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Mind’s mission is simple. They won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. This fantastic organisation helped over half a million people through their local services and another 76,000 via their helplines in 2017.

There are volumes written linking the benefits of cycling with mental health and great stories. From Leigh Timmis who rode around the world in 7 years, initially fighting depression but now a motivational speaker to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Below we’ve pulled out 4 benefits which can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.

Calmer thinking

Cycling promotes mindfulness, where you focus on the sensations of the present moment instead of being caught up in racing thoughts. You don’t have to think about anything except balancing the bike, pushing the pedals, feeling the breeze, and so on.

Combats depression

Exercise which you enjoy boosts your mood, and can ease the symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Regular exercise (three or more times per week) is also widely thought to reduce the risk of becoming depressed.

Reduces stress

Aerobic exercise can reduce your levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone’. Any cyclist will recognise the reduction in tension that a bike ride brings, and how well they sleep after a good ride out.

Increases self-esteem

Exercise can make you feel more positive. As well as watching yourself becoming fitter and physically stronger, the camaraderie of riding in a regular group pushing new challenges that outside your normal comfort zone is a real benefit.

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