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Five Ways Kayaking Can Improve Your Health

Have you ever been to a vacation resort and seen other people enjoying a nice, long kayak ride? Have you thought about becoming a kayak explorer? You’re on the right track if you are considering taking up kayaking as a hobby. It can do wonders for your health. Here’s how:

It Strengthens Your Muscles

The very act of kayaking can help you to build muscle strength and endurance. It doesn’t just work one area of your body; it works at least five. Some of the main areas that get toned from regular kayaking are the abdominal muscles, pectorals, shoulders, biceps and back. Additionally, you can burn more than 450 calories per hour engaging in kayaking. That’s more calories than you can burn doing some of the popular fitness activities such as running or bicycling. If you were looking for a hobby that will keep you fit and trim, you’ve found it.

Check out this Kayak Infographic:

It Enhances Mood and State

Another muscle that you work when you get on a kayak and start rowing is your heart. You work your heart, and that causes your body to release various hormones and brain chemicals. Two of the chemicals that you release are serotonin and dopamine. Both of those elements are responsible for feelings of well being, calmness, and even joy. Your emotional health is an important part of your overall qualify of life. Therefore, you should seriously consider picking up this activity.

Kayaking Fosters Peace and Serenity

Water and other natural elements always seem to encourage a sense of peace and serenity. Going on kayaking adventures can give you some of that great peace and tranquility that everyone needs from time to time. Furthermore, you’ll be able to see a variety of scenery and broaden your experiences and horizons.

It Can Strengthen the Romance

Have you ever considered going on a kayak with the one that you love on your special day? You can take a long and loving ride on Valentine’s Day, your wedding anniversary, or any other day that you feel is special to yourself and your mate. You will feel like you are the only two people in the world during the time that you spend together on your kayak. Alone time always improves a relationship that is lacking it. Consider renting one of these gorgeous boats the next time you plan a getaway with your loved one.

Become a Kayak Explorer Today

Are you ready to go on an adventure? Don’t be afraid. You can become a kayak explorer today if you like. You will need to speak to an expert so that you can choose a model that is right for you. Some of the models that you have at your disposal are Tandem kayaks, sit-on-top models, touring models, and recreational units. A specialist can take some information about you and then assist you in the process of elimination. You can hire a teacher to instruct you to operate the kayak, as well. Start learning how to be a pro today. It’s a great idea!

Speakers

Andreas Weigend
Fmr. Chief Scientist, Amazon.com

He teaches at Stanford and directs the Social Data Lab, helping companies understand the Social Data Revolution and its irreversible impact on how we express our identity, relate to each other, make purchasing and lifestyle decisions, and create knowledge as a community. Previously, as the Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, he focused on building the real customer-centric, measurement-focused culture, key to Amazon’s success.
Andreas is currently an advisor or board member of RocketFuel, Skout, VillageVines, Solvate, eCommera, Peerius, ApeSnap, Uniqlick, and Mu-Sigma, as well as a limited partner at Founders Fund. Startups he co-founded or advised include Moodlogic (music crowdsourcing, sold to All Media Guide / Macrovision), Cleverset (recommendation technology, sold to ATG/IBM), Agoda.com (travel and hotel reservations, marketed to Priceline), Xiaonei (now RenRen, China’s largest Facebook clone), and Nugg.ad (behavioral targeting, sold to Deutsche Post).

Nick Halstead
Founder & CEO, Mediasift Ltd

Nick is CEO and Founder of Mediasift Ltd – which created TweetMeme.com – one of hottest real-time news aggregators based on data from Twitter. TweetMeme has stored over 4 billion unique links that have ever been shared on Twitter (used for the famous Retweet Button of which 500 million widgets are served every day.)


His latest product DataSift is a real-time data mining platform processing 100′s of millions of pieces of social media data each day. DataSift also supports storage of the real-time streams – based upon HBase + MapReduce bringing the next generation in social media data analysis.
Nick has been in development for over 20 years and continued to push the boundaries of technology within the web space. He is passionate about the future of news and ‘Big Data’.

Bram Cohen – Founder of BitTorrent

Bram will join the founder of the summit, Gil Elbaz, on a panel that will discuss Open Web and how open it is.
Bram was the employee of the MojoNation which he quit in 2001 after which he started his work on BitTorrent. He created CodeCon conference where he showcased his first version of this software. He attracted a broad audience with this software as it was able to support sharing of the large files (movies, music and so on). He also worked in Valve Corporation for short period where he dealt with a digital distribution system that we all saw in Half-Life 2. He left the Valve after less than a year and went to from BitTorrent, Inc.

Anthony Goldbloom – Founder and CEO of Kaggle

University of Melbourne graduate Anthony Goldbloom started his prolific career in Department of Treasury of Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He then went on and became an intern in London (The Economist). His first thoughts that spawned the Kaggle were in London where he wrote about “big data” in a column. From there he went to the USA where he created Kaggle, a company that helped NASA, Ford, and Wikipedia (among others) in problem-solving through predictive modeling. The company was very successful, and it gained a lot of media coverage due to payments they received from satisfied clients.

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Using Javascript to Kick Off Event Driven Web Programming

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