TED Talk - Are We Born to Run during COVID-19

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on May 29, 2020 - 4:51pm

Ready. Set. Go! Mark June 3rd on your calendar because Wednesday is World Bicycle Day. While a shortage and some other factors may mean it might not be the best time to buy a bike, it is a really good time to ride one. According to James E. Starrs, “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” Go on a ride and then see if you don't agree that bicycling really does seem to make life a little better, once you become adept at fixing a flat, that is.

Can’t do that? Well if you can get to the Avenue in Ventura with your bike, the HUB (Helping Urban Bicyclists) is a great nonprofit organization that can actually help you fix your bike at a very reasonable price. If you can’t find a bike, you’re still in luck because it also happens to be Global Running Day, so feel free to take a break from the binge-cleaning long enough to dust off those running shoes and put some asocial distance on them. If you would like to know how running may have played a unique role in human history watch the video above by Christopher McDougall, author of the best-selling Born to Run and other great books.

If you want to cut to the chase and hear how it might not necessarily have been tool-making that initially set the human race apart from other species and towards the path of global domination, then move the video to 9:15. (Spoiler alert: it has to do with our ability to leverage evaporation to thermoregulate.) After that, you can make your own informed choice about how you'd like to get safely active today. In general, any form of physician-approved activity is a sure way to improve your health against the proverbial elephant that seems to be quarantined in just about every room lately.




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