Why You Should Be Fit In Today’s World

Halfway during a set in the gym did you ever wonder why you were lifting those heavy weights – or why you were running around without really going anywhere? Exercise is vitally important to the human body and perhaps if you learned why, it could help push you through that final set.

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Obviously sleeping well and eating right are crucial to increase your lifts, but an often overlooked area is actually hormonal. Men in particular need to be aware of how to naturally boost your testosterone levels in order to reach that peak performance.

Think of the core muscles in your body as the strong, central link in a chain that connects your upper and lower body, and when you hit that tennis ball or mop the floor at home, all those little motions either originate in your core or move through it. It doesn’t matter where the motion originates; it ripples upward and downward to all the adjoining links in this complex chain, and therefore, a weak or inflexible core not only makes you vulnerable to injury, it can also impair your day-to-day functionality.

A strong core enhances balance and stability, preventing common accidents such as falls during sporting activity. Let’s look at the importance of sustaining a strong core and how it affects your normal activities:

 

Daily Activities

When you bend to put your shoes on or scoop up your luggage, or when you turn to look behind you when sitting in a chair, you rely on the strength of your core to move with strength, stability and grace. The moment you get out of shape, all these simple tasks become difficult and painful, thus affecting the quality of life.

 

On-the-job Tasks

If your job involves heavy lifting, a lot of twisting or standing, then your muscles have to be in good shape. Less involving tasks such as sitting at your desk also engage your core, but perhaps not as intensely. Individuals who sit for long hours while typing on a computer also require regular workouts to engage more of their muscles and keep their core strong; and failure to do this can lead to stiffness, which tends to affect the back. Practice good posture and make sure to take breaks.

 

Sporting Activity

Tennis, swimming, hiking, kayaking, baseball, etc., all these activities are powered by a strong core, and that’s why professional athletes spend so much time in the gym. Even less mentioned activities such as golfing also require regular exercise in order to enhance strength and flexibility.

 

Housework

Activities such as vacuuming, mopping and dusting involve a lot of bending, lifting and carrying, and all these activities either originate or move through the core. Whenever your body gets out of shape even the simplest housework can become exhausting- which again, can be rectified by taking time to keep in shape. Regular exercises are enough to exert your muscles and have them working at their peak; and regular day-to-day activities can be used to keep the body healthy.

 

A Healthy Back

Back pain can be debilitating and sometimes extremely painful, but the good news is regular core exercises can be used to promote a healthy back. If back pain strikes, try a regimen of core exercises and visit a doctor. Medication works best when coupled with therapy or some type of core exercise.

Weak, unbalanced core muscles can undermine your ability to perform even the simplest tasks, but regular exercise can empower you and have a profound impact on your mental and physical health. Find a way to keep fit and see the difference it makes in your life.

The Best Places On Earth

We live on an extraordinary planet, and taking the time in life to travel to the best places on Earth should be something that you make a priority. Deciding upon what places on Earth to visit will depend upon your particular interests. Not everyone loves big cities, and not everyone is a nature lover. If you want your travels around the Earth the be meaningful you need to make a list of what your interests are, and then decide the best places to visit.

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Regardless of what your interests are there are some places that everyone should try to see at some point in their lives. The idea of making a bucket list might seem a little morbid, but it doesn’t have to be. You can treat it as a to do list, and list out all of the places you would like to see. The following list is meant as a guide that can help you to consider some of the places on Earth that you should visit.

1. The Grand Canyon. One of the great wonders of the natural world, photographs simply do not do the Grand Canyon justice. It’s enormous and majestic, and situated in norther Arizona it also boasts clean fresh air. Taking the time to walk around the rim of the canyon can be breathtaking, but going down a trail to the bottom of the canyon is a much more unique experience.

2. New York City. New York City is the exact opposite of the Grand Canyon. It is an urban metropolis that is often considered to be the greatest city in the world. New York City boasts an iconic skyline, as well as attractions that are sure to entertain anyone.

