June is cycling month in the province of British Columbia and a great time to get on your bike and enjoy the benefits of biking. Cycling is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and reduce the use of your car. It helps build muscle strength, increase stamina, and reduce joint pain and stiffness.
Here are some cycling tips (courtesy of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia) that will prevent injury and maximize your bicycling benefits:
Bike safety involves having the right equipment and following the rules of the road. A bike helmet is a must as is bright, reflective clothing and bike lights at night. For complete coverage of bicycling safety tips visit: http://bikemonth.best.bc.ca/
If you would like to get started cycling and would like some advice, or if aches and pains are keeping you off your bike, an assessment with a physiotherapist is the starting point to get you biking pain free. To book an appointment with a physiotherapist at Sport and Spine call 604. 854.3545.
To get the most from your stretching program customize your routine to fit your needs.
Benefits of Stretching
How to Stretch Properly
Stretch until you feel slight pulling but no pain. As you hold the stretch the muscle will relax. As you feel less tension you can increase the stretch again until muscles feel the same slight pull. Hold this position until you feel no further increase.
For more information on stretching or for a stretching program book an appointment with one of Sport & Spine’s trained therapists!