Renna's Discoveries: August 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gravity Force Trampoline Park in St Albans Review

Last Tuesday myself and the kiddies went to the bloggers launch of the new Gravity Force in St Albans. It is a trampoline park of pure awesomeness. It has loads of trampolines that all join together so you can literally bounce from one end of the hall to another. they have different size trampolines and different lengths and they also have them at an angel so you can bounce from the walls. It is truely amazing and I really can not wait to go again. I've always loved trampolining, and it's great exercise too.

 They have trampolines for all stages so if you are a complete beginner this is fine and you can go and just bounce, or they have the longer trampolines for stunts and dodgeball games.
As you walk in, you are greeted by a nice reception area with very friendly staff. They check you in and you can speak to them about hiring a locker too.
You must get their funky socks !! We loved ours and will definitely be taking these with us when we next go. They have special grippy bottoms so there are absolutely no accidents whilst wearing them anywhere in the hall.

 Once we were ready, we all had to go and watch a safety video of how to bounce and where to bounce and what the safety rules are of the park. I liked this as then the children....and adults can all enjoy themselves without worrying. There are rules for a reason and if you ignore these rules you're out, its as simple as that, and I agree wholeheartedly with this, as I want to know that my children are safe whilst they are having fun.


 All the yellow trampolines are for your stunts, so you have to bounce the whole way and then lift yourself to bounce off the wall. This is really fun and it was nice to able to try all of the trampolines.
 Here we have trampolining basket ball which we laughed at so much, we couldn't concentrate in the end. Its harder than it looks.
 Here is the foam pit. The kids all loved this, as there are three different heights to jump from into the foam.



 Here you can see the wave trampoline which felt really strange to bounce on, but I can see how it could be beneficial for some great stunts.
Once we had finished our session, we went up to the cafe area, which is huge !!! The cafe station itself is very small, so expect queues, but there are loads of tables. Price wise, I thought it was fairly reasonable.
 We all loved Gravity Force and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. This is going to be the new place for parties, so get yourself booked in way in advance as they are going to get really busy soon. Otherwise, a voucher would be a wonderful gift for anyone and its always a great way to encourage fun whilst exercising and learning a new skill.
You can read my previous post on the Pre-Launch here

*update - GRAVITY FORCE ST ALBANS HAS CLOSED DOWN, HOWEVER THERE ARE PLENTY OTHER TRAMPOLINE PARKS WHICH ARE ALL VERY SIMILAR

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why are Electrolytes so good for you ?

Most people will probably say - What are Electrolytes ?? I certainly did.
I wasn't even sure how to explain it in a simple way, however, its a way to stay hydrated throughout your workouts and just in your general lifestyle too. So it really is something everyone can use and it will benefit everyone too. Water is obviously the best way to stay hydrated, but, a little bit of extra help is always a huge bonus. Now you can buy electrolytes in concentrate form so you can add it to water and plenty of other drinks that you love. I can also bet that most of our Olympians that are currently working really hard and have been all year with their training have been using Electrolytes to keep them healthy and help push them further.
elete Electrolyte contains all four of the key electrolytes : Magnesium, Potassium, Chloride and Sodium, all in an ionically charged form. If this is used daily, it can increase your stamina, less cramping, better concentration, reduced anxiety, and quicker muscle recovery after a workout or injury.
This is a very easy product to use, as you very simply just add a few drops to a drink or smoothie, or make up your own electrolyte water with either half a cap of liquid for a half litre bottle or a full cap for a litre bottle. So now you have your very own isotonic refreshing drink without any added sugars or extra chemicals or flavourings that you would find in a sports recovery drink.
 I personally like to make up my own drinks, so I've been adding drops to either my smoothies or fruit infused waters.
Just add it to water and leave in the fridge for after a workout or during a walk in the woods with the kids. This will improved your hydration by 40%, now that's huge and worth buying into if you ask me.
 I like to add fruit to my water to add some extra flavour and goodness. This one has frozen pineapple pieces in it and its really delicious and very refreshing on hot days.
 I've also added it to my smoothies with coconut water or with my protein shakes or matcha tea drinks. So basically......it literally can be added to any drink you enjoy, and it gives you that extra boost. At first I wasn't really sure if I could feel any difference, but the more I read up on it, the more I realised that actually it has benefited me greatly.

