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In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of peace and tranquility can be a challenging endeavor. But for those who have experienced the joys of riding a motorcycle, there exists a form of therapy like no other "throttle therapy."
According to Dr. Don Vaughn, the neuroscientist who led the research team. “Stress levels, especially among young adults, continue to rise"
Motorcyclists have long expressed that going for a ride is a stress-reducing experience with substantial fundamental health benefits. But when you're propelling yourself along the street without airbags or a car frame to protect yourself, how is it that people refer to motorcycling as throttle therapy?
• Motorcycling decreased hormonal biomarkers of stress by 28%
• Riding a motorcycle for 20 minutes increased participants’ heart rates by 11 percent and adrenaline levels by 27 percent
• Sensory focus was enhanced while riding a motorcycle versus driving a car, an effect also observed in experienced meditators vs non-meditators
• Changes in study participants’ brain activity while riding suggested an increase in alertness similar to drinking a cup of coffee
A Harley Davidson-funded neurobiological study at UCLA further supports the stress-reducing and alertness-enhancing effects of motorcycling. Riding a motorcycle was found to decrease hormonal biomarkers of stress by 28% and increase heart rates by 11%, akin to light exercise. Sensory focus improved during motorcycle riding compared to driving a car, similar to the benefits observed in experienced meditators. The study suggests that the unique power pose of motorcycling places riders in an optimal stance to reap the rewards of both stress reduction and heightened alertness.
While there's likely a variety of factors affecting these results, I'd venture to guess that the power pose of riding puts a motorcyclist in the optimal stance to receive the benefits of both stress reduction and alertness. These neurological benefits are similar to those derived from yoga, meditation, and, like the study cited, light exercise. So, if you want to stay sharp while you unwind, taking your bike for a spin at the end of the long day is the perfect way to get centered.
It's worth noting that the study was of healthy, experienced adults riding their own motorcycles on a designated 22-minute route under normal conditions. There's no doubt that being an inexperienced rider, being in non-ideal conditions, or an unfamiliar surroundings can result in an increased stress response
Why it works
"There's proof that riding a motorcycle helps people. It's almost like you're in a trance state on a motorcycle. It's like meditation.
Riding a motorcycle provides a complete mental break, requiring undivided attention and sweeping away distracting thoughts.
The need for focus is absolute due to safety concerns, allowing your brain to find relief from mental clutter.
Motorcycling pushes you out of your comfort zone, in contrast to activities like knitting that occur within familiar surroundings.
Unlike slower-paced activities, riding demands full and undistracted engagement.
Motorcycling eliminates interruptions and distractions, creating a dedicated space for mental decompression.
It offers a realistic opportunity to commit time to decompress, allowing dopamine to overcome cortisol.
The unique sensory experience of riding awakens your nervous system, reinvigorating your neurons.
Riding engages split-second decision-making and problem-solving skills, working a different part of your brain compared to everyday life. It's like cognitive crossfit for your mind.
Important Safety Notice
Motorcycling can be dangerous and should be approached with utmost caution. To minimize risks and protect both your life and the lives of others, It is strongly recommend the following:
Take Riding Courses: Consider enrolling in motorcycle riding courses to acquire essential skills for safe riding.
Use Protective Gear: Always wear approved protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, boots, and abrasion-resistant clothing.
Regular Maintenance: Maintain your motorcycle in good working condition by performing regular checks on tires, brakes, and lights.
Responsible Riding: Follow traffic laws and signals, avoid speeding, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Weather Awareness: Be cautious in adverse weather conditions, as rain, snow, or ice can make riding hazardous.
Stay Alert: Remain attentive to your surroundings and other drivers, refraining from distractions like mobile phone use.
Continuous Improvement: Enhance your riding skills through consistent practice and ongoing training.
Remember that safety is an absolute priority when riding a motorcycle. Do not underestimate the risks and take all necessary measures to protect your life and those around you. Ride responsibly!