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Beyond the Physical, Cycling Produces Many Surprising Mental Health Benefits as Well

Beyond the Physical, Cycling Produces Many Surprising Mental Health Benefits as Well, by Lena Hemsworth. Photograph of cyclist by Marie Westphal
Photograph by Marie Westphal

Of all the physical activities, cycling is one of the most rewarding, boosting both physical and mental health and even elevating happiness

The connection between mental health and physical activity is undeniable.

A study on this connection, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2011 to 2015 with over a million adult participants, showed that people who exercised experienced improvement of their mental health compared to those who didn’t. Given our increasingly sedentary lifestyle in modern society, this fact is especially important since too much time indoors without a daily dose of physical activity can take a toll on a person’s mood.

If you are looking for a particularly beneficial exercise, I suggest you try cycling — an easy activity to fit into your daily schedule since it can conveniently take you from one place to another. Whether you are bike riding in the city or the

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