with a buddy. If you have a camera handy when you catch that mythical creature that only a fisher at your adept skill level is capable of catching, your co-fisher can snap a picture of your big smile while holding it.

What are your must-haves when you go on a fishing trip? Share your fishing packing tips with us the comment section below!