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Outdoor Adventure: First Trout of the Season

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By Indrek Kongats Chasing trout is a very rewarding pursuit and catching the first trout of the new season is always memorable. Catching your first one on a fly rod is unforgettable! Fly fishing can be confusing, mystifying and difficult to master, but at the same time, everyone can agree that watching someone proficient at it is pleasing to the ... Read More »

Health & Fitness – Isometrics

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With so much to do in your daily routine, it can be hard to even think about fitting in exercise, much less strength training. But what if you could do a little something in the midst of your regular rushing that could help you maintain your strength? You can! That “something”  is called isometric exercise, or isometrics. Isometrics is a ... Read More »

The Countdown to Trout Season

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By Indrek Kongats Opening day of trout season is just a few short weeks away on April 1. That gives you just enough time to dig out your fishing rod, waders and vest and dust them off. Opening day of trout fishing isn’t any different than the opening day of deer or turkey season— it’s the anticipation that gets us ... Read More »

Health & Fitness Roll Away Pain

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By Kim Duke, NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer If you are new to strength training, or anything that pushes your body to perform numerous unfamiliar repetitions, your body will respond with sore and achy muscles.  One of the best ways I have found to relieve those sore muscles is through foam rolling. Foam rolling is an awesome stand-in for a massage.  ... Read More »

Outdoor Adventure: A Treasure Hunt for the Whole Family

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By Indrek Kongats As winter winds down and spring is soon to arrive, every child gets excited by the fact that Easter is just around the corner. The Easter Bunny is going to deposit copious amounts of candy and chocolate into Easter baskets and hide dozens of brightly colored eggs around the yard for the traditional Easter Egg hunt. This ... Read More »

Jen’s Quill: DIY Cushions

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By Jen Lee Making sofa cushions for the first time is an undertaking of minuscule proportions. I liken it to learning how to make…a sofa cushion. To learn this skill I went to the holy grail of information—YouTube. I watched 2.5 videos of people creating cushions or filling cushions with ease and thought, “I can do that too.” I also ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Avoiding Overuse Injuries

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Recently, a 30-day squat challenge came across one of my emails. It was a challenge so unrealistic and dangerous that the group sponsoring it appalled me. Basically, you start on Day 1 with 50 squats. Each day you add 5 more with periodic rest days and ultimately you end your challenge with 250 squats! Of course, all you get is ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Daily Core Use

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Over the years and the last few weeks, I have written articles promoting the importance of a strong core for many things.  However, have you ever considered how important your core is for daily activities? Think of your core muscles as the sturdy central link in a chain connecting your upper and lower body. Whether you’re hitting a tennis ball ... Read More »

Health & Fitness – How to Breathe Properly While Weight Lifting

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The following is an article I wrote a while back, but thought it was timely since my last article was about engaging your core. Basically, I tell my clients to engage their core and breathe on a daily basis.  Why? Because you cannot effectively do one thing without the other. Breathing effectively and efficiently during any physical activity will enable ... Read More »

Outdoor Adventure: It’s Show Time!

By Indrek Kongats There is a reason outdoor sports and boat shows are scheduled in the late winter months. It’s when consumers are going stir crazy and are the most vulnerable to open their wallets and spend some money to cure their severe cases of cabin fever. Regardless of what the underlying motives are of the show organizers and exhibitors, ... Read More »

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