Mountain Bike for Your Health

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Mountain bike for your health.  It is a cardiovascular endeavor which builds endurance and an immersion activity which focuses attention and provides distraction.  Work muscles, burn calories, energize the body, and clear the head by going mountain biking.  It increases both physical and mental might, and it is fun.

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Mountain bike for your health.  It is a cardiovascular endeavor which builds endurance and an immersion activity which focuses attention and provides distraction.  Work muscles, burn calories, energize the body, and clear the head by going mountain biking.  It increases both physical and mental might, and it is fun.

MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

Mountain biking is physical.  No matter if one is riding cross country, trail, enduro, or downhill, legs and hearts are pumping, muscles are engaged, and breathing is quickened.  The exertion necessary to navigate the terrain fluctuates with the turns, ups, downs, and obstacles, providing an excellent interval workout which strengthens the entire body.  Legs provide the energy to turn the wheels on the bike.  They get stronger and more toned.  Respiration rate increases.  Lungs not only get stronger, they work ever more efficiently to deliver oxygen to muscles and brain, improving their function and capacity as well.  As the heart beats faster, oxygen rich blood flows out to feed working muscles.

Over time, the heart becomes more efficient (seen in lowered blood pressure and heart rate) and the body is stimulated to build new blood vessels.  Circulation is improved and the heart muscle becomes stronger.  Abdominal, arm, and shoulder muscles all get a strengthening boost as they engage upper and lower body for power and balance through turns, ascents, and descents.  Mountain biking is thus more than simply a fun activity, it’s a fantastic way to sneak in a physical workout that is not only beneficial for our bodies, it is also great for our sense of well-being and happiness.

MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR MENTAL FOCUS AND CONFIDENCE

Need some mental space to clear your head?  Feeling stressed out?  Try mountain biking to release some feel-good endorphins and energize your brain with fresh air.  Mountain biking does both, and in the process calms and grounds us.  With the mind free of clutter as one is singularly focused on the activity and surroundings, the brain will have the space to wander and ponder important issues.  Sometimes it is intentional and at other times it may just “happen”, but either way, mountain biking is great at clearing our heads. 

Laboring muscles naturally release tension, oxygen rich blood courses through our veins, and feel good endorphins are released.  All of this comes together to break down and overcome stress not only in the moment, but in the following hours as well.  Mountain biking similarly feels good emotionally.  Following a ride, having conquered trail, we feel accomplished.  Once again, we show ourselves just how much we CAN do, and this provides a nice boost to self-confidence.  We carry back home from the trail this confidence and calm, along with a clearer head following a mountain bike ride.  Hop on and let your mind wander with the trail.

© 2019 Grey Otter Outventures, Inc.
© 2019 Grey Otter Outventures, Inc.
Maston Mountain Biking Trails, Bend, Oregon

Gear We Use for Mountain Biking

To see descriptions of the gear Chris & Mac use for mountain biking, as well as links to manufacturers and retailers offering the gear for sale, please CLICK HERE.

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