Cycling is one of those sports that many people learn at a very young age and then take for grated ever since. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and this is largely down to the fact there are styles and intensities to suit all types. Something that most people are unaware of though when it comes to bike riding, is that it has long been used as a method of fighting depression. Lets take a look at the reasons cycling can get you back to your happy self?
Outdoors. To start with, cycling is more often than not an outdoor activity. Staying indoors when you are low is one of the worst things you can do as you end up feeling trapped and confined, so finding some space is advised. Add to this the fact that getting some sun is proven to make you feel happier and fresh air has a similar effect. Bikes are also a great deal easier to transport than other outdoor equipment like surfboards or used kayaks.
Healthy body, healthy mind. Many different things can cause depression, but it tends to lead into a downward spiral. People tend to either comfort eat or neglect their appearance when suffering from depression and this usually makes things worse. Cycling is a great aerobic sport that works to burn off fat and get you looking slimmer. Improving their external appearance usually goes a look way to improving people internal emotions as their self esteem grows.
Endophines. When most people exercise they get a release of hormones that have a feel-good effect, known as endorphins. These hormones not only improve you bodies functioning but also reduce stress and increase the feeling of happiness. So it is easy to see why tests show exercise to be among the most effective treatment methods for depression. So if you’re feeling a bit low, find a pair of second hand bikes and go for a ride with a friend or partner