The Key to Successful Stretching
As we wrote in the past, stretching before and after bike rides is extremely important. Stretching your muscles can prevent injuries and can intensify the workout and enjoyment of bike riding. In order to gain all of the advantages out of muscle stretching, you should know what stretches to perform and how to perform them properly. For those of us who are planning a vacation of mountain biking in Morzine soon - don‘t forget to attend sessions with the specialized bike fitness instructors who will show you different stretching techniques that will help you have more enjoyable and healthy bike rides. We will devote separate articles in order to bring a short summary of stretches to perform before and after bike riding. Before explaining different stretches, here are some basic principles that we should all know about stretching.
How to stretch: Before beginning to stretch your muscles, do a short warm up of jogging or running for a few minutes. Perform all stretches slowly and gradually without pulling your body firmly or bouncing. Stretch until you feel your muscle is well stretched. Hold your body stretched for about 20 seconds. If the tension does not diminish throughout those 20 seconds, slightly reduce the stretch to a more comfortable one. There are a few main principles to stretching: While stretching you should feel relaxed. Concentrate on the body part that you are stretching at that moment. Keep your breaths slow and deep. That will help you make better and greater stretches. Don‘t hold your breath while stretching your muscles.
In any case, if you have any medical problem or a history of injuries, consult a physician before performing stretches or any physical effort.
In our next Blog we‘ll recommend a few basic stretches that you will be able to perform easily.
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