Published on July 25, 2012
Follow These Tips & Avoid Cycling Health Risks
The Tour de France just finished with an exciting ending as Bradley Wiggins is the first British rider to win the tour. Cycling has become a favorite activity across the globe. It transcends ages and skill levels as well as provides the rider with an incredible workout not leaving them sore the next day. Cycling is easy on your joints and provides a great cardiovascular workout for your heart. People with osteoarthritis, joint pain, and even hip and knee replacements are able to cycle and keep a good pace with other cyclists. Additionally, cycling builds muscles in your legs, quads, hips and core which result in increased spinal stabilization. On top of all of the health benefits, cycling is fun!
As you age, it is important to find activities that you can participate in without feeling pain that can improve your overall quality of life by increasing the capacity of your heart. There are many cycling tours and events to challenge yourself and keep you motivated.
A Professionally Fitted Bike Will Reduce Cycling Health Risks
It is important to purchase a bike that is professionally fitted in order to prevent neck and back pain. A few tips for setting up your bike include the following:
- Seat height should be set to a 25 degree knee angle
- Seat level should be parallel to the ground
- Your shoulder should be at slightly less than 90 degree angle with an easy bend at the elbows in order to comfortably reach to the handlebars
- Your hip angle should be neutral to the above positions thereby allowing you to keep the natural curve in your low back (lordosis).
Ride on! Biking is a great activity which will give you an excellent workout while allowing you to enjoy the fresh air. Just make sure you follow the tips mentioned here to prevent back pain from cycling.