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5 Ways To Keep Your Family Exercising Year Round

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Pulse


Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Children who exercise regularly with their parents are far more likely to make physical activity a part of their life in adulthood and are thus at a far lower risk for a number of serious diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

Kids who exercise also often exhibit longer attention spans and perform better in school. Here are five ways that you can keep your kids physically active and happy all year long.

1. Plan Regular Outdoor Family Excursions

One easy way to ensure that the whole family gets the exercise they need is to make a habit of planning outdoor activities one day every weekend. Depending on where you live, there are quite a few types of activities that can be enjoyed by everyone in your family.

Planning a hike, for example, is a great way to get in not only cardiovascular activity but an appreciation for the outdoors. If there is a bike path in your town, taking the family on a bike or scooter ride is as fun as it is beneficial to the whole family’s health.

2. Encourage Them to Join a Team

Organized sports are a great way to keep kids active through out the year. Team sports are great for kids because they are social and a great way for children to build teamwork skills. Sports keep children disciplined and allow them to get in the habit of maintaining an exercise routine as a way of improving their physical performance. Keeping kids in different sports year round is a great way to add variety and excitement to their physical activity.

3. Invest in “Toys” the Whole Family Can Enjoy Together

Physical activity can be a lot of fun, especially when it comes in the form of activities that are fun and exhilarating. Investing in toys that the whole family can enjoy together is a great way for families to bond by sharing a common interest. It can also assure that your kids will be moving all year long.

Investing in bikes, scooters, surfboards, or other similar items allows for a fun and healthy dose of exercise that can be enjoyed every weekend and even after school and work and on vacation. Your family is far more likely to engage in any give activity if everyone has the same type of equipment to enjoy, so consider what type of activity everyone will enjoy.

4. Make a Habit of Taking After Dinner Walks

Regular walking has been shown to have a number of major health benefits. Walking helps maintain heart health and can keep blood pressure down. It also burns calories and helps maintain a happy and healthy mood. Going on walks every night after dinner is a great way to wrap up the day in a healthy way and gets kids and adults alike in the habit of making movement a part of daily life. Invite your kids to choose the route your family will walk on or encourage them to bring their bikes or scooters.

5. Limit Video Games to Those That Use Physical Activity

Many video games are counterproductive when it comes to cultivating good physical activity and habits and lifestyle choices, but the reality is that many kids love video games. If you want to allow your child to play video games, make a compromise by insisting that the games they play are for Wi or another system that uses physical activity to play games. This is a great way to keep kids moving all year long while satisfying their desire to game.

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Long Term Benefits For Kids With Active Parents

Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by Pulse


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong habit that has a profound impact on almost every aspect of one’s health. A diet rich in heart healthy and high nutrient foods has a profound impact on one’s cardiovascular fitness as well as their muscle tone. It also helps decrease instances of depression and anxiety and has even been shown to lower one’s odds of serious diseases such as heart disease.

Another highly beneficial lifestyle choice is taking part of a regular exercise routine. Regular exercise, like eating healthy, has been shown to have many major health benefits. For parents, regular exercise not only provides  way to regulate stress levels and to maintain a healthy weight. It has also been shown to have profound long term effects on the lives of their children.

Most parents aim to be a good role model for their children, and one of the best ways they can provide a good example to their kids is by being active themselves and taking the steps to make exercise and physical activity a priority. Doing this can have a major impact on not only a child’s current health but on their health for the rest of their lives.

Healthy Parents and Healthy Children

Active parents have been shown to have children who are also more physically active. When parents make exercise a regular part of their life, they are much more likely to make physical activity a part of family activities. This means that children of active parents are much less likely to suffer from obesity, in part because physical activity is a built in part of their life.

Active parents are also far more likely to prepare healthy meals for their children, which means that children are less likely to get accustomed to many of the foods that may be harmful when eaten on a regular basis.

Physical Activity, Recreation, and a Lifetime of Health

When children are a part of a family that engages in physical activity like riding bikes or scooters as a form of leisure, they learn to associate exercise and physical activity with having fun. For many children, this is a key distinction that will drastically impact their health over the course of their entire lives.

