The UK Is Cycling Its Way to Better Health

Cycling is great for your health – and now it seems it’s fabulous for the economy, too. According to a report by the London School of Economics, cycling boosts the annual UK economy to the tune of £3billion.

The figure is based on a range of factors including the manufacturing of bikes, the sale of all things bicycle related – helmets, jackets, pumps etc – and those employed in the booming cycling market. In 2010 alone, 28 per cent more bikes were sold than the year before, adding 3.7 million new bikes to our roads and byways.

The report also reveals that more than a million people took up cycling last year, bringing the total number of cyclists in Britain to 13 million.

What is behind this sudden new-found interest in cycling?

The report points to an number of factors for the surge in cycling. First is an increase in petrol prices. It’s also thought that better cycling routes are contributing to greater numbers of cyclists.

Campaigns about cycling for better health and a growing number of novice-style cycling sportive events have also led to a growth in the number of female cyclists.

Cycling is great for your health

There is no doubting that cycling is a fantastic form of cardiovascular fitness. The average person cycling at a moderate speed will burn more than 400 calories an hour.

Cycling is also an excellent muscle toner, especially if you’re looking for more shapely legs and bum.

Added to this, cycling is good for the health and productivity of workplaces. A predicted 20% increase in cycling levels by 2015 could save millions of pounds in reduced congestion, pollution levels and NHS costs.

The London School of Economics study reports that regular cyclists take 1.3 less sick days per year, saving £128m through reduced absenteeism.

Perhaps it’s time for you to get on your bike

If you haven’t been on a bike for years you should consider finding a traffic-free location, such as a park. Look for somewhere flat and give yourself plenty of space for pedalling.

Courses, such as those run by Cycling Scotland, can assist adult sin gaining confidence for returning to two-wheeled transport.

You will want to build up slowly so that your muscles get used to cycling. Try cycling a few miles to begin with and then add more miles each time you head out.

In gym cycle classes and cycling on stationary bikes are good for added fitness and for when the weather isn’t so kind.

It’s also possible to buy a turbo trainer so as to turn your ordinary bike into a stationary, in-house fitness gadget.

If you own a stationary bike or a turbo trainer try following an on-line video cycling session in the comfort of your own home.

And, as many people find, once you start cycling you’ll become hooked on the sport. I predict that even more people will get on their bikes as the Olympics draws ever closer.

My Review – Turbo Fire Vs Insanity

I get this question a lot. What is the difference between Insanity and Turbo fire. Insanity came out about July of 2009 and Turbo fire arrived on the scene June 2010. I have done Insanity and it is a very serious and intense program that really will push you to your limits to get you to ultimate condition. Shaun T is the trainer and does an awesome job with motivating and pushing you beyond your thresholds, But Insanity isn’t for beginners at all. If you haven’t worked out in years or never worked out, Insanity may not be for you. Many people see all the cardio work in Insanity and want to get it to lose weight. That’s fine. The thing is Insanity is filled with very insane workouts and moves that will be very difficult for those who don’t work out daily or regularly. Also if someone were to take the Insanity challenge and they were a beginner, they would have to go at their own pace because Insanity doesn’t have a modifier or someone showing you how to do the moves with less impact or intensity. Insanity is also a 63 day (or about 9weeks) program based on the principles of Max Interval Training( doing exercises and drills for longer periods and having minimal rest periods) and gives you calorie burning well after you are done with the workouts. They weren’t kidding when they said you will be pushed to your extremes! I completed Insanity( right after my 2 rounds of P90x 1 Lean and 1 classic Version). I felt after P90x I could take on the world and Insanity had come out during the last week of my 2nd round.

As for Turbo Fire, also Chalenen Johnson has done a fabulous job with the moves and choreography and music in Turbo Fire. You have the option of making Turbo Fire a 90 day( or 12 week) program or a 140 day( or 20 week program based on the package you purchase called advanced Classes). Also Chalene has added a Hybrid schedule with Chalean Extreme. Turbo Fire uses the principle of HIIT for their workouts. HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training which also allows you too burn calories way after your workout is over. Chalene calls it the after burn effect. To describe this well and clear…your metabolism will be raised for longer periods in turn burn more calories! Same thing occurs in Insanity. OK here is a huge difference between Insanity and Turbo Fire…During your HIIT drills in Turbo Fire you will hear a siren the siren signals when the HIIT Drill begins. The HIIT drills last from 30 seconds-60 depending on the workout. After the HIIT drill you get the equal amount of rest time for each HIIT drill. So if you have a 30 second HIIT drill, you will get a 30 second recovery duration. In Insanity you might have a 4 minute drill and you might get a 45 second break if you are lucky. Back to the music in Turbo Fire I noticed that all the moves go with all the music in the workouts. To describe it better…you normally have to continue to look at the TV when you have to transition from move to move, not with Turbo fire! Once you have memorized the moves the music changes from move to move so you don’t have to look at the TV! I think this is awesome. Plus the music used in Turbo Fire is amazing. You really don’t think you are working out because the music is motivating you constantly! So is Chalene! The music in Insanity is hardcore just get it done no time for games in. Just get it done back round music. Some of the music tracks in Insanity are cool but they aren’t congruent to the moves. Chalene Johnson used a great amount of time and music that will keep you jumping and kicking and really sweating. Also in Insanity you have higher reps in the moves which gives you a easier time transitioning from move to move during Shaun T’s drills. In Turbo Fire HIIT drills..let’s use a 60 second HIIT Drill, you might do 7 different moves within the HIIT drill about 3 times. Now that is tough trust me! Take in mind like I said the music helps you know when to switch to the next move.