3. The Pyramids of Egypt. The Pyramids of Egypt are a wonder of the ancient world, and a testament to what mankind can accomplish using simple intelligence and hard work.

4. Any of the island paradises of the South Pacific. If you want to relax and get away from it all, there are few places on Earth that can match the atmosphere and natural beauty of the South Pacific. Featuring friendly natives, tropical weather, and unmatched natural scenery, everyone needs to spend some time in the South Pacific.

5. Alaska. Alaska is one of many cold weather environments on Earth, but it is the one that is quite possibly the most stunning to visit. The outdoor scenery is simply a marvel to behold. The landscape features mountains covered in year round ice and snow, and also an abundance of wildlife.

6. Yellowstone National Park. Home of old faithful, Yellowstone National Park is one of the greatest outdoor areas on Earth. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, then this stunning park should be at the top of your to visit list.

7. The African Savannah. Many people who go to Africa will tell you that it feels like going home. Africa is one of the last truly wild places on Earth that you can visit. You can book a safari tour and spend time visiting and seeing some of the most thrilling wildlife on Earth.

Importance of Education on Fracking

The increasing demand of banning fracking on our earth has compelled several institutions to research about public opinion in this regard. It has been proved through various surveys that despite of the increasing use of this process most of the people are little or not familiar with this term. Even those who know about it are unable to express their views in support or against it. Before discussing the importance of educating people about fracking you should have brief information about this concept.

What is fracking?

Fracking

This is a process which is used to break rocks deep into the ground for extracting oil and natural gas from them. it is also known as hydraulic fracturing of the rocks. Most of the oil and natural gas companies involved in extraction of oil and gas from the rocks lying deep under the ground use this method. They drill deep wells in the ground to inject lots of toxic fluid including sand, harsh chemicals and water at extremely high pressure to fracture the rocks to extract oil and gas from them.

Reason of opposing this process

Fracking, the process of breaking underground rocks for the extraction of oil and natural gas is facing opposition from various social sectors as it is supposed to be dangerous for mankind. According to them it can contaminate not only the underground water but also the air you breathe in. it is also dangerous for your health as it accelerates the change in climate. But even after so many incidents of spills and accidents and oppositions due to fracking, it has been exempted from main environmental laws.

Reasons of considering fracking dangerous

This process is considered dangerous because right from drilling well to transfer of wastes it increases the risk to your health as well as water you drink. The growing risk of damages caused by fracking can be obvious through the following evidences.

 

The contamination of water near fracking sites has made people living near by seriously ill. The tap water of some of these areas catches fire due to higher amount of methane in the water.Though the chemicals used by oil and gas companies in fracking process is not known precisely but it is assumed that they may contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors which can be harmful for mankind. Leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from fracking sites also contributes in frequent climatic changes.Along with all these facts it can be harmful for the water you drink, air you breathe in and your general health in various other manners.

 

But despite so much opposition fracking process is used by the oil and natural gas industry to meet up the increasing demand of oil and gas all over the world and reducing stock of these natural resources.

 

So it becomes important to educate people about the pros and cons of fracking process so that oil and natural gas can be extracted from the deeply underlying rocks. Federal government and big corporations involved in extracting the natural resources are also contributing in taking care of the people living in these areas.

Traveling with my carry-on luggage around the globe


What is the best carry-on luggage

First of all what is the best carry-on luggage? There is no one who can give a straightforward answer to this question. This is so because the best one differs from person to person. It’s not because this bag is the best one for me that it’s also the best one for you. In my case I was looking for one that was good for the environment. So I looked at the best carry-on luggage and picked a very lightweight one. I got the Samsonite wheeled duffel bag as it only weighs a little bit more than 5 pounds. This leaves more room for my stuff which is very important if you’re travelling with only your carry-on bag.

