Maintain Bows And Arrows

Whether someone has just began shooting or has been doing it for decades, he or she will want to take excellent care of his or her equipment. This involves making a habit of checking one’s arrows and bows before commencing shooting. Notably, one should check the limbs for cracks and nicks, and also that the bow has been strung correctly. The bow’s metal parts should be checked for corrosion or rust for those who shoot in rainy or humid places.

Some makers of bows advice that a light synthetic wax should be applied to a bowstring after every few months. In addition, the shooter should check the string for signs of broken or loose strands of fraying. For those who use compound bows, they should carry out routine checks on their cables and bow strings. This can be done by running fingers over the surface of a bow’s limbs while looking carefully for twisted limbs or bulges and cracks in the limb surface. Cracks are also likely to develop in some risers, although very rarely.

A bow that requires some repair or whose parts need to be replaced can break if the owner continues to use it. A notable problem involves damaged limbs or risers. Should this be the case, it is advisable to stop shooting and then unstring the bow carefully if it is a longbow or recurve. Then, one should contact the bow manufacturer or local dealer to seek advice.

Generally, it is the arrows that undergo the most wear and tear of all hunting and archery equipment. This underlines the importance of inspecting them each and every time one plans to shoot them. The archer should check the points to ensure they are not coming unscrewed or unglued. He or she should also check the fletching to ensure they are fully attached, while also replacing any nocks that are observed to have cracks.

For those who shoot wooden or aluminum arrow shafts, checking for straightness regularly is recommended. This can be done by laying them on a flat surface in a way that the fletching is off the edge. By simply rolling them back and forth, any bent arrow will immediately become obvious. In the case of wooden arrows, watching out for cracks is paramount. Such cracks can results in the arrow breaking dangerously in the midst of a shot.

Increase Vertical Jump With Plyometric Exercises

Plyometric training is beneficial to any athlete that wants to be more athletic and/or explosive.

If you’re willing to commit to doing plyometrics on a consistent basis, you can literally transform yourself from an average Joe to an athletic freak.

Plyometric workouts can work for anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the guy who can’t jump to save his life or the guy who has natural God-given athleticism; you will benefit from plyometric exercises.

At one point and time, people thought that athleticism was either something you were born with or you didn’t have. Fortunately, that is not true. Athleticism can be developed. You can increase your vertical jump and become a great athlete as long as you’re willing to do the necessary exercises consistently and persistently.

Some of the most effective plyometric exercises are, squat jumps, tuck jumps, depth jumps, and one-legged maximum height jumps.

There are many plyometric exercises to choose from but you only need to focus on using a few and then you can add others once your body gets used to the same exercises.

If you’re serious about increasing your vertical jump, you should know by now that you need to incorporate plyometrics into your workouts.

In order to get the most out of your plyometric exercises, you need to combine plyometrics with strength training. You want to strengthen your muscles with the strength training, and then train your muscles to be fast and reactive with the plyometric exercises.

Once you combine the two, you have a winning formula for increasing your vertical jump.

Items of Running Gear


Headphones are a popular accessory for runners and make it possible to continue to listen to favorite tunes while on-the-move. For extra safety and comfort, there are special wireless headphones that make it possible to hear environmental noises or hazards, such as traffic, while out on a morning run. But, for those that plan to exercise on a treadmill or trail run, there is the option to go with the sealed headphones that block out distractions.

Fitness tracker

For those runners that like wearable tech, the fitness tracker or heart rate monitor is a great solution to monitor the running and training. Most come with an easy to read display that can include features like calories burned, pace, distance, elevation and heart rate. In order for features like pace and elevation to give accurate readings, it is necessary for the device to include GPS technology. Other features include adjustable straps to easily fit any wearer and the ability to withstand the effects of rain and sweat.

Waist bag

A centrally placed waist bag gives complete comfort to run with keys, phone, ID or other essentials. Most are large enough to easily accept the latest smart phones or other electrical gadgets you may wish to travel with. The preferred type of waist bag is made with a water-resistant material and includes an adjustable strap for the safe and convenient fit.


To avoid many of the common foot problems from running long distances it benefits to wear the right socks. Running in the exercise specific socks makes it possible to avoid issues related to toenail damage and blisters. By combining the running socks with a well-fitting pair of shoes the feet are kept healthy. Many of these socks are made in a merino wool and nylon material with no seams which can start to irritate the feet after a long run.

Marathon Running

Five short years ago, I had not begun a vegan diet, nor had I run more than an occasional 1-2 miles on the running machine (staring at the wall at the fitness club, it felt like a death sentence). Growing up, I had been a miserable athlete, skipping all PE classes from 9th grade onward to avoid humiliation.

Just as a plant-based diet often begins with small steps, such as avoiding meat one meal a day (or one day a week) or eliminating a single kind of meat from your diet, until you’ve actually begun running, it’s totally natural for you to believe you’re not capable of getting in shape to run a marathon.

Only after you have run around the block or survived 5 minutes on the dreaded running machine do you start to recognize your true potential. After settling into a training routine, you get a few 5- and 10ks under your belt, and start to realize that a half-marathon is within your grasp.

I don’t mean to understate the preparation and commitment you need to run a marathon. But while you shouldn’t expect to get there overnight, it’s not as difficult as you might think. There are unlimited resources available to develop your marathon training plan, and first time runners should generally allow from 4-6 months, depending on your condition.

It’s OK if it takes you several months, or years to develop the confidence to sign up for a marathon, as long as you keep moving in a positive direction. Whether preparing for a marathon or starting a plant-based diet, you’ve got to expect occasional setbacks and self-doubt along the way. The key is to not allowing yourself to be deterred from reaching your goal.

Although I ran Tokyo Marathon, my first, in March 2009, after 1 1/2 years, I began to doubt whether I could do another marathon, and whether I would be able to make it to Honolulu, owing to time, finances, as well as minor injuries including knee pain and a sore achilles tendon. There were last minute surprises, too, like discovering I had forgotten to pack my 5-fingered grip socks just before laying down to sleep on the eve of the marathon!

Once you make your mind up to run a marathon, you need to decide your specific training goals. Avoiding injury, more than a running a fast time, was my first priority throughout training the past year. In addition to running (cardio), I have been doing core exercises and yoga for strength, balance and flexibility. Although I was sucking wind at the end, I had finished the Honolulu Marathon, in a time that even surprised me.

After finishing a marathon, you’ll feel like you can accomplish anything. If you have prepared well, I guarantee you will enjoy it, and want to do it again. Scheduling another running event in the future will give a purpose to continue your training, too. Like a healthy vegan diet, running benefits your physical fitness and your mental outlook.