5 Benefits of Bike Riding (Keep the Weight Off During the Holidays)

5 Benefits of Bike Riding

I loved bike riding as a kid!

I would ride my bicycle back and forth to school and then all around town after school.

My friends and I took or bikes everywhere.

Bike riding kept me Lean and Healthy.

You can reap the same benefits of bike riding as an adult. Purchase a Bicycle today and feel like a kid again.5 Benefits of Bike Riding

1. Good Cardiovascular Exercise

Bike riding increases the health of your heart. Everybody needs between thirty minutes of aerobic exercise at least three days a week.

Purchasing a bike with several speeds will allow you to increase you fitness level as your cardiovascular function improves. Begin by riding at an easy speed over even ground. When you’re up for  a challenge, change your terrain.

2. Kind to the Joints

Women often experience joint pain especially in the knees as they get older. Osteoporosis causes joint problems to worsen because of the lack of proper calcium levels in the bones.

Bike riding offers exercise without pain. The aerobic benefit is comparable to jogging or running without the strain. Make sure that the seat height on your bike is adjusted to allow your legs full range of motion with each revolution. Full range of motion also promotes better circulation to the lower extremities which do the majority of the work in moving the bicycle.

3. Strengthens Leg Muscles

Bicycling whips those leg muscles into shape. For muscular endurance, stick to a flat terrain.  Adjust the speed of the bike as your strength improves. To avoid cramping, stretch thoroughly before and after each bike ride.

If you are looking to increase muscle definition, vary your terrain. Off-road biking on dirt trails helps to flex leg muscles. Steep hills are great for working the quadriceps and hamstrings.

4. Tones the Gluteus Muscles

How’s your bicycle seat?

I don’t mean the one on the bike. The gluteus muscles also reap rewards from bike riding. For maximum power, raise your body about an inch off of the seat as you pedal. Squeeze your butt to control the pedaling motion. After a mile or so, those glutes should be on fire.

5. Strengthens Abdomen

Bicycling increases your balance. Learning to ride a bike is all about staying upright. To do that, you have to find a balance between your body and the bike. Maintaining that balance strengthens the core muscles of the abdominal region.

Tightening the core muscles keeps you from falling off of the bike. The lower abdominals pull your legs back towards you body from the bottom of the cycling revolution. The lower back is also kept pain free by a strong balanced core.

There’s nothing quite like bike riding while outdoors, but if it’s not possible for you to ride your bike outside you can reap the same benefits with a Stationary Bike like the Schwinn 231 Recumbent Exercise Bike.

Riding a bike is not just for kids. The physical benefits INCREASE as you get older. Besides, bike riding is just plain fun. Find the Right Bike for You and GET MOVING!

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GU Energy Gel and Why You Need It!

GU Energy Gel and Why You Need It!

The folks at GU Sports answer a few FAQs about America’s Original Energy Gel and the gel category.

What GU Energy Gel is: GU is a carbohydrate energy gel that provides real energy and promotes recovery.

What GU Energy Gel isn’t: No fat, fiber or protein. So, GU digests quickly and burns cleanly.

How GU works: GU is absorbed into the blood supplying your body with calories and nutrients that are essential for maximum
enjoyment of any kind of activity.

Why GU Works: Optimum performance requires the maintenance of blood glucose, as well as muscle and liver glycogen. GU taken before, during, and after exercise maintains energy levels and promotes recovery. GU works because each of the natural ingredients was specifically selected to optimize performance.

Why use gels instead of a bar? Bars contain fat, fiber, and protein that slow absorption. Bars also need lots of water to assist in chewing and digestion. GU is absorbed through he small intestine into the blood stream within minutes.

Will GU give me a sugar rush? No way! GU is made with maltodextrin, a long-chain of glucose molecules linked together. The complex carbohydrate burns slowly to provide a sustained release of energy.

Why is there caffeine in GU? All GU flavors, except Banana Blitz, contain 20mg of caffeine (about 1/5 of a cup of coffee.) Caffeine
encourages fat burning as an additional source of energy.

GU Energy Gel: The Basics

GU is the first energy gel designed specifically to enhance overall performance during exercise. Developed by Dr. William Vaughan of Sports Street Marketing in 1989, GU has revolutionized the way athletes and fitness enthusiasts handle their nutritional needs by offering a healthy carbohydrate gel that digests quickly and burns cleanly.

GU provides sustained energy from 20 grams of complex carbohydrates, faster recovery from Branched-Chain Amino Acids and antioxidants, enhanced energy from our unique herbal blend and decreased soreness from muscle buffers.

Widely recognized as the best tasting energy gel on the market, GU is often compared to the consistency of syrup or pudding. Only the highest quality, all natural ingredients are used in GU including Belgian chocolate in Chocolate Outrage and pure vanilla extract in Vanilla Bean.

Optimum performance requires the maintenance of blood glucose, as well as muscle and liver glycogen. GU taken before, during and after exercise maintains energy levels and promotes recovery. GU works because each of the natural ingredients was specifically selected to optimize performance.

Ingredients:
Maltodextrin (glucose polymers), Filtered water, Fructose, Leucine, Potassium and sodium citrate, Valine, Natural Vitamin E and Vitamin C (as anti-oxidants), Natural Flavors, Histidine, Sea salt, Calcium carbonate, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Fumaric acid, GU herbal blendtm [chamomile, cola nut (has caffeine), ginger], Pectin.

General Information:
Size: 1.1 oz. (32 g) single packet, 5.5 oz. (160 g) Flask Filler packet
Flavors: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Outrage, Orange Burst, Just Plain, Tri Berry, and Banana Blitz

By Julie McFadden

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How to Lube a Bike Chain

Lubing a bike chain will save energy on rides by reducing friction in the gears and keeping the bike’s moving parts moving. Degrease and clean a chain before lubricating with a lube from the local bike shop with these tips from a bicycle specialist in a free video on bike maintenance.

Expert: Travis Martin & Brad Woods
Contact: www.maddogcycles.com
Bio: Travis Martin is manager of the Mad Dog Cycles in Provo, Utah. Mad Dog Cycles has been in business more than 12 years, and Martin has been in the bicycle business for more than 20.
Filmmaker: Michael Burton

The World’s Best Bike Lube ProGold ProLink Chain Lube Now at CELL Bikes

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