Breathing better, sleeping better and reducing the risks of diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle are all benefits new and experienced riders will enjoy.
The Arispes said they were both guilty of getting older and slowing down.
The couple said a 70-year-old man told them, “You gotta keep moving. When you stop, your bones hurt.”
Sam and Natalie said they had experienced painful joints and found this to be true. The couple now plans to bike for the rest of their lives and have fun doing it.
In addition to cycling, Natalie has included Zumba fitness in her schedule and claims it has lowered her cholesterol count from 230 to 183 in just three months.
The exercises include simple dancing routines and are done for one hour.
“It feels good and I can go at my own pace if I choose to,” said Natalie. “I lost 10 pounds the first month.”
The class she attends is held at the First United Methodist Church gym in Beeville from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sam has a faithful regime of at least 20 miles around Highway 351 at least three times a week. This is to reduce his cholesterol and keep his heart rate normal.
After a motorcycle wreck years ago, his knee pains have lessened considerably since he started training for the annual MS 150 ride, which raises money for Multiple Sclerosis.
Each year in July, he starts riding up to 50 miles each ride, three to four times a week, to get ready for the two-day ride in October, from San Antonio to New Braunfels and back.
Those interested in joining the Beeville Stingers or coming out to try a ride can visit home.roadrunner.com/~ac/bee.html for more information.
Rides are scheduled every Saturday at 9 a.m. at locations listed on the Web site.
Sunday rides occur each week at 3 p.m. and leave from the Normanna Baptist Church. In the warmer months, weeknight rides are scheduled as well.
Beginners and experienced riders are equally welcome.