I’m not normally one to rant and rave (much) but I post that a friend of mine sent me has reminded me of something I’ve always found fascinating but not really in a good way.
A rather extensive and presumably well funded study found that when people hiked outside in nature they felt better. *Insert brain exploding gesture here*.
This reminds me of something I used to observe at the fitness center I worked at in Winnipeg. Picture if you will a beautiful sunny day, high of 22c, nice breeze. Surrounding said fitness center are kilometers of beautiful tree lined paths next to the Assiniboine River. Now picture people circling the parking lot for upwards of 5 minutes trying to find a spot that’s close to the door. Now picture perfectly able bodied people going inside and walking on a treadmill for an hour!
It used to take every ounce of self control I had not to scream, “WTF is wrong with you people!? Go outside!” How many well funded studies highlighting the importance of vitamin D, how much better our mental health is when we go outside, and how important fresh air is do we need before people manage to do a rectal head extraction?
Admittedly this is a bit of a sensitive issue for me because I went a bit batty back in my competitive cycling days after having done a little too much indoor training in the Winter. We used to meet in a large unheated front room at the Rowing Club when it was -30c out and ride until the frost on the floor had become puddles of sweat. A little too much of that time of training starts to mess with a person after a while.
Seriously though in a country where people are cooped up inside for 6 months of the year when going outside can actually be hazardous to your health why on earth would you exercise indoors when it’s nice out?
Why don’t we all save ourselves a lot of time, money, and energy and acknowledge the fact that as human beings we need to feel connected with the earth, breathe fresh air, feel some sun our our skin, and spend time in nature to feel alive and well? The only quote I’ll ever use from Don Cherry is, “It’s not rocket surgery!”.
Perhaps a future area of well funded study could be the potential negative health effects of me beating myself over the head with my laptop because I can’t believe how absurd we’ve become as a species.
There. I’m done. I’ll spare you all the obligatory mic drop.