Bike riding is an excellent form of exercise and brings many health benefits. Today is National Ride Your Bike to School Day and we are excited to see all the students riding their bikes today!
Bicycling has increased in popularity over the years. There are outdoor biking clubs and indoor cycling programs readily available in most communities now. Just like all forms of exercise, good form is essential when performing this exercise to avoid injury.
Bicycles are designed to position your body in the right posture and allow for efficient aerodynamic movement. If you feel pain or discomfort in your wrists, neck, back or knees, then it is likely that your body is being pulled out of alignment from an improperly fitted bike. The careful placement of your seat, center tube and handlebars can make the difference between a cramp in your back and an optimal ride.
Here are a few tips that will help keep your form good when riding bikes:
- Always wear a helmet!
- Find the proper seat height. Your best form begins with having the correct height so that you are not bending incorrectly.
- Your shoulders should be down and back when riding to minimize any neck pain—even when you’re tired!
- Keep your back flat and your chest up. Keeping your back flat will help you keep your weight evenly distributed and not put too much pressure on your lower back.
- How your pedal is important. Your knee should never be completely straight when pedaling; there should be a very slight bend in the most extended position.
Enjoy your bike ride! Keep moving!