10 cycling super foods to give you energy for your ride

What we all work for at the end of the day is food, isn’t it? The fun exercise cycling has a lot of health benefits-physical and mental. While there is a huge list of benefits, a very fun exercise and the best leisure activity, none can deny the fact that bike rides are the best mode of commute when it comes to shorter distances, but there is a catch. Nothing comes for free. Cycling may not cost you money but it definitely drains your stamina and energy. Cycling even though is supposed to improve your stamina but for the beginners, it drains a lot of energy while pedaling and especially if they keep their pace of ride high. Have no fear, we have come up with a solution to your cycling woes that would keep your energy intact and help you pedal your way. We have listed the following super foods that you can intake when you fall short of stamina during your ride.

 

  • Oatmeal: A great source of whole grains and fiber, unprocessed oats are loaded with energy-generating nutrients like folate, potassium, iron, zinc and healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Having oatmeal helps you improve satiety.
  • Yogurt: A good source of potassium, calcium and vitamin B-12, low fat yogurt offers an ideal blend of carbohydrates and protein in a portable portion. The high protein content offers long lasting energy since it takes a while to digest and the carbs provide a short term energy boost to get you pedaling strongly.
  • Almonds: It is found that having almonds before cycling helps cover more distance and pedal more efficiently than consuming the same number of calories from a sugary food. Almond butter is also a good energy boosting choice. Almonds contain a lot of minerals blended together namely, protein, complex carbs, fiber and healthy fats as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. These nutrients help battle oxidative stress and increase oxygen in your blood to unleash energy.
  • Tuna or Salmon: Tuna or Salmon are a great source of protein and provides a slower and more sustained rise in blood sugar. Tuna and Salmon are loaded with omega -3 fatty acids which decrease inflammation in the body and boosts circulation of blood and efficiency of heart and organs helping feel less fatigued.
  • Bananas: Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, folate and resistant starch, a type of fiber human body cannot absorb, so they keep you feeling full for longer. Bananas are an excellent good pre-cycling source of fuel.
  • Honey: Honey as a super food is very famous and yes it helps in generating more watts during cycling. The reason is quite simple. It’s an easily digestible source of carbohydrates and provides a quick energy boost. Having honey also has a bonus. Besides providing a quick energy boost, it also satisfies your sweet tooth!
  • Tart Cherry Juice: This is something we are sure you would not want to miss out on. It helps you stay hydrated during your ride and it accelerates recovery and reduces exercised induced inflammation. So if you cycle for exercise, you now know what you must carry for your rides.
  • Celery: Celery contains a lot of inorganic nitrate that helps generate more energy in the body and will definitely come in handy while taking a ride in cycle. For a cyclist chomping a few sticks of celery hours before hitting the road can have a lot of positive repercussions. Celery helps in increased blood and oxygen delivery to the muscles and efficient muscle contraction. These effects can lead to improved stamina and performance.
  • Lentils: These are a natural and hearty source of protein, fiber, a variety of minerals, some anti-oxidants and in an ample amount form a healthy wad of slow burning carbs. They’re also pretty minimal in calories and the mineral content, especially iron helps form hemoglobin in the body which deliver oxygen to muscles thus improving muscle endurance.
  • Flat Coke: The caffeine within cola triggers the release of two hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, that help raise blood sugar levels and fuel muscle contractions hence providing energy.

 

 

The list goes on and on, but the major super foods are listed such that lack of stamina does not serve as an excuse or drawback to cycling. Embrace the beauty and benefits of cycling and Yulu is here to help your cause. Yulu believes in a fitter India  and to support the cause we provide you with a wide variety of cycles from which you can select and pedal your way. Scan and rent a cycle using the app and pedal the change, and yes, do not forget to eat your super food before you go cycling!

Top 5 Tips for Cycling in Hot Summer Weather

Summer is here and has brought along with it soaring temperature and climate change many would have waited for maybe. In these climatic conditions, one would prefer staying in their rooms than doing outdoor activities, but what if we make cycling in this hot summer weather fun.

