Raving On The Trampoline: How Trampoline & Music Combined Leads To A Great Workout

Raving On The Trampoline

Every few weeks, a friend or business partner will ask how I stay in such good shape. I answer truthfully, yet few people believe me. No, I wasn’t born this way. In fact, I used to be considerably overweight. What helped me achieve the look I want and the health I deserve is a combination of trampoline work out and music. How can these things be combined to create a workout that will help and guide you towards a stronger self for years to come? Let me take a moment to explain it all to you.

The Benefits Of A Trampoline

Trampolines have a lot of benefits for workouts. I appreciate trampolines a lot because they more than anything else require sustaining a high level of endurance. Easy to approach and requiring no previous skill, using a trampoline for a period of time greater than a few minutes means building up your endurance and health. Along with endurance, bouncing on a trampoline helps to increase and improve your muscle strength. With greater muscles comes reduced risk of injury in everyday life and a greater metabolism. Being on a trampoline and doing exercises while flying through the air also improves my flexibility. Capable of reacting quicker to situations, catching myself, and being able to bend in order to support my weight has made me healthier. Finally, one of the best benefits of a trampoline is my reaction time. Being on a trampoline and exercising means constantly moving, constantly being aware of my surroundings, and constantly reacting to things in the moment.

The Benefits Of Music Combined With Exercise

There have been a number of studies that have showed direct correlations between music and improved workouts. First, music helps us to stay motivated as we exercise. It has been shown to improve our overall level of endurance, leading to better, longer workout sessions. In addition, it naturally leads us to time high and low endurance activities. Reflecting the music we are listening to, we time the exercises along with the music, gradually increasing difficulty to a point before relaxing.

Why I Combine Music & Trampoline For A Great Workout

While it may not seem like the most natural pairing out there, music matched with time on the trampoline means a great workout. Across the UK and beyond, other people have discovered this as well, timing health and strength building routines into staying fit with a trampoline. If you have the space on your property, than a large sized trampoline can help keep you moving every week. In addition, if you have a smaller space, then a single person trampoline can help to keep you working out in the comfort of your very own home or flat.

I begin every workout by creating a playlist of my favorite music. I start with slower beats to start out with, and then around 2/3rds to the final quarter of the workout, I have my fastest paced most exciting music. In addition, I consider the variety of trampoline moves I do to stay fit and ramp them up in difficulty along with the music. With every new song I start into a new routine incorporating challenging moves that reflect the music that is playing. By the end of the hour long exercise, I am completely beat! My endurance is shot, and I leave one of the best workouts I’ve ever done. Requiring nothing more than your favorite music and a trampoline, you can stay healthy in a way that is fun and engaging. However, you will never know unless you try it yourself so get out there and good luck!

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Why the UK Police Have Decided to Ban Self-Balancing Scooters on the Pavements

Why the UK police have decided to ban self-balancing scooters on the pavements

uk-policeThe self-balancing scooter is the product of the year, finally giving us the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding the hoverboard type device that we saw in ‘Back to the Future’ all them years ago. Both the general public and celebrities have jumped straight on the bandwagon and you can find pictures and videos all over social media of people enjoying their scooters. However, there is a key problem with these in the UK. They are actually illegal. They are illegal to ride on the roads and they are illegal to ride on the pavements. The only place in the UK that it is currently legal to ride a self balancing scooter is on private land with the permission of the land owner. It seems that many people were not aware of this rule and so the Metropolitan Police took to Twitter to inform users that they are actually committing a crime every time they take their scooter out for a spin.

Why are self-balancing scooters banned on the roads?

According to the Metropolitan Police the reason that self-balancing scooters are not allowed to be used on the road is because they are not approved by the ECWVTA or the MSVA and this means that they are not able to meet the requirements for licensing and registration. This has been contested by many users of the scooters and they have asked why this particular product has been targeted. The police responded by detailing that in fact this legislation was already in place prior to the inception of the scooters and was put there to control the use of Segway’s back in 2011. It just happens that the new product which is extremely similar to the original Segway is subject to the same legislation due to the fact that the mechanisms and technology used is basically the same.

Why are self-balancing scooters banned on the streets?

