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Racking up miles, memories on cross-country bike adventure

The mind says, "Do it! You live but once."<p>The body pauses, "Ride your bicycle from coast to coast? Get real!"<p>Fortunately for me, the mind prevailed. The body prepared. And last summer, I "clipped in" for a 50-day, 3,650-mile bike journey from Astoria, Ore., to Portsmouth, N.H. It was joy beyond …

The Surest (and Trickiest) Way to Get Healthier

Forget about willpower. You can’t rely on it. Willpower won't help you eat less, add more veggies to your meals, put down the cake you think you …

Self-improvement
Donald Trump

Sweat School

If you aspire, you need to perspire. Here are the essentials on sweat.<p>It’s probably wise to not sweat the small stuff, but if you want to ride well and feel great (or in some cases just finish), you need to sweat— and make sure you keep sweating. Here’s a look at what’s pouring out of your</i> …

Wellness

5 Secrets to Help You Crush Any Cycling Goal

Whether you’re training for your first century or fighting for a women’s Tour de France, there are some universal strategies for getting it done. Writer, filmmaker, pro cyclist, and activist Kathryn Bertine shares hers.<p><i>Editor's Note: This article first published in the September 2016 print edition</i> …

Cycling

Scientists Zone In on Treatment for Chronic Migraines and Headaches

Those who get migraines know how painful and debilitating they can be. In extreme cases, they can take you out of commission for days. One in seven …

Real Estate

Revealed: 12 scientific advances that aim to give pro cyclists the edge

The focus on 'marginal gains' is synonymous with British Cycling's massive success of recent years; it's become a winning approach that general …

Cycling

Science Explains How Cycling Changes Your Brain And Makes You Mentally Stronger

Research has shown that incorporating cycling into your daily routine is not only healthy for your body, but also your brain! If you have ever cycled …

Found: Vintage Italian Steel Bikes

Welcome to <i>Found</i>, a series where classic goods, ready for a new home, are handpicked by <i>Gear Patrol</i>‘s writers and editors.<p>Nothing rides like a lugged …

This Is Your Body on a Climb

Your body goes through some serious changes when pushing up those steeps—here's a brief list<p>As the road tilts up, your body undergoes a cascade of metabolic reactions that may kind of hurt in the moment, but are oh so good for you long-term. Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your body on a …

Muscle

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

How To Distract Yourself from the Greatest Distraction in Life: Stress

You're reading How To Distract Yourself from the Greatest Distraction in Life: Stress, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self …

Mindfulness

How to Produce Stunning Change in Your Life Immediately | Inc.com

We all want positive change in our lives. We seek to succeed, and to break free from the doldrums of the everyday rat race.<p>We also know that motivation can be fleeting. So how can we buckle down and shock ourselves into the change we need?<p>I'm going to share seven ways to produce stunning change in …

Time Management

12 cycling events you should tackle in your lifetime

Leadership

25 Small Life Changes That Create Lasting Success

The guaranteed way to increase your luck is to increase the number of times you bet.<p><i>What are some of the best life tips? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Dean Yeong on Quora:</b><p><b>Start before</b> …

Selling

15 Daily Habits of the Most Productive Entrepreneurs

Here's a clear list of the 15 habits the most successful entrepreneurs have cultivated.<p>Have you ever wondered how the world's top entrepreneurs get so much done in their days? After all, they have the same 24 hour days and 7 day weeks, yet they consistently get so much more done in that time.<p>Here …

Entrepreneurship

Taking The Train From Paris To Amsterdam. Athens & Paris For Dollars A Day

Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation. We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris (and a half day in Amsterdam …

Transit

10 Things to Remember When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

<i>The biggest and most complex obstacle you’ll ever have to overcome is your mind. If you can overcome that, you can overcome anything.</i>Have you ever …

Motivation

World's best chefs on their best food experiences | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Shopping local markets, the perfume of durian, Andean mountain cooking, oyster omelets with Sriracha sauce and warm milk straight from the cow -- these are some of the world's best chefs' favorite food experiences.<p>On the eve of the 2016 World's Best Restaurant awards, we asked chefs from …

Side Dishes

10 Ways to Break the Cycle of Laziness

These simple tricks will help you increase your daily productivity.<p>Laziness begets laziness.<p>Why go to the gym tonight? After all, you haven't gone in a week. Why take out the garbage when your whole apartment is a mess?<p>Good points. But it's time to break the cycle.<p>We browsed two Reddit threads on …

Procrastination

Exercise Is One Thing Most Successful People Do Everyday

What do Cher, Warren Buffet, and OKCupid founder, Christian Rudder, all have in common? While you might have guessed that they’re professionals at the top of their game, it’s not the only similarity. The truth is that they all have an even bigger commonality among them: they all work out, and they …

Success

41 Motivational Quotes for When You Need Inspiration Most | Inc.com

Some days are easy--energy is high, the sun is shining, everything seems possible. But there will always be times when the storms come. Things go wrong, people let you down, and pressure is high. Those are the times when you need some inspiration.<p>Here's some collected wisdom to help motivate you …

Motivation

8 Bad Communication Habits You Need to Break Immediately | Inc.com

Conversations are a big part of our everyday lives. And whether you think of yourself as a world-class communicator or as someone who would rather just send an email than deal with face-to-face chatter, chances are you have at least a few bad communication habits that are driving people crazy.<p>Take …

Public Speaking

How the the nine-step process of a Hoy Bike fit works

Many retailers offer a bike fit service, but Evans Cycles is making bike fit more accessible by offering a free fit with its Hoy range of bikes. …

How Butchery Maps Turn Cows into Territory

Cows and maps seem to have little to do with each other, but if you're a butcher (or a committed carnivore), you know better. The quality of a meat …

A 67-Mile Hiking Trail Just Opened Through LA's Urban Mountains

Los Angeles is a special place, geologically speaking: It’s one of a handful of large metropolitan areas that’s bifurcated by mountains. Not just a …

Two Ways to Form Habits Effortlessly

Forming new habits can be life-changing — if you start meditating, create a simple exercise habit, and eat more vegetables, you health and happiness …

Meditation

Top 20 Habits for Happiness, Health, Productivity and Success

I am fascinated with the habits that affect happiness, health, productivity, and success. I read everything I can get my hands on related to these …