Why I don’t check my bags at the airport

On some of my last tips abroad I had a bad experience when checking in bags. It seems that during baggage handling they throw with luggage. Handle luggage with care is not in their rulebook. The result was that my hard case luggage had dents and the plastic case was even torn open due to this. One time they even lost my luggage during a transit flight. In the end I got it back but it took a couple of days (4 days) before my carry-on luggage was delivered at my travel destination. Luckily I was staying there for 2 weeks at the same location. If I had been traveling from this destination to other spots I would have had to postpone the rest of my trip until I received my checked in bag or just go through with my trip but losing my bag. In some cases when people are going more inwards a country after arriving at the airport it can be quite difficult to receive your lost luggage.

Luggage and the environment

Some people won’t believe this at first but your luggage can have an impact on the environment. How? Well luggage equals weight and it’s this extra weight in an airplane that makes it burn more fuel. It’s as simple as that.

So there’s now a new way of traveling that is gaining popularity very fast. Instead of having 2 bags – a carry-on bag and a checked in bag – people are traveling with only 1 bag. If possible you should only take a carry-on with you.

So what’s the difference in weight? Let’s say instead of everyone checking in with 2 bags they now check in with only 1 bag. This means if you have an average aircraft with 200 seats and the average checked in bag weighs around 35 pounds that the total weight reduction would be 7000 pounds. This would be a big fuel saver and very good for the environment. Maybe it would even lower the price of airline tickets as airlines need to pay less for fuel consumption.

You can also calculate your own ecological footprint during flights here. Let us make sure that more and more people are aware of their ecological footprint and how they can help. For starters you can cut down on the clothes you pack when going on vacation and only use a carry-on luggage for your next trip. It all starts with you!

Traveling Eco-Friendly

The travel industry is the fastest growing industry in the world. With many forms of transportation and a booming economy, it’s no surprise that more people are seeking travel for pleasure, business, and everything in between. The sad part, though, is that with each arrival and departure, a big ecological footprint is left. However, there is no need to fear- all it takes is a few simple changes to make that footprint smaller. Check out these tips to be green and help save the world! You’ll be surprised at just how simple it is to have a better impact on the world.

Pick an Eco-Friendly Hotel

Picking an eco-friendly place to stay is a great way to travel green. Find one that recycles and uses efficient light bulbs and other earth-friendly forms of electricity like solar or hydroelectric power.

Bring a Water Bottle

Plastic bottles create a ton of waste. Bring your own refillable stainless steel water bottles for your drinking pleasure. Plus, they keep water cooler longer.

Natural Sunscreen and Soap

Soap and sunscreen can hurt the environment. Some of the chemicals in them don’t set well with natural environments. Try using a biodegradable version of each one.

Eat Local

The cost of shipping food to high-traveled areas can be high in price, both in currency and in the toll it takes on the earth. Keep it local to support the economy and land.

Use Trash Bins in the Lobby

Every time the maid comes to clean out your hotel room trash, a new plastic bag is disposed. If you keep it empty by bring trash to the lobby trash can, this saves a plastic bag. Using a”Do Not Disturb” sign can help as well. Your towels and bedding don’t need to be washed daily.

Save Power

Turn off the lights and AC/heating when leaving your hotel room. While it’s nice to come back to a perfectly heated or cooled room, the electricity wasted is not worth it. Also, make sure to turn off all the lights at home before you leave home. Unplug appliances, such as your television and microwave, which use power even when turned off.

Shorten Your Shower

Shorting bathing time by even just a minute can save hundreds to thousands of gallons of water each year. Do this at home, as well as during your travels.

Rent Eco-Friendly Cars

If you must rent a car, choose the smallest one or a hybrid to save on gasoline and fumes that are harmful to the environment.

Pest Control

Sometimes when staying in other countries you may encounter a variety of pests, particularly if the culture has different hygiene standards. Sugar ants are among the most common that you will find in hotel rooms and hostels. However, don’t fear, there are natural ways to eliminate sugar ants.

