We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and for the most part we can gain and maintain good mental health in the same was as we do with physical health. So, here's my 5 reasons why cycling is good for mental health:
1. It gets you outdoors
Getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine is healthy, it feels like you're blowing away the cobwebs, looking beyond the concerns of your mind and finding strength in nature.
2. It focuses your mind
I believe that exercise is as good for your mental health as it is your physical. When I'm cycling my mind is focused on what I'm doing and so it becomes clear of everyday clutter and worries.
3. Your own pace, your own time
Cycling is low impact, you can get fitter without putting too much strain on your body and you can do it when and where you feel comfortable. I find it far easier than running and more enjoyable than feeling like I 'have to go to the gym' :)
4. Positive Vibes!
It changes my mood. I can wake up feeling low in energy and mood but if I make myself (and sometimes I really have to make myself!) get outside and out for a ride, by the time I return I'm buzzing and extremely glad I went.
5. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
It's a step towards a healthier mind and a healthier body which will build your confidence, the two go hand in hand quite often and one will definitely help the other.
So, why not give it a try?
You don't have to already be fit to take up cycling. It is a good activity for those wanting to start on their fitness journey and is becoming very popular these days, with more and more people realising the health benefits. I started off on an old mountain bike we had in the garage. To begin with I went around the block and took it in the car to places that were very safe for cycling. Gradually, my confidence and ability grew and now I am doing rides that would have seemed crazy to me at one point!
Take your time getting into it, be safe, don't take risks, go at your own pace and above all, enjoy it!
I hope to publish more posts on how I got into cycling, beginner tips etc. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like to know about. For now though, thanks for reading!