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How to Celebrate Senior Health and Fitness Day

Raymond Go Ape Crathes Castle

As the world celebrates Senior Health and Fitness Day on 31st May, we explore five ways we can all keep our minds and bodies on their toes (so to speak).

1) Try something new

Aristotle may have been one of the first philosophers to make the distinction between happiness we feel in the moment (hedonia), and the satisfaction that comes from constantly developing and living life to the fullest (eudaimonia). Slightly more modern research has revealed that the sense of purpose that comes from eudaimonia is associated with lower cortisol levels, increased immune function, and better sleep.

Have you thought about open water swimming? A brilliant choice for confident swimmers, swimming in cold water burns more calories, works every single muscle, and is a great way of meeting people. There are lots of opportunities to get involved – visit SwimEngland for more tips.

2) Spend time with lots of different people

Mixing with people of all different ages and backgrounds introduces us to different perspectives – which can sometimes make us challenge our own outlook.

Have you thought about dancing? Thanks to a certain celebrity dance show that we’ve all heard of, dancing in the UK is experiencing a boom, with popularity growing among people of all ages and cultures. Why limit yourself to the ballroom when there’s Latin, Flamenco, Bhangra, Street…

3) Reconnect with nature

We’ve all heard the benefits of exercising outdoors. Research by Professor Jules Pretty of the University of Essex has revealed that green exercise is associated with increased feelings of revitalization and decreased feelings of anger, confusion and depression.

Have you thought about dog agility? A lot of clubs take classes outdoors in the summer, and little Rufus doesn’t have to be a prime athlete to join in –classes are usually open to dogs (and owners) of all shapes, sizes and ages. Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks…

4) Embrace technology

Video communication apps like Skype can be a big help in bringing people closer together. Social media channels such as Facebook can also be a handy way of organising or searching for events in your local area. There are also lots of fitness games and apps on the market, designed to improve health and wellbeing, from sharpening mental agility to improving balance and core strength.

Have you thought about a Forest Segway adventure? A novel way to explore the forest floor, our Segway adventures allow you embrace technology and nature at the same time.

Raymond Goes Ape5) Take inspiration from others

Here at Banana HQ, we’re often reminded that adventure really doesn’t have any limit. Take one of our favourite Silverbacks, Raymond, who leapt into the limelight this Autumn by becoming the oldest member of our Tribe.  At the tender age of 93, Raymond joined his granddaughter’s 21st birthday celebrations on our Tree Top Adventure at Crathes Castle. Speaking of his adventure, Raymond said, “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new.”

There you go. We should all be more like Raymond.

 

Striking the balance: The workings of a Segway

Group Segway

At first glance, Segways might not seem all that extraordinary, with some people describing them as mere ‘glorified scooters.’ But in actual fact, Segways are ingenious pieces of kit and a lot of science goes into developing them.

Packed away in the base, hidden from view, are clever computers, sophisticated sensors and smart motors which keep the Segway upright when it’s switched on. As for the controls and navigation, well, that’s down to you…the rider!

Successfully operating a Segway involves mastering the art of balance tightrope walkers do it, ballerinas do it; and if you’ve ever embarked on a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you’ve had to do it! As the saying goes, it’s simple once you know how!

Lean forward (not too much, now) and the clever gyroscopic sensors within the Segway pick up changes in pitch angle and, as a result, move the wheels forward to maintain balance. The same goes if you need to reverse; i.e., if you overshot a forest trail at Go Ape and find yourself a little too close to a tree (*gulp*)!

Of course, as well as going backwards and forwards, you’ll want to navigate left and right which is done by moving the handlebar in the desired direction. When travelling forward, leaning forward will pick up the pace and if you start going a bit too fast for your liking, just lean back! Segway with Go Ape!

Now you know all about the tech behind Segways, do you fancy having a go on one? If the answer’s ‘yes,’ then why not pay a visit to Go Ape for a totally unique, forest-themed Segway adventure?

Go Ape Segway Experience

When it comes to cruising around on a self-balancing Segway, there really is no better setting than in the heart of a beautiful forest. Immersed in a sea of green, you’ll weave your way in and out of the trees with your tribe, listening to the birds chirping, breathing in that fresh forest air while watching numerous species of wildlife go about their merry way.

A Forest Segway experience is a fun-for-all activity. If you aren’t a fan of heights, or have swung with us so many times you’ve lost count, it provides a good alternative to a Tree Top Adventure (though, we also recommend facing up to your fears by heading into the canopy).

Or, you might choose to treat yourself and your tribe to the ultimate Go Ape day out by combining both adventures go on, you deserve it!Worried you won’t be able to balance? Worry no more! Before we let you roam free in the forest, a skilled member of the Go Ape tribe will teach you the tricks and make sure you’ve nailed the controls.

