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5 Tips to Keep you Safe While Riding Like a Pro

5 Tips to Keep you Safe While Riding Like a Pro

Riding a motorcycle is thrilling, but if you get too excited and caught up in the thrill of riding then it can be dangerous. There is a lot of gear that is important for making sure that you ride safely. But just having the protective gear is not enough. You need to be a careful rider and make sure that your riding behavior is safe and not dangerous. You are responsible for ensuring your safety. You have to be attentive to other people on the road and make sure that you are observing all the safety measures.

Here are some tips that will not just allow you to ride like a professional but will also make sure that you ride safely.

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1. Training never hurts:

Before you decide to buy a bike and hit the track or road it is better to get acquainted with bike riding. Training and practicing are good because it helps in getting rid of any bad riding habits. You can focus on any bad habit that you notice and train to get rid of it. Starting with classes is the best way of learning to ride with safety. Once you are done with your training you should focus on practicing. Practicing will help in getting a hang of your bike and it makes it easier for you to handle the bike. You can also contact a professional to know the little tricks and techniques that will help in polishing the riding skills:

2. Never ignore the pre-ride inspection:

It is essential that before riding your bike you make sure that everything is in order. You need to understand how your bike works so that you can check that all the parts are working properly before you get on it. There are three ways of powering the bikes. The bikes are either belt-driven, chain-driven or shaft-driven. The sports bikes are mostly chain-driven while a majority of cruisers are belt-driven. Checking the chain or the belt is essential for ensuring the safety of the ride. Checking  the functionality of chain is not difficult. All you need to do is to turn the rear wheel and watch the movement of the chain. Make sure that the movement of the chain is fluid and it’s not too tight. Chains can get dirty over time and it can hurdle its movement so it is important to keep it clean.

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3. Choosing the right gear:

The gear is important for providing you security. Wearing the right gear is essential for safety. One of the essential gear that you need is the helmet. The helmet is good for protecting your head from possible injuries. In case you do get in an accident the helmet can decrease the extent of the damage. You can keep your skin safe from any damage by wearing the right clothing. You can wear leather motorcycle jackets, boots covering the ankles, gloves covering your hands etc. You can choose the color according to your taste. You also need protection for your eyes. If you are not wearing helmets then you can opt for goggles or glasses that are shatter-proof.

4. Practice your turns:

While you are practicing you need to work on the turn. You need to know how far you need to lean while turning without falling off the bike. You should learn to lean into the curve but there is a technique that you need to learn if you want to do it perfectly. With practicing, you will learn to look where you are going. Looking straight ahead while taking the turn is not a good idea. If you want to stay in your lane and not swing wide then you need to concentrate on your path.

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5. Being smart is always good:

The safety of the rider depends mostly on the attitude of the rider. Rider needs to learn to be careful and know when they are being careless. The protective gear is not going to be much of help if the rider is careless. It is the riders’ responsibility to decrease the danger. A rider can lower the danger by avoiding going on dark and unfamiliar roads during night, riding an unfamiliar bike and using headphones while riding. You need to make sure that your sensing is sharp while you are on road.

If you want to ride to be less dangerous while still being fun then you have to make these precautions an essential part of your life.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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