Making Motorcycles Part of Your Mental Health Routine
By Brandi Goodman
Riding a motorcycle is a favorite pastime for many, and a scary notion for others. No matter how you feel about the mode of transportation, motorcycles can actually prove beneficial for your mental well-being. Make motorcycles part of your mental health routine by getting out on a bike any time you can -- whether you're the driver or back seat rider.
Seeking Stress Relief
Stress is inevitable. There are always going to be situations that arise in life that make you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and/or upset. Getting out on the open road on a motorcycle can be great stress relief. When you're feeling down or extremely stressed, get on your bike and ride. The adrenaline, the wind in your face, the sunshine, and the open road can do a lot for easing the tension you're feeling and helping you remember how good life can be.
An Opportunity for Exercise
Riding a bike requires balance. You're going to be working your core tremendously when you ride. The increase in adrenaline and heart rate is even similar to what light exercise can provide. Exercise a stress reliever in itself. Getting out on your motorcycle for 20 minutes can increase your heart rate, give you an opportunity for some exercise, and help improve your mental health.
When your mental health is suffering, you may find it difficult to focus. Your mind often feels clouded and it's hard to concentrate on tasks you need to accomplish. Motorcycle riding increases your alertness. You have to be extra aware of your surroundings and focus on the road and other vehicles on it. This is going to increase your alertness and make it easier to focus on your tasks even once you're off the bike.
Find a Motorcycle Event
Bikers are often seen riding in groups. Whether it's for an event or just a ride amongst friends, the opportunity for socialization is ever-present. If you're in the mood for socializing with others -- which is one method for helping your mental health -- then find a motorcycle event nearby. You may be able to meet up with other motorcycle riders who want to go for a ride or even just chat about your bikes and how long you've been riding. It's a great way to meet like-minded friends.
Even if motorcycles aren't for you, you can still take advantage of many of these benefits. Get on a basic bike and ride. You can get in your car with the windows down as well for similar effects. The point is to get out on the road and enjoy the wind and sunshine. It's great for your mental health.
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