Walk More

If it’s possible, take a bike or walk to more locations when traveling. Tourists waste a ton of gas stopping and going in towns and while sightseeing. Walking helps save bad emissions from being leached into the environment.

Most importantly of all the steps though is to enjoy nature and remind yourself why you are trying to be green in the first place. Our world is an important place and taking in its beauty is an significant aspect of keeping it clean. Remember that traveling the eco-friendly way can be simple and fun. It only takes one person to make a difference.

5 Environmentally Helpful Lessons Learned Travelling Around New Zealand By Bike And Camper Van

Travelling will always have a negative impact on the environment. Whether it is the pollution from a plane or boat or car… In some way there is an effect. But what I want to share with you here is the best ways to decrease your footprint when you are travelling. These are some lessons I learned travelling around New Zealand for 4 weeks by bike and campervan. Enjoy.

1. Wash Van With Pressure Washer

Are you going to be travelling by train or bus or renting your own car? When I was in New Zealand we rented our own campervan. Not only is the campervan where you sleep at night but it also where you cook your food and how you get around from location to location. It truly is a multipurpose machine. For the price of a rental car you get a hotel and a restaurant so you save tons of money while having more convenience. This is a great way to lower your environmental footprint because now you don’t have to use hotel electricity or go to a restaurant to eat their food. Yes, you still have the pollution coming out the tailpipe but it is minimal compared to other alternatives like a big motorhome or the like.

But what happens when you need to wash the car and use precious water? Well, the solution is to use a pressure cleaner because it uses less water and does the clean job faster. Using less water is always good for the environment. Which pressure washer to use? According to pressure washer reviews the best ones for washing your car are the karcher pressure cleaners because they are affordable, portable and reliable. We borrowed one from the gas station to use and finished up the wash in under 5 minutes. It was mostly bugs on the front to clean off.

2. Use Reusable Water Bottle

Have you been to a big city and seen an overflowing garbage of Starbucks cups and empty plastic water bottles? I know I have. To solve this I know always have a reusable sturdy water bottle. I paid $29 for mine because I knew I wanted it to last. If you do the math: you probably go through three 600ml size water bottles a day. And over a 30 day trip that is 90 of those bottles that you would be throwing out. What a waste. Get a reusable water bottle please.

3. Use Reusable Food Containers

The campervan we rented came with a propane cooker which was used to make stir fry style meals. But what did we do with the extra food? We stored it for the next meal in the reusable food containers. We had containers similar to these and found them amazing because we didn’t have to use any glad wrap or foil that would have had to be thrown out latter.

4. Dress Appropriately

Instead of plugging in a heater just throw on a sweater. Pretty self explanatory this one. Electricity will almost always be coming from a power plant instead of a environmentally friendly source so be sure to dress to the weather instead of turning on the heater.

5. Go To Sleep When It Gets Dark

In the same vein as #4 try to avoid using electricity if you don’t need to. Instead of powering up spotlights and lamps when it gets dark why not just go to bed?

So there you have 5 lessons that should help you avoid harming the environment while travelling the world.

Move Away from Chemical Fragrances and Embrace Essential Oils


A Simple Calling for Scent

One of my favorite aspects of travel is the enjoyment I draw from the smells I encounter long the way.

Some people are sight oriented, while others prefer to tune into the sounds of their surroundings. But for me, well… just give me a distinctive smell to indulge in, and I’m yours.

Delightful scents are what make me tick. And though I love them with all my heart, I’m a tad sensitive to strong smells – especially perfumes.

Perhaps this is a result of my overwhelming inclination towards sense stimuli. I sometimes wonder if I was a bloodhound in my past life… Every now and then a scent pulls me in, as if it were an invisible rope, while other times the first whiff can send me running straight for the hills.

I was born and raised in the West. And I do love to return home at times. But the West can be so abrasive to the senses. Everything is right in your face. The sights, the sounds, the smells… It can be overwhelming.

