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Bicycle commuting, bicycle touring, bicycle racing; bicycle ADVENTURING.
To the grocery store, up a mountain, across the country or to the finish line--
it's all an adventure.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Biophilia


Biophilia-- it's a love, an affiliation for nature. This includes, plant life, animal life, even weather. It's a huge part of why I ride: to simply be OUTSIDE and let the weather affect me. When it's raining, I want to FEEL that it's raining. When the autumn chill sets in, I want to FEEL that on my cheeks, my nose. I don't want to move from one seventy degree box to another, I want to step outside and sear my lungs in the wintry air.

Did you know that it is estimated that Americans spend NINETY PERCENT of their time indoors? And that lack of sunlight is linked to depression, irritability, weight gain, alcohol abuse and migraines?

In post-operative patients, those that had a view of natural surroundings spent fewer days in the hospital than those that could only see a brick wall. 

Grass and greenery has been shown to reduce domestic violence, school truancy and road rage.

Outdoor runners are less anxious and depressed than those that run inside on treadmills-- and also experience higher levels of post-run endorphins, those natural feel-good brain chemicals.

So I know that it's getting wet and chilly-- but please, put on a jacket--

and get OUTSIDE!


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Biophilia.

Sounds like the sickness I've been afflicted with since I was 10 years old and wanted to run away from home to the mountains.

41 years later I'm still running and biking after the "cure".

The next best thing: Watching The Transamerica vid, of couse. ;-)

Jim

Anonymous said...

I love riding in the rain. Especially a summer downpour. After days and days of sweltering heat, yeah, a cooling ride where you get completely soaked is awesome.

Andrew

welshcyclist said...

That's an almost unbelievable statistic, I'd go stir crazy. I just love to be outdoors riding my bike, no matter what the weather, except ice on the roads, then I become a wimp.

RJ said...

Jim-- sounds like a wonderful "sickness"!

Andrew-- YES! Rain IS wonderful. It's funny that we go scampering around, hunched over, newspaper over our brows in order to avoid a few droplets. Just like we go from one temperature-controlled box to another, we're also always avoiding getting-- *gasp! WET. ha ha. Feels nice to "rebel."

Welsh-- We'll forgive you for not riding in icy conditions. ;)

ed said...

Great post. Couldn't put into words why I like commuting by bike so much, but this does it! Thanks.

RJ said...

Thanks, Ed! Glad to be of assistance. ;)

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