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7 Weird Things that Happen to Your Body While Riding

Cycling blasts stress, strengthens your heart, and gives you great legs—but it can have some strange side effects<p>The benefits of cycling are unmistakable. But a few of its odder side effects—like tasting blood during a race, maybe—could be mistaken for symptoms of problems. Relax: Strange as these …


Why Riding Makes You Happy

Cyclists may be wired to seek and reap the rewards of long, hard rides<p>It’s the feeling that pulls you out of bed to saddle up before the anyone else is awake. It’s what beckons you to strap on your shoes and go for a ride when the day is done. It’s that happy, relaxed state of mind we seek when we …


10 Secrets To Help You Shed Pounds

Follow these simple steps to make weight loss easier<p>Want to lose 25 pounds now? Sure, it’s a tall order. But if you follow these 10 steps, it doesn’t have to feel like mission impossible.<p>You can shed weight quickly, depending on how much you have to lose and how focused you remain. Oftentimes, …


5 Ways to Be a Better Fat Burner

These strategies can help you burn more fat on and off your bike<p>There are a few obvious benefits of being a better fat burner: You shed unwanted padding and reap the related health benefits, including a lower risk for metabolic and chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. But even if …


7 Surefire Ways to Burn More Calories on Your Bike

When fat loss is the goal, here’s how to squeeze the most out of every ride<p>You’ve likely heard the news that exercise alone is not the golden ticket to easy weight loss: You also need to eat well to drop the pounds. But you can definitely burn calories while cycling, helping your fitness and fat …


A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Bike

Our slightly obsessive but totally doable key to making your bike shine

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The Ultimate Guide to Your Cycling Muscles

Learn about the muscles that power your pedal stroke, and how to make the most of them


An 8-step guide to choosing your next pair of cycling shorts

Are you heading out to buy your first pair of cycling shorts? Finding a good fit in your next pair of bibs can make a world of difference between a …

5 Surprising Tricks of Cycling's Best Climbers

Climbing on the bike takes skill, finesse, and a few unconventional tricks. Here are five ways to conquer that next hill<p>No matter your fitness level, climbing on a bike can be a struggle. But by mastering a few strategic riding tactics and mental tricks, you can push past your crew and set the pace …


11 Ways to Sleep Smarter to Improve Your Ride

Want to fall asleep faster, sleep easier, and get the most health benefits from your slumber? Here's how.<p><i>This information is excerpted from the new book</i> Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success. <i>In it, you'll find a fun and</i> …


12 everyday stretches to stay flexible and fit at any age

To boil it down, we turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University and the author of "Age Defying Fitness." She took us through the best basic stretches that work for practically everyone.<p>Use these illustrations as your guide and try some of the stretches that'll …


30 years after Chernobyl, UGA camera study reveals wildlife abundance in CEZ - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Aiken, S.C. – Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, became the site of the world's largest nuclear accident. While …

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Effective Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been hailed as a superfood containing a huge variety of nutrients, and it also helps with various ailments, including …

5 Exercises for Shredded Obliques

Oblique Observations<p>If you really want to see your obliques pop, you need to do your work in the kitchen <i>and</i> the gym. The first way to show off your …