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5 Quick and Easy Daily Exercise Tips


Photo from Flickr by Kevin Dooley

Photo from Flickr by Kevin Dooley

Let’s face it. When it comes to exercising, we tend to brush it aside pretty quickly. It takes too much time, we say. Who has time to go to the gym after work when the kids need to be fed and laundry needs to be done and you have a big presentation at work tomorrow?

Juggling life isn’t easy. But exercising doesn’t always have to be complicated. Yes, going to the gym or getting outside to exercise is important, but there are other quick and easy ways to get a couple of minutes of exercise in while you’re working on other things.

Here are some of our favorite suggestions. Give these a try. We’re willing to bet you can squeeze some of these into your daily routine.

1. Going to the store? Park farther away from the door.

Why would you want to do that? Because the extra few steps you walk are a good way to get a brief bit of exercising in.  If you’re going grocery shopping and you have a couple of extra minutes, consider pushing your cart an extra lap around the store before heading to the checkout. Or take an extra lap around the mall. Either way, be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

2. Cooking dinner? Do counter push-ups in the kitchen.

It may seem bizarre at first glance, but this suggestion from Prevention Magazine actually makes a lot of sense. While you’re waiting for dinner to bake or water to boil, put your arms on the counter and do some standing push-ups. The article suggests standing about an arm’s length away from the counter for maximum impact.

3. Watching TV? Grab a quick workout during commercial breaks.

Instead of sitting and watching commercials, take advantage of the time and try this simple exercise suggested by Seventeen magazine called a “Star Pass.” Here’s how the article describes it:

“Start in a standing position with your arms over your head, holding the remote control in between both hands. Bend to your right, lifting your left leg off the ground so that your body looks like a star. Then repeat to the left.”

4. Eating lunch at work? Sneak a quick walk in on your lunch break.

More and more professionals are taking advantage of their midday 30- or 60-minute breaks to get a brisk walk in. According to Fitness Magazine, a walk is not only good for you physically, but it will help make you more productive in those sluggish afternoon hours than sitting and eating lunch at your desk.

5. Have chores to do around the house? Make them exercise moments.

The American Heart Association offers several great tips for making the most out of those household chores we dislike so much. Use a push mower to mow the grass. Take the dog for a walk. Stretch while reaching things on high shelves. Squat to reach things on low shelves. If possible, walk or bike to the store instead of driving. All of these things seem minor, but together would add up to a fairly substantial workout.

While those may be our favorites, there are many, many more possibilities for adding exercise moments to your daily routine.  What are some things you’re doing to improve your exercising during the week? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear about it.

How to burn 300 – 500 calories an hour

By incorporating exercises into things we already do every day, we create new habits for ourselves that will improve our health. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, try some of these exercises, then try a more rigorous workout on days when you have a less hectic schedule. Establishing a routine is important!

Want to know our secret way to burn 300 – 500 calories per hour? Read this.

3 Reasons to Take Up Biking


Photo from Flickr by anyjazz65

Photo from Flickr by anyjazz65

When the weather is nice enough, there’s nothing better than getting outside. Many people who exercise trade their treadmills and stationary bikes for sidewalks, pavement and actual bikes.

If you’re an avid bicyclist, you already know the benefits of biking. You’re also a trendsetter. According to a study conducted in 2011 and cited by Men’s Fitness magazine, bicycling has doubled in popularity since 1990.

But just because it’s the cool thing to do right now doesn’t mean that’s the only reason to take up biking. Here are three reasons that you may not have considered.

1. It’s a stress reliever.

We’ve been told time and time again that exercising is a great way to relieve stress. But bicyclists might actually reap the benefits more than those who run or jog. Why? Bicycling is a legitimate method of transportation. Studies have shown that those who use bicycles as a means of transportation have a significantly lower stress level than those who commute via cars and public transportation.

2. It’s a great way to connect with family.

It’s become one of the great iconic images of family life in the United States – the mother or father who is pushing a young child on a bicycle … and then lets go for the first time. Bicycling is a great multigenerational activity. Parents can go on bike rides with their children. Grandparents can ride with their grandkids. Tandem biking is a great family activity. (Going out in a Rhoades Car combines the possibilities of both biking and conversation; no more yelling over your shoulder while going on a ride!)

3. It’s another way to connect with the outdoors.

There’s a reason why we all migrate outdoors once the temperature starts to warm up. Biking is a great method of transportation to visit a local park. Many parks offer biking trails, allowing for another way to take in nature other than hiking. Taking in all of the fresh air and the beauty of nature, it’s hard not to feel young again when you take your bike out for a ride.

