Cycling has been proven to not only improve your physical well-being – but also your mental health. Whether biking indoors or outdoors, we consistently see positive effects on your brain and body. There are multitudes of benefits that can affect all parts of your life.
Exposure to the outdoors has often been prescribed to combat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Cycling outdoors is no different! Your brain positively reacts to the influx of blood flow and nutrients and enables greater performance. Meaning, consistent cycling in your day-to-day life keeps your brain healthy and young in your later years.
Studies conducted on cycling have shown these are just some of the mental health benefits people experience:
-Decreases in depression and anxiety
-Greater well-being and relaxation
-Enhanced creative thinking
Additionally, you can reap the social perks of this hobby by meeting like-minded people who also greatly enjoy cycling. There are endless ways to connect to these groups: many are on social media like Facebook and Instagram, or even on cycling apps like Zwift and Strava.
It is often recommended to cycle for about 30-60 minutes at a steady pace three to five times a week to enjoy those benefits. This can be done on your way to work, around your neighbourhood, or anywhere else you like to bike. During the winter months, this can be especially challenging, but even getting on a stationary bike helps with your well-being and mental health.
So, next time you’re thinking of commuting to work or wanting to get outside, grab your bike (and helmet) and see the benefits for yourself!