While I can withstand much of what’s coming out of the cultural West, there’s a few things I just can’t bear. One in particular – those cheap, incredibly synthetic and overwhelmingly aromatic colognes and perfumes. There’s that one brand… Axe? Oh my…

How we’ve lost our way – aromatically speaking

Part of the reason I travel abroad is to escape the trappings of the West. But more and more I’m reminded of my oft troubled America as I plant my feet abroad. And in particular, it’s in those instances that I’m accosted with those synthetic scents that my mind is catapulted right back home.

I’m currently in India. And for whatever reason, in this land of Lotus and Sandalwood, I have suddenly begun to encounter men – young and old – bearing that repugnant scent reminiscent of Axe Body Spray.

It’s appalling. Not only to my nose, but to my intellect.

So here I am. Casting my idealist net out on the world wide web in hopes that I can nudge a few people towards the sweet smells of genuine plants and aromatics for their personal perfumes – and to avoid those synthetic chemical laden scent permutations (read: abominations) completely.

A Clear Call for Essential Oils

Essential oils are a fantastic starting point. We’ve evolved as a species with the natural scents of plants. And with modern technology we’re able to distill concentrates of their therapeutic constituents – as well as their tantalizing aromas.

Now, even though I’ve ragged a bit on perfume and cologne wearers – I too dabble in adornment of personal scents.

I often wear Sandalwood while out on the streets. Or if I’m looking to make a professional impression, I use the tanginess of lemon essential oil. There are hundreds of essential oils – and thousands of mixtures -within aromatherapy to choose from.

In future I will dig more into specific scents with you. But today I just wanted to get some things of my chest while I had a few minutes in my rented dwelling here in India.

I wish you the best.

3 Simple Tips To Reduce Your Pollution Output Due To Travel

A global economy has placed enormous pressure on humanity to devise methods of transportation that move people and things from place to place at an affordable cost. Unfortunately, not all costs were considered when implementing these methods of transportation and our environment suffers greatly because of it. Transportation contributes to 27% of total greenhouse gas emissions as reported by the EPA. This is a huge number and is a resultant of cars, trucks, trains, ships, planes and more with the majority of emissions being carbon dioxide from internal combustion engines. Not only has this resulted in air pollution, it has also created more waste which is quickly consuming our landfills. This article will discuss how you can help reduce your impact on the environment when travelling.

The easiest way to go greener when traveling is to utilize methods of public transportation. If everyone were to use trains and buses, the amount of emissions would be greatly reduced. You should always look for ways to avoid driving your own car or truck, or at least travel with others to reduce your impact. There are many local services that can help you find buses or carpools to avoid clogging up our highways which increases the amount of pollution generated from cars, trucks and buses.

Another thing to consider before jumping in your car is the vehicle itself. Modern automobiles are much more fuel efficient and produce less emissions. Not everyone can afford a hybrid or electric car, but hopefully this will soon be available to everyone. There are many efficient cars on the market that are much safer than the larger cars of the past and significantly reduce your impact on the environment from fuel consumption, to emissions to oil disposal. Automobiles like the old muscle cars for sale at CC Classic Cars consume almost five times the amount of fuel in comparison to a modern sedan. If you are looking for an easy way to instantly reduce your impact, start shopping for a more efficient vehicle.

Emissions aren’t the only concern for the environment when traveling. These methods of transportation have increased the speed at which we interact and live daily. This has resulted in our culture evolving into a throwaway society where instead of taking the timing to fix things and simply getting a new one. Even if the old device is not broke, our consumerism makes us want the latest model. This is highly problematic because we are filling our earth with garbage and refuse that will not decompose and is full of harmful chemicals and materials. Recycling needs to become much more accessible and utilized in our society to prevent our earth from literally becoming trashed. If you are looking for a simple example of this, instead of just throwing an old cell phone away you could consider recycling it. I would much rather sell my cell phone to GreenBuyback then have it sit in a landfill for hundreds of years.

In summary, slow down a bit and think about what you are doing. There is more than likely an alternative which can achieve the same goal and reduce your impact on the environment. We need to be doing this every day to leave a cleaner planet for future generations.

