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10 Health Benefits of Cycling

In case you haven’t heard, this cycling thing is pretty good for you. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially, spending some good time spinning on two wheels is sure to improve your quality of life. Here’s how:

Fresh Air

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Getting outside is a surefire way to keep your system functioning optimally. Fresh air in your lungs and a little sun on your skin increases levels of vitamin D and invigorates your cardiovascular system.

Weight Management

This might be an obvious one, but cycling burns calories and regulates your energy and appetite. Cycling is especially great for weight management because cycling workouts tend to be longer than others, like running or weight lifting. Working out for a longer period of time at varied levels of intensity helps to keep your body in fat-burning mode for longer, including after your workout.

Stress Management

Stress reduction is a by-product of many of the other benefits on this list—and it’s an important thing to consider in our busy, technology-ridden lives. Any form of exercise is known to reduce stress by balancing brain chemistry and increasing physical well-being.  Cycling in particular is a great stress buster because it is achievable and attainable for people of varying levels of fitness. Cycling provides significantly less physical impact to your body than other sports like running, making it a perfect activity to ease into.

Social Bonding

Cycling is awesome because you can do it alone or with friends. If you need some time to yourself, head out for a quiet ride. Or, if you’re feeling like a more social interaction, plan a trip with friends, or just a morning ride to a favorite restaurant for brunch. Connecting with friends and family in this different context helps to deepen relationships and create meaningful bonds.

Strength Development

Cycling makes you strong! The leg workout might be most obvious, but cycling is actually a pretty comprehensive workout. If you pay attention (and want to improve) you can increase core strength, and even your upper body. It’s great cross training for other sports, like running, swimming, and skiing.

Sense of Accomplishment

There’s nothing like making it to the top of a hill on a bike to make you feel accomplished! The tasks in your life may be a little more complicated to tackle, so why not build a few hill climbs into your days, your weeks, your summer?

Endorphin Boost

It’s no secret that exercise sends feel-good chemicals to your brain. Endorphins released by exercise improve mood, decrease stress, and increase our capacity for connection with others. Once again, these benefits last long after your ride is finished.

Time away

Stepping away from your desk, your phone, your family, and the laundry can all help you return to your tasks with a fresh mind and more balanced perspective. This will make you more effective in all areas of your life, and prevent the accumulation of stress over time. It’s simple, really. Just a little bike break goes a long way.

Mental Agility

Just like crossword puzzles and adult coloring engage different parts of your brain, focusing your mind on physical coordination helps to keep it balanced and healthy as you age. Cycling keeps your brain connections firing on all cylinders.

Perseverance

In case you ever question your ability to grow and improve, to stick with a challenge, or to learn something new, you can always hop on your bike and track your progress. I would venture to say it’s impossible to commit to regular training and not see changes in your experience on and off your bike. These little rewards can keep us going through the challenges in life, and remind us of what we are capable of!

So plan your trip, start your training program, hop on your bike, and get ready to see the ripples through all aspects of your health.

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What are Mountain Bike Vacations?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need to step away from my regularly scheduled programming to get some perspective. My life is busy and filled with family, work, and all kinds of responsibilities. It can be a challenge to keep up, and even some of the things that I love can start to feel like burdens and obligations. There’s no better cure for the everyday doldrums than a vacation. And I think the best ones are on two wheels—on the dirt.

A Fun Challenge

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Whether you bring friends with you or make new ones on the trip, there’s nothing better than cycling in a group. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, with the group energy helping people through challenging sections of terrain. Our guides are great coaches, and our guests self-select to be pretty awesome, so even if you come on your own you’re bound to thrive with the encouragement of the crew. If you bring friends or family along, you’ll feel an unparalleled sense of collective achievement. Not to mention the photo ops!

A Healthy Getaway

Some vacations send you home feeling overfed, hung over, or feeling like you’ve spent a lot of money. Not a mountain bike vacation! Pay one price so you don’t have to worry, bike every day to keep yourself stoked, and enjoy our delicious and well-balanced meals. After a few days or a week of cycling and healthy food, you’ll return home feeling rejuvenated, energized, and motivated to keep cycling.

A Way to See a New Place

Checking out a new vacation spot can be overwhelming and even stressful. FOMO (fear of missing out) can kick in and make you wonder if you saw the best sights, ate the best food, and experienced all that your destination had to offer. On Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, we take care of all of the details. Select your trip, choose your dates, and then we make the rest of the decisions, ensuring that you see and ride only the best!

So as you look forward to summer, get a mountain bike vacation on the books. It’ll keep things fresh, charge you up, and get you out into some gorgeous scenery. Call us any time for recommendations, custom trips, or any questions you might have. Or check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked. Then get training!

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