Cycling: Good for your body, good for your head
Friday, July 1, 2016
This is prime time for riding a bike. It’s great to be in the saddle of a Harley-Davidson, or better yet for your health, pedaling through summer.
“Cycling is an excellent form of non-impact aerobic exercise. It’s good for our health without pounding the joints,” says Dr. Jon Henry, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay and Manitowoc.
Dr. Gregory D. Rypel, a BayCare Clinic anesthesiologist, agrees.
“It helps with leg and core muscles, to maintain tone and strength. I think it’s easier on my knees and hips than running,” Rypel says. “It also gives me an excuse to eat carbs.”
Cycling is good for your head, too.
“Riding a bike also is good for mental health,” Henry says. “There are several medical studies showing positive correlation between exercise and physical health and a sense of well-being and mental health.”
Rypel sees that benefit a little differently.
“It is also a way to socialize with others while going on group rides or even competing,” he says.
Speaking of socializing, the Bay Shore Bicycle Club offers at least four rides a week in the Green Bay area for members and guests. The season goes through October. Check the club's calendar for details.
You’ll also meet plenty of people if you ride on trails in the Green Bay area. They include:
- Fox River State Trail, Green Bay to Hilbert, 26 miles (daily or yearly pass required)
- Mountain-Bay State Trail, Howard to Weston, 83 miles (daily or yearly pass required)
- East River Trail, Green Bay to Ledgeview, 6 miles
- Packerland Drive Trail, Green Bay to Ashwaubenon, 7 miles
- Benjamin Edinger Corridor, Shawano Avenue to Bond Street, Green Bay, 1 mile
Looking to ride elsewhere in Wisconsin?
- Wisconsin State Parks System bike trails
- All Wisconsin bike trails
- Wisconsin bike maps via the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
- Wisconsin Bike Fed, a statewide cycling advocacy group
Looking to ride in Michigan?
- Michigan Ride Calendar via the League of Michigan Bicyclists, a statewide cycling advocacy group that sponsors the week-long MUP Tour of the eastern Upper Peninsula in July
- All Michigan bike trails
- Biking in Michigan state parks and forests
BayCare Clinic encourages bicycle riding – always wear a helmet, too – as part of its BayCare Clinic Bikes community wellness initiative.