5 Cycling Tips to Help Stay Cool During the Summer

Let’s Face It – Summers are best time for going on cycling especially if you have friends to company you. But to get the best feeling, you need to plan things, carefully. These are some of the best tips to stay cool & energetic while cycling during the summers —

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Get up early – Yep, during the summers, the days are longer and you can get the favorable temperature and lightening, early in the mornings. Navigating at evening in darkness is not a good idea. Getting up early and to ride will become the most exciting part of your day.

On a really hot day, try to go for cycling before 8 a.m., when the index of UV rays is at its lowest. The evenings on a hot day do not offer a very pleasant temperature for cycling. Therefore getting up early in the morning is the best time to go for cycling.

Go slow – Don’t make the most common mistake that all cyclists do, that is riding as fast as possible. During winters, riding fast helps in keeping you warm but during summers, you must slow down your pace.  Try to reduce the effort length, it helps in regulating a healthy heart rate and you can enjoy a better cycling experience like this, during summers. You can buy a customize bike which can be personalized according to your age, fitness level and use.

Buy best bikes & wear right clothes and accessories – the bike you are using and the stuff you are wearing can make a huge difference in your performance. Always buy bikes after complete research and study, for ladies, women beach cruisers are said to be best ones available in the market, today. Talking about clothes, you can buy the zip jerseys to allow release of heat. For protection, you can even use a helmet with more vents for summers.

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Stay wet – Evaporation is a great way to keep body cool. So, you can pour some water on your body to lower down your body temperature to help the process of evaporation. You can splash water on your chest, shoulders and neck to allow the wind to create a cooling affect on your body while you ride on your bikes.

Stay hydrated – Instead of carrying water, you can have a bottle of health drink with sodium & potassium in it to ensure that you stay hydrated during cycling and workouts. After every half an hour, you can stop at regular intervals to consume the drinks.

Thus, these are some of the best cycling tips to keep you cool during the summers. One of the most important things is to plan a safe and pleasant route for cycling. Choosing a area with properly shaded cycle lanes is a good idea. Try to keep yourself away from the roads and cycle in a lane where limited or no sun rays are found. You must use good tail light and headlight to stay visible while riding, hope, these tips will render you with the coolest cycling experience during the summers.

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The Back Workout

While most of us women are often worried about getting a smaller waistline and sexy flat tummy, let us not forget to pay attention to the back part of our upper body. I say upper back because, let’s face it ladies, we don’t need reminders in working the lower part of our back body, I mean our glutes/booties/butt, because we make a conscious effort in making sure we pay attention to them when we workout.

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Our back plays a huge role in how our entire body functions, because it attaches to the hips, abdominals, chest, shoulders, and neck. Building the back muscles will benefit us in so many ways. For one definitely is it builds a better-looking body. That large muscles in your back, for example the large wing shaped muscles on the sides of your back — creates an inverted triangle shape when they are in shape making your lower body look smaller. Strong and toned back improves posture and boosts self-confidence. For those who play sports or participate in any physical activity (and you should), a strong back will improve your performance as flexible, athletic back muscles help your body to twist, turn, lift, and move through complex movements more efficiently.

Here are some of the back workout routines I do at the gym. Ladies, do not be afraid to lift weights because contrary to the belief that lifting weights heavier than those 3lbs dumbbells will make us bulky, lifting real weights builds strength, increase metabolism, lessen the effects of aging, and make us look downright sexy. Geez ladies! We unlike men, we lack testosterone! That enables men bulk up more easily. So ditch the cute dumbbells and go lift!

Personally, my upper body needs a lot of work to tone it up. It’s a challenge but it won’t hinder me in working my ass off to ensure I develop these muscles to have a stronger back improving my overall fitness level.

I work on different areas of my body daily because I believe each part of my body needs attention and specific workout to activate and build its muscles. Here’s my schedule most of the time (ideally) on a daily basis. I follow these as much as possible. I only deviate from this routine whenever I am preparing for marathons as I have a specific set of training for it.

  • Monday- Legs, Abs, Neck
  • Tuesday- Back, Shoulders
  • Wednesday- Chest, Arms, Cardio
  • Thursday- Rest / full body light workout
  • Friday- Legs, Abs, Neck
  • Saturday- Back, Shoulders
  • Sunday- Rest Day

Note: Not every exercise is appropriate for some conditions and certain back exercises may even make the problem worse if you have back pain issues. It is important to check with your doctor about which exercises will help or hinder you.

 

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Top 3 Wellness Things in Condo Living

When you think of living in a condo unit or in a building with several doors and units upon opening your own doors, you’d think of a very limited and small space also limiting you to do other things aside from of course the usual things we do at home (resting, eating, sleeping). Condo living can get very comfortable that sometimes we tend to become couch potatoes, and a lazy ass who would refuse to do something else other than eating and sleeping. So, okay I am taking out my megaphone to say, hey you! Get up and look around and move! Living in a condo unit does not mean you also live an unhealthy lifestyle.

That brings me to my Top 3 list of wellness things in condo living. Because living in a condo does not mean you confine yourself to the four corners of your unit. Take advantage of what the building offers to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying the comfort of condo living.

Amenities

Check out the amenities your building is offering. For Primavera Residences, the wellness amenities is a great bonus for its residents. At the rooftop, you will find the gym accessible and open for your strength training or whatever program you have that will need gym equipment. There’s also the swimming pool where you can do lapses, perfect for your cardio needs and total body workout. There’s also the playground, where you can do yoga, stretching, pilates, or whatever workout you feel like doing outdoors. Love to run? Check out the joggers path and get to run without going far from your home. Imagine the convenience of working out few steps away for your home!

Sunlight

We all need a ray of sunshine. Okay, that’s a little cheesy! Seriously though, to stay healthy, we need a little sunshine. If you are not the morning person like me, do find time to wake up a bit early few times a week and get to the rooftop and get some sunshine. According to the World Health Organization, getting anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face two to three times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D-boosting benefits of sun. Soaking some morning sun is a good idea, health-wise.

Trivia: Weak bones, lack of calcium and various skin and hair issues are triggered by Vitamin D deficiency.

Natural Ventilation

“Natural ventilation is the process of supplying and removing air through an indoor space by natural means, meaning without the use of a fan or other mechanical system. It uses outdoor air flow caused by pressure differences between the building and its surrounding to provide ventilation and space cooling.”

Primavera City is designed just like that. Designed to increase natural ventilation and decrease aircon energy consumption. How is it beneficial to your health? Why is it considered part of your wellness? Well, buildings that offers Natural Ventilation like Primavera City is definitely a good pick to live in or to invest as it produces healthier environments since the flow of air prevents a harmful contaminant build up. And because they consume less energy, naturally ventilated buildings can produce less CO2 than comparable mechanically ventilated buildings.

So there you go, my top 3 wellness things to do when in a condo living lifestyle. You just have to be resourceful and committed to live a healthier life, that way you get to appreciate what’s around you other than the place you sleep in.

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