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All too often we hear about the dangers of riding a motorcycle, but what about all the positives? Other than the adrenalin rush you get from riding, there are many health benefits worth considering. So, grab your helmet and leathers and fire up your favourite two-wheeled machine and hit the road, (please bare in mind current lockdown rules whilst reading this blog).
Here are five health benefits of motorcycling.
Riding a motorcycle takes a lot of strength and a great deal of skill. Whether you are moving through traffic or overtaking, it requires incredible core strength and stability. Motorcycles are not light with the average bike weighing in at around 400 pounds – so maneuvering one will help to strengthen the muscles in your abdomen. Who said a six-pack could not be achieved by riding a motorcycle?
You will burn calories, in fact as well as being a physical and mental workout riding a motorcycle helps to increase your insulin sensitivity. This boosts your metabolism and in turn, burns calories meaning you will store less fat. When riding you use almost every muscle in your body steering and controlling the bike, this can be very demanding and over time you may see a little more muscle definition.
Life can be stressful, and for most people finding an outlet to reduce this stress is vital to their overall mental well-being. Motorcycle riding can significantly and positively impact your mental health as you generally will not be thinking about anything else other than concentrating on the road and enjoying the scenery. As well as the adrenalin it can also release endorphins which can help lift your mood, pair that with some Vitamin D from the sun and you have the perfect cocktail for a happy and relaxed mind.
Think of riding a motorcycle as a chance to meditate. There are certainly some strong similarities between the two. Your body is in one fixed position, you can sit back and enjoy the moment leaving all your stresses behind, which will leave you in a state of calm. You have the freedom to go where you want when you want just you, your motorcycle, and the long road ahead. You will be more focused as your senses will be heightened to the environment around you.
If you find yourself struggling with posture, then riding a motorcycle is a good way to correct it. Most people slouch, although they do not realise they are doing it. These bad habits can have a damaging effect on our posture, but riding your motorcycle can help correct it as it forces you to keep upright with your shoulders back which stops them from hunching over which can cause discomfort in the back and neck.
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