Getting #OnYourEBike

When it comes to really enjoyable form of exercise, cycling has to be right up there in terms of fun, enjoyment and fitness. Riding a bike is something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from tots to teens, from those in the prime of life to those enjoying their golden years.  Cycling has seen a real growth in popularity in recent years, partially due to the success of British Cyclists at the last two Olympic games, and there are some stunning cycle paths and routes around the country to be enjoyed, particularly in Staffordshire where I live. Getting on your bike is a great way to get outside in the fresh air to enjoy the beautiful countryside, whilst getting fit in the process.

But what if you love cycling, but it no longer loves you? There is no doubt that cycling is great for fitness, but it can also be physically grueling too, especially if you suffer with issues that affect your mobility, this could be something like bad knees or weak ankles, or a more long term condition like Arthritis. For many people facing these sorts of issues, riding a bike has been a pastime that has been abandoned. But this no longer needs to be the case – if you can’t ride a normal bike, you can try an E Bike.

Fenetic Wellbeing are a mobility company who want to ensure that disability shouldn’t be a barrier to being fit. They look to provide mobility products that address individual needs and their most recent innovation is the E Bike.  They have launched a fab campaign to get us all #onyourebikes.

Fenetic explains how the E Bike works:

An electric bike is an ordinary bicycle with the addition of a battery and electric motor to help with propulsion. E-bikes are perfect for those who love the outdoor lifestyle but suffer with physical restrictions such as bad knees or arthritis. The PAS (Pedal Assist System) of an electric bike means you only need to apply a small amount of pressure to the pedals to get moving. The electric motor will step in and do the hard work for you!

Obviously an E Bike is a fantastic fitness option for those with mobility issues, but they are also brilliant for any rider. They allow you to cycle further distances which your stamina may not allow in normal circumstances, and are great if you have just started riding and are just building up your fitness levels. If you ride purely for pleasure, this sort of bike takes a lot of the hard work out of your travels. If your passion is mountain biking, there is even an E Bike that is suitable for mountain terrain. Many E Bikes are foldable, and are therefore portable – you can stash it in your boot to take it on holiday.

 

*Post in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing.

CBD Oil for Healthy Stress Response

The hemp plant has been used for hundreds of years to make products like rope, paper, clothes and modern products like plastic and biofuel. However, it also has medicinal purposes when used to make tinctures, protein powders and CBD oil.

It can be a challenge finding hemp products like CBD oil because hemp is often associated with marijuana as the two plants are part of the same genus, cannabis stevia. Fortunately, you can order beneficial CBD oil online by going to sites like https://www.cbdoilsuk.com.

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Healthy Responses to Stress

While undergoing some stress is unavoidable, being under chronic stress can have serious health and mental consequences. Frequent bouts of stress can cause:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

While there are several ways to reduce stress in your life, CBD oil can be taken to combat the effects of stress and produce healthy stress responses.

Components of Healthy Responses

A healthy stress response involves three components:

  • An immediate response, which is handled by the brain.
  • A maintenance response, which involves both the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.
  • A behavioral response, involving the body’s neural circuits.

Immediate Response

An immediate response to a stressful situation can by trigger the release of hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine by the adrenal medulla, which is in the adrenal gland. Epinephrine is another name for the hormone adrenaline, which makes the heart beat faster, breathing become rapid, sweating and other reactions to stress like fear, anxiety and anger.

Norepinephrine is responsible for the infamous “fight or flight” response to danger or fear. This response also prepares the nerves in the body, through the sympathetic nervous system, to get ready to take action, to run or fight, by redirecting blood flow to the brain, heart and muscles.

Maintenance Response

The maintenance response slows the response to stress by triggering the release of cortisol and other hormones. Cortisol can have many negative efforts on the body, such as raise blood sugar levels, it can suppress the immune system and prevent bone formation.

Behavioral Response

This response acts within the nervous system to increase awareness, helps focus your attention, reduces feelings of pain, shifts moods and it can inhibit reproduction.

Reduce Stress Response with CBD Oil

CBD oil, short for cannabidiol oil or cannabidiol hemp oil, has many positive effects on the body and helps produce a healthier response to stress. It helps relax the body and balance out hormone levels. It acts to reduce medical conditions caused by stress to the brain and nervous system because it reduces cortisol levels.

It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can slow or prevent the development of diseases like diabetes, strokes, cancers, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. The oil also reduces stress responses to anxiety or fear because it can activate cannabinoid receptors within hemp.

Even though CBD oil contains some THC, it is by far lower than the amount found in marijuana. If you take 200 to 300mg of CBD oil per day to reduce stress, you shouldn’t test positive for THC when taking drug tests.

Vintage Fashion Finds

It seems an age since I brought you a post looking at my vintage fashion finds, but lately, I find myself wearing more and more vintage pieces. I don’t have a favourite era when it comes to vintage finds, and I tend not to wear them in a particularly retro style, preferring to mix the vintage and the modern to create looks that could work anywhere, at any time.

Vintage is still relatively easy to find if you know what you are looking for and where to look. Charity shops often have vintage sections now, or the stuff is just nestling on the rails, in particular labels like M&S (look for those St Michael labels) and Dorothy Perkins (this is a store that has been going for years and years.) 1980s fashions are not always classed as vintage, but as 1980 is now almost 40 years ago I think they definitely pass, and these are easy to find – so many large shoulder pads, elasticated waists and belts and large prints to be picked up really cheaply.

I find most of my best finds in charity shops, this month alone I have found a Burberrys (not Burberry until quite recently) classic mackintosh and a pair of lotus brown leather platforms from the 1970s. The Burberrys Mac was £15 and is an amazing buy, whilst the shoes were £4. (You can see both below). My favourite town for real bargains is West Bromwich, where £1 seems to be the average price paid. I once got an Escada polo neck jumper for £1 and almost ran out the shop as I felt I should’ve been wearing a stripy top and a mask, it was that much of a steal.

There are so many preconceptions about vintage. One is that you can only buy vintage if you are size 8. This is frankly untrue, there are some amazing plus size pieces out there, and, as you can see from my piccies, I haven’t been a size 10 in years. Another preconception is that the clothes smell. I find that most of the stuff I find in charity shops has been laundered, and if not, it is worth a dry clean for the saving you are making, and the feel of buying something original, that no-one else will be wearing,

Featured here are some of the vintage buys I have picked up in shops. My fave vintage shop is Ego, based in Lincoln. It’s where I found the lovely Edith Flagg blue dress from the 1960s that is just so lovely. I teamed it with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (another charity shop find) and a modern Topshop clutch from this season – proof you can mix and match your eras with ease.

Do you ever shop vintage?

Charity shop finds, a vintage blouse (1970s) and a pleated, school style skirt. (1980s?)

Early 1960s Edith Flagg dress from Ego (£14) worn with Mary Portas for Clarks shoes (charity Shop) and Topshop Clutch bag.

Modern outfit from H&M and Day Birger et Mikkelsen worn with 1970s Italian leather vintage shoes.

1970s day dress, £1 from West Bromwich charity shop.

Early 1980s pleated skirt, £1 from charity shop, worn with Carvela 1980s shoes (£1.99).

1970s Bettina of London dress from Charity Shop (£4.00)

More Vintage Finds

Skirt £1.00. 1970s.

Vintage Jaeger Knitwear

Lotus brown leather 1970s platforms £4.00

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