Cycling in hot weather could do more than just make you sweat, like causing quite a lot of acute health problems if not addressed. We believe in staying healthy and active and the weather should not become a barrier in your thirst for fitness or fun. While you keep up the good habit, we are here with a few tips that will help your summer cycling easier:

  1. Stay Hydrated: If you’re going to cycle outdoors right under the hot sun you definitely are going to sweat. The sun wouldn’t spare anyone and if not careful about it, you may be dehydrated. So, it’s always better to carry water and keep yourself hydrated time to time. While cycling, try carrying few energy bars, or high carbohydrate snacks as meat loaves or bananas and never forget to take plenty of water. Believe us, you’ll need it!
  2. Keep a Check on the Frequency: When it is hot and humid it is preferable staying indoors. Don’t be confused. Despite the high temperature, continue your exercise and cycling, but you might want to cut down on the time you spend in cycling. The heat may cause several health problems and the warm air that blows in these weather conditions do not help your cause. If you’re traveling long distances, keep your speed steady and do not move at very high speed. It may result in fatigue and take away the willingness to ride more. Try keeping a stable pace and that will help in saving your breath and make longer rides more comfortable.
  3. Avoid Heavyweight Clothing: The last thing you would want to do on a summer day wears heavy clothes and go cycling. They put more pressure on your body and make you sweat more, and that is something you would want to keep away from. Wear comfortable clothing with a lot of room for ventilation so you can get as much fresh air as possible while riding.
  4. Plan Your Route: If you’re going cycling to complete some tasks, we would suggest you plan the course of your journey. You surely would not want to wander around a lot aimlessly in the hot weather. Planning your routes keeps you at an advantage and helps you get done with all your work sooner and does not expose you to the rough weather for long. Always try to avoid the hottest part of the day, which is noon when rides become unpleasant. You can advance or postpone your trips to some other time of the day when the sun isn’t so angry.
  5. Wear Helmet: Even be it summer, always wear a helmet when you take your bicycle outdoors for a ride. In summer the helmets come in handy as it also shields your head from the direct rays of the sun and at the same time also ensures road safety. We are sure you would not think of compromising on your safety on so many levels by not wearing a helmet.

Cycling is not just an exercise but also a tradition you might say for those who have made into a habit. It benefits you on so many levels. True, that the summer season creates a lot of restrictions but to overcome those are the challenges Yulu has decided to face. Yulu is a bike-sharing startup that promotes cycling as the ideal mode of commutation. Embark on your summer cycling journey with Yulu to support the cause and beat summer in the race. Quit all your doubts and fears and be the first to pedal the change.

Benefits of a bicycle friendly neighbourhood

The world progresses steadily and everyone makes an effort and work tirelessly to afford the luxury. Guess what, having luxury just got very affordable. Cycling is not just a fun exercise or a way to stay healthy. Over a period of time, communities or societies have turned towards bicycling and made it look like a luxury. Luxury not just for oneself, a luxury for the environment. The society today cares for nature and environment and turns away from vehicles that can cause pollution and uses bicycles to commute. For a matter of fact, cycling is turning out to be the new cool. Who wouldn’t love to live in a place surrounded by natural beauty, birds chirping instead of vehicles honking and have clean air to breathe and when you open the windows of your house you may have a cool breeze blowing in. Luxury indeed! You can make this steal by adopting bicycles and encouraging your neighbors also to take up cycling and shun the use of vehicles that cause harm to nature. Try giving them a heads up on the benefits of a bicycle-friendly neighborhood, but before that allow us to mention a few points explaining how amazing is a bicycle-friendly neighborhood.

  1. Keep in store for the generations to come: You may check for yourself in the news that the petrol prices are rising every other day and that is justified considering the fact that it is on the verge of depletion for the generations to come. The ratio between the number of vehicles on road and the number of resources is highly uneven in favor of the cars and buses and it is high time we balance it out. A bicycle friendly society helps in the movement for it does not require any kind of resource power to ride but just manpower.
  2. A green society: We find it absolutely ridiculous that you have to pay heavily out of your pocket in today’s date such that you get an opportunity to stay in a society that is pollution free and is surrounded by nature. Gone are those days when nature was a part of our lives. Has nature ever become luxury in today’s date? The most affordable and simple solution is to plant more and more trees around your society, take the initiative and to help the cause, turn towards cycling as a mode of commutation.
  3. Be the new cool: The entire world is steadily adopting cycling as their preferred vehicle for commutation and our country is not far behind. So how about your society can turn towards using cycle as a mode of their daily commutation and rest assured to be the talk of the town and the trendsetter? Be the role model for all the other societies around you and make your popularity known to as many people as possible.
  4. Begin your day with a Good Morning: Many say that the entire day depends on the morning sleep you get, and we would like that you wake up to a very good morning instead of ‘Ugghh!’ because of the constant honking of vehicles. Make them aware of the disturbance and provide them with an alternative method of computation that does not involve constant honking around you nor does it disturb your morning sleep. Inform them about the most stylish way of commutation and get them going with their life smoothly.
  5. Promote healthiness: Every individual seems to be battling some or the other disease in today’s date. The rate of people falling sick due to change in climate and the environment keeps on rising and it is time we promote a healthier place to live. Instead of omitting toxic and harmful gases that cause damage to the environment and affects the health of the people around you, get into the habit of cycling which is more of nature friendly way of traveling from one place to another. For a better society, we are sure you can invest a bit of manpower into traveling. After all, what good would it be, if you have all the expensive cars and houses, but not a healthy environment to live in!

