Bike riding shown to be an effective workout for your mind

By: Emily Lunardo | Mental Health | Monday, June 19, 2017 - 05:00 AM

bike riding mental healthBike riding is a great outdoor physical activity during the warmer months, but the latest research findings suggest that it may also be a great workout for your mind too.

Bike riding, specifically on mixed terrain, is a form of interval training, meaning that during some areas of the ride your heart is working harder.

Ride a bike to improve your mental health

Riding a bike is generally seen as a low-impact exercise, making it a great option for people of all ages, regardless of fitness level. Furthermore, it doesn’t involve strenuous wear and tear on your joints, which makes it a great option for those with joint problems or people living with osteoarthritis. Cycling has also been found to strengthen leg muscles, which in turn can reduce joint pain.

Although bike riding offers many physical benefits, it can also contribute to improved mental well-being. This is because bike riding can be a social event—you can call up a group of friends and all enjoy a ride together. It is known that being social has positive effects on mental well-being and a peaceful mind can contribute to improved overall health.

In a world where many of us are stressed out, finding activities that promote de-stressing are highly beneficial. Stress is increasingly becoming a problem when it comes to poor health, as living in a constant state of stress can wreak havoc on many body systems including digestion and cardiovascular health, just to name a few. Not only is exercise a great solution to improving these functions, but exercise works to decrease stress.

Case in point, if you’re looking for an activity that is good for your mind and body, then it is highly suggested that you hop on a bike and head out for a good ride.


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Sources:

http://news.psu.edu/story/470213/2017/06/01/medical-minute-many-health-benefits-cycling

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