Solving Termite Issues in Your Temporary Accommodation

The good thing about my stay in this place is that it is cheap. Even if I have to face termite problems, I still managed.

When we arrange accommodation for a long trip, we always make sure to find the cheapest one available. We do a little sacrifice because it is just temporary anyway. Unless it is a grand vacation, then we can splurge. However, for a business trip that will be for a while, we have to save a lot of money or else our business will lose a lot. One time, I had to deal with an eight-week trip in another place. If we would book a nice hotel, we might have to spend a lot. Thus, we opted for a cheaper guest house. It looked old, but it was good enough. After all, it would be just for eight weeks.

Upon reaching the place, I thought it would be perfect for us. Apparently, it was not. It was really horrible. It looked older than I thought. The walls were dilapidated and the floor was made from wood. Some of the parts looked broken already. It was a nightmare. However, it was not yet the worst part. After a few days of staying, it was when we found out that there were lots of termites hiding on the walls. We all panicked and tried to sweep them away. They just kept on coming back. It was like one of those horror movies where the protagonists were attacked by insects and they ended up dead. Seriously, I thought that was the end of my life.

The dilemma

We had two choices then. We could either stay and face the problem head on or move to another place and spend again. Unfortunately, I signed a document that forced me to stay until the end. If not, I still had to pay the same amount. I also checked other hotels in the area, but they were all fully booked. Of course, we were on a tight budget. We had no choice but to stay. However, we couldn’t face those termites for several weeks more. This was when I decided to hire a company that did termite control. I knew I would have to spend money for this, but it was better than paying two months worth of hotel stay.

The solution

The good thing was that I found a company that catered to termite related problems. The said termite control taught me how to get rid of termite. This was after they did what they had to do. When I learned about their service, I never hesitated to hire them and asked them to immediately kill those insects. The best thing was that they did not just smoke the place, but also told me what to do to prevent them from coming back. I know this sounds crazy, but I have done the owner of the place a really huge favor. I just thought of it as a gift for letting us stay at such an amount. After all, it was a busy and highly developed city. Thus, every place is expensive. Rest assured, I won’t come back there. However, if you ask me if I regretted my decision, I didn’t. I found a way to solve the problem so I know what to do next time.

Making the Trek to Santiago de Compostela Your Life’s Mission

There is a dilemma to modern travel. In order to get away from it all, you have to really go very far. You should visit a place which is far enough that you would no longer care about access to the Internet, or to cable TV, or even a tablet and a phone. However, getting there involves not just a lot of planning and resources, it would also make a big carbon footprint.

The reality is that there is almost no place worth visiting which does not have Internet or WiFi. Those few places worth visiting which don't have WiFi are usually hard to reach, and may not be worth the trouble of getting there.

Suffice it to say, today's intrepid traveler is no longer interested in adventure or even in immersing himself in a foreign culture. A whiff of it would do just fine, for a lot of people. Travelers want the modern comforts of home wherever they go – and sometimes even pack everything to make sure that they have it. Some adventurers have been known to bring an air compressor with them. The best small air compressors are portable and less noisy than industrial ones.

Among those things to do or to visit, which still do not make use of a lot of gas and fuel, there is still the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrimage can be done on foot or on a bicycle. The routes have been marked by centuries of tradition. You can start walking from the Netherlands, or from the French side of the mountains. This might have more meaning for Catholics, compared to non-Catholics, although there have been instances where non-Catholics have taken the pilgrimage.

A lot shorter, and a lot closer to creature comforts is the walk through the Appalachians. It is a quiet walk in the Appalachian Mountains in what is called the Appalachian trail. This has been used by people for the past two centuries as a way to walk, principally from the south going north. It continues to be used by people who want to find their way, for some soul searching. It has also been used by people who have lost their jobs, and would want a new beginning somehow.

