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I need to reduce my excess weight gained due to my unhealthy lifestyle

I need to reduce my excess weight gained due to my unhealthy lifestyle

I am not happy with my lifestyle. I am slowly becoming a fat slob and I hate it. I have never been like this before and I need to do something to get me back to my former self.

Paradoxically, things actually became good for me before I slid into my pathetic lifestyle. I got my dream job with a great pay and soon after I fell in love with a beautiful woman, the woman of my dreams; then I became fat.

I am a very talented programmer. I noticed my talent early and concentrated on it. After completing college, I joined a small firm where I was not happy since the company could not offer me the great challenge I needed to match my talents. However, my skills shone through and I was employed by a multinational gaming company. My dream came true. The pay was much more than I had ever expected and I was suddenly a rich guy. I vowed to work hard to repay the trust that the company had been bestowed on me.

Before I had started working for my current employee I had been a very active guy. I was always out engaging in some sports, parties, and all kinds of recreational stuff. I had a group of friends whom we loved to do all kinds of sporty stuff with. I remember we would spend weekends going off to camping trips where we would hike across great distances. At times we would go on kayaking trips on the country’s coastal waters or engage in river kayaking competitions. Whenever we were broke and could not afford an extensive trip, we would grab our bikes and go for long rides across the country.

These activities ensured that I always had a trim physique. Furthermore, during this time I did not eat much. I often cooked light food while at home or ate the light food prepared at the kitchen at the firm where I previously worked.

Fortunately or unfortunately my current job is very exciting and I love it very much. I love it so much that I devote almost all my time to it. Most of the weekends I am working and I am often working late into the night. As such, I can no longer have the crazy time with my friends. Then there is my wife.

My eating habits have greatly changed since I got married. My wife lovingly cooks lots of tasty food for me which she insists I must eat. We are also often out having dinner at sumptuous restaurants thanks to my big salary. The rich restaurant deserts, my wife’s generous food portions, plus my inactivity have led to a distinct transformation on my belly and waistline.

I need to do something about this excess weight and my lifestyle. I need to go back to working out. Unfortunately I cannot join my friends on the weekend-long escapades that include sports such as sea kayaking or cycling. I am seriously thinking of joining a gym where I can have a few hours every now and then to work off some calories.

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Investing on a kayak resort on our inland ancestral land

Investing on a kayak resort on our inland ancestral land

I live on the flat lands of the country close to the ocean. Our ancestral land is a huge chunk of land that runs a few miles along a huge river that slowly empties its waters into the sea a few miles off. My great-great grandfather had been the first settler in these regions and he had taken up this land primarily to control trade from the natives who would bring loads of farm produce, game meat, ornaments, precious stones, and skins from the inland.

The trade had made my grandfather grow very wealthy and he had been able to start other businesses which eventually led to the growth of my hometown. Other businessmen and farmers came to the region and contributed to the growth of the town. My great grandfather took over the river trading business from my great – great grandfather although he was now dealing with more civilized people. The other inland business continued to boom as well.

When the railway line was built much of the river transport business came to a halt since most merchants then preferred to ship their cargo on the rail. My grandfather therefore saw the business dwindling and decided to start farming on the expansive estate instead. The estate was quite fertile and with the abundant water from the river, we were able to get much profit from the land. My father inherited the business and is doing quite well with the business. He is a natural farmer and he is able to always to manage the land to produce great harvests.

Growing up, I know that I am destined to inherit this business. It is a profitable business but I am thinking that the river can also be used in other profitable ways. The river is a massive water channel about a mile long with slow moving waters.

I am particularly thinking of introducing a recreational resort where people can come and kayak on the sluggish river waters. Kayaking is a famous activity in the country especially along the beaches. I am thinking that the spot could also get a lot of revenue from fishing activities.

This mighty river running parallel to our farm is filled with all kinds of fish. Fishing was the main activity that the river became famous for after the legendary river trade died off. Lots of fish can be found on the river but there are not many ideal spots for recreational fishing, especially since most of the land on either side is privately owned and not many of the land owners are willing to open up their land to the public.

Our land is however conveniently located. We are bordered by the highway on one side and the river on the other side. I am sure that we can spare a portion of the land for a recreation haven. From my financial projections, I am confident that the venture would rake in much more profits than the farming.

Apart from hiring out kayaks to tourists, I plan to include river water sports such as kayak races, swimming, fishing competitions, and rowing competitions.

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Safety kayaking tips for novices heading out to open waters

Safety kayaking tips for novices heading out to open waters

Despite kayaking being such a great pastime, it also has some risks. Below are some of the safety tips that one should consider before taking on the open waters on a kayak.

