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Fixing Bikes Helps Kids And Fights Alzheimer’s

Posted on: August 24th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Brian Reece Bike ElvesA Wisconsin man named Brian Reece with early onset Alzheimer’s has begun repairing and building bicycles for kids with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism. He also helps out neighborhood kids with their bikes by doing simple repairs.

In less than a year’s time, he’s given away over 430 bikes for absolutely no cost to the kids. The reason behind this man’s generosity is also a touching story.

After finding out from doctors in 2011 that he had Alzheimer’s, Reece wondered how he could have the disease at such a young age. He struggled with his short term memory but still remembered the bike repair skills he learned long ago.

Helps Fight Depression

He began taking up repair once again to combat the depression that set in after learning he had the disease.

One thing led to another and Reece was soon building special needs bikes. When the demand for bikes became overwhelming, Reece’s wife began to pitch in as well.

Many friends, neighbors, and admirers have expressed their gratitude at Reece’s commitment to the cause. Nothing cheers up a child more than a new bike and Reece is keeping that dream alive for many.

Learn more by going to Brian Reece’s Bike Elves on Facebook.

The Best Ways For Kids And Adults To Get Around This Summer

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Kids ScootersGreat weather means more opportunities to spend time outdoors than at any other time of the year. Summer is the season for outdoor gatherings, beach days, and traveling for fun or for visits with friends and loved ones. You also want to find ways to keep kids occupied while they’re on break from school. The more time they spend outside, the better.

Now is the time to get that new bike, scooter, or skateboard you’ve been thinking about all year, either for yourself or for the kids. Here are a few ideas for some great products out there that help keep both kids and adults moving.

Bicycles:

The most traditional choice for getting around and taking in the scenery. Depending on your skill level and needs, there are several types out there. Cruiser bikes are great for families who want to ride together or for those who want a more leisurely ride. The wider handlebars and larger frame make it a sturdier bike for kids or less experienced riders. Take a cruiser bike down to the boardwalk for a fun beachfront ride, or to your town’s local bike trail. These do well on flat, even surfaces because of the lack of gears and the wide tires.

Mountain bikes are a great way to tackle more difficult terrain and still take in the scenery. The wide, textured tires help riders climb slopes and rugged surfaces. You can travel fast through any terrain, including dirt, concrete, rocky slopes, and vegetation. Road bikes are a good choice for those who want to make bike riding part of their commute. The thin, smooth tires enable you to travel at high speeds on city streets. Lowered handlebars force a rider to hunch down, making them travel even faster. Road bikes have gears which make it easy to ride uphill, downhill, or wherever the streets take you.

Scooters:

These are making a huge comeback right now and here’s why: they combine the speed and sturdiness of a bicycle with the lightweight shape of a skateboard. Scooters come in several styles, so that both children and adult riders can find the model that’s best for them. Kids love kick scooters because they’re fast and easy to ride. There are more streamlined, freestyle scooters available for kids who want to take riding to the next level and start doing tricks. Scooter riding has recently attracted a following of riders who want to make it an official sport.

Electric scooters are fun to ride when the weather is good and you only have a short trip to make. The best electric scooter will run smoothly and efficiently, and make you look good while doing so. Electric scooters are popular in cities and beach towns where parking is a problem. Their small size and ample speed make it a great alternative to using a car. You may want to consider using an electric scooter year round if the weather in your city permits it.

An important thing to remember for yourself and your kids is to always ride safely. Make sure to always ride wearing a helmet and other necessary safety gear. Teach kids to always be aware of their surroundings and to look out for other riders. Most of all, ride responsibly and respectfully. Whether you choose a bike, kick scooter, or electric scooter, safety is of the utmost concern.

Australian Scooter Superstar Visits New York Fans

Posted on: August 17th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Ryan Williams Scooter Superstar19 year old Ryan Williams visited a Staten Island skate park this week to meet fans and perform his custom scooter trick the “Silly Willy”. Kids waited for hours outside the skate park to catch a glimpse of the Australian star whose YouTube videos have inspired kids across the world to take up scooter riding as a sport.