Scooters are banned on the streets according to section 72 of the Highway Act 1835. This act states that it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the pavement. Many people would argue that the self-balancing scooters are not actually vehicles so the use of them on streets should not be restricted. However, according to the law the scooters fall under the category of motor vehicles because they are electronically powered and use a motor and therefore are subject to the same laws as motorbikes, cars and any other motor vehicles. Another reason that these scooters have been banned on the streets is to do with safety. Although they only reach a measly 6pmh on a good day, which is less than many mobility scooters, the speed is considered to be too high and could present a danger to other pedestrians. The fact that mobility scooters are allowed on the streets and run at a higher speed is a point that has been raised by scooter users. The police responded to this by saying that mobility scooters are covered under the disability act and therefore the restrictions on them are completely different. According to this law, even something as simple as standing on your scooter while it is turned on outside your house is committing an offence if the pavement outside your house is considered to be a public footway. It’s understandable that this has raised a lot of controversy with both users and non-users. Many people do not have access to private lands where they can use their scooters which pretty much makes them useless. It doesn’t look like the law will change anytime soon and the debate continues to wage on.

Drone Usage by London Residents – Is it Right or Wrong?

These days, more and more London residents are utilising drones in the city. These compact flying machines are unmanned and their increased usage does bring up some troubling questions. Typically, drones will be used by private citizens or companies, and, currently, 160 drone licenses have been granted by the industry’s governing body, the CAA. If you want to get involved with your own drone then there are websites like QuadcopterCloud.com which give advise and help find the best quadcopter.

Are Drones Good or Bad?

The primary concern about drone usage by London residents is safety-related. In other words, will these drones crash or fly too low and then cause damage to people, property or possessions? Since the price of drones is decreasing as technology evolves, the issues surrounding the usage of drones within city limits is one that may become even more contentious in the future, as more and more citizens and firms turn to drones for an array of reasons, from recreation to information gathering and beyond. Currently, those who fly drones outside of restricted airspace will be subject to penalties from law enforcement.

Those who fly unmanned drones in London and other parts of the UK may be arrested for threatening public safety and flouting privacy laws. One male who used a drone in order to do a fly-by over a crowded football stadium in Manchester City was recently apprehended by authorities, mostly due to safety concerns. This alarming trend is likely to continue. However, drones do have the capacity to aid public health and safety. Currently, certain police departments use these unmanned flying machines in order to hunt down suspects. For example, a car thief who was hiding out in Leeds was caught when a drone located him via sophisticated thermal imaging technology.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

hiking-challengeIt’s amazing what the human body can endure when you set a goal, motivate yourself with a higher calling, and push forward with a group of like-minded people.

At least that’s what I learned when I jumped headfirst (completely untrained and honestly a little bit out of shape) into the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge this past summer.

An organized hiking effort in Yorkshire that covers 24 miles and more than 3000 feet of climbing, this isn’t exactly your everyday walk in the park or scroll down to the corner shop to buy some tea.

No, this is an effort for serious athletes and amateurs that want to push their body just as far as they can for a great cause. Everything sold and all of the proceeds for the event go directly towards the British Heart Foundation and the amazing work that they do all over the UK for children and adults dealing with heart health issues.

What have I gotten myself into?

That was the first question rushing through my brain after I hit the enter button and registered to attend the event in 2014. In hindsight I could have made it easier on myself by getting into shape before hand.

I had never hiked 24 miles before, had certainly never climbed 3000 feet previously, and didn’t even own a pair of hiking boots! In fact, the farthest that I’d ever “hike” was up to the top of the hill during a festival so that the girl I had just met and I could enjoy a little bit of time away from our group of friends on a blanket together.

Obviously, I needed to start off with the right gear

Jumping on Amazon, I combed all of the different reviews for hiking boots and other hiking supplies understanding that if my feet were going to be so important for this endeavour I had better get them the very best of the best.

I read maybe 100 or more different reviews before I even started to pay any attention to the products they were reviewing, just so that I could soak up the key criteria that I should focus on. Most people talked about fit, comfort, durability, and support – so that’s where I based my purchase off of.

Starting back at the first page of results, I went through each and every one of the top 30 different hiking boot options (what can I say, I’m dedicated), looking specifically for hiking boots that people fell in love with for fit, comfort, durability, and support.

I found a pair I was happy with (and a pair that wouldn’t cause my bank account to break wide open after I bought them), and then grabbed a couple of pairs of socks, some good shorts and athletic wear, and got ready for my voyage.

The actual event itself was amazing

First of all, if you’ve never undergone the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, you’ll have a chance to do so in 2015 – and you need to do it!

Armed with a compass and map, you’ll be able to navigate rocky paths that wind through the countryside, boggy and swampy areas, and even straight up (or what felt like straight up) climbs like nothing else you’ve ever experienced.

Thanks to my new boots everything went off without a hitch, and while I (understandably, I think) quite sore still it’s an experience that I wouldn’t have traded for anything.

The fact that my registration fee (as well as everyone else’s) goes towards the British Heart Foundation is just icing on the cake!