Skuut Wooden Bike Review

Since moving to an urban community a couple of months ago, the kids have been spending more time skateboarding, walking to the park, and generally running about on the sidewalks. So I was pretty excited to get a Skuut wooden balance bike.

I have never visited Scandinavia, but from books the kids and I have read together, biking is a way of life there, and kids start out with these wooden balance bikes before learning how to ride a big bike. No training wheels, the child learns how to balance using their feet so there is no scary transition.

I thought my 3 and 5 year old girls would love the Skuut, but so far it has been my 7 year old, who already rides a regular bike, who loves it. When the weather is too cold to ride outside, he Skuuts around on the hardwood floors of the apartment!

I think the Skuut has an awesome, clean looking and attractive design. It took us about 5 minutes to put the bike together (it arrives in a flat pack box).

The design is simple but quite functional. The seat is adjustable as far as height, making it comfortable for a child from ages 2-5 (or a small 7 year old like mine – maximum weight is 70 pounds). It also easily angles back and forth for comfort.

And it is darn cute! The thing looks good just hanging around which is all the better. Leave it to the Scandinavians to design something for kids that is not garish and ugly and plastic.

Another thing I noticed, and I am not sure exactly what the wheels are made of (the website says they are pneumatic rubber), but they do not stink like other rubber wheels. A plus since we store it in our apartment.

My son said about the bike: “You pedal with it with your feet, it goes like 3 miles an hour and it lasts going for ten seconds or longer.”

My 5 year old said: “It always does not have wheels but it is so easier. Sometimes I can balance on it but not really good of course. But I like the bike very, very much.”

Environmentalists would be impressed that Skuut, has partnered with Trees for the Future, and ensures that a tree is planted for every bike sold. Also notable is the fact that the bike won Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products.

Mountain Biking – Things You Should Know When Going Downhill

Riding a mountain bike can very well be a dangerous ordeal. But you cannot replace the adrenaline rush from going uphill and downhill afterwards! That feeling must come from riding with your “life on the edge”. However, one should always pay attention to the specific techniques when mountain biking, especially in jungle trails and rough terrains.

Things you should know when going downhill

You have just gotten up to the top or peak of a hill. It was hard work, but you made it nevertheless. You think you have made it. But what about going back down? It requires the same dedication and focus as when you were struggling up the hill.

For some, it might be scary. This is especially when all you can see is a steep decline in front of you. Almost anyone can panic even before riding downhill at high velocity.

Whatever it is, you must remember this single point. Keep your buttocks to the back! You have to stand up when doing this of course. Then straighten your arms and look ahead carefully. What happens when you move your rear of your body to the back is that you balance your weight. This will help keep traction on the rear wheel. At the same time, you take off the already heavily stressed front wheel as a result of going downhill. However, ignore this advice and get ready to land on your face on the ground!

Another tip is when you bump into something on your way downhill, be sure to move your body to the back. This will maintain the balance so you would not fall off the bike. Mountain bike experts call this lunging to the back.

Are there other precautions? Yes. Keep your toes pointed slightly upwards. This way, your heels will more downwards. Again, this is to maintain balance by using your feet. This will also counter any force capable of pushing you forward (and causing you to fall off the bike).

On the other hand, you will also need to maintain your cool. Other than balance, your mind must be calm. Things can get ugly in an extreme situation like going downhill. You have to make mini decisions fast and without thinking. Never ever turn the handlebar by itself alone. Instead, turn with your entire body if you have to steer. If you can, look for incoming dangers on the surface of the ground.

As a final tip, you should always let the bike roll. For example, having pressed the brake too hard and jamming the wheels from spinning is a very dangerous idea. This will result in skidding accidents.

How to Bike Safely: Tips for Heavy Riders

Riding a bike can be the perfect way to be fit; and it is fun as well. However, your attempt to have fun and get some exercise might turn into a disaster if you do not bear in mind bike safety tips.

So, read on and remember these important and helpful bike safety tips for heavy riders.

1. You must know the road you intend to take. Be familiar with your route, the yielding points, the turns, one-way streets, bike lanes, pedestrian crossing, etc. This will help you know what to expect, even the obstacles if there are any. Also, know the condition of the road when it rains because as the signs say “slippery when wet.” If you need to ride on a wet road, make sure you are riding at an average speed. Be extra cautious when going up a slope when the road is wet. It would also help to know if the street you will use have puddles and know how deep they are. Avoid such puddles. If possible, survey the road or street first before riding. This way, you will avoid ugly surprises.

2. Learn how to relax when you are on the road. One of the reasons why accidents or injuries get worse is panicking. Heavy riders could be spared of additional pain and damages if they only knew how to calm down and relax. It can be a little scary when you are on the road, so you should expect it. Knowing beforehand the situation may lessen your nervousness which would therefore reduce or avoid accidents. When you are calm, you are able to think clearly and rationally and be able to act quickly. You can think of hitting the brake on time without going over your handlebars, put down one foot on the ground to avoid falling, quickly maneuver your bike to avoid an obstacle such as a stone or a puddle. On the other hand, when you are freaking out, the situation might get worse because you might do something terrible and irrational.