My stamina has actually improved as I can now run further than before, now this could be because I'm working hard or because I have that bit of extra help. Also when I'm tired, drinking this really does improve my concentration. I seem to get things done quicker in the house and I could exercise longer than I use to. I've even started doing 5km on the exercise bike a few nights in the week. I know its not long, but before I just found it quite boring so I stopped after 1km and now I've worked it up to 5km with ease. Next month I'll increase the distance even further to 8km and then to 10km, and hey, you never know I might even increase it to 20km. (Wishful thinking but its a good goal to have)

I really does sound crazy, but, yes, it works !!!


It is excellent value when you compare with ready made drinks for you and you can use it as you wish. As they come in small bottles, you can carry them with you wherever you go and just add a few drops to any drink you have.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Foods that can help with a sports or fitness injury

In September myself and five other lovely ladies are going to compete in Rough Runner, which is an intense obstacle course inspired by all the great game shows, like Ninja Warrior, Total Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle. I’ve been training as much as I possibly can but as it’s the summer holidays, it’s been very difficult, but as I say: something is better than nothing !!! My other issue is that if I work myself too much, I really don’t want to injury myself or hurt my body before September. I’m very conscience of my knees and wrists as these are on the go all the time and with a workout, you use these A lot !! I’ve already injured my wrist from doing too many press-ups, and being in the wrong position. So I needed to look into what can help me and what I need to do in circumstances if it gets too bad. I have some amazing information to share with you and surprisingly we start with food!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Rejuvenation Water

My goodness its been hot, and when its hot we all need really refreshing drinks. Obviously the best refreshing drink to have is Water, but not everyone likes to drink water so we have alternatives.
I asked to taste some drinks that I had seen on social media as they seemed like a super healthy alternative. Plus, I have to say that I really like the logo and the design of the label.

Rejuvenation Water - It is 100% natural, low in natural sugar, vegan friendly and its enriched with amino acids Glutamine.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

My July Foodies100 Ranking

I am a very happy lady today, as I just realised that my Foodies100 UK Food Blogs had changed and had included the words - TOP 500 !! Woohoo !!!

So I thought I would log in and have just seen my actual ranking is at 354. This is huge for me, as I have really tried to get to top 500 again since last year.  It is very difficult staying within the 500 as the competition is fierce out there. So to be less than 400 is a big step for me and I wanted to share it before it falls again next month. 

If you are a Food Blogger, do make sure you sign up as it is a very informative site and can come in very useful. 

It is also a good place to get blogging opportunities and to get blogging tips.
www.foodies100.co.uk

Yutaka Sushi Kit for 2 - Lets cook healthy food together !!

I love Sushi, always have. It is incredibly healthy and is also quite filling. It is also a fun to make your own.
Now just to get one thing straight, although people say sushi is raw fish - it is actually smoked fish most of the time, so its perfectly fine to eat. A lot of English sushi uses smoked salmon, smoked trout, tuna or prawns, and you can also have vegetarian options using eggs, and vegetables.
Sushi is the vinegard rice that the fish or vegetables are wrapped in with a Nori Sheet or used to make Nigiri whereas sushimi is just the fish.
Now in Japan, they do actually use raw fish in some of their restaurants, so it is true, but in England, it is made to suit our palates.
Sushi is such a delight to look at. It has to be one of the most prettiest dishes to look at. With all the colours and swirls of different ingredients. The fish is sliced in a special way which is why it is also very expensive, this is due to the labour that goes into the dishes and the skills of the knife.
Now, as I said, it is also fun to do at home if you fancy a challenge. Its great to do in a group, with the kids, or just as a cooking night with the other half.
I was sent Yutakas Sushi Kit for 2 to try. Now, we have actually made sushi in the past (ok years ago, so we are out of practice - so bear with us) and I have quite a few ingredients in my cupboards, but this kit has everything you need, apart from the fish and vegetables.