So, take no more time in turning to the habit of cycling and encourage others around you. Go around making the people in your society aware of the benefits of cycling and how amazing a bicycle friendly neighborhood is. To help the cause Yulu is here to get you on your way towards a better future. All you’ve got to do is scan and rent a bicycle using our app and be the role model everyone would look up to.

Pedal the change – What does Yulu Stand for?

Cycling, despite being the most fun exercise, after all, is underrated in India. The big cities in the country have shown tremendous growth in terms of economy and progress but have failed in keeping the environment clean and protecting the nature from getting vandalized. We have seen reports of cities getting submerged in the smog and turning out to be more and more unhealthy for the citizens residing in the city. We surely do not want that our beloved country to end up in such a sad state. We aim to bring about the much-needed change in the society to make it a better place to live. Everyone dreams of a dawn where everything is set right and we aim to bring the new beginning of India and make it a reality.

Yulu was designed to make your daily life easier and solve your travelling woes. It is often noticed that you might have an extremely bad day and the chances are high that it is because you might be frustrated in the beginning of the day itself. Travelling to work or office in the morning time turns out to be a kind of nightmare for many people considering the huge traffic they have to tackle and being stuck in the traffic definitely sucks out the good mood within you and all you are filled is with a cranky mood. If that is how your morning starts, it is pretty obvious you might end up having a bad day. Yulu is here to relieve you of your travelling worries and give you new commutation goals. You can avail our services for first mile, last mile and short distance commutation. The benefit from our service is it doesn’t keep you stuck in a single place for long and you need not have to wait in the long traffic queue anymore. You can dodge all the obstacles and travel at ease skipping the frustration and irritation you often have to carry to your office. The effects of our services will clearly be seen in the work you commit yourself to. We help you keep your mind fresh and body energized and start your day with a very positive vibe. And you surely can guess what follows next. A better India in making!

Yulu not only cares for you alone but also the dear nature. It’s a tragedy to see our Mother Nature being destroyed and our environment getting polluted. This sad state of affairs bother us and we believe in changing the current scenario for good. Keeping the environment greener and healthier for life is our goal and we strive towards achieving it with our services. Yulu promotes the usage of cycles over vehicles that causes emission of carbon dioxide in higher amounts. The temperature change is hitting a new top, cities turning into deserts, places going without rain for long are few of the effects we have seen over time that this planet is facing. Our cycles not only makes commutation easier for you, but also they symbolize that we care for our country and our planet by keeping it safe. The use of cycles would not result in the emission of any harmful gases into the atmosphere, thus promoting our idea of an ideal, beautiful world to live in.

Yulu has aligned with India’s top priorities like Digital India, Clean India and Make in India promoting a better India in making. Commutation has never been easier and cheaper. It is not at all heavy on the pocket and transaction is completely secure and digital. After you’ve completed your trip, the amount is deducted from your wallet balance. We have begun our services in Namma Bengaluru and Pune, but don’t you worry, we will surely spread our wings all over the country soon enough and be at your service. If you care about the environment or are looking for a hassle-free ride, pedal the change with Yulu. All you’ve to do is scan and rent a cycle and pedal towards a better tomorrow.

