The Okanagan Rail Trail, 50 kilometres in length, stretches from the north end of Kalamalka Lake to downtown Kelowna. (Contributed)

Pedal through the pandemic: How to stay fit and combat COVID-19

Cycling is a great form of exercise and an eco-friendly means of transportation

When it comes to staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can’t be too cautious.

Which is why cycling is the perfect pandemic outdoor exercise.

Since the province banned all gatherings of more than 50 people, maintaining a daily routine has become increasingly difficult.

Using public transit is becoming increasing risky, as is working out in fitness centres and socializing at restaurants, but cycling covers all the bases.

Garry Norkum, owner and manager of Cyclepath in Kelowna, is calling for the public to dust off their wheels and take a spin.

“We’re supporting bicycles for both recreation and transportation during these times,” said Norkum.

“I would sure hope that they don’t ask us to close down because there’s not a lot of people can do right now.

“You can hike or you can bike. You can’t go to the movie theatre, you can’t go bowling and malls are getting curtailed.

“About the only safe thing you can do is bike.”

READ MORE: COVID-19: Kelowna grocery store steps up methods to increase sanitation

Cycling is not only an environmentally friendly means of transportation, but a form of good exercise and safe travel.

The Okanagan is home to the Rail Trail, which is 50 kilometres in length, stretching from the north end of Kalamalka Lake to downtown Kelowna.

Ride to the grocery store, or explore the Okanagan’s beauty with some friends, but remember, social distancing is key.

“I’m in the bike business, but I believe in it for a lot of reasons,” said Norkum.

“A couple of reasons are exercise and alternate transportation and in this case. It’s also healthier from the virus perspective.”

To encourage the community to hop on their bikes, Cyclepath is stepping it up by providing free bike pick-up and drop-off services as well as free delivery on orders over $100.

READ MORE: Canoe carving project helps to revitalize Okanagan First Nations’ culture


Daniel Taylor
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
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