Biking to a Better Brain
Riding a bike is a low-impact exercise that helps you burns calories, improves cardiovascular fitness, builds strength, and is also great for your brain. Research has shown that biking improves memory, learning, creativity, and mood. When you bike, it increases the hippocampus, one of the parts of the brains associated with memory and learning. Cycling also increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine production in our brains which make us feel happy.
Biking Outside Has the Most Benefits
Research also suggests that exercising outside may have a greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. Outdoor exercise has been shown to improve attention and focus, motivate you to keep exercising, and the fresh air can give you even more energy.
Before you hop on your bike, be sure to check out these biking safety tips:
- Make sure you have a stable bike. Bike frames with wider tires have added protection and will reduce your risk of falling.
- Bike in a pack. Ride with a friend, family member or cycling group.
- Wear a helmet. Especially if you are riding in traffic or on a trail.
- Stay hydrated. Bring at least one bottle of water.