A pilgrimage or a long walk gives a person the time to get lost in thought talking to himself. Or it can be an opportunity to have a different perspective, and discussing with other people you meet along the way. It can go either way, really. Some people would rather walk alongside total strangers, and share ideas. Others would rather walk alone and get their own personal demons time to leave.

The great outdoors also force us to think in terms of what to give back to nature. It forces a person to keep the trash, and be conscientious about rubbish and waste. Bringing an air compressor like the viair 00088 88p portable air compressor isn't such a bad idea if it's really needed. It can be kept in the hotel or serviced apartment for a variety of uses. It can prove useful in a large campsite, too.

The Santiago de Compostela trail is still fresh as it was before. It is no longer undeveloped as it was during the Depression. It is now only underdeveloped. The trail is a throwback to the days before the interstate highway system. It can also be said that it has brought about a lot of writing, in short stories, poetry, and novels.

What the Trail does still provide is a refuge for those who need to go out and get away from the modern world. A month walking the trail can give a different perspective on things for someone who seeks it.

5 Tips To Make Your Commute Greener and Less Stressful

Every day millions of individuals across the globe wake up and face their daily commute to the office. Society is evolving to a point where we are now reducing our carbon footprint caused by this daily activity which is excellent news. This article will provide the top five tips to join in on this trend and reduce your impact on the environment due to daily travel to and from work.

The first and foremost example of traveling smarter is rapidly growing in popularity across major cities. Public transportation significantly reduces the amount of emissions by simultaneously moving multiple people rather than everyone embarking on their own individual journey. Trains and buses are being developed to be much more environmentally friendly utilizing electric and natural gas options which are much more efficient than other methods of transportation. There are many agencies such as APTA which provides great information about how public transportation is helping to heal the earth. You can visit any local agency to discover the best method of public transit to help you get to and from work in a greener fashion.

If you happen to live outside of a metro area without any access to useful public transportation, then you will of course need to find a method of your own. This will of course be some sort of motorized vehicle, most likely an automobile. Some people choose to use scooters or motorcycles as they consume less fuel and more environmentally friendly, but they are too much of a safety risk for me. The best options for a car would be a completely electric car such as the Tesla. Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint and save you money on gas, it will also save on repairs. Electric motors are much less maintenance when compared to an internal combustion engine and as you can see at Auto Service Costs, car repair is expensive.

Another option for getting around town would be to use a bicycle or go for a walk. Of course this might take a little extra time, but it will be good for both you and the earth. Getting a little exercise never hurt anyone, and if it requires not watching that TV show at night, it shouldn’t be too big of a deal for you.
Some companies are kind enough to offer telecommuting options or you could consider starting your own business doing something you are familiar with. All you really need is a website to get started, and if you aren’t technical you can reach out to a company like Bairkan for WordPress support which makes getting a professional website easy.

Not everyone has these options though if they need to travel a long distance for their job. Whether these are long trips to the office, or trips to client’s sites, mileage can really add up. This is a great scenario for trying to find other people in your area that travel in a similar direction and can set up a carpool. This will save you money and reduce the amount of pollution produced by half, which is a significant amount if millions of people choose to do this instead. Keep in mind that you will also now have access to the HOV lanes which reduce traffic and congestion which is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.

Safe Cycling and A Greener Way of Traveling

As most of you may have surmised from my scattered posts about keeping the earth a cleaner place, that I have become bit of a cycling enthusiast over the years. Not only is cycling to work a great excuse for an exercise, but it is also VERY Earth-friendly method of travel, which I feel like we all can get behind! However, I didn’t want this to be ANOTHER post about why cycling is amazing and the healthy living benefits of a cycling workout or how it helps us lower our carbon footprint. Instead, today I wanted to focus on your safety. There is always the risk of something going wrong, so I am asserting right now that the size and fit of your helmet is literally a lifesaver (in addition to a bright taillights). I myself have gone through many brands, shapes and sizes in my quest to find the best helmet. I would like to post a review of the best bicycle helmets on the market right now made from recycled material. I suggest that you do your research and buy the best helmet for you right now.

