‘WTF is a slackline?!’ you may be asking? A friend once described it to me as “slacklining is something that hippies and lay-abouts do”! Well that’s a rather inaccurate description so here is the actual meaning…
slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon or polyester webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Many people suggest slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is usually flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping one's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for tricks and stunts. Slacklining has quickly become popular due to its simplicity and versatility and its ability to be practiced in a variety of environments. Those who participate in slacklining are often called "slackers".
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Where does this fit into our primal lifestyle?
This type of activity actually fits in perfectly! Why? Because the slackline is set up between 2 trees at a park, or even at the beach, which means we get to get outside!
Also, it’s very hard to slackline in shoes so walking it needs to be done barefoot and for most beginners the majority of time is spent on the ground which provides earthing.
Plus, the basic construction of the slackline takes us away from technology and into the realm of simply playing and having fun.
The fitness benefits are amazing as well…
The proprioception of slacklining helps your body with spatial awareness which is vitally important now and as you age because it will help reduce slips, trips and falls. Keeping your muscles under tension will also help keep joints and ligaments strong and stable.
This fun activity is also a great workout that targets almost every muscle in your body as you try to balance and not fall off, allowing you to work muscles you can’t work in the gym.
Slacklining is a great way to escape the daily grind as it’s almost impossible to focus on anything other than what you’re doing when you’re trying to balance.
So as you can see, slacklining is a sensational piece of equipment to have on hand and a perfect excuse to get outside and have fun!
If there’s enough interest I may organise a free Games Day at a local park sometime soon. Please leave a comment below if you’d be interested in coming along.
Lastly, here’s a sample of what you can do on a slackline: click here
5 things I'm grateful for today are:
1. Catching fish using poppers
3. New clients
4. Having a career that I love
5. Spending time outdoors