Choose Balance Bike or Training Wheel for your kids?

Balance bike is always the better option than a Training wheel. Balance bikes have won the hearts of many kids basically because of their amazing simplicity and efficiency. Many parents have come out to express the satisfaction that their kids have had after riding this type of bike.

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The customer ratings that balance bikes have been awarded with are extremely high. Kazam v2e Balance bike for instance, has been awarded  4.5 star ratings. This definitely proves that it is worth purchasing, any day, any time.

What makes such balance bikes to receive high ratings is the fact that these balance bikes possess awesome features which enable the child to learn how to ride bikes in the easiest ways possible, without having any kind of injury inflicted on them. An example of a feature that most balance bikes have been the possession of rear drum brakes which are easy to use by the child when braking.

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Schwinn Balance bike

It is one of the most preferred balance bikes by most parents for their kids. This particular balance bike is unique in that it offers a perfect foot to floor design which confidently inspires the child in knowing how to ride a bike. The type of tires that this balance bike uses are the easy-to-roll air tires which make the whole learning process to be an extremely easy process for your child. In addition to that, the Schwinn balance bike has adjustable handlebars and seats, which are necessary for the child since the child grows as days pass by. These are just but a few of the essential features that this particular balance bike possesses. Let’s look at these features in detail:

Features and Specifications

  1. Adjustable seats and handlebars

We all are aware that kids grow with time, and they usually grow very fast. In that case, they need bikes that are flexible in that they can be adjusted to suitable heights for the growing child. Well, Schwinn balance bike is an example of such a bike because its seats and handlebars are all adjustable. Come to think of it, purchasing this bike for your child is far much better than buying a rigid fixed bike. In the case of rigid fixed bikes, you will be required to buy new bikes now and then, because these bikes can’t be adjusted to fit the size of your growing child.

  1. Air tubes and tires

Your child will find riding Schwinn balance bike to be a very easy task, thanks to its air tubes and tires. These kind of tubes and tires have an easy rolling effect and, therefore your child will find it easy when learning how to ride a balance bike.

  1. A beautiful new design.

The bike has a smart design which is famously termed as foot to floor frame design. This design gives the bike a good looking appearance. Besides that, this design is beneficial when it comes to its utility. Therefore, children who are beginners in the filed of riding will have a confidence build up when they ride using this bike.

The pros of Schwinn Balance bike.

  1. Affordable

The bike is sold at pocket friendly prices unlike other kinds of bikes. Therefore, most parents can be able to buy their children Schwinn bikes.

  1. Easy assembly

As long as the parent follows the guidelines highlighted in the manual, he or she will find assembly of the bike to be an easy task. Therefore, getting the child riding within no time.


It is heavy.

To be honest, the weight of the Schwinn balance bike is higher than you can expect a balance bike for kids to have. This makes it hard for kids who are underweight. Be sure to purchase this bike if your child has a slightly well built body.
Now that you know what kind of a bike to purchase for your kid, it is wise to go for it. You never know, your child can be having a biking talent, and buying him or her Schwinn balance bike can be the greatest breakthrough for your child. Don’t make your child grow without knowing how to ride a bike, get him or her one Schwinn balance bike, today.


We are told that walking and cycling are good for us, and that we should all leave the car at home. The argument runs that the benefits are so obvious that no further reasoning is required. In reality there is little evidence for this assumption, and the situation is not improved by a review carried out in Glasgow.
The wonderfully named ‘Walk in to Work Out’ trial showed improved scores for mental health, vitality and general health, but this was as good as it got. The increased risks to life and limb of not being protected by the mobile steel container that is the modern car were not factored in.


Contact dermatitis is very common among hairdressers; about 70 per cent of them suffer some form of skin damage. It is not only dyes that cause problems, but shampoo and even conditioners often cause trouble for the teenage trainee.
Dyes are really only allergenic during the process of application, so allergic reactions are more common among DIY dyers than salon customers.
This is worrying news for the budget conscious, as it can be used in evidence that it is better to be pampered in a salon than do a cheap job over the kitchen sink.

Does a change in diet affect the relapse rate in ulcerative colitis? This trial started out with 184 patients in remission, and during the year of the study 52 per cent suffered a relapse.
The risk of relapse was significantly higher among those who ate more red or processed meat and drank more alcohol. So that seems straightforward then – or does it? The researchers went on to say that it may all be because of the sulphur or sulphates these foods and drinks contain, so perhaps wild sea bass and organic chardonnay will be all right.

One popular way of handling the daily deluge of requests for same-day appointments is to triage the calls with a nurse. Larger practices may be able to set this up in-house, but smaller practices are not going to have sufficient critical mass to do this. One suggestion is to use NHS Direct – after all, someone has to use it for something.
This study covered 4,700 patients, splitting them fairly evenly between practice and NHS Direct triage. The NHS Direct group were less likely to have their call resolved by a nurse and more likely to have an appointment with the doctor. In addition, the NHS Direct nurses spent on average seven and a half minutes longer talking with the patient to achieve this.
The good news for patients is that the long-term outcome was the same – it was just slower and more expensive.


