What is a U Cycle?
u cycle is the process of recycling spent fuel (uranium and plutonium) from nuclear reactors. This is done through a combination of front end and back end activities. Front end processes include mining, milling, processing and enrichment. Back end processes include electricity generation, reprocessing and waste management.
Unlike a physical inventory, which counts stock only once a year, cycle counting involves reviewing small, preselected sections of inventory more frequently. This method is particularly useful for businesses that don’t have the time or resources to conduct annual inventories.
Whether you start your day with a trip on a u cycle or simply swap your commute to work for one, you will be doing your body and mind a favour. During cycling exercise blood flow to the brain increases by 28 per cent and even shortly after activity ends, some areas maintain 40 per cent higher levels of blood flow.
Those who cycle regularly will also experience improved sleep quality. This is due to the physical activity helping to reduce stress and because of the lower level of air pollution, which has been found to cause breathing problems for some people.
The social side of cycling is a bonus too. Research shows that socialising releases the bonding hormone oxytocin and helps to calm the ‘fight or flight’ response in our bodies.
A major reason for not being able to fit exercise into our daily routine is finding the time. Cycling allows you to fit activity into your day without having to think about it and is often quicker than getting around by bus or car. It also opens up avenues to explore your local area in a way that is different from driving and gives you an insight into the life of your community, both literally and metaphorically.