The Things That Stop Us From Bicycling

Change of view, a different background, different noises and fresh air. We run a route that gives us visual pleasure so it makes running in the cold, rain or on hot days really worth it. The same should go for bicycling but actually there are more things holding us back. It’s not as if all you need is a pair of trainers. You need a helmet, a bike, knee pads, goggles, high-visibility clothing and good spatial awareness. That last thing is really quite a challenge for most people. We’re not used to travelling 20-25mph off our own steam. Peddling hard and breathing hard, we can become tunnel visioned to the point where the road becomes a danger to us. But here are some ways you can make going for a bike ride more fun and far less dangerous.


Smooth and crisp


What’s going to make a bike ride a joy in the first place is great equipment. Really look hard at the kind of bike you’re buying and if it’s right for the terrain you’re covering. Some towns and cities have better roads and pavements than others. If you live in a bumping area then you shouldn’t get a racing bike that cannot absorb a little punishment. If you would like to have a bike that is going to pick up speed easily since you live in a place of the country that has open countryside roads, then getting road bike is perhaps more beneficial to your workouts. However, if you’re going to go through hiking trails and into the woods, then a mountain bike is clearly the best option.

Buy some good all weather gloves which afford you good grip on the handle bars at most temperatures. A good pair of sunlight resistant goggles or riding glasses are also a good investment to make. Flexible rubber knee pads are not as rigid as motorcycle knee pads, so better for bicycling. Getting some windbreakers and body warmers is also something you should try to do so wind and bitter chills don’t restrict your movement while on the bike.

Spatial awareness


The thing that puts most people riding out in public is the fact that there is a definite need to have spatial awareness at all times. You need to know what’s behind you, in front and to your sides without having to turn your head too far. That’s why putting bike mirrors on your bicycle is so beneficial as you can see behind you without taking your eyes off the road in front. However sometimes you can’t see a car coming if it’s in your blind spot. If you are hit, you can always contact a personal personal injury lawyer which is versed in representing cyclists that have been struck and injured by cars that weren’t paying attention or performed a dangerous maneuver in their impatience. 


If you create a habit of looking around you every 20 seconds are so that will less any fears you might have. A quick check of what’s around you and a sweep of your proximity will give you enough time to plan ahead. For example if you glanced back and saw a car behind you about 50 meters, you can time when that car will try to pass you judging by its speed. There are other things you can do to improve your spatial awareness too, such as using shop windows to see what’s coming behind you. Look towards the junctions into main roads to see if any cars are going to try to cut in front of you. 


Finding a route


There are plenty of ways you can find the best route for your capabilities. Go onto Strava where you can find lots of different level routes. If you’re a beginner and want something easy they will find you a route that’s flatter and less hard work on your legs. If you want a challenge, they can find you a series of hills or bumping roads where you need strength and skills to get  a good workout.


Bicycling is something everyone should give a go. You have more legal protection than ever before as drivers are expected to give you the right of way in most instances. Learn more about spatial awareness techniques on the road to avoid such collisions in the first place as well. You should invest in great equipment, a bike that suits you style of riding and clothes that will protect you from the weather. 


8 Signs It’s Time To Visit Your Doctor

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When it comes to calling your doctors and booking an appointment, it can be hard to know where to draw the line. Whilst some people will call their doctors surgery for absolutely everything, others don’t want to be seen as a nuisance. Although it is important to know there is a time to book an appointment, don’t let that stop you from reaching out if you’re seriously in need. To help, here are 8 signs it’s time to visit your doctor:


– If You’re Struggling To Get Rid Of An Infection


If you have been suffering from an infection for a number of weeks and you are struggling to get rid of it, it might be time to speak to your doctor. It may be that you have a chesty cough or a sickness bug that just won’t budge, but without antibiotics that only your doctor can prescribe you will be struggling for much longer. For tips and tricks on how to help ease the pain of an infection, you can visit this site here.


– If You Have Sustained A Minor Injury


If you have managed to injure yourself but don’t think you need to go to A&E, it may be best to visit your doctors. Not only will they be able to advise whether or not you need to visit your nearest emergency room, but they’ll also be able to prescribe you something for the pain. if you find after a couple of days it still hasn’t helped, heading back for a second visit will definitely help.


– If You Are Experiencing Throat Or Ear Pain


One of the most painful things you can experience is either ear or throat pain and if you’ve been suffering for a few days then you’ll definitely agree it’s time to see a doctor. If you’ve been suffering from pain in your ear or you are experiencing hearing loss, it’s important you book an appointment as soon as you can to see a doctor or audiologist. Providing they have appointments, they’ll be able to help you within a matter of hours.


– If You Have Had The Flu For Over A Week


If you have had the flu for a couple of weeks and the home remedies you have tried have not helped it subside, booking an appointment to see your doctor may be the best possible option. Whilst they may not be able to give you any different medication to the ones you’ve been taking, they will be able to tell you if you have something more serious than the flu. For more information and tips on how to self-treat the flu, you can visit this guide here.


– If You Have A Persistent High Fever


If you have had a high fever for a number of days then you need to visit your doctor. Although it may just be a high temperature, it could be something much more severe. Give yourself a couple of days and if you’re not feeling better book yourself an appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can try a couple of home remedies to keep your temperature down. If you start experiencing any other symptoms alongside your high temperature, call your doctor immediately.


– If You Are Experiencing Severe Chest Pain


If you are experiencing severe chest pains, booking an emergency appointment with your doctor is vital. They will instantly be able to tell you whether or not you need to go to A&E and if not, they’ll be able to advise you the best possible ways to help the pain subside. If you’re suffering from severe pain and can’t see your doctor, visiting an emergency room is definitely the next best option.


– If You Have Lost An Unexplained Amount Of Weight Quickly


If you have noticed you’re losing weight at an alarming weight and you haven’t done anything to cause it, you may want to think about visiting your doctor. Whilst they may not be able to get to the bottom of it right away, they will be able to run the necessary tests needed to find out if it is something serious. Whilst most of the time it isn’t, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.


– If You Think You’re Suffering From Mental Health Issues


Finally, if you have been experiencing issues with your mental health it definitely bests that you book an appointment to see someone. They will be able to talk you through all of your available options, giving you the best possible advice you can get. If you’re struggling to find the courage to book an appointment, why not try asking a friend to go with you?


Are you always unsure when it is time to see a doctor? What symptoms do you look for? Let me know in the comments section below.