Cycling is fun, but do you know what’s more fun? Safe cycling. Before you start to witness the joy, feel the rush and pump up your heartbeats, there is a whole set of useful instructions to assist you to start biking right and strong.
Listed below are some tips you should take seriously to be right on track for you to be safe on the track. Let’s dive in!
Before You Spin, Hydrate & Eat Well
Even if you would carry your sipper along for your ride, it’s always a good idea to hydrate yourself well. You may not intend to cycle intensely and plan on keeping it mild, even though your body will still demand a lot of energy and strength. So, grab a quick bite (nothing heavy as it might make you sick) at least half an hour before you go for a spin, it’s natural to fray away from your actual cycling schedule when you are out, paddling.
Pre-Warm-Up & Post Stretching
Before you head out in excitement, don’t forget to warm up and stretch a little. Getting started with a sport like cycling can make you breathless and tired really quick, so you should be prepping your body well for that. The warming up and stretching will help your muscles relax when they get sore and tensed during the ride.
Paddle the Smart Way
It’s understandable when you step out to cycle after a long time with the adrenaline rush at its peak. However, you are bound to get drained out with all the intense paddling, throughout your journey. A trick here is to not stop paddling but continue doing so at a slower pace than before. This will help your heart and pulse rate adjust back to normal without any perils and complexities. So instead of hitting breaks all of a sudden, bring down the speed and then stop
Don’t Give Up on Cycling Too Soon
When you start cycling on a routine basis after a huge gap, your body responds to the new normal by giving you tense and sore muscles for days, which by the way is completely normal. However, it’s only a matter of a few weeks till it stops bothering you if you are consistent, so don’t give up.
Set Your Seat Height Right for Balanced Posture
Maintaining a good posture while riding your bike is extremely crucial. Make sure your arms, as well as knees, never stretch out as fully straight or completely locked when you are sitting. The key is to keep a balanced posture that stabilizes your body as you move.
Carry A Tube or Patch Kit in Case of Emergencies
Cycling is fun as long as you don’t get your tires punctured. Well, it’s not up to you to decide when it is going to be that day, so why not be always prepared for situations like these? You may trust your wheels but never the lanes and the roads you ride on.
Keep Your Tyres Always Pumped Up
Make sure your wheels are pumped up at all times without any failure unless you won’t be able to have a smooth and swift ride. In addition to that, it will always keep you anxious about minor accidents or injuries on roads you may encounter and that isn’t such a happy thought to carry when you are riding.
Cycling is a low-impact but extremely high-calorie burning exercise. You are not only on your way to having fun but also get physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
After you are mindful of all the points covered above, you are all set to head out and have a blast!
Gear Up for Your First Ride!