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5 Chiropractic Tips for Biking and Boating

By Brandi Goodman

Biking and boating are two common summer pastimes. Whether you get out and ride a bike in the fresh air or get on the water and ride your boat the same way, you're bound to experience joy, stress relief, and a brief getaway from the world. You do have to be careful though, as both of these activities can end in back pain if you aren't keeping some chiropractic tips in mind.

Adjust Your Bike Seat

Before you head out on a new bike, it's important to adjust the seat. You want to be sure you're sitting at the appropriate height so you don't have to lean too far forward to reach the handles. Doing so will quickly result in back pain and tension in your wrists, arms, and shoulders. Make sure you can sit upright and still reach the handlebars as needed.

Buy a Stadium Seat

Small fishing boats often have uncomfortable seating. If your seats have no backs to them, you especially need to add a new seating situation so you can avoid back. Buy a stadium seat like you would use on the bleachers so you can have some back support. 

Keep Your Core Engaged

No matter if you're biking or boating, you need to keep your core engaged so you can maintain your balance. It's important to hold your abs steady and keep yourself upright in the proper posture so you don't lose control of your bike or become unstable in your seat as the waves hit your boat. Core strength is important for both activities.

Stretch Well Before and After

Whether you're out on a boat or going for a bike ride, your body will suffer if your joints aren't stretched and flexible. Stretch yourself out well both before you head out and after you arrive home so you can handle the activity well and recover faster. 

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is also key in keeping your joints flexible. You need to stay hydrated no matter which activity you're doing. Buy a water bottle holder for your bike and be sure to take sips when you're feeling parched. Keep a small cooler on the boat so you can have water available there as well. You'll especially need to stay hydrated and flexible if you have a boat to row rather than a motor to maneuver. 

With some chiropractic tips in mind, you should be able to enjoy these two common summer pastimes with ease. If you still find yourself feeling uncomfortable after a ride, be sure to head to The Joint for an assessment. You never know when even a minor subluxation could be plaguing you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roseville, Calif.

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