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Take your Hawg on a Hike!

TAKE YOUR HAWG ON A HIKE!

First Day Hikes are a great way to start off the New Year!

This growing tradition is part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 28,000 people rang in the New Year, collectively hiking over 66,000 miles throughout the country!

Here are some great links to find hikes near you.

America’s State Parks

American Hiking Society

Recreation.gov



SweatHawg vs Bell Zephyr Bike Helmet

Bell Zephyr bike helmet wicks sweat out in front of your glasses, only $230. Sweat ends up on the outside of glasses, not the inside, and only if the wind is blowing...or you're riding creates air movement.

Hmmm...or how about a SweatHawg Helmet Liner for $22 bucks?

https://cyclingtips.com/2016/11/bell-zephyr-helmet-review-say-goodbye-to-sweat-in-your-eyes/



Let's Opt Out!

This Black Friday I am going to be outside

No Special Black Friday Deals Here

All of us at SweatHawg Headwear will be spending Friday outside having fun

But just wait until Cyber Monday...


Going to #optoutside on Black Friday?  Tell the world!



Forget sweat, year-round! Keeps you happy and healthy.

Cold Short Days

Fall is here with winter close behind, and short days and cold weather may mean it's not so easy getting out to play. How about a little reminder and reinforcement to be sure you keep on doing something that keeps you reaching for your SweatHawg? Forget sweat, year-round! Keeps you happy and healthy. 

What happens to your body when you exercise?

Illustrated by Ekaterina Gapanovich for BrightSide.me
Based on materials from huffingtonpost ,
lifehacker



9 Reasons to Drink Beer

9 reasons to drink beer. Often paired with cycling, hopefully afterwards, beer may seem a near-superfood. Especially after that first thirsty pint. With Oktoberfest just around the corner.

We’ve all read about how great red wine is for our health, and how the French and the Italians, who love their wine, have a lower rate of heart disease than Americans. The belief is that antioxidants called polyphenols, derived from the skin of the grape, which are more prevalent in red wine than white, help protect the cardiovascular system from disease. The jury is still out on the truth of these health claims, since studies, as often is the case in matters of health, have fallen on both sides of the debate. Still, we know that a glass or two of wine a day won’t hurt us, and the relaxation and stress reduction that imbibing affords is an indisputable plus. Most doctors will say, “Cheers!” as long as your drinking is controlled, responsible and moderate, and there are no other health factors to consider (like diabetes or alcoholism, for instance).

But what about red wine’s blue-collar cousin, beer? Each year the average American adult consumes almost three gallons of wine per capita (split about evenly between red and white). Compare that to beer, which we consume at the rate of about 27 gallons per year. Wouldn’t it be great if an ice-cold brewski could provide the health benefits of red wine? Well, as the song goes, happy days are here again! There is considerable evidence that—in moderation—a cold one a day could help keep the doctor away.

Here are nine health benefits that beer may provide.

1. Beer improves digestion.

As any beer aficionado knows, one of beer’s main ingredients is hops, made from the female flowers of the hops plant. Hops are responsible for beer’s bitter, slightly tangy taste. The hops flower also contains a variety of chemicals called bitter acids, which have a number of healthful attributes. One is that bitter acids cause the release of gastric acid in the stomach. Gastric acid is responsible not only for breaking down food in the stomach, but also controlling the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the gut.

2. Beer may fight some cancers.

A 2010 study in Austria found that a chemical found in beer, xanthohumol, stopped the growth of cancer cells and prevented damage to DNA in test rats who had been exposed to carcinogenic chemicals. Particularly promising is that the amount of xanthohumol given to the rats was small, comparable to a typical amount of beer a human might consume. Another earlier study in 2007 reported that lupulone, a bitter acid in beer, eliminated tumors in rats with cancer of the colon. While it is always risky to draw conclusions about human health from studies on animals, studies like these show promise.

3. Beer reduces inflammation.

Inflammation has been fingered as a possible trigger for many modern-day diseases. A 2009 study found that humulone, one of those healthful bitter acids in beer, helped fight inflammation. A separate industry-funded study of humulone in 2013 found it was helpful in preventing and treating viral lung infections.

