Cycling is a great exercise! It is an excellent aerobic exercise that has the power to transform your lifestyle. It energizes your body and refreshes your mind. But it can become repetitive over time.
This monotonous routine may prompt many cyclists to try something new and off the book.
These new techniques you might have adopted may be wrong and even be harmful to your posture and sprain your muscles.
When you are on your bicycle, doing the wrong thing can lead to grave injuries. To avoid these injuries, it's essential to know what you are doing wrong and rectify them.
These habits may result from subconscious patterns and can be resolved with persistence.
Here are some habits (that are not right) you must stop.
Bobbing up and down on the saddle
Many cyclists often ignore when they've started bobbing up and down on the saddle. This way, you are applying unnecessary stress on your lower thighs. This leads to soreness in muscles and even accidents.
Long intervals between maintenance or no maintenance
This negligence can result in the compromise of safety and quality in your ride. Your bicycle needs to be taken care of to ensure that its quality is preserved and your rides are smooth.
Cycling without any breaks or rest
Your body needs time to relax! Do not try to surpass your capability by working too hard for too long. Take breaks when you have passed an hours' duration on your bicycle. When you cycle without rest, your muscles get no time to repair. Therefore, the body is overwhelmed by fatigue.
Without the proper nutrition, your body struggles to reach its full potential. Diet is an essential element in your fitness journey. Fuel up your body before going on a ride to have a good riding experience.
Starting at a fast pace
One thing to avoid is to start cycling at a fast pace. When you begin at high speed, your body gets drained quickly. You are exhausted before completing your route. Always start at a moderate pace to avoid exertion.
If you wish to become a pro in cycling, you must not skip climbing. Although Climbing takes more energy, it is worth it. Ditch the traditional flat surfaces to challenge yourself and head to the hills.
Incorrect height of the saddle
Having the correct saddle height is required to have a comfortable ride. If your seat is higher, your muscles may tighten, you may also experience saddle sores.
On the other hand, if your saddle is lower than needed, you may experience knee pain and decreased range of motion due to less power output.
Find the saddle height suitable for your body before setting out on your trail.
From now, Keep in mind these points before you take out your bicycle and have a safe and fun ride!