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Posted on 09-04-2016
If you've decided to make a commitment to fitness, congratulations! There are many ways to become physically fit and biking is one of the most popular. Bicycling is great for those who need to avoid high-impact exercises and for those who just want to get outside and enjoy their surroundings.
As with any type of exercise, there are some pitfalls to be aware of in order to avoid back or neck injuries while biking. Fortunately for the most part, biking is a safe exercise for those in good health. Anyone with any health concerns should consult with their physician before beginning any type of exercise program. For those who have led a sedentary lifestyle, be kind to yourself as you first begin your exercise program. It is better to start slowly, gradually building up your strength and stamina rather than to risk injury by pushing yourself too hard.
For beginner bicyclists, there are four main things to consider in order to bike safely and without injury.
- The appropriate size and style of bike.
- A properly fitted, good quality bicycle helmet.
- Protective and reflective clothing.
- Safety features to alert drivers.
The best way to find a bike that is just right for you is to go to your local sports shop, preferably one that specializes in biking equipment. The sales staff can help you determine if an upright or recumbent bike is best for you and can ensure it is properly fitted for your size. They can also provide a good quality helmet that may very well help an individual avoid serious injury to their neck or head from a spill. Protective and reflective clothing is also recommended to alert drivers of your presence on the road while also providing a layer of protection in the event of a fall. There are also safety flags and lights that every bicyclist should place on their bicycle in order to alert surrounding traffic to their presence.
If you experience any back or neck pain that you think relates to your biking activities, please contact us. We can recommend proper stretching and strengthening exercises to help protect your back and neck muscles from injury while you are working on your fitness goals.
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