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?

SlacklineIt 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?)

[amazon_link id=”B005W391CI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]I got this slackline [/amazon_link]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 [amazon_link id=”B006L5YBVW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Sigg bottle’s[/amazon_link] worth of water on herself.  (That’s her in the background, yelling, “Wawa!”)

Doesn’t it look fun?

5 Responses to “We Were Total Slackers This Weekend”

  1. on 09 Sep 2013 at 1:18 pmCarl Peterson

    Oh man we just cut down what would have probably been a perfect tree to use. Maybe we should have just had the branches trimmed off. Would have made a good place for a hammock too. Maybe the slackline would help me with my balance, that is what is holding me back from yoga.

  2. on 09 Sep 2013 at 2:10 pmJenny

    Love this idea..have never done it and it sounds like a great activity! Thank you for sharing!

  3. on 09 Sep 2013 at 2:19 pmKristine Rudolph

    Come on over, Jenny! We will be doing it again soon!

  4. on 17 Dec 2013 at 3:30 pmPaige

    I just ordered two of these…one for my boys and one for my nephews. I am TOTALLY excited about this Christmas gift for them!!!

  5. on 17 Dec 2013 at 4:21 pmKristine Rudolph

    Oh how fun! Do report back on how they like them!

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