Our bike injury lawyers understand that training can be taxing! Whether you are preparing for a triathlon or just trying to intensify your workout, bike recovery can be tough. Aching muscles and strains are likely the most noticeable symptoms, but if you are very attuned to your body’s signals, you may notice you feel fatigued either physically or even mentally the day after a ride. Below are five tips to consider for easier recovery!
Tips for Better Bicycle Recovery
- Fuel your ride, both before, during, and after. Training and exercise is intense and taxing on your body. You sweat, lose electrolytes, and burn energy. That’s why it is necessary to fuel your body throughout your workout. Start by being well-hydrated. Drink plenty in the hours before your ride. Make sure you do not start your ride calorie-deprived. Even if you are trying to lose weight, it is still important to take in some fuel before a workout. I’ve found that a handful of trail mix, half a banana, an orange, or even a cheesestick or two are great ways to fuel up. Take a couple gels or snacks and of course plenty of water with you while you ride. If it’s a very hot day or you anticipate an aggressive workout, carry Gatorade, another electrolyte drink, or even water with a bit of salt and sugar added. Remember to fuel after your ride, as well.
- Warm up before your ride, and cool down a bit after. Not only are you prepping your body physically, but you are also giving yourself a mental check for the ride ahead. I find this is a great time to consider any goals or plans I have for the ride, or reflect on my ride.
- Don’t go overboard! Having a great ride and feeling super-motivated? That is awesome- but remember that it’s important to increase training and exercise levels slowly. Don’t pack on the miles today; instead, allow your body to recover and then slowly intensify your session. Allow yourself to enjoy your progress.
- Invest in a massage – or better yet, call upon a willing partner! Massage can increase blood flow to your muscles, allow for better healing, and can even increase your flexibility. Allow your body and mind both to relax during this time. It’s important to remember that exercise is taxing on your body, especially when intensifying your routine.
- Feeling hot, hot, hot? Think again! Studies have shown that taking a cold shower is actually preferable to taking a hot one. The cold water brings your heart rate down and reduces initial levels of inflammation. The cold can also soothe nerve endings which may flare after a particularly intense workout!
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