Next Round of Workshops Begin November 1 & 2

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Please note, the next round of mechanical workshops begin the weekend of November 1st & 2nd.

Handson. Participants will clean their bicycle and learn how to properly lubricate and identify the need for repair, overhaul or replacement. There will be a brief discussion of bike fit, lubrication and general safety issues.

The CoEd workshop will take place on Saturday November 1 from 10am to 1pm.

The Women Only workshop will take place on Sunday November 2 from 12pm to 3pm.

Space is limited so register soon!

The registration fee is $30 ($20 for CBN members). Register in person or online and pay with PayPal using the donate button. If you have any questions you can contact us at 416-504-2918 or visit us at 761 Queen Street West.

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CBN & Heritage Toronto Bike Tour of the Toronto Islands

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Thank you to those that came out!

It was a wonderful tour. The weather was great, the Islands were busy with people taking advantage of the sun and our participants thoroughly had a good time learning all about the rich history of the Toronto Islands.

Thank you to our tour leader, Sally Gibson, for doing a fantastic job!

Be sure to join CBN and Heritage Toronto for the last bicycle tour of the season!

This one is of the Toronto Islands with historian Sally Gibson; Sunday September 28 from 2 to 4pm.

Learn about the rich history of the islands starting with Ted Hanland at Hanland’s Point all the way through Centre Island and the community that existed there to Ward’s Island where the houses that stand now are only a portion of what used to be there!

You can register and find out more information here from the Heritage Toronto site.

We hope to see you there!

 

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The Health Benefits of Cycling – Guest Post by freelance writer, Bradley Taylor

 

The Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is an immensely popular sport for a broad spectrum of people. Anyone can participate and enjoy the health benefits of cycling, irrespective of age or ability level. Listed below are a few of the health advantages of cycling from which you can benefit.

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Increases stamina and cardiovascular fitness

Similarly to muscle strength, cycling enables you to improve your stamina levels without over-exerting yourself. Regular and sustained cycling develops your leg muscles, which are your largest muscle group. Subsequently this process raises your heart rate; significantly improving your stamina levels and cardiovascular health. These health benefits are supported by research undertaken by the British Medical Association, which showed that cycling an average of 20 miles a week could drastically reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. Furthermore, a separate Danish study conducted over 14 years with 30,000 people- aged between 20 and 93 years old- revealed that regular cycling protected people from heart disease.

Develops muscle tone and joint strength

Cycling is a sport which engages single part of your body. This method of exercise enables you to gradually develop muscle strength and tone without exerting yourself too strenuously or sustaining injury. Professional chiropractors Spinal Care Clinics have advocated the benefits of cycling for preventing lower back pain and chronic spinal alignment injuries. These experts have highlighted the most common causes of back pain, which include “The nerve-rich joints between each spinal bone are a common cause of back pain. The pain can be a sign these interlocking joints aren’t moving correctly“.

By participating in a holistic sport such as cycling, you exercise all parts of your body including these interlocking joints, thus improving your posture and bone alignment and preventing the onset of lower back pains. Subsequently you can substantially reduce your likelihood of developing chronic spinal injuries or lower back pain. Furthermore, cycling can aid people who are suffering from diseases such as osteoarthritis, due to the fact that cycling is a low impact exercise which can be executed without placing joints under duress.

Weight loss

Cycling is an ideal way to lose weight because it raises your metabolic rate, promotes muscle development and burns excess body fat. Moreover, you can moderate your cycling pace to suit your current ability levels; adapting the speed and intensity as your fitness improves. Cycling at a moderate pace for an hour burns approximately 300 calories. Therefore if you were to cycle for merely 30 minutes each day, you would burn at least 11 pounds of fat in a year!

Prevention of Illnesses

Cycling, as well as following a healthy diet, can significantly reduce your likelihood of developing a variety of chronic illnesses. For example, Finnish research revealed that people who cycled for more than 30 minutes per day were 40% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This is because cycling strengthens your heart muscles, lowers your resting pulse and reduces your blood fat levels, thereby reducing your risk of developing diabetes, as well as heart and lung disease. Regular cycling can help you fend off illness much more effectively because you are implementing moderate exercise into your daily routine. According to Cath Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London; “Moderate exercise makes immune cells more active, so they’re ready to fight off infection”.

Improves mental health

It has been discovered that the symptoms of various mental health conditions can be reduced by regular cycling excursions. Scientific research has revealed that daily aerobic exercise such as cycling release endorphins from the brain; granting a feeling of euphoria and well-being. These endorphins provide a natural remedy to depression due to their ability to elevate mood. As a result, cycling on a regular basis can help alleviate depression, stress and anxiety. Cycling has also been shown to help those sufferingfrom bipolar disorder. This is because an aerobic exercise such as cycling provides an outlet through which sufferers can release excess energy and relieve the irritability and stress caused by fluctuating moods.

 

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