I can honestly say Turbo Fire is fun and challenging at the same time. Turbo fire and Insanity are 2 Challenging workouts. Also beginners can do Turbo Fire because there is a modifier for each move! Also there is a Prep Schedule in the Turbo Fire guide in case you feel you aren’t ready for the Turbo Fire Challenge. Also both Trainers, Shaun T an Chalene Johnson are awesome Trainers and motivators. They have their own styles and personalities. Always pick the workout that is best for you and your current physical condition. I had a great time doing Insanity and I am having a great time with Turbo fire.

Both in home fitness programs are for men and woman. Both will get you into better condition than when you started. Also remember it is good to mix things up in your fitness lifestyle so you stay motivated. Both are set to 6 days of working out weekly. Both programs have a nutrition and program guide to help you along the way to the new you. Both programs require minimal equipment. In Turbo fire you will use a resistance band and a lower body band( lower body band is included in base package). Insanity uses just your body weight. Both have Deluxe or extended packages with tougher workouts. Insanity has 3 additional workouts in the deluxe and Turbo Fire has 5 additional works in the deluxe. Both suggest you use the results and recovery formula from P90x for better results and recovery. Both require that you bring your game face when it is time to workout! Both require you to be and stay hydrated for better health.Both can be done in the privacy of your home if you don’t like going to the gym. Or both can be used to in your normal routine at the gym to spice up your current fitness routine.Both will allow you to lose weight and get into great shape if you follow their nutrition guides or a healthy clean diet.

It all boils down to which is right for you my friends! Have a great time on your fitness journey! We only get one life so let’s be happy and healthy. Continue to push play everyday.

How To Increase Your Knitting Speed Drastically With Addi Turbo Needles

From beginner knitters to advanced knitters, everyone is looking for tricks to increase their speed and finish their projects quickly. There are a few simple tricks that most people don’t know about that can dramatically improve your knitting time. The average knitter knits about thirty stitches per minute. With these tips, you can double that number and spend half the time you normally would to finish your projects!

Getting the right tools is the first step. Addi Turbo needles are the perfect brand of knitting needles for speed, as they are nickel plated with brass tips. These needles are known as the highest quality and most versatile in the knitting industry, so you can use them on a number of different projects. For lace projects that use finer weight yarn, try the Addi Lace needles, which are made entirely of brass and have sharp tips for finer work.

Generally, metallic needles will give you a lot more speed than plastic or bamboo needles. Both of these brands will really rev up your knitting and slide your stitches from one needle to the next with ease. These needles are sold separately and in interchangeable needle sets. With these sets, you can always have the right size needle at the ready!

Learning a new style of knitting can really improve your speed. Continental and English are the two major styles of knitting. In English, the yarn is held in the right hand and thrown over to create a new stitch. I find the Continental style a lot quicker: the yarn is held in the left hand and picked at by the right needle. If you’re interested in learning this new style, search “Continental Knitting” on YouTube.com.

Holding yourself correctly is the next step. When knitting, you should keep your shoulders, elbows, and wrists very relaxed. Try to reduce your hand and finger movements as much as possible. You only want to perform just enough movement to accomplish the stitch. Remember to take frequent breaks from knitting to stretch for optimal comfort and health.

Knitting is generally faster than purling. If you need to create a tube in stockinette stitch, it is faster to knit in the round rather than knit flat and seam it up the side. To increase confidence, work on small projects that only take a few hours to knit. Hats, children’s clothing, and fingerless gloves are great small projects that you can finish in a small amount of time.

If you need to produce items quicker than your hands will let you, consider investing in a knitting machine. Addi carries two fantastic machines: The Addi Express knitting machine for small projects, and the Addi Express king size machine for larger projects. If you sell knitted items, have arthritis, or just want to design and own knit items quickly, these two products are great to check out.

If you are a hand knitter, try to develop a steady rhythm in your knitting. This comes with practice: once you get the motion of your knitting style down, it’s just a matter of repetition. Circular needles like Addi Turbos and Addi Lace Needles are perfect for improving your knitting speed drastically. The more often you practice, the sooner you will master your chosen knitted style and finish your project with ease!

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Oster Turbo A5 Clippers – One Of The Best Pet Clippers Pet Owners Can Buy

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Pets that have negative experiences with grooming can become resistant and afraid of this important routine that must take place for their health and well-being. Ensure nothing but comfort and quality for you and your pet.

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