A Quick Guide To Indoor Skydiving

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Indoor skydiving is an experience for those people that prefer to keep their feet on the ground and aren’t too keen on the idea of jumping out of a plane. Some people have an intense fear of heights; others are worried about how they will land after their jump so that is why indoor skydiving has been introduced. It’s the perfect way to experience the feeling of floating on air without having to jump from a plane.

Indoor skydiving involves using what is known as a vertical wind tunnel, the wind speeds in these tunnels can be anywhere between 80 mph and 140 mph. This wind speed provides enough strength to lift the body and keep it above the wind tunnel floor by a couple of feet. Many regular sky divers use these tunnels to practice their technique, alternatively people curious to try sky diving may take the wind tunnel to learn how to move in the air.

The popularity of indoor skydiving has grown in recent years but it originally was used for the military. In 1964 Jack Tiffany was the first person who decided to try out the vertical wind tunnel. By the late 1970’s a Canadian company was first to build a privately owned wind tunnel. The use of tunnels for fun hit quite a peak during the use of them in the 2006 Winter Olympics. More popularity arose also when a wind tunnel was used in the popular television show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ where a contestant had to pose whilst in the tunnel.

Currently there are two types of wind tunnel available, there are ones that are stationary and are used for indoor skydiving. These usually exist in a large building and can be booked by people to have a go guided by a professional. Other wind tunnels can be moved to different locations and used at different sporting events. If this is a sport that appeals to you, then before you enter the wind tunnel you will have to receive some training on how to deal with the pressure.

Overall all people of different ages and fitness levels can try their hand at indoor skydiving. The sport does tend to draw in those that are afraid of heights and would never be brave enough to try proper skydiving. However if you wish to prepare thoroughly for an actual skydive then it is recommended that you try indoor skydiving as part of your training. This is the closest experience you will have to the skydive and will prove very valuable.


Living Longer Via An Indoor Habitat

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For the longest time I struggled with the idea of depriving my three rescued-from-a-homeless-life felines the “joys” of outdoor exposure. As a result of my inner turmoil regarding this, for many years I kept letting my cats outdoors, to do their bidding and what “cats naturally do”. I thought I was providing them the full and rewarding lives they so richly deserved. Some of my friends and colleagues were sharing their thoughts about how outdoor cats tend to not live as long as indoor cats, though I tended not to heed their feedback as much more than their own opinions, and kept trusting what I thought was my “gut” in making the right decision by continuing to allow my three “boys” outdoor frolicking.

As I further researched this topic – in conjunction with discussions with my cats’ veterinarian – it seems that there is merit to considering offering an indoor life to cats, not to mention multiple benefits. The first – and very important – benefit is that indoors cats tend to live almost double the years that outdoor cats do. The average life span of cats that are allowed outdoors on a regular basis is around 7-8 years, while indoor cats – barring other health issues – is about 15 years.

There may be many factors, I’m sure, for this discrepancy. For one, the outdoor environment is more in flux regarding providing a stable healthy environment, with the risk of cats running into sick animals and getting infected with whatever is ailing them much higher than indoor animals’ exposure. Other risks involve territorial fights, with concurrent injuries. Death by auto – not to mention other animals; ie. dogs, fisher cats, other wild animals – are also risks of being outdoors.

The more I read about this, the more I became convinced that keeping my little ones indoors seemed like the way to go. I then began purchasing more “toys” to “simulate” some of the outdoor temptations cats love to partake in so much, such as a squeaky mouse, balls with catnip inside, etc. I also purchased a high quality cat condo (tree), as their “jungle gym”, to make as real as possible cats’ alluring draw to climbing, hiding, and nesting in tree tops.

Needless to say, over time I felt less and less that I was depriving my kids and more that I was offering a life which would potentially allow them a healthier existence, and more time on this planet as a result.

And, that makes their daddy very happy!


Outdoor Decor Is Not Complete Without Patio Garden Lighting

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Patio garden lighting can help enhance the feel of one’s outdoor living area. A person can just get away from their hectic lives with a patio garden, but decorating that area can prove to be a challenge. One way to accent it is to have the right lighting.

Outdoor lighting can help to lighten a pathway and even to accent a garden that a person has so lovingly made. However, this type of lighting can be found with just the click of a mouse.

One of the first places a person can look for the perfect patio garden lighting is at their local retail store such as Wal-Mart or Lowe’s. Lowe’s website has a variety of perfect lighting for anyone’s patio. These home decor items can be found in lights that can light the path to the patio or lights that one can use to accent their patio furniture.

