December 17, 2017

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Biking for a Healthy Lifestyle

David Detert, MD – Litchfield Bike/Walk to Work/School Wednesday

Biking has always been important to me; for more than 15 years I have biked to work, weather permitting, during the spring, summer and fall.  Yesterday, I participated in the “Bike/Walk to Work/School Wednesday” in Litchfield where students and workers were encouraged to leave the car in the garage, skip the bus and instead walk or bike to school or work.

I spend a lot of time biking to maintain conditioning and try to participate in a couple of biking events every summer.  In the past I have participated in the MS 150 which is a bike ride which is the biggest 2 day bike ride where we ride 150 miles from Duluth to the Twin Cities.  Another fun ride was the Jesse James Bike Tour in Northfield, Minn., where we toured through the scenic lakes region of Rice County.

As a family medicine physician at ACMC-Litchfield, I tell my patients that to stay fit you need to incorporate healthy lifestyles into everyday living which is why I choose to ride my bike to work.  If you don’t do that, you tend to put it off and not get it done.

There are many benefits that you can gain from riding bike. Its great aerobic exercise, improves your balance and coordination, cuts down on the amount of money you spend on gas, it reduces pollution and its fun! People who perform aerobic exercise a few times a week are at decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Make riding bike a part of your lifestyle; grab the bike, grab the family and get on the trails!

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