part of our internship program involves each intern writing a weekly blog about whatever topic they’ve learned or discovered. This week, our senior intern, Christopher Harris, has tackled the blog.
Albeit, I imagine that when most people think of the benefits of exercise, particularly cycling, their mind meanders to the physical benefits it produces. There’s no question that regular cycling has physical benefits, including trimming your waistline, improving your physique, and even adding years to your life. However, in this article, I am esteemed to bring you the mental and emotional benefits of not only cycling, but exercising as well that I believe many people might not be aware of.
The first benefit to regular cycling is by way of reduced stress and anxiety. One of the reasons why many people exercise, myself included, is because it helps you to take charge of anxiety and reduce stress, anger, and frustration. Moreover, you’ll worry less and be able to find some quiet time, in addition to breaking out of the negative thoughts that feed anxiety, depression, and anger.
Endorphins anybody? Endorphins, which are the powerful chemicals in your brain that recognize your spirits and make you feel good, is another benefit of cycling and exercise. I’ll be frank with everyone right now; it’s difficult for me to go about my day without these endorphins. It boosts my mood, my mind is sharper, and I have more energy to accomplish tasks in front of me.
As previously mentioned, regular cycling can increase mental focus and provide oneself with boosted energy throughout the day. The same endorphins that help you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Furthermore, it stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Lastly, especially in terms of cycling, it’s an enjoyable, lifelong, and companionable activity. I mean, think about it – what’s a better way to spend a gorgeous Saturday afternoon with your spouse than riding a bike through a beautiful park or trail? You’re getting the physical benefits, emotional and mental benefits, and you’re able to enjoy your partner’s company. Additionally, cycling is an activity that you’re able to do for the rest of your life. Even if you’re in amazing shape now, weightlifting and certain exercises aren’t going to be so easy years down the line. One of the best things about cycling is that you’ll be able to do it long after you have to say goodbye to the weight room.
I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. I believe it allows me to be a more loving and compassionate husband, allows me to have a sharper focus on my graduate school work, in addition to my three other work positions, as well providing me with a peace of mind. Also, it reminds me to enjoy every minute of my life and to appreciate the small pleasures that come with it. If you haven’t taken up cycling or exercise, I encourage you do to so and I hope that this article will give you the enthusiasm to do it.