Having reached the half-way point of my Saturday morning bike ride, I stopped to stretch hammies that were screaming at me to slow down. Across the parking lot I noticed an elderly gentleman nonchalantly lifting a couple of bikes off the trunk rack of his late ’90s Buick sedan. Bent over, attempting to reach toes I’ve not touched with straight legs in 20 years, I heard the unmistakable sound of a kickstand coming down behind me. I stood up to hear “Beautiful day for a ride” and said hello to Gene, dressed in a flannel shirt, jeans, and the New Balance™ walking shoes you see on men of a certain age.
Indeed, it was a gorgeous day, and for the next couple of minutes Gene and I exchanged pleasantries.
“Did you ride here from Midland?” asked Gene.
An intriguing Yale University School of Public Health study has great news for book lovers: Adults over 50 who read books (the more, the better) live an average of almost 2 years longer than those who don’t; and reading books offers a distinct advantage over reading magazines and newspapers.
It’s no secret that reading stimulates the brain — cultivating thinking processes, increasing connectivity, and fostering creativity. It also can reduce stress, boost empathy, promote a sense of community, and might even help you sleep better.
Dave cleans our offices on Sunday mornings, which happens to be the same time I stop in for a couple hours to prepare for the week. He’s a fit 40-something who looks like he could run a sub-40 minute 10K. His Monday-Friday job is at a local tool and die manufacturer — a 3-shift operation with mostly union workers.