Self-management and self-mastery strategies and lifestyle activities are protective against distress. To that end, when I run across evidence supporting them, I’ll address them here.
The NYTimes produced an excellent column about the many diverse benefits of bicycling. Individual health, reduced particulate pollution, decreased motor vehicle infrastructure burden and economic advantages are all addressed.
Yet cars impose major social costs: their use contributes to global warming, traffic congestion, accident fatalities and sedentary lifestyles.
Bicycle use is good for both people and the planet. In a country afflicted by obesity and inactivity, people who get moving become healthier. Riding a bike to work or to do errands is far cheaper than joining a gym. Cutting back on gas consumption improves air quality, reduces dependence on imported oil and saves money.