Can Cycling Cure Your Depression?

Can Bicycle Touring Cure Depression?

Hundreds of people try bicycle touring or bikepacking each year as a cure or treatment for their depression. But is a bike tour (or cycling in general) a good cure for depression?

Watch the video above or listen to the latest episode of the “Bicycle Touring Pro” podcast to hear my thoughts on the subject of cycling and depression… as well as receive three important tips that you can use if you are suffering from depression and think that a trip by bike might be an adequate means of dealing with the depressive state you happen to be in at the moment. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are someone who is dealing with depression, please speak to a professional who knows what they are actually talking about. I am just a random guy on the internet. I don’t really know anything about this subject, so please take everything I say here with a grain of salt and speak to someone who can actually help you!

8 thoughts on “Can Cycling Cure Your Depression?

  1. David ONeill says:

    Hi Darin
    I love your videos
    if you are still in southern california i’d love to bike with you.
    Last summer i bicycled across America and am planning to bicycle down the baja to cabo off pavement.
    i’m in riverside and want to bike over the Ortega mts. to San Clemente and back. Would you like to join me…?

  2. boynton beach rehab says:

    To me, as a person who loves cycling and regularly traveled out of town and long distances before the virus. It is very important that there is freedom of movement on the bicycle and in fact I am more depressed because of the impossibility of traveling on my bicycle in my state. Therefore, for me, for example, yes, this is an opportunity to cure depression and become stronger, at least as soon as they say that quarantine measures are weakened, I will immediately run off with my bicycle and drive around the area!

  3. Ron Edwards says:

    Darren, I have felt guilty about bicycle touring at times, feeling selfish like it’s time spent just on me and not doing anyone else any good. Any thoughts or suggestions about how we can make our bicycle touring ebenefit for other people, making the world a better place, etc?

    • Peter Zhou says:

      I appreciate Darren Aff biking pro sharing including your question and concerning. If more people ride bicycles and less driving vehicles , this world will be much better. So do each riders.
      Recently I ride a lot in north Texas area and feel very peaceful and positive . I plan to ride bicycle to anywhere worldwide to share good news as my Chinese background culture. May Lord bless you and families, and your friends.

  4. Susan E Scorah says:

    Riding my bike is my go to thing when I get depressed, in fact my husband says…you need to plan a bike trip to get happy again…just came back from a 3 day ride to perk myself up before winter sets in …

  5. Tan Khema says:

    Yes helped me alot! Thanks for your videos! Hey is this tent on the video cover the Big Agnes copper Spur hv ul 1 which you recommend in other videos? i wish they had a more brownish version like this pic suggests 🙂

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