Children who get in the habit of exercise at a young age are far more likely to continue to exercise regularly through out adulthood. This is attributed not only to the fact that they are more likely to develop an understanding of the importance of exercise. Children who exercise with their parents by way of recreational activities learn to have a positive relationship with physical activity.

This means that as adults they will incorporate exercise into their lives and be more likely to view it as fun rather than a chore. Individuals who have this kind of relationship with exercise have a much better relationship with physical activity and are generally more likely to lead balanced and active lives.

A Lifetime of Happiness

Parents who are active and who share their love of physical activity with their kids give them the gift of a much happier life. Regular exercise has been linked to having higher self confidence and a higher sense of confidence. This means that people who engage in regular physical activity enjoy benefits beyond the immediately physical.

People who have enjoyed exercise since childhood are more likely to enjoy success in other areas of their life, including school and eventually career. By making exercise a family activity and way of  life, parents are able to greatly increase their child’s chance for health, happiness, and success over the course of their entire lifetime.

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Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Exercise

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Pulse

Physical activity is an important part of total health for people of all ages. For children, especially, the benefits of regular exercise are innumerable. Physically active kids have been shown to perform better in school and have a lower chance of becoming overweight and suffering from a number of other serious health issues as they get older. Getting kids in the habit of being physically active at an early age sets them up for a lifetime of healthy choices and can even help improve their self esteem. Getting kids to exercise regularly may be much easier than it seems. Here are some fun ways to get your kids to exercise without having it seem like work!

Encourage Them To Play Outdoor Games

Any parent knows that kids naturally have a lot of energy and like to be social. Use some of this energy by encouraging them to play outside. Take them to the park and let them play on the playground, ride a bike or a scooter. If you are with a bigger group of kids, teach them a game that can be played as a group, such as capture the flag or freeze tag. The more time kids spend outdoors, the more likely they are to be naturally physically active and to develop ways in which to find physical activities for themselves to do.

Cultivate Their Love For Sports

Team sports are a wonderful way for kids to get used to physical activity as well as to learn wonderful life skills like working together with others and doing their best in order to help the team. If your child is interested in professional sports, nurture their interest by setting up a basketball hoop in the yard or playing catch with them. This can also be a great way for you to get some physical activity in yourself, and for you to rediscover the sports you loved as a child.

Help Them Put Together a Dance Performance

Kids who are not as interested in sports can still be physically active. Dancing and gymnastics are both wonderful forms of physical activity that have a number of great benefits, including strength and flexibility. Encourage your kids to put on dance recitals, and be an audience member or offer to help them find music and costumes. Tell them to make up a story that goes along with the dance they are putting together and help them build an area in the yard where they can perform.

Explore Their Love For Nature

Combine their curiosity for nature by going on nature walks together. Talk to them about the different plants and animals you see, and encourage them to point out any trees or wildlife that you encounter. Read up on the area before you embark on your walk, and get them to ask questions about where you are going and what types of plants and animals thrive naturally. Get them in the habit of taking note of their surroundings and compare the area you’re hiking in to other areas you have explored.

Cross Country Scooter Ride Raises Awareness For Homelessness

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Pulse


Dan Emery and Miles Cheung, two men from Augusta, Maine are raising money and awareness for hunger in quite an adventurous and unusual fashion. Emery and Cheung are taking a trip across the continental United States on motor scooters as a means of exploring agricultural solutions for hunger and raising awareness for a problem that strikes millions of people every day.

A Long Trip With an Important Message  

The two scooter enthusiasts will spend 48 weeks on the open road. As they take their time exploring the diverse landscapes that the United States has to offer, the pair hopes to garner some media attention in each region, and thus raise awareness for a the cause that is so near to them.

Trip Will Focus on Solutions as Well as Awareness

As Cheung and Emery travel on their scooters, they will be doing more than just bringing attention to hunger: they will be exploring real practical solutions for delivering food to those in need. Many of these solutions are based around innovative and potentially highly effective programs, such as gardens within schools or shared gardens in urban settings. These highly sustainable modes of combating hunger will focus on education and helping to spread knowledge surrounding basic agricultural techniques in the form of gardening, agriculture, and edible landscape classes.