Background oxidative stress can cause cancer, but can antioxidant supplements reduce it? This is one of those big reviews where 14 randomised trials comparing antioxidants with placebo for the prevention of GI cancers were examined. The trial quality was considered to be generally high.
The authors were unable to find any evidence that antioxidant supplements could prevent GI cancers. On the contrary, they seemed to increase overall mortality. Try telling that to a patient who has just spent pounds 45 in the health food shop.

Walking to work helps mental and general health, but being a pedestrian may be more inherently dangerous.
Having your hair dyed in a salon is safer than doing it yourself.
Red meat and alcohol can increase the relapse rate in ulcerative colitis.
NHS Direct is slower and dearer than in-practice triage.
Antioxidants do not reduce GI cancers, and may increase overall mortality.

Walking: keep on treading

Treadmill walking provides cardiovascular benefits as well as exercising legs and hips. Posture tips and training schedules by experience level are provided.

IF POOR WEATHER OR uninviting terrain keeps you from walking outside, try a treadmill. Treadmill walking exercises the buttocks, calves, thighs and hips, but it’s the heart that gets the most benefit. Many of today’s machines combine changing inclines and controlled pacing to create a routine in which cardiovascular benefits equal those of a lengthy run or bike ride.

Treadmill Walking

Walk tall

Proper posture is important with any exercise. Keep your back straight and head high, with your eyes looking ahead-never down. Make sure your shoulders are level and your weight is centered over your feet. Your feet should be pointed straight ahead.

Because the ground moves under you, you may forget to push off with your toes, which can cause your shins to ache. To avoid this, consciously maintain a natural walking stride.

When walking, never look behind you-you might misstep and far. Refrain from holding the handrails, as wen; this transfers energy to your upper body and decreases the cardiovascular effect. For maximum aerobic benefit, swing both arms, keeping your elbows close to your sides.

Training schedule

Plan to walk every other day for about one hour. This allows you five to 10 minutes for warmup, a 45-minute cardiovascular segment and five minutes for cooldown. To burn fat, you should work out at 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate for the 45-minute segment. If your goal is cardiovascular improvement, you’ll want to push yourself to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate for at least 15 minutes.

Beginners. If you’ve never walked on a treadmill start at about 2 miles per hour, a pace that will allow you to gain balance and security. Once you’re comfortable on the machine, find the top speed at which you can walk-you’ll use this for your cardiovascular segment. For most people, this is around 3.5 to 4.5 mph (racewalkers can get up to about 5 or 6 mph).

Intermediate/advanced. Three factors shape the intensity of your workout: frequency, speed and duration. As you progress, never increase more than one element at a time.

Add variety to your workout with interval programs: Walk one minute fast, then one minute slow for 15 to 30 minutes-this increases cardiovascular capacity much faster than a steady pace. You can extend the length of time of the intervals and the duration of the interval segment as you progress.

Some people prefer walking with weights-hand weights and weight belts are both popular. But each method is controversial in the medical community; some exercise physiologists feel walking with weights increases the possibility of lower back or joint problems. If you walk with hand weights, use one- to three-pound weights and never exaggerate the swing in your arms.

(Success Stories) A real biker: after nearly losing her leg, fitness training keeps her motor running.

When it came to physical activities, I was no slouch. Growing up in Italy, Germany, New York and several other states in the U.S., I always wanted to be outside doing some kind of physical activity or sport. I was known as the tomboy in the family. Most of my high school years, however, were spent studying and concentrating on my grades. It wasn’t until I graduated that I started to participate seriously in sports, outdoor activities and training in the gym.

After graduating from college with a business degree, I finally fulfilled my passion of riding and racing motorcycles (dirt and street). In 1997, at age 25, I won first place and overall point standing for the Women’s FTR Motocross Series. In 1998, I moved to northern California to compete nationally in the Women’s Motocross League. Weightlifting, cardio and good nutrition were all major parts of my training. The more muscle I built, the more control I had and the better I rode.

On Dec. 5, 1999, while practicing at the Hangtown National Outdoors track outside Sacramento, I was struck by an out-of-control rider. The impact was so hard that my left leg folded sideways at the knee. For several seconds my bike lay on top of me, pinning me to the ground with my ankle touching my hip. I dislocated my knee and tore my meniscus, as well as three of the four ligaments in my knee. I stayed in intensive care for two days because the doctors couldn’t get a pulse in the main artery of my leg. Without it, they said they’d have to amputate my leg from the knee down.

