Running is great for you, but it can put a lot of wear and tear on your joints and muscles. We both got into biking after we experienced running injuries. Prevent injuries from happening to you in the first place, by mixing up your workouts– incorporate biking into your weekly routine. You will challenge a different set of muscle groups, which will not only improve your fitness but will also put less impact on your joints. It’s a great aerobic exercise that will get your heart pumping and boost your energy levels all day.
Here are a few tips to make you a stronger biker: (A stronger biker equals a more fit body that will help you to keep your energy levels up all week long)
- Adjusting your bike to the correct fit will prevent unnecessary injury and protect your joints. Make sure your knee stays aligned with your ankle on the down stroke and doesn’t project over your toes.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind and small debris. Shatter-proof lenses are ideal.
- Biking should work your muscles on the up stroke as well as the down stroke. With slips or cages you will be able to pull up and push down to activate more muscles.
- Investing in some padded shorts is a must especially if you plan to do longer rides. Be kind to your behind!
Different bikes serve different purposes; for distance and speed road bikes are best. Always opt to ride in areas designated for bikers, with the least amount of pedestrians. Ride smart and safe!