Grabbing your bike and finding a trail to explore is a great way to boost cardiovascular endurance, reduce stress, and spend time in the great outdoors. An important tip to remember is that when your ride is complete your workout isn’t. Making sure you set aside time to stretch after riding is key to maintaining flexibility and good posture both on and off the bike.
Because positioning on a bike is rather unnatural, repetitive, and constricted, many cyclists end up with tightness in the hips, legs, and low back. To help prevent and/or alleviate this tightness, here are four stretches you can start doing today! If you don’t feel comfortable stretching with your bike, you can do all of these from a standing position with a railing close by. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds and make sure to stretch both sides of the body.
Even on days when you don’t ride, it is good to go through these stretches or find a yoga class in the community. Flexibility naturally reduces with age so today is the day to start a proper stretching routine!
Glute and Hip Stretch – Reach for your right foot with your left hand. Gently lift and bend leg, bringing right knee to seat and the right foot to the top tube of bike. Gently lean into the stretch while keeping chest lifted.
May is National Bike Month so whether you’re riding as a means to get from one place to another (my preferred riding style) or selecting it as your workout, get your bike out and mix up your fitness routine a bit!