Each year, Canadians around the country participate in Ride Don’t Hide.
We ride to raise awareness. We ride to end stigma. And we ride for our health – both physical and mental.
It’s no secret that cycling is great for your physical health. It’s a great type of exercise that gets your heart pumping and your blood flowing. But, did you know it can also improve your mental health?
Physical activity releases endorphins in your brain, which naturally reduce stress. This is why people often report feeling a “high” after working out.
Exercising is also linked to better sleep, improved self esteem and increased energy levels, which are all beneficial to your mental health.
There have been many studies on the benefits of exercise for mental health. Some research even suggests that exercise can prevent relapse in people recovering from a mental illness.
1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness in any given year, but 5 in 5 Canadians have mental health.
This June 24, we’re not just riding for the 1 in 5, we’re riding for all Canadians. We’re riding – not hiding – for our mental health.
Will you ride with us?
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