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Feeling Good is Just A Bike Ride Away

Drew Kries

At a time when it seems hard to agree on just about anything, here's something nobody argues about: exercise provides a huge boost to your mental health.

The piles of medical evidence on the mood-enhancing benefits of exercise can’t be denied. Luckily, "exercise" includes all types of activity – including walking, running, basketball, pickleball and, of course, riding a bike.

Two people smiling and high-fiving while riding their Schwinn ebikes.

"Research on depression, anxiety, and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety," reads a Mayo Clinic report.

Drew Bennett, founder of Good Company Bike Club, backs up the Mayo Clinic findings with real-world testimony. "Just getting up and moving my body helps clear my head and puts me in a better place," said Bennett. "A quick ride is enough to elevate my mood."

Don't think that you have to spend an entire day riding 100 miles and climbing mountain roads on a high-end bike to feel the benefits, either. A short ride through your neighborhood on a hybrid bike or a mini-adventure on a pedal-assist e-bike will also go a long way toward lifting your spirits.

"The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong," said Michael Otto, PhD, a professor of psychology at Boston University in a story on the American Psychological Association's website. "Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise, you get a mood-enhancement effect."

A man holding his arms up in the air as he rides his Schwinn bike with no hands.

Cycling has other benefits for your mental well-being: it's an activity easily shared with a small group of friends, and it gets you outdoors. Studies show just being outdoors can lower stress levels and help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. It turns out that getting a change of scenery by taking a cruiser e-bike around a city park or on a jaunt through the neighborhood is good for you, even if you and your riding partners don’t break a sweat.

"I'm a big fan of taking a daily break to get outdoors and breathe fresh air, as it always refreshes my mind, especially during a long day of work-from-home," said Mikah Meyer, an LGBTQ+ advocate who was the first person to visit all 419 U.S National Park Service sites in one continuous trip. "There are countless studies that show the health benefits of even just 30 minutes of daily movement, and biking is a great way to be kind to your knees, see lots of your neighborhood, or even run an errand during your movement time."

For fitness coach Kanoa Greene, a quick city bike ride is enough to bring a dose of joy and clarity into her day. Riding gives the body-positive advocate an important burst of adrenaline, particularly when she shares the ride with her friends.

"Getting out there, moving, and making the body work a little bit just makes us feel happier and more connected," said Greene, who enjoys the freedom her new e-bike gives her to explore.

And you don’t just need to take Greene's word for it. As long as you have a bike, you can prove it to yourself. Get out there and see for yourself how uplifting a good bike ride can be.

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