Friday, October 24, 2014

Health Benefits of OHV Trail Riding

Off-road motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the physical workout one gets when riding on OHV trails.  This was the topic of a lunch-break discussion last weekend when riding with a 70 year-old A level competitor.

Both of us believe that riding keeps your mind sharp and is a good form of outdoor exercise.  That discourse reminded QWR of an excellent article written in 2011 by our good friend at NOHVCC, Karen Umphress.  Her discussion points were based on a Canadian health study on the physical benefits of OHV recreation.

Article on Health Benefits of OHV Recreation

QWR believes this information is useful on a number of fronts.  First, it confirms that OHV trail riding is a good form of exercise.  Second, it validates OHV trail-based recreation and its health benefits as important elements to be included in the recreation-matrix on public lands.

Next time you get back to camp after a long day of trail riding, you can feel comforted in knowing that science has confirmed  your exhaustion and sore muscles are healthy signs of a good workout.

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