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How To Care For Lycra Cycling Clothing

Updated: 7/7/14 Format: Article
How To Care For Lycra Cycling Clothing

Before you just throw those new bib shorts and that new jersey into the washing machine, stop and think about what you’re about to do. Lycra clothing, especially some of the newer, meshier stuff, is fairly delicate, and it can be easily damaged in the wash. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll save some time and get more life out of your new investment.


PacificHealth: Sugar Is The Best Fuel

Updated: 7/1/14 Format: Article
PacificHealth: Sugar Is The Best Fuel

It’s true that sugar consumption is unhealthy in most contexts. But the exercise context is a major exception. Our muscles are highly sophisticated energy-producing factories that evolved over a million years or so. Apparently, the muscles haven’t gotten the memo that sugar is bad, because their preferred source of energy is simple sugars. There is no question that complex carbs provide many health benefits when we are not exercising. However, during exercise the preferred and, in fact, only fuel used by muscles is simple sugars.


Pacific Health: Can Exercise Reduce Depression?

Updated: 6/26/14 Format: Article
Pacific Health: Can Exercise Reduce Depression?

NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN that the incidence of depression is higher in the elderly. It has been suggested that this pattern is associated with serotonin, a brain chemical that influences mood and behavior. Normal aging is associated with a decline in serotonin levels. At the same time, there have been many documented studies showing that people who exercise experience less depression. These studies suggest that exercise provides a protective effect against the development of depression in older individuals.


How To Raise Your Handlebars

Updated: 6/23/14 Format: Article
How To Raise Your Handlebars

A higher handlebar can do a lot for your riding. You will have a more upright riding position, allowing you to see more taking weight off your hands and arms, and usually taking strain off your lower back. The first step to raising your bars is identifying they type of headset and stem that you have. Compare your bicycle to the diagrams below.


PacificHealth: Exercise For Weight Loss

Updated: 6/20/14 Format: Article
PacificHealth: Exercise For Weight Loss

EVERY WEIGHT LOSS PROFESSIONAL INSISTS that exercise is an integral part of any effective weight-loss program. It seems logical that if a little exercise is beneficial, then increasing the amount of exercise should deliver even greater benefits. The more calories you burn, the faster the fat comes off. Right?