7 Reasons to Bike instead of Drive

7 Reasons to Bike instead of Drive

It has more benefits than you may realize.
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Driving to and from places certainly has its benefits; it's fast, you can travel long distances, and it's generally a comfortable experience. However, there are quite a few benefits of choosing to ride a bike rather than driving. Now, I'm not suggesting that you ride your bike on your family's cross-country road trip in January; that's pretty insane. I'm more so talking about small-scale trips, like biking to class or work rather than driving there. Here are just some of the benefits of taking a bike instead of a car!

1. You save money on gas.

In any economy, especially with the fluctuating gas prices, paying for gas is not something that most people love. It can get expensive fairly quickly, so riding a bike even once a week can save quite a bit of money over time.

2. It's better for the environment.

Cars put out a lot of exhaust, which pollutes the air, and riding your bike uses nothing but your own muscle power. Also, it requires much less energy to produce a bike than it does to manufacture a car.

3. You improve your physical health.

Being in a car may get you to your destination more quickly, but your body is still idly sitting there, despite your speed of 45 mph. Especially with the obesity epidemic in the United States, getting enough exercise is more important now than ever. By biking, you not only burn calories and strengthen the muscles in your legs, but you also lower your blood pressure and risk of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases over time.

4. You can improve your mental health.

Studies have shown that biking on a regular basis can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety disorders. Cycling can also improve your brain's cognition, brain function, and general mental performance. Biking, as well as other forms of aerobic exercise, helps to increase the size of your hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and problem solving skills.

5. You won't get stuck in traffic.

Driving at rush hour, especially in busy metropolitan areas, can be frustrating when you have to deal with stop and go traffic. Biking paths and sidewalks have much less congestion, and you will often be able to go to and from work without stopping more than a few times.

6. It's cheaper than a gym membership.

Provided that you already own a bicycle, biking to work is free. Not only do you save money on gas (as mentioned earlier), but you don't have to pay for an expensive gym membership. Biking is a great form of exercise, and by using it as your transportation to and from class or work, you don't have to spend more time working out at the gym after you get home.

7. You never have to worry about finding a parking spot.

Finding a place to park can sometimes be a difficult task, but taking a bicycle avoids that annoying part of driving. It's typically much easier to find a place to lock up your bike than to park a car.

8. You get to take the scenic route.

There are a lot of places that bikes can go, but cars cannot. Some biking paths go through parks or wooded areas, which are much more pleasant to look at than a gridlock of cars on a congested city street. Many biking paths are adjacent to city streets, but this doesn't mean you can't still get the scenic route. Because you aren't stuck inside a car, you get to take a look at the city in a new, different way.

Cover Image Credit: Bike and Roll Chicago

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Wearing Sneakers To The Gym Just Isn't Going To Cut It These Days

Going to the gym is more than just working out its about having the right gadgets and outfits to go with it.

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I am an advocate of making sure you sweat once a day, I love going to the gym. I blast my music, feel my muscles fatiuging, and sweat it out. As I have been going to the gym more I have noticed that people's outfits to the gym are more than just your average t-shirt and leggings people wear multicolored and matching attire and are geared up with their Apple airpods and watches.

I personally go with an old T-shirt and throw on my freshly washed leggings and my running shoes and I am ready to go, but I see how dressing in the full work out attire has a positive impact on your gym session. Feeling fully motivated in your new matching gym getup is important as you will want to work out harder and push yourself being that you are fully in the right gear. As I progress in attending the gym I want to get an Apple watch and track my data.

It is important to move your body for at least once an hour a day and by going to the gym you are ensuring this movement. Eating right also puts you on track and if you are working out and eating right you will surely soon see your hard work. NoIt doesn't matter what you wear to the gym as long as you are there your making progress. It is important however to stay motivated because in order to get anything out of the gym you have to participate and in doing so wearing a cute gym out fit will only make this better.

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