I like to believe that running is good for me. Well, not only running, just moving, one foot in front of the other. It feels good, not much more to it I think. Causality probably goes both ways, as it tends to do with all feedback loops between mind and body, but my preference is for it to start with the body. Not with conscious decisions, thought, stuff that is associated with words like exercise, health and other self-improvement projects. Now, belief always looks for confirmation. You doubt me? Plenty of psychobabble out there by now to tell you about it. Daniel Kahneman‘s recent bestseller, thinking, fast and slow, is what you should read if you are seriously interested (how did that ever get to be a bestseller, pretty sure most who bought it never read it…). So when born to run hit the market, it pushed my buttons. The writer is an inspiring speaker and although this TedTalk has been shared plenty times already it’s still worth it:
I don’t really buy the beautiful savage part of the story, but hey, it’s a good story. I recently came across a documentary that focuses on the part of the story that does convince me (but think Kahneman…). Our bodies are build to hunt and gather. We need to move. I cannot access the English language version so you’ll have to make do with the German version. For those who prefer French, look here.
Now what about Cairo?? Yesterday we finally managed a walk in the outskirts where my cave man can hang out and enjoy himself without fighting traffic and poisonous air. Not that that should matter much if the above is the truth, but it’s just that much more enjoyable. The area is in the Southwest of the city, just beyond foreigner hangout Maadi and the industrial area of Helwan, and it’s called Wadi Degla and Wadi Hof. It’s hardly unexplored because the Cairo Hash, the local mountain bikers, and anyone interested in a walk during the weekend frequents this desert area, but like Dutch beaches, the crowds and the rubbish all stay very close to the entrance. Our walk is here on my everytrail page. This video gives you a nice impression of what it looks like in and around the wadi: