That feeling of freedom while cruising down the street on a bicycle is actually doing wonders for your mental and physical health. After getting past the wobbly learning stage of riding a bike, you develop a skill that has an expanse of benefits. Riding a bike regularly helps for managing weight, maintaining good cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of diabetes, improving circulation, and much more for your cardiovascular health.

Not only are the physical benefits virtually endless, but learning to ride a bike is one of the best things you can do to keep a healthy mind.

While you are enjoying a nice bike ride, you are simultaneously preventing or relieving depression, anxiety, stress, and fighting development of other serious neurological or psychological diseases. That’s some pretty great news! Hopping on a bike for 30 minutes a day, increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein essential to preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies have shown that even just biking for 15 minutes will naturally lower levels of cortisol, a stress causing hormone. Relieving stress just became a whole lot simpler when you have a bicycle lying around.

Of course it is never too late to get started, but learning to ride a bike at a young age comes with even better advantages. Incorporating bike riding into a daily routine could be essential to a child’s healthy development. The American Heart Association recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every single day. In addition to being a super fun time, developing these habits at a young age can dramatically help a child develop and maintain boosted self-esteem. So if you are feeling down, you really have nothing to lose from taking a quick spin around the neighborhood!

But what makes bicycling better than spending some time at the gym or pool?

A study carried out by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry shows that those who exercise in the great outdoors reported even higher levels of reinvigoration with even smaller amounts of depression, tension, and anxiety. Getting outside to bicycle around town, in the mountains, or even taking a quick spin around the neighborhood is always a great choice when it comes to adding a healthy activity that will make you look and feel great into your daily routine.

Considering the plethora of advantages of biking, we encourage all to get out there and get pedaling!