How a Motorcycle Ride Benefits Your Health
By Brandi Goodman
Now that spring is nearly in session and plenty of sunny days are ahead, the time for getting back on the bike is here. A motorcycle ride isn't just fun, it's good for your health. Let the wind hit you and experience the joy and the health advantages that riding a motorcycle brings. Of course, wear the necessary safety gear, including a helmet.
A Better Functioning Brain
It takes a lot of work to ride a motorcycle. You don't just sit there casually pushing a pedal or turning the steering wheel like you do in a car. You need to be fully aware of your surroundings since you're completely exposed. The work it takes to balance yourself on the bike, make turns carefully, and drive steady helps lead to a better functioning brain. You use full concentration when driving a motorcycle where car drivers tend to be a little more lax.
The fresh air on your face as you speed down the street on your motorcycle is great for mood. You're not enclosed in a vehicle. Instead, you get to be out in the elements. You can enjoy the sun shining down on you and feel the breeze from the wind blowing. It's a great way to improve your mood.
Because of the improved mood, you're also likely to feel less stress. A motorcycle ride provides a way for you to get out of your head. You have to spend time focusing on the road, which gives you less of an opportunity to focus on whatever it is that's been bothering you.
Increased Vitamin D
Being in the sun gives you an increase in Vitamin D. A car blocks a lot of the sun's rays and doesn't provide you with full exposure. A motorcycle has you fully exposed to the elements, allowing your skin to absorb more of the Vitamin D provided. Just be sure you're wearing sunscreen so you don't get sunburned while you're riding.
A Stronger Core
Your core has to work hard during a motorcycle ride. You may not even realize it at the time, but you may notice a tight feeling in your abdomen once you're done riding. This is because you develop a stronger core as your body works to maintain balance of the bike. You burn calories as well while you're riding, especially if you're driving against the wind.
Get on your bike and ride. It's good for your overall well-being. One ride on a motorcycle can be all you need to get a boost in both mental and physical health.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pinole, Calif.