With fall coming many people will likely get out and ride their bikes to see the vibrant leaves and foliage. This is particularly popular here in the Northeast. Bicycling is a great way to enjoy the changing colors while reducing stress and burning calories.
If you haven’t ridden your bike in a while one of the downsides that can quickly turn people off to cycling is the soreness and pain from injuries and stiff ligaments.
Before taking that first ride there are several things that you can do to ensure your cycling is pain free.
First, adopt a stretching routine that focuses on the areas that tend to get the most stress while cycling like glutes and hamstrings.
Second, pay attention to your position or posture on the bike. Being hunched over on a bike can put a lot of strain on your neck and shoulder muscles.
Third, make sure your bike fits properly. Simple things like the height of the seat being too high or too low will put strain on your lower back and glutes. Same for the height of your handlebars. In most cases a simple twist with an allen wrench can raise or lower these critical areas to make for a more comfortable ride.
Finally, regular massage will keep your muscles loose and reduce the risk of injuries - no matter what exercise you participate in.