30 Things I’ve learnt – Part VIII

I may have started losing count now. Someone will let me know if I miss a number out, right?

Another mental/physical wellbeing comment today:

People should get outdoors more often.

This includes me.

I’ll take an average person. Or pretend average person. We sleep (or are told we should do) for 8 hours a day. We are at work for at least 8 hours of the day. Add on the commute, easily an hour a day, which doesn’t count as being outdoors unless you cycle/walk/paraglide to work. Most of this time involves us sitting or lying down (depending on your job, I suppose. Mine is spent largely sitting at a desk, others may spend a large part lying down on the job, prostitutes for example, one assumes) which leaves us with less than a third of our time to do with as we please. Now, being bipeds of the Hunter-Gatherer kind, we were built to stand, walk, run, and climb trees just like the intelligent monkeys we’ve become. So we should do these things more often. I always feel better after being in the great outdoors (not the film, I would’ve told you by now if I’d met John Candy, bless him). It’s good for the mind and the body. Something to do with exercise and vitamin D, but you might want to check that out with your doctor, kids.

And for those who don’t like the cold/rain/snow I give you this quote:

‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate

Which has been attributed to a few different people, but Sir Rannulph Fiennes has said it at some point, so I’ll give it to him.

Although it, presumably, doesn’t apply to tornadoes/sandstorms/showers of frogs, as there probably aren’t many items of clothing built for these sorts of things.

Except jeggings. I mean, they must be useful for something, it’s just that no-one’s found out what it is yet. So perhaps it’s for when it’s raining amphibians.


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