Cycling outings are a romantic affair. Driving too fast, walking too slow, or only riding is a kind of enjoyment: you can see the infinite beauty of the scenery along the way. Autumn is the most suitable season for cycling, without the wet and rainy spring, the hot and dry summer, and the cold and windy winter. Everyone’s riding intentions are different, but I believe that everyone can get into a good mood through riding.
Some riders seek lightning-fast speed and love the passion and sweat brought by speed; some riders ride leisurely, enjoying the scenery along the way and the mood of watching the scenery—just like a slogan, life is like For a trip, you don’t need to care about the destination, only care about the scenery along the way and the mood of seeing the scenery.
Now, researchers have conducted the most significant study on the mental improvement of cycling, and the results are: Cycling ranks second in the mental improvement of exercise, second only to team sports.
The researchers spent a year analyzing the effects of physical activity on the mental health of as many as 100,000 adults. Participants reported the type and amount of exercise they did throughout the study, as well as the number of days during the study period when they experienced negative emotional distress, such as sadness and depression.
The data shows that people who insist on exercising only feel in a bad mood for 2 days in a month, while those who do not exercise feel in a bad mood for 3.4 days. The improvement in mood status was even more pronounced for people who were already depressed when they exercised: They had more than 3 fewer days in a month when they were in a bad mood.
Of course, different exercises have different effects on improving emotional conditions. In a study of more than seventy sports, team sports came out on top for the best results: Basketball and other team sports had a 23 percent reduction in bad days, while cycling was a close second Since then, the number of days has decreased by 21%.
The findings also suggest that team sports, in addition to the sport itself, also include social elements, and the benefits are more pronounced than individual sports. Therefore, the editor suggests that if you often feel in a bad mood, you might as well find three or four cycling friends and organize some cycling activities, which can effectively improve your bad mood, make you happier, and increase your sense of happiness.