Frustrated? Hit, whack, punch out of it
Living without electricity, heat, fuel or hot water is enough to make you turn into the Incredible Hulk. Just ask anyone who's waited on a long line for gas lately. But don't take your frustrations out on family and friends.
Below are five creative ways to blow off steam while sneaking in some fun.
1. PUNCH A BAG
Here's your chance to be Rocky Balboa, punching away at a heavy bag, which you can nickname Sandy. LA Boxing Commack is one of several spots that offer boxing classes to exorcise any demons while keeping you in shape.
"People have been working out to relieve their stress," says general manager Gregg Buonavita. "This storm is getting to everybody."
After a warm-up, a boxing instructor will teach you punching combinations such as jab-jab-cross, hooks and uppercuts -- then you get to hit the 150-pound heavy bag. Expect to burn 800 to 1,000 calories an hour and pound away anxiety.
The first class is free, then memberships start at $79 a month (631-386-8609, laboxing-commack.com).
2. BELT OUT A TUNE
Stand onstage with lights beaming down and a live band performing as you take the mic for an atypical karaoke experience for Rock Out Thursdays at K.J. Farrell's in Bellmore.
Local band Rockjunky provides the soundtrack as you crank out mad-as-you-wanna-be tunes. Suggestions: hard rock classics such as Judas Priest's "You Got Another Thing Comin'," Van Halen's "Panama" or Metallica's "Enter Sandman." Call it scream therapy.
"Anybody can take a chance and go up there," says general manager Craig Kelly. "Some people can absolutely sing and there's a handful who should stick to the shower or the car. Either way, it's fun."
There's no cover on Thursdays, and music begins at 10 p.m. (516-804-9925, kjfarrells.com).
3. PLAY SMACK 'N ALIEN!
Feeling frustrated? Grab a mallet and let loose on those pesky aliens that pop up in the arcade game Smack 'N Alien!, available at Q-Zar in Carle Place.
If that doesn't do the trick, work out your stress playing laser tag with a buddy ($7 a session) or shoot up the competition on video games such as Terminator Salvation and Time Crisis 4. If you'd rather get more cardio out of the experience, go with Dance Dance Revolution. Either way, the 10,000-square-foot facility filled with 50 games will keep you loose and relaxed. Most games cost 50 cents (516-877-7200, qzarny.com).
4. SMACK A BALL
Whether you rent a batting cage for 30 minutes ($25) or simply pay by tokens ($2 gets you 18 balls pitched at 60 miles an hour), crushing balls deep into the outfield will no doubt help clear your head (516-827-5009, glbaseballunlimited.com).
5. BOUNCE AWAY
Kids need to burn off pent-up energy, too. Spending an hour or two at an indoor activity center could be the answer. Bouncers & Slydos in Farmingdale, for example, has a variety of inflatables, including the only indoor zip line on Long Island. Kids can take turns on the rock wall, challenge a sibling on the racing slide or raid the giant pirate ship. The good news is parents can join in for free.
Open play sessions, $12 per child, are held 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m. weekdays (631-752-2324, bouncersandslydos.com).