This week has seen people across the nation raise awareness for mental health. So, it’s only fitting that we broach the subject too! Thankfully, recent years have seen a significant increase in the general public’s understanding of mental health concerns, and many people are starting to give a little advice as to how they best deal with their negative symptoms. Some will suggest that cycling can have profound benefits for mental health. Now, we are not saying that cycling is going to be a miracle cure for any mental condition or problem. But what we are saying is that it could prove to be something that you find comfort in, that you enjoy, and that makes you feel a little better as an individual. So, let’s take a moment to explore the subject area!
Before we get started, it’s important to highlight that you need to be safe whatever type of bicycle you decide to use. If you are using a static bicycle, you should ensure that the equipment is intact and working, that safety features are in place, and that you know how to operate the machinery before getting started. If you are purchasing a standard bicycle and intend to cycle outdoors, you should make sure that the bicycle is in good condition, that your tyres are puncture free, that you have a helmet and other relevant safety wear, as well as ensuring that you know the rules of the road. Use cycle lanes wherever possible. You don’t want to start out on a mission to better your mental health, only to worsen your physical health! If you do experience any injury or incident while riding your bicycle, you should contact Hughey Law Firm for info on the correct course of action to pursue.
Now, some people may argue that tying together cycling and improved mental health may be a little controversial, or a reach. But a study conducted by The Lancet compared the number of days that individuals who exercised reported poor mental health compared to reports of poor mental health from individuals who do not exercise. They found that there was a correlation that suggests that individuals who carry out more physical exercise have fewer reports of poor mental health. Individuals who practice team sport may have come in first. But individuals who cycle came in a close second place. Individuals who go to the gym scraped in at third.
As well as mental benefits, cycling can hold physical benefits (improving your stamina and contributing towards your recommended 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week), and can improve your social life, as you are likely to socialise with others who cycle in your local area.
Sure, cycling may not be the miracle cure to conditions such as depression or anxiety. But it could help and any help could go a long way. So, why not incorporate two wheels into your routine today?