Susan Cowan

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7 Weird Things that Happen to Your Body While Riding

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 physiological reactions to exercise are, they generally aren't cause for alarm, says New York City-based sports …

Why Riding Makes You Happy

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 roll out of our neighborhoods and tick off miles any chance we …

10 Secrets To Start Losing Weight

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, simple changes can help you see results right away. That …

5 Ways to Burn More Fat While Riding

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 you’re lean, improving your fat burning capacity will help you ride …

7 Surefire Ways to Burn More Calories on Your Bike

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 loss along with a few easy on-bike strategies… no intervals required (though …

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Clean a Bike

The slightly obsessive (but totally doable) guide to making your bike shine.<p>If you’ve come back from a particularly muddy ride on the trails, you know you’ll need to give it a good scrub. But your bike needs some TLC every so often, even if you’re not getting it noticeably dirty every time you go …

The Ultimate Guide to Your Cycling Muscles

Learn about the muscles that power your pedal stroke, and how to make the most of them<p><b>A Big Muscle Breakdown</b><p>As cyclists, we tend to be all about the quads. Those dominant muscles are indeed the patrons of the pedal pushers, but it takes a team of domestiques to keep the cranks turning out the watts.<p>…

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

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 uphill.<p>We rounded up a few of the top elite Canadian climbers—Ben Perry, Canada's criterium national champ; Robert …

11 Ways to Sleep Smarter to Improve Your Ride

<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 entertaining look at how sleep impacts your body, brain, and performance, plus the real world tools to help you</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

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

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

Weight Loss

5 Exercises for Shredded Obliques