~ By MFit customer service specialist Celine and Vancouver personal trainer and MFit co-owner Nikki Layton. To learn more about Nikki check out her bio.
I’m one of those people. I don’t wear a helmet, and it’s about time that changed! After a few close calls and hearing the constant concerns of all the personal trainers at Momentum Fitness where I work and all my friends, it’s time to trade in the “I’m invincible” attitude for a realist approach. Riding a bicycle, especially in a busy urban area, is dangerous. The statistics are staggering, and even now as I’m writing this, I wonder how I went so long without wearing one. The reasons I gave are the ones you would typically hear:
Now that I realize that I really do need a helmet how do I get started? How do I take the plunge and find the helmet that suits my needs? I feel at a loss when it comes to knowledge of proper fit, style and safety. That’s where Nikki Layton comes in. As the owner of Momentum Fitness, she knows a thing or two about physical activity and safety, and is an avid cyclist herself. She shared her genuine concerns with me about the absolute necessity of a helmet, and gave me some helpful tips on what to look for in a helmet.
What not to do:
I know that we have all done this or seen this on the streets of Vancouver and probably other fine cities! It is especially popular with Dad’s taking their children out for a ride!
The other commonly seen error is perching the helmet on top of your head like a beret! It needs to be properly aligned, fitted and actually done up!
What to do when you wear your helmet:
There are a few key pieces that you should look at when you buy and wear your helmet:
Now that Celine has no more “reasons” to not wear a helmet if you every see her on the streets of Vancouver without hers give her a yell and please try not to hit her we really like having her as part of our team here at Momentum Fitness!
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