You assume the position on your bike and you turn the peddles. As far as your legs and posture are concerned, you are cycling.
However, when did last pay any attention to your posture on your bike? Really pay attention? Sure you might notice your shoulders are sore, your hamstrings maybe tight or your neck is achy, but can you figure out why? Maybe you put it down to your desk job? Stress and lifestyle? Perhaps we need to take a closer look.
Likewise, I have treated many cyclists for numbness in the hand, leaning too heavily on the palm causing ulnar nerve compression. Try and loosen up a little, soften your grip, remember pulling on the brakes too much can cause a blowout in warm weather so better to get confident at descending off climbs.
So how can you improve your cycling with all this poor posture going on?
Yoga postures for cyclists include hip openers, bringing your back into extension as opposed to the huge amount of flexion we do daily, shoulder and neck releases, core strength and spine mobility. This class is about educating you, creating a newfound respect for your body, after all, you want to cycle to the best of your best of your ability. If your body is bent and stiff, how can you expect it cycle efficiently?
So take some time off the bike to learn how to be on the bike! Learn to be aware of your body position on your bike. Reduce injuries, recover quicker, become more efficient in your breathing and most of all, look after the only body you have. You can't replace it like you can your bike!
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About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Siromani and Pilates Instructor, based in South County Dublin. She treats and teaches people from all walks of life, including many athletes, especially cyclists, runners & golfers. Recently featured in the Irish Independant, FIT Magazine, her Yoga 4 Cyclists class has gained notoriety.
A keen cyclist and proud member of Orwell Wheelers she has completed numerous cycling events including La Marmotte Sportive. Sinéad has also completed two Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races and Half Marathons. She is currently training for her third Dublin City Marathon.