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.