Very unique outdoor table lamps can be found for a very reasonable price at Lowe’s. Wal-Mart has a very unique lighting of this type for one’s outdoor space. The lights are luminaries that can project images such as a dragonfly or various contemporary shapes onto one’s patio garden.

These affordable lights are definitely art home decor that can make the patio garden feel as if it is an oasis from the everyday hustle and bustle. Another way that the patio garden can be enhanced with the perfect lightning is to use mounted lighting in the are that is to be enhanced. Kits can be bought that will allow a person to put lighted post caps on the tops of the deck patio fencing. This is something that can be personalized, and more than likely one will not be able to find these kits in a normal retail store.

However, if one does a quick search on the net, then they can find a kit to match what they are looking for. However, they are expensive, but the rewards are great. One of the shops online that offers are variety of these types of lights is HomeGardenAndPatio. This website provides several unique home decor items that can enhance anyone’s outdoor living space.

This type of lighting is the perfect addition to any outdoor living space that one may have. A person can personalize their living area outdoors with just a few sell placed accents including lights.

A person can enjoy their space at any time during the day or night with the right type of lighting. This is also an easy find for people who are looking for the perfect way to add to their little piece of outdoor heaven.

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Hanging Outdoor Chandelier – Two Factors To Consider

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Since the advent of the conventional light bulb, also known as the incandescent light bulb, over one hundred years ago, many more options for lighting homes became available. One type of lighting fixture that homeowners may wish to keep in mind, when shopping for exterior is the outdoor chandelier.

Similar to many years ago, the candle chandelier continues to be available to consumers in the United States to illuminate their homes; moreover, electric are also available in different designs. It is important for consumers to remember, however, that the safety requirements for hanging a lighting fixture outdoors are different than the safety requirements when hanging a lighting fixture indoors.

This brief article presents two factors consumers may wish to consider when purchasing an outdoor chandelier:

(1) For safety purposes, it is important that lighting fixtures that will be hung outdoors are designed for outdoor use, given the natural elements to which the fixture will be exposed, such as moisture, sunshine, wind, etc. Product labels on the lighting usually indicate the use for which the lighting has been designed.

(2) Consumers may also wish to consider whether the outdoor chandelier has lamp shades in its design. The reason this factor is important is not only that it is important that the lamp shades be designed to safely withstand the natural elements, but also the design of the shades may impact debris collection. For instance, a chandelier that has lamp shades that open upward, is more likely to collect debris at the base of the lamp shade than an outdoor chandelier that has lamp shades that open downward.

Indeed, with all the choices available to shoppers when they are looking to install outdoor lighting on their property, an outdoor chandelier may be the type of lighting fixture that will enhance the lighting and ambiance of their home. However, consumers may be well served to keep the tips mentioned above in mind when purchasing an outdoor chandelier.

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Finding the Perfect Outdoor Patio Furniture

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Buying outdoor furniture sets is an investment in your home that can easily pay for itself many times over in terms of functionality and fun. The right patio furniture can transform a bare boring porch, patio or garden in to a relaxing place for you and your family. Take time to research your options to create your dream outdoor living space. As you read through this article take note of the tips on selecting patio furniture that will provide enjoyment for years to come.

The first step is to determine your furniture’s function. Before you think about buying patio furniture, you will want to think about how you want to use your outdoor living space and the look you want to achieve. Would you like to create a private quite space for yourself, or would you like to create an outdoor entertaining area where you can host social parties to entertain family and friends.

After you have determined the function, research to see what kind of patio furniture is available to create the outdoor living space of your dreams. Also consider the style. Are you seeking modern patio furniture or does your style tend to be more toward the casual patio furniture. You can search online stores to get ideas and do research on what the options are. View how others have decorated their patios by watching tv shows, looking at magazines and websites, and visiting model homes.

After you have your ideas together, measure your space and decide how to utilize it. This will enable you to decide how many tables, chairs, sofas, and other pieces that you will need. Make sure there is enough room for people to move freely through the space and that others will be able to sit comfortably.

Once you have your master plan complete, narrow down your choices by looking at specific brands and furniture elements that are available. Read online reviews and think about the comments from others who have already purchased similar products to what you are considering. Patio furniture forums online would be a great resource for this information.

As you are preparing to make your patio furniture purchase, shop for bargains. Buying cheap furniture is not always the best option and can result in poor quality product that will not last. Keep an eye open for sales, coupons and closeouts that will allow you to get a high quality product for a reasonable price.

Lastly, don’t forget the accessories. Patio furniture cushions can change the look of your set. If you don’t have a covered patio you will most likely want an outdoor umbrella and patio heaters are a great addition for chilly nights. Alternatively, you can add a fire pit that will also add ambience to your environment and make it a space that you can enjoy all year round.


