Mountain biking is super fun, it pushes you out of your comfort zone, you meet amazing people and just might be one of the most popular spring and summer sports. If you haven’t tried it. Just go for it! You might just LOVE it and feel AT HOME on the bike.
If you’re looking to know the health benefits of mountain biking, keep reading. There are tons!
According to the Center for Disease Control, over 39% of Americans are obese. This means that 1 in 3 people in the United States are obese and are at high risk for heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers. This study is only looking at obese people, imagine how many people are overweight?! Way more than 1 in 3 people.
Mountain biking is a cardiovascular exercise. Plain and simple. It is known that daily exercise improves blood circulation and and lowers blood pressure. Cardio exercise also helps burn fat, helps improve sleeping, relieves stress and is an activity that helps prevent disease. Mountain biking is a full body workout!
A study showed that people who are physically active have a higher sense of well being compared to those who are sedentary. There are a few ways that exercise and mountain biking can elevate your mood. First, a rush of endorphins and and adrenalin. Second, improved confidence or doing something challenging and overcoming that obstacle.
Decrease risk of disease and boost immune system
Physical activity triggers certain hormonal triggers which in turn boost your immune system. It’s known that the more exercise you do, the stronger your immune system. The stronger your immune system is then the decrease for diseases. It’s all about PREVENTION!
When you ride your bike, it’s usually in a park, forests, or desert and this gets you in touch with nature! When you’re in nature, you really appreciate the simple things in life. The trees, the small of the air, birds, snakes, squirrels, different plants, insects, color of dirt, the clouds, the sky. As you can tell, there’s an infinite things to appreciate and to be grateful for.
The focus and intense demand for mountain biking helps relax stressors of your day. Your stresses of the day are distracted by the task at hand. It’s like a drug. Better than a man made drug! Cycling is a moving meditation! The less time you think about the stressors of the day, the better. It’s a healthy distraction. Stress leads to anxiety, depression, heart disease and death.
Muscle Hypertrophy (Builds Muscle)
This is just a fancy way of saying “getting buff”. After you recover from your workout, your muscle gets used to the workload and will need a higher workload the next time to achieve the same result. This means you’re getting stronger and building muscle. Win, Win.
This is usually associated with aerobic and endurance exercise. Angiogenesis is when new blood vessels form from pre-existing blood vessels. This happens by a process of splitting and sprouting. More blood vessels = more blood flow and that equals more oxygenated blood from your cells which is matched with improved performance!
After a good workout you do two things better than you did before. Eat and Sleep. First, you’re going to eat your entire dispensary and secondly, you’re going to go to sleep so good that night! Recover and do it again the next day! Yes!
Low Impact workout
Mountain biking is considered a low impact sport. This means your joints experience less stress when compared to running. Low impact sports typically mean less possibilities of injury and chances for you to be a lifelong participant of the sport.
Total Body Workout
Yes, when you cycle you are mainly using your legs but really, you are using your entire body. There is a lot of body movement associated with cycling. Your core needs to be strong in order to pedal standing up, your shoulders and back need to be strong in order to take the hits associated with mountain biking and in order to maneuver the bike the way you wish to.
Last and definitely not LEAST!
Making new friends and it’s social aspect
Yes, I love going fast downhill and uphill and sometimes I have a hard time stopping when I’m moving but when I come to a rest. I love to say hi, talk with people on the trail and make new friends. I’m always looking to make good friends. They’re hard to come by. Also, what makes it easy to make new friends while riding a bike is that they’re riding a bike as well! Common interests!
There are a ton of other reasons why mountain biking is healthy but these are just a few. If you would like to keep the conversation going, please drop me a line.