Ride a motorcycle off-road and you’ll
be healthier, happier, and smarter, according to a study that was funded by the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council, the
Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada, and other groups including the
Nova Scotia government.
A report entitled "Health-related
Quality of Life of Habitual Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Riders"
describes the results of a study into quality of life issues for
off-road vehicle users. It says riders of ATVs and dirt bikes are
healthier than regular Canadians, and claims that about 96 per cent
of riders are optimists who are "expected to have lower levels of
stress and depression."
A team from York University’s Physical
Activity and Chronic Disease Unit in the Faculty of Health surveyed
310 regular off-road riders from across Canada and followed that up
with interviews of 141 riders from Ontario and Quebec.
Overall, regular off-road riders had
higher levels of physical functioning than Canadian population norms,
the report says.
It’s "possible," the report says,
that the better health and quality of life experienced by off-road
riders is a result of riding off-road.