We were total slackers this weekend.
Not that we didn’t do anything. Quite the opposite, in fact.
We hiked, we skipped rocks, we climbed trees, we jumped, we played Frisbee …
and we slacklined.
Have you slacklined, yet?
It is loads of fun, a great activity for the family, and offers many benefits including cultivation of core muscles, development of balance, and improved coordination. For more on the benefits of slacklining, check out this piece.
What slacklining offered me that I’ve really never experienced in a physically-challenging setting before was the requirement that I maintain a relaxed state of activity. If you do not fully relax, the line wobbles and you will fall. So the slackline dictates that you let go, but you must simultaneously remain active.
It’s an awesome feeling when you strike that balance.
(It’s also quite a metaphor for life, no?)
I got this slackline for our six-year old for his birthday and because of the rainy Atlanta summer, this was our first chance to give it a go. It took about fifteen minutes to set up for the first time, and most of that time was spent scouting trees.
I bought the smaller version, and regret it. The old trees in our area are thick, and much of our distance was eaten up by tree trunk, so if I had it to do over I would have splurged for the bigger version.
The two big kids had a grand time and begged to do it again and again. I took as many turns as they did. We popped Baby A on it and she bounced a little.
We installed the line a little high this time, so I never weaned myself off my husband’s hand for balance. Next time we will definitely shoot for closer to the ground and I am going to go solo.
Here’s a little video, so you can see the slackline in action. Know that it was shot by a first-grader, so you get to see a disproportionate amount of my body that falls in his sightline. Also, that wet spot on my t-shirt? I had just finished holding Baby A who had just finished dumping an entire Sigg bottle’s worth of water on herself. (That’s her in the background, yelling, “Wawa!”)
Doesn’t it look fun?