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There are many health benefits of bicycling

2:35 PM, May 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Healthy Lifestyles-Marshfield Area Coalition's goal is
to promote healthy eating and active living through
community educational programs and events.
Coalition members bring you "Hints for Health." Learn about our Bicycle Discount Program and what bicycling can do for your health.

Riding a bike

Improves general health:

? Aerobic exercises, such as biking, strengthen cardiovascular systems and improve heart function.

? The risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, cancers and other chronic diseases are reduced through aerobic exercise.

Improves muscular endurance:

? The longer you pedal, the more endurance you will have; riding up and down hills, standing on pedals, and changing gear settings will also increase endurance.

Is a minimal impact activity:

? Biking provides similar benefits to the lower body as walking or running but without the weight-bearing aspect of those exercises.

Burns calories:

? Biking can help people lose weight and keep it off, as do other cardiovascular exercises.

? A 160-pound person riding at 10 miles per hour, will burn 292 calories an hour.

Is flexible:

? Riders can choose how strenuous their ride is, how far they go, and how long their workout will last according to their ability level.

Bicycle discount program

The third annual bicycle discount program kicks off June 1. Healthy Lifestyles-Marshfield Area Coalition has designed this program to reward individuals and businesses for their dedication to increasing physical activity through biking and being safe while doing so.

Eighteen businesses in the Marshfield area will provide daily incentives for bicycling patrons.

Participating businesses will have a bicycle discount sign posted on their storefront window.

Participants show punch card and helmet to verify participation.

If participants visit 15 of the 18 businesses, they have a chance to win a grand prize!

? Turn punch card in at the Center for Community Outreach (1701 N. Fig Ave.) with participant's name and phone number on it. Once a card has been turned in, participants can receive a new card to be punched.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, contact Kayleen Moll at moll.kayleen@marshfieldclinic.org or 715-221-8405.

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