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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Get on Your Bike

We all know the health benefits of riding a bike. But can it increase our happiness?

Well, first off, being healthier usually does make us happier.

But it's more than that. Think about what you can see.

Do you drive a car? Getting on your bike will slow you down, take you out of your cocoon, allow you to really be there.

You'll see, and hear, and smell things you never knew were there before.

I don't think I need to belabor the benefits of bike over car.

But: Do you walk a lot? A bike will extend your range.

A typical walking speed is about three miles (nearly five kilometers) per hour. A typical speed for a casual biker is three to four times that.

Imagine ranging three to four times farther from home than you can on a typical walk! What can you see?

Try this: get a map. Draw a circle with a 1.5-mile radius (remember, you'll have to make a round trip in one hour).

Now draw a radius of five miles. What does it take in?

Exactly.

Oh, and to make it even better, go with a friend or two. You'll have more fun, and agreeing to meet someone can enforce some discipline on you.

So get on your bike and see (and hear, and smell) your world.

You’ll be happier.

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