Is Cycling Safe in the COVID-19 Age?
We firmly believe that good health is a multi-dimensional target and cycling can play a crucial part.
We strive to be healthy in body, mind and spirit. For us, that means we need exercise to keep not only our muscles strong, but also our minds sharp. Exercise is the way to spend time within ourselves to work towards a peaceful spirit. While it isn’t easy, exercise must be prioritized. It’s been even more important since COVID-19 seeped into nearly every aspect of our lives.
Cycling has been a magical outlet for us to accomplish complete health. It strengthens our muscles, allows us to take a breath and settle our spirit or boost our mental health. And of course, we are always learning about ourselves while in the saddle. When COVID-19 emerged, we worried that cycling would be de-prioritized or deemed unsafe. We wondered: is cycling safe in the COVID-19 age?
We discovered that cycling is absolutely necessary.
And we are not alone. We could probably write an entire book on this one study completed by BikeRadar and partners that found 87 percent of cyclists have used riding to boost their mental health during the coronavirus lockdown. Most have had some struggle with mental health since COVID-19 came onto the scene and as it turns out it’s not just cyclists who have discovered the joys and benefits of bike riding. Bike shops have been struggling with keeping up the demand for bikes. More and more are discovering that getting on a bike is not only a great way to get some fresh air but also a great form of exercise. Plus, if you ride alone or ride with a spaced out group, it’s almost completely safe. In this recent article, a biology professor from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth said “I’d like people to stop wasting mental energy on the wrong things. To stop worrying about outdoors and bike riders since it’s such a low risk.” Cheers to that!
Ultimately, you have to make the decision what is right for you and your family but we have found strength, both physical and mental, in riding our bikes. It seems that the studies and data emerging from coronavirus studies are thankfully supporting our choice.
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