It’s time to get your bike out of the garage, clean it off, and take it out for a ride. It won’t take you long to fall in love all over again with bicycling.

Ready to pedal?

Bicycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s a great way to get exercise while connecting with those you love and enjoying the outdoors. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Are you celebrating National Bike Month?

Why We Love Farmers Markets


 Farmers Market by AcrylicArtist

Farmers Market photo by AcrylicArtist

Spring has finally sprung in most of the nation, which also means the return of many of our area farmers markets and produce stands.

Farmers markets offer so many unique things to a community. Obviously there are fresh fruits and vegetables, but some markets also offer freshly baked breads and desserts, preserves and jellies, fresh flowers, handmade soaps and even breakfast foods to eat while you’re shopping. What’s not to love?

Five Reasons Why We Support Farmers Markets

1. They’re local. Studies have shown that making food purchases within a community not only benefits local farmers financially but encourages a stronger sense of community within its members. Not only will you shop for the produce you need, you’ll also build relationships with the vendors selling the food.

2. They’re fresh. According to nutrition.gov, freshly picked fruits and vegetables are at their “peak in flavor and nutrition.” They’re also full of valuable nutrients and antioxidants. And, because fruits and vegetables are seasonal, your fresh choices will vary from month-to-month, adding variety into the meals you prepare.

3. They’re relaxing. Let’s be honest –we tend to put off going to the grocery store. Why? Because we don’t like to fight the crowds, pushing carts down the aisles, reaching around others for what we’re looking for in an indoor environment. Farmers markets are much more laid back and slower-paced than most supermarkets. And shopping outdoors on a nice day is always a good thing. Soak up the fresh air and get your shopping done at the same time.

4. They’re kid friendly. Need a fun Saturday morning activity? Take your kids with you to the market. Many markets offer special activities or snacks specifically for children. Ask your children to help pick out the fruits and vegetables for dinner that evening, then have them help you prepare the meal. It’s a valuable lesson in where the food they eat comes from and it helps to build healthy eating habits at a young age.

5. They’re environmentally friendly. There’s a reason why farm-to-table style restaurants have grown in popularity as of late. Shipping food across the country is not only expensive, it’s harmful to the environment. Think about the amount of gasoline consumption that could be reduced simply by purchasing your produce locally. As a consumer, you can help with this as well. Why not ride your bike, take your Rhoades Car, or even walk to a nearby farmers market?

How about you?

Not only are there fresh fruits and vegetables, but farmers markets support the local community and can be a family-friendly activity. Next Saturday, why not grab your Rhoades Car and head over to your nearest farmers market?

Do you frequent farmers markets too? What do you like about them? Leave us a comment below please. We always love to hear from our readers.

 

 

Get Involved in National Bike Month


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Did you know that May is National Bike Month? The League of American Bicyclists, which has been around since 1880, has encouraged communities across the nation to participate in events and activities celebrating the benefits of biking.

The most popular event of the month is Bike to Work Day, which is May 16. Bike to Work Week is May 12-16. Why encourage people to ride their bikes to work? The League offers the following statistics:

  • More than half of the population of the United States lives within 5 miles of their workplace.
  • Bicycling is rapidly growing as a means of transportation to and from the office. In cities the organization has deemed “Bicycle Friendly Communities,” commuting rates increased 80 percent from 2000 to 2011.
  • In the 70 largest U.S. cities, bicycle commuting is has increased 90.1 percent from 1990 to 2012.

Many cities across the country are participating in unique Bike to Work Day activities. Here are a few of our favorites:

In San Francisco, Bike to Work Day will be held on May 8 (rather than May 16). The 20th annual event is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of bicycling commuters.

In New York City, Transportation Alternatives is challenging work places to see which office can bike to work the most from May 12-16. Companies are competing for the title of NYC’s Happiest Workplace, bragging rights, and undisclosed but “awesome” prizes.

The Sacramento Region is challenging its residents to log 2 million miles on their bikes during the month of May. Employers have the ability to compete as well, with companies divided into small, medium and large categories.

In Ohio, the Dayton Five Rivers MetroParks is offering a delicious incentive for Bike to Work Day – a pancake breakfast for participants, complete with games and a photo booth.

Sound like fun? Interested in getting your office involved? Bicycling Magazine offers the following suggestions in encouraging your colleagues to participate in biking to work:

  • Ask. Send an email encouraging participation.
  • Remember the children. Find a way to encourage parents to ride with their children. Maybe create a “convoy” of parents and children riding together.
  • Show the way. Provide a map of routes to the office that are safe for biking.

