Pro Cyclers Encourage Biking For a Healthy Lifestyle

The saying goes "it's just like riding a bike." It suggests that once you learn how to bike, it's an activity you can enjoy and remember how to do forever.

"One of the greatest things about cycling is that it is accessible to so many people," said Professional Cyclist, Janel Holcomb, "people of all ages, of all athletic backgrounds, or people without athletic backgrounds, and with different health histories."

She's apart of Optum Pro Cycling Presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies. Her and her team worked with Aspirus Hospital on Monday to help promote healthy living through cycling. Physicians there couldn't agree more.

"When we were kids we had fun and we played with our friends and when mom and dad would say 'it's time to come in and eat,' we wouldn't always come in and eat," said Apirus Exercise Physiologist and Registered Nurse, David Borgemoen. "Then, we get to be adults and then all of a sudden we're doing something all by ourselves and we're kind of dreading it."

That's why they're encouraging people not to do it alone.

"When I first started cycling, I didn't realize I was exercising 8-10 hours a week until it was already happening for quite a few months because I was just doing it to be with people," said Holcomb.

"It takes a while to develop a routine," said Borgemoen. "The individuals who have figured out how to develope that routine, are rather successful with it."

Dana Chadderdon, a not-so avid group rider who road in the 10-11 mile ride on Monday said she's going to try to put it into her health routine.

"I had a great time. I met a few new people I found a group that I'm going to be pretty comfortable riding with in the future," she said. "I can't wait to do it again. I had a great time."

"Ultimately we have the power to change the direction of our health. And getting a bike is the perfect way to take the first step," said Holcomb.

If you want to make biking apart of your daily routine, Holcomb said you just need a bike, a helmet, and a good attitude. She suggests getting your bike checked and ready to go for your first ride at a bike shop. If you would like to find some local trails, you can visit the Department of Natural Resources' website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/activities/bike.html.


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