Indoor Gardening Made Easy

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Flowers and plants make the basic decorations you find in homes and corporations, gardens and shopping centers. There are however people who have pushed the concept of indoor gardening a lot further, and actually grow a herb garden indoors Such projects depend on artificial lighting systems, which does not allow weeds to proliferate as much as sunlight. Plus, the gardener has a direct influence on the soil, in the absence of the weather influence.

Indoor gardening depends on containers or pots made either from plastic or from ceramic materials. Plastic has the inconvenience of getting hot, which is why most gardeners prefer ceramic materials with some form of drainage at the bottom to let water flow away. The preparation of the soil poses most challenges for indoor gardening. Different or equal proportions of ingredients need to be added, such as sharp coarse sand, peat moss and native soil.

Another type of soil mix for indoor gardening contains forest mulch, perlite, silica and sand in an equal volume. The conditions change if your vegetables grow in hanging containers because you have to keep them lightweight normally relying on some premixed soils. From this perspective, indoor gardening costs more because the soil mixture influences costs. But, once again, the extent to which you perform indoor gardening matters a lot.

Other than soil, another issue worth considering is that of containers. They should have proper drainage and aeration. In order to water the plants without any problem, you should leave some two inches between the soil level and the margin of the container. As for the gardening cycles, most people will stick to the same routine as with outdoor gardening. Yet, since there are no weather changes, you can grow plants directly from seeds.

Cherry tomatoes and herbs are among the favorite to grow by indoor gardening. They look nice, they are very attractive and the fragrance is great. Chives, mint and rosemary will delight your senses while you are working on your little indoors garden. You can enhance the beauty of the garden by improvising with the arrangement of plant stands, tables, shelves and the rest of the ‘furniture’.


Tips when Using Indoor Group and Cycling Bikes

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Doing your cardiovascular workout with your indoor group and cycling bikes is really a great way to enjoy keeping yourself fit. Having some people around you while you exercise would make the routine exciting and more enjoyable. While you are pedaling, you can, for instance, engage in conversation to keep boredom at bay. Indoor cycling with your friends will make you look forward to your daily fitness activity.

However, like all other forms of activities, cycling, if not done right, would put your body at risk of being injured. So before you start working for a fit body, read and keep in mind the tips below.

Wear appropriate attire

Putting on the proper exercise gear is as important as doing the fitness activity itself. So before you start off, be sure that you are dressed aptly. You should wear cycling shorts with padding on the inner thigh to make you more comfortable. Aside from this, you also have to wear the right footwear. Biking shoes are among your best options.

Keep a bottle of drinking water with you

This is a no-brainer, yet there are lots of people who always forget to bring water when they workout. Keeping water with you is very important because your body needs to replenish the liquids it releases after you engage in physical activities.

Know how to use the equipment properly

If it is your first time to join an indoor cycling group, make sure that you read the instruction on the console or in the manual of the bike. It is important that you check if the fitness machine is properly set. You also have to adjust the seat properly to prevent getting injured; you have to ensure that the your knee angle is 85% straight when you do a down stroke.

Attune your pacing with your body

Although you are going to do your indoor exercise with some people, you have to keep in mind that the fitness activity that you do is still about your own body. If you get caught up in the enthusiasm of other participants, make sure that you still do your exercise according to what your body can do.

If you want to engage in indoor group cycling, you can go to a nearby gym and join an indoor cycling class or you can buy your own equipment and invite some of your friends to do their cycling exercise with you. If you opt for the latter, it is best that you buy a DVD containing cycling videos.


Learn Golf in Asia- Indoor Performance Golfing Centers

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When you are looking for resources for golf in Asia, you don’t have to look very far. Indoor golfing centers are becoming much more popular, and offer many benefits over the traditional driving range. Playing in the elements can prove to be a challenge, but indoor golfing allows you to have the convenience of a temperate climate combined with all the perks that technology can offer, including putting support and virtual courses to give you the games that you have dreamed of without having to get out on the green. Indoor golfing isn’t for everyone, but it’s a great option for those who want to train or learn like the pros.

Indoor golf performance centers in Asia have become almost a staple throughout the continent because they offer so many different benefits. You can get lessons, training, simulation experience, and a chance to golf like the pros no matter what skill level you are at. From beginners to semi-professionals and even leisure golfers looking for weekend fun, indoor golf training and fitting centers are a great solution for all of your golfing needs and interests. Between the convenience of the indoor center and the technology advantage that these facilities have, there is something for everyone with indoor golfing centers.

