• Suzie

Suzie Says...Stretch Your Body!

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be for educational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or replace professional assessment. Please seek a professional assessment before undertaking a new exercise program especially if you have any medical conditions, any previous or current injuries or other health / physical concerns. If you undertake any of the exercises within this article you do so at your own risk.

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When spending long periods of time on your bike, whether a regular day-out on local country roads or green roads, or weeks at a time in the saddle exploring new lands, it’s important to stay supple. This is also true if you do a job where you're sitting at a desk all day or generally in the same position for a long time every day, like driving your car, or your overland vehicle.

Spending hours on end in the same position can cause many aches and pains, especially when seated holding onto handlebars or a steering wheel. It can cause lots of issues with muscles for example, shortening of your hip flexors, tight pecs, forward head posture... the list goes on. This can cause neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain etc.

Tight forearm and wrist muscles can also contribute to common conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfers elbow etc, so don’t grip too tight and stretch regularly. Also, sitting with your heels slightly lifted for hours can cause tight calves and maybe even lead to achillies tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis if not sorted out.

The older we get, the more of an issue this can become. You may get away with it in younger years, but if you plan on riding long-term, don’t neglect your body.