Before jumping into my enthusiastic pitch for biking to work, I must confess that I have never enjoyed exercising. Ever. My ankles start to ache, I get unbelievably bored, and the thought of senselessly running on a treadmill like some sort of lab rat makes me uncomfortable and sad. Organized sports aside, I have never made it enough of a priority to get my 30 minutes of cardio in – and I’ve even resorted to using an iPhone App that deducts a certain amount from my checking account if I miss my trip to the gym (GymPact.com). I broach this unfortunate condition of mine because I know that I am not alone in the world of exercise woes. But fear not, ladies and gentlemen – with Chicago’s annual Bike to Work Week around the corner (June 9th-15th), I’m here to share with each of you that even a non-exerciser like myself has become hooked on the bike commute – and the same can happen for you! At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I feel compelled to share that biking, in my opinion, is unquestionably faster, surprisingly fashionable (see skirts in photo), environmentally friendly, and actually quite refreshing. To be honest, and with all of the obvious benefits of biking to work aside, we are also taking this Bike to Work Week pretty seriously on the competitive level. We’ve got some fierce challengers out there, folks, and we need each of you to step up to the plate. Dust off your bike, pump up your tires, grab your helmet, and hit the bike lanes next week. We need you. And I need you. I can’t do this whole exercising thing alone. See you out there!
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