Bike Safely By Following Chiropractic Advice
By Brandi Swieter
Safe biking practices include far more than simply watching for traffic and using reflective lights at night. Biking safely also involves knowing how to ride the bike properly so people do not end up in pain. Bike riding can wreak havoc on the back and body if people don’t use precautions when heading out on their summer pastime. Some chiropractic advice will make people more aware of how to bike properly for a safe and protected body.
Stretch Before Getting on the Bike
Cycling requires the use of most muscle groups within the body. Tight muscles will make it difficult to ride safely, as the body is not flexible or prepared enough for the task. Stretching before getting on a bike will help to improve flexibility and ensure the body is adequately prepared for the ride. It’s also important to stretch afterward to recover faster.
Bring a Water Bottle
It’s never ideal to ride a bike for long periods of time without proper hydration. Every cyclist should bring along a water bottle they can stop and drink when they’re feeling thirsty. Keeping the body hydrated will reduce the chance for injury.
Get Fitted for a Bike and Seat
The bike itself, along with the seat, need to be the proper fit. Bikes come in all sizes, and the wrong one could cause a person to lean too far forward or sit too far back, putting tension on the back and shoulders, in particular. It’s ideal to go into a bike shop and get fitted for a bike and seat to make sure it’s comfortable and well-suited for your body type.
Ride With Relaxed Shoulders
Too many riders keep their shoulders stiff. It’s better to ride with relaxed shoulders so the extra tension doesn’t cause pain. Having the right distance between the body and the handlebars will help a ton, but focusing on keeping the body relaxed for an enjoyable ride will be even more beneficial. Anytime a bike rider feels their shoulders are sitting stiff or another body part feels tense, they should relax the tension and let them loosen.
Biking with care and doing everything possible to keep the back and body safe will ensure a better ride. With some chiropractic advice, all riders can bike safely. Anyone who does experience any sort of pain or discomfort while riding should visit The Joint Chiropractic to have an assessment and determine the cause.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.