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PEDAL POWER DESK FOR OFFICE WORKOUT


A cycle desk could be used to boost the fitness of office-based employees and simultaneously power electrical gadgets. The Big Rig is a hand-built cycle-based machine


with a seat and a work surface. The seat can be adjusted and there are a range of gears. When users pedal, the machine converts the energy into an electrical current. On average, adults are said to generate around 100 watts a minute – enough to charge a laptop, smartphone or other gadgets. The machine has been created by US-based


company Pedal Power, which was set up by friends Steve Blood and Andy Wenkin fi ve years ago. Prices for the Big Rig start at US$2,000 (£1,200). “Using your own power rather than plugging


into the grid is not only fun, but also helps you understand your energy use and reduce your ecological footprint,” the pair say. Details: www.pedal-power.com


HANDSTAND YOGA ADDS A NEW PERSPECTIVE


Perfecting your handstand technique to help build up your core strength is the focus of a 90-minute class by the Indaba Yoga Studio in Marylebone, London. The class starts with 30 minutes


of vinyasa yoga before people turn upside-down. Instructors fi rst work on opening the shoulder girdle, move on to strengthening the wrists, and fi nally focus on the waking up the core to build the strength that’s needed for the pose. The classes are held on


Wednesdays and Sundays and handstand novices are welcome! Details: www.indabayoga.com


Pooch pampering at new spa


A luxury spa with a difference has opened at a country estate in Yorkshire – the difference being that it’s been designed for dogs. At the new Dog Spa at the Raithwaite


Estate in Whitby, pooches can enjoy a whole range of services including Dead Sea mud or thalassotherapy baths, or a specialist wedding ceremony pruning session, through to more conventional grooming and trimming treatments.


March 2014 © Cybertrek 2014 Services can be performed by


professional groomer Hazel Gill. Gill, who has won the Coton de Tulear best of breed category at dogs show Crufts since 1997, prides herself on paying extra attention to the dog’s happiness and wellbeing. There are also six luxury centrally-


heated dog lodges available, while a 73-bedroom hotel on-site has dog- friendly rooms too. Details: www.raithwaiteestate.com


NIGHT-TIME TRAIL RUNNING IN CUMBRIA


Running along trails at night is said to add a whole new dimension to typical off-road challenges. Relying only on a head torch, sensations are heightened and adventure abounds as you try to avoid hanging branches and pick your way over logs, puddles and other natural obstacles in your path. With this in mind, sports event organiser


Open Adventure has set up a series of night- time 10k races across the UK. The last one is due to be held around Lake Coniston in Cumbria on 5 April. The route has been put together with the help of local adventure racer Ant Cooper and costs only £10 to enter. Details: www.openadventure.com


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