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December 18, 2020

As we prepare to turn our calendars from 2020 to 2021, making yet another change might be one of the last things we're looking forward to. With an unpredictable year behind us thanks largely to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of us are looking to 2021 to signal a return to normalcy. In that sense, we may not be excited by the prospect of change. There are, however, changes that work to our advantage. Hence the ongoing popularity of New Year's Resolutions.

The Power of Positive Change

According to research published by Forbes, corporations that display strengths in development, action, and flexibility have a significant advantage over their competitors:

Companies that score highly on these factors have what we call stronger "change power" and are significantly more profitable, with margins twice those of companies with lower change power.

By understanding their capacity for change, these corporations are able to chart a dynamic path forward.

The same can be true for us as individuals. As we head into a new year, understanding our capacity for change helps us imagine the possibilities of a more dynamic future.

The Key to Success: Add Value

We've all heard the bad press: most people who make New Year's Resolutions wind up dropping them within a few weeks. While that's true, it's also true that some succeed.

Research scientists have uncovered some secrets behind why certain people enjoy positive outcomes while others do not. The key to keeping your New Year's Resolution, it seems, is to make one that adds value to your life rather than one that requires you to give something up.

A few great habits to consider adding in 2021:

  • 5-minute bursts of deep breathing/meditation
  • optimum hydration plan 
  • regular stretching routine
  • daily cycling

While most "additive" resolutions won't drastically alter your life in an instant, they provide the sort of practical, achievable change that can actually make a difference. 





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April 02, 2021

Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.

Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)

That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.

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  • 5.3 million people die each year from causes related to inactive living
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March 01, 2021

Biking is an enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Whether you're tooling around the neighborhood or participating in road races, cycling is a great way to get fresh air and exercise.  

Unfortunately, cycling can be dangerous. And it is important for us to bring awareness to the dangers of cycling to help all riders become highly alert of their surroundings when riding on the road. In 2020, nearly 700 cyclists were killed in crashes involving vehicles. Of those, a quarter were hit-and-runs, which means the driver fled the scene before police arrived.

Those are the results of the 2020 Cycling Deaths project compiled by Outside Magazine.  The data was analyzed with the assistance of information scientists at BikeMaps.org.

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February 09, 2021

Ever dream of thru-biking across the interior of the United States? Thanks to a decades-long project spearheaded by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, that trip is one step closer to fruition. 

When completed, the Great American Rail-Trail will stretch from Washington D.C. to Washington state, encompassing nearly 3,700 miles along the way. The idea has been in the works for 50 years and more progress is being made every day. 

About 80 miles of the trail are considered complete, but the Great American Rail-Trail already connects with existing bike trails. It's built on old railroad lines, hence the name. The path is made from paved asphalt, crushed stone and other materials.