Also, do some quick research prior to creating your event. It’s very likely there are additional offices already participating in some sort of community or city-wide effort. See what you can do to join in to those as well.

There are more events in National Bike Month as well.

CycloFemme is a bike event held nationwide on Mother’s Day (May 11), encouraging women to ride. As of mid-April, more than 90 cities in 13 countries had announced rides and events in connection with the day.

For the kids, May 7 has been declared National Bike/Walk to School Day. Similar to Bike to Work Day, it’s an event that encourages kids to seek alternative transportation with their parents and friends. The event’s website has a ton of information on suggested event activities for the kids, how to get the school and community involved and safety tips.

How about you? Are you in?

By working with either your employer to participate in Bike to Work Day or your school or PTA to participate in Bike/Walk to School Day, you’re encouraging others to consider a healthier alternative to commuting. It’s also a great way to build community with your coworkers or other families in your school district.

If your workplace or school is already planning on participating, be sure you get involved! Ride your bike (or your Rhoades Car) and encourage your kids to ride theirs as well. See what you can do to help promote biking in your community and spread the word.

Are you participating? Share a link to your local group in the comments please. We would love to learn more about how and where you’ll be cycling during National Bike Month.

Five Tips for Living Greener


Photo by ronnieb

Photo by ronnieb

With Earth Day tomorrow, the entire month of April has been designated as Earth Month.  In honor of this celebration of preservation and conservation, many magazines and online publications have offered up lists of suggestions of simple things we can all do to help preserve the environment.

We’ve gone through those lists and selected five of our favorites below.

Have some suggestions of your own? Leave a comment below and share your ideas.

1.  Use a reusable water bottle.

Here’s a sobering statistic, courtesy of Real Simple magazine: Every hour, Americans use 3.3 million plastic water bottles. Of those bottles, only 1 in 5 are recycled.

Not only does a reusable water bottle reduce waste and plastic consumption, but it also helps your pocketbook. Reusable water bottles are significantly cheaper than buying bottled water each month. If filtration is a concern, consider purchasing a pitcher with a filter or a faucet-mounted filter. While they may be more expensive up front, they’ll save you money in the long run.

2. Take shopping bags with you.

Another Real Simple statistic: Americans households use around 100 billion plastic bags annually. Yes, 100 billion. Of those bags, only 1 percent are ever recycled.

Reusable shopping bags are very inexpensive and again serve as another way to reduce plastic consumption.

3. Reconsider your laundry habits.

Several publications offered suggestions regarding that dreaded chore – laundry. Real Simple recommended reconsidering how often you wash certain items of clothing. Not everything needs to be laundered after a single wearing. It is possible to get more than one wear out of that cardigan or pair of jeans.

HGTV suggests only using your washer if you have a full load of laundry to do. Products are available to allow for better mixing of laundry loads. By simply consolidating laundry, you can significantly reduce both your water and energy consumption.

4. Reuse things.

We’re all guilty of this one. What things do we routinely throw away that we could easily reuse? How about that cardboard coffee sleeve you got with your drink this morning? Or that plastic sandwich bag that you used for lunch?

Along those same lines, what things around the house that you don’t need any more could you donate instead of throwing away? This is especially true with electronics and items of clothing.

5. Reduce emissions.

HGTV suggests that simple driving tips like making sure your tires are inflated and filters are clean can help improve your fuel efficiency by 25 percent.

But we think we can do better than that. What about reconsidering what kinds of things you need to use your car for? Think about taking your bike – or your Rhoades Car quadricycle (also no emissions) – to run errands or complete short trips.

What do you think?

Not only are all of these things good for the environment, but many of them will also save you money in the long-term as well. That’s a double-win!

Do you do any of the above? How do you live greener?

Summer Vacation Destinations for Bicyclists


rhoades car vacationAs soon as the weather starts to warm up, we turn our attention to planning that ever-important trip – our summer vacations.

If you’re a bicyclist or a Rhoades Car owner, consider a vacation destination that would include a bike trip.

Here are our top five suggested travel destinations, all of which have at least one bike path included on the Best City Bike Paths list recently published by The Active Times.

5.  Southern California

If you like scenic rides in the city, then SoCal is the place for you. Start in San Diego and bike the25-mile Bayshore Bikeway, which encircles the San Diego Bay and ends with a ferry ride from Coronado to San Diego. A bonus – most of this path is separated from car traffic.

