Saddle up to clear your mind with conscious cycling
As a kid, tearing down the street on your bike was one of life’s simple pleasures. But as people grow older and real life starts to take hold, these small pockets of enjoyment become less and less practical. As adults, we are far more aware of the stresses and strains put upon our bodies, so we should all perhaps look back at the good times we had on two wheels and hop back on our bikes.
Research has proven cycling is not only a low-impact, time efficient muscle workout, but it can also have a huge positive impact on your mental wellbeing. A study in the Lancet revealed cycling was second only to team sports when it came to positive influence on people who suffered from depression, with 21.6 per cent fewer bad mental health days.
Indeed, cycling can help reduce stress and anxiety, promote calmer thinking and combat depression, reducing levels of cortisol and boosting the release of endorphins, the feel good hormone. However, one of the lesser known benefits is the promotion of mindfulness; similar to the vein of mindful running, when you get on your bike you only need to think about balance and pedalling (well that and, dependant on your environment, the rules of the road), meaning you can rid your mind anything which is causing you worry or stress.
If you’re not swayed by the positive mental benefits, then you can revel in the fact cycling is by far the greenest way you can commute to work, falling just behind walking. And if you’re someone who is interested in saving the planet but may be lacking in a convenient place to start your quest, your two-wheeled steed is something which will ease your conscience as you look for the best way to reduce your plastic consumption or reduce your reliance on animal-based products.
In that department, Pulsin can provide you with a double boost, in the shape of its Raw Choc Brownies. Vegan-friendly and dairy-free, these 50g bars pack enough energy to keep you going throughout your day in something which fits in your pocket, so it’s ultimately portable. With five delicious flavours to choose from (Peanut Choc Chip, Super Berry, Maca Bliss, Almond & Raisin and Salted Caramel), the natural and indulgent options mean you’re going to be spoiled for choice.
But the best news? Once you’ve decided which you’re going to take with you on your journey to enlightenment, your mind is free to concentrate on the job at hand: getting you fit, decluttering your mind and powering you through your efforts until you become a fully paid up member of fitness’ favourite chain gang..
Sources betterhealth.vic.gov.au, thelancet.com, cyclescheme.co.uk