The Psychology behind Cycology
It’s ~confession time~ I, even as I’m nearing quarter-life-crisis age, cannot ride a bike. It isn’t that I didn’t try to learn, it’s just that I have a complex history of being a regular visitor to the Emergency Department (fractured vertebrae, spinal cord issues and admittedly when I wasn’t in hospital, I was at school trying to learn how to even spell the word bi-cy-cle).
All these years later I still can’t do it, I’m still not medically-fit to, and I still need autocorrect to spell the dreaded b-word.
Something I do know a little bit about though is how important living an active lifestyle at every age and every fitness level is in maintaining happy, healthy organs and a balanced sense of wellbeing. I personally love to walk, swim, crunch my core and occasionally pay a visit to the stationary cousins of human-powered transportation which abide at the gym.
Deep down there is a part of me that wishes I could sit atop a bi-cy-cle decorated with a woven basket, dress flowing, wearing a helmet adorned with pointy black cable ties while swiftly dodging the attacks of swooping magpies. What a dream it would be to ride along some of the most exhilarating, historic, and beautiful paths throughout Victoria. As an adult with the bi-cy-cle riding skills equal to that of a rock I’d start with:
Tarwin Lower to Venus Bay Cycling Track - A 5km path suitable for beginners.
Bayside Cycling Trail - If I was craving the smell of salt and the sound of sand crunching I could choose between an 18km or a 27km journey to work off my two-seafood-sticks-and-a-potato-cake-please lunch.
San Remo to Cowes Cycling Track - The mum-in-me (and the mum you might be) would head down to this Philip Island-based trail where as a family we could ride together.
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail (116km) – Both would definitely take me to my mid-life crisis years to complete, but their picturesque views would make it worth it, and maybe a slice of gluten-free pizza at the end.
Studley Park Loop (5km) - Apart from the jalapeños sprinkled on my pizza my second favourite form of greenery is that found within nature; such as that growing around these two trails.
Ted Wilson Trail (12km) – A bonus of this family friendly trail situated in Geelong is that the Geelong Epworth Hospital has an ED for when I inevitably crash my bi-cy-cle.
Having someone by your side can make all the difference to the experience; your friends and family can be a support system if you’re just getting the hang of riding, and can help make it more enjoyable; friendly competitions and exploring new places can help distract you if it’s the exercise aspect you dread.
Cycling to work is also a superb way to incorporate healthy habits into a daily routine, and is additionally something which can be experienced with colleagues and teammates. There’s every chance your work already has a cycling club, or perhaps there’s an opportunity to create one? Also, cycling can save you the dollars which you would otherwise spend on petrol which is better spent on tasty treats anyway; and it’s better for the environment #YaySustainability.
The emergency department assesses & treats people with serious injuries as well as those in need of emergency treatment.
Getting an x-ray is not the frightening concept it once might have been. We know so much about all types of scans and the potential hazards and how to avoid them, and technology is rapidly advancing. Some hospitals even boast an EOS now, which allows them to complete scans with 6-9 times less radiation than typical x-rays.
It’s rarely contested that being around nature has benefits for your health. It ensures you’re spending more time outdoors, gives you a sense of connectedness with the world, and has been found to lower stress and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The best news is that even in the city there are many places to get in touch with nature. Here are five of them:
Twenty-five weary participants have just returned home after completing the final section of the Spanish Camino de Compostela.
Walking 115km over six days they were blessed with perfect weather, some authentic historic farmhouse accommodation and knowledgeable guides.
It’s easy for anyone who has travelled overseas and comes home to Australia to realise how fortunate we are when it comes to affordable and readily available fresh, wholesome food.