Eco Cycling Clothing
To get outside and get lost in nature.
Why can’t I just relax indoors?
Don’t you just love it? When the smart answer to the annoying question comes, wholly formed and perfectly pitched, days after the fact.
That’s what happened to me when after riding one of our favourite European cycle routes we were walking in the woods. Me and a couple of friends, resplendent in our best cycling jerseys (Ok, I was wearing our Two Roads Tech Tee as I feel more confident than in the professional cycling Jersey). One was proposing the benefits of being outdoors, the other said, "Why can’t I just relax indoors?"
Neither of us had a definitive answer, but here, with a little help from our friendly, definitely not creepy, Parietti story-bot AI, comes the perfect, well researched response. (Because we’re not just a cycling clothing brand, we’re also here for your physical and mental wellbeing)
Sure you can snuggle down on your sofa with a good book, but there’s still those unopened letters peaking at you from the sideboard. There’s still the ever present temptation of the screen tugging at your attention. Never mind the fact that the Jehovas might call round at any minute. And what about that wonky shelf!
No, for all its security and comforts there’s no contest between home and the great outdoors.
Still not convinced? Here comes the science!
When you get outside in nature, you're more likely to engage in physical activity like walking, hiking, swimming or, you guessed it, our personal favourite, road cycling. This helps release endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that reduce stress and boost mood. Never mind that deep feeling of personal satisfaction of having moved your body.
Also the overall combination of reduced sensory overload, increased relaxation response, exposure to natural light and reduced social stress all contribute to a reduction in cortisol levels - the so-called ‘fight or flight’ chemical. This reduces stress and anxiety and in short, makes you FEEL GOOD.
“These days, the link between cumulative time spent in natural settings and health outcomes—including the big one, longevity—is solid. There’s data on cancer and heart disease, anxiety and depression, immune function and stress hormones, and more.”
Because, as makers of sustainable cycling apparel, we also want to sustain you! Here, at a glance, come the mental and physical benefits of the great outdoors. Take it away, story Bot!
Being in nature can help reduce stress levels. The sounds of birds chirping, the rustling of leaves, and the smell of fresh air can help you feel more relaxed and calm.
Being in green spaces has been shown to improve mood and decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Spending time in nature can help promote creativity and innovative thinking.
Enhances cognitive function
Being in nature has been linked with increased attention span, improved memory, and better cognitive function.
Being in nature can help boost self-esteem and promote feelings of personal accomplishment and satisfaction.
Lowers blood pressure
Being in nature can help lower blood pressure, which is beneficial for cardiovascular health.
Boosts vitamin D levels
Spending time in the sun can increase the body's production of vitamin D, which is important for bone health.
Spending time in nature has been linked with improved sleep quality.
Boosts immune function
Being in nature can help boost immune function, which can help protect against illness and disease.
So whatever the weather, wherever you are, it doesn’t always have to be Mallorca cycling, take your chance to get outside and get lost in nature.