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  1. Fitbit Giveaway T&C’s

    We spent the last couple of weeks reviewing the best day to day wearable fitness trackers and the PYB team voted the Fitbit Charge HR the best piece of kit currently on the market. We have 1 Fitbit Charge HR to giveaway to a lucky follower. Full terms and conditions are listed below but if you’d like to read the article in full it can be accessed here: https://t.co/FZzBOIi0EE

    Fitbit Charge HR

    Fitbit Charge HR

     

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The Twitter promotion begins at 10.00 on 28th January 2016 and closes at 17.00pm on 5th February 2016 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address, and a Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    How to Enter

    5. To enter this promotion, visit twitter.com/protectyrbubble , follow the Protect Your Bubble Twitter account from your Twitter account, and re-tweet  the competition tweet which will include hashtag #PYBfit and ‘RT & Follow’

    6. Retweeting of any other post during the date range specified above that does not contain the phrase above does not count as an entry

    7. Entrants must continue to follow the @Protectyrbubble Twitter account following entry into the promotion in order to continue to be regarded as eligible

    8. Entrants must not publish repeated Tweets

    9. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts and entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage

     

    The Prize

    10. There is one winner who will receive a Fitbit Charge HR.

    11. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

     

    Winner Selection and Notification

    13. The winner will be randomly selected on 26th January 2016 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these terms and conditions.

    14. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of on 26th January 2016 via private message on Twitter. Prize will be posted to the address provided by the winner within 7 working days of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    15. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    16. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    17. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    18. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    19. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

     

    General

    20. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Fitbit Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 30th January 2016

    21. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    22. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    23. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    24. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    25. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    26. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    27. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    28. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  2. Blue Monday – Whats all the fuss about?

    Blue Monday

    What is Blue Monday and how did it become such an welcomed date in the diary? Well back in 2005 the concept was developed by Sky Travel who claimed they had a formula that could accurately predict the most depressing day of the year. Since then the formula has been tweaked and you can see the 2009 version below. Blue Monday tends to be the 3rd Monday in January but on rare occasions it has been the second or the last Monday in January.

    The first blue Monday was declared in a Sky Travel press release as the 24th January 2005. Since then Blue Monday has really taken off and tends to be the no.1 trending topic on twitter on the day. This year Blue Monday will fall on 18th January.

    The 2009 formula that can work out the most depressing day of the year

    The 2009 formula that can work out the most depressing day of the year

    So why is Blue Monday so blue?

    Well the equation takes a lot of different circumstances into account. Firstly most people tend to get paid early for Christmas so by the time the 3rd Monday of January rolls around most people have gone 6 weeks without pay. On top of this credit card bills tend to have been received and payments due which can make January a dark month to say the least. Other aspects taken into account are lack of sunlight and low levels of vitamin D, failed New Year’s resolutions and poor motivational levels.

     

    #PurpleMonday

    At Protect Your Bubble HQ we are going to lighten the darkest day of the year and turn it into a #PurpleMonday, making it one lucky follower’s favourite day of the year rather than their worst! On 18th January 2016 we will launch a tweet and once we hit 1,000 retweets we’ll reward one lucky follower with £250! Simple! To be in with a chance of earning some cash simply head over to out Twitter page and Retweet the pinned tweet!

     

    Remember….Monday doesn’t have to be blue! #PurpleMonday

     

    Terms & Conditions

    GB CI IOM 18+. End .18. 01.2016.1 prize. 7 days to claim. See: http://ukblog.protectyourbubble.com/?p=3950 for full prize description, entry routes and Ts and Cs. Promoter: Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN. No entries should be sent to this address.

  3. Protect Your Bubble Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt

    Protect Your Bubble Treasure Hunt Terms and Conditions

     

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The Twitter promotion begins at 11.00 on 15th December 2015 and closes at 16.00pm on 15th December 2015 British Summer Time (BST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet, an email address, and a Twitter account

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    Prize & Entry

    By entering this Prize Draw (the “Prize Draw”) you (the “participant”) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. Any information or instructions published by the Promoter about the Prize Draw on https://www.twitter.com/ProtectyrBubble form part of these terms and conditions.

    1. Employees or agents of the Promoter or any of its group companies or their families or households or anyone professionally connected to this Prize Draw are not eligible to enter.

    2. There are 2 prizes to be won over the duration of the promotion (the “Prizes”). One Prize for each of the 2 locations.

    5. Instead of receiving the Prize on the day of the Prize Draw, winners will receive a ‘ticket’ and may have to wait up to 28 days to receive their Prize

    6. The Prizes are non-transferable and may not be substituted by the winner. The Promoter may substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any Prize.

    7. No purchase is necessary to enter.

    8. The Prize Draw is open during the times set out below: Tuesday 15th December 2015 10.00am –4.00pm.

    9. During the Prize Draw Period @Protectyrbubble Twitter page will release various hints and video clues on the whereabouts of the Prizes in the 2 different locations.

