With Bike Week nearly upon us (June 9th – 17th) will you be getting on your bike?
Cycling UK organise Bike Week annually to promote cycling. The aim is to demonstrate how easily cycling can be incorporated into our daily lives. In addition it offers a great opportunity to show the benefits that cycling can bring which include health, social and environmental benefits.
Cycling has become an increasingly popular activity which our chiropractors are encouraged about. Unfortunately in our busy chiropractic clinic in Ealing our chiropractors are treating an increasing number of patients whose back pain is associated to some extent to their sedentary lifestyle.
Getting people active is important not only in preventing back pain but also in recovering from back pain. Whilst many people believe that total rest is the best form of recovery from back pain, in many instances taking moderate physical activity will help in the long run. Your chiropractor will be able to advise what’s best for you if you are suffering back pain.
If cycling is for you then our chiropractors at the Spine & Joint Centre have these tips to keep you back safe:
Get adjusted: No we don’t mean get your back adjusted, although this may be an idea. Make sure you adjust your bike for your body. Adjust the seat and handle bars for your height and ensure that you are in a comfortable position that doesn’t create tension in your back and neck.
Warm up (and cool down): Before starting out, warm up to avoid muscle strains. At the end of your cycle ride allow time to cool down and do some stretches.
Slow and steady: Start slowly and build up your level of fitness.
Not all forms pf exercise are the same: Even if you do other sports on a regular basis or regard yourself as fit bear in mind that not all forms of exercises are the same so don’t assume you will be able to cycle 100 miles on your first ride out!
Cycling is a great form of exercise but do take care of yourself.