Riding makes us smarter and happier!
There is no doubt that cycling can exercise and keep us healthy.
But research shows that it can also make your mind more agile and reduce stress.
Now let’s see how to maximize the perceived benefits of cycling.
Brian Christie, a neuroscientist from Canada, will give his brain an extra development (refreshing) every morning.
Of course, this does not mean drinking a few cups of coffee with high concentration or playing a website puzzle game.
“Usually I take my bike, ride it for 45 minutes to the gym, and then ride from the gym to my work place,” he said.
“Every few hours after the end of morning riding, I feel my brain is very clear and my thinking is clear and active.
When I feel in a bad state after working for a period of time, I will step on my car again and ride for a short time to return my spirit to the best state.” Riding, working and cycling are repeated in this way.
Science has proved that this circulatory system can stimulate more riding benefits that we do not know.
In a recent journal of clinical and diagnostic research, scientists found that people who completed a 30 minute ride before the test had better memory, reasoning ability and planning ability than those who did not.
And they take less time to complete the test.
Training to promote brain growth is like “fertilizing” your brain.
When you ride, it can make your quadriceps and buttocks produce more capillary networks, and it is also very helpful for your brain gray matter.
Because more blood vessels and muscles in the brain indicate that you need more oxygen and nutrients to support them, says Brian Christie.
When you step on it, it also promotes the “burning” of nerve cells.
When these neurons are triggered, they enhance the production of such brain-derived neurotrophic (cell attractant) factors as well as noggin, a compound composed of eggs, sugar, milk and wine (yes, yes, it can form new brain cells).
The result is that you can double or triple the number of neurons – in general, to promote brain growth, Brian Christie said.
At the same time, you also release neurotransmitter (messenger between brain cells), through which all new and old cells can better and more quickly “communicate” with each other.
This is very important for a cyclist.
“Brain growth in this way is particularly important for us, because as we grow older, our brains begin to atrophy and those connections (neurotransmitters) become weak.
Exercise stores and protects these mechanisms.” So says Arthur Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
“Our study found that in just three months, the brain capacity of those who exercised was three years younger than that of their peers.
The study was composed of 59 volunteers aged 60 to 79.
During the experimental phase, some of them were arranged to exercise continuously for six months, while others lived leisurely as usual.” A brain with larger capacity and stronger transmitter is obviously more efficient.
“Those adults who insist on exercising have better memory, attention, more agile thinking and stronger ability to deal with problems than those who do not exercise.” Kramer said.
A more appropriate way of cycling If a little bit of moderate cycling exercise can make your spirit more acute, then the more the longer the better? Not really, Christie said.
More exercise does not necessarily mean better, especially in the short term to give yourself a lot of exercise.
The previous experiment said that short exercise intervals can promote brain growth, but it also showed that more frequent training methods can cause temporary adverse effects on memory and information processing ability.
Christie has a daughter who is still in her teenage years.
She also starts to exercise every morning, and usually this training interval is very intensive and intense.
However, her brain attention was not only not exercised and improved, but also a little too much.
“In short, your exercise time, intensity and benefits received by your brain are in a U-shaped state.
If it is too long, too strong or too short, too easy, you can’t achieve the effect you want.” Therefore, it is advisable to ride in the sweet zone for 30 to 60 minutes.
Of course, besides promoting brain growth, cycling is also good for other aspects of your health.
A large number of scientific experiments have shown and supported that a good ride can help improve your mood and keep your mood positive at any time.
Riding can inspire people, alleviate anxiety, enhance the ability to withstand stress and even make your bad mood disappear.
“Just like psychotherapy and antidepressants, exercise can also affect our mood, and even its method is better,” said James Blumenthal, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Duke University.
A recent 26 year study found that even a small amount of exercise – 20 to 30 minutes a day – can effectively prevent the occurrence of depression.
Although scientists cannot fully explain the principle, they can at least determine that the advantage of cycling is that it can produce good chemical reactions to emotions, such as serotonin and dopamine.
“When the experimenters started cycling, they were able to increase the level of serum amine a hundredfold,” said J David Glass said.
After 20 to 30 minutes of cycling, other good emotional mechanisms such as endorphins and cannabinoids will be produced..