3. Take note of space. Provide yourself much space when you are riding on the road. Make sure you are at an ideal distance to anything or anyone at your front, right side, left side, and back. Do not come too close to anything or anyone. Maintain a three-foot distance from other riders and drivers. Avoid the edges.

4. Wear appropriate clothing and gears. Heavy riders might have a harder time looking for cycling clothing that would fit them. So, if it is not possible to find one that fits, wear a regular shirt and shorts that is not baggy. Choose a shirt and short that is probably one or two sizes less than your regular size. Such size would hug your body just fine; it would not be too tight or too loose. Loose clothing might get caught in one of your moving bike parts or gears and this may cause injuries or accidents. And of course the basics, wear bike gears such as helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

5. Check your bike before riding. This is another basic thing which is missed out sometimes. Make sure you check and test your brakes. See if they work and are able to stop your bicycle. Check your tires and their air pressure. The recommended air pressure is usually indicated at one side of the tire. Check your chain. Make sure it is clean and free from any foreign objects. And make sure you use a bike for heavy people.

Quickest Way to Get Rid of Ugly Belly Fat

If you are like the rest of us you certainly are not comfortable with excess belly fat and always looking for that easy way to shed those so called love handles.

Also, like most everyone else we’re interested in the fastest easiest way possible to get rich, get promoted quick and how to quickly lose weight.

When we try to get rid of excess weight we always run into the length of time it takes to reach our goals and we end up complaining all the way to the scales.

The problem is that most excess weight gathers around the waist. Belly fat is the most difficult to get rid of and we are always interested in the best fastest way to get rid of it.

Following are a few suggestions that may help in your efforts to rid yourself of that excess belly fat.

* A DIET PLAN TO GET RID OF BELLY FAT IN A HURRY

How did you get that fat around the stomach? Well, lets admit it is due to bad eating habits, low fiber diets and in general an unhealthy lifestyle when it comes to choice of foods.

So! how do we rid ourselves of that belly fat? Dud, how about changing our habits begin making healthy food choices along with minimizing our daily intake of the bad stuff.

When we talk of the bad stuff we’re talking about the intake of fried foods, fast foods and junk foods. You would be much better off by replacing the bad stuff with good leafy vegetables like spinach or various breeds of lettuce. In addition, fruits and lean meats should be included in your replacement choices.

By making simple adjustments in your eating habits you will reduce that uncomfortable abdominal bloating and the build up of fats in the belly. Don’t forget to also limit your share of sugar in your daily diet.

*DRINKING A LOT OF FLUIDS WILL HELP TO REDUCE BELLY FAT.

If you don’t drink enough water your body will take upon itself to hold what water there is which will add extra pounds and increase your belly fat.

Try to increase your fluid intake at least to 8 glasses a day. This would normally be an 8oz glass and not necessarily have to be water. Any fluid will suffice except stay away from those sugary sodas.

If you discipline yourself to stick to this regimen you will find your kidneys will get rid of excess water and assist in reducing that belly fat. Fluid retention can also be reduced by cutting back on your salt intake.

* BALANCE YOUR ALKALINE LEVEL

Being over weight is due to an improper diet which unhealthy and leaves acidic residue buildup in your system..If you can balance and maintain the alkaline balance or pH level in your body you will quickly experience a quick reduction in belly fat. To make this happen be sure to include a fair share of veggies and fruits in your daily diet.

*EXERCISES FOR THE CARDIO

Cardio exercises such as running, biking, swimming, aerobics, Zumba and any other that gets the heart pumping will be super beneficial. Whatever you choose, make it last for at least 30-45 minutes a day for six days a week.

*EXERCISES FOR THE STOMACH

Choose a few exercise explicitly for the stomach that are designed to strengthen the stomach muscles. This has to be a major part of any program to get rid of belly fat. Some of the workouts to consider are pilates, crunches, sit-ups, etc. Including these in your program will speed up the process.

*CLEANSING THE BODY

Cleansing the body is one of the fastest ways to lose belly fat. Our body, as marvelous as it is does not completely digest all foods. When this happens, there is residue left over and as it builds up it becomes toxic and releases toxins in the body thereby slowing down metabolism. When the metabolism is curtailed the body’s fat burning process is also slowed down.

Cleansing the body is no doubt on of the best and fastest ways to get rid of stomach fat.

*STRESS LEVELS

Stress levels occur in everyone and the key is to keep them at a minimum since excessive stress levels release the hormone cortisol which triggers fat production in the stomach area, at the same time increasing the appetite..

Proper stress management will assist in losing that belly fat since high stress levels tend to cause one to eat more than necessary.

To get your stress level under control you might try meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and anything that slows you down and provides an environment of relaxation.

I’ m sure the above will help and good luck with whatever program you choose to get rid of the ugly unhealthy belly fat.