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Stay in shape while the wallet gets fat

Nathan Collins

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It’s not so much about saving the planet, or even better health, but instead, it’s about saving money. Even if you agree with the other reasons, you have to admit that saving money is a good thing. It adds up after a while, in many ways if you think about it.

In the next few weeks, due to a lot of political unrest, barrels of oil are going up in price. According to The Associated Press article Oil industry braces for fallout from Libya By Jane Wardell AP Business Writer “Oil prices jumped on Monday because of the ongoing turmoil in Libya,“
The gas prices have gone up due to pressure that is occurring in Libya, and its coming right out of your pocket to the tank. I know most think down on the idea of riding a bike to class, but think of the benefit, or benefits.

First off you’re going to save a lot of money if you do the math, fill your tank, zero out your mileage, then divide mileage with gallons. Then see how many miles you drive to school, if it’s over ten miles, well, maybe not. Instead think of your driving habits, do you take your car to places just down the street? Those little trips take gas, and it adds up if a gallon costs $5.00. As of 2/22/2011 average gas price per gallon in San Jose County is $3.50 at the cost of $93.82 per barrel, year forecast per barrel is $108.00 according to, CrudeOilPrices.com

Also think of the exercise you’re getting as well, a day to day activity that’s helps you to stay in shape. On the 24 Hour Fitness’ website, they state. This is because cycling facilitates blood circulation throughout the body, which carries oxygen-rich blood to all the muscles. The heavy breathing experienced after a few minutes of cycling increase the intake of oxygen, making it an effective aerobic exercise.”

If you are thinking of maybe bicycling once in a while, you’re going to need know safety tips, even though it seems goofy, one day it will help. On DMV.ca.gov, and Lance Armstrong’s organization Livestrong.com has safety tips.

The safest way to travel on a thoroughfare is to travel in the same direction as the automobile traffic and use designated bike lanes when available. Cyclists should watch for additional dangers as well, such as doors suddenly opening on parked cars and drivers who don’t see them when turning or exiting driveways. Another words, keep your eyes open for those who aren’t keeping an eye out for you.

Here are some quick tips taken from these sites.

  • A well maintained and adjusted bicycle, with particular emphasis on adequate brakes and tires.
  • Good light and reflectors when traveling at times of darkness. Bright clothing.
  • A helmet to protect against head injuries, the most common serious injury suffered by bicyclists.
    The safest way to travel on a thoroughfare is to travel in the same direction as the automobile traffic and use designated bike lanes when available. Cyclists should watch for additional dangers as well, such as doors suddenly opening on parked cars and drivers who don’t see them when turning or exiting driveways. Another words, keep your eyes open for those who aren’t keeping an eye out for you.
  • Sure why not, you’re helping the planet to, but hey, being in shape with extra cash is nice.

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Stay in shape while the wallet gets fat