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Muscle Lost, But Knowledge Gained

Fortunately, on the third day, my doctor found the pulse in my leg and decided to operate. After total reconstructive surgery — bolts and a metal plate now hold my knee together — I spent two weeks in the hospital and three months on the couch, which caused a lot atrophy. Even though I tried to maintain some level of activity and had home therapy, I lost the hard-earned muscle in my left leg and glute area. The next six months were really tough. I fell into a depression and had no desire to participate in any physical or social activities.

Then one day it just hit me: If I wanted to race again and regain my level of fitness, I had to work extra-hard. I went through physical therapy for one year, but I decided I needed more knowledge of my body and fitness so I could train harder.

Some days I felt like I could barely lift my eyelids, much less free weights. But I knew that turning on a workout video or just jumping on a NordicTrack wouldn’t give me the same benefits as an individualized, well-rounded fitness program. So I started training hard and became certified as a personal trainer. I did cardio every other day, and weight training and stretching 5-6 days a week.

My three-day split included chest and shoulders on day one, lower body on day two, and back and arms on day three, then repeating that order of workouts. I also used supersets to maximize muscle work in the shortest amount of time. Not only did all this training rebuild my muscle, but it increased my self-confidence, energy levels, and strength and functionality in daily living. Fitness pervaded all aspects of my life and I started riding again 1 1/2 years after the accident.

I’ve started working toward my master’s degree in sports and fitness, and have begun racing again. In addition to weight training and riding motocross, I stay fit by hiking, in-line skating, kayaking and running. I want to utilize the knowledge, skill and experience of exercise and nutrition that I’ve gained to aid others in achieving lifelong fitness goals, and to provide social and psychological support. I was lucky to gain back my muscle and achieve 100% use of my knee, a feat I attribute whole-heartedly to my doctor, fitness training and, most of all, the support of loved ones.


Top list Outdoor Sports

After showing outdoor recreation to be an important part of most Americans’ lives (SGB, May, page 14), the Recreation Roundtable’s second phase of research identified which leisure pursuits Americans are most interested in. Unfortunately for sporting goods retailers, camping, fishing and hiking did not top the list.

Surprisingly, walking/jogging and driving for pleasure are the most popular outdoor activities, according to the new Recreation Roundtable/Peter Hart survey. Walking and jogging were cited by 88 percent of the respondents as their leading activity, while 82 percent said they drove America’s highways for recreation.


Other outdoor activities cited in the survey of just under 800 Americans over the age of 18 were: swimming (55 percent); bicycling (44 percent); fishing (37 percent); boating (36 percent); camping (29 percent); backpacking and hiking (18 percent) and skiing (15 percent).

In addition to participation data, the study looked at activities people have an interest in trying. The survey showed nearly two out of three Americans would like to try an activity they don’t now regularly enjoy, with skiing and boating attracting the greatest interest. In fact, those with an interest in becoming skiers is nearly identical to the number who presently ski.

The research supported youth participation programs, such as AFTMA’s in revealing that six in 10 Americans began their favorite recreation as a child, most often with a parent or family member. Only three percent of all Americans said they took up their favorite activity through local park and recreation programs, or through organizations such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

Eight out of 10 swimmers and anglers started their participation as children, and 74 percent of today’s anglers were introduced to fishing by a parent or other family member – a substantially higher proportion than any other activity.

The survey also shows that younger Americans (ages 18-34) have high interests in taking up skiing, boating and backpacking/hiking. Mature Americans (65 and older) now choose walking and jogging (40 percent) and driving for pleasure (24 percent) as favorites today and express limited interest in taking up new activities.

Most Americans (77 percent) plan to stay at least as involved in recreation activities in the future, according to the survey. Only 28 percent expect to increase their involvement, while 18 percent expected to decrease their participation. Respondents between the ages of 18 and 34, those with incomes of $50,000 and over and those in the West were most likely to increase participation.

Businesses bring typically outdoor activities inside

Residents of the Capital Region no longer have to wait until spring to enjoy their favorite outdoor sports and recreational activities. Businesspeople in the area have opened establishments catering to enthusiasts of various activities that traditionally have been thought of as taking place outdoors. By bringing them indoors, weather no longer has the detering effect it once had.

Miniature golf

Miniature golf, originally thought of as outdoor recreation, has been brought within the shelter of the Clifton Country Mall recently by Raynald Maynard. The manager of 3T Golf, Maynard said he first thought of the concept about eight years ago. “I tried to find a place for 18 holes,” he said; 3T Golf currently offers a 9-hole course.


“People like miniature golf,” Maynard said, noting that he has received mostly positive feedback from his patrons. He added that in conversing with the managers of indoor miniature golf courses located in malls in both Holyoke, Mass., and Canada, he has learned that indoor miniature golf courses actually increase in traffic in the summer months. He said that young people on summer vacation contribute largely to that growth.

