What Bike is Right?

bicycle PNG5373Not all bikes are exactly alike. There are many different kinds of bikes that can vary depending on your biking needs.

Mountain bikes: sure-footed offroad bikes built to conquer any trail, from tame to treacherous

City bikes: Bikes that let you live the two-wheeled life. Haul, commute, get fit, represent, have fun!

Road bikes: Light, fast bikes designed to fly over pavement. For racing, recreating, or both.

Check out http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/ to find out what may be the perfect bike from you. Call or email Team Active (269) 962-7688 for any of your biking questions. 

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Events include:

May 15th: Bike to work day. Go here to find out how to bike with others in Battle Creek: http://www.battlecreekmi.gov/Ask_Battle_Creek/Community_encouraged_to_participate_in_Bicycle_Month_activities_s_p1736.htm?PageMode=Print

May 20th: Ride of Silence. The The Ride of Silence is a worldwide event that to honor those that have been killed or injured while riding a bikes. The Battle Creek Rides will take place at 7pm starting at Willard Beach Park. The first will take a 10-mile loop through the Lakeview area and the second will be a 5K casual ride around the nearby Riverside Elementary. Stop in, call, or email Team Active for more information. As the weather gets nicer, there are more people on the road, so use caution and share the road. Bikers and drivers are urged to be aware of their surroundings. Bikers, be sure to wear a helmet.

May 28: is a slow ride to Bailey Park for a Battle Creek Bombers game. Riders will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Burnham Brook Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., proceeding to Bailey Park and C.O. Brown Stadium. Secure bicycle parking will be available.

Making the Most of Your Time

Make your hobbies accessible and convenient. Keep your hobbies somewhere where you can see them and be aware of them. Try not always picking up after yourself when you are in the middle of a project, or not putting something completely away. This way, you can pick your project or hobby right back up when you have a few minutes.

Beware of time-wasters. These can be anything from toxic relationships to social media. Become aware of how you spend your time.

Meaningfulness of your time

 You don’t have to balance Tuesday. There will be times in your life when you have more free time than work, and there will be times when you have more work than free time. You can’t always control the amount of work you need to do, but you can control the meaningfulness of your free time.

Be good to your heart!

 Be good to your heart!  Follow the advice from the American Heart Association.

Lower consumption of the bad fats:  saturated and trans fat.  Saturated fats are usually found in all fatty animal products including meat and dairy, especially cheese.  Trans fats are found in many fried foods and processed foods made with partially hydrogenated fats, like margarine, crackers, cookies, baked goods and frozen entrées and desserts.  Many studies have shown that decreasing fat in the diet, while increasing fiber from fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, is the key to long-term weight control and will help control your cholesterol too!  See the chart below for some common sources of saturated and trans fat sources: