You know that getting eight hours of sleep a night is good for you. But factor in a working day, a bit of training or riding, an hour or two travelling, an hour eating and changing, dashing around as the kids' taxi service, and a couple of hours of just being and - well, you do the maths. Struggling to make it add up?
The obvious way to cram more into your day is to snip off bits of the night. Earlier mornings, pushing lights-out later, and bingo, you're squashing everything in. But this might not be quite the brilliant solution you think it is.
Your mind is racing so you're tossing and turning half the night. Your legs feel like lead. You're drinking double espressos to get through the afternoon. And that big fat sugary doughnut suddenly looks like the best breakfast on earth. That'll be the fatigue setting in...
The latest research shows getting enough sleep is essential for optimum performance and that sleep deprivation plays with your mind as well as your body. So here's why hitting the hay is so important for hitting your race targets and what you can do to make sure you get enough vitamin Zzz.
Learn how to get a good night's sleep and you won't feel as tired during the day
Regular, good-quality sleep is essential for your body's physical repair process, but also for your mental health and agility, says Dr Guy Meadows, sleep and sports scientist, and cross-channel swimmer.
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The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.
License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!