Williams says it all began with him and his friends hanging out daily on their scooters, and progressed from there. He started doing tricks and posting videos on YouTube, which helped earn him international recognition.

Williams says a big part of the fun of being a scooter athlete is “going into the unknown and doing stuff no one has ever done”. His fans agree, saying that scooter riding never really appealed to them until they realized it could open a door to doing new tricks and being part of a whole new sport. A scooter is a perfect medium for those kids who feel that bikes are too heavy and dislike a skateboard’s lack of handlebars. Williams’ effortless riding and breathtaking tricks are enough to inspire anyone to give scooters another try.

Take a look at Ryan Williams tearing it up!

5 Ways To Get Fit And Have Fun At The Same Time

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Fun Workout TipsThere are very few people who can truly say that they enjoy getting in shape. Maybe it gets easier and more enjoyable the more accustomed you get, but getting to that point can be one of the hardest things to do. Still, getting in shape is a goal that anyone can reach with the right amount of dedication and determination, and also finding the activities that you enjoy the most. Yes it is possible to have fun while getting fit. Keeping yourself in a positive mindset and staying focused on your goals will make a big difference. Luckily these days there are numerous fitness techniques to choose from. Here are a few that will be so enjoyable, you’ll may forget the real reason you started doing them at all.

1. Zumba

A dance fitness workout that invites you to “join the party”. It combines a variety of dance styles, including hip hop, salsa, mambo, and even belly dancing into a high calorie burning workout. These routines are fun and energetic, and are commonly led by charismatic instructors who know how to keep students engaged and motivated. Zumba workouts are set to a soundtrack of popular pop songs that make it even more fun. You’ll find yourself so wrapped up in getting the moves down and listening to familiar tunes, that before you know it the hour long class is over. Zumba is enjoying a huge growth in popularity right now, which means studios are opening up across the country.

2. Boxing, Kick Boxing, And Martial Arts

A great way to work out aggression and learn self defense, these methods also provide a great workout for the entire body. Boxing and martial arts students learn important lessons in self discipline and focus, while also strengthening their bodies. Women are especially fond of this method because it encourages confidence and self assertiveness.

3. Cycling, Skateboarding, and Scooter Riding

Who doesn’t love being outdoors and enjoying the scenery? Riding a bike, skateboard or scooter is a great way to do just that while getting a good workout in at the same time. You can even incorporate riding a bike or scooter into your daily commute. So while you’re riding to school or work, or just running an errand you’re keeping your body in shape too. Some riders have more fun by adding tricks to their style of riding. A specific bike or skateboard model, or a freestyle scooter are popular for those who become so passionate that they turn riding into a sport and a lifestyle.

4. Running And Jogging

Here’s another fitness routine that can easily become an addiction. Just like cycling, running is a great way to get outside and enjoy the sense of freedom that performing this activity gives you. Running is a great choice for those who want to be able to stay in shape wherever they go and who don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment or classes. This practice can be done alone or in groups, at a leisurely pace or competitively in a marathon. It’s up to you on what kind of runner you want to be.

5. Yoga

This ancient practice is now a part of many modern men and women’s fitness routine. The emphasis is on maintaining a series of poses, in combination with breathing and focus. Yoga provides a full body workout that strengthens the muscles and calms the mind at the same time. You leave a session feeling refreshed and invigorated.

New Bike Share Program Makes Riding More Accessible

Posted on: August 11th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Bike Sharing San JoseA new bike share system that begins in San Francisco this August 29th could be a revolutionary step in reducing transportation emissions and in getting more commuters to switch to bikes. 700 bikes in 5 cities in the Bay Area will introduce commuters to the program that is the first of its kind in the nation. The convenient and affordable system will allow commuters to travel to and from public transit and make short distance trips around the city.

