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Shooting Ranges Vs Acorns and Yoga Balls

Shooting Ranges Vs Acorns and Yoga Balls
Shooting Ranges Vs Acorns and Yoga Balls

Find Shooting Ranges Near Me

Finding shooting ranges near me piece of cake, just Google or yelp.
Or open your mind to other ways to satisfy your hunting urges and finesse your target practice, such as zombie targets, and clay pigeons. Darts aside, I stumbled upon this free shooting game idea, and the most satisfying way to hone in on my skills with the help of acorns and yoga balls. You heard me right.

Watch my video where I and my cats are obviously having tons of fun doing just that! ( I found later that they prefer that I throw acorns at a scant angle to the ground so that it skips along immulating a grasshopper, but they are cool with my target practice as well ;))
Not only are acorns free, I literally hated them and now I dont. Luckily I have an oak tree providing me voluminous amounts. Need a moving target, just tap that yoga ball with your foot and watch it roll. Hurry, get set and shoot away.

Real shooting Ranges vs Acorn Pellets

What can I say. Lots of differences exist. In my opinion, throwing acorns offers lots of advantages over paying at the shooting ranges.

It saves lots money that you can save for important goals
gets you outside, not always the case with shooting practice
Its alot more active
Animals dont get hurt
Pet cats also enjoy it
acorns get repurposed and appreciated
… you tell me what else I forgot

Shooting stance may lock up your tighten your muscles but not in the best way. Running around. throwing acorns with your pets, friends and kids seems a lot more athletic and interactive in my experience.

I do enjoy the fact that I am training my hand eye coordination in a way that does not represent violence. I understand the desire for people to feel protected but I also believe that thoughts attract actions. Seeing acorns and yoga balls, kitties and sunshine lends to rather happy non violent thought…

Ethics of Hunting as Sport

I know that hunting games are for real. As an occasional organ meat/ egg eater, I understand where that comes from. I believe that some people seem healthier eating animal foods in moderation.   I therefore understand the justification in desire to kill for that purpose and that for most shooting ranges serve as a means to that end.

I support local small farms offering animals ample outdoors and grasses, proper feed and care. Thats the commercial aspect that I align the most with. Killing as a sport, or trophy hunting legally requires that the whole animal be used. I agree with that. If you intend to use the whole animal and feed your family I understand the hunting aspect. Real hunters track the animal and stock it. This takes lots of patience and skill. Perhaps it does help human spirit to integrate the primal instincts of wild animals or  to reacquaint with our ancestors.

I dont understand the common practice of “hunting” animals that have been herded and trapped in a small area for the purpose of becoming living targets. On several levels it feels like a fake sport that offers no growth of character or spirit, at the same time instilling this air of superiority in our selves at the expense of regarding animal lives as having no more value than a spinning mechanical bull.

Do you not want to invest the time and effort into real hunting? Then what are you doing this for? Meat? Desire to kill? Impress someone? When it comes to ethics of real hunting games, these three pieces are the rewards, not the experiences autonomous of the hunt itself.

Designing a hunting a sport that allows such cherry picking is  just another aspect of modern human consumerism over learning to actually become the provider. zero effort= fast gratification. Such delusion atrophies the spirit, leaving you naked should the bubble burst.

So have I answered  your three main questions of where to shoot? when is hunting season? where to hunt? 😉

Happy target practice and Merry Christmas !

 

I like finding things readily availbale in nature as a resource to get a good workout. Here is a tutorial on how to prevent tendinosis from ankle sprain using branches balance and coordination

In spirit of Christmas I made this Video Christmas Dessert Recipe Collection featuring: NO BAKE CHRISTMAS CAKE RECIPE

SNOWBALL COOKIES AND COCONUT FLOUR ICE CREAM

DESICCATED COCONUT CHEWS 100% MMMM DELICIOUS

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Eye Strain Healthy Eye Care Face Scalp Mobility

Ease Eye Strain Healthy Eye Care Face Scalp Mobility
Ease Eye Strain Healthy Eye Care Face Scalp Mobility

More than Healthy Eye Care & Sculpt

If you seriously care about healthy eye care you know about eye exercises. Eye exercises  have been around. Remember Clear Vision 20 years ago? These definitely in fact do help regain better vision and do a lot to help minimize eye strain from monitors and poor lighting.    Also, eye and face exercises in general  have the gained a reputation of maintaining a youthful look by sculpting muscles and pulling out puffy and saggy.  The earlier in life you get used to doing these the merrier you be later 😉  However face exercise benefits run deeper than aesthetics and healthy eye care.  Scalp massage and hair pulling also do more than just help maintain and restore hair growth.  Several energetic lines, same ones used by acupuncturists, run through your face and scalp. Muscle contractions and stretches of various facial muscles and fascia stimulate these points, positively effecting broad aspects of your well being.

