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Hey all. It’s Brandon from Mountain Biking Addiction! Today I want to do a little writeup about how mountain biking helps anxiety. Before I do I just want to say that I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Also with that in mind if you do need help, and you do need someone to talk to, there are resources available. Your not alone in this!
My battle with anxiety
To start out, I would like to talk about my own battle with anxiety. Im not sure exactly when it started, but I can put my finger on sometime in my mid to late 20s.
As anyone who has dealt with this knows, it’s not any fun. For example, not being able to do something as normal as drive a car down the road. There was a time that was difficult for me to do without having a panic attack. There is no shame in admitting when you have problems like this in life. And if you dear reader have the same problem… then I feel for you! Read on.
How Mountain Biking Helps Anxiety
So let’s get on to the meat of what this post is about. Which is how mountain biking helps anxiety. While medication and counseling are great and can help, I personally believe there’s more to it than that. Focus on how your feeling. That’s what I do. I can tell a huge difference if I don’t ride for a few days. So it’s not about “curing” the anxiety, It’s really about managing it.
Personally I have found mountain biking to be the best management tool for me. While I may not fully understand why, I do have some ideas about it. I think that somewhere between the vigorous exercise of the sport and just being out on the wilderness, a man can find peace.
Our lives in this modern world are busy. Between work and school and everything else, we all have some much going on that even just a short ride on your local trail may be enough to make you feel sane again. At least that’s my experience. It seems that regular riding, even if its small rides when you just have an hour or two of free time, has become a great management system.
Give it a try!
I’d like to encourage all my readers to take action on this. If your having problems with anxiety, start to take note of how your feeling. Go for a ride, and write down a comparative analysis of how your feeling before and after you ride. After a while I think you will start to notice a difference.
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Let me know. Let me know if this is something your already doing to manage anxiety or depression . If you aren’t trying anything out of the norm to manage, please try. Then let me know! Till next time… keep riding, and maybe you too can find some sort of peace in this crazy world of ours!