It should not come as a surprise that riding a bike is a great source of healthy physical exercise. What may come as a surprise though, is that despite the vast improvements in the cycling infrastructure in most places in Australia, the majority of people still do not bike to work.
I find this strange since I’ve never heard anyone that rides a bike to work complain about being stuck in traffic, whereas most of my car-driving colleagues often come in late and visibly irritated. So, if you don’t live at a great distance from work, or have a job at a company that requires you to come all suited up, what exactly is stopping you? The benefits of riding a bike to work are innumerable! Here are just some of them.
Stay Fit, Be Healthier
It’s a no-brainer that any type of regular physical activity is good for your health. But when you have a chair-bound nine-to-five job, it can be challenging to find the time to exercise. Biking to work is a great place to start ramping up your cardio. A simple, city-friendly model like the Fit Bike Co could keep you fit and on the path to wellness by stimulating contractions in your core muscles and accelerating your breathing and heart rate.
Lower blood pressure, increased levels of energy, muscle toning, and improved circulation are just some of the health benefits that come from riding a bike daily. Nevertheless, even just thirty minutes a week can be enough to significantly lower the risk of heart attack.
You don’t have to be a genius in maths to calculate that cycling to work costs zero money, as opposed to fuelling your vehicle every day and the parking fees and tolls that come with it. While it takes thousands of dollars to purchase and maintain a vehicle, a good bike, like for instance a Fit Bike Co, will cost you only around 400-500 dollars. There could be additional upkeep costs, such as changing tyres and purchasing pumps, but there will be rarely costs that exceed a hundred dollars.
Besides the money-saving aspect of bikes, there is also the time-saving benefit that’s sure to make happy anyone living big cities. As our urban environments expand, people living in Sydney can spend up to four days stuck in traffic per year. The good thing about bikes is they can easily skip past traffic jams. But even if you’re within a walking distance of work, a bike ride can get you there three times faster. Simply pit, there’s no denying that the bike is a great time-saving means of transportation.
Save the Environment
And last but not least, by using your car as rarely as possible and opting for an eco-friendly transportation tool like a bike, you are helping reduce pollution. An average car can release ½ kilograms of CO2 while an average bike releases only 0.7 grams and that’s only through the cyclist’s respiration. An added benefit is that the manufacturing process of bicycles involves only 5% of the materials and energy used to make a standard car. An all-round eco-friendly solution, indeed!
Most cars come with enough equipment by themselves and therefore upgrading or modifying them just isn’t all that necessary. There are however a few accessories that can give your car some needed improvements or just a few extra perks that you might find useful, and don’t cost much money or take up a lot of space.
One of the more popular types of exterior car accessories are the many available types of roof racks. The basic function of the roof racks is to give you a lot of extra space when it comes to transporting your luggage. This is very useful when going on a vacation since there never seems to be enough space for everything you want to bring along. However, its real utility shines when it is installed on cars that just don’t have enough luggage space in the back to begin with. Whether this is because the car itself is a smaller model, or if it’s a design oversight doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the roof racks can provide you with an easy solution to this problem.
A good interior car accessory to consider buying are the seat and steering-wheel covers. These two don’t really go as a set normally, but since they both have the same basic function, you might as well get them together. Actually, while the seat covers are designed to keep your seats clean (and are quite effective at it), the wheel cover also has another purpose – it provides a bit of extra padding for when you are steering. This is particularly useful for frequent drivers or workers with long commutes to work, who can use all of the little perks they can get.
Finally, something that’s more of a gadget than an accessory, but still most drivers could get a lot of use out of, would be the GPS. The merits of being able to know where you are at all times are so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning them. However, there is a reason why the GPS has become much more widely implemented in recent years, and that is because it is useful for both those that need to know a specific street name of a city they haven’t been to, and the ones that are simply not so good with directions. Personally speaking, as a person that has gotten lost in my own house, this device would be a life-saver for me.
As always, whether you decide to get all of these accessories, or think you’re fine with what you have now, is entirely up to you. However, I hope I’ve let you in on why these are considered some of the more popular add-ons on the market.
Conquering scenic trails while enjoying a fun adventure in the wild – this is what that makes hiking one of the best outdoor activities when it comes to exploring the beauty of the natural world. Australia is full of dazzling hiking locations where you can enjoy yourself while leaving behind the often hectic concrete jungle. Hiking not only allows you to learn more about nature and wildlife, but is also a great way to keep your body in shape and stay active. After all, burning calories is the second best thing about going on a challenging hike, the first one of course being the ability to awaken your adventurous spirit and enjoy a one of a kind outdoor experience.
While it does require physical strength and high energy levels, being fit and up to the challenge is not the only thing that you need to master the art of hiking. As for any outdoor activity, safety should be your priority on every hiking adventure. Therefore, before you hit the trail, make sure you have covered all the basis for having a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.
First and foremost, you need to get yourself some high quality travel backpack where you can store all your hiking essentials. You can find a vast selection of travel backpack bags online in many different sizes and designs, from standard backpack models to more advanced ones that offer more storage options. When comparing the different types of travel backpack bags online make sure you choose a spacious one that provides plenty of storage. A backpack with several useful compartments would be ideal for this purpose. Opt for one made from durable materials that will not only withstand the harsh outdoor elements, but will also protect your hiking gear from getting damaged. Once you have chosen the right backpack bag that best meets your needs, the next step is to equip yourself with a few hiking essentials.
Even the most experienced hikers can get lost whilst exploring the great outdoors. That’s why a detailed map of the hiking location of your choice along with a precise compass should come first on your list of essential camping gear. Now that you have the necessary devices to show you the way to and from the campsite, it’s time to think about the ever so important protection from the harmful sun rays that is necessary when doing any kind of outdoor activity. To protect your skin properly, invest in a quality sunscreen, an SPF-rated lip balm and sunglasses. In addition to sun protection products, some other items you should pack for your hiking trip include flashlights, insulating clothes, healthy on-the-go snacks that include fruits and veggies, and a well stocked first aid kit.
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I don’t know whether it’s the whole nonchalant fashion style, the rebellious attitude, or the fearless stars like Tony Hawk and Shaun White, but there’s something inherently cool about skateboarding. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a whole philosophy of life. And lately, skateboarding has become extremely popular for some reason with celebrities such as Justin Bieber – skateboarding for publicity. Even though it has entered mainstream culture, this type of sport and lifestyle, if you will, still manages to preserve its uniqueness. From my experience, moving around in the skater circles, I can freely say that there are no two skaters alike in the world. And if you enjoy dressing up like you’re about to do a smooth 360-degree flip, rest assured you will never cross paths with anyone wearing the same outfit.