    10. Participants will have one hour to locate each Prize in each location after the first clue is given on Twitter.

    11. In each location the winner will be the first participant to get to the location, find the last clue and tweet a picture of themselves with the prize to @protectyrbubble. In the event two or more participants find the Prize at the same time, Protect Your Bubble event staff will ask pre-established questions and the participant who gets closest to the right answer will win the Prize. In the event nobody finds the Prize in any one location within the 1 hour allotted time the Prize will then carry over to an online pool where twitter followers will be asked to name the location. In the event more than one person gets the correct location a winner will be chosen at random.

    12. There will be an additional prize of £300 for those who cannot get down to the prize location within the given time frame. Those who guess the correct location before the prize is found will be put into a draw for £300. Entree’s from both locations will go into the same prize draw and duplicate entrances will not be accepted

    General

    1. The twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Treasure Hunt Competition, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 17th December 2015

    2. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    3. By entering, entrants and winners (as applicable) grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    4. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    5. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    6. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    7. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    8. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    9. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  4. Different exercises you might not have tried for stronger legs & lower core

    Are you looking to improve your cycling performance by introducing some strength training? Maybe you already go to the gym but find the free weights area a little intimidating? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Or perhaps you just want to refresh your workout programme. In this blog we take a look at some alternative training methods for people of all abilities that might just refresh your training programme.

     

    Firstly it’s important to realise that there is not one set of exercises that fits the bill for every cyclist. There are many different types of cycling and many disciplines. For example Mark Cavendish’s training will be different to that of Geraint Thomas’ despite the fact they both race road bikes. However as a road cyclist you are may want to place more attention around your upper body and core rather than just building stronger legs. This is because a lower riding position on a road bike places extra strain on your core and shoulders and some conditioning exercises for your shoulders could make a big difference, to holding a low & aerodynamic position, all of which will improve performance.

     

    Secondly it’s important to remember what kind of discipline you are training for. This will affect the way in which you train. Rep length is very important to think about as it will ultimately control the outcome of your training. If you’re looking to build up your muscular endurance, you are better off going with a few sets of 15-18 reps on a weight that you find comfortable rather than heavy weights. You might also want to consider supersets or circuits for your legs endurance. However if you’re looking to increase muscular strength for short distance or sprint riding it would be more beneficial to keep your reps low, work with heavier weights and isolate muscles in order to build strength.

     

    4 Different exercises you might not have tried before for stronger legs and lower core

    If you don’t feel confident walking into the free weights area or squats aren’t for you give wall squats a go.  This exercise involves a medicine ball, light dumbbells and a wall. This is a great exercise for isolating your upper legs. (Mainly quads and glutes) the medicine ball will help support your back and knees eliminating common injuries that can be caused by bad form when squatting with a bar. The lower you squat the more you’ll engage your glutes, but you should stop once your thighs are parallel to the ground to avoid strain on the knees.

    Image Source: Inmotionlife.com

    Image Source: Inmotionlife.com

     

    Bulgarian lunges are another great exercise that doesn’t need heavy weights although this isn’t one for the faint hearted. All it requires is a step or a bench and 2 kettle bells. The manner in which the Bulgarian lunge is performed keeps one leg at a time under constant tension as the leg is never fully straight so your body doesn’t absorb the weight of the load placing the quad under constant tension throughout the exercise. The fact that you have to constantly balance on leg also gives your core a work out as its permanently engaged to keep you from falling over. Start light and slowly build up. A great alternative to those that don’t want to squat.

    Image source: leanitup.com

    Image source: leanitup.com

     

    The TRX machine offers you a whole range of training exercises that cover the whole body and if you’ve not used one before we’d fully recommend giving it a go. Simply googling TRX exercises will bring you up a whole host of content of great exercise ideas. A favourite is the TRX Pike. The Pike, when done correctly is a great all body exercise which engages the core, arms, back, shoulders and hip flexors all at different times during the exercise. To make it harder add a 3 second pause at the top.

     

    Leg curls provide the perfect way to isolate your hamstrings. Hamstrings are often forgotten about as everyone thinks power comes from the quads and glutes which to an extent is true. However the importance of the hamstrings shouldn’t be forgotten.  Hamstrings are the muscles responsible for knee flexion and allow you to kick your legs backwards which plays a key role when pedalling. Hamstring burnout will certainly cost you when cycling you might just not realise it.

    Image Source: build-muscle-101

    Image Source: build-muscle-101

     

     

     

     

     

  5. The #PYBSUMMERFUN Competition is Over

    Thanks to all that entered the #PYBSUMMERFUN competition! We had well over 200 entries across both Twitter and Instagram but unfortunately there can only be one winner! Congratulations to Kimberley Smith-Howe who has won the £300 prize to put towards her next holiday! The winning post can be seen below:

    expecting

     

    We have really enjoyed receiving all the entries and have put together a collage of some of our favourites. Let us know if you made the collage :)

    #PYBSUMMERFUN

    Collage of some of our favourite entries

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