How Face Exercise Helps Your Body

Organ meridian points found in face and scalp include those of Stomach, Large Intestine, Gall Bladder and Urinary Bladder as well as Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel meridians. All these meridians travel to other parts of he body as well but will either start or end in the scalp or face.

Several of these meridians contain points next to the eyes, ears and nose. Not surprisingly, these points have effects related to eye, ear and nose issues respectively. However, many points offer additional healing for psychiatric issues, hair loss, hypertension, and pain and stiffness in neck, shoulders and upper back. One example, the Conception Vessel only has one point on the head, in the grove of the chin under the mouth,which can alleviate speech problems, and dry mouth.

The Large Intestine points can help with all kinds of nose issues such as nasal discharge, allergies and nosebleeds.

Urinary Bladder, Stomach and Gallbladder have many points that pass near each other. No wonder all three help alleviate any eye related issues such as excessive tear production, redness, dryness, painful, itchy eyes/eyelids, twitching eyelids and blindness. Some points also alleviate facial paralysis, face and jaw swelling and pain, neck pain, lockjaw, toothache, hearing issues, deafness, tinnitus, ear pain, ear discharge/infections, “splitting headache” headache w/nausea/vomiting, migraines , frontal and sinus headaches.

Both Urinary and Gallbladder meridian contain  points help relieve various psychiatric conditions like insomnia, anxiety and depression, ADD/ADHD, seizures, poor memory. Other relieve neck, shoulder and upper back pain/stiffness, hypertension, dizziness and vertigo.

Governing Vessel points go up the center of the back of the head, down center of your face and end inside the mouth at junction of center gum and frenulum of the upper lip. Among numerous similarities in effects of St, LI, UB and GB certain points of GV help bad breath, and low back pain. Below I list a few points that stand out significantly.

GV20  located at the crown of your head alleviates prolapse, anal, uterine, vaginal and hemorrhoids. It even aids  parkinson’s and alzheimer’s, motor control issues.

GV18, bull’s eye at the back of your head balances internal organs qi, useful for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and hormone imbalance.

GV17 helps shortness of breath, multiple sclerosis, lou gehrig’s, and muscular dystrophy.

GV16  effects the medulla function (breathing issues, asthma, tight chest, etc.) spinal cord issues.
Psychological issues such as mania, palpitations from fear a/or fright, suicidal thoughts.

How Does Face and Scalp Mobility Work?

As I mentioned earlier muscle contractions and stretches stimulate points of your face and scalp.  Applying gentle pressure with your hands offers necessary resistance and traction to allow your muscle fibers and fascia to massage those points. Applying such resistance just above eye brows, with slight upward traction, while doing eye lid contractions and eye ball circles massages points located nest to your eyes, nose and cheek bones.  These include ST, LI, UB and GB.

Jaw and lip exercise, with gentle hand traction always, stimulate points of ST, GB and UB located on the periphery of your face.  Wrapping your lips around your teeth inward stimulates points of ST and GV located near or inside the mouth.  Similar stimulation happens when you purse your lips and create resistance by pressing your tongue on the inside, along the entire circumference of pursed lips.

For a visual explanation and more lip and tongue tips check out my post SENSUAL FULLER LIP SECRET KICKS ALZHEIMER’S . Tongue exercises efficiently activate all those points in the periphery and even other more central points once you get the hang of it. When I was  little I remember mesmerized by its supple strength and plasticity, watching fascinated my tongue do a belly dance in the mirror! I never lost that desire 🙂

Hair tugs and scalp brushing feels amazing, activating your hair and all the GV, GB and UB points located there.

Remember to do these regularly, just as you do diet and other excise.

For a much more detailed look at each of these points I highly recommend YinYanghouse. Here you can click on point functions and locations to scroll through easily.

Do these eye exercises for a beautiful face

Here is a soothing cupping and feather ASMR  massage for cravings and beauty

And here is skin elasticity natural botox cupping package

which may be combined with face ashiatsu massage

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Ease Knee Bursitis Joint Mobility Stretch Break

Ease Knee Bursitis Joint Mobility Stretch Break
Ease Knee Bursitis Joint Mobility Stretch Break

 

Knee Bursitis from Full Body Perspective

Knee bursitis can be thought just a symptom of a stiff body. Our bodies werent made stiff. However, our sedentary work style has mass produced an epidemic of new diagnoses. I wont argue whether or not fibromyalgia, lupus, cancer and diabetes can be solved with movement only. However, one can realize significant improvement in numerous conditions and resolve numerous others by restoring your body’s natural mobility. Stiff joints dont only cause pain and lack of function but also increased susceptibility to injury. The resultant chronic inflammation implies disrupted blood and lymph flow, which means insufficient flow of oxygen and building blocks to your cells and poor waste disposal at the cellular level. I believe joint mobility can greatly alleviate knee bursitis, with your diet bearing the other piece of the puzzle.

