Most people think of a trampoline as a fun toy for kids to jump and tumble on, and it is also a great way for them to burn off some excess energy. What you might not realize is that jumping on a trampoline can also help you relax. When I’ve had a particularly busy and stressful day, spending 20 to 30 minutes on a trampoline always helps me unwind. Here is how I use my trampoline to help me relax.
The first thing I do is get into some comfortable workout clothes. I like fabrics that are soft, breathable and easy to move in. Then I simply climb onto my trampoline and start jumping. Jumping for 20 to 30 minutes provides me with a great low impact cardio workout, and studies have shown that this is a great way to burn calories and get some exercise without putting a lot of stress of the body. The trampoline can absorb up to 80 percent of the impact shock, which means very little stress for your body.
Simply jumping on a trampoline causes the body to release endorphins, and this is extremely beneficial. These chemicals released by the brain can help relieve the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. They also help my body to relax, improve circulation and best of all I can enjoy better sleep at night, which always helps me to relax.
I have even noticed that my muscles are becoming more toned and my flexibility has improved, all thanks to my nightly jumping sessions on my trampoline. The best part about this low impact workout is that my core muscles are stronger, and this means less lower back pain and this always reduces stress. An added bonus is that my abdomen muscles are also stronger, and this has given me a lean, toned shape.
When I’m trying to relieve stress on my trampoline I like to have music playing in the background, and I prefer jazz. Listening to music when I’m jumping really helps me to relax and forget about my stressful day. It also helps to block outside noise so for a few minutes I can feel like I’m in my own little world. Another advantage is that only one person can safely use my trampoline at a time so I don’t have to share it with anyone else.
Wearing a crisp and well-ironed shirt not only peps up your personality and makes a good impression on people around but also boosts your self-confidence. It creates an impression of being disciplined and in order. Ironing clothes was an uphill task for me until I learned few tips to iron shirt giving it a fresh and neat appearance.
Once you learn these basic tactics of ironing, you can iron the shirt in a little time and ready with the presentable look and poise. Here are a few tips and guidelines to give a get a professional look with a well-ironed shirt.
Preparing the shirt
Do read the label on the shirt to know about its fabric. Setting the temperature of the iron depends entirely on the material type of shirt. If it is a cotton shirt, set the temperature at high and for polyester, the temperature should be low. If you are not able to make out the fabric of shirt it is always a good idea to start with a low temperature and raise the temperature until the shirt responds to heat.
Moistening the shirt will give you better results than a dry one. You can sprinkle water on the shirt to wet it slightly. Soaking the clothes with water will help those who do not use a steam iron.
Try to iron near the closet as it will let you hang the shirts immediately after ironing and prevents any wrinkles on shirts.
Ironing the shirt
- Start ironing the shirt with a collar since it is the most visible part of the shirt. Iron the inner side of collar first and then the outer side. Start from the ends of the collar and move the iron towards the center. Never iron the collar in circles.
- Next more prominent part of the shirt cuffs. Always open the cuffs before ironing and start from ironing the inner side first. Utmost care should be taken while ironing near the buttons. Never iron over the buttons as it may damage the sole plate of iron as well as the buttons.
- When ironing front of the shirt, start with the side having buttons. Move the iron downwards, starting from the shoulder area. Special attention should be given near the collar and pocket areas since they immediately get noticed.
- Iron the back side, starting from the top and coming downwards. Pleats should be carefully ironed.
- Last part to iron is its sleeves. It is the tricky part since you have to iron double layer of fabric so it is better to use a flat board to iron the sleeves. While laying the sleeve on a flat surface you can use seam of the sleeve as a guide. Start from the shoulders and iron the sleeve moving slowly towards cuffs.