Mountain Biking and Psychological Well being



Posted on March 27, 2019 @ 12:51 PM in Mountainbiking

Following the publication of an article on the BBC which spoke of the massive advantages mountain biking can have to your psychological well being, MountainBikeNI wished to delve slightly deeper into the numerous potential advantages of the game we love.


The stats on psychological well being will be fairly scary. One in 4 folks will expertise a psychological well being situation all through their life, and if something, these figures are barely increased in Northern Eire than elsewhere within the UK.

Mountain biking must be enjoyable above all else

A specialist in psychological well being (and avid mountain biker), Eamonn Duffy spoke to MountainBikeNI about a few of the many advantages mountain bikers expertise:

Lately, the constructive impression common train (like mountain biking) can have on our psychological well being is an more and more researched subject. It’s properly documented that common train can promote good psychological well being by way of decreasing social isolation, selling the discharge of endorphins (or your ‘really feel good’ hormones) and selling a wholesome weight which in flip improves vanity and confidence, alongside far more.”


An Outlet for Stress

Some of the generally recognized methods during which mountain biking improves psychological well being is by offering an outlet for stress. This was a recurring theme amongst MountainBikeNI followers, who contacted us of their dozens to agree with the findings.

One rider wrote about how mountain biking was a therapeutic issue for him as he and his associate undergo their first spherical of IVF.

I’ve been welcomed into a couple of teams and have ‘biking mates’ who assist one another in WhatsApp teams, and who I’ve been in a position to vent whereas huffing and puffing my approach up hearth roads. As a person in my 30’s, that outlet is invaluable, and stepping into the behavior of speaking over the place my head’s at is one thing I do know can assist in all elements of life.”

Train, being with nature and the satisfaction of a superb spin are all useful to psychological well being

One other defined the way it gave him ‘smiles per miles’ after having suffered with melancholy for years. “For me it was a approach of enjoyable…and leaving all the pieces behind. It gave me one thing to deal with. Now this 12 months I’m racing in a XC fats bike race for six hours. Life’s good, I’m on the up. Everybody who’s making an attempt onerous to get again to themselves… you are able to do it. It’s onerous sure, however it may be performed.”

Work can also play an enormous issue. Desk jobs may end up in a sedentary way of life that’s onerous to fight. As one mountain biker put it, “I attempt to not let my work overpower me nor take it residence, however generally that simply doesn’t occur… For me MTBing is my launch.”


Making Mates

The social aspect of mountain biking will be simply as necessary because the bodily advantages. Making pals will be troublesome as an grownup as most individuals don’t even know the place to start. On the planet of mountain biking it’s comparatively easy.

There’s one thing about mountain biking that makes it simple to talk to finish strangers

Meet somebody a few times in your native trails and the following factor you’ve been added right into a message group of 40 likeminded folks in all probability in the same state of affairs – simply in search of somebody to journey with. Don’t be beneath the belief that everybody in that group is a excessive flying, tremendous shredding DH or EWS champion. In actuality, they’re seemingly in the identical boat as you.

You may as well start to satisfy different mountain bikers by becoming a member of the MountainBikeNI Trails Workforce, sponsored by Chain Response Cycles. This group meets up a couple of occasions a 12 months to assist with path upkeep and litter selecting.

As one other MountainBikeNI commenter put it, “The social aspect to mountain biking is unbelievable. An enormous downside in your head going out for a journey, shared with a mate may turn into a small downside. A unique outlook on an answer to issues, possibly some concepts you hadn’t considered. The most important factor is chatting – it doesn’t even must be about issues or points, simply speak.”


Discovering Assist

Should you need assistance making that first step into mountain biking, one nice useful resource will be discovered within the organisation Thoughts Your Mate and Your self, formally often known as PIPS. They organise a males’s group to journey the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails each Wednesday. If you would like to hitch, merely flip up at Life Journey Centre in Castlewellan at 9:30am any week. A Women group may even be beginning on the finish of Might. For extra data on this, observe their Fb Web page.

A few of those that attend the group advised MountainBikeNI how useful it was. “It provides construction to my week… will get me out, respiratory recent air, burning fats and gaining muscle.” “Retains me from changing into remoted”.


A number of the Males’s Group from Thoughts Your Mate and Your self

Different sources out there embody:

– Conscious (one other glorious nationwide organisation which supplies assist for folks with melancholy)

– Cease, Breath and Assume (a mindfulness primarily based app to assist with nervousness and melancholy)

– Lifeline (glorious for a listening ear and recommendation. They will signpost you to acceptable companies and / or present free counselling periods).

– Samaritans (additionally nice for a listening ear / recommendation and signposting)


We want to thank Eamonn Duffy for his invaluable enter, Jill and all of the workforce at Thoughts Your Mate and Your self, as properly all of the mountain bikers who wrote to us to inform us their tales. Additionally to the workforce at Arc Health, devoted to dependancy restoration by health teaching.

If you need to create a MTB group or discover one in your space, you’ll be able to go to MountainBikeNI or contact us and we’ll help you with connecting with others.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

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