What How Often and How Much Exercise to Lubricate Your Joints

I demonstrate a full body joint mobility sequence in my video. Most people with knee bursitis should have no trouble with these exercises. However, you may wish to go a little slower and always listen to your body for signs of discomfort or pain. You can also start with the head and work your way down or vice versa. The idea is to carry all your joints through a range of movement that it is designed for. Weight bearing components serve a function of releasing adhesion and strengthening the joints. Another component, the body armor or corset, exposes joints to some unusual movements that help to prepare your joints for unusual circumstances. Corset exercises help protect you from injury. Another component, the mind activation, serves several crucial functions. An activity that challenges your body and the brain charges your brain with practical abilities such as problem solving, spacial intelligence and quick decision making. These body mind neurological pathways also greatly improve your performance in scholastic activities, such as math. a An exercise worth doing challenges the brain. Such an exercise has to have sufficient complexity to continue engaging your brain. In fact any new exercise stimulates brain function. Therefore constantly learning new activities will add a significant component of interest to your daily joint mobility routine!

So here it is in a nut shell:
#1 range of motion for all your joints
#2 weight bearing with joint in various positions
#3 Weight bearing with focus on unusual positions
#4 Stimulate the Brain

 

How often? I feel best taking stretch breaks every hour.  Listen to your body.   Since these are short stretch breaks , several times get up an and do these to feel most alert, happy and relaxed.

Examples of Key Exercises for Good Joint Mobility

If you have limited time, focus on joint mobility exercises that encompass as much of your body as possible. Body waves help lubricate the whole spine. Your spine communicates to all your other nerves and therefore muscles and joints. You can do spinal waves against a wall. However, doing it on the floor engages your joints more fully and offers more weight bearing. Squats have numerous health benefits to your digestion, body alignment and fitness. To keep my back comfortable and uninvolved I find it very helpful to mentally focus on my belly button anchoring into the ground, rather than sticking my butt out!

Hanging, while not shown in this video, have lubricating and strengthening effect on your shoulder, elbow and wrist. I highly recommend practicing your upper body strength in this way rather than weights, or at least incorporate into your weight lifting routine. You can learn more about how to engage the right muscles on Ido Portal’s notes page.

Kinetic coins, riddles you solve with your body, offer a fun and opposite approach to most types of problem solving. Rather than examine and then act, you allow your body to act out and your mind to observe whats happening and then help guide it along. Various physical arts have that component to an extent. I consider hula hooping one of those! It certainly keeps my mind engaged at all times and many times the body figures it out before my mind does 🙂

Check out this other body armor / corset Balancing Workout for No More Ankle Tendinosis

 

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Back Support Putting Up Cat Fence

Back Support Putting Up Cat Fence
Back Support Putting Up Cat Fence

Daily Activities and Back Support

Back support isnt something you wear for a set period of time. It is something you do! Continuously. Its not something you set aside time to do. Somehow our world has come to isolate even these kinds of non temporal experiences into blocks of time, most commonly an exercise time block that focuses on your abs.

Body Mechanics vs Exercise

Unlike exercise, body mechanics is something we practice continuously. If you practice poor body mechanics in life, an exercise routine will be no more than a bandage or a distraction from real cause of your back pain, hip pain, sciatica etc. Question is are you practicing body mechanics that support good form and functional longevity?

Good form while exercising seems common sense. Surprisingly, good form takes a second seat to performance during a typical exercise routine. When pushing yourself to fatigues you likewise compromise good body mechanics.

How to Improve Body mechanics?

Good back support forms the key stone of good body mechanics. Your belly button marks your center of mass. To keep good body mechanics and back support, focus on keeping your belly button squarely over your feet at all times unless you counterweight as I will elaborate on in next paragraph. Most people most of the time drop theirs in front when they reach, bend and even while they stand , walk and sit.  The other side of your belly button is the small of your low back. Check in with how your low back feels. If it feels like its tensing up, rather than stretching you probably need to shift your weight back so that your belly button rests over your hips. Imagine that your belly button is facing the floor and anchoring you as you bend or squat. What does your body need to do to achieve that?