The impact of the new system will hopefully be to reduce air pollution in a city where transportation is the number one contributor. Making bikes easy to use and affordable for everyone will hopefully encourage more residents to ditch their cars. The solar powered bike kiosks will be located near popular commuting destinations such as universities, residential areas, and places of employment. The program will make it easier for those who need to make short, one way trips or who aren’t comfortable using their own bicycles for urban commutes. People have already begun purchasing their passes for a program that will hopefully spark a change in cities across the nation to more eco-friendly transportation.

Balance Bikes Help Kids Learn To Ride Quicker

Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Balance BikesKids traditionally learn to ride a two-wheeled bike with the help of training wheels, which are meant to make the transition easier and less overwhelming. Still, many children struggle when it comes time to remove training wheels and rely on balance to keep them going. A new way to train kids on bikes is with a balance bike.

This two wheeled bike has no pedals and no brakes, forcing a child to use his or her own feet to stop and go. Instead of teaching kids to pedal first, the balance bike emphasizes balance before anything else. Parents are reporting that their kids are more successful at riding with the balance bike and take off on two wheels a lot sooner.

The bikes make training wheels completely unnecessary, as kids are moving from balance bikes straight to regular two-wheelers or even scooters. Other parents are concerned about this new way of training, saying it pushes kids too fast and ignores other important skills they need to develop first. In the end, it really just depends on the parent and their child’s needs when it comes to bike training with or without training wheels.

A Kick Scooter That Does It All

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Pulse No Comments

Slither Kick ScooterA Kick Scooter That Does It All

Scooters are currently making a big time comeback. This means that a whole new phase of scooter riding is beginning, and it’s sure to introduce the world to new styles and innovations, and will capture a whole new audience.

Why Kids Love Scooters

The majority of scooters riders have traditionally been children and the trend continues today. A kick scooter is an affordable, easy way for a kid to travel fast and have fun. Unbeknownst to kid scooter riders is the fact that they’re keeping their bodies in shape while they’re out and about. Scooter riding can be so much fun that it’s easy to forget you’re burning calories while the hours spent riding fly by. Kick scooters now come in a variety of styles, ranging from simple designs to more sleek, fast models. This variety has made the sport even more accessible to a wider range of riders. Girls and boys of all ages can find the perfect scooter to suit their needs and personality. Parents can also feel good about being able to choose from high quality models that come in a wide range of prices.

For some kids, scooter riding has become more than just a way to get around. The number of expert riders out there has been on the rise, leading to increased numbers of scooter competitions. Because of this, many scooter aficionados are expecting scooter riding to officially recognized as a sport. The impressive tricks that some of these riders can perform is enough to wow any spectator, professional or otherwise.

Adults Love Scooters Too

Scooter riding doesn’t have to be just for the under 18 set anymore. For adults who are both young at heart and practical, scooters are a great way to get around. With gas prices continuously on the rise, many adult commuters are seeking alternatives that free them from dependence on gas pumps. Along with bicycles, scooters are an easy way to get around without breaking the bank. If you live in the city or just need to make quick trips, a scooter is a perfect way to get where you need to be fast. Whether you have a kick scooter or an electric model. running errands or making a quick trip to work has never been more fun. You’ll see your neighborhood in a whole different way, as well as meet different people on the way to your destination.

Scooters are a great buy for many reasons. Parts are easy to purchase and replace when needed. If you want to upgrade or accessorize your scooter, there are many cool options to choose from too. Staying safe while you ride means wearing a helmet and other safety accessories. Chances are you or your children will be riding for a long time. Scooters are built to last, and it’s easy to keep up with changing needs with all the parts and accessories that are available from your local dealer.

Change The Way You Get Around

The benefits of scooter riding range from environmental change to economic. It’s no wonder so many are seeing the latest increase in scooter popularity as more than just a craze. The future is calling for changes in the way we get around. Reducing carbon emissions starts with changes in transportation. A scooter or other alternative mode of transportation is a great way to do that, as well as save money. And while you’re doing all that, you’re keeping your body healthy by getting out there and getting active.

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