Scooter Visits Will Be Targeted Toward Relevant Areas

Stops on the trip will almost exclusively be centered around areas and organizations who play an integral role in the fight to end hunger. These locations and organizations will include food banks, Rotary Clubs, homeless shelters, and community based credit unions. Cheung and Emery hope that by partnering with like-minded organizations, they will be able to affect real and significant change at a grassroots level across the entire nation.

Many of the organizations they will be working with have long been active in the fight against hunger and may greatly benefit from some of the publicity and social media attention garnered by the two scooter riders as they make their epic journey from state to state.

The Importance of Ending Hunger

Ending hunger is a goal that Emery, Cheung, and a great number of other socially conscious individuals feel very passionate about for a number of reasons. Emery has noted that ending hunger is an integral part of addressing other issues, especially as they relate to children and students because of the fact that when a child is hungry they are essentially incapable of effectively studying or paying attention in school.

Failure to be engaged in academics is related to a number of serious challenges later in life, including a risk of dropping out and facing lower pay and even joblessness and homelessness. Many parents of hungry children may be at a loss as to finding ways to end the vicious cycle of poverty, and a renewable, maintainable, agriculturally based solution may provide a real and long term solution to the debilitating problem of hunger.

The duo seems poised to be part of a year that will certainly be both memorable and effective.

Combine Your Commute And Your Exercise Routine

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by Pulse


Most people are familiar with the benefits of regular exercise: it has been proven to help increase feelings of happiness and balance and regular exercise can play a huge role in helping to prevent serious illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. While most people understand the benefits of exercise, it can also be difficult to find the time to work out, once a full week of work and time with the kids is factored in. For this reason, many busy working individuals and students are finding a way to combine exercise and commuting by riding a bike or scooter to work.

Making The Commute Fun

One benefit that many bicycle and scooter commuters report is that their commute is much more fun than it was in a car or on a train. Riding first thing in the morning has a wonderful way of invigorating a person by getting their heart rate up and can help a commuter gain a much better sense of their community than they had while driving in a car. Frequent bicycle and scooter commuters reported being in much better spirits while on the job and tended to experience less fatigue throughout the day.

Never Having to Plan for Exercise

One great benefit of building exercise into one’s commute is that it helps eliminate the possibility of missed work outs because of busy schedules or unexpected plans. Commuting in a way that requires cardiovascular activity helps to make sure that a regular fitness schedule is completed and can lead to a much higher quality of life as well as a better level of healthfulness.

Exercising While Commuting And General Health

Often individuals who begin to exercise while commuting experience weight loss, as regular activity twice a day, five times a week, is, in and of itself, a wonderful way to raise one’s heart rate on a regular basis and to burn calories. Many people who ride to work find that they can maintain an ideal weight without budgeting in much time outside of their normal commute to and from work.

Saving Money While Enjoying the Benefits of Exercise

Riding to work is more than just a great way to stay fit – it’s a wonderful means by which one can save money in a variety of ways. Regular rides to work can take the place of costly gym memberships or exercise classes, and much money can be saved by eliminating fuel costs and mileage from time spent driving to work. Many workplaces also offer parking reimbursement or other types of incentives to employees who use modes of arriving to work other than a car.

Riding to work can truly change the way one’s entire work week goes, by helping boost energy levels and increase focus. It is also a wonderful way to appreciate a neighborhood that may otherwise have been taken for granted. No wonder more and more people are making the choice to change their lives and their experience in the workplace by riding to work.

Outdoor Recreation Groups Helping People With Similar Interests Meet

Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Pulse


There are means at our disposal to get out of the house and meet others with similar interests. If you are feeling isolated and depressed, ask yourself what it is you like to do and surely there is a way to find a group of people somewhere nearby with similar interests that want to meet up and socialize.

It is a great way to stave off the depression from isolation, which can actually lead to health problems in the future, as well as the obvious emotional and mental issues that can crop of up from being too drawn into yourself. Anxiety can come from such a situation, which in and of itself can also lead to health problems.

Meetup Groups On-Line

For those who enjoy being in the outdoors, there is a plethora of meetup groups that can be found on the internet. From hiking, biking, riding scooters, camping and so on, just type into any online search engine what exactly it is you are looking for and where you are from with the words “meet up” in the search criteria, and something should pop up that is local and available to you.

