Celebrate Mental Health Week - go for a ride!
This article from Matthew Barbour lists 30 good reasons to take up cycling.
Whether it's to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make.
As well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive affect on emotional health – improving levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms.
Here are some results from studies cited by Bikes Belong (now People for Bikes):
- Aerobic exercise can improve self-esteem
- Aerobic exercise can have an antidepressant effect
- One study found that cycling improves levels of well-being, self-confidence, and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms
- a 30+ minute round trip bicycle commute is associated with better mental health in men