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Why It's Time You Start Cycling (And Some Tips You'll Need)

There are many ways that we can get our daily exercise and there are plenty of people that love what they do. However, there are a huge number of people that don't exercise at all which can end up being hugely detrimental to your life longevity and the way in which we live. We can all start somewhere and even if you are exercising already you should try and look for something else to do now and then, even if it's just a little bit of a shakeup. Cycling is an incredible form of exercise and something we should all be doing on a weekly basis and here's why.

Excitement!

Firstly, I think it's important to state that cycling is such an exciting sport, and depending on your skill level you can really push yourself to do some incredible things. Race down hills and climb mountains, or take to the roads and see how fast you can cycle 50 miles. The possibilities are endless and it will excite your mind once you submerge yourself. The one thing you have to be careful of when riding is having an accident, especially if you're on the road. It's known that cyclists have accidents and when they happen on the roads, it's usually down to the driver of a motor vehicle and not the cyclist themselves. If this is the case, then you should take no mercy and get as much out of the situation as possible, lessons need to be learned when it comes to road and cyclist safety and if the only way is by taking them to court after an accident, well so be it. Always seek professional help from someone that's based on the state you are in, whether it's your home state or somewhere else as they will know the law much better than anyone else. For example, if you're on a riding holiday in Hawaii and a driver causes an accident, then finding a personal injury lawyer in Honolulu will be much more beneficial than bringing someone in from Texas. Each state has different laws, so hire the person versed in those particular laws and not a different state. Having someone in your corner that's fully equipped with the skill to win will put you at ease.

Lose Weight

Cycling is a fantastic way to lose weight that's easy to get into. When it comes to sports like running, it can be quite daunting heading out for the first time, unfit and uneasy to see how it's going to feel. Whereas cycling can be seen as something more accessible to all, no matter your fitness level. What a brilliant way to start your weight loss journey, jumping on your bike and cycling to the shops and back! From here you can develop and improve your fitness at whatever rate you like, the possibilities are endless. You never know, you could end up racing.

Build Muscle

Not only are you going to lose weight, but you're going to build muscle at the same time! Cycling can be seen as resistance training, which is usually associated with weight training, but it's all the same when you're on the bike heading up a hill. Your legs will gain muscle without you even realizing it, and over time your routes will become easier and easier, meaning you'll have to up your training. If you've ever wanted to build muscle in your legs, jump on a bike.

You Can Eat More

What's that I hear you say? I can eat more? Well, I should say this is the case for those cycling a decent distance, just because you've cycled 2 miles doesn't mean you get to eat an entire other meal. But if you're cycling to and from work, or heading out for a 10-20 miles ride once or twice a week, then the sheer number of calories you're burning will require you to eat more. In my eyes, it's a perfect exchange, I love eating, but I also really enjoy being out on the bike so it's a win-win situation. Find your perfect scenario and get yourself on the move.

Less Injury

When it comes to sports like running, it's known as a high impact sport that entails a fair amount of your bones, joints and muscles fall under heavy amounts of stress. This can lead to persistent injuries and even stress fractures in some cases, which is awful when you're starting to enjoy training or have a set goal in mind. Cycling doesn't have this issue as it's a low impact sport, you aren't striking the ground every 2 seconds and the amount of effort you put in is completely up to you at any given moment. Because it's low impact means there's much less chance of you receiving an injury unless you're really pushing yourself, and even then that comes when you start cycling 50 miles or more at a time.

Cycling is a fantastic sport, it's social and you get to meet a whole host of people along the way. It's good for your mind and your body and can help improve your attitude in a plethora of different ways. You don't need to be super fit to start cycling, nor do you need a super expensive bike so find something that suits you, and go for it - you'll never look back.

How to Learn Much More From the Books You Read

It is one thing to read and another thing to understand what you are reading. Not only do you want to understand, but also remember what you've read. Otherwise, we can safely say that if we're not gaining anything from what we read, then it's a big waste of time.

Whatever you read, there are ways to do so in a more effective manner to help you understand better. Whether you are reading by choice, for an upcoming test, or work-related material, here are a few ways to help you improve your reading skills and retain that information.

Read with a Purpose

Never has there been a shortage of great books. So, someone recommended a great cookbook for you. You start going through it, but your mind is wandering. This doesn't mean the cookbook was an awful recommendation, but it does mean it doesn't suit nor fulfill your current needs or curiosity.

Maybe your purpose is more about launching a business. Maybe you're a busy mom and can't keep office hours, but there's something you can do from home to help bring in more money, so you want information about that. At that point, you won't benefit from a cookbook, but you could gain a lot of insight and find details here on how-to books about working from home. During this unprecedented year, millions have had to make the transition to work from home, and millions more are deciding to do that. Either way, it's not a transition that comes automatically or easily, but reading about it will inform you about what working from home entails.

Pre-Read

When you pre-read it primes your brain when it's time to go over the full text. We pre-read by going over the subheadings, for instance, the table of contents, and skimming through some pages. This is especially useful when you have formal types of academic books. Pre-reading is a sort of warm-up exercise for your brain. It prepares your brain for the rest of the information that will come about and allows your brain to be better able to pick the most essential pieces of information you need from your chosen text.

Highlight

Highlighting essential sentences or paragraphs is extremely helpful for retaining information. The problem, however, with highlighting is that we wind up highlighting way too much. This happens because we tend to highlight before we begin to understand. Before your pages become a neon of colored highlights, make sure that you only highlight what is essential to improve your understanding and not highlight the whole page.

Speed Read

You might think there have been no new ways to read, but even the ancient skill of reading comes up with innovative ways; enter speed reading. The standard slow process shouldn't affect your understanding, but it does kill your enthusiasm. The average adult goes through around 200 to 250 words per minute. A college student can read around 450 words, while a professor averages about 650 words per minute, to mention a few examples. The average speed reader can manage 1,500 words; quite a difference! Of course, the argument arises between quality and quantity. For avid readers, they want both quantity and quality, which leads us to the next point.

Quality Reading

Life is too short to expect to gain knowledge from just one type of genre. Some basic outcomes of reading are to expand your mind, perceive situations and events differently, expose yourself to other viewpoints, and more. If you only stick to one author and one type of material, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn new things.

Having said that, if there's a book you are simply not enjoying, remember that life is also too short to continue reading it. Simply, close it, put it away and maybe give it another go later on, or give it away. There is no shame or guilt in not liking a book; even if it's from a favorite author. It's pretty much clear that you won't gain anything from a book that you don't even enjoy, let alone expect to learn something from it.

Summarize

If you're able to summarize what you have read, then you have understood. When you summarize, you are bringing up all the major points that enhance your understanding. You can easily do so chapter by chapter.

Take a good look at your life and what's going on in it. Accordingly, you'll choose the material that is much more suitable for your situation and circumstances. When you read a piece of information that you find beneficial, look for a way to apply it to your life. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn't all that beneficial. But the application of knowledge from a helpful book is what will help you and make your life more interesting and more meaningful.