Chances are there are already several other people in the same situation as you are, or who attend these events and have been in the same situation as you have, and can help you get through the loneliness of isolation and help you to feel better about what you are doing.

Being Social and Outdoors Is Beneficial To Ones Health

There are noted health benefits from being in the outdoors, from emotional to mental to physical. Hiking in the outdoors improves someone’s physical health dramatically, especially if done on a consistent basis. It improves circulation in the body and the respiratory system from the exerted effort we experience while hiking.

Outdoor biking, especially with a group of people to help you along, has even more benefits than hiking and greatly improves physical health. It has been argued by certain physicians that biking may actually be one of the healthiest physical activities that someone can take a part in.

Being in the outdoors and away from the hectic bustling of city life, with the traffic and constant noises, has a dramatic calming effect on the mind and the emotional state. This is extremely beneficial in the face of the anxiety that is produced from living in dense populated areas.

The Effects of Depression, Anxiety and Isolation

Anxiety and depression from isolation have notable physical drawbacks and cause health problems. The health problems that could arise from the inactivity brought on by isolation and the resulting anxiety and depression are heart problems, muscle atrophy, hypertension from constant anxiety, depressed mood, lowered immune system (getting sick a lot) activity and lower cognitive function.

Fighting The Blues With Socializing and Activity

If you are experiencing any of these problems and feel that you are isolating too much, are depressed and down because of this, then the best remedy for such a situation is to reach out in your local community and try to find people with similar interests as yourself.

Being social will make you feel accountable to others and help you show up to events on a consistent basis. It will give a sense of accomplishment.

Set reasonable goals and expectations for yourself before starting out on such a venture. Do not expect to make immediate friends and feel dramatically better; instead, expect to make friends and start feeling better over time and repetitive activity. This the one of the best ways to get out of isolation and depression.

How To Incorporate Fitness Into Your Daily Routine

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by Pulse


A common reason for people not exercising is that they simply do not have enough time in the day. Between waking up, making breakfast, commuting to work, working for 8 hours, commuting home, making dinner and relaxing after a long day, making time for exercise seems to me almost impossible.

It is not uncommon to have a large expectation as to what exercising effectively actually is. It would seem that true exercise would be going out for a run, going to the gym or the pool for hours at time; if a long exercise routine is not achieved then it is wasted time. This is a common misconception.

What is Effective Exercising?

While exercising, all aspects of the body are improved. The different systems in the body, such as the respiratory, lymphatic, circulatory and cognitive become linked more closely due to the demand on the body. Endorphins are released into the brain during exercise, causing a feeling of well-being. To achieve this, one does not have to exercise that much in order to start to see benefits.

It takes roughly 21 days to develop a routine, or in another word, a habit., good or bad.

It is advised that in order to determine if the exercise one is doing is effective or not is if you are breaking a sweat and breathing more heavily. Check your pulse to see if your heart rate has risen or not.

Exercise Minimum

The minimum amount of exercise one should aim for on a daily basis is half an hour. Once more: this is the minimum. An hour a day is advised for someone who is trying to start getting into an exercise routine.

If someone asked a dozen different physicians what the best type of exercise would be, a dozen different responses could realistically be expected. The most common type of exercises that one can do are biking, running, swimming, speed walking or hiking.

What Stops People From Exercising

A common deterrent to exercising is money. Gym memberships can be expensive and some people simply cannot afford it. But this should not deter someone. To go for a run, walk, ride a scooter, or go on a hike, all one would need is a good pair of running shoes or hiking boots.

The initial expense of this may seem daunting at first, but it is a one-time expense that would afford a lot of activity; the shoes would pay for themselves after, say, two weeks of daily running.

Scheduling Exercise

As for working said exercise into your daily schedule, there tends to be more time in the day than one would think. The common work day starts at 9AM and goes until 5PM. Instead of waking up at 7AM to get everything ready and head off to work, wake up instead one hour earlier and go for a 45 minute run around the neighborhood, or even a bike ride.

