Category: Thrapston & Oundle

Bounce Your Way to Fitness in the New Year

Stuck for what to get a loved one for Christmas?  As you know, I love to discover more ways to be healthy and I’ve recently taken up …. Bouncing!!!rebounding benefits nene local

Yep like Joey the Kangaroo I’ve been bouncing around, on my rebounder.

Why I hear you cry?  Why not just run around the park? I’ll give you some great reasons below and maybe you’ll want to bounce yourself….

What is rebounding? A rebounder is a small mini trampoline, around one meter in dimeter, sometimes with handles to steady you and sometimes without, they are ideal for home use and can store away nicely.  Use in the house or garden in the summer.

The Benefits

  1. Rebounding is god for your digestion and ….err.. elimination! Helping you feel less bloated.
  2. Stimulates your metabolism – so you burn more calories, even when your are at rest
  3. Rebounding can help lower cholesterol
  4. Helping a stagnant lymphatic system, rebounding can help with cellulite
  5. Helps prevent emotional eating, rebounding actually can help you feel happier and less likely to reach for the biscuits
  6. It can help you increase your stamina for other exercises and chores
  7. Helps lower your blood sugar and helps insulin work better
  8. It burns loads of calories!!!
  9. Rebounding can help slim your tummy
  10. It pairs will with HIIT training, I’m doing this – Warm up, then 1 minute ‘go for it’ then 2 minutes less energetic then repeat. Doing the HIIT for 1minutes each morning and evening at the moment, I’ll get to 30 minutes each time.
  11. As well as helping drain the lymphatic system (immune system) it is also anti-inflammatory
  12. Increases self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself
  13. Strengthens the heart
  14. Helps oxygenate the body
  15. Gives your body a G Force – thereby strengthening muscles
  16. Increases lung capacity
  17. Lowers blood pressure
  18. Increases endurance
  19. Improves the immune system
  20. Improves the effects of other exercises you may do
  21. Reduces your risk of chronic disease
  22. Improves sleep quality
  23. Fights fatigue
  24. Reduces risk of developing dementia
  25. Reduces the risk of falls and improves balance
  26. Improves the memory
  27. Improves posture
  28. Easy on the joints
  29. FUN!!


The ideal is to rebound for around 15-30 minutes each morning and evening, easier said than done as it does wear you out!!


For more information on the benefits of rebounding click the link https://liveboldandbloom.com/07/health/rebounding-benefits

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Councils to Crack Down on Unlicensed HMOs

Councils in North Northamptonshire will be taking action to tackle private landlords whose properties are not licensed, following recent changes in legislation to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO), which came into effect on 1 October 2018.


The legislation now requires any privately rented property occupied by five or more people living as two or more households to be licensed under the mandatory HMO scheme.


Since the legislation came into force, councils in North Northamptonshire have been working with landlords to make sure that their properties are correctly licensed. Teams have aligned HMO standards and processes to make it easier for landlords to comply if they have properties across district boundaries.


Private Sector Housing Officers are now pursuing landlords and managers that fail to licence their properties. Landlords operating an illegal HMO could face prosecution and an unlimited fine or a penalty of up to £30,000. Tenants or the council can also apply to have up to 12 months rent repaid to them if their rented property should be licensed, but the landlord has not made an application.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said: “Changes to the way we license HMO properties came into effect last year in order to provide further assurance and protection to private tenants.


“We have been working with our neighbouring councils to provide landlords with the information they need to ensure their properties meets the new legislation but will now take action to prosecute those that do not responsibly license their private lets.”


Tenants can check if their property is licenced by looking on the Public Register at: https://lipublicaccess.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/online-licensing


To report an unlicensed property you can email licensingunit@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call the team on 01832 742102.


Beauty Queen Flies the Flag for Third Consecutive Year

Kettering based Stephanie Smith has been selected to take part in the first ever Ms Great Britain competition. She is delighted to be representing the East Midlands region in this new event for more mature ladies.

