You’ve just finished a two hour ride through flowing singletrack, your adrenaline is pumping, your heart rate is high, beads of sweat are rolling down your face and you are present – in the moment. You look around at the staggering beauty of the natural environment and smile at the genuine excitement you get from hitting the trails with friends. A post-ride beer is consumed.
1. MOUNTAIN BIKING DECREASES STRESS
Do not underestimate the power of nature and green spaces to change your mood and general health. The environment around you has a huge impact on how you perceive the world and how you feel on any given day. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, you may feel overwhelmed, stressed and hurried. Once you hit the trails, and immerse yourself in a forest or natural landscape, studies have shown that stress levels are reduced, blood pressure decreases and your overall well-being increases. Don’t believe it? Compare your bodies reaction when biking in the city vs. biking through the forest.
2. MOUNTAIN BIKING IS EASIER ON YOUR JOINTS
If you have bad knees, mountain biking can offer great exercise, while having minimal impact on your joints. Running can often lead to hip and knee problems from hitting the pavement, but biking is easier on your body.