Have you tried mountain biking? Riding trails, popping wheelies and jumping off curbs is fun. It gets your blood flowing and triggers the production of endorphins. The prospect may seem intimidating if you’ve never been out on a wooded trail with your bike. But to all thrill-seekers out there, riding a bike on a woodsy trail can be an excellent way to stay fit while enjoying the fresh air.
Here are 7 good reasons why you should give mountain biking a try.
Mountain biking makes you happy
There is something about the spin of the pedals that makes us feel happier. Whether it’s dark, cold or wet outside, getting outside on our bike can boost our mood. We feel good when we ride.
According to studies, mountain biking can actually help you beat stress. During the ride, bikers are usually focused on the ride. This is important so as to prevent injuries. After all, it can be difficult to focus on anything when you’re riding around tight corners or hopping over logs. It provides plenty of distraction, which helps bikers take their mind off any worries or problems. It offers a temporary escape from reality. That is often the reason why you typically end a ride happier than you started. Some studies even suggest that biking can help prevent depression.
As with any other types of physical activity, biking triggers the production of endorphins. They can bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being.
It provides opportunity to get in touch with nature
Road biking isn’t just boring, bikers also breathe in polluted air when they ride their bike. Mountain bikers, on the other hand, get to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the scenic view of the forest. In fact, it made me appreciate nature even more.
Mountain bike trails will often take you to distant places, where you can enjoy the great outdoors and commune with nature. Oftentimes, these are remote, peaceful places. Mountain biking allows you to get away temporarily from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Even for just a couple of hours, it allows you to get in touch with the natural world. You look around at the staggering beauty of the natural environment and you feel better in an instant. This is one of the reasons why I love mountain biking.
It’s a good form of exercise
At the start of each year, most people resolve to start living a healthier lifestyle. They promise to hit the gym and eat better. Sure, some of them would keep their promise and start hitting the gym a few times a week, while others would go for a run. But after a month or so, many of them would revert back to their old habits, completely forgetting about their interest in living a healthier lifestyle. Why? It’s because they’re not having fun with it.
Mountain biking is a great form of exercise. As you pedal up muddy mountains, you get to burn more calories and have fun while doing so. After a 2-hour ride, beads of sweat are rolling down your face, your heart rate is high and your adrenaline is pumping. You will really feel the burn in your lower body. It will effectively tone your thighs and butt, so you can forget about doing endless lunges and squats. After every lung-crushing, leg-burning climb, you get to experience that “wheee” feeling with every descent.
It’s good for your heart
Riding a bike can keep you healthy. In fact, studies revealed that biking for as little as 10 minutes a day can help keep your heart healthy. A daily 20-minute bike ride is enough to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. When done regularly, it helps keep your weight under control and improves your heart, lungs and circulation.
Our body works better when we are physically fit. The same goes for your cardiovascular system. The healthier you are, the better the blood circulation. This increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your extremities and vital organs; thus, making you look and feel healthy.
It’s more fun than road biking
Cycling on the road isn’t just boring; it can also be dangerous. Imagine those cars, trucks and buses whizzing by you at 70 miles an hour. Since mountain bikers usually trail through hills, woods and forests, they aren’t sharing their ride with smoke-emitting vehicles. Rather, they breathe in fresh air. When you’re surrounded by trees, fresh air becomes fresher and the ride becomes even more exciting. Plus, they get to enjoy the amazing view and the serenity of the place.
Meet new friends
Socializing provides a number of benefits on your mental and emotional health. It helps prevent depression and boosts feelings of well-being. Studies suggest that individuals with an active lifestyle tend to live longer than those who are more isolated.
Riding a bike provides plenty of opportunity to interact with other people. In fact, one of the best times on the bike often involves riding with friends or with a group. Whether you head to the trails with a buddy or two or join a bike tour, mountain biking helps keep your social life active. It’s also a fun activity that couples and families can do together.
It’s the best sport in the world
For the ever-increasing number of individuals who have caught the cycling bug, mountain biking is the best sport. We experience it when we ride. It gives us the thrill and exhilaration that no other sports can’t.
Aside from being fun, this sport helps keep your weight in check, keeps you healthy, gets you out in the fresh air, takes you to places you would never thought of going, allows you to meet new people and even provides a sense of peace and relaxation. With all these amazing benefits, we can safely say that mountain biking is the best sport in the world.