Monthly Archives: April 2017

Time to burn off those Easter eggs!

Chocolate
Right, it’s time to confess: how many choccy eggs did you devour over Easter?

You thought your stash would last for weeks, but there’s something about Easter egg chocolate that makes it oh-so irresistible. It has what we call a ‘Pringle effect’ on us; once we take that first tongue-tantalising bite, we’re hooked and find it impossible to stop.

And when someone looks at you disappointedly and questions how you’ve managed to gobble three large eggs in one sitting, you have your reply ready: “Well…they are hollow!”

Which means they can’t be that many calories… right!?

If you believe ignorance is bliss, you may want to skip this section.

We found ourselves wondering how many cals are loaded into those hollow, choccy eggs, so we did some research.

*Gulp*

We discovered a study by Bidvine, revealing the calorie content of the nation’s fave Easter eggs. If you were treated to a Dairy Milk XL Easter egg this year, you may be (unpleasantly) surprised to learn that it packs a whopping 1,758 calories (egg + bars). To burn off that many cals would take either 5.9 hours of walking, 3 hours of running, 2 hours of swimming, or 2.1 hours of squatting.

Cadbury caramel eggs packed the second highest amount of cals (1,683), followed by Mars (1,623), Flake/Wispa (1,562) and Double Decker (1,549). But if you enjoyed a Smarties egg, then don’t feel too bad they only contain 680 cals, although they’d still take 1.2 hours of running to burn off.

Time for some eggs-ercise!

Sorry, we don’t want to sound like Willy Wonka’s dentist Dad, groaning about eating too much chocolate. Besides, we all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then.

But if your egg-cessive egg munching has left you feeling full up and fed up, then some good ol’ fashion exercise will help. If you want to burn off your Easter eggs as quickly as possible, here are some activities to get involved in:

 Tennis
Tennis 

Like any sport, you get out what you put in. If you want to shift cals fast, then you need to push yourself on that court. Keep those legs moving!

Swimming

 

Swimming

The butterfly is a hard stroke to master, but it’s the best for burning fat. An hour’s worth of non-stop butterfly could burn around 1,000 calories and if you can manage that, then you deserve a medal!

Kick Boxing
 Kick-boxing

Kick and punch those calories away! Book an intense one-on-one session with a trainer and you could shift around 1,000 cals in a single hour.

 

 

Bike Ride
Bike ride

No leisurely cruises…if you want to burn cals quick, you need to pedal fast, picking a route with long flats to practice your sprinting, plus a few hills for good measure. If you don’t have a bike to hop on, a 45-min spin class at the gym burns around 750 calories.

Go Ape!

There’s a reason Tarzan was so buff: swinging through the trees is hard graft! Completing one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses burns around 510 calories in women, and 660 in men. And you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising!

Our courses have tunnels you can crawl through, ladders you can clamber up, bridges you can swing on, and platforms you can leap off! So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!

Adrenaline rush? Yes please!

Zip Adrenaline

The body works in wonderful (and mysterious) ways, don’t you think?

Take adrenaline, for example. This hormone plays a key role in our so-called fight-or-flight responses it’s pumped around our bodies whenever we’re put in pulse-racing situations.

Remember how the last time you did something ‘scary’ your palms started to sweat? Remember how your knees wobbled, your teeth chattered, and your stomach felt like it was being churned at full speed inside a washing machine?

But can you also remember how you felt overcoming that scary thing? How you felt that burst of energy travel throughout your entire body, from your head down your toes? How you started to shiver, even though you weren’t cold? All of these things you felt are down to adrenaline!

Adrenaline is that surge of energy that increases our heart rate and blood pressure, and heightens our senses. And you might not know this, but although the hormone is released in response to stressful situations, adrenaline rushes can actually be good for us.

Adrenaline can boost alertness and awareness, and improve memory and cognitive function. It can also block feelings of pain, help out our immune system and give us increased strength for the duration of the ‘rush’!

Of course, to experience an adrenaline rush, you need to leave the confines of your comfort zone and step out into the unknown. Besides, comfort zones are restrictive and boring they stop us from living life adventurously (which is our very motto). Boo!

So, are you ready to show your daring side? You don’t have to embark on something super crazy just yet; just something that will get your heart rate climbing. Something that will excite you and leave you wanting more!

Before you go jumping off a platform with a bungee cord wrapped around your ankles, why not jump off a platform and into a giant net at Go Ape!?

Our Tree Top Adventure is guaranteed to get your pulse racing for a number of reasons. One of which is that the course is set high in the canopy (if you didn’t gather already),
which certainly gives the obstacles that extra ‘edge.’ Another reason is that you’ll come across some truly testing obstacles along the way some will stop you in your tracks and make you ponder, “How am I going to do this!?”

Go Ape Zip LineYour courage will be put to the test when crossing obstacles like our Tightrope no hands! Then of course there’s our infamous Tarzan Swing, where you have to muster up the courage to leap into the air! It may take a few seconds, it may take a minute just don’t forget to holler!

