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Imagine getting up earlier on a beautiful day and going somewhere where everyone is excited and in a great mood. The atmosphere is uplifting, knowing you are about to do something fun that is also wonderful for your health. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel at the end is amazing! And anyone can do it!
I am talking about a 5K walk/run or 10K bike ride. A number of community partners are once again organizing a Family Bike and Hike for April 28. You and your family will have the option of walking/running a 5K (3.1 miles) or doing a 10K (6.2 miles) bike ride. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your family and do something good for your health!
Anyone can do a 5K. Preparing for a 5K does not require a lot of training and the race goes by fairly quickly. It is for people of all fitness levels - you can walk or run. Marking the date on your calendar motivates you to get going and gives your training a purpose.
If walking or running doesn't interest you, then maybe a 10K (6.2 miles) bike ride will. It is a ride, not a race. It is a great way to have fun, spend time with your family, and teach your children that physical activity can be fun as well as good for their health.
The No. 1 goal is to have fun and get healthy! You don't have to be an everyday runner or cyclist to do these events. It is not a race against others, but a race against yourself. People of all ages and sizes do these races. It is so fulfilling to cross the finish line-to achieve a specific goal you have been working toward.
I challenge you to challenge your family, friends, co-workers, or whoever to join us for a great day of fitness and fun on April 28. Several door prizes will be drawn after the event. All participants will receive a T-shirt, breakfast and goody bag. For more information regarding this event, call (270) 699-3906.
Editors note: Jessica Spalding Bickett, MBA, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with Lincoln Trail District Health Department. Nutrition counseling is available for children and adults by appointment at the Marion County Health Center.