Then, head north into Los Angeles, and check out the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, which runs along the coast and includes the cities of Santa Monica, Venice and Torrance. It’s beachfront riding at its finest.

4. Tucson, Arizona

Not only is Tucson a beautiful city, it also is home to a bike path that is perfect for a bit more of an ambitious trek. It’s called The Loop and it’s the culmination of a project that’s been connecting all of the paths around Tucson to allow riders (and joggers, too) to complete a full circle around the city. The entire route is 55 miles.

If that’s a bit much for your biking tastes, The Active Times recommends trying one portion of The Loop – the Rillito River Path. This 12-mile section is one of the most scenic in the city.

3. Northern California

If you’re part technology enthusiast, part oenophile and part bicyclist, this is the perfect vacation destination. First, check out the Los Gatos Creek Trail in San Jose. It’s a low-impact 10-mile route that runs through the heart of Silicon Valley and is ideal for hikers and bikers alike.

Also, be sure to stop in San Francisco. There is a bike path that follows the Embarcadero, then heads over the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you’re worried about all of those famous San Francisco hills, The Active Times says not to worry. This bike path is low-lying and offers some of the best views of the city and the bay.

Then, before heading either farther north to visit wine country, consider a ride along the American River Bike Trail. It’s a 32-mile path from Sacramento to Folsom, it’s a quiet route that travels through nature areas and parks and offers a nice reprieve from the hustle of the city.

2. Austin, Texas

Probably most well-known as the home to the nation’s largest music and technology festival, South by Southwest, Austin is also home to one of the nation’s best bike paths. The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail was ranked No. 7 in the nation by The Active Times. It’s an easy 10-mile path that circles Lady Bird Lake in central Austin.

1. Oregon

Oregon is home to two of the nation’s Top 10 bike paths. In Eugene, the Willamette River Trail is a 12-mile route that crosses the river multiple times. Unlike some of the other destinations, this trail is right in the heart of it all and riders can take multiple breaks to visit shopping centers, the University of Oregon campus or any one of a number of breweries along the trail.

But the feature of an Oregon trip is a visit to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and Springwater Trail in Portland. Portland was named the top bicycling city in the country by Bicycling Magazine in 2012 and these trails showcase why. The Active Times recommends starting on the short 1.5-mile Esplanade, which goes through the heart of Portland, then continuing on to the 21-mile Springwater Trail, a former rail trail that takes a very scenic route out to Boring.

What about you? Where do you like to relax and ride?

Regardless of your destination, they’re all great vacation spots with some of the best biking trails in the nation. You can’t go wrong with any of these locations.

What is your favorite cycling destination? It may even be in your own backyard. Leave us a comment please.

British Royalty Takes a Spin on a Rhoades Car Quadracycle


For Immediate Release

April 8, 2014

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — April 8, 2014 — Britain’s Prince Harry opened the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday and took a spin on a USA-Made Rhoades Car quadracycle.  

“It was really quite a surprise when we heard about the story in USA Today and then saw the BBC video of Prince Harry riding our 2-person Rhoades Cycle Car.  We couldn’t be more delighted to have someone as famous and affable as Prince Harry ride one of our quadracycles – and for such a great cause,” according to Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the newest and largest park in London and its mayor, Boris Johnson, commented “This is going to be a quite astonishing place to come and bring your family.” 

The 2-person Rhoades Cycle Car was brought to the park by non-profit Bikeworks LPrince Harryondon and Motivate East, a free inclusive sports participation project for disabled people. “Our customers are people of all ages who like the stability of having four wheels under them.  The beauty of our products is that almost everybody can ride a Rhoades Car.  If you think about it, it’s how Henry Ford started in the early 1900’s,” Pomakoy added. 

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of 1, 2 and 4-person quadracycles with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone or with loved ones or caregivers.  Celebrating its 23rd year in business in 2014, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about Rhoades Car, call 800-531-2737, send an email to info@rhoadescar.com or visit www.RhoadesCar.com. For information on exclusive dealerships in the USA, visit the special dealer page on the Rhoades Car website.  For International dealership inquiries contact info@rhoadescar.com.

What’s Happening at Rhoades Car


We’ve been really busy. Here are some important messages from us you may have missed!

Rhoades Car Looking to Expand its Exclusive Dealer Network

Looking for a way to earn additional income, set your own schedule and have some fun? Rhoades Car, a certified Made-in-the-USA manufacturer of 4-wheel quadracycles, is looking to expand its dealer network and the great news is that you do … Continue reading →

When Customer Service Really Means Going the Extra Mile(s)

Every company is faced with challenges every now and then. But what do you do when you have a shipment sitting on a truck in Michigan and the trucking company does not have a small delivery truck to deliver to a remote area? Continue reading →

The Rhoades SOLARped Series – 100% Powered by the Sun

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, recently announced the release of a new model series – the Rhoades SOLARped – 100% powered by the sun. “This is really exciting because we’ve … Continue reading →

Therapeutic Exercise for People with Joint Replacements

Couple with multiple joint replacements said if it weren’t for their Rhoades Car, they would get very little exercise. Continue reading →

Economic Forecast Right for Rhoades Car

Rhoades Car as a healthy alternative to a golf cart is set to play a much larger role in transportation as the trend for more frugal urban living increases with Americans wanting to live closer to workplaces, shopping, schools, and other community gathering places. Continue reading →

Rhoades Car Looking to Expand its Exclusive Dealer Network


Looking for a way to earn additional income, set your own schedule and have some fun?

Rhoades Car, a certified Made-in-the-USA manufacturer of 4-wheel quadracycles, is looking to expand its dealer network and the great news is that you do NOT have to be a bike shop to be a Rhoades Car dealer.  You do not even need a brick and mortar location. Our main requirement is that you participate in area shows and demos where people can test drive your Rhoades Car floor models.

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All of our dealers receive a special dealer packet so they can promote their Rhoades Car display models at events where people congregate.

Opening Order Dealer Package Includes:

  • Four of our top-selling models for your display/exhibit
  • Exclusive Territory – no other dealer competition
  • Exclusive territory listing on the Rhoades Car website and a customized dealer  website
  • High commission on every Rhoades Car sale
  • 10’ x 10’ commercial-grade display tent with 4 zippered side walls, awning and stakes
  • One – 3’ x 10’ Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer Banner for inside your tent with full-color photos of our most popular models for you to promote
  • One – Pull up modular trade show display (28” x 84”)
  • Initial supply of 250 full-color Residential Catalogs and price sheets featuring every Rhoades Car model and available options
  • Initial supply of 250 Industrial Line Catalogs and price sheets
  • Customized Rhoades Car Business Card identifying you as an official Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer that you can have printed locally
  • Comprehensive dealer training program at our Hendersonville, TN factory
  • Consumer Financing program available to close sales

This unique program was developed by Rhoades Car because, quite simply, we want people from all over the country to be able to test drive a Rhoades Car without having to drive to the factory in Tennessee. Your display models act as your test drive vehicles and people who visit you and want to place an order, do so with YOU. You just call the order into Rhoades Car and we handle the transaction, place the order into our production schedule and ship the order directly to your customer (or to you, if you prefer).

The best news is that you’ll make a HIGH COMMISSION on every sale you make, and you don’t have to worry about anything else! There is even a financing program available for credit qualified customers at your events.

Think about the exhibiting opportunities you’ll have right in your area – county fairs, craft fairs, RV parks, gated community clubhouses, health clubs, retirement community expos, healthy living shows, green shows, industrial shows, civic events, parades, and more – the sky is the limit! Set up takes less than 15 minutes and your bikes are your display!

IMG_2687 Total Initial Investment: $22,500 (including crating and shipping of initial 4 models). 13-month financing is available for credit-qualified candidates.

To learn more about the Rhoades Car Exclusive Dealer Program,  call us at 800-531-2737.  For more details on this exciting program, click here.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Call 800-531-2737 for more information.

Therapeutic Exercise for People with Joint Replacements


Jim and Nita Armour from Somerville, TN visited Rhoades Car last week and couldn’t say enough good things about their red GoBoy X2. They lead busy lives helping their daughter Kathleen Walker run Tennessee Pewter in Somerville. Both Tennessee Pewter and Rhoades Car have been covered by Tennessee Crossroads, so we share that common bond. But rather than me telling you how they feel about their GoBoy X2, you can listen to Jim tell our VP of Sales and Marketing Phyllis Shelton about their experience:

Nita went on to say she has had both hips replaced and Jim has had knee replacements. Even with multiple joint replacements, they ride comfortably on their GoBoy X2. Jim even said if it weren’t for the GoBoy X2, he and Nita wouldn’t get any exercise other than walking around. Here’s a picture of Jim, Nita and Phyllis next to the red GoBoy X2:

Jim, Nita and Phyllis (web)red GoBoyX2

Have you had a joint replacement? What was your biggest challenge? Leave us a comment below. And if you haven’t liked the Rhoades Car Facebook page yet, now is a great time to do that!

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