It is no secret that exercise is good for your health, but what many folks don’t understand is that exercise can have a great impact on your mental health too. It is a proven scientific fact that exercising releases the feel good hormones call endorphins. If you are looking for an activity that will not only make you feel good, but is good for you, than nature cycling may be an activity for you.
Taking a good bike ride through nature can be one of the most liberating feelings. Nothing beats taking in the beautiful views of nature, while crisp fresh air blows through your hair. On top of the endorphins your body will be producing from the physical activity of cycling, your mind will be at peace being surrounded by the natural world around you.
If you are interesting in going on a nature ride, you will need just a few things to get started. The most obvious piece of equipment you will need to get started is a bicycle. Whether you own your own bike or plan on renting one, make sure that it is a bike that has wide tires with good tread that can handle different terrains. For safety purposes you will need a helmet to protect you in case of a fall. Lastly, you will want to have water to take along on your ride to stay hydrated. As with any exercise, if you have any underlining medical conditions it is best to check with your doctor to make sure you are health enough for cycling.
Once you are set up for your ride, you can decide where you would like to go. Many communities offer group activities that involve nature cycling, such as trail riding. This may be a great choice for someone who is just starting out or may not be familiar with the area. The best thing about nature cycling is that it does not require much more than a bike, a helmet, and the desire to explore nature.
There are many different places you can explore on a nature bike ride. Depending on where you live there should be many different scenic routes you can take. You can explore your local woods or forests. Make sure that if you choose such terrain, that you watch for tree roots, branches, and shrubs when you are riding. If you live near the country you can take a leisurely ride through the countryside. This will be an easier ride than the woods or forest. If you are lucky enough to live near the water, you can do an ocean or lakeside ride. The water can provide a tranquil view and the salty air can be very therapeutic.
Nature cycling is a great activity for anyone to do. It does not require much equipment or exemplary physical fitness. It is not a race, but an adventure. If you want to participate in an activity that can reduce stress, increase you health, and give you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, than nature cycling is definitely a good fit for you.