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Footbag

At your outdoor barbecue event, play a fun game of footbag (a.k.a. hacky sack, which is a name trademarked by Wham-O, Inc.). Freestyle footbag set to music is very popular. Whether you’re playing alone or with a circle of friends, the basic object of a game of footbag is to keep the sack in the air. You can use your feet and any part of your body to keep the small beanbag or sand-filled bag in the air, except for your hands and arms.  

Some footbag players modify their shoes and/or use unique lacing techniques to better maneuver the footbag and perform gravity defying tricks and moves. Tennis shoes that have smooth, flat top surfaces and sides are often used to play the game. In terms of the best shoes for playing footbag, a few recommendations include: Adidas® Rod Laver, Nike® Air Cross Trainer, and Teva® Sport Sandal.

As with most sports, footbag even has its own annual tournament games called the World Footbag Championships governed by the International Footbag Players’ Association, Inc. (IFPA). So, at your barbecue event, have your own fun and exciting competition of footbag in your own backyard!

Check out this amazing footage of Vašek Klouda of the Czech Republic performing in the final open singles freestyle category set to Nintendo’s Mario Bros. theme music, winning first place at the IFPA 2007 World Footbag Championships at the at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, U.S.A.:

Helpful Tips: No matter what sport or physical activity you and/or your guests decide to participate in at your outdoor barbecue event, this section provides useful information and tips for optimal performance and enjoyment:

  • Stay Hydrated! If you and/or your guests engage in outdoor physical activities, especially during hot weather, remember to drink plenty of fluids! Drinking simple, pure water is a great option to replenish your fluids during and after exercising. Most tap water is excellent. However, if you are still concerned about lead content and other potentially harmful particles in your tap water, using a water filter or purifier is one way to go. A water filtration system (e.g., Brita, Culligan or Pur) can keep vital minerals in the water like fluoride, while filtering out any contaminants or pollutants that may be in your tap water.

While exercising, perspiration allows your body to cool off as the sweat evaporates from your skin (a natural cooling mechanism), but in the process of this thermoregulation you loose electrolytes in addition to H2O. Therefore, if you’ve been especially sweating a lot, you need to replenish your lost electrolytes. In this case, sports drinks - fortified with electrolytes - (e.g., Gatorade, Powerade, All Sport, Recharge, Extreme Ripped Force and Champion Nutrition Revenge Sport) are good choices.

There are also other energy drinks available on the market, such as vitamin-fortified water (e.g., Glacéau [a.k.a. Glaceau] Vitamin Water, Glacéau Smart Water, Glacéau Fruit Water, Glacéau Vitamin Energy, Propel Fitness Water and SoBe Life Water).

  • Play it safe! Wear the appropriate safety gear for each sport or activity you engage in. Also, make certain that you have all the necessary equipment for the sport or activity. Visit your local sporting goods store for assistance.

 

  • Stretch and warm-up! It’s important to stretch and warm-up before participating in any physical activity or sport. Stretching has many benefits: It allows your muscles and joints to relax, it improves your range of motion and it may prevent injuries. Before starting any sport or physical activity, consult your physician and get a physical exam. 

 

  • Keep an over-the-counter pain reliever handy! Don’t let minor aches and pains slow you down or prevent you from participating in a sport or physical activity you enjoy at your outdoor barbecue event. Over-the-counter pain medication (e.g., Tylenol [Acetaminophen], Motrin [Ibuprofen], Advil [Ibuprofen], Anacin [Aspirin], Bayer [Aspirin], Aleve [Naproxen], etc.) work great at relieving minor muscle and joint pain.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Arnica gel – helps relieve pain and swelling

§        Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) – helps soothe bruises

§        Capsaicin cream (derived from cayenne) – helps relieve muscle aches

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Should any emergencies arise, keep a cell phone handy, or even a walkie-talkie! A walkie-talkie is a two-way radio transceiver, which is convenient, portable and handheld. It allows you to communicate with another person that is located at a reasonably close distance to you (e.g., if you are in the backyard, you can easily communicate with someone that is inside the house if you are both using walkie-talkies). It’s a great way to keep in touch!

 

  • Keep a first-aid kit handy! Accidents happen, so, for minor scrapes, cuts, etc., readily have available bandages; gauze; adhesive tape; sterile swabs; antiseptic (e.g., hydrogen peroxide topical solution, antibiotic ointment [e.g., Neosporin], alcohol pads, etc.); tweezers; anti-itch ointment (e.g., hydrocortisone); etc. Seek medical attention if necessary.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Calamine lotion – helps relieve itching due to poison ivy, oak, and sumac

§        Calendula gel – helps soothe irritated skin due to minor scrapes, cuts, burns, and sunburns

§        Colloidal oatmeal bath – helps relieve itching due to poison ivy, oak, and sumac

§        Honey – helps to disinfect minor scrapes and cuts

§        Slippery elm compress – may help dislodge minor splinters

§        Tea tree oil – helps clean and soothe minor scrapes and cuts

§        Witch hazel – helps clean and soothe minor scrapes and cuts

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Prevent sunburn! Protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful rays, which may cause premature aging (e.g., wrinkles) and skin cancer. So, don’t forget to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and one that offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. If participating in outdoor sports or activities, consider wearing a sunscreen that is waterproof.

Some natural remedies to relieve irritated skin due to minor sunburns include:

§        Aloe Vera gel – helps relieve minor sunburns and promotes healing

§        Calendula gel – helps soothe irritated skin due to minor sunburns, burns, scrapes, and cuts

§        Cucumber juice – helps soothe and cool minor sunburns

§        Green, black or white tea (cooled) compress – helps promote healing

§         Vitamin E oil – helps promote healing

§        Whole milk compress – helps soothe minor sunburns

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Avoid pesky bug bites! Keep a bottle of bug spray handy. Also, use outdoor citronella candles to help repel mosquitoes. If you do get bit, use anti-itch ointment (e.g., hydrocortisone) to help relieve the sting of the bite.

Some natural remedies include:

§        Basil leaf (crushed) – helps soothe stinging pain due to bug bites

§        Paste made of baking soda & water – helps relieve itching due to bug bites

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Keep allergies at bay, and enjoy your time outdoors! If you suffer from allergies, have readily available an over-the-counter allergy medicine - (e.g., Claritin [Loratadine]; Benadryl [Diphenhydramine]; Sudafed PE [Phenylephrine]; Zyrtec [Cetirizine HCl]; Zyrtec-D[Cetirizine/Pseudoephedrine]; etc.) - to relieve allergy symptoms, such as red, itchy, watery eyes; nasal congestion; sneezing, etc., due to the increased levels of pollen, dust, mold, etc., in the air.

Note: Always consult your physician before taking any medication (or natural remedy), and use as directed.

  • Set Realistic Goals! Don’t overexert yourself, especially at an outdoor get-together where the idea is to relax and have a good time. Remember, as with most things in life, practice makes perfect! So, if you’re really interested in a particular sport or activity, practice it often, and you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family at your next outdoor event.

 

  • Most of all...Have Fun! Whether you’re a competitive athlete or an amateur, playing sports and exercising should be about enjoying yourself, spending time with friends and family, getting in touch with the great outdoors, teamwork, the spirit of the game, stress-relief, and good health!

 

 

   

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