What happens after you get off the bike is just as important as anything you do before or during the ride. After a ride, you may be tempted to just lounge around, eat a sticky bun, or watch some TV. However, we suggest making these changes to so you get the most out of your ride.
Recovery Tips for After a Ride
- Don’t Marinate – You, like so many of us, may like to move a little slower after a ride. You might like to make yourself a smoothie, check Instagram for recent posts, or return missed phone calls, but there’s something you should always do first: SHOWER! Don’t ever let yourself marinate in your riding clothes as it can cause health problems and seriously cause a stink. You’re risking infections, saddle sores, and illness if you don’t take off the sweaty clothes and shower first thing.
- Don’t Neglect Your Bike – After you’ve taken your shower, it’s your bike’s turn. It’s important to make sure your bike is always taken care of and clean, especially after a dirty ride. If your bike got dirty, dusty, muddy, etc. during your ride, you should wash it. Keeping your bike clean can prevent costly bike repairs in the future.
- Don’t Forget to Stretch – Stretching after a workout, especially cycling, is key to maintaining your mobility. Cycling causes you to hunch your back a lot more than other forms of exercise, and as such can cause problems down the road. After a ride make sure you do some stretches to keep limber. Pinch your shoulder blades together, and do some windmills with your arms. Stay loosey goosey.