A Segway experience costs just £35 for 60 minutes, and is the perfect chance to put your feet up and explore the wonders of the forest in a fun and totally unique way!

Segway polo? What you need to know

UK Segway Polo

You’ve heard of polo, right?

No not the refreshing white mint! We’re talking about the team sport played on horseback, where riders try and score by driving a small white ball into their opponents’ net using long-handled mallets. Know the one?

Well, there have been many variations of the sport over the years. The US invented auto polo, where (as you can probably guess) four wheels take the place of four legs, as players buckle-up and ride around in cars. Then there’s cycle polo, motorbike polo, elephant polo (played in South Asia), and yak polo (played in Mongolia)!

But there’s one more take on traditional polo that we’ve so far failed to mention and this one definitely gets our vote: Segway polo!

We scoured the web (thanks a lot, Wiki!) and found some facts and stats on the sport…

  • Origin: The US
  • Rules: Adapted from a mix of bicycle and horse polo
  • Regulation field size: 61 metres x 39 metres
  • Goal size: 2.4 metres wide x 1.5 metres high
  • Match duration: 4 x 8-minute quarters, known in polo as “chukkers”
  • Countries played: Inc. US, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Barbados, Lebanon
  • Established in the UK: 2014
  • Official governing body: The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA)
  • World championship: The Woz Challenge Cup
  • Our fave fact: The 2017 Woz Cup will be played in London this year, from 27 July to 30 July!

We bet you’re hoping that Segway polo comes up as a category in the next pub quiz, right? We sure are! In the meantime, how would you like to have a go on a Segway yourself?

Forest Segway Wood

In many of our locations across the UK, you can choose to embark on a Forest Segway Experience! You won’t be able to play any polo (sorry), but you will be able to get off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe.

Actually, thinking about it, you could always invent your own game of forest polo if you like pick up a long stick to use as a mallet, and a pine cone as your ball. But Segway-ing does require your undivided attention, and we wouldn’t want any passers-by to be struck be an airborne pine cone – ouch!

Segways are a great alternative to walking, running or biking the trails. They’re a chance to put your feet up and enjoy a leisurely cruise weaving in and out of the trees as you go!

A Forest Segway Experience costs just for 60 minutes and includes a safety demo, practice session (so you can master the art of balance), and a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the forest. When your adventure is over and you roll back to base, you’ll receive a certificate as a memento that you can stick on the fridge.

Who knows, you might enjoy a Forest Segway Experience so much, you’ll want to find out if there are any local Segway polo teams in your area!

If you plan on rolling with us, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We hope to see you in the forest very soon!

The forest floor is calling…

Forest Segway Go Ape

What’s that?

Can you hear it?

It’s the forest floor…calling your name!

Think back to the last time you visited a forest what did you do? Did you hit some mountain bike trails with your buds? Did you build a den with your kids? Did you take a leisurely stroll through the trees, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings?

The forest is a fantastic place to be. Yes, we’re biased, but we love nothing more than to escape to a woody retreat. Forests are natural sanctuaries; they provide a peaceful place to take some time out from our hectic lives and just be.

Modern-day life moves fast, but we all need to slow down every once in a while. And there’s really no better place to take it easy than in the depths of the forest, where the air is clean and crisp and there isn’t an electric socket in sight!

So, now that we’ve sold a trip to the forest to you, here’s another suggestion: when you visit, why not explore the wonders of the woodland in a brand new way? Leave your bike at home, give your legs a rest, and instead hop aboard one of our all-terrain Segways!

The latest in green technology, our electric Segways will take you off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe. After a quick how-to from one of us, you’ll be free to roam and immerse yourself in the forest.Go Ape Segway Experience

You’ll find yourself navigating everything from simple, flat paths to more testing, rugged trials. You’ll skilfully weave yourself in and out of the tree trunks. You’ll climb hills and descend them. You’ll feel the crunch when you roll over bracken and twigs, and hear the slush when you roll through mud.

Now, if you’re a Segway newbie, it’ll take you a few minutes to get to grips with the machine. It could feel a little strange to begin with, but you’ll soon get into the swing or shall we say, roll? of things. You’ll quickly master the art of balance; and when we’re 100% certain that you have, we’ll send you on your way!

A Go Ape Forest Segway Experience costs just £35 and is available at select courses across the UK. Riders need to be at least 10 years old and a minimum of 7 stone. Make sure you wear flat, closed-toe shoes for your adventure, and be sure to pack some gloves if it’s chilly!

The forest is calling your name…come on down and cruise its floors!

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