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Someone once said: “ A bad day camping is still better than a good day working” and most of the people out there would agree. Even though camping trips don’t provide the luxury of a four-star hotel, reconnecting with nature and getting away from everyday traffic and full agendas is a rewarding experience. And with today’s modern camping gear and accessories, camping isn’t really that uncomfortable. From perfecting the cooking accepts of camping and dining area, to the creation of a nice “bedroom” and relaxation spots, there’s a lot of accessories designed to make your camping trip a blast. In the backcountry, your luxury starts with portable hiking chairs.

Gymnastics and cheerleading are excellent sports to develop a strong body and lean muscles. Practising both activities requires safe Air Track mats, so people can jump directly on them without injuring themselves. These kinds of mats aren’t specially made for gymnastics only but can be used for a variety of other sports such as martial arts or parkour.

If you’re looking for a gymnastics Air Track for home practice or a professional studio, here are the steps to help you find the right model.

Pick an Adequate Size

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Inflatable gym mats are generally around 90 to 110 cm wide, and their depth/height ranges between 10 to 20 cm. However, these dimensions aren’t final and you can find more variation depending on your needs. When it comes to length, Air Track mats range from 45 cm to an impressive 11 metres which are usually reserved for professional competition events.

Considering this, when you purchase a gymnastics Air Track you should make sure that it’s big enough for your needs, but also fits well in the space where you’ll use it. Activities such as martial arts or yoga, require a mat that’s 120-150 cm long. If you only need an additional takeoff point, you could easily do a small mat (60 by 60 cm).

Other sports and techniques such as tumbling and cheerleading may require larger space. If you don’t have a lot of space to set up your mat, be extra precise in your measurements. In case space isn’t a problem, be cautious with your safety. Always pick a longer mat instead of a short one.

Consider the Materials Used

An inflatable gymnastics mat should protect your body during difficult aerial maneuvers and benefit your performance. This means the materials have to be of top quality. These are the best materials for such mats.

PVC plastic/tarpaulin

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PVC is durable and strong and is often used as an outer covering for these mats. The top side of the mat may have a softer layer to protect your skin from scrapes and abrasions.

Double-wall or drop-stitch

Double-wall or drop-stitch technology is known for decades. This technique includes thousands of polyester threads that join two woven pieces of polyester. The threads allow the mat to be filled to high pressure and yet maintain a flat surface. If the threads aren’t holding the polyester in place, the mat would swell under the constant air pressure.

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Rail tape is usually made of PVC and wraps around the exterior edge of the mat to protect the seams and the area around the valves.

Check for Dual Valves

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The most important thing for successful use of a gym mat is controlling the air pressure. A dual valve design offers more control, enabling you to fill or let out just enough air to reach the right pressure without changing overall inflation. One valve is used for inflation while the other is used for pressure adjustment.

Decide Whether You Want to Connect Several Mats Together

The available dimensions of Air Track mats may not be enough for some users. And then, there are some who want to have the ability to customise their setups. If that’s the case with you, look for splicing features. Some mats come with Velcro strips on the edge of the bottom side. This connector strip can be used to connect two mats side-by-side. There’s also the option to request or purchase a connector strip individually.

Look for Orientation Marking

Staying centred when you’re using the mat may be a challenge. Almost all inflatable gym mats come with a thick centre line that stretches to the entire length of the mat to give orientation. Some mats also have a cross line that separates the mat at the short centre axis that indicates the halfway point.

Make Sure the Mat Has UV Coating for Outdoor Use

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Backyard gymnastics is a lovely way to relax after a long day, stretch your body and strengthen your muscles. If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor workouts, you should keep in mind that the UV rays aren’t your friend. Besides applying sunscreen on your face and body, you should purchase a mat that has UV coating.

Some gymnastics air tracks have a protective UV coating to lower sun damage to the mat. Make sure you don’t leave the mat in the sun for too long, even if it has a UV coating. Even in that case, the UV coating can only do so much to stop the breakdown of PVC.

