Mindful Miles: Improving your Mental Health

Riding motorcycles is a popular hobby among people of all ages and backgrounds, and for good reason. It's an exciting and thrilling activity, that can also have a positive impact on your mental health. 

Grab your helmet and hit the road – your mental wellbeing will thank you!

In the United Kingdom, there are approximately 1.3 million motorcycle riders, with most riders being male. A study by the Motorcycle Industry Association found that over 80% of riders reported feeling less stressed after going for a ride. 

Additionally, over half of the riders surveyed said that riding a motorcycle had a positive impact on their mental health.

a man sitting on a bridge with his bike and Goldtop leathers

"Riding can help take your mind off any stressors in your life. ”

Benefits of Riding for Mental Health

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

When you're riding a motorbike, you have to be completely focused on the road and your surroundings. The concentration required for riding can help take your mind off of any stressors and provide a sense of calm.

Boosts Mood and Energy Levels

The sense of freedom and exhilaration you feel while riding a motorbike can boost your mood and leave you feeling energised. The physical activity of riding also releases endorphins, which can help improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

Improves Mental Clarity and Focus

You need to be aware of your surroundings, anticipate potential hazards, and make split-second decisions. This level of mental engagement can help improve your overall focus and clarity, both on and off the road.

Provides a Sense of Community

There are countless motorcycle clubs and groups that you can join, both online and in person, which can help you connect with like-minded individuals. This support can be beneficial for your mental health, as it can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Encourages Mindfulness

Staying fully engaged in the present moment and avoiding distractions can help you stay focused and alert on the road, as well as enhance your overall riding experience. This mindfulness practice can translate to other areas of your life, helping you stay focused and engaged in your daily activities.

A man is sitting up on a bike wearing Goldtop Jacket
People talking at a Goldtop Bikemeet

"Riding a motorcycle can also provide a sense of community and belonging.”

Get the Most out of Your Experience

Invest in Quality Gear

Investing in high-quality riding gear can make a significant difference in your overall riding experience. Not only will it help keep you safe on the road, but it can also improve your comfort and confidence while riding.

Choose Your Routes Carefully

When planning your rides, choose your routes carefully. Consider factors such as traffic, road conditions, and weather, as well as any potential hazards or challenges you may encounter along the way.

Take Breaks When Needed

It's important to take breaks, especially on longer rides. Make sure to stretch your legs and stay hydrated, as well as take breaks to rest your mind and recharge.

Connect with Other Riders

Not only can connecting with other riders provide a sense of community and support, but it can also help you learn from more experienced riders and improve your skills on the road.

Riding motorcycles can have a positive impact on your mental health

Providing benefits such as reducing stress, improving mood, and a sense of community, there's not better reason to get out onto the road and enjoy the numerous benefits it has to offer (not that we needed a reason anyway... 😉)

How The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is helping Men's Mental Health

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride unites vintage style motorcycle riders to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia, by Mark Hawwa. Mark was inspired by the TV Show Mad Men, as Don Draper rode a classic bike in a suit - from there the idea transformed into a themed bike ride. The DGR is a great way of connecting niche motorcycle enthusiasts and communities while raising funds to support the men in our lives.

Since 2012, the Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride has raised and impressive $37.5 million, has had over 340,000 riders take part in 121 countries worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down!

Be sure to take part in your closest ride to help raise awareness and funds, for such an important cause.