Good news! The "first ever comprehensive probe of the fitness and health benefits of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-road motorcycle (ORM) recreational riding" proves riding as good as it feels.
Conduced over several years by the York University Faculty of Health, co-supported by the Government of Nova Scotia and 3 riding associations, the study began with a meticulous countrywide survey to determine the 'typical' rider.
That was the entire first phase of this huge experiment.
Then researchers monitored 128 riders, divided into 6 groups: 3 age classifications, male and female. After modifying these riders' equipment, they could measure physical effects: heart rate; Oxygen consumption; Muscle fatigue and exertion, etc.
Riding an off-road vehicle requires genuine and serious physical effort. According to Canadian government fitness standards, it should positively affect your health.
While riding, riders' use of oxygen increased by 3.5 to 6 times their level at … Read More