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  1. 5 ways you can save money with a Brompton folding bike

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    5 ways you can save money with a Brompton folding bike

    I spent most of my twenties living in a town centre and working approximately two miles away.  I mostly walked to work or caught the bus before I had my car, then I drove each day as I couldn’t park in the centre during the day time so had to move my car.  I always thought about getting a bike and how much easier it would be to get to work, but living in blocks of flats meant I had nowhere to store a bike.  I spent a large amount of time living in a bedsit, so had no space whatsoever to lend to bike storage.  Quite amazingly, there is a solution for this problem.  For all you folk who live in cities and dream of cycling instead of commuting on the underground, trains, by bus or car, your wishes have been answered.  Plus, you can even save money.

    The Brompton folding bike is a genius design that folds so small you can even store it under your office desk!  It’s pretty good looking too.  The Brompton can be custom designed to your exact specifications.  It’s made in London to the highest standards including a steel frame and puncture resistant tyres.  Smaller wheels mean you can whizz off much faster once the lights turn green and it’s much nippier when manoeuvring on those busy streets.

    If that’s not enough to convince you, here are 5 ways you can save money by investing in a Brompton folding bike:

    5 ways you can save money with a Brompton folding bicycle

    Credit: Brompton Bicycle

    Save on the commute

    The best thing about cycling to work is it’s free.  Just imagine how much you’ll save on train tickets, bus fares and petrol.  Just think of all the other ways you could spend your hard earned cash.  It’s also environmentally friendly.

    No more gym fees

    Paying a fortune for gym membership?  Cancel it now.  Get all your daily exercise and more by commuting by bike.  Get fit, healthy and look great.

    Who needs storage?

    No longer do you need a bike shed at home or hefty chains and locks.  Save your pennies as this bike will fold in under 20 seconds to such a miniscule size you can pop it in a cupboard, under your desk or even in the boot if you must take a car.

    Thieves beware

    Thieves beware as you’ll no longer be able to pinch bikes from outdoors.  Remain safe in the knowledge your bike is indoors with you and not left alone outdoors offering an attractive invitation to thieves.  Save money on bike insurance or having to replace a stolen bicycle.

    Weather friendly

    As you won’t have to store a Brompton bike outdoors, you’ll prolong the life of your bike by avoiding weather damage.  Direct sunlight can dry and split tyres.  Condensation can build up causing rust inside frames when left in a cold garage.

    Have you ever considered a folding bike?  Let me know in the comments.

    5 ways you can save money with a Brompton folding bike

    Credit: Brompton Bicycle

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  2. Residues of 123 pesticides found in children’s school fruit! Yuck!

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    I was really shocked to receive an email to my inbox this week with an alarming report discovering children’s school fruit snacks contain residues of up to 123 pesticides!  Isn’t this disgusting?  At home we always buy organic if the option is available as I just don’t trust consuming chemicals.  It’s surely common sense that eating unnatural food is no good for us, especially stuff made in laboratories that would never even be found naturally.  I don’t think we even understand half the dangers of chemical pesticides and in years to come people will think we were crazy for covering our food supply in them!

    Personally I’d much rather pay a little extra and invest in my health and the environment.  I don’t understand why anyone would consume chemicals by choice.  I bet if we saw the bottles of chemicals farmers used we wouldn’t drink them.  I also bet if supermarkets had to list the chemicals used on each fruit on the labels, sales for organic fruit and veg would skyrocket!

    Residues of 123 pesticides found in children’s school fruit! Yuck!

    Read Why I Prefer Organic Food to see more of my opinion on choosing organic.

    According to the article only an extra 1p per child per day would mean they can have organic fruit instead.  This is definitely something that I think should be enforced.  Or perhaps we just supply them with fruit for home?  I’d quite happily give my daughter a piece of fresh organic fruit each day to take in.

    It is a tricky one.  Do I give her a piece of fruit to take in anyway, or let her carry on having the school fruit so she has the same as her peers?

    At least it’s only one piece of fruit a day and I know at home she gets mostly organic, plus a wholefood no refined sugar diet.  I can’t shelter her forever from bad food and she does eat ‘normal’ food at other’s homes, parties and when eating out.  I still feel guilty though as I’m allowing her to have this piece of chemical filled fruit at school which could be damaging to her health.

    Mum guilt is rife here where I choose to eat things because I believe they are healthier and it’s better for the environment, yet I let my children eat other things.  I just hope I can equip them with the knowledge they need to make their own choices once they are old enough to understand it all.

    Are you as shocked at this discovery as me?  Would you prefer to send in your own snack to school?  Let me know in the comments.

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  3. Easy ways to keep fit this autumn

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    Easy ways to keep fit this autumn

    Now that summer’s over and the holidays have ended, now is a good time to get focused on your fitness and give your health a much-needed boost. Don’t let the colder weather stop you from getting fit; there are plenty of ways to get healthy this autumn. Take a look at these great ways to get fit this season.

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    Take up walking

    Walking is one of the most effective exercises for your body. It’s ideal for those who have a low fitness level and can help boost your heart rate enough to count as some of your recommended daily activity. You should aim to walk 10,000 steps or more a day (roughly five miles) to help stay fit and lose some weight. As it starts getting colder, you should invest in some new walking clothes. You can pick up some lovely designer country clothing by Schoffel to make sure you warm on those chillier autumn days. Make sure you invest in a good scarf and some hats as well as layers you can take off if you get too warm.

    Start running

    Running is a fantastic exercise that improves your stamina and works several muscle groups. Running can also be quite therapeutic, so it’s good for your mental health too. Check out this running guide for beginners to help you get started and ensure that you practice the right technique. All you need is a good pair of running trainers and a motivational playlist to help you discover a love for running.

    Practice yoga

    Yoga is an excellent exercise to help you relieve stress, improve flexibility and take some time for yourself. As an ideal exercise for parents, you can take up yoga in your own home using workout videos and even TV workouts that will teach the moves and let you learn at your own pace. Yoga is suitable for people of all abilities, despite what you might think. There are many variations to help make exercises easier, and you can also buy equipment like elastic bands to help you improve your stretch to work your way up to those more complex moves.

    Start cycling

    Cycling in the summer months can make you too hot, which makes it harder to get where you want ago. When the weather is cooler in autumn, you can get on your bike and enjoy cycling longer distances while admiring the beautiful autumn foliage. Take care when cycling by wearing a helmet and equip your bike with lights. As the mornings and evenings get darker you should also kit yourself out in reflective clothing and lighter colours to help other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians see you when you’re on the road.

    Making an effort to get fit during the autumn months will help you beat those post-summer blues and help you keep your energy levels high. While it’s tempting to just curl up on the sofa, getting fit now will help you to ward off winter colds and viruses and beat the winter bloat. A balanced diet to accompany your new fitness plan will help you boost your immunity for a happy and healthy autumn.

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