It’s not all about the bike!

The daylight hours are growing longer, and the weather is thankfully turning warmer, time to dust off your bike. What are you normally doing before pedaling away? Deep cleaning, checking the tires and the chain, replacing old cables, tightening the brakes, adjusting the gears and so on. And you keep up with it during the season, right?, Nursing your bike so that it is always ready and doesn’t let you down. Whether you’re a serious road racer, a weekend mountain biker, or a regular commuter, the miles you log on your bike will eventually take a toll on your body. Stretching and cool packs only go so far toward helping you recover – nurse your body like your bike and allow yourself a soft tissue treatment now and then.

When muscles are stressed, the fibers suffer from micro-tears. As they heal, these fibers become stronger, but they also can form scar tissue, called adhesions, which can limit your range of motion and cause discomfort. Deep pressure applied by a soft tissue therapist to the muscles breaks up these adhesions. Additionally, blood circulation gets a boost and helps reduce tenderness after a hard ride and speeds up recovery. And as you may know: there’s no spare parts shop for your body!

The following tips will help you recover better from a hard ride:

  • Take time to cool down, spin a couple of minutes easy before you finish your ride
  • Elevate your legs, lay down with your legs against a wall, relax and breath slowly and deep. You can use this time to update your ride on Strava
  • Stay hydrated: drink regularly water during your workout and make it a habit to drink a glass of water after every ride. To replace some nutrients after a tough day in the saddle go for a “sport drink”. My favorites: chocolate milk or a cold beer.
  • Do some stretching exercises, focus on your chest, back, hip and thighs and keep it steady
  • Get some quality sleep. During deep sleep your muscles get stimulated and repair naturally
  • Book a massage treatment

If you like to nurse your body like your bike, give me a call or send me a message. I’m happy to help with a skilled massage adapted to your needs.

Published by ammann05

I'm a soft tissue therapist, a pilates instructor, family manager (two girls, a husband and a dog), event planner, travel agent, taxi driver, chef, baker, runner, tennis player, swim, football and rowing mum, blogger, photographer, artist, shopping genius, stand up paddler, traveler, life lover, ... Originally Swiss, from summer 2015 to summer 2018 we lived in Charlotte, North Carolina. The move to the US was a big and successful adventure for our family. We loved the American way of life and it was hard to leave after three years. Our home base for our new adventure is Linton, a village in rual Cambridgeshire close to Cambridge UK. I always loved to travel and explore new countries and cultures. With the opportunity to live for a couple of years abroad a dream came true.

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