Top 7 Cycling Myths Busted

Cycling, after all, can be said to be the fun exercise of all. What wouldn’t one give up just to take a ride on your dear bicycle across the street on a fine evening? There is nothing that can better this, right? There are always other options to stay healthy and fit, but very few that makes straining your body fun and cycling is one of those rare exercises. There are several myths associated with cycling and that has always been the barrier for many to not take up cycling. Let’s have a look at some of such myths. We have heard rumors taking rounds that cycling is essentially for men or you have to shave your legs before taking up cycling, or else if you’re hurt you may end up not having hair on the wounded area. Guess what, these are nothing more than myths. We are here to bust the top myths associated with cycling.

  1. Cycles are expensive: This one of the most circulated statements related to cycling that cycles are expensive. We would just like to say that cycles are if anything, very cheap and inexpensive compared to other vehicles. You may have to spend a lot of money on buying motorcycles or half a million in buying cars, but cycles will cost you less than one-fourth of the money you would be spending on buying a motorcycle. Hope, this is no more the reason that stops you from buying a bicycle.
  2. Cyclists should use cycle lanes: Yes, it is true that government has initiated the task of making cycle lanes for those people who wish to travel by cycle, but it is entirely false that cyclists have to stick to those cycle lanes only. It often happens that the cycle lanes that have been made are too narrow for many cycles to pass and every other time there is the issue of a mini traffic jam happening in the lanes and you may feel like you are standing in a queue waiting for your turn of redemption. The cycle lanes are an option you may avail if you wish, but you are also free to travel through the main roads even by cycling and none can stop you!
  3. Cyclists don’t pay road tax: Yes, it’s true that if you’re riding your cycle you need not pay road tax, but it is also true that whatever vehicle you use for traveling, you need not pay the road tax. Confused? Don’t be. Road tax was abolished long back in 1937 and the taxes the drivers pay is Vehicle Excise Duty, which depends on the carbon dioxide emissions made by the vehicle and riding a cycle definitely won’t emit carbon dioxide from your vehicles, freeing you from the taxes.
  4. Cyclists should keep left: It is most often said that if you’re riding a bicycle always keep left and stay away from the center of the road. We say try avoiding staying in the corners and ride more in the middle of the road, in that way you will be more visible to the riders behind. You also have to keep pace with the other cars, but try staying in the center.
  5. Cyclists can ignore red lights: If you think, just because you’re riding a bicycle you need not pay heed to the red light, you are wrong. The traffic signal is meant to maintain road safety and no matter whatever vehicle you might be on, from a cycle to a bus, always adhere to the traffic signal and save yourself from the fine and most importantly, an accident.
  6. Cycling is meant for the fit: This is an absolutely wrong idea that cycling is just meant for the fit. Anyone can cycle, irrespective of your figure. If anything, a cycle will help you get fit if done regularly. Do not let this myth stop you from riding your favorite vehicle.
  7. Cycling makes you all sweaty: Cycling is often associated with hard work and yes, it makes you sweaty if you do it as an exercise. But, if you ride your cycle slow in the twilight, enjoying the cool breeze of nature, I doubt that you will perspire. All you will have is just fun and enjoyment riding your cycle.

We hope that we have cleared you of all the doubts and queries regarding the cycling and broken the myths associated with this fun activity such that you may not be restricted by these obstacles to engaging in cycling. Shed all your worries and blast all your doubts and remember cycling is for everyone irrespective of what job you do or how fit you are. Do not waste any more time, sign up for Yulu, scan and rent a bicycle using our app and shatter all the myths you have heard related to cycling.

How Yulu Uses Smart Technology for Sustainable Mobility

Do we need bicycles to commute in our cities? The endless scenes of crowded buses, immovable traffic, and expensive cab services say we do. And not just because it saves time and money, but also, it improves our health and reduces carbon footprint.

Imagine the time where we can pick a bicycle from any corner of the street and leave it likewise after using it all through a single tap on your smartphone and a digital wallet for a cashless, hassle-free experience. With Yulu and its technology shepherding the bike revolution for the new India, the imagination has now turned into reality.

Yulu was founded with a vision to change the way we commute. However, the founders knew, to achieve their goal they need to make their service effortless and accessible for all. So they integrated their cycles with latest technologies in the space of GPS, GPRS, and Bluetooth, and designed a cognitive application with a seamless interface. With this facelift, renting a bike at Yulu has become as simple as downloading its application.

It is that easy. All a user has to do is search for the bikes available in the vicinity. Due to the large fleet that Yulu has scaled, it will take a fraction of second for users to locate a bicycle. They do not have to subscribe to a privileged account like in many cab services or wait in long queues to book their ride. Just one click and you have a match.

