Doctors Agree: There Are Health Benefits of Motorcycle Riding
Its unassuming to think that riding motorcycles would benefit your health . We already know that riding, makes us better drivers, as we are used to always checking our blind spots, and thinking ahead in the dreaded “what if” scenarios. But health! No way.
Well, as we started doing research for this article, we quickly found out that there are some surprising benefits to being on two-wheels. In fact, Yamaha provided all the necessary tools and people to the Ryuta Kawashima Laboratory of the Department of Functional Brain Imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer at Tohoku University to prove just that.
The test was done in two phases; Test 1 and Test 2.
For Test 1: they tested presently active riders using the portable optical topography test model, which is used to measure brain activity and stimulation.
For test 2: they used voluntary participants and used Cognitive function tests, and questionnaires regarding mental health.
The test results showed, while riding a motorcycle the brain of the rider is stimulated. When you stop to think about that , it makes sense. When riding a motorcycle, you are more alert then you are when driving a car. We are always trying to think a few steps ahead. We double, and triple check our blind spots. We widen the gap between follow and trail. And we also make sure, we don’t ride in blind spots. Let’s face it riding on two-wheels, require active participation.
It also showed that riding daily can boost your cognitive function and have a positive effect by lowering your mental and emotional stress levels. Its like the old saying, “You will never see a motorcycle parked outside of a psychiatrist office”. While driving on highways and in traffic, may cause more active participation, it’s the canyon roads, and the less congested back roads that give us the freedom we ride for. After a long day at work, I love taking back roads. The leans and twist that are back dropped by tranquil silence of the country, brings my solitude.
So next time you are finding yourself stressed, or you just need to knock the cob webs out of your head, swing a leg over your favorite bike and hit the road. If your significant other complains about riding all time, tell them it’s backed by research.
Now let’s get into the physical part of how Motorcycles can help you. First let’s start with the core, Yes… build your 6 pack while getting some seat time! Just keeping upright on a motorcycle can be physically challenging for the young and old alike and lets not forget about those back and neck muscles either. All are important to a strong core.
Leg Day Does Not Get Skipped … on a motorcycle. Riding also gets you some super strength in your knees, calves and thighs. Every time you’re at a stop and holding up the motorcycle with one or both legs is a work out in its own. Up-shifting, down-shifting and braking also takes a considerable amount of movement while riding, especially in traffic.
Overall – Get the total body workout on two wheels. Riding takes effort, especially when compared to other modes of human transport, like cars. Its Physical, Its Mental and will build a great set of personal skills and stregths in time.
Next time you need to get off the couch and burn a few calories, throw a leg over and get and hour in.
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