Allow your body to figure it out for you. You will feel yourself squatting a little deeper and your hips reaching back more than what you would let them do. Avoid any static poses that take your center of mass behind your hips or to the side of them. Doing so places bad strain on your muscles, requiring them to take on the role of support, a role designated to your skeleton.

On the other hand, a counterweight requires that you shift your center of mass away from your support in order to feel biomechanically sound and balanced.  A back bend or sun salute creates a counterweight by leaning away from your feet up to your bellybutton at which point your body leans back over your feet. Your body weight remains evenly distributed over your feet. Another counterweight example is having some assisted support such as a hammock or resistance band holding up or pulling you in the opposite direction. A body in motion often experiences brief shifts in center of mass. Even the act of glide walking, your natural walk, has your center of mass briefly falling forward just before your leg thrusts in front and catches it. Most people wont relate to this or the smooth feeling of natural walking, because they have learned to tense up their hips and to lead with their head and shoulders instead. Learning rhumba or salsa helps you relax your hips and get a good feel for glide walking.

Compare the feeling of those two exercises to the strain of standing straight and too close to the wall while trying to drill a hole. The later may result in a “muscle brace” that remains locked up in case you hit similar bad form in the future.

If you are feeling relief in your low back, thats success! Congratulations on reaching good back support! Keep practicing this drill throughout your life. Dont wait for the next exercise block to focus on good body mechanics 😉

Watch My video DIY Cat Fence: Solving An Escape Mystery

Here is another example of daily body mechanics belly button squatting compost pile

Check out my other videos:How to Prevent Ankle Sprains & Improve Ankle Strength & Coordination with this Body Armor Warm Up

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DIY Cat Fence: Solving an Escape Mystery

DIY CAT FENCE: SOLVING AN ESCAPE MYSTERY
DIY CAT FENCE: SOLVING AN ESCAPE MYSTERY

 

DIY Cat Fence

Since the time I lost Pickle to a hungry coy wolf January 2016 Ive had the resolve to put up cat fence to keep my cat family safe. Rolls around end of summer and my kitties are ripe for real adventure. Ive had this fence up for a few weeks and Im on a constant look out for yet another clever escape. My roommate’s cat is doing most of the escaping for now. It takes her no time at all to find the next escape route. A lot of my suggestions are thanks to her. While my babies are not quite experienced enough fortunately for me, Im hoping to utilize her escape skills in time to cat proof my cat fence. I like to think they feel content here inside the yard in company of one another, cicadas, grasshoppers and one giant climbing paradise of a tree. Orange loves hopping onto the shed roof top from there and thats where he hangs out a lot. But.. cats are curious creatures and contentment requires upkeep 🙂

Choosing the right cat fence

At first I was ready to shell out $600 for a ready made cat fence. I would recommend that route if you can afford it. I believe the support structure is much more sound, of better sturdier material. It will likely save you time not having to fortify areas that a flimsier construction inherits. Also there is a Houdini proof fence mechanism thats available, which collapses with the weight of the cat but springs back up once the cat releases. Noone likes the feeling of falling.

DIY will likely save you lots of money though. If you do go the DIY route, there are better options for different types of fences. For example, if you have a chain link fence, I suggest a DIY roll bar for your cat fence.

Cat Fence Pitfalls

My frugal nature had me searching for a diy option. Sure enough I found one step by step tutorial on how to cat proof your yard fairly easily. This is bar far the most cost effective cat fence. However, as you will see in my videos, where I have provided detailed suggestions, there are plenty of ways a cat can escape this set up. I believe this fence can work very well when installed with attention to details. However, Im still trying it out and likely havent ruled out all escape possibilities.

This set up requires deer block and garden stakes. Garden stakes are actually very easy for your cat to bend with body weight. Their primary purpose is to support the mesh and to keep it tight enough so that the cat cannot grab a hold of the fence behind it. Even so, if your cat holds on to it for any length of time, the stake will break and will have to be reinforced. I use other such stakes and tie them with zip tie in places my cats favor. Deer block, a kind of very fine mesh, also rips easily. Supposedly cats dont like holding on to it. However, its important to “stitch zip tie” it as I show in my video. Otherwise next time your cat attempts that same route, the mesh wont be in its place to stop it. A clever cat may take the gaping opportunity of your oversight and escape before you get a chance to fix it.

Also, check that the mesh is properly taut between the stakes and staples below. Watch for unusual holes and rough areas in your actual fence where cats can grip through the mesh. Gates and corners offer special challenges as I demonstrate in my video. Good luck 😀

Watch My Video: Back Support Putting Up Cat Fence