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Biking Is The New Driving.

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Me, biking my way through California!

Last week, I traveled from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The trip is nothing new for me; I jump between the two cities several times each year. But this journey was different. Instead of a 55-minute flight, I completed the 545 mile, 7-day trek on a road bike.

Each year, more than 2,000 cyclists and hundreds of volunteers participate in the AIDS LifeCycle. This year, I was honored to participate in the event (which raised more than $16 million for the cause) to film an upcoming video for my YouTube channel.

As someone who never bikes, a few things were immediately apparent:

  • Bike seats are designed by the devil; my ass is still sore – and not in that good way
  • Butt butter is a very awesome thing
  • Being on a bike seems to make everything a little bit more beautiful

Think of your last trip through an airport. It probably wasn’t particularly enjoyable. Or think about the last time you got on a highway, or drove through some traffic. Compare that to the freedom and solitude of being on a bike, riding your way through nature.

happiness_chartBeyond enjoying nature, burning more calories (we burned 3,500+ calories per day) or moving more, biking has another benefit. Research shows that bikers and walkers enjoy their trips more than drivers. When it comes to biking and walking, 67% of people enjoy their trip; that number drops to 58% for drivers.

Of course, biking has its limitations. Driving and flying can obviously be more practical, and most people aren’t going to bike for 545 miles. But there are plenty of situations in all of our lives where we can trade four wheels for two… or, in some instances, just use our own two feet. Sure, it may take a little more time… but it’s worth the tradeoff.

Do you enjoy biking? Let me know in the comments below.

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Buns of Steel: Which Cardio Machine is Best for Your Butt?

Buns of steel could be only a jog away, according to a recent study.

As a gay man, I spend a lot of time thinking about butts. So I was especially excited to get my paws on a new study about glutes (a.k.a. ass muscles) and cardio machines. So which cardio machine is best for your backside? Is it the treadmill, the recumbent bike, the stair master, or the elliptical? You may be surprised by the answer.

Here’s what the study found:

  1. Treadmill (jogging): 48.9% of glutes activated.
  2. Elliptical: 32.6% of glutes activated.
  3. Treadmill (walking): 24.3% of glutes activated.
  4. StairMaster: 24.0% of glutes activated.
  5. Recumbent Bike: 6.0%of glutes activated.

Jogging on the treadmill is the clear winner (running or sprinting, though not included in the study, is presumably even better). Jogging speeds, by the way, are different for different people – it’s based on perceived effort – though most jogging speeds are less than 6 mph.

Here are a few tips to dig even deeper when doing cardio:

  • When walking, jogging, running or sprinting on a treadmill, add an incline to activate a greater percentage of your glutes.
  • When cycling, use the upright bike instead of the recumbent bike.
  • When stair climbing, take bigger steps.

Bottom line: If a stronger ass is in alignment with your fitness goals, picking up the pace on a treadmill takes the cake.