4. Beer strengthens bones.

The mineral silicon is an important building block for bones. A form of silicon that is prevalent in beer is orthosilicic acid, which also happens to be easily metabolized by the human body. Beers that are brewed with a high amount of malted barley and hops, like IPAs, are the best source of the mineral. Older women, who are especially prone to osteoporosis, take note!

5. Beer cleans your teeth.

Biofilm is the slippery coating that collects on your teeth if you skip brushing enough times. It has been linked to the development of gingivitis and tooth decay. A 2012 study on the effects of certain plant extracts on the build-up of biofilm showed that beer extract prevented the biofilm bacteria from doing its dirty work. The beer extract was more effective than all of the other extracts tested. We’re not suggesting you gargle with a cold Bud in the morning or anything, but…

6. Beer 'hearts' hearts.

Some of the same studies that indicate red wine can lower the risk of heart disease by 25 percent tell us that beer, with the same abundant polyphenols as wine, has the same potential. A 2012 Harvard study reported that heart attack survivors who drank a beer or two a day were 50 percent less likely to die over the next two decades than their non-drinking counterparts.

7. Beer is brain food.

A Chinese study in 2015 found that xanthohumol, the same beer ingredient that helped prevent cancer in rats, was also an effective antioxidant for the brain cells. Other studies have shown xanthohumol may encourage neuron growth and development.

8. Beer protects against kidney stones.

Kidney stone pain is something you want to avoid at all costs. So drink up! In a large study of almost 200,000 participants, beer drinkers were found to have a 40 percent reduced chance of developing kidney stones.

9. Beer helps you recover from a workout.

A study out of Grenada University in Spain found that student participants who drank beer after a tough workout rehydrated better compared to students who drank water or sports drinks.

As is always the case when alcohol is the topic, moderation is key. Any benefits derived from consuming alcohol are usually lost when alcohol is abused, or worse, it could cause damage. Beer (or wine or any alcoholic beverage) should be limited to no more than two drinks per day. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications that may react with alcohol. And of course, never, ever, combine any drinking with driving. That’s what Uber was invented for.

http://www.alternet.org/food/9-reasons-drink-beer

By Larry Schwartz-AlterNet



Thank you SweatHawg


Get Ready To Sweat!

Forecast linked below is for a HOT summer. SweatHawg's got you covered for that awesome drip-free experience. Headbands, Skull CapsHelmet Liners.

Get ready to sweat



Riding the Silk Road

Anyone know these guys? 

Riding the Silk Road from Beijing to Tehran, Northern Route. This is an ambitious and probably life-changing gap year for Will and Charles, and we'll be following them. A small herd of SweatHawgs caught up to them in Ulan Bator, Mongolia just last week, and has joined them for the trip... We will keep you posted on this marvelous adventure, with all it's eventual glorious beauty and staggering hardships. Check out their website, linked below.

Two young Brits, Charles Stevens and Will Hsu will spend their gap year in an attempt to cycle the Silk Road in May 2016, aiming to be the two youngest people to ever complete it. Less people have cycled it that have climbed Everest.

http://beijingtotehran.com/



Epic McKenzie Pass Ride

McKenzie Pass is now completely plowed, but snow canyons remain. Closed to cars until the second week in June. This is an epic and highly recommended opportunity for NW cyclists in general, and Oregonians in particular. Out-and-back from Sisters or Belknap Hot Springs.

In Mid-March



Freedom to Perform

Isn't this, in general terms, the holy grail of sport? Or any determined activity? The elimination of conditions that impair your best performance all bring a measure of Freedom to Perform. 

The experience of freedom in performance is the rationale for the 1 kg carbon road frame (faster!), the wireless or 1x drivetrain (simpler!), longer travel suspension (gnarlier!), the coach, the trainer, the physical therapist, all in the end promise Freedom to Perform.

SweatHawg is in the "perspiration mitigation" business. Your experience of freedom in performance is quickly muted by sweat and sunscreen running into your eyes, or the sweat stained sunglasses that block your view. SweatHawg Headwear offers you freedom from the persistent and even dangerous distraction and annoyance of dripping sweat. If you work or play hard, we've got your number. Choose your weapon, Perform in Freedom. 
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