Do Bike Helmets Create More Harm Than Good?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: bikes, biking, family, freedom, gaiam, go green, helmets, safety

As a child, my bicycle meant freedom: the freedom to get where I wanted to go quickly, and the freedom to roam, to explore, to savor. Nowhere in my childhood mostly spent on two wheels was there a helmet.

Is There a “Fat-Burning Zone”?

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | July 20th, 2011 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: bicycling, bike ride, biking, burn more calories, burn-fat, carbohydrates, fat loss, fat-burning zone, Fitness, interval training, interval workouts, Jason Karp, lose fat, muscle glycogen, running coach, target heart rate, weight-loss, workout intensity

Woman at a spinning class

My clients often ask how they can reach the optimal “fat-burning zone.” I recently came across an interesting article that explains some of the science and suggests strategies for burning fat, information that I’m excited to share the next time someone asks.

In “How to Burn Fat Faster & More Efficiently,” professional running coach and fitness consultant Jason Karp explains that our bodies use both fat and carbohydrates for energy during exercise. Low-intensity exercises, such as walking, use proportionately more fat, while high-intensity activities, such as running or bicycling, draw more heavily upon carbs.

Resolved for 2011: Take a Nature Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 5th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: biking, brain health, children, city, climate change, Crystal Cove State Park, diseases of indoor living, eco-tourism, exercise, family vacation, Fitness, focus, hiking, kids, Los Angeles, natural-habitat-adventures, nature, new year's resolution, noise, obama, obesity, outdoors, outside, parenting, protection, Richard Louv, sedentary, stress, urban life, walking, wilderness, wildlife

Trekking in Patagonia

I spent part of the holidays in Los Angeles this year, surrounded by a sea of asphalt and traffic sprawling for hundreds of square miles. Shuttling between relatives and friends on the maze of 14-lane freeways, I soon felt spiritually exhausted by the visual din of billboards, power lines, parking lots, storefronts, neon signs and cars blowing past at 80 mph.

The (Bike) Path to Peace of Mind

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | June 8th, 2010 | 7 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: biking, commuting, conscious, Green Living, health, peace of mind

Bike CommuteThere are some things in life that give you that extra edge — the play between ease and exhilaration that leaves you feeling balanced and inspired. They are the pieces of your day that not only keep you going, but boost you to your best self.

4 Reasons to Exercise Outside

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: benefits of outdoor excercise, biking, family exercise, hiking, nature, outdoor exercise, outdoor workouts, reasons to exercise, sunshine, Vitamin D, walking


By The FIRM Master Instructor Kelly Branning

When I lived in Alaska, I went from my heated house to my heated car to my heated exercise room. Now, in South Carolina, there are days that I go from my air-conditioned house to my air-conditioned car to my air-conditioned exercise room. If you find yourself gazing out the window mid-workout, lingering just a little longer when you retrieve your morning paper or volunteering to walk the dog … don’t fight it! It’s time to get outside.

Miley Cyrus Picks Bike Over Car

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | January 22nd, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living | tags: biking, miley cyrus

Miley Cyrus says she prefers two wheels to four.
Miley Cyrus says she prefers two wheels to four.

When I got my driver’s license, you couldn’t keep me off the road. The main activity for me and my friends was to “drive around,” which basically consisted of driving up and down Main Street in my itsy bitsy village for three hours each day. I was barely five feet tall and drove my dad’s honking big Lincoln Town Car that was so massive, about six of my girlfriends could pile in. Talk about an environmental disaster!