Thursday, March 1, 2012

Motorcycling For Health

Science is confirming what I already know -- riding a motorcycle daily keeps you mentally sharp.

In this report, a study examined the brains of motorcyclists who ride daily (versus a control group) and found that regular riders have higher cognitive functioning.  Scientists believe the extra concentration required for motorcycling produces higher levels of general brain function.

The skills required to navigate a  powerful motorcycle are significant and exercising them on a daily basis hones your mind.  This is especially important in our later years (40+) when our bodies start to decline.  Riding every day, as I do, keeps your mind healthy.  Plus it's fun.

When you get older, either you make an effort to maintain your health or you don't.  And if you don't, your mind and body deteriorate faster.  It's why I do Soduku every night while relaxing; it gives the synapses in my brain a workout.

So, the doctor recommends you ride a motorcycle.  Wearing a dress on it is optional. 


16 comments:

  1. I don't think I'll ever get on a motorcycle (I'm too scared) but it's good to know that it's good for you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. i've only ever been on a motorcycle when i was a kid, a police officer came to a block party on my block and i got to ride on the back xD it was really fun though! i can't even drive a car much less a motorcycle though, haha.
    as for your comment about the flag shorts--that's really interesting. i've gotten shit for A LOT of what i wear but never the flag shorts. it might be because the whole "americana" thing was very very trendy this past summer (especially in england, weirdly enough, which is where i spent a lot of the summer) and that's when i got them.

    ReplyDelete
  3. And I guess the high heeled shoes are extra extra optional!!!

    I do believe that it would keep your mind sharper however in South Africa you could die from heart failure because of the non-awareness of motor car drivers where motorcyclists are concerned.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've only ever been a passenger on a bike (lean INTO the turns!!) but you definetley need to watch all angles! I remember a particularly nasty burn on my leg from riding in a pair of shorts but I'm sure you're careful getting on and off not to burn yourself. I wish I could have seen the looks on your fellow road riders when you came by! Head out to the highway!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I've been on a motorcycle several times and it's the best feeling in the entire world! I think adding a dress and high heels is even better. Love that photo!

    Callie @ www.coffeeandcardigans.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wonder if this applies to Vespas? I am still convinced I could drive a motoscooter or motorcycle much more effectively than a car. However, I'd opt for black leather pants. But that's just how I roll.

    ReplyDelete
  7. G-man will love this! I may yet act on the yearning to own my own bike ... :-)

    I haven't been out with G-man since the little breakfast run we did late last year I think it was.

    You must be so excited for your party - counting down the hours by now!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I always kind of wanted a motorcycle. Or at least a little scooter :) Maybe when I turn 40 I'll finally buy one ;)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love! I'd wondered if you ever combined your two passions, and you do, marvelously so.

    ReplyDelete
  10. That picture will ALWAYS make me smile. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. You continue to impress me... Riding in heels and a skirt is a difficult task. :)
    I'm also happy to hear that there is a report out there that gives positive feedback/results on riding a motorcycle. It's a nice change from people giving warnings on the risks of riding.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I loved that last line.... !

    ReplyDelete
  13. That's pretty cool! I only hope the same effect exists for muscle-powered biking...

    ReplyDelete
  14. Huh! Who knew? Keep on riding, my dear!

    xo,
    Tracy

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is very interesting but I am not going to let my husband know :-).

    ReplyDelete