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AmazingPhysicalBenefits Program Participants Experience

Mountain biking provides a significant number of very welcome benefits to the human body. It provides even more benefit for those with disabilities with measurable improvements across many different categories.

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PHYSICAL CAPACITY BUILDING

Mountain Biking is an incredibly beneficial activity for your body.To see the many ways riding will improve you physically,Click the button below.

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Physical Capacity Outcomes

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Strength Increases

Riding mountain bikes around can be pretty hard work if you want it to be. The wide bike tires and high friction surfaces off-road require a lot of force to overcome. Your body is what generates the power that moves you. Muscles grow and adapt to the stress placed on them due to riding leaving you stronger, happier and healthier.

Endurance and Fitness Improve

Your aerobic capacity will increase as your body becomes more efficient at transporting and using oxygen around your body. You’ll find that you don’t get puffed as quickly and anything that usually gets your heart rate going will feel much easier to handle.

Capacity For Activities of Daily Living Increases

As you become fitter and stronger, you will find that you are your usual daily tasks and activities will feel easier to you because of your increasing aerobic capacity and strength.

Breathing and Respiration

Both are enhanced through riding which can help to distribute nutrients, oxegenated blood, repairing cells and cleaning up the internals in the body leading to other great benefits.

Bone Density Increases

Your bones are constantly remodeling and adapting to the forces place on them during your daily life.  An amazing result of mountain biking is that your bone density will increase. This means they will be stronger, harder, more resilient to injuries and breaking. In short, all great things for you and your health.

Live Longer

A research study in the UK found that people who mountain bike a few times per week had improved their chances of living to a ripe old age by 33%  (All-Cause Mortality Reduction 33%)

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BUILDING MOTOR PATTERNS

Your body learns so much about different movement patterns,motor control and reflexes from Mountain Biking.To see how this program improves these…

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Building Better Motor Patterns & Body Control

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Improved Coordination

Riding a bike requires a great deal of coordination. Since the bike provides instant feedback to every action you make, it is easy to know when you’ve made the right adjustment or move to correct.

Faster Reflexes 

Repetition of the patterned movements required in controlling the bike quickens the reflexes and aids in motor planning. This helps you to learn faster in other areas in your life, not just movement-based learning.

Capacity For Activities of Daily Living Increases

As the bike moves you are constantly being thrown off balance, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. This requires your muscles to contract and relax in an attempt to rebalance the system.

This sort of reactive exercise works the deepest stabilizing muscles of the core, hip, lower and upper body. All while making the experience highly enjoyable and even fun!

Improved Reciprocal Motion & Movement Patterns

The three-dimensional movement of the bike is similar to the motion of walking, teaching reciprocal patterns to the muscles of the legs and trunk.

Improved Positional Awareness

By placing the rider in different positions on the bike throughout different parts of the ride ( called therapeutic maneuvering) different muscles are worked ending up using many commonly inactive muscle groups.

Stopping and starting the bike as well as changing the speed and direction increases the use of these neural connections and muscle improving their outcomes greatly.

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Building next category

Your body learns so much about different movement patterns,motor control and reflexes from Mountain Biking.To see how this program improves these…

FLIP CARD

Building Better Motor Patterns & Body Control

(Scroll All The Way Down)

Improved Coordination

Riding a bike requires a great deal of coordination. Since the bike provides instant feedback to every action you make, it is easy to know when you’ve made the right adjustment or move to correct.

Faster Reflexes 

Repetition of the patterned movements required in controlling the bike quickens the reflexes and aids in motor planning. This helps you to learn faster in other areas in your life, not just movement-based learning.

Capacity For Activities of Daily Living Increases

As the bike moves you are constantly being thrown off balance, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. This requires your muscles to contract and relax in an attempt to rebalance the system.

This sort of reactive exercise works the deepest stabilizing muscles of the core, hip, lower and upper body. All while making the experience highly enjoyable and even fun!

Improved Reciprocal Motion & Movement Patterns

The three-dimensional movement of the bike is similar to the motion of walking, teaching reciprocal patterns to the muscles of the legs and trunk.

Improved Positional Awareness

By placing the rider in different positions on the bike throughout different parts of the ride ( called therapeutic maneuvering) different muscles are worked ending up using many commonly inactive muscle groups.

Stopping and starting the bike as well as changing the speed and direction increases the use of these neural connections and muscle improving their outcomes greatly.

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