When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
- Sherlock Holmes
Let’s think about something else, not only are there tremendous physical benefits to riding a bike to work or to run some errands but have you ever thought about what the mental benefits might be?? Think about how we have evolved as human beings…Stop and have a think on this…are we really meant to be sitting eight hours a day doing busy work? Look I get it, that’s what we have become, I’m not saying everyone should be doing physical labor as a means of providing for themselves but what I am saying is we have to now adjust to this new lifestyle we live. We are endurance machines and built to move…sooner or later the objects at rest, us humans, are going to stay at rest!
Think about how many people in society are on anti-depression medications, why? Its no secret America, we have an obesity and depression problem in our society! Walking or for half of us, waddling around like zombies. We are slowing way down, and we are doing it to ourselves. I am willing to bet if you did a case study comparing those depressed individuals on drugs with another group that opted for exercise as their medication, you would have much higher success rates or should I say a higher quality of life with the exercise group vs. the druggies. Yup that’s right I called them druggies, it’s no different than someone who smokes pot to ease the pain and that’s what we call them isn’t it? It’s just the government controls the drugs they want you to take so that makes it o.k.
Don’t believe me, read this article I came across this past week.
Think about this…is the 9-5 what’s causing us to become depressed? Or is it the rush hour traffic or the price of gas, or a combination of them? If so, maybe we should try and do something about it because what we’re doing isn’t working! We’re getting slower, fatter, and angrier as we evolve…
In part I of this 3 part blog I mentioned my childhood and how riding a bike around town made me feel like a kid again, really put a smile on my face! Close your eyes for a minute and think about that first sense of freedom you felt when you learned how to balance on two wheels, the possibilities were endless in where this machine could take you, or so you thought anyway. Think about how happy you were. Look to the children for the answers! Next time you are driving down the street and you see a child on a bike, take a look at their face, and notice their smile. Or the next time you see a couple cruising down the strip on their beach cruisers, notice how happy they seem. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Have an errand to run? Try riding a bike! Or if you can wrap your head around riding to work, next sunny day, opt for pushing the pedals, not the pedal! Give it a go, just once, and observe how much more productive your work will be that day and how much more energy you will have. Your wallet, your heart, and your mind will thank you!!
Thanks for reading my blog! I am off to Thailand for the next two months for training camp so check back for some entertaining stories!