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M-J's Miscellany

Be Round or Be Square!

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM
Gone are the sad days when a flat, shrunken,
teardrop behind was de rigueur

Make a Splash--Learn to Swim

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones was five years old when he almost drowned at Dorney Water Park in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. Now aged thirty, Cullen works with the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash charity to save lives. Here are some interesting statistics:

70% of African American children cannot swim.

60% of Latino children cannot swim.

40% of Caucasian children cannot swim.

Ten people drown each day in the U.S.

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14.

Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.

MAKE a SPLASH helps children LEARN to SWIM

Seve Ballesteros Needs Our Prayer

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Madrid, May 7th: Spain's legendary golfer Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros has had surgery for a cancerous brain tumour. Please pray for him; Señor Ballesteros is at home now, and his condition is deteriorating. Thanks, and may God bless you.


M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Exercise

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM
The Easy, Elegant Exercise: Rebounding

Bounce your way to better health with this ideal mini-trampoline. As long as your feet are in fair condition and you're able to stand, this mini-trampoline is easy to use, and its cardio-vascular benefits are similar to those acquired by jumping rope. And "rebounding" on a trampoline is easier than jumping rope, because there is nothing on which to trip. It seems like all the rage right now, but those in the know were using mini-trampolines in the 1990s. The svelte and intelligent character Charlotte Cavendish in the series Lovejoy, for example, used to bounce fifty times on her mini-trampoline in the morning, and another fifty in the evening.
©M-J de Mesterton
This is the best and least expensive rebounder or mini-trampoline  that I have used: 

Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline, 36 inch

Get fit with the Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini 36" Trampoline. It is a fun way to get a low-impact aerobic workout that will build cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, abs, buttocks, and back, and give you more energy. Results in just a few weeks. Perfect for all fitness levels.
Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline, 36":
  • Build cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, abs, buttocks, and back
  • Low-impact aerobic workout at home
  • Rugged, all-steel frame construction
  • Durable polypropylene rebounding surface
    Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline also includes:
  • 2 resistance cords for upper body workout
  • Electronic monitor that measures time, calories, and number of jumps
  • Mini-trampoline stands on 6-legs.
  • Gold's Gym circuit trainer workout DVD

The Health-Benefits of Rebounding