With the construction of bike paths in various areas throughout Ruston and the active presence of the Piney Hills Cyclists, it’s apparent that biking is a popular activity in the city. It should come as no surprise. Not only is cycling a green way to get around and a fun pastime that can include group activities, it is also a great cardiovascular workout that can help to control blood pressure. With cardiovascular fitness comes the reduced risk of coronary heart disease. Cycling is said to also alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. It is even said to be an effective treatment for diabetes and cancer in those who have been diagnosed with these ailments.
An obvious benefit of regular cycling is the physical result. Cycling helps to tone upper thigh muscles, the backside and calf muscles and trims body fat.
Because of these overall health benefits, more people should take up cycling in their spare time. Those who are too timid to take to the street might try a stationary bike at home or at the gym. But people who want to hit the open road should follow these key safety tips from yieldtolife.org:
Temperatures are set to reach the triple digits later this week, and with that come a spike in the chance of heat related illnesses.
Luckily the best defense against heat related illness is prevention.
The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following tips:
• Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Shawn Marion added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the erratic Los Angeles Lakers 93-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 second-round lead over the two-time defending champions with consecutive road wins.