Learn some basics about kayaking: This goes without saying. Before going out into the open waters, you need to know the basics about kayaking. Learn the safety rules and get familiar with some self-rescue techniques.

Do you know how to swim: This is very important, not only when kayaking but when using any watercraft. There is always the danger of capsizing or falling into the water. The question of whether you know how to swim or not is not only relevant to you but also to those around you so that they would know how to react when you fall into the water.

Always wear a life jacket: Whether you are an expert swimmer or not, you should always wear a lifejacket when kayaking. This is especially important when kayaking on rough waters such as when whitewater kayaking. Life jackets may not give one that sexy cool look, but they can definitely save your life.

Always confirm the weather conditions before heading out: Weather is quite unpredictable, especially if you are going kayaking out in the ocean or seas. You do not want to be caught by a storm while out in the middle of the sea.

You also need to be aware of the possible changes in the temperature. It might suddenly get cold or hot. As such, you need to be armed with the appropriate clothes. Get a wet or dry suit for wet or cold conditions and in case the sun gets too hot, you might need to wear a long sleeved shirt and some protective headgear. You might also need to pack sunscreen for the skin.

Always follow the kayaking rules: This cannot be stressed enough. You have to adhere to the set rules; this includes observing the weight limits of your kayak, and ensuring that you have all the necessary safety gear on board.

You also need to follow the rules set for the given area you are going to tour. This is especially important if you are going to fish or camp.

Go out with someone: Having a companion or companions while out kayaking is pretty important. Anything might happen while you are out at sea. You might lose your compass or GPS in a storm and lose your directional bearing while out in the middle of the sea. In such a case a companion might help out with theirs. You could also fall sick while out kayaking, a companion will help you out. In case of an accident, you will also have someone to help you out.

Inform someone of your plans: This is especially important if you cannot get someone to go out kayaking with you. You then need to inform someone of your plans. Tell them how long you will be gone and what areas you will be touring.

This is also important when going out as a group. Let someone know how many people you are, what areas you will be in and what you will be doing.

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Principles of proper sea kayaking & camping

Principles of proper sea kayaking & camping

Kayaking is today a popular recreational activity. Many people are opting to choose recreation sites that provide kayaking facilities due to the many advantages that kayaking provides. A recreation activity that is especially popular is sea kayaking. This is where an individual or a group of people go kayaking on the seas or ocean. Sea kayaking includes hiking and camping along the shore.

Below are some principles that sea kayakers should adhere to so as to ensure that they leave the environment clean and disturbed (leave no trace). These principles ensure that the kayakers will also respect other visitors.

Be ready to share the natural resources and be considerate of others: When out in the open seas or on the shores, it is important to consider the welfare of the other visitors in the vicinity. Try to share space reasonably. For example, it would be only reasonable to let the bigger groups to camp on more spacious beaches and the smaller groups to take smaller camping sites.

It is also good if a group of kayakers can stay as a group rather than be scattered around a large area. This helps give other groups more space and freedom. Bright clothes are ideal when sea kayaking since they help other people to quickly identify you, especially those with motorized watercrafts.

Lastly, groups should try not to make any loud noises. Many people go out into the seas in search of quite, let’s not deny them nature’s tranquility. Noise might also disturb the sea creatures.

Manage your waste appropriately: While out sea kayaking, we are apt to have some waste. This could be waste from food that we had carried such as bones, it could be in form of food wrappers or food containers, it could be the packaging of gadgets such as fishing equipment, or it could be human waste. All this waste should be disposed properly.

All trash that you might have or that you might come across should be packed back and disposed in the proper disposals in the mainland. Human waste should also be packed off. Peeing should only be done on durable surfaces i.e. on gravel, rock, grass, or compact sand. Game entrails should not be deposited in fresh water. However, they can be disposed back into the ocean. If you are kayaking on fresh water, the entrails can be buried some distance away from the water body.

Camp on durable surfaces: When camping after a day of sea kayaking, it is important that a group chooses to camp on established campsites. This is an area that has a stable ground of sand, gravel, rock, or sand. Vegetation should be avoided since the more the vegetation is trampled, the more the established site gets enlarged. Vegetation on dunes should also not be interfered with since it helps to hold the dune in place.

For safety reasons while out sea kayaking, it is important to have a tide map to know the point where the high tide reaches.

For the campfire, consider having a small fire that will minimize the risk of starting a wildfire. You might consider packing a lightweight camp stove for the trip which will also help avoid the need of using firewood.

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