Golf performance centers in Asia are not all created equally, however. You owe it to yourself to take the time to figure out exactly which centers have the highest technology, the most experienced staff, and the best packages and activities to suit your golfing needs or desires. Take the time to learn about the best golfing centers so that you can get the experience that you deserve. Advanced technology and a proven system for training that is designed by professionals is what you need to make the most of your indoor golfing experience.

Some people still have an aversion to hitting the course or the driving range when they want to practice their game, but that isn’t always the best solution. Let technology train you well so that you can conquer nature next time you are out on the course. When it comes to golf, Asia has a large community of golfers and newcomers who enjoy the sport. Being able to train and take lessons indoors is a benefit that many people have never experienced. Next time you’re thinking about hitting the driving range, consider indoor golfing and fitting instead to get a richer, more professional experience for your golf game.


Installing Spiral Staircases for Outdoor Spaces

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Spiral staircases are remembered as fixtures in lighthouses, bell towers, attics and rooftops-or to generalize, awkward, obscure rooms and spaces. This is probably why having a spiral staircase in a room creates an air of mystery and intrigue, like the staircase is bound to lead you to a secret passageway or to somewhere you never expected. But then, spiral staircases are built in these awkward and obscure rooms and spaces primarily to save or maximize the small space.

The implications of having a spiral staircase can be exciting to both adults and children. But what is often overlooked about this certain type of stairs is that more often than not, they are beautiful. They can make amazing household fixtures, depending on where you put them, the materials used, and of course the design.

In the earlier days, spiral staircases were mostly used indoors to maximize living areas, but nowadays, spiral staircases are used outdoors, where there is typically less need to save space. Outdoor spiral staircases make attractive outdoor fixtures as well, instantly adding character to a home.

A typical would be bigger and wider than a typical indoor spiral staircase. The tread depth is wider, the rise higher, providing more comfortable access. Also, outdoor spiral cases are typically made of different materials to anticipate its exposure to elements like heat and water. The most commonly used materials are iron, aluminum and wood, as aluminum does not rust and wood makes sturdy steps.

Spiral staircases are typically used outdoors for deck access, but an can also have multi-levels, leading to more than one storey, with landings for each floor like a regular staircase. This makes the use of outdoor spiral staircase more interesting while saving some precious square feet at the same time.

An , when matched with your home’s design motif, creates instant curb appeal. It features your home as an interesting place and, if maintained properly, it can help raise the value of your house. Outdoor spiral staircases do not only save space, they also make your home a remarkable place.


For A Customized Holiday Experience Take A Look At The New Indoor Caravans In Uk

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Are you the adventurous kind; the one who likes to take the bull by the horn and walk into the mouth of danger? Do you want to travel all across UK on road and bask in the scenery of the countryside and the little towns and cities alike? Flail your hair in the wind, embrace the blue sky in your arms and never halt for want of anything on the road! Caravan companies in UK are providing the most attractive new indoor caravans to realize all your latent desires of adventure and fun.

New caravans on the UK road

Caravan companies across UK have a wide collection of new caravans to fit all your needs. They claim to have the best caravan manufactures supplying them with their finest merchandise. Various caravan brands serve various purposes and depending upon the kind of tourist destination you have chosen to embark on, the service providers of the caravan companies will provide you with expert guidance on your purchase. If you are looking for a small pop top for a small trip or a fully customized caravan that can accommodate your very large family and group of friends, the caravan companies in UK will make sure that they find you the best amongst all the caravans available in their stock. From Bailey to Coachman, Eldis, Buccaneer and Xplore you will be spoilt for choice. The start-up packages come with an exceptional range of services including entrance step, 25m/240v mains lead, water pump, corner steady brace and number plates. The prices displayed by the companies include a full pre delivery inspection, all manufacturing on the road charges, VAT and a 24*7 valet to help you in chaperoning your guests and family members.

Who to contact?

The Raymond James caravan shop is a reputable caravan dealer in Midlands, UK. The company has been in service for over 30 years. They have even begun exporting caravans to Spain, Thailand, New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia and the like. They are a trusted name in UK and customers from in and around UK contact them for all kinds of caravan, services. From new to used caravans and awnings to services that are rarely provided by other such establishments is made available to you at very affordable rates. There are custom-made caravans available for its custom-made clients.

So, if you are looking for new indoor caravans in UK, youll know where to go!

Author bio:
The author of this article is a seasoned traveler and has dealt with caravan companies intensively. He suggests the Raymond James Caravan shop for all your new indoor caravans and services in and around UK. Do contact for used caravans in Midlands and nearby areas for quality purchase and exceptional services.