Monday, February 25, 2008

The Art Of Catching Crabs


The Art Of Catching Crabs by Crabbing
Crabbing is a fun, recreational activity which resides in the intermediate region between fishing and hunting. While a fishing trip could be somewhat uneventful to some, you'll rarely come home empty-handed with crabbing. If you’re living anywhere along the coast or a river outlet, then crabbing is an interesting option to consider.

Crabbing is the term referring to the activity of gathering large, edible crustaceans from the ocean. A crabbing trip is usually action packed and more active than a fishing trip. For even greater entertainment, go with groups of friends and see what kinds of interesting results you will get.

Crabbing constitutes a high volume commercial industry in many coastal regions in the United States. It also a popular recreational activity that could be practiced by hobbyists looking for a free seafood dinner . When compared to fishing, crabbing usually yields more results on an hourly basis.

It also quite economical; in the simplest form, crabbing could be practiced by holding a bait connected to a line while sitting on a wharf. A more pricy practice of crabbing would be to rent a fishing charter or by own a boat and scatter crab pots. Tourists can spend some excellent time crabbing when the season for crabs is right

The equipments needed to go on a crabbing trip are few and simple to use. You'll never need anything more than a dip net and a couple of crab traps. In many situations, a dip net is all you need.

Unlike fishing, there are not many essential key techniques to catch crabs, other than to use your ninja reflexes when scooping swimmers with the dip net. The right and best time for crabbing, is about an hour or two before high tide. The right time to make an exciting crabbing could be during the month of May throughout October

Depending on where you live, there are different species of crabs you can catch, although they're not nearly as manifold as the species of fishes out there. Blue crabs are the most popular species along the east coast and coastal states in the South. These feisty crustaceans are renown for their delicate, sweet meat and fiery temper.
Please beware of your hands when handling these guys. They will thrust their pincers at anything moving towards them from up above, and their pincers are barbed so you do not want them into your fingers. Usually however, thick leather gloves solve all your crab handling problems.
From a dietary perspective, crab meat is high in protein and minerals while low in fat, and will work well in many forms of low-fat diets. Rock crabs are available almost anywhere. They do not look as nice as the other two species, but they're still edible, albeit a somewhat bony.

Weighted Vests And Exercise: Are They Worth It

Weighted Vests & Exercise: Are They Worth Itn by MelioGuide


You just started a bone-healthy exercise program that incorporates all the important ingredients to address bone health. Excellent work! You are already well ahead of the game.


Most of you have either read or heard about weighted vests. Are there any additional benefits if you use a weighted vest while exercising? A recent article published in the July 2007 edition of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity supports the use of progressive exercise training using weighted vests in postmenopausal women.


Summary of Study Findings


The article reports on the effects of a twelve-week exercise training program using weighted vests on bone turnover and isokinetic strength in a randomly selected group of postmenopausal women. The intention of the study was to design an exercise-training program of progressive resistance that could be easily adapted to home and community settings, and, at the same time, diverse (and interesting) enough to appeal to a large number of postmenopausal women. The program was composed of exercises that do not require the use of specialized machines or free weights.

The results of the trial indicated that within the group of postmenopausal women who followed the exercise program over the twelve-week period:


- Bone resorption (breakdown) decreased significantly.

- Bone formation activity was unchanged.

- There were improvements in percentage of body fat, fat free mass, and ankle plantar-flexor strength.

- 80% of the group stayed on the exercise program throughout its twelve-week duration.


What does this mean for you?


A weighted vest would be a great alternative or adjunct to holding free weights during your exercise program.


How heavy should the vest be?


The study demonstrates that there are significant benefits if you progressively increase the weight in the vest. An initial weight of 3% of your body weight is a good start, eventually progressing to a maximum of 15% of your body weight.


Which exercises are most suited to wearing a weighted vest?


A weighted vest would be a good adjunct to following exercises in the MelioGuide programs:

* Marching (Beginner level)

* Heel Drops (Beginner level)

* Reverse lunge (Beginner level)

* Squats (Active through Elite level)

* Lunges (Active through Elite level)

* Step Ups (Active level)

* Band walks (Athletic level)


It would also be a good adjunct to a walking and balance training program.


It would also be a good adjunct to a walking and balance training program.


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What weighted vest does MelioGuide recommend?


There are a number of weighted vests on the market.


The vest I like is from Resistance Wear.


It is sporty looking and breaths well.
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