Does Motorcycle Riding Enhance Your Core Strength?

We often talk about some of the dangers of riding motorcycles, but often we forget to mention the benefits. From saving gas to having a great time bonding with friends, motorcycles are the perfect way to make life a little more exciting. Plus, you can build up your core muscles.

Rising gas prices don’t bother me now

Two motorcycle riders making their way down the highway.
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Riding past gas pumps is more than enough to make grown adults cry. Prices have hit historical highs already, and experts seem to think things will only get worse as summer goes on. Motorcycle riders probably feel the pinch, but it’s not nearly as bad as those who drive gas-powered cars.

So how exactly does a motorcycle save you money on fuel? Because the bike is smaller, the engine doesn’t have to huff and puff as hard to get from place to place. You also don’t have as large of a fuel tank, so you don’t have to spend as much money.

Finally, many motorcycles average about 60 mpg. If you decide to go with an electric motorcycle, you don’t even have to worry about stopping for gas. 

Check out my core

Motorcycle riders have to have a certain amount of physical strength to ride. However, this doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym before buying a motorcycle. You’ll burn calories and build up your core strength as you ride.

Motorcycle Direct reports that riding a bike forces you to work leg muscles such as the rear leg bicep, calf muscles, gluteus maximus, and quadriceps. You’re also working on your core as well.

Motorcycle Direct stated, “The moment your feet rest on the pegs, the workout continues up to the torso. Whether you’ve got a one pack or a full set, your abdominal muscles are responsible for keeping you upright, along with the erector spinae in the lower back.”

Your arms get in on the workout as well. You’ll feel the heat in your V-shaped side muscles, deltoid, and triceps. 

It’s essential that you keep a proper posture while riding so you get the most out of your workout, but it will definitely leave you feeling a little sore in all the right ways if you haven’t ridden in a while.

Riding can improve your mental health

A quick ride around the neighborhood may be exactly what the doctor ordered for anyone who feels overwhelmed with all that life is throwing at them. According to Slip Streamer, this works because your body is releasing endorphins as your ride. This happens when you rev the engine, and get that blast of adrenaline that so many riders love.

Since most riders don’t tend to get out when it’s thundering, lightning, and the rain is pouring down, you’ll get a solid dose of vitamin D that doesn’t come in pill form. 

Another added benefit is that your mind is forced to focus on something other than the problems facing you for the rest of your life. So yes, that business meeting will be rough, and nearly everyone has a coworker who makes them think about quitting their job at least once or twice a day.

Riding takes a lot of concentration. You must watch out for obstacles on the road, keep one eye out on everyone driving around you, and focus on what you’re doing. This helps you forget, at least for a short time, all the things you’re dealing with when you get back home.

When you ride, your mind can be free. And your body is getting a fantastic workout you might get in the gym, but it’s not nearly as exciting.

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