Best Helmets Made From Recycled Material

1) Netti Pilot Cycling Helmet: The Netti Pilot Cycling Helmet is my current choice of for the best helmet and has been for the past couple of months. I have found that my cranium happens to be a perfect fit for the helmet’s shape. The helmet has been tested to withstand 500 pounds of pressure, one of the highest I’ve seen throughout my research. That knowledge makes me feel comfortable on the road. Additionally, the Netti Pilot Cycling Helmet is perfect for what I use it for; cycling. If you’re a BMX biker, they also have the BMX helmet. I just love how lightweight and durable the helmet is.

2) Netti Pilot Light Helmet: The Netti Pilot Light Helmet is the sister to the Netti Pilot Cycling Helmet. It has the same structural shape, but is about 50% lighter. This helmet is best suited for the petite.

3) DRS Helmet: If you’re a fashionista, the DRS helmet is not only stylish, coming in over 50 colors, but truly engineered for safety. What I like about DRS helmets is the fact that it covers your entire head. Your ears, the back of your neck and most of your forehead is covered in the DRS’s protective shield. Regardless of that amount of cover, you still look great gliding along the streets.

4) Avanti Cycling Helmet: The tapered visor in the front of the Avanti Cycling Helmet makes this an amazing helmet to wear in both sunny and rainy weather. The visor is such a great help when it comes to both shading your eyes, and keeping them dry in drizzle. The helmet is contoured for speed, so this is a great helmet choice for those with a quick paced ride.

5) Inferno Attack Shield Helmet: If you couldn’t guess from the name, this helmet means serious business. The helmet is constructed from a multi-layer cranial protective system, which means inside the helmet there are layers upon layers of materials to protect you. Remarkably, the helmet is one of the most breathable on the market, considering the amount of layers. Believe me, if you’ve got a long ride ahead of you, a breathable helmet might be top on the list of safety purchases!

Be safe and happy riding, everyone!

Shoe Brands that are Enviromentaly Friendly

Over the past five years the importance of environmentally friendly products has become a lot higher on consumers’ priority list. Most of the big brands have now introduced new processes or at least a plan of action to reduce their commercial footprint.

After researching 17 of the top brands I was shocked to discover that over 30 percent haven’t taken any actions. In this article I would like to highlight the top two brands that are taking positive steps to operate a more responsible company.

Inov-8

The Inov-8 team has taken their responsibility to a whole new level that should and could be implemented by other far bigger organizations. If you go to the Inov-8 website you can read its full environment policy, but here is a breakdown.

It’s clear the environment really does matter to Inov-8. The company assessed its footprint by monitoring staff traveling, freight goods, shoe materials, packaging design and finally, its warehouse and offices. After this process was complete the team was able to design a plan of action to reduce the company’s energy consumption.

Practical steps included renewable energy, reduced impact freight, low use of cars, green packaging, better after-sales and reduced material waste and recycling.

If you also examine the range of Inov-8 shoes you will notice the CrossFit shoes are minimalistic. This design or style of shoe is excellent for the environment because the materials can be easily recycled.

Adidas

One of the big brands that did impress me was Adidas. The German powerhouse makes millions in profit every year so I was pleased to discover that saving the environment was on its to-do list.

Adidas actually went way further than just making a list; it created a whole department for making the company more environmentally friendly! I am sure there are a number of financial benefits to this amount of dedication, but if that’s a motivation starter, I am all for it.

The work this team of employees conducts is impressive. They audit all of the factories around the world on an annual basis, replacing anything that is out of date and “could do better.”

It is understood that entire factory floors have been dismantled and reequipped from scratch to enable savings over a longer time period.

Adidas has recently set out a five-year plan to reduce their environmental impact and even had talks with specialists (Greenpeace) to make the entire process evolve quicker. It’s a big step forward as part of the negotiations involved eliminating chemical processes entirely.