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Great Scott! 5 Essential Hoverboarding Tips

Great Scott! 5 Essential Hoverboarding Tips

I’m sure you’ve all seen hoverboards in Back to the Future; but I bet you didn’t know they’re a real thing. In fact, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular activities among teens. It looks difficult, but it’s fun and exciting; and, with practice and some simple instructions, anyone can become a master.

Here are 5 tricks and tips to help you learn the ropes of the hoverboard.

1. Focus on Balance

First and foremost, you need to learn to master your hoverboard balancing. Having good balance is the key to using these boards with ease, and learning how to balance on one requires some practice.

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But balancing on two wheels is different from balancing on a board, so don’t expect to perfect it immediately. It is something that is mastered through trial and error. Don’t be disappointed with a few scratches and falls, because it is all a part of learning.

The best way to balance on a hoverboard is to push your feet to the edges of the rims. Keeping your feet wide apart will improve your control.

Once you are able to balance, then you can move on to learning how to move forward and backward.

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2. Practice Low Elevation

It is not easy to climb curbs while riding a hoverboard. Even if you are well trained, and have found this simple before, you may find it impossible. It is not possible to climb curbs of all height with these boards. However, there are some tricks you can use to climb a curb that is up to two or three inches high.

You can start by pushing your chest forward. This is a good technique for building speed, and by leaning forward you can climb the curb at the ideal speed. Trying to get over a curb at a slow speed would not work because you need momentum to go over it, and only good speed can provide it.

Another trick you can learn is to roll just one foot at a time, but to do this you need to have excellent balance. However, with this method, you do not have to worry about building momentum. It is also easier to prevent a fall using this method.

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3. Use Hoverboard Accessories

Using various hoverboard accessories will make you an efficient rider, along with ensuring your own safety. More importantly, you must use specific safety accessories, such as helmets, and knee and wrist guards to protect yourself in case of a fall.

You can buy accessories of any brand, but make sure they offer you accident coverage (i.e. warranties providing you replacement accessories in case of damage). If you can, ask specifically if the warranty can be transferred to another person; if it could be, you can easily sell your accessories too.

4. Be an Efficient Rider

You can use several hoverboard accessories to make hoverboarding safer and easier for you, but a hoverboard is two feet wide, which means that they are not highly suitable when it comes to moving through tight spaces. But you can show off your hoverboard skills by mastering getting through tight spaces with the help of some simple tips.

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If you know how to move backward and forward, turn sideways, learn S-moves, and learn to lean back on time, it can be like you’re on limitless pills. Your ride can be more efficient if you place either foot closer to the wheel and keep the board flat. This way you can achieve speed, while at the same time riding efficiently, and without any significant risk.

5. Master the Spin

If you wish to show off more hoverboard skills, then you should master spinning. It may seem like a professional move, but in truth, spinning is not the most difficult trick. There are just two steps:

  1. When you want to spin you just need to tilt one foot down while keeping the other foot flat.
  2. The speed of spinning can be increased by putting more weight on the tilted foot.

These are some of the easy and simple tricks to help you become a hoverboard pro. Mastering the hoverboard takes lots of practice, but with these tips, you can learn both quickly and safely.

Featured photo credit: The National via thenational.ae

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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