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Cycle into Spring and Bike Safety

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It’s springtime and even though no-one alerted the weather yet that it is spring but we have had a few good days for bike riding.  With warmer weather we have the ability to get the family outside more and one of my family’s favorite activities is bicycling. We have a membership to our local arboretum and love to take the kids there to tool around.  Cycling is the second most popular outdoor activity right after running for Americans.  Last year my husband and I splurged and bought ourselves new bikes, bike car seats for the kids, water bottle holders and even a bike rack.  What we did not buy were bicycle locks. But we are not alone, statistics show that 33 % of individuals do not lock their bikes up, and an unattended, unlocked bike is an easy target for thieves. 

So why don’t we lock up our bikes? Maybe we still like to believe that we live in a world where we can leave our front doors open to catch a breeze and kids can leave their bikes in front of the store to grab a cool drink on a summer day.  Sadly with 48% of people having had their bike stolen, or knowing someone who has, it just isn’t the case anymore.  Our bikes weren’t cheap, they weren’t racing bike expensive, but they were a little more expensive than the grocery store variety – enough to warrant protecting them from theft with a $26 bike lock.  Enter the

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  • Force 3 standard U-lock
  • $1000 anti-theft guarantee
  • Sliding dust cover protects keyway from dirt and moisture.
  • Hardened steel body resists cutting, sawing and prying.
  • Double locking shackle withstands 3 tons (2.72 metric tons) of pull force.
  • Disc key for superior pick resistance.
  • Soft grip for comfortable use, weather and scratch resistance.
  • Carrier bracket included for convenient storage.

I have used this lock and it is quick simple, comes with a carrying bracket that mounts to your bike so there is no excuse to not have a lock with you.  You are more likely to lose your lock key than lose your bike to a thief with this lock.  The $1000 anti-theft guarantee assures you that these locks will provide security and peace of mind through many years of use. They have been engineered to provide you the highest level and most economical means possible to secure your property. It’s just another reason why Master Lock products offer street smart security.

Now that you are armed with your lock and your bike you are ready to set out, right? Well don’t forget basic bike safety.  Riding while wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%, so be sure to cover your noggin before you mount up and know that 3 hours of cycling a week can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke by 50% so get pedaling.

As for your bike be sure to check:

 imageDon’t own your own bike? No problem there are options for those who don’t own to simply rent, including a new online site Spinlistera marketplace that lets bike owners rent their bikes to travelers, cyclists, and locals looking to explore over 300 cities in 50 countries.

How it works:

-For bike owners, it’s easy to list a bike and earn cash. After filling out a few details, and submitting photos of your sweet chariot, within 24 to 48 hours (after we check for quality, price, and accuracy), your bike will be ready for rent.

-For bike renters, you have it easy too! Simply search by location, bike size, and type to get a list of available bikes near you. From there, you can request a rental from the bike’s owner and ask questions. Once the Lister approves your request, it’s a match made in bicycle heaven.

 

I was provided a sample bike lock for review and use of graphics, I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own, given freely.

Does Hot Yoga Pose a Health Risk

I have been to a couple of hot yoga classes and studios – and there is a wide variety of temperatures and humidity offered out there.  I have also been to teacher training for styles that support heating a room, and with my background in exercise and fitness I am not convinced that extreme temperatures and humidity along with intense asana practice is necessary, especially for certain individuals.

Studios that I have been to that offer heated yoga have packed people in wall to wall, sweating over one another.  When potential clients would ask me for power yoga classes(which I later found can be vastly different from hot yoga), I would direct them to a hot studio – the reply I received on numerous occasions was  “I got a staph infection there”. Sure, lots of sweat, lots of people and carpeting just don’t mix.  Enter MRSA. If you go, bring your own mat – too many people are not cleaning up their own bodily fluids and with cases of MRSA being reported – it never hurts to be safe.

I attended a teacher training in prenatal yoga with a pregnant “hot” yoga instructor – who worked in a room heated to 108 degrees.  She argued that her body had grown accustomed to the heat and it was safe to teach during pregnancy.  My argument, and the argument of several other experience instructors,  was that the fetus’s body had not.  There are reasons that hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas say “Not to be used by pregnant women” – denaturing happens from external stressors, such as heat.

Some studios claim fantastic health benefits from their practice.  Weight loss, headache relief, back ache relief, and more.  Questioning these claims can sometimes lead to a lengthy discussion on esoteric thought of yoga, purifying the mind/body – or sometimes the answer is a short “It does because our founder says so.” The idea that we are impure and somehow needed to be sweated into purity is one fraught with self-loathing disguised as a quest to become purified.

I took a friend of mine who had multiple medical concerns – thyroid cancer, gastro bypass weight loss, etc.  When my friend became dizzy and ill during class, she was told to stay in the room to get the most benefit and not in a nice way.  At this time my friend was only able to intake a restricted amount of fluids, mere sips, the teacher/studio was made aware of the conditions before class and invited her in saying the practice would be safe for her. I suggested she leave and cool off, I left after grabbing my mat and have never been back.  Please keep in mind that these teachers are not medical professionals, no yoga teacher (myself top at the list) is licensed to give out medical information or make judgments/recommendations about medical conditions as a professional. A great deal of yoga teachers have no more than a weekend’s worth of training to teach, and no training in exercise physiology (apologies to those of us out there who do).

My last bit of information to share is taken from my profession as a personal trainer/ group fitness instructor.

Here is a chart used in  the safety section of every certification book I can think of, books that are written by MDs, PhDs, and other health/fitness professionals who have to answer to state and professional regulatory boards.  This chart colorfully explains the risk of exercise (beyond lets say walking to the car, walking the dog, etc.) in heat/humidity conditions.  Look at this chart and be informed before you make your choices:

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