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Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, Rebecca Trylch ride bikes for 'Mayor's Wellness Challenge'

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/25/14) - All month long, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and ABC12's Rebecca Trylch have invited you to join them in the "Mayor's Wellness Challenge".

This week, they're taking you along for the ride.

You've heard the saying - 'it's like riding a bike'. Committing to be fit really can be that simple, too.

It takes some practice, but soon you'll pick up the pace.

"That's really what Commit 2 Fit is all about, is just starting with what you have, where you're at, and making those small, incremental steps towards progress," said Amanda DeLandsheer, of the Greater Flint Health Coalition.

To make progress this week in the "Mayor's Wellness Challenge", Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Rebecca Trylch got into gear.

"We have this beautiful Flint River Trail that goes right through downtown, all the way out to Crossroads Village and Bluebell Beach," Walling said.

From the bridge on the UM-Flint campus, it's just under 6 miles to Bluebell.

"It's a great place to spend a few hours. You'll be amazed by the views of downtown and the river and the trees, it's a spectacular landscape," Walling said.

It was a bit windy, but the Commit 2 Fit team truly enjoyed the ride, and we want you to join us.

"Get your little kids on a tricycle, you can get some training wheels. Here at UM-Flint they have the beach cruisers," DeLandsheer said.

You can rent the bikes at the Rec Center - and get moving.

"Gets your blood pumping and your muscles working in a different way than walking would, and so you're just getting more out of doing a new activity," DeLandsheer said.

If our leisurely ride looks too easy for you, there are ways to get more out of each spin.

Pedal faster, try a course with uneven terrain, or, "If you have a bike with gears, you can crank the gears up so there's more difficulty with each pedal," DeLandsheer said.

After this ride, we're in the home stretch.

"I feel good about where I'm at, I've lost a few pounds so far, so I just need to finish strong and help get me in shape for the rest of the spring," Walling said.

Rebecca feels good too - about my healthy eating habits and consistent workouts, but she's not as confident about facing the scale.

Next Friday, the Mayor and Rebecca will weigh-in for a final time to see if all this hard work has turned into pounds lost.

You can watch them weigh-in LIVE on ABC12 News at Noon, then we'll have a re-cap of the entire month-long "Mayor's Wellness Challenge" on First at Four.

Fore more information on the Flint River Trail, click HERE.
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