Be Green and Leap like a deer

Go green leaping higherYour Eco-friendly, green queen Katie is here with another article for your mind.

Having a high vertical jump is essential for any sport. Having a good program in place is the best way to learn how to increase your vertical jump because it’s just that important. Today, many testing protocols are designed to test your explosiveness which is a requirement for you to get the most out of your leap, as it utilizes a great deal of muscular power. Do you want to rival a deer in leaping? Isometric exercises help build extra fibers by holding and contracting your muscles, giving them the power needed for a high vertical leap. There are many isometric exercises that can help improve your vertical but the following are the top five safest, simplest, most convenient exercises, that can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone. They are just some of the top vertical jump training lessons in our opinion.

To perform our first exercise, lie on your back on the floor or on any stable flat surface and put your arms under your lower back. Hold your legs together without bending them. Lift them 6 to 14 inches away from the floor. Hold them in that position for 30 to 60 seconds. For increased muscle power, repeat as many times as possible. When performing this exercise, do not make a mistake of holding your breath, as it will deprive you of oxygen required for the muscles, which can cause muscle cramps and fatigue.

The second exercise is done when standing upright with your feet planted on the ground. Keeping your lower back straight, extend your right leg and bend slightly forward from your hip. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat with your left leg. A stretch on the hamstring will be felt. When bending, ensure that you are bending from the hip not the waist for a good stretch. The exercise can be repeated as many times as you wish in a day. Normally, the many the times, the stronger the muscles.

The third exercise involves strengthening your calf muscles for an increased vertical jump. Stand next to a chair or a table on one leg. While standing on right leg, place your left foot at the back of calf of the right leg.  Support yourself by holding the chair. With the left foot at the back of the calf of the right, raise up unto the toes of the right leg and hold this position for about 10 to 40 seconds. Repeat this three to four times on each leg.

The fourth exercise is performed with your back facing the bed or any other object which is 18 inches in height.  Place your right leg on the bed behind you and the knee facing the ground. With the leg straight, push it to the bed, as hard as you can. Hold the position for 10 to 40 seconds and repeat the process with the left leg.  The fifth exercise involves static stretching. Lay on your side, keep one leg straight and bend the knee of your other leg. Pull the foot with bended knee behind you. Repeat with the other foot.

I hope these isometric exercises will help you to reach your training goals. As always make sure you consult with a trained professional before performing the above routines because we are not physical trainers. Also, to make these workout routines eco-friendly and green, purchase energy absorbing floor mats that are also made of materials that are safe for the environment and your home. And don’t forget, it’s always about the shows. Go here to learn about the best jump training shoes online.

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What is Aquaponics All About?

8496299323_d312be8838_mActually, it’s a combination of culture, raising fish and hydroponics, soilless agriculture.  When we put the two together in a constructed closed loop ecosystem we get the benefit of nature’s bacterial process. So by combining fish, plants and bacteria, we wind up with a symbiotic relationship where the fish provide nutrients for the plants, the plants filter the water for the fish.

There are two methods.  One is media based where you can combine local pink granite, river rock or clay media.  Every 30 minutes fish tank water pumps to the beds.  Worms in bacteria break down ammonia from fish waste into nitrates, a natural plant fertilizer. The gravel also separates the solids.  The process returns clean waters to the fish tank.  The aquaponics gardening system ( then directs some of the cleansed water through an external filter to the raft beds.

For the second method of aquaponics culture. The water has gone through the media beds and the additional filter, it comes in here and into this raft, which should have about 12 inches of water, which gives you plenty of room for the roots to grow down. You must run air through here so that this is hyper air rated, which gives the plants more vigorous growth.  Running it through the filter keeps these nice clean roots.  The main key to your system is making sure you test the water properly.

Wicking beds are a great way to grow organic produce without the electrical requirements of aquaponics.  The wicking bed is a box with a waterproof liner in the bottom and then you will put a media in there such as gravel so that you can flood that bottom six inches with water.  On top of the gravel you would use a weed block and then put your core soil blend on top of that and that keeps the roots from growing down into that water reservoir.

Aquaponics can be done outside as long as fish are protected from critters and the water temperature kept warm.  He has ultimate control in the greenhouse, though, where he grows basil even in winter and carries winter crops like kale and lettuce through the end of June.

Now you know what this great organic food growing system is all about.  To get more information about DIY aquaponic system designs and plans to make it happen, make sure your visit the following website,, get more info here.

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