Nowadays, we all need to think outside the square while remembering not to venture outside our bubble.
With this in mind, I have a new best friend.
Unlike Tom Hanks’ half-crazed “my friend is a volleyball” character in 2000 film Cast Away, I’m sort of not crazy at all for having a bike as my new best friend.
Mainly because our physical circles have shrunk. If like me, your mental health has been challenged now and again. Then having a tangible new friend is justified, isn’t it?. It does restore that feel-good factor pretty quick. At the same time relieving stress, lifting the spirits, and offers fresh air and exercise we’re being encouraged to get.
Want a few reasons to hop on your bicycle?
Need a few pick-me-ups?
As we have been told to leave the car at home, get on your bike or walk to pick up a few groceries? By now you’ve stockpiled all that loo paper and various tinned goods you could possibly fit all your groceries in a backpack, right? Unfortunately, that is my only option though for those that have a carrier you could use our kiwi ingenuity and rig-up a box on your carrier just incase your pick-me-ups exceed your small list.
Lift your Spirit
I am the only one out of two in my bubble that can ride at present, so I absorb what I see while out and then regale a few stories to the Squire when I return. For some reason, there is always a character or two that leaves me shaking my head in wonderment or laughter.
Onward and upward, everybody!
Get the blood flowing.
Cycling is a gentle exercise that expands the lungs, improves blood flow, re-oxygenates the body and calms the nervous system. It also gives me a chance to use other muscles than the ones I use when out training for that elusive half marathon whenever that will return, your guess is as good as mine. I’d wager that even a ride around the block will leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and energised.
Those feeling particularly angsty might like to tackle a tougher push, perhaps preferably uphill though not as extreme here in Tauranga as in Dunedin. It does purge built-up stress hormones and stimulates endorphins.
Stop and smell the roses.
It works for me without fail. In the madhouse of what we know as modern times, we all have the chance to slow down, take a moment, be present, be mindful, be conscious, feel gratitude, and smell the roses then fresh air due to the lack of many vehicles on the road.
Pretty much our planet is inhabited by some likeable people. With isolation comes loneliness for many and who may be needing to feel connected to their community. While pedalling your bike, keep smiling without looking weird, give people a real-life wave and a smile. Warning. Don’t become too enthused and get off your bike to give them a hug. As we know, that’s not allowed for now. Just hi-fives and other such like.
Look backwards to go forwards.
Next is the appreciation of our local history. You really have to know our past to follow your chosen future path. We are quite fortunate in having a few bit of history around our city centre and our recreational trails pass historic sites. Though not currently open you can like myself admire them from afar, Do take note to return when the lockdown isn’t an issue. Till then while relaxing over a cuppa post-ride read important online stories about our local historical sites. Why not use this time to fire up your curiosity by considering the past and giving more thought to the potential road ahead.
Keep it local & keep it clean.
There you have it, a grand plan for breathing in some fresh air, get fit, rid yourself of excess energy and not forgetting that extra sneaky chocolate bar that you aren’t telling a soul especially those in your bubble.
Kia Kaha and pedal on, fellow bloggers and friends.