Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Ride a Bicycle!

Today, We are talking about the reason you should ride a bike. But that is not the whole story for today. Any of you that know me know that I am pretty active with certain organizations. I have done a number of Work Camps, Relay for Life and others. But it wasn’t until I came out to California that I gave any thought to diabetes, in particular, juvenile diabetes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which your blood sugar remains high, often at dangerous, life threatening levels. The reason being that the body either cannot produce insulin or won’t respond to insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is the form where the body cannot produce insulin and the person either has to inject insulin or wear a pump. This is the form of Juvenile Diabetes.

For my first job out here, working on the set of Wipeout, I was introduced to my boss and later learned he had a son with Juvenile Diabetes. He has been working tirelessly to raise funds in hopes of finding a cure, for as of right now, there is no cure for diabetes.

My guest today is Anita Phillips. She has decided to join the fight against juvenile Diabetes and raise funds for this cause by biking 72 miles. Today, I am going to let her take the spotlight, because today, she finally deserves to have it all on her! She will give you her 5 reasons for riding a bike below, but remember the reason she is doing it! Please take a moment to check out her link as well and if you feel moved, donate to her cause. Without further adieu, here is Anita’s statement and list:

For me it was simple. Get in shape, be healthy, stay motivated. I rekindled an existing love for mountain biking and through that discovered a new passion for road cycling (it was the need for speed that hooked me). I wanted to set a goal to keep me riding, and I wanted to ride for a reason. That’s when I discovered JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes.

I became familiar with JDRF when I started working on the TV show “Wipeout” back in 2010. One of the executive producer’s has a (now) 7-year old son who suffers from type 1 diabetes. I can’t imagine what life might be like living with diabetes but I do know that you have to be quite strong to endure the daily care, and more importantly the ups and downs that go along with the disease.

So that’s it. That’s why I am riding. I want to give Charlie, and every child out there living with diabetes, the experience of a carefree childhood; The kind that everyone deserves to experience, without being tied down or limited by diabetes. I hope that you are inspired to help in some way, whether it is a donation, large or small, or even participating in a JDRF fundraising event yourself.

For more information, check out my page:

So with all that said, here’s my Top 5!

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Ride a Bicycle

5.         See Your City In A New Light

It wasn’t until I started riding my bike that I really got to learn about my town. I’m used to jumping into my car and zooming off, with no regards to my surroundings. Now I’m learning new ways to get where I need to be and have found that occasionally I get there just as fast on my bike. I’ve discovered quaint coffee shops and hidden trails. Once I was riding along the road when I saw some ducks fall into a storm drain. I stopped, along with my cycling group, to rescue all 7 of them. Had I been in my car I probably would have never noticed those cute little ducks fall to what might have inevitably been their demise.

Rescue those ducks!

4.         Traffic Sucks

If you live in LA then you know all about the stress of traffic. A 15-minute drive can be an hour-long drive if driven at the wrong time of day. Though sometimes you don’t have a choice, I am sure more often than not you could probably complete your commute via bicycle. Probably would take half the amount of time and I am sure you would arrive at your destination much more relaxed. Bicycles lanes are growing throughout Southern California and it’s becoming easier to get around by bike.  I know a lot of drivers get irritated with road cyclists. I’ve been honked at and nearly hit myself on a few occasions, but don’t let the rotten seeds give the law abiding bike citizens a bad name. I follow the rules of the road when I ride as if I were in my car. I like my bike and value my heath and safety.  Red means stop.

Beat the Traffic

3.         More Money In Your Pockets

A bike is cheaper to buy than a car. If you need a car but can get away with using a bike a few days a week it is still worth every penny. Just think of what you could save in gas, auto maintenance, insurance, parking fees, gym memberships, etcetera, etcetera… the list is endless.

Straight cash Homie.

2.   It’s Good For The Environment.

Cycling is the most energy efficient form of transportation ever invented. No smart, electric, hybrid car is going to beat that.  Cycling reduces water and air pollution, takes much less materials to make than a car, and has a zero carbon footprint. The world as we know it won’t last forever because of how we treat it. It may seem like a minuet contribution but the more people who make the switch (even just a little), the bigger the impact.  Let’s start breathing a little easier.

1.       It’s Good For Your Health

This one is obvious. It’s not like forcing yourself to eat something you don’t like because it’s good for you type health but better. It’s been studied and proven that cycling for 20 to 30 minutes a day can help you sleep better, look younger (flushes those nasty toxins out of your body), helps beat illnesses (lowering risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and obesity), keeps you fit and trim (bye-bye thunder thighs) and even makes you a better lover. More oxygen? Yes please.  Being physically active improves your vascular health, in turn boosting your sex drive.

Anita and her team hanging out.

Good luck to Anita on her ride! For more information on her, her quest, and on JDRF, check out Anita’s webpage: