There is a special something about traveling by bicycle.
I like to consider myself (arrogantly) quite a well-travelled chap. Aided by the wonders of an English passport, I am provided with very few visa complications around the world. I have travelled through almost 40 countries; each one carrying its own gem of uniqueness. Though, it was in Cambodia during a 9-month trip through Asia that I became quite disinterested in the conventional methods of travel. After all, it’s not about the destination, but about the journey, right? Apologies to the cramped buses, full of boozy ‘slack’ packers, that lost my custom, but I decided to invest more in the ‘journey’ side of traveling.
It was in Battambang, a city just southwest of Siam Reap where my travel buddy and I invested in two fixed-gear bicycles for $10 each. Using bungee cords and rope we attached our backpacks to the loose racks on the back of the bicycles, and began cycling south with no clear destination in mind.
The feeling of using your body to propel yourself across large masses of land is unexplainable.
Fitness is something that seems to pop up, daily, in numerous conversations around the workplace, household or grocery store (as does the real ‘F’ word). It passes through our conversations gracefully whether we welcome it or not.
We can’t hide from it.
And why should we?
It is a fact that regular physical activity massively reduces the risk of chronic disease (which accounts for 70% of all deaths in America(1) ). It provides locations for a social atmosphere (something that a lot of us lack in our hectic working lifestyles), and of course, most importantly, it allows us the time to enjoy that organic triple chocolate fudge cake without the plague of guilt that usually surrounds us when even mentioning the words ‘chocolate’, ‘fudge’, and ‘cake’.
Have you ever seen a skyscraper that was built from the outside in? It’s amazing! The construction crew are directed by their supervisor to mix things up a little by starting work on the outside and gradually work their way inward until the skyscraper is finished...
Although this is extremely silly and you don’t need to be an architect to understand that any building needs a foundation or an inner structure before work on the exterior can be begun, people still seem to think that their bodies are different. They’re not.
In this article, we’re going to express the importance of a strong core in not only the fitness realm, but in everyday life too.