Tips For Use

Make sure that the area is clear before you use your air gym mat. Even if it has orientation markings, it’s easy to drift off the mat, especially when doing multiple tricks. There should be plenty of space around you. Make space to the sides, at the head, and at the end of the mat so you won’t hit or run into anything.

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Be wary of heat and sharp objects. Inflatable gym mats are quite durable unless they get overheated or pierced. The heat will weaken the PVC, which can lead to bulges and weak spots. After practice, place the mat in a place away from sunlight and heat. Double-check before placing it on a surface that is frequently used, since even tiny rocks or spikes may pierce the mat and ruin it.

Many models are waterproof so you can use them next to a pool (or in a pool). If you’re doing water yoga or any other water activity, this mat would serve you well. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations since not all mats may be designed for this use. The same goes for using the mat on a grass (some manufacturers advise adding a layer between the mat and the grass).

It seems like we’re living in the future with all these hoverboards and scooters on the streets. Hoping on those small wheels may seem like a childish thing, but in fact, many adults love commuting this way. With a scooter, you can move fast from A to B without the risk of getting stuck in traffic. And at the same time, you don’t contribute to polluting the environment. 

From venomous snakes to creepy spiders and frightful crocodiles, the Australian outback comes with a great deal of threats. Even without these factors, the sun alone is a big concern and coupled with the desert, renders the outback a boiling hell. On top of all that is the Uluru climb which comes with a bag of risks of its own. Yes, the Aussie outback can be really dangerous, but people still decide to go on an adventure there, of course, not without the proper supplies and helpful tips.

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Camping may not be the ideal outdoor activity for everyone mainly because of lacking the kind of comfort one has at home but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make it more comfortable. This is especially true nowadays when there’s a wide range of gear and accessories designed to provide you with the bits and pieces you require to make the most of the experience and even turn into an avid camper.

As multitools have become an essential part of everyday carry, the need to pack more in one small and compact piece of metal has been growing increasingly. With functionality becoming more and more versatile, the durability factor of a multitool has also seen a major upgrade especially now as Leatherman and other manufacturers are starting to offer a 25-year warranty on their products. But since nothing can withstand the test of time, it’s important to keep your trusty pocket friend in shape.

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Camping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature. However, for some, it can be a not-so-comfortable experience, especially for those who can’t live without the luxuries and convenience of modern life. Typically, when camping, most people don’t have the luxury of taking a warm shower, the convenience of a microwave, or the coziness of a memory foam mattress bed. But, luckily, it is not all bad news. Today, there is a wide range of outdoors camping equipment on the market that’s designed to make life in the woods a lot easier and more fun. Here are some steps you can take to ensure a comfortable camping experience and a more memorable adventure out in the wild.

Having the time of your life when on stage takes a lot of practice, however being flawless is also about giving the audience the whole package. The makeup, the hair, the shoes, the accessories and especially the outfit is what can really turn an ordinary dance performer into extraordinary. And sometimes, it takes only a few details or a change of hairstyle, so next time you have salsa, latino or swing dance performance, try to set yourself apart from others by giving off a lovely vintage vibe.

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Sleeping in the wild, enjoying the sounds of the forest and waiting for that perfect sunrise is a dream-come-true scenario for camping enthusiasts. But one of the most overlooked things when preparing for that ideal camping trip is the light source. In order to avoid the plot of “Blair Witch Project”, you need to make sure that you are properly equipped with all essentials, including a camp lantern – a minor but necessary piece of equipment that can make or break your trip in nature.

It’s officially cold and flu season, still that doesn’t mean fun in the snow is out of the question. All it takes to guarantee a great snow experience is preparing well beforehand, more so when you’re taking children along.

Same as with adults, it’s important to acquire the necessary snow gear to be able to get the much-needed protection. It’s all fun and games until the cold takes over, so the not so secret secret to ensuring fun is layering well, specifically counting on the help of thermal wear for kids.

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