Save your heart save the environment!!! - Bicycling
yaseen 06000259RY Comments (3) Visits (1990)
Distance to office from house :- 7 kms. [KR Puram to EGL Domlur]
Time to drive car :- 40- 45 minutes.
Time by relaxed ride on bicycle :- 30 minutes
Just got a mail from Muralidhar N Chavan saying he does 14 km and he enjoys it :) can you beat that ;).
So what can you do. If your house is less than 7km away from your office and if you would like to ride to office let us know.We can help you further to achieve a healthier life and also to save our environment. If you are not able to bicycle to office, not a problem, but kindly do make it a point to tell some of your friends about our efforts. That way you also contribute.
What do we get in return, better health, better environment for us and our kids. We do not intend to ask any donations no money is involved. This is just a movement and you yourself is the leader. Let us know who all are willing to join in so that we all know how much we all are contributing to the effort to healthier life and to protect and save our environment. But we would definitely try to help each other out.
Two active groups in bangalore Bangalore Bikers,Bike Zone (thank you Mallikarjun P Javali)
Also please share your experiences via Blogs / Comments. one such -: Kauphy Korner(read as coffee corner, its all about innovation in spelling ;) )
This is the message what we wanted to give but feel free to read on
According to reports, IT industry employs 2,50,000 people and expecting to reach up to the 1.1 million mark soon. The sedentary lifestyle has a huge impact on our health and the usage of personal vehicles for personal/office travel has yet another huge impact on our environment.
Unfortunately, those who decide to respond to health alerts tend to go overboard on nutrition and to adopt the wrong exercises. Rather than exotic nutrients, we need a diet consisting mainly of grains, fruits, and vegetables, with reduced amounts of meat and cheese. Rather than weightlifting, TV "aerobics," and ab crunching, we need true aerobic exercises that help strengthen the heart, such as fast walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, rollerblading, skating, and crosscountry skiing. The best exercise to change our sedentary habits is the one we can and will do nearly every day.
Some medical authorities recommend as little as 20 minutes a day, three times a week, while others recommend 2,000 kCal, which would be at least four times that amount.
According to the American Heart Association, daily physical activity such as bicycling:
#Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body.
#Keeps weight under control.
#Improves blood cholesterol levels
#Prevents and manages high blood pressure.
#Prevents bone loss.
#Boosts energy level.
#Helps manage stress.
#Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well.
#Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism.
#Increases muscle strength and the ability to do other physical activities.
#Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends.
#Establishes healthy habits in children and counters the conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, etc.) that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life.
#Helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer.
Bicycling is 117% more efficient than walking
Using a bicycle to commute four days a week for four miles (one-way) saves 54 gallons of gas annually.
The energy and resources needed to build one medium-sized car could produce 100 bicycles.
Driving a private car is probably a typical citizen's most "polluting" daily activity
From the Eugene/Springfield (OR) Bicycle Map (1998?), which further credits the American Lung Association, Oregon Traffic Commission, Association of Commuter Transportation, American Automobile Association, and City of Eugene.
Car emissions kill 30,000 people each year in the U.S. (1998)
From the Eugene/Springfield (OR) Bicycle Map (1998?), which further credits the American Lung Association, Oregon Traffic Commission, Association of Commuter Transportation, American Automobile Association, and City of Eugene>
More than half of the people in the U.S. live in areas that failed to meet federal air quality standards at least several days a year (1990), and around 80 million Americans live in areas that continually fail to meet these standards (1998).
World Resources Institute. 1998-99 World Resources: A Guide to the Global Environment. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998
Most ozone pollution is caused by motor vehicles, which account for 72% of nitrogen oxides and 52% of reactive hydrocarbons (principal components of smog). (1990)
30 Simple Energy Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. Los Angeles: South California Edison, 1990, p. 11.
Emissions from cars dwarfs that from power plants. In May 2000, Austin Energy planned to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 40% at its Decker and Holly power plants, from 1700 tons per year to less than 1000tpy by 2003. By comparison, NOx emissions in Travis county from motor vehicles totaled approximately 30,000 tons per year in 1996 -- the last year for which complete data was available. (2000)
Austin Energy brochure, 2000
SUV's put out 43% more global-warming pollutants (28 pounds of carbon dioxide per gallon of gas consumed) and 47% more air pollution than the average car. (4, cited in 2002)