By Katie Young
In our culture, we hear the word “fitness” thrown around everywhere. It’s on the cover of just about every magazine. It’s the word that draws you into athletic stores, and spits you out with ridiculously expensive Nike shoes and matching neon leggings. It’s the word that sits on many of our to-do lists, but we can never quite cross it off. There is a reason for this.
Fitness doesn’t just happen. You can’t buy it, and you definitely aren’t born with it. Fad diets don’t pave the path to it, and neither will the workout videos that you buy, but never watch. Fitness is something that, if it isn’t a priority, will constantly loom over you, negatively impacting your confidence and your health. At BikeWalkKC, we hope to normalize fitness, and incorporate it into the Kansas City culture. With new bike paths and sidewalks being built constantly, and the expansion of our B-cycle rentals throughout the metro area, we are well on our way to making this vision a reality.
It doesn’t take much to make small changes to your daily routine. For some, that might mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator. For others, that might mean bringing a lunch instead of eating out every day. What matters is the effort, and every person is different. Biking can be just one more of those little changes that makes all the difference. Start out small and work your way up. Bike to the drug store occasionally, and then maybe take a trip to the grocery store on your bike. Before you know it, you will be biking everywhere and loving every minute of it! There is something to be said about the sense of accomplishment associated with biking or walking to a destination.
Unlike vehicles, which can alienate you from your surroundings, bicycles allow you to see your neighborhood from an entirely new perspective. Biking adds depth to your day, and gives you the satisfaction of reaching your destination by your own effort. Biking is also a great form of exercise. It burns calories, tones muscle, and increases your aerobic capacity. Most importantly, however, when you implement biking into your daily routine, you are implementing the lifestyle that comes with it: health, wellness, and longevity.
It’s time to change Kansas City for the better. We strive to make Kansas City a safer, friendlier city for bikers and walkers, and hope that you will take advantage of the opportunities that we are working to supply. Remember to start small and work your way up. Once you’re biking everywhere, though, we promise that you’ll never go back!
About Katie: I began running as a sophomore in high school: seven years ago. Two half marathons and one marathon later, I am excited to notice more and more runners on Kansas City sidewalks, sharing my love for health and fitness. I recently graduated from Georgetown University in May with my Bachelor’s in English. As I begin my career exploration, I am thrilled to be involved with BikeWalkKC’s mission to normalize active lifestyles in the Kansas City area.