I love the outdoors: run, jump, ride, ski, cycle. You name it, I’m there. I was that kid whose Mother said, ‘be home when the street lights turn on’. Three decades later I may have slowed down a touch, but my love for the outdoors hasn’t diminished.
What has helped me thru the years is my fitness. Not that I am a gym-rat, but I find every opportunity to work the body: walk, ride a bike, take the stairs. So, you’re asking, what does this have to do with Motorcycle Riding? More than you think.
But, hang-on, before I lose you, know that I’m not here to preach to you a ruthless workout routine or strict diet plan…just the opposite. Ask yourself, how have you felt after a long ride: 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours? Are your forearms tight? Is your back screaming at you? How ‘bout your neck after wearing that helmet for so long? Pain in these & other areas of your body shouldn’t be getting in the way of your passion.
I consulted with several Personal Trainer sites (love the internet) about possible stretches one can do to prevent or even alleviate these aches. So, here are a few suggestions to aid in getting you ‘fit to ride’. As always, I recommend consulting your physician before trying any of these methods.
(caused by gripping the handlebar, using the throttle, engaging the clutch & brake)
In a standing position, bring your arms together in front of your waist. Straighten the arm to be stretched and lay the fingertips into the palm of your other hand. Position the hand of your stretch arm so that the palm is facing down with the thumb pointing inward. Pull back on the fingers of your straight arm until a mild stretch begins in the forearm muscles. Hold this stretch for about twenty seconds. Release the stretch and turn the hand 180 degrees so that your stretch arm is now positioned with the palm facing outward and the thumb pointing out to the side. Using your other hand, pull your fingers back until a stretch begins in the forearm muscles. Hold for ten to twenty seconds. Perform this stretch twice, in both positions, with both arms.
Lower back pain
(caused by sitting upright without proper back support)
Tucking legs underneath, sit back on the heels and bend forward at the waist, extending arms out over the head onto the floor in front. (The goal is to get length in the lower back muscle). Hold for 30-60 seconds and sit back up. Repeat 3-5 times.
Single Knee to Chest
Lie on your back with one knee bent, and one leg straight. Place hands behind the leg and pull back towards your chest until a light stretch is felt down the back of the leg. You can also place hands over the bent leg on the shin or knee and pull towards your chest. Hold for 30-60 seconds, switch legs and do the same thing. Repeat 3-5 times for each leg.
(caused by constant rotation of the head & weight of the helmet)
These can be done in a seated or standing position
Hold each move for 20 seconds
Chin to Chest
Eyes to Sky
Side to Side
Ear to Shoulder
These strategies will get you ready for the season ahead & possibly alleviate unnecessary pain. Feel free to let me know what aches & in future blogs we’ll address those concerns as well. Keep in mind, for those extended trips you may want to consider adding cardio routines into your plans…just sayin’.
I welcome your comments & suggestions for future topics. Please also check out my Social Media Pages…would love to hear about your experiences and your plans for your next ride.