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Cycling Across Singapore: Establishing a Cycling Culture

Cycling

In recent years, efforts to save the environment and promote better health have been increasing. One of the ways health and environment advocates are doing this is by pushing the use of bicycles for travel and exercise.

Singapore: Establishing a Cycling Culture

Cycling in Singapore started in 1960 when it had more bicycles than cars and motorcycles. However, when the country underwent a swift economic development in 1970, bicycles fell off the radar as cars increased. Because of traffic congestion, there was a global resurgence in cycling.

It shows that Singapore is well on its way to becoming a Cycling Nation. With technological innovations in the rides themselves, as well as the establishment of laws and regulations pertinent to cycling around the city-state, it slowly recognises the hobby as something beneficial for its people and environment.

So much so that new urban spaces being built in Singapore, design and build whole areas that a cyclist-friendly. The developer of Paya Lebar Quarter envisions people cycling to work as a means of exercise with connectivity via park connectors that feed into the project.

Where to Cycle in Singapore

In Singapore, some of the best bike trails for the family include Bedok Reservoir Park, Khatib Loop, Pasir Ris Park and the Bukit Timah MTB Trail. Before you go to these places, however, consider applying some sunscreen, as it could get hot in Singapore, especially around 11 am to 3pm. If you can, avoid cycling during these times.

Safety First

By all means, enjoy recreational cycling but do keep in mind that you are sharing the road with pedestrians and other motorists.  Cyclists are reminded to keep in the cycle lanes, as the penalties are now stricter.

Channel News Asia reports that those caught for reckless driving will be penalised up to S$5,000 or face imprisonment of up to six months. A fine of S$3,000 or imprisonment of up to a year will fall upon those failing to render assistance in an accident. Finally, those who cause injury to others will be fined S$5,000.

The Recovery Pill: Fitness Rest

A Girl RestingToday, the desire to live fit and healthy is as strong as ever. With the emerging trend of the fit lifestyle, more and more people in Wellington are signing up for gym memberships and sports training. But while most people believe that the way to a healthy body is endless hours toiling in the gym, it is only partially true.

The second half of what makes a strong body is a recovery. With all the days of beating yourself up with strenuous exercise, one has to let the body take a breather to rest, regenerate and regrow. So if you have been missing the rest part, here are three ways that help your body recover from the blows.

Proper Sleep and Rest

Everyday exercise takes a toll on your body like no other. For starters, it tears muscles, breaking them apart especially when you engage in heavy lifts. Of course, your body naturally repairs your muscles, but it needs time to do so. The only time your body gets to repair itself is during your sleep. It does not matter how strong you are, one way or another all that strain and fatigue will catch up. Sleep allows your body to relax and regenerate, helps you get stronger for the next day. It is the catalyst for physical conditioning, so do not neglect this. Apart from sleep, feel free to get a massage if you still feel sore. It’ll relieve the pressure and enable you to work hard again, Central City Physiotherapy Clinic recommends.

The Right Nutrition

You are what you eat, so if you ever hope to become strong, you have to feed your body the right stuff to make it so. Building strong muscles require lean protein. Protein is the nutrient absorbed by muscle fibers during repair. Fruits and vegetables give you the vitamins to keep you vibrant and radiant. If you need the extra magic, take dietary supplements such as amino acids, fish oil and multi-vitamins to ramp up your nutrient intake. Giving your body the food it needs helps it cope with the demands of physical training.

A Day Off

Training your body with strenuous physical activity day in and day out not only wears out your physical strength but your mental strength as well. The routine of training will get to you. To keep yourself from burning out, remember to take a day off once in a while. This is different from sleep. This involves actually putting training for a while and going to have fun elsewhere. This refreshes your mind and body, helps you face the next week of training with renewed perspective, commitment and endurance. Just don’t take too long, though.

Putting your body through strenuous training is only half of the battle to be in the best shape. You have to factor in recovery and nutrition as well.

Fit and Pretty: 3 Ways to Look and Feel Good

Getting Physically Fit in SingaporeToday, physical fitness and physical beauty are two things people aspire to, and for good reason. Aside from the recently emerging trends of models with movie-star good looks and washboard abs, wanting to look good and be healthy is something innate in people. For one, it is practical to be healthy and in peak physical condition. Adding more years to your life is its own reward. And secondly, being in shape is sexy – for both men and women

Physical shape and beauty are indicators of health and wellness. Here are three simple secrets to health and attractiveness, in Singapore and beyond.

Nutrition

You are what you eat. So if you eat junk food and other less-than-healthy grub, don’t expect to look like a supermodel anytime soon. Start eating healthy; make it a habit to have lean proteins to build and tone muscles. Just as importantly, eat fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables go a long way to making your body glow with a healthy radiance.

You can also opt to invest in nutritional supplements and health beverages like a good collagen drink in Singapore to complement your diet. Items such as protein shakes, collagen drinks, fish oil, and other dietary supplements help in your body’s intake of nutrition.

Exercise

Exercise does wonders to the body. By merely putting the body through its paces, exercise awakens your unused energy and vigor. For starters, sweating it out burns your fat, helping you trim those excess inches from your waistline. That is incentive enough to look good, but exercise also gives you feel-good hormones, improving mood, relieving stress, and helping you have confidence. A healthy body makes a healthy mind. And a healthy mind definitely counts in the attractiveness book.

Rest

Of course, the most natural way to build strength and look your best is to get enough rest. The daily strain of work and other labors take their toll on the human body. Life will wear you down. The way to recover is to rest. Sleep lets your body regenerate itself from all the damage done in previous day. So if you want to look good, don’t compromise on your sleeping schedule.

Physical health and beauty is something you have to work for. Do it right, and you will definitely see results gradually.