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Cycling for Sanity

The complex process of riding a bicycle, it turns out, helps sharping your mental acuity. It even helps with ADHD children and adults with Parkison's disease.

We already know from research done in Australia and in Europe that riding an electricassist bicycle is good for us physiologically. While the maximum heart rate is just slightly lower than pedaling a conventional bicycle, the workout is actually better since it burns more fat and creates less lactic acid.

We already know from research done in Australia and in Europe that riding an electricassist bicycle is good for us physiologically. While the maximum heart rate is just slightly lower than pedaling a conventional bicycle, the workout is actually better since it burns more fat and creates less lactic acid.

Now we’re learning that riding a bicycle is also good for us in terms of our mental health. In a fascinating article published in the Independent in Britain entitled, The cycle path to happiness, Simon Urborne recounts various discoveries both in Europe and the U.S.A. that demonstrate a connection between cycling and improvements in mental acuity and even brain health. Riding a bicycle has been shown to help children with ADHD and adults with Parkinson’s disease. It can even sharpen our intellect.

Writes Usborne, “In a German study involving 115 students at a sports academy, half the group did activities such as cycling that involved complex coordinated movements. The rest performed simpler exercises with the same aerobic demands. Both groups did better than they had in concentration tests, but the ‘complex’ group did a lot better.” Why this is, no one knows, but it’s clear that something good is happening; and since we know riding a pedelec is physiologically beneficial, it would be valuable to know if it also has the same effect on our mental health.

Posted By: Bill Moore [05-Mar-2013]

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