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Why You Should Commute to Work by Bike

Today I took a drastic change from my normal routine. After a very interesting and life changing weekend, I decided it was time to make a few changes or at least try them out. I know that we often preach on baby steps, which I consider to be the best way of going about things; however, sometimes in life, a drastic leap is needed. After a small purchase of biking gear from my paycheck, I decided to try out this new “fab.” Below is a list of what I learned, what I loved, and what I will do next.

1. Biking isn’t difficult. For those of us already in moderate shape–and possibly some recent beginners–biking to work is a viable option. I was confident going into the bike, which was probably good, but I knew that I would have to push myself, which I did. The trip was approximately about 3-3.5 miles one way, which only took 15 minutes. I also even biked on back country roads, over hills, through town, and to the YMCA where I work part time.

2. The scenery is beautiful. I am sure that riding a bike is a whole better experience than driving a car; however, nothing tops moving by your own two feet. If there had to be a mechanical way to see things without walking or running, though, biking would be it.

3. Obstacles are overcome. Closely related to the last point, you will notice how easily and sometimes not so easily you overcome obstacles. In my case just finishing without stopping the whole time was quite the achievement, not to mention powering over the top of each of those hills.

4. Practically zero emissions. With the exception of the materials the bike is made of and its original transportation and manufacturing costs, bikes emit zero greenhouse gases to the environment. You can even reduce the actual costs to the environment if you buy a used bike, which I have. Riding on no gas or fossil fuels, biking burns only calories, which the environment will more than welcome.

5. It’s fun. Zooming down hills, passing by cornfields and forests, and being powered by only your two feet makes for a thrill of a ride, even if your chest is pounding.

6. It’s an easy way to move. 10,000 steps a day is recommended, but I am not sure how many “pedals” that would be on a bike. Any estimates? :). Regardless, biking to work is one easy way to move, one that is easy on the knees, too. Biking to work helps move us more than sitting still in a car.

7. I will continue to incorporate it. Although I may not be able to every day, I will enjoy incorporating riding my bike to work. It will help the environment, help my health, and help my mind. So next time you have a while before work, consider biking and see how much of an adventure it turns out to be.

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The Two Most Inspiring Things

Inspiration is often one of those feelings in life that is hard to find, but it also seems equally hard to get rid of for a while, too, which I find fascinating. Pondering about inspiration after an incident last night, I decided to write a short blog post about the two most inspiring things to us.

1. People who overcome diversity and people who accomplish amazing things. There is no single more amazing and inspiring feat that a human can do rather than overcome adversity. The first person to always cross my mind is Lance Armstrong. I know that he is currently getting a bit of media attention at the current moment, but if someone just read his book, like I have, then maybe they would understand him. His story, among thousands of others, inspire me daily. Lance is also a person who has accomplished amazing things while overcoming his hardships, which includes his 7 Tour d’France titles, not to mention others. Because of this, in the human realm there is nothing more inspiring than hearing a story of triumph, victory, love, and hard work.

2. Nature. “Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished.”—Lao Tzu. Nature is quite literally a miracle that happens daily. Nature is indescribable yet perfectly perceivable, even to those who cannot see or smell or hear. Nature is also essential in our lives, and we often push her away and destroy her. Nature is inspiring for her beauty, her calmness, her tranquility, her stillness, her hope, and her love of life. 

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Why Move?

Why should we move as humans? Is it all really necessary, especially in todays’ times? Here’s a few reasons why humans need to remain moving.

Humans are designed to move. Just look at our bodies: we have two legs and two arms for starters (not to mention thumbs), so we can run and swim and bike and paddle and much more. We can also sweat, which helps us to outlast any creature, which is the humans only natural advantage in the true wild. We can run great distances, summit any peak, paddle any river, bike across any country, sail to every continent, fly high above the skies, set foot on the moon, and move in millions of other ways.

Movement is an essential for life, almost as important as food, water, and shelter. Prehistoric peoples moved all the time, just like animals of today. Sure, we are not considered animals to most people, but we do possess similar characteristics, and we must move to stay alive. Dead and inanimate things stay put, but humans are meant to be alive and moving.

The world needs movers. People who move other people, people who move themselves, people who move others to happiness, to new faiths, to greener living.  The world needs those types of people and all types of movers. Leaders will move people by example, preists and ministers and rabbis and other religious figures will move people spiritually, park rangers will move people to live with the environment, coaches will move athletes physically. They are all needed by the world.

Movement is healthy. 10,000 steps a day is recommended for daily health and that just accounts for physical health. A couple minutes of meditation or hypnosis daily can help replace sleep, relax you, and lower your blood pressure and stress level. Prayer and self-reflection can help you move spiritually. Recycling and using alternative fuels can help you reduce your carbon footprint, a healthy alternative for the environment. Most types of movement incorporate many different types of movement in one, so why not move more?

Movement encourages movement. Once you begin to move, others will see a spark. Your candle will light another candle, even if only just one, and they will go on to light someone’s candle and the effect just multiplies from there.

We must learn to move in all of these different ways in order to help ourselves, others, and the world. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you move, how fast you move, or how far that you go, but rather, the fact that you can keep on moving and leave the sedentary behind is most important.

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