The Mental Health Benefits of Cycling
We all know cycling brings many benefits to our physical health and fitness, but did you know it also improves our mental health?
Several studies have found exercise and fresh air bring improvements to emotional and mental health. Cycling, especially, has been found to help combat depression, anxiety and stress. There’s something about the rhythm of cycling, of pumping the pedals, that helps our brains to relax.
So, what are the mental benefits of cycling?
Improves your mood
Riding pumps blood around your body at a faster rate. This helps to release adrenaline and other hormones that make you feel happier.
Builds positive mental health
Riding a bike has been shown to improve self-esteem, anxiety, stress, and depression. Any exercise helps, but riding is highly effective.
Helps you sleep better
Cycling helps regulate your heart rate and can reduce levels of stress hormones, making it easier to get a deep, restorative sleep.
Riding a bike helps to stimulate your brain and create new cells that are responsible for memory. Riding increases blood flow to the brain, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to improve its performance.
Improves creative thinking
The rhythm of cycling helps your brain to relax, making room for creative ideas.
Makes you feel calm
Getting outdoors on your bike is an easy way to refresh your brain. Focus on pumping the pedals, feeling the wind on your face, and you’ll feel your mind start to clear.
To get the most out of these benefits, experts say you need to ride for 30-60 minutes, three to five times a week… So, why not try riding to work?
We think there’s already plenty of good reasons to ditch the car and ride to work. It’s the perfect way to improve your mental and physical health, and you can start your day feeling energised and refreshed.
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