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Stephanie has now established herself as a beauty pageant veteran. In 2017 she entered Miss England and was Miss Northamptonshire Charity Winner. Then in 2018, Stephanie won Miss Northamptonshire for Miss Great Britain finishing second in the Public Vote by a mere 63 votes. Now she is looking forward to empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes in Ms Great Britain in February of next year where she also expects to make lots of new friends.
Stephanie is looking forward to adding to the £15,000 that she has already raised for various charities. Ms Great Britain will be supporting Cancer Research UK and Alex’s Wish and Stephanie hopes to boost their efforts too.
Cancer is a blight on modern lives; a cruel disease which robs us of family and friends, often in the prime of their lives. Stephanie lost her own father to cancer in 2016, so this cause is especially dear to her heart. The charity funds the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, supports over 200 clinical trials and studies cancer and cancer risk in over a million people in the UK.

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Alex’s Wish is a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born and results in progressive muscle wasting. Every single muscle is destroyed due to a lack of protein. It also affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too.

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Stephanie’s story is remarkable given that was badly injured in a car accident in 2011 and has had to endure 26 hospital procedures since then. She also suffers with fibromyalgia. Stephanie still manages to campaign actively for a reduction in the age for smear tests. She was recently interviewed by Helen Blaby on Radio Northampton and highlighted the importance of adult women attending smear test appointments throughout their adult lives.
Stephanie has just taken part in a music video for musician Kupid’s new song Diamond that was released earlier this month and just this week, has been strutting her stuff on the catwalk as a plussize model for House of Ikons at London’s Fashion Week. Stephanie modelled for NHN Couture, Rubina Kapoor and EndoWallks.

Even though Stephanie has endured a series of personal and health challenges she retains a heartwarming positive outlook on life. She wants to show that being a larger size or disabled need not be barriers to success. Stephanie is keen to remind everyone that 20th Century icon Marylin Monroe was a size 16 and that didn’t hamper her progress to stardom. Stephanie’s fundraising page is at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieSmith36

Beat the Street Helps get East Northamptonshire Moving!

The Beat the Street initiative in East Northamptonshire is being hailed as a success after a new report shows that the challenge has helped get people walking and cycling across the area.

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More than 8,000 walked, ran and cycled 73,000 miles together for Beat the Street from March to May 2019. The initiative saw special sensors called Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around East Northamptonshire which could be tapped with cards while walking or cycling in return for points towards your school or workplace.


Funded by East Northamptonshire Council in partnership with Freedom Leisure and The National Lottery through Sport England, the initiative aimed to encourage families to ditch the car and become more physically active by exploring their local community. A new report produced by Intelligent Health – who delivered the initiative – has shown that players became more physically active as a result of taking part, helping improve the health of people across East Northamptonshire.


Participants were surveyed at the beginning and immediately after Beat the Street to see if they had made any changes in behaviour. Key results from the report include:

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  • Before Beat the Street, 21% of adult players were completely inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per week). After the game this dropped to just 12% of players.
  • The proportion of children who were inactive decreased from 22% before the game to 11% immediately afterwards.
  • Using NICE’s Return on Investment Calculator, it is estimated that Beat the Street will lead to healthcare savings of £504,802 over the next five years.


Additionally, many players reported that Beat the Street had helped encourage them to walk or cycle more often, visit new places and spend more time with their friends and family:


“It helped me to walk to school and encouraged me to take the longer route to get more points. I joined the gym which I have never done before and kick-started us all as a family into a healthier lifestyle.”


“It enabled my son and I to exercise before and after school. We used our walks to have a good chat together. We both felt good about earnings points for his school. We met new people along the way. I saved a lot of petrol by walking. It’s encouraged me to go swimming as an alternative way of exercising.”


In addition to getting residents more active, Beat the Street has also helped support the work of the local Children’s Air Ambulance. Players were able to support a local charity while playing and the charity that received the most points over the course of the game would receive £500. Players travelled more than 589 miles for Children’s Air Ambulance and they received a donation from Beat the Street on Tuesday 30 July presented by Cllr Helen Howell.


Speaking about the success of the initiative, Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We’re really encouraged by these results from Beat the Street. ENC is committed to getting its residents more healthy and we hope to help improve the health and wellbeing for those in East Northamptonshire. In the coming months, Beat the Street will continue to engage with local residents and make sure that these changes continue long after the game’s finish.”