Fitness Tuesday: Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Biking?

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I used to bike a lot when I was younger because this was what my family did every weekend.

As I got older, I biked less because I could not go up the hills in my neighbourhood with my little bike.

Since I did not like biking that much, my parents did not even bother to buy me a better bike.

…and that is why I have not biked for a VERY LONG TIME.

Having said that, the bike racks at my local transit station sparked my interest in biking again.  Not only biking is great exercise, but it is a very affordable transportation method.

I am also wondering why people are obsessed with biking:

1) For the alone time and happiness – True! Biking is very personal unless you are riding a 2-seated bike with your friends.  Biking is also a exercise, so biking helps in relieving stress and keeping focus.

2) Alternative to running – I totally agree! Biking is an alternative to running because you knees and ankles do not have to work so hard.  As a result, biking is good for people who have minor knee or ankle problems.   In addition, biking probably burns more calories than running, which is great if you are in a weight loss program.  An average person could easily burn 700 calories in an hour just by riding at 15 to 20 km/h. 

3) Convenience – I couldn’t agree more!  You don’t need to drive anywhere to start exercising, and you can simply pedal from home. And, you could bike to work or to your local transit station if you do not have time to hit the gym. Biking won’t take much longer than driving and you’ll feel great when you get to work because you’ve exercised and avoided the stress of traffic. 

4) Save the planet – This is totally for environmentally-friendly individuals!  On average, twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as one car. It also takes around five percent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution.  In addition, riding a bike do not create any pollutant.

5) Affordable – I am not quite sure about this because biking can be expensive depends on what you looking for.  You can get a bike for a few hundreds of dollars if you are an amateur biker who mainly uses your bike for commuting or exercising.  However, you could spend thousands of dollars if you are doing mountain biking or competing in 5k  or 10k. It really depends on what you want to accomplish as a biker.

Do you love biking? You agree on my points above? Post your comments below! Till next time!

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List of Superfoods

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I was searching for information on superfoods because that is what everyone takes about these day (I WANT TO KNOW WHAT SUPERFOODS MEAN). So I went to WebMD, Dr.Oz’s and other websites and apparently EVERYONE’S LIST IS DIFFERENT. |Finally I did some research on the internet and BASICALLY superfoods refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one’s risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health. So here is a list of superfoods that I love to eat:

  • Yogurt and Greek Yogurt – They are high in calcium than some other dairy products and contains a great package of other nutrients, including protein and potassium. In addition, it contains probiotics that is helpful for you gut. I love to eat yogurt with seasonal fruits.
  • Salmon –  Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acid and studies show that omega-3 fatty acids help protect heart health. I love having my salmon baked, poached or steamed.
  • Blueberries – Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, low in calories, and high in water and fiber to help control blood sugar and keep you full longer.  I usually eat my blueberries with oatmeal and yogurt.
  • Broccoli – Broccoli is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and has plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight.  I usually have stir-fried broccoli with garlic and vegetable oil.
  • Egg – Egg yolks contain the bulk of the egg’s nutrients, including minerals like calcium and magnesium and vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12.  I love my eggs hard-boiled and sunny-side-up.
  • Quinoa – Quinoa contains more protein than most cereal grains (22 grams per one cup/250 millilitres uncooked quinoa), high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc.
  • Sweet Potato – Sweet Potato is rich in beta-carotene (boasting 150% more antioxidants than blueberries), heart-healthy vitamin A and flu-hater vitamin C.

So what is your favourite superfood? Do you eat them everyday?  Post your comments below. Till next time!