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Happy National Outdoors Month!

As we welcome the start of summer, it’s an ideal time to celebrate the joy of experiencing the great outdoors. And what better occasion to do so than during National Outdoors Month, which runs through June? Started as National Outdoors Week under President Clinton in 1998 and expanded under the Bush and Obama administrations since then, it’s a yearly event in we celebrate the great outdoors and particularly the enjoyment of our national and state parks.

In honor of National Outdoors Month, we’d like to share some ideas for enjoying everything the outdoors h

as to offer:

  • Go camping. Nothing says summer like camping. Have you taken your family and friends out to the park for a weekend of storytelling and making s’mores by the campfire? It’s one of the best ways you can disconnect from digital overload while reconnecting with nature and the people you love. Settle into your camp chair, enjoy the sounds of the forest, and wow everyone with a good ghost story.
  • Take a hike! Hitting the trails is excellent exercise and can afford you some gorgeous views of the natural wonder that surrounds you. With a trusty water bottle and a compass, you can scale new heights and chart new discoveries in the parks near where you live. Don’t forget the sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses!
  • Enjoy boating, kayaking, or fishing. A lot of people feel rejuvenated in the presence of water, and boating or kayaking is a great way to get some light exercise while doing just that. For those who like a quiet, tranquil experience, fishing can be a lovely way to while away late afternoon hours at a nearby pond or river. A waterproof phone case can be handy to have on any of these expeditions, as can fishing bobbers and floating key chains.
  • Take a bike ride or a stroll at the park. If your park has biking or walking trails, that’s a lovely way to really take in the scenery on a warm summer day. That can be particularly enjoyable if you’re in a metro area. Here in New York, we sometimes like to bike to the park, getting in a little exercise and sunshine on the way as well. A cycling helmet will keep you safe as you bike the trails, while a pedometer will help you keep track of your steps if you’re walking.

Are you interested in getting more active in the great outdoors? Check out our full line of camping equipment and accessories including camp chairs, coolers, beverage coolers, insect repellent, flashlights, and more.

Looking for some ideas for promotional products that might be a good fit for your business this summer? Check out our Fun Promotional Summer Gifts board on Pinterest! Or get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on exceptional promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.

Happy National Bike Month!

Bike MonthDid you know that May is National Bike Month? Established in 1956, it’s a yearly event in which bicycling enthusiasts are encouraged to promote the many benefits that bicycling offers and invite those around them, who may not have really tried much biking before, to give it a spin. National Bike Safety Month, which is also celebrated in May, is a great companion event that puts a special focus on the importance of bike safety.

In honor of National Bike Month, we’d like to share some of the best reasons to get on your bike and go for a ride today:

  • Biking is heart-healthy and helps you lose weight. Biking just 20 miles a week can reduce your risk of coronary disease by 50%! It’s also an excellent, low-friction way to shed a few pounds you may have gained while hibernating this winter.
  • Biking increases your levels of vitamin D. If your doctor is telling you to get more vitamin D, biking is a great and completely natural way to check that off your to do list. Getting more vitamin D in your system can improve your mood and help reduce the likelihood of heart disease and cancer.
  • Biking to work saves you money. Especially if you live in a large metro area like New York, where we’re based, biking to work saves you plenty of money on transportation costs—whether that’s subway and bus fares or gas for your car. In fact, biking more often instead of hopping in the car can reduce wear and tear on your car. Curious to try it out? There’s no better excuse than National Bike to Work Day, which is coming up on May 20.
  • Biking makes you feel fantastic. Just like runners get in the flow state, in which they feel a great sense of calm and happiness as an endorphin rush kicks in, cyclists often report that after a few minutes of riding they begin to feel terrific. And, as with many forms of exercise, biking can ease stress and help you get to sleep more easily at night.
  • Biking gives you a sense of freedom. Here in America, there’s this mystique about driving a car on the open road. It’s said to give us a sense of freedom and independence. Well, the same thing applies to biking! Going wherever your heart takes you, on your own power, is an immensely freeing experience.
  • Biking helps you appreciate your surroundings. Sometimes life moves too fast, and biking is a great way to stop and appreciate the world around you. If you don’t know your neighborhood or area so well, taking a tour on your bike is a great way to get to know it. Biking can stimulate a sense of curiosity in you, adding to your overall sense of creativity and well-being.

bike_month_web_900x900Are you interested in getting started with bicycling, or do you know someone who might want to give it a try? Check out our full line of bicycle accessories including bicycle helmets, bicycle seat covers, sports bottles, and bicycle bells. If you’re interested in promoting bike safety, we have a number of products focused on that topic too, such as bike safety books, bike lights, and clip-on LED reflector safety lights.

Looking for some expert guidance on promotional gifts or products might be a good fit for your business? Get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook or call us at 877-881-6845 and we’ll be glad to advise you on exceptional promotional products that can represent your brand with style and grace.