Cycling in Thailand

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“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race”
- H.G. Wells

Physical exercise, including cycling, are important parts of the treatment program at Hope Rehab Center

Cycling in Thailand

Cycling tours have become a popular way for foreign visitors to explore the delights of Thailand. Travelling around this way means you get to feel more at one with your surroundings, and you get to see things that you would miss using other forms of transportation. Bicycling is one of the activities we offer here at Hope Rehab because it is also a great option for people in recovery. 

Thailand can be a great country for cycling because of the stunning scenery, great weather, and impressive variety of terrain. Riding around on a bike can also be great fun. You can get to places that would be hard to reach by car or motorbike. The roads in Thailand are generally good for cycling, and there are some nice routes for mountain biking (Khao Mai Kaew is close to us here in Sri Racha, and this has two mountain bike routes).

 

Hope rehab provides all its clients with bikes and other equipment necessary for our fitness program

“This is where the bicycle comes in – a dream machine that blends meditation with movement; curiosity with velocity; mindfulness with mudguards.”
- Ben Irvine (Einstein & the Art of Mindful Cycling: Achieving Balance in the Modern World)

Benefits of Cycling for People in Recovery

A common concern for those of us choosing sobriety is what we are going to do with all of this free time we now have. Boredom is a relapse trigger, so it is vital to find new hobbies and interests. We encourage you to experience activities during your stay at Hope rehab, and maybe you will decide to continue with some of these once you return home.

Cycling can be an excellent hobby in recovery, and it offers benefits such as:

  • It will get you physically fit if you do it regularly      
  • It can be a good way to burn calories and keep your weight under control – an hour of cycling at a moderate pace uses up about 300 calories 
  • It can be a relatively inexpensive hobby – although it is possible to spend a lot of money on fancy bikes and accessories 
  • Most people already know how to ride a bicycle, so it is an easy hobby to pick up 
  • Going out for a ride on your bike can be a good way to relieve stress 
  • It can be a type of mindfulness practice 
  • Spending time in nature can be good for your mental health 
  • Cycling can help to alleviate symptoms of depression
  • It can make it easier to sleep at night – insomnia can be a real issue for people in early recovery due to post-acute withdrawal symptoms
  • It is good for your physical health – it builds muscle, improves cardiovascular health, and improves coordination 

 

Cycling can be a way to socialise and meet new people 

  • It can boost your self-esteem
  • It is a hobby you can enjoy for the rest of your life – there are centenarians who still love to ride
  • It is a great activity for families to enjoy
Hope Rehab is unique in its approach to off site trips

Do I need to be in good physical shape to cycle?

We cycle for fun, so we move at a slow pace – it never gets too strenuous. This means you should have no trouble keeping up even if you have not used a bike in years. If you want to cycle regularly once you go home, you’ll find that it will naturally lead to improved fitness.

Cycling expeditions are just one of the ways you can keep fit at Hope Rehab Center Thailand