5 Chiropractic Tips for Women on Motorcycles
By Brandi Goodman
Women's Motorcycle Month lands in July each year. Even without the observance, it's important for women who want to ride to learn how best to do so. You don't want to end up in pain because you're not using proper posture or following other chiropractic recommendations. A painful ride can lead to detrimental results.
Choose a Smaller Bike
You may want to ride a large motorcycle that looks and feels cool. At least to start, you really shouldn't choose such a big option. You need a smaller bike that's going to fit your frame and allow you to keep your back straight. You don't want to be leaning far forward in order to reach the handlebars so you can steer. You'll end up with some serious shoulder and back pain because of it.
Work on Strengthening Your Core
Riding a motorcycle requires a lot of balance. You not only have to keep yourself upright, but also your heavy bike. You should start working on strengthening your core before you plan on riding so you know you can handle it. Try back and ab exercises that target this area the best.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is stretch. You should be stretching your body out well before you get on the bike and once you're done with the ride. If you plan on riding far, you'll need to stop and stretch every so often. This helps to keep your joints limber and prevent your body from getting stiff as you're sitting on your motorcycle.
Get a Lightweight Helmet
A heavy helmet on your head can also lead to pain. You're adding extra weight on your shoulders that can cause an ache to develop. Make sure you're choosing a lightweight and aerodynamic helmet that works well against the wind.
Keep Your Arms Relaxed
Too many people try to ride both motorcycles and bikes with their arms stuck straight. This will only lead to pain. You should keep your arms relaxed as you ride, and avoid gripping the handlebars too tight. You want your upper body to feel relaxed and comfortable and not tense and tight.
More women than ever are choosing to ride. With some chiropractic tips in mind, you should be able to ride with ease. Don't end up feeling sore and achy on the wrong bike. If you still feel discomfort after time on your motorcycle, be sure to stop in at The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment. Your doctor of chiropractic wants you safe.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.