By Collin Daulong
There is no denying the physical benefits of cycling and regular exercise in general, but some of the most profound benefits are now being shown in relation to mental health.
The cardiovascular nature of cycling helps to boost your brain’s neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning/experience, or following injury. A brain that is more capable in terms of neuroplasticity has been show to help kids and adults alike with stress management and memory, as well as help with learning disabilities and overall brain performance.
With the brain functioning more capably, your children will be able to deal more efficiently with the ever increasing daily stresses that modern life entails. The time spent on the bike will also physically separate your kids from their screens! It has been proven that an increase in the amount of screen time has been linked to depression and anxiety.
Cycling also has been shown to leave children with a flood of endorphins, both during and afterwards, leaving them relaxed and happy. Who doesn’t want that!? This is also highly correlated to better, deeper sleep which helps fuel the cycle of brain health.
Studies have also shown that cycling in groups can be beneficial to aid in the positive socialization of children.
As you can see getting your kids into riding is like putting them on a UPWARD spiral to life long mental and physical health…not that we are biased or anything but it’s science!