As little as 10 minutes on the bike can improve your mood
I love my cycling. I get out on the bike as much as I can, though less that I would like. Life always gets in the way of good cycling.
One of the regular rides that I do is midweek in the early morning. I get up at 515 a.m. and the ride starts at 6. Most of the year we find that the majority of the ride is in the dark.
Often it’s cold in the winter, and occasionally it’s foggy as well as cold.
Notwithstanding all that I enjoy the experience of being on the bike with a group of like-minded people watching the sun come up in the early morning. Much better than staying in bed.
And once the ride is done I feel good for the rest of the day. I’ve got my exercise in and I’ve smelt the roses, or at least seen the start of the day.
It’s no coincidence that I feel good. There is now evidence that cycling, and exercise more generally, can benefit your mood and make you feel happier. In fact one of the recommendations often made to people with mental conditions such as depression is to do more exercise.
A new study is now showing that as little as 10 minutes of cycling can improve your mood and make you feel happier.
And that’s got to be good, for all of us.