Posted on March 14, 2022 at 4:20 PM by The Biker Lawyers
What are the benefits of riding a motorcycle?
If you ask a biker why they ride, they might say they love the freedom they feel dancing with death. They could say it’s all about the high they get from the roar of the engine on the open road. It's no secret that riding a motorcycle is thrilling and exciting. Sure, it gives you the freedom to explore and escape, but when you ask most bikers, the last thing they’ll probably tell you about is the health benefits.
What health benefits, you ask? Turns out riding isn’t just awesome, there are a ton of ways it’s really, really good for you. Here are just some of the ways!
Top 5 Ways Riding a Motorcycle is Good for Your Health
1. You'll meet other riders, who are interesting people to talk to.
2. It's an adrenaline rush, and that can be good for your mental health!
3. It's one of the best ways to take in beautiful landscapes.
4. You can visit any place you want to go on your motorcycle, so you're free to explore what life has to offer in a new place!
5. You'll be outside in nature, which has proven physical benefits for your body and mind!
Let’s take a minute to dive deeper into a few of the benefits of hopping on the hog.
Psychological & Mental Health Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle
Have you ever heard the phrase “Moto Therapy”? Riding a motorcycle is good for your mental and emotional health. When you go for a ride, no matter how long you are on the bike, you'll feel happier and less stressed, which can reduce the likelihood of depression and anxiety. Riding is such an amazing form of therapy that there are even programs that pair riders with veterans who suffer from PTSD to help them cope with their symptoms.
When you're on the road, you'll have time to think without all the usual distractions, which can help you make sense of what's going on in your life and show you new ways to approach problems. That alone will make you less anxious about whatever's going on in your life.
For some bikers, riding a motorcycle is all about excitement. It gets the adrenaline pumping, is a total thrill, and can even be kind of scary (but in a good way). All these factors combine to make riding a motorcycle one of the best ways to reduce stress, improve your mood, and give you something to look forward to. Regardless of why you ride, few can argue that Moto Therapy is medicine for the soul.
The Many Social Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle
Riding alone is great, but when you're riding with other people on two wheels, you're bound to develop closer relationships than if you were just waiting at a bus stop together. The sense of adventure that comes from being on the road together helps foster that closeness that can only be found in the biker community.
When you ride with others, you know you belong to something bigger than yourself. You can feel the sense of tradition, kinship, and pride all around you. You're joining millions of other people who have decided to take up this hobby as well. So, while riding your bike may be just another thing to do on the weekend or an evening when you're off from work, it's also an opportunity to expand your social circle and meet new people.
You'll never feel alone with an entire community of like-minded folks behind you.
Some studies show that people who ride motorcycles are healthier than those who drive cars because they're more active physically and mentally—and it makes sense!
When you ride a motorcycle, you can't just cruise around in autopilot mode like you can when you're driving a car; riding requires a lot more focus, so you're always engaged in what's happening around you (and why wouldn't you be? You're riding a motorcycle!). That engagement means your mind is constantly working to keep up with everything going on right now—which means less chance of boredom or distraction while driving! This connection between mind and body helps improve reaction time and critical thinking, all while lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
In a unique combination of psychological and physical benefits, when you ride a motorcycle, you become more self-aware about the limits of your own body and what it can accomplish. Good luck finding that level of self-awareness in a car or on a bus!
13 More Physical Benefits of Riding a Motorcycle
- Improved grip
- Fresh air is great for your lungs
- Increased exposure to Vitamin D (sun)
- Improved posture and reduced back pain
- Improved blood flow (thanks to the vibration of the motorcycle) which is great for heart health
- Solid core workout
- Steering a motorcycle provides a natural workout for arms and shoulders
- Improved balance which is great for strengthening legs and lower body
- Improved spatial awareness and orientation
- Burns calories which help with weight loss (in some cases, more than walking or riding a bicycle!)
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Pushing against the wind while riding acts as resistance training and helps tone your legs
- Boosted brain power thanks to better focus, concentration, and real-time problem-solving
Experience the Ultimate Connection
The bottom line is that when you’re on a motorcycle, you’re in your own space, blissfully free. They say that you live more in five minutes on a motorcycle than most people do in an entire lifetime… and most Rider Faithful will tell you it’s true.
On a motorcycle you find peace with yourself, feel strong, and connected with those you’re riding with or even the world around you, in a way you can’t get anywhere else.
On a motorcycle life’s troubles melt away, everything seems clearer, and you feel like you’re the master of your destiny.
Oh yeah, and it’s great for your health too.