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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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