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An Hypothesis It Is… Or Can We Call It A Theory?


March 2012

Fellow Michigander and cyclist, Joseph Lampen and I have teamed up to form a new hypothesis:

In addition to the value associated with regular exercise and endorphin release, there is an intrinsic value to completing said exercise out of doors, in nature – or creation.

We could go with calling it a theory, but the definition of hypothesis is easier and is, technically, impossible to prove or disprove (other than the benefits of added benefits of Vitamin D from the exposure to sunlight which is already well documented):

  1. A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
  2. A proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

Feel free to weigh in with your comments.

UPDATE:  Socially Fit weighed in with this gem: 

“Outdoors is always best! In the gym only 5-50 people can witness your awesomeness”.

Indeed, well said!


  1. Outdoors is always best! In the gym only 5-50 people can witness your awesomeness. Outside you’re on display for the whole world.

  2. Some things are just better done outside. (I couldn’t imagine running a few miles inside, it would get boring fast, you would just repeat the same exact path around the same exact place.)

  3. Kimberly / says:

    Well, a 26.2 treadmill run would suck, for sure! On our long run this Saturday, my friend and I commented several times each mile on the beauty or awesomeness of one thing or another. The trees budding, the amazing scents, the squirrels playing tag, the interesting patterns on tree bark, the pretty bridges we ran over, the way the sun shines through the trees and how the same spot looked different and beautiful in a different way on the way back than it did out. Yep. I agree with you.

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