Bike tourists ride on the “road of death” downhill track in Bolivia. In the background sky circles a condor over the scene.


Exercise – New Horizons Crisis Stabilization House has an exercise room that is equipped with a treadmill, an upright stationary bike, a full motion rowing machine, an elliptical machine, and a punching bag.  

According to Mayo Clinic: Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.

Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:

  • Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being.
  • Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, too. It can help you:

  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
  • Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage depression or anxiety is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how you feel, or hoping depression or anxiety will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.

Borrowed from Mayo Clinic:

Our upright stationary bike is accompanied by an optional app – Vzfit Explorer – that allows the client to ride 10 million miles anywhere in the world via virtual reality using Google Street View.   Examples of views include: 

      • The Great Dolomite Road – 60+ miles through the mountains and villages of Italy.
      • Death Road -9 miles on a single-track road in the jungle of Bolivia.  One of the deadliest roads in the world.
      • Bealach na Ba – 55-mile iconic cycling route in Scotland.  The “Holy Grail” of cycling climbs.

Click this link for a virtual tour: