CMH Neurologist Completes ‘Around the World’ Biking Journey on Feb 21

Who: CMH Neurologist Curtis P. Schreiber, M.D.

What: Will log 24,902 miles – same distance as bicycling around the world

When: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, approximately 12:30 p.m. (updated)

Where: On the Frisco Highline Trailhead (near Bolivar Middle School) in Bolivar, Mo.

Why: On July 11, 2005, Curtis Schreiber, M.D., a board certified neurologist in practice with the CMH Neurology Clinic in Bolivar, placed an odometer on his trail bicycle and decided to take his own advice that he was giving his patients and to exercise for overall better health. Dr. Schreiber lives in Springfield and regularly bikes on the Ozark Greenways Trail and the Galloway Creek Greenway in addition to the Frisco Highline Trail.

CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH – HEART HEALTH

Here’s a simple fact: Cardiovascular exercise improves your heart health. In other words, working your heart boosts your overall health. Cardio exercise can help lower blood pressure, manage weight, improve cholesterol levels and build strong bones. Plus, if active people do develop cardiovascular disease, it’s typically later in life or not as severe.

The American Heart Association recommends moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Your heart is a muscle, so it makes sense that exercising it improves function.

You can break up your cardio into shorter bursts of activity that total 30 minutes—for example, 15 minutes before you head to work in the morning and 15 minutes during your lunch break. But, you should always aim to reach 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, which is roughly determined by subtracting your age from 220.

Dr. Schreiber bikes approximately 11 or 12 miles per day most days throughout the year and says that you don’t need special equipment or go far or fast – just be consistent. “People can do this on any bicycle.” The number one motivating factor on starting this exercise plan was that fact that he wasn’t practicing what he was preaching. “I was telling my patients that they would feel better and their headaches would be better if they would exercise,” says Dr. Schreiber. “Here I was getting middle-aged and am I going to get fitter or fatter! Practice what you preach. I was telling them to get out there and to exercise and they would feel better so I decided to take my own advice.”

How is Dr. Schreiber feeling today? “Before I started I would say that I felt good. I would say that after regular physical activity I feel better and when I don’t exercise I feel lethargic,” says Schreiber. “It takes awhile for the appreciation. Over time your body does feel better!”

February 20, 2012

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