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Always Aware: May is National Bike Month

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 04 2014 09:06:36 PM CDT
Updated On: May 05 2014 06:46:43 AM CDT

May is National Bike Month

Whether you bike to work or school, ride to save money, or pump those pedals to preserve your health, there are many reasons why folks ride bikes.

May is National Bike Month and 69 News wants you to be Always Aware.

Riding a bicycle is an easy way to get around and get some exercise.

"The Valley has a robust cycling community," explained Dr. Ron Kriner with St. Luke's University Health Network.

And he should know: Kriner is an avid rider and part of a local cycling team.

"It becomes a very contagious and addictive process, and it becomes part of your life."

As National Bike Month rolls through, folks who love the sport are pushing its benefits. Mentally being outside and surrounded by nature can be a great stress reliever. But pumping the pedals also is good for your physical health.

"Twenty minutes a day, three days a week that's all it takes," shared St. Luke's University Health Network's Dr. Robert deQuevedo. "And just being outside has got a tremendous amount of benefits, and you'll just feel better."

"It's going to help with cardiac health, it's going to help lower blood pressure, increase metabolism so better maintenance of weight and healthy weight," Kriner added.

Riding has less impact on bad joints, and folks of all abilities and ages can easily give biking a try.

"There's hybrid bikes, there's mountain bikes, there's all different ways to fit people to make them comfortable so that they can ride," deQuevedo described.

"The options are unlimited for whatever aspect of cycling you chose," added Kriner.