If this is not feasible, there is always time after the work day to work out. All it takes, initially, is one hour. Once one finds the time and gets used to the new schedule (remember, roughly after 21 days, or three weeks) then the plausibility of more exercise becomes possible. All it takes is dedication and discipline, and one will start to see that there is time to work out and the benefits therein are obvious.

Schools Are Thinking Outside The Box With New P.E. Classes

Posted on: February 8th, 2014 by Pulse


Most people remember gym class in school as something that was rather drab and uninteresting, something that everyone had to do. But schools across the nation are starting to re-think the way that gym class is approached.

New standards for math and English have been incorporated into school districts across the nation, and with that has come a call for physical education to become more thorough and include more academia. P.E. teachers are starting to post vocabulary in their rooms for students to memorize.

Thorough Approach

Take, for example, Everglades Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Patelsky has taken a more open-minded and thorough approach to her gym class. He emphasizes that she is a teacher, first and foremost.

For warmup, she has them count by intervals of four while stretching down to touch their toes. They do laps around mats imprinted with mathematical symbols. While doing push-ups, they are taught the word “alternate” as they switch between arms, one hold themselves up while the other is stacking large toy blocks into columns of different numbers.

Incorporating Other Classwork

In Chesapeake, Virginia, students in Deep Creek Elementary School count down in different languages during class warm-up and hop around on mats with letters printed on them to spell out words.

In Roxhill Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, physical education teacher Chellie LaFayette uses an iPad purchased via a Federal grant to show her students pictures of the Iditarod dog sled race and maps of mountain ranges. She uses the names of the mountain ranges to name routes on the climbing wall that students use there.

Standardized Testing For Gym

Testing has begun to incorporate gym-related material in the end-of-year standardized testing. The District of Columbia has added 50 questions about health and physical education, such as questions about the respiratory and muscular systems, to their standardized tests.

But not everyone thinks that this is such a positive change that is occurring in our schools. During a time of increasing childhood obesity and diminishing recess time, as well as physical education being cut completely in certain areas, administrators want to keep the focus of physical education on physical activity and not academia.

“I’m more concerned that we don’t have enough time to be in the gym,” said Anna Allanbrook, principal of the Brooklyn New School, an elementary school that does not incorporate academics into gym time.

Excessive Homework

Some parents and students say that in the excess of homework that comes from school already, the assignments from the physical education classes are simply adding to all of the busy work.

But the teachers are standing by their activities and assignments, elaborating that they want to keep the students moving during their physical education classes, and that there should be more meaning to the movement.

Kristina Rodgers of Indian Pines Elementary School in Lake Worth, Florida explains that it is hard to keep students moving for the entire half-hour period of class. After that observation, she decided to make it so she interspersed cognitive tasks with intense physical activity, such as fast-paced drills.

Physical Activity Tied To Cognitive Function

A growing body of research points out that physical activity helps improve cognitive function, especially in children as they continue to develop. So, mixing physical activity with academic work only improves cognitive development; that is the idea, at least.

“Some children just learn better through more movement than they do sitting at a desk,” said Janis Andrews, chief academic officer in Palm Beach. “Some kids are going to have that ‘aha’ moment not in the classroom, but the light bulb is going to finally go on outside.”

Outdoor Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by Pulse


Spending time outdoors is a great way to fully make the most of any season and to take in all that a city has to offer. For families, outdoor activities offer the perfect chance to spend quality time together while getting plenty of exercise and exploring new areas or appreciating familiar ones. Here are some outdoor activities that are ideal for the entire family.


Hiking is a great activity for families because it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about nature while taking in incredible views and getting some exercise in. Hiking provides a great dose of cardiovascular activity, which is highly beneficial for adults and children alike. Hiking can be very educational as parents can discuss with their kids the different plants and wildlife encountered on the hike.

Riding Bikes and Scooters

Like hiking, riding is an activity that provides a healthy bump in heart rate. It is also something that kids and grown ups alike find fun and exhilarating. Riding scooters provides fast paced adventures that can make even a familiar neighbor exciting and interesting. Riding is also a wonderful way to explore a new city and to take in beautiful weather. Most people would agree that there is nothing quite like the feel of wind in their hair to make it seem like vacation time.

