May 17

Cycling To Chemo Exercise During Cancer Treatment

23When Julie Marker was undergoing cancer treatment she rode her bike to and from her chemotherapy sessions.

“You would feel really seedy for a start, but then you found you actually felt better by the time you got home,” says Marker, an active member of the Cancer Voices SA cycling group.

Marker was a fit and active 45-year old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2001. Since then the cancer has returned twice, both times to her liver and both times she’s had to undergo chemotherapy and surgery. But each time, she has found exercise helped her to cope with side effects of cancer treatment, such as fatigue and nausea.

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May 06

Ditching Bike Helmets Laws Better For Health

Portrait of woman riding bicycle on city street

With epidemics of diabetes and obesity threatening to bankrupt state health budgets, governments need to broaden their strategies to encourage physical activity.

Allowing cyclists to ride without a helmet would remove one common barrier to cycling and encourage more Australians to get on a bike. Even if there is a small risk involved.

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Apr 27

Weight Cycling, Come on Dieting

21 Weight cycling, commonly referred to as “yo-yo dieting,” can be defined as repeated losses and regains of body weight. In a small cycle, weight changes by 5-10 pounds, while in larger cycles, weight can change by 50 pounds or more. Weight cycling is not the recommended and its approach for losing weight and keeping it off, and its effects on metabolism, weight and overall health are unclear.

Weight Cycling and Effects on Metabolism and Weight
A comprehensive review of the science on weight cycling was completed by a group of obesity experts who were convened as a national task force to address the issue. They concluded that reliable evidence does not demonstrate that weight cycling decreases metabolism. In other words, repeatedly losing and regaining body weight does not make it harder to lose weight when trying to do so the next time around. Weight cycling also has not been linked to an increase in body fat or accumulating fat around the middle, which is linked to increased health risks. So after a weight cycle, those who return to their original weight have the same amount of body fat and muscle mass as they did prior to weight cycling.

More recently, while weight cyclers were found to be heavier and have a less favorable metabolic profile, they were able to lose weight and experience improvements in metabolic measures.

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Apr 15

Campus Bike Recycling Programs Give Cash Strapped Students a Ride

Ezekiel Badowski (CQ), 18, a freshman from Solon, Ohio at The Ohio State University studying Neuroscience, takes off on his bicycle on his way to lunch near Taylor Tower on The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio on September 7, 2012. Badowski stated that he has had many close calls with vehicles while riding his bicycle. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Brooke LaValley)

As temperatures and gas prices rise this spring, college students and staff alike will likely increasingly use bicycles as an alternative way of getting to campus.

Student-led initiatives at various universities are working to put bikes in the hands of people who couldn’t otherwise afford them by making use of what some might consider garbage.

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Mar 26

Sports Nutrition For Cycling

20Characteristics oof the sport

Races vary in length from 40-200km or more depending on whether return courses are offered.

Cycling tests an athlete’s strength and endurance capabilities as well as their anaerobic energy systems during breakaways, hill climbs and sprints to the finish. For this reason cyclists are generally muscular, lean with low body fat levels in order to keep their power to weight ratio high.

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