Hope you remember us. I am the short little fat lady that u built a bike especially for me. You guys forgot to tell me how hard it was going to be to pedal this bike but I have mastered 14 miles a day and lost 30 pounds. We have given several people your number we are stopped constantly and asked where we got the bike from. People are taking pictures and stop us. It becomes difficult to get in a good ride. It is hard work but I love my bike and it is special to me. I cannot thank you enough for working with us. Dorothy Zaiger Glen Haven, FL 030915
Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announces the release of its collection of wellness bikes, designed to increase employee participation in corporate wellness programs and join the national fight against obesity. The company can customize the bikes and educational material with an “I’m Gettin’ Fit with [Employer Name]” theme.
“Because working adults make up 2/3 of the adult population and spend at least half their waking hours in the workplace, worksite wellness programs hold the most promise to lower the obesity rate and get people healthier”, says Bill Pomakoy, President, “but the key is getting employees to participate. We at Rhoades Car believe we hold that key by making exercise play.”
Phyllis Shelton, VP of Marketing says, “Many companies have had a wellness program for several years and have been unsuccessful in getting especially the high-risk employees to participate, such as those who are weight-challenged or who have balance issues or who have had joint replacements. Our wellness bikes make exercising fun since they allow employees to pedal side-by-side in different gears and have an enjoyable visit while exercising. Our new GoBoy X4 allows four employees to ride together, and our one-seater models are super comfortable with a seat that feels more like a car seat than a bicycle seat.”
Customer Service Director Holly Skinner adds, “According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who were obese had medical costs that were $1,429 higher than the cost for people of normal body weight. Obesity also has been linked with reduced worker productivity and chronic absence from work. Put all these together and there’s plenty of justification for an employer to think outside the box and use our wellness bikes to get employees excited about exercising!”
In support of these claims, Dean Cagley from White House, Tennessee reports losing 155 lbs. in eight months by riding his Rhoades Car.
Shelton updates this information by adding that Mr. Cagley has lost 190 pounds as of the end of October.
Lawrence Vivenzio, Director of Inside Sales, points out that Rhoades Car industrial bikes easily build exercise into the workday. “If a company is looking for a healthy way for four employees to travel around a large plant or factory, the GoBoy X4 with its 28” x 15” cargo area is a perfect fit.”
Rhoades Car International offers a unique line of 1, 2 and 4-person quadricycles with multiple speeds that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry. Celebrating its 23rd year in business in 2014, the company relies on American suppliers as much as possible to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes. Rhoades Car is privately owned and is an approved federal GSA vendor (GS-03F-026A).
By: Julie Alexander, Govt Contracts, Grants, and Sustainability Coordinator
Do you ever have one of those days where you believe you cannot put one foot in front of the other? Do you ever feel that one step forward equates to several stumbles backwards?
Many of us experience this down our road to wellness. Those initial pounds seem to easily fly off as we diligently stick to the newest fad diet for a few weeks. Then the proverbial, impenetrable wall rears its ugly head and hand stamps your face with a brick imprint that seems to laugh in the face of your adversity. At this point the tears begin to roll and the frustration of expectations not being met scream out in our daily interactions. Giving up seems like the only option, and diving into that tub of cookies and cream ice cream gives the illusion of satisfaction from the pain of failing. But, the reality of the “wish it were only a fun house” mirror creates an abyss of despair, and we begin to cycle back into habits that die slow, and hard.
Perhaps our expectation of a quick fix is what puts our undies in a bundle. What if we looked at the reality of our situation and decided to rationally approach our roads to wellness with the mindset that time is what it took to look a certain way, and time is what it is going to take to be a certain way? Do you think our mindset on wellness would change if we took responsibility for how we nourish our bodies and for how we move our bodies? The abyss of despair and the cycling diets could cease if we listened to what our bodies needed, and not to what the television tells our minds to want.
Here’s a little tip: wellness does not come without extraordinary effort, willpower, and determination. If you take each day in stride with a positive attitude you will change your life. Make small changes every 21 to 30 days. If you try to change several items concerning your health in one sitting, you will fail. The stress will overpower any well-intended efforts if you choose to change everything at once. Start with changing your drinking habits until you do not have to think about it any longer. Drink half your body’s weight worth of ounces of water a day (e.g. 150 lbs drink 75 oz). Choose water instead of soda; and almond or coconut milk instead of sugary tea or juice. When you find yourself subconsciously choosing the healthier option, you are ready to change your diet or your exercise routine.
Ultimately, your attitude will guide you through changing your overall wellness. Feel free to post a question or concern now, or wait for our 90 Day Rhoade to Wellness Program to launch in July!