Sledding and Skiing

In the colder months, winter activities like sledding are a wonderful way to enjoy all that winter has to offer. Sledding is inexpensive and simple to do and can be done anywhere there is a minor slope. Skiing may be a little more time consuming, but many ski slopes offer classes for kids, who may learn so quickly that they are soon racing their parents down the slopes.

Planning a Picnic

Warmer months can be a great time to work as a family to plan a great outdoor meal and pack it for a picnic in the park. Choosing a park that no one in the family has ever been to can make picnics even more exciting and interesting, and picnics can be a great way to spend a day relaxing or kick off other activities like riding or hiking.


Whether it’s in a lake or the ocean or a public pool, swimming is a great form of exercise that kids love doing with their parents. Swimming in the ocean can also mean body surfing or boogie boarding. It can also mean plenty of time looking for shells or building sand castles together. Lake swimming can be done on its own or paired with activities like paddle boat rental or inner tubing for a full day of action. Pools offer plenty of chances to play games, swim laps, or take a jump off the high dive.

Horseback Riding

Horses are majestic animals that are beloved by kids and adults alike. Riding a horse is a fun and interesting time that allows for a totally new view of terrain and can be a real treat to any animal lover. Many areas have equestrian centers where horses may be rented and where rides are guided by expert riders who can lead the way.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is such a fun winter activity that even cities in warmer climates are constructing outdoor rings that allow skaters to get the full winter experience. Ice skating is a great physical challenge that is safe for both kids and adults and offers a great chance to try new tricks or simply skate around as a family. Even if parents grow tired, they can easily and safely watch kids from directly outside of the rink.

5 Ways A Scooter Purchase Can Save You Money

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Pulse


After the spending blitz that is the holidays, many people head into the new year hoping to keep their budgets as conservative as possible, looking for ways that they can maximize their incomes by minimizing spending as much as possible. Finding effective ways to save money may be surprising for many people. Scooters, for example, can be a wonderfully effective way to save money while having a great time. Here are six reasons why.

1. Cut back on spending money on gas.

As gas prices continue to rise, many commuters are looking for ways to cut back on the amount of driving they do on a weekly basis. Finding an alternate mode of transportation as little as a few days a week can help dramatically reduce  the amount of money you spend on fuel. Scooters offer a great way to eliminate car rides to work while starting the morning off right with an enjoyable ride to the office.

2. Save on funds spent toward fitness routines.

Few people will argue with the fact that physical activity is an important part of total mind and body health. Physical activity helps lower stress levels and increases feelings of happiness and well being. Exercise also helps regulate important bodily functions like heart rate and can help lower the chances of serious health risks like heart disease. The problem many people encounter, however, is that staying fit can be very costly. Gym memberships or access to classes can be a major expense. Replacing a gym membership with riding a scooter to work can help you save money and time.

3. Reduce the amount of money that is spent entertaining children.

Any parents know that children need constant entertainment and stimulation. In this day in age, that can mean major spending. Video games and trips to expensive amusement parks are very costly, and even going to the movies can present a hefty price tag. Going on a scootering trip with the family, however, is a cost effective way of keeping the whole family happy and healthy all while spending quality time together.

4. Plan less expensive vacations.

Who needs a pricey getaway when you can easily plan a great trip riding scooters in the wilderness? Camping is a great way to get away from it all, and it becomes even more fun when you bring along scooters to help you explore the beautiful area where you’re setting up camp. Owning a scooter is a great reason to explore the great outdoors, all at a much lower cost than traditional vacations.

5. Entertain guests easily and cost efficiently.

Having friends in town can be a lot of fun and is a wonderful way to see your hometown through the eyes of a visitor. Entertaining guests, however, can sometimes be just as expensive as going on a vacation of your own. Most guests are excited by the idea of seeing a new place from an insider’s point of view, so be the best tour guide you can be by showing your guests around on scooters, all while keeping your entertaining costs way down.

6. Minimize the amount you buy when you shop.

Overspending and impulse buying is something anyone who has been to the store is familiar with. Riding a scooter to the store not only cuts back on fuel costs there and back, but will also encourage you to purchase only the items that you absolutely need and can bring back via scooter. Exercising this kind of good judgement every time you shop can save untold amounts of money over the course of an entire year.