As soon as they locate the bike, users can put the encrypted key from the app into the bike’s digital lock. Once the ride begins, Yulu team ensures that riders get a safe passage to their destination with the help of embedded navigation software. Moreover, when the destination arrives, users can quickly lock the bike and leave it there. All the information about renting, fare, and parking are shared with the user through the app.

Many countries have already jumped on the bandwagon of bike revolution. In our neighboring nation China, commuting on a bike is becoming a norm. There are around 100 million users in China, across 100 cities who travel every day through bicycles for their daily commutes. In the US also, the number of people preferring bikes over automobile is skyrocketing.

In India, Yulu’s revolution has already begun on the streets of Pune and Bangalore. People from all spheres of life are adopting Yulu’s platform from bike fanatics to automobile owners as well. Because in the end, everyone aspires a cost-effective and convenient platform for traveling that doesn’t comprise with the environment and is also beneficial to health. With Yulu, they finally have all.

It will be an awe-inspiring sight, to see countless people peddling their way to their offices and back.

Corporate Support for Cycling

Corporates are citizens of the city they operate in and their employees are a part of the local communities that they live in. A clean and healthy environment can both be a function of corporates doing their bit and expecting infrastructure and systems from the city administration.

Among all other productivity and motivation programs that corporates run from time to time, health and well-being of employees are dependent on physical activities they do and a healthy, stress-free commute to and from work. In these days of severe traffic congestion in cities in India and around the world, getting cars off the road and taking public transport or cycling to work is a part of Corporate Social Responsibility! – that will have a great impact on daily lives of citizens.

Here are a few things that Corporates can do to make this happen:

  • Be the Messenger! – HR departments of companies can help spread the message of saving the earth while having a fitter workforce and promote cycling, walking or taking public transport to work. Promote and organize events and seminars that will help build awareness and answer questions and address apprehensions
  • Honored, Privileged Parking! – Recognise employees who cycle to work with privileged parking slots that are easily accessible and visible, close to their buildings of work and the elevator! The others can be charged with the expensive real estate and parking space that they occupy in the office premises!
  • Cycling Allowance! – employees who cycle to work will save companies a lot of dead investments of parking real estate with the minimal space that bicycles need for parking. Surely, some of this can be passed on to employees who help save these costs!
  • Showers in the Office! – will go a long way in encouraging employees to cycle to work and have a shower before they start work, as they would do after a visit to the gym. The healthy sweat and toil need to be supported!
  • Cycle Day – Car Free Day – Plan and promote at least one day in a month that will be a Car-Free or Cycle Day in the office. This will help reduce some congestion on the streets that day and show the way for employees that its possible to use public transport, cycle or walk to work. This can also be done in a coordinated manner with the Tech Park or larger set of companies coming together to do it on the same day each month!
  • Outings and Off-sites on cycles – Encourage project teams and managers to plan their next team building activities and offsite meetings with cycle trips. Many cities now have adventure and outdoor activities organizations that will help plan these trips and make them memorable!
  • Spend CSR Funds in the office neighborhood – in creating and maintaining cycle tracks in the neighborhood of the office or major areas where employees stay and commute to work from. This spend will have a huge impact on neighborhoods that can be easily seen and measured! The city administrations will be happy to receive such support for their budgets and projects!
  • Support the Messengers & Facilitators – Corporates can help fund billboards, radio, print and social media campaigns to create awareness and push adoption of walking or cycling to work. They can help the city and Public Bicycle Sharing services take the message of services, events, and deals on cycling to employees through their corporate communication systems.
  • Demand Cycling Infrastructure – Work with the city administration to Demand and Support the creation of cycling tracks and cycle parking spots in and around the office and the residential localities of its employees. Public Bicycle Sharing companies can assist in this process, aggregating and taking the demands to the city administration. Demand a bicycle parking zone and cycle tracks here – http://www.yulu.bike/request.html
  • Support Advocacy on Non-Motorized Transport – Appropriate departments of corporates can lobby for and work with the city, state and country’s policy makers and administrations to advocate the planning and spending on projects around Non-Motorised Transport – pedestrian paths, cycle tracks, etc.

Corporates in India and around the world have been catalysts in many social and lifestyle changes in the world! Here’s another chance to get people to change their ways and help save the earth, one cycle at a time!

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