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5 Tips For An Adventurous Mountain Bike Ride

5 Tips For An Adventurous Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain biking is a very robust and adventurous activity. Riding mountain bikes on hills, woods and roads is a very fun way to spend your time especially if you enjoy outdoor activities. Learning and handling a mountain bike can be tough the first time, but once you learn how to ride and get the hang of it, it can be your favourite sport.

If you are organised and you know what you require for your mountain bike ride then you can enjoy that adventure even more. Although mountain biking seems to be all fun already, being prepared makes it even more fun and a relaxing activity.

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What do you need to know about mountain biking for an exciting trip?

The first and foremost thing is that you should know is how to ride a bike. Mountain bikes are a bit heavier than the regular bikes and require more skill and strength. If you do not know how to ride a mountain bike then you can learn and train by joining any one of your local mountain bike clubs.

You would not only learn about bike riding but can also participate in their many riding expeditions. They have guides and trainers that accompany the group in order to help them learn tricks of the trade. Meaning they help the members of the group to learn how they can deal with problems they might come across while on the road.

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Here are some tips which will help you enjoy your adventure more

1. Train to handle a mountain bike

Before going on any adventurous road trips, you should first learn with proficiency how to handle the bike. Mountain bikes can be tough while descending and ascending. While descending you need to stop pedalling and sit on the saddle a bit straight and maintain yourself. On ascend you need to pedal on a steady pace and have to exert more force.

2. Equipment and attire

You need to select proper clothing for mountain bike rides. Before you buy equipment and clothes for your trip, make sure you know the terrain and weather. You will need different equipment if you are going into the woods or hills. Similarly, the clothes requirements will be different according to the track you choose.

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But no matter where you go or when you go, you will be needing helmet and body protectors for knees and elbows. You would also require clothes which are moisture absorbing. You can also take a light camera if you want to take pictures of your trip when taking a break.

3. Select the route according to expertise

The main purpose of any sport is for you to have fun, so select a route which is according to your capabilities. What I mean is that if you are a beginner then select an easy track and if you are an expert biker then you will have no trouble in enjoying any difficult terrain as well.

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4. Test your mountain Bike

For an adventurous yet enjoyable mountain bike trip, it should be trouble free. So make sure that your mountain bike is in very good condition. Ride the bike and make sure that you sit comfortably on it while riding.

5. Consume healthy non-heavy meals before the trip

Eating hearty meals can make you drowsy or sick while riding your bike on the trail. To enjoy your adventure you need to be alert and active. It is always advisable to eat light meals before going for any outdoor sport. A half empty stomach keeps you agile.

If you follow these tips and go on the trip being prepared than you might enjoy the adventure more and your road trip can be very exciting.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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