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Old 06-03-09, 03:23 PM
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We all know the benefits of cycling, but...

But does anybody find cycling therapeutic? mentally? The reason I ask is because I'm looking to buy my first road bike and I'm 36yrs old. I havent biked in about 10-12yrs (mtb and bmx). I'm looking to get back into cycling for health reasons and I love bikes in general but I suffer from migrains and I take quite abit of meds for them. I tend to stress out easily, my mind goes 100mph and I over work my brain into headaches. I always have to be doing something, I cant sit still to save my life!
Does anybody find cycling a good (Great!) way to relax or release or lose themselves/find themselves? I feel like I can get on a bike right now and ride for hours. Do I sound strange? or do I sound like I fit the bill?
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The best part about cycling for me is knowing that while on the bike you needn't worry about anything else.

I love being 35, 50, or 60 miles from home and knowing that there's only 1 way to get back and I can't control anything except my legs.

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Best stress reliever I've found.
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Whenever I get angry I go for a ride and do sprints. Today I am sick (summer cold) and was annoyed I had to stay inside so once the house was clear I changed and went out for sprints.....sprints then turned into a 30 mile ride at 22mph.
I feel much better now
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if i say i'm going for a ride today, thats what i'm doing. no one contacts me, if they do they don't expect a reply. communication is on my terms. if i want to chill i can take it slow, go wherever i like. if i have aggression to release, i drop the hammer after warming up.
for me, it is very therapeutic
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if i say i'm going for a ride today, thats what i'm doing. No one contacts me, if they do they don't expect a reply. Communication is on my terms. If i want to chill i can take it slow, go wherever i like. If i have aggression to release, i drop the hammer after warming up.
For me, it is very therapeutic


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The endorphin boost I get from cycling is beneficial for my mental health. If I don't ride for a while, I find myself getting very angry and aggressive.
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When riding my bike I am able to let my brain "idle" for the duration of the ride. Even at rest breaks, my mind is more on the bike and the road than "work."

BTW, migrains can be provoked by hard cydling and/or exercise and/or extremely rough roads (washboard stuff). You should take it easy at first to be sure that you won't harm yourself. Talk to your doc before you start up so he can add his input and be forewarned in case something happens.
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Regular exercise really seemed to help with my headaches. I had a very severe head injury when I was young (a depressed skull fracture!!) and migraines run in my family, so it's something I have struggled with for a very long time.

Since I started cycling I have been sleeping better, eating better, and feeling generally less stressed, and have notice a precipitous drop in headaches, though they do still beleaguer me on occasion. Overall, cycling (and running and swimming, but we won't dwell on that here) has really improved my quality of life, both physically and mentally.

Good luck, you'll love it!

PS If you haven't tried it, Maxalt is a drug that has been fairly effective for both myself and my sister...
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
The endorphin boost I get from cycling is beneficial for my mental health. If I don't ride for a while, I find myself getting very angry and aggressive.
Is that is from getting behind the wheel of your vehicle?
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Cycling ... good for the brain.
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Yes. There aren't many activities I can do for 7 hours without getting bored, restless or annoyed. When I finish riding, I am surprised I had been doing it for so long.
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every aspect of it directed at a healthier life...

the proper eatting the sport requires- the fresh air in your lungs and the cardio benefits- the good sleep that results from athletic activity- being outside and the sunshine has all sorts of postive proven effects- the comraderie is a positive outlet- the endorphins- your heightened energy level...

its all good.



best addiction i ever had.



(but stop at the recreation level if youre looking for positives. to race you need a good dose of self loathing, a nasty hate streak, suspicion of everyone... and if you want to be any good- a really lousy childhood really helps.)
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(but stop at the recreation level if youre looking for positives. to race you need a good dose of self loathing, a nasty hate streak, suspicion of everyone... and if you want to be any good- a really lousy childhood really helps.)
have you ever considered a career as a motivational speaker
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Is that is from getting behind the wheel of your vehicle?
Nah, I don't really drive much. I think I'm an endorphin addict and if I don't have my "fix", it eats away at me.
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But does anybody find cycling therapeutic? mentally?
Yep.
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It was till I started racing then I let a lot of stress about performance get to me, now I'm just trying to enjoy it, and take it less srsly.
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PS If you haven't tried it, Maxalt is a drug that has been fairly effective for both myself and my sister...
I take 300mg of Topamax daily plus Maxalt when needed then another when the Maxalt doesnt do its thing, then I'm out for about 8hrs!

I'm pretty active now, I go to the gym about 2-3 times a week (painfully boring) and my wife and I ride moto-X on the weekends when we can. I cant stand the gym, I'm an outdoor guy. I'll remember to take to cycling slow at first and work my way up to some distances to make sure it oesnt cause my head some pain.
Thanks for all the replies. I wrote the thread and took my dog for a ride and WOW look at all the replies! Looks like theres a lot of good people here.
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But does anybody find cycling therapeutic? mentally?
Yes. Absolutely.
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Cycling releases all the great brain chemicals. If I don;t ride for several days I get full on irritable.
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(but stop at the recreation level if youre looking for positives. to race you need a good dose of self loathing, a nasty hate streak, suspicion of everyone... and if you want to be any good- a really lousy childhood really helps.)
That is too funny!
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Absolutely. Can turn a bad day into a good one.

The consistent relief of endorphins is not only therapeutic, but also becomes addictive -- in a good way.
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This is like going in a bar and asking if alcohol is OK to drink. You know what answer you're going to get...

I second pretty much all the answers above with a big caveat. Not everyone gets a big thrill from biking. If I lived in the flat lands, I wouldn't be biking. But I like hills, whether they're paved or dirt. We've got tons of 'em up here, so I ride. Then the therapy begins. There are other ways though, make sure to keep that in mind!
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getting on my bike and riding home after work makes all the mental pain of the day go away
so, yes, I second everyone's opinion
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This is like going in a bar and asking if alcohol is OK to drink. You know what answer you're going to get...
I only do it for the suffering. It's getting out of hand.
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