Ride Away Your Stress, Safely and Affordably!
Crossposted from the Public Health Insider
By Emily Devora Hops, UW MPH Student, Violence and Injury Prevention Unit
When you are stressed out, what do you do to relax? Did you know that physical activity reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones? In fact, exercise releases brain chemicals that improves mood. During times of high stress, riding a bicycle is a great way to improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Biking can help you get to where you need to go and be a rejuvenating social activity to do with family, friends or alone.
Within King County, not everyone has the same access to safe places to ride, life-saving bicycle helmets, or at times even a bike itself. Here are some resources and information to help everyone in King County have a safe and stress-free bike ride this summer.