Oh, and you’re bound to feel an adrenaline rush as you whizz through the air on our zip wires, which complete each part of the course! It feels like you’re flying that is, of course, until you land (gracefully or not-so-gracefully) in a soft pile of squidgy wood chip!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush at Go Ape!

Like a bit of air time?

Why not check out Air Space! It’s the UK’s ultimate trampoline park with locations in Stevenage, Wolverhampton and East Kilbride, boasting 100’s of trampolines to freejump as well as basketball, dodgeball and more.

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Our Wish List Of Adventure Gadgets!

Back when we were kids, the authentic camping experience used to mean cold beans eaten straight from the tin (yum). It meant rain seeping through the tent and dripping on our heads. It meant blisters on our feet.

But times have changed and these days, there are gadgets out there to solve all those niggling issues that crop up when you spend time in the great outdoors! And that means you can have your adventure without worrying about anything except the fresh air in your lungs and the rugged path beneath your feet. Bliss.

Here at Go Ape, we’re the very definition of outdoorsy types. So we’ve made a wish list of the gadgets and gizmos that we want to take with us on our next adventure. Here it is…

Knottology Survival Kit Bracelets Knottology

Sometimes it’s not cutting-edge technology that saves the day, but a little helping hand from low-tech. The Knottology Survival Kit Bracelet is designed to help accompany you through the wilderness. You create your own bracelet using modular units, for example, a LED flashlight, whistle and storage compartment, which could contain things like iodine tablets or flint. Even the band itself has a variety of uses as it doubles as a cord! We’re impressed.

 

 

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration SystemThe Sawyer Mini – drink in the sights

Water. It keeps us alive and makes up 60% of our bodies – which is why we can’t rave enough about the Sawyer Mini, which lets you drink safely from nearly any water source. Weighing just two ounces, it can let you drink up to 100,000 gallons of water. So drink from puddles, sip from lakes – this water cleaning device will help keep you hydrated in the wild.

 

 

The Trillium Hammock – sleep in the fresh airTrillium Hammock

When it comes to tents, we’re particularly fussy campers. But the Trillium Hammock is one of the coolest things we’ve ever laid eyes on. Find trees, attach to trees and go, this triple hammock lets you levitate above the ground while you sleep, protected from the rain by a shelter above. We wouldn’t recommend it for heavy storms, but this would be the perfect tent to enjoy a mild spring evening in.

 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 – capture memories

When we’re out and about, we love to take high-quality pictures. But we also live in fear that we might damage our cameras. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a sturdy, weatherproof camera that takes quality images too. It can take 16.1 megapixel pictures and supports 1080 video recording. So if you’re partial to a good outdoor adventure and prone to the occasional accidental drop, this could be the camera for you.

 

Biolite Campstove 2BioLite CampStove 2 – keep warm

After a long day of walking, climbing and everything else you can get up to in the forest, making a fire to cook your dinner is probably the last thing on your mind. Which is why we absolutely adore the BioLite CampStove 2. This nifty smokeless cooker has a heat-driven USB so can charge your gadgets while you eat. Not that you can get signal, mind. This second edition has 50% more power which means you don’t have to worry about it running out anytime soon.

 

 

Although the great outdoors is our favourite place to be, that doesn’t mean that it’s not helpful to have some gadgets in-hand to make our adventure that little more amiable. What’s on your wish list of adventure gizmos? Tell us below and we will try and add it to our next wish list post …

Special Guest blog post from 73 Year Old Silverback Frances Butcher

Go Ape Frances Hero
Find out about silverback grandmother Frances and her trip to Go Ape with her ‘Little Monkeys’ …

I tend to think of the grandchildren as ‘Little Monkeys’ (in the nicest possible way) but I recently found my inner-ape. The invitation to join my daughter and her two children on the Go Ape challenge at Thetford Forest filled me with excitement. Then I looked at the website and the excitement turned to trepidation, but I was determined not to show cowardice in front of anyone, let alone a 6-year old.

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On the appointed day we arrived in time for a picnic lunch and a review of the course from ground level, and it almost looked too easy. So I donned the harness and rushed to the start point. From 8 metres up in the trees it then didn’t look quite so easy, but I wasn’t going to admit that, even to myself.

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I was amazed to find what fun it was crossing between trees on swinging pathways of various ingenious designs; clinging on to a cargo net, and walking over a suspension bridge of logs. The one challenge that I found mentally difficult was the balance log. Just a bare log between one tree and the next. But as there were people in front and behind me I told myself I just had to do it, and fortunately I did without resorting to the need to sit on it and shuffle along!

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The best part though was the zip wire – hurtling through the air at high speed (or so it seemed). It was all over far too quickly. Did I find it difficult at my age? Not really, but as the course was rightly designed for children the height of some things meant I needed to stoop a little, but the biggest problem was that my large feet caught on things like the netting.

I would recommend anyone of any age to ‘have a go’ if they fancy it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, hope I didn’t embarrass my grandchildren, and may even do it again.

Want to try Go Ape? Find your nearest location here.

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