Although not officially affiliated with the McDonald’s chain, 3T offers a party package plan in conjunction with the restaurant located next door. For $6 a child, the plan provides a McDonald’s Happy Meal, birthday cake and a 9-hole round of miniature golf. Maynard said the parties are popular. He has hosted 12 this month and 15 more are scheduled. General admission for the 9-hole course is $3 a person, with discounted rate of $2 each for children under age 11 and senior citizens.

“Friday through Sunday are the busiest times,” he said. “At about dinner time, the whole mall slacks off, but then it builds back up. Weekdays are generally slow,” he added.

“If you had the room and the money, I don’t see why you couldn’t bring anything indoors,” Maynard said. “People aren’t as active outdoors as they used to be, and that’s unfortunate. People are also always looking for something new. If you had a few ideas, you could go far.”

Rock climbing

And even rock climbing has been brought indoors locally by William Pierce, manager of Rockworks Inc., located on Vischers Ferry Road in Clifton Park. Described as a gym by Pierce, Rockworks simulates the challenge of rock climbing in an indoor environment.


“The walls are set up for climbing,” he said, noting that ropes are strung from the ceiling. Different sets of hand-holds are implanted in the walls, each representing a different route to the top. About 17 ropes are strung, enabling Rockworks to accommodate 15 to 20 people at any one time. The floor is padded with a layer of small, rounded stones covered with a woven mat. “People are tied off as they climb,” Pierce said. “Even if someone falls off the rope, they can’t hit the floor.”

Someone–referred to as a “belayer” — holds the rope for the climber. Usually, the belayer is a partner of the climber, but climbers have been known to partner with other patrons, Pierce said.

For the more experienced climbers, Rockworks offers an 18 foot ceiling climb. At a height of 17 to 19 feet off the floor, climbers work their way across the ceiling. “This is very similar to an actual outdoor climb,” he added.

“People are surprised at the workout you get,” Pierce said. “It takes different muscles than people are used to.” He said the experience is more of a stretching exercise.

“Rock climbing has received very little exposure locally, with the exception of a few TV shows,” Pierce said. He added that the popularity of rock climbing in the western United States and in Europe is dramatically higher than in the northeastern United States.

“We’re surprised at its growth,” he said. “There’s a lot of interest,” and he said that the number of patrons is increasing. With less than a year in business–it opened last January–Rockworks is expanding into a vacancy next door. Pierce said he expects to complete the expansion by mid-February.

Although there is no membership offered at Rockworks, 10-day passes are available. Instructions, which are mandatory for first-time visitors, cost $10 for the first person in a group, and $5 for each additional person.

“We don’t let anyone loose until they are taught the proper procedures,” he said. Occasionally, individuals may be required to repeat the instruction session, “but most people catch on in the first time.”

After initial training, the fee for climbing is $6 for the first two hours and $1 a person for each additional hour. The cost of the required harness rental is $2; shoes (optional) are $3 a person. Pierce added that Rockworks offers group rates for a minimum of six people. Instruction is rated at $3 a person. Climbing fees are $5 for the first 3 hours a person. Harness rentals cost $1 a person; shoe rental cost is $2.50 a person.

Anthony Riggi, general manager of Scoreboard Lounge and Entertainment Center in Albany, said “We try to keep abreast of the times. The industry and technology is getting better and better,” he added, noting that many new transitions are being made in bringing outdoor games indoors. He said that at a recent trade show, he saw an indoor version of skeet shooting. “This would be a great addition if you had the space,” he said.

Currently, Scoreboard offers three indoor versions of outdoor games, in addition to the traditionally indoor attractions such as football. The most popular of the three is simulated golf. Scoreboard has five such golf machines which simulate any of seven different courses. The player watches a video screen that provides several different views of each hole as the player progresses toward the green. The vantage point of each view is determined by the strength with which the player hits the “ball.” The films the players watch are of actual 18-hole golf courses from around the globe.

Three of the golf machines are located in the bar area of the Scoreboard and cost $20 an hour to operate. Two others are located one each in the establishment’s two private rooms. These are priced at $25 and $35 an hour.

Typically, the golf machines are frequented by experienced players, primarily men. Most people play simulated golf in groups, but some individuals choose to play alone. “This is more popular during the winter months, and on rainy days. Golfers would rather play outdoors whenever they can,” Riggi said.

Scoreboard also offers two attractions focusing on baseball. A wiffle batting cage–about 24 feet long–provides the player with the experience of batting. For 50 cents, the player gets 10 balls. “This does well with both men and women,” he said.

The Bullpen, Scoreboard’s second baseball attraction, measures the speed with which the player pitches a baseball. Complete with a strike zone, the machine determines balls and strikes. Cost is 50 cents for either three strikes or four balls.