Get Fit in the Mitt – Episode 10 – Pedal to Better Health

Get Fit in the Mitt – Episode 10 – Pedal to Better Health


Hi, I’m Meg Gallert from Lakeland Health.
We want to inspire you to get moving and take advantage of the many local, affordable and
unique exercise activities right here in southwest Michigan. We also talk with local health experts in our Ask the Experts blog. Join me as we
begin our “Get Fit in the Mitt” journey! What’s better than bicycling on the open
road — past beaches, farms, vineyards, and through beautiful, wooded parks? Bicycling
allows you to get up close and personal with Michigan’s Great Southwest while boosting
your heart rate, burning calories, and strengthening and toning muscles. And the best news is – the
roads are free! In this episode of “Get Fit in the Mitt,”
we’ll explore the health benefits of bicycling, and hear one man’s first-hand experience
about how this simple exercise dramatically changed his
Let’s get rolling! Meet Mike Jones, Owner of Cycle and Fitness here
in St. Joseph. Mikehe’s going to share some bicycle tips for
beginners, like me! Thanks for joining us Mike! No problem Meg, glad to have you here. Thank
you. Now Mike, obviously you enjoy bicycling because
you opened a store devoted to it . Tell me, why do you enjoy this exercise so much? Cycling
is a great exercise because it gives you a chance to get out and get the fresh air, and
you get a good cardio vascular workout while you’re riding without the impact like you
would get from running. It just gives you a chance to get out and clear your mind and
just enjoy the day of the beautiful weather we have in southwest Michigan. We provide
a fully service. We have everything from beginner kids bikes with training wheels all the way
up to expert try-athletes, road riders, mountain bikers, we have a full service department
where we can take care of any bike that’s purchased anywhere and we can repair it and
take care of all your cycling needs. So mike tell me about the different styles of bicycles
that are available to purchase out there. Well there’s four real basic styles that are
out there, you have the road bike. For the people who wanna get out there and ride, with
the drop style handlebars with multiple hand positions and narrow tire – Makes it easier
on your long rides. Next bike would be called the hybrid, which has got the upright handle
bars on there and just a little bit wider tire than your gunna see on the road bike.
Nice comfortable ride, riding up to probably 30 miles at a time when you go out and ride.
Then a comfort bike for people who ride around the neighborhood or ride around town, you
got the nice wide tire which gives you nice shock absorption when you’re riding on the
bike and again the upright seating position to make it easier on ya so you don’t have
to lean over. And then for those people that wanna be out in the aggressor riding and ride
in the trails you got the mountain bike. With a more aggressive seating position where you’re
leaning forward and then you got the big wide tires on there to give you traction when you’re
off road and then you get the disk breaks which gives you real strong breaking power
for riding in the wrong terrains. Thank you so much! Now can you tell me, how
would I know when a bike fits me properly? Well when you get on a bike, lets pull this
one up and take a look here, we wanna adjust the seat and you adjust the seat with the
quick release lever on it like this, it slides up and down to get it set up on there and
im gunna move that in position for ya, and go ahead and climb up on that seat meg and
lets see how that fits. And go ahead and pedal that backwards a couple times and then stop
with the pedal straight down at the bottom and you should just have a slight bend in
your leg like that which will allow your legs your muscles to stretch out more so you get
a nice comfortable ride as you’re riding. So Mike tell me, what safety precautions should
you take with bicycling? Well the most important piece you should ride
with is a helmet. Another nice thing you should have on the bicycle is a rear light on the
bike so as you’re ridding with traffic the vehicles behind you can see you and you also
wanna follow all the rules of the road as you would if you were driving a car. You wanna
use hand signals to let the vehicles behind you know and also other cyclist that are riding
with you know whats going on. And those signals are, left hand up to turn right, straight
out for left hand turn and drop your hand down for slow and stop. Now that we’ve learned some bicycling basics
lets hit the road! This episode was originally inspired by Howard Kingsley! the winner of
our “Get Fit in the Mitt” video contest. One of my favorite fitness tips is to find
an exercise activity you love to do, and stick with it! Howard’s passion for bicycling
was evident in his video contest submission where he captured the natural, picturesque
beauty of southwest Michigan while bicycling along the country roads and trails in Berrien
County. A 15-year cyclist, Howard began riding after
his third knee injury. In his video, He credits bicycling for saving his life after suffering
from major cardiac issues including the placement of five stents. So Howard why is bicycling your favorite exercise?
I love Bicycling because I can go a lot farther and a lot faster than I do when im running
and i get to see all the wild life (Yeah) and the country roads are so nice to ride
on. How many miles do you typically ride every week?
Uh a 100 miles is e really good week for me but sometimes ill ride as much as 150. Wow!
So obviously you’ve pedaled all across Berrien county and beyond, What are some of your favorite
trails to ride on or even bicycling events to participate in? My favorite trail is the
Kal-Haven Trail. It runs from south haven to Kalamazoo, its about 35 miles each way
its nice cause you can go out each way and come back. My favorite event would be the
Apple Cider Century. Its such a big event that you’re never alone on the road, if you
had a problem there were plenty of people to help you with it and its just a lot of
fun. Now what advise would you give new cyclists or beginner cyclist? Best thing to do is get
a lot saddle time in, it doesn’t matter how fast you ride its getting use to the saddle
and a big thing is padded spandex shorts. If you’re not comfortable on your seat you’re
not gunna ride it and thats one of the big things that’ll help you out. Great! Thank you for watching this episode of “Get
Fit in the Mitt!” Join the conversation about health and wellness
online. If you have an exercise or topic that you’d like to see featured by the “Get
Fit in the Mitt” team, let us know visit www.getfitinthemitt.com And as always, remember to…“Get Fit in
the Mitt!”

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