Why I ride: My journey to health
Updated: Oct 1, 2019
Physical activity is so beneficial to our health, but with our modern, busy lives, it often falls to the bottom of our priority list! Exercise can help control weight and combat health conditions, like Type 2 Diabetes. Read on to find out more about Samantha Lemley's journey to health using diet and exercise - including biking! It may be WALKtober (Walking Month) but we love to promote healthy activities like biking all year round.
Samantha (Sam) Lemley is a local entrepreneur. When she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2018, she and her wife Alexa decided to start a new diet and exercise program. Within 6 weeks, Sam's health had improved so much that she no longer needed insulin injections. Together, the couple have lost over 170 pounds and credit it to their new focus on health, including a ketogenic diet and exercise. In fact, they were so inspired by their new lifestyle that they started a gourmet ketogenic food business, KetoLuxe, and Chef Alexa became a physical trainer and fitness nutrition coach.
As part of her new focus on health and exercise, Sam decided to learn to ride a bike at the age of 46. Sam didn't own a bicycle and wasn't ready to commit to purchasing one, so she decided to try a ColumBike - a bicycle from our local bike share program. With the help of her wife, Alexa, Sam took a ColumBike out on the local People Trail and began to learn. At first, she began by pushing herself along on the bike with her feet so she could learn to balance. Next, she began to learn to pedal, at first with Alexa holding onto the saddle to help her along. She claims that the difficult part in the beginning was learning to brake! After a few rides in parks and on the People Trail, Sam learned how to ride a bike. She now owns her own bicycle and regularly goes for rides on the trails near her home. Sam feels that bicycling played a large part in her journey to health.
It's a myth that if you didn't learn to ride a bicycle during childhood, you've missed your chance and can no longer learn this skill. It is possible for most people to learn to ride at any age. Learning to ride as an adult is no harder than learning as a child, as long as you can push aside adult levels of fear and anxiety! If you or an adult in your life would like to learn to ride a bike, you may find the below video helpful (with an added bonus of a charming British accent). Columbus Parks & Recreation offers Bike Camp for children during Fall Break and the summer, but if you or someone you know needs some help learning to ride, please contact Columbus Bike Co-op.
If you need some help starting (or restarting) to exercise, check out this blog from Columbus Regional Health.