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Preventing Neck Pain in Cyclists

Sunday March 30, 2014

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About.com caught up with Trish DaCosta, group fitness instructor, trainer at Gold's Gym, Sports Arena, and founder of Love Life Fit to discuss one of the most common ailments in cycling: neck pain.

"Pain is the body's alarm system. If you feel it during a ride or afterwards, you need to address it," she says.

In this article, DaCosta discusses how neck pain is treated, who you should see to treat the pain and how it can be prevented.

Tips for Proper Stretching

Sunday March 30, 2014

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Stretching, it seems, goes hand-in-hand with exercise. So, you might be surprised to learn there is discussion surrounding just how effective it is.

Recent research offers mixed conclusions, so About.com caught up with Gregory Reardon, DPT, CSCS, doctor of physical therapy and certified strength and conditioning specialist to shed some light on the debate.

In this article, Dr. Reardon explains study findings in detail, and offers tips for proper stretching techniques.

Self Massage for Cyclists: Part 2

Sunday March 30, 2014

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Massage facilitates the circulation of the blood and other fluids in the body.

Self massage can help flush the body of toxins, and prevent or diminish delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which can occur a day or so after exercise.

In this article, About.com speaks with Kiera Nagle, MA, LMT, licensed and national board certified massage therapist, and Julie Skovran, trainer and therapist, about the benefits of self massage in the mountain biking population.

Self Massage for Cyclists: Part 1

Saturday March 29, 2014

Self massage can help flush the body of toxins, and prevent or diminish delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which can occur a day or so after exercise.

About.com spoke with Kiera Nagle, MA, LMT, licensed and national board certified massage therapist, and Julie Skovran, trainer and therapist, about the benefits of self massage in the mountain biking population.

Read the first part of the interview here.

5 Best Stretches For Cyclists: Part 2

Friday March 28, 2014

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Stretching helps prevent injury and increases performance on the bike, says  A. Dale Fernandez, D.C.

In the second part of this article,the chiropractor and League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor, discusses more areas of the body cyclists should stretch.

Read what stretches he recommends and how to properly perform them, here.

5 Best Stretches For Cyclists: Part 1

Friday March 28, 2014

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A. Dale Fernandez, D.C., chiropractor and League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor, commutes to the clinic on his bike every day.

He also helps organize community bike rides together with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. On these rides, stretching is integral, he says.

In this article, Dr. Fernandez's shares the top five areas cyclists should stretch.

 

Slickrock & Singletrack: Southwest Utah

Friday March 28, 2014

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I'm about to embark on a mountain bike getaway to Southwest Utah, an area that boasts some of the best slickrock and singletrack in the United States. If you, too, are looking for a warm-weather escape, I highly recommend you visit this part of the country. From fast and flowing "epic" singletrack to on-your-toes technical trails, there is a ride to suit every mountain biker's preference.

5 Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists

Friday March 28, 2014

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Yoga is a  mind-body practice that combines stretching, breathing and relaxation. It's benefits are plentiful, and include  stress reduction, decreased blood pressure, improved heart function, increased fitness and more.

Improved balance, flexibility, strength and range of motion are all of benefit to mountain bikers, who often feel tightness, aches and sometimes even pain.

In this article, Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit®, the largest yoga school in North America, offers what she feels are the five best yoga poses for mountain bikers.

Read on for five ways to improve your strength and flexibility.

Winter Shouldn't Compromise Fitness

Friday February 28, 2014

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When the weather turns nasty, try focusing your energy on indoor activities instead.

Get Your Yoga On: The ancient Indian discipline has been found to make you stronger and faster on your bike.

Join a Spin Class: When the weather outside is miserable, partake in a properly-taught and executed spin class to get much of the same benefits as you would if you were mountain biking outside.

Partake in Pilates: Pilates both lengthens and strengthens muscles that are shortened while cycling to ensure a more efficient ride once you return to mountain biking.

Tips To Avoid Hypothermia: Recognize the signs of hypothermia and prevent low core temperature on the bike this winter.

Plan It: An Off-Road Idaho Bike Tour

Friday February 28, 2014

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With more than 19,000 miles of mountain biking trails, Idaho is on my short list of states to visit. Just recently, it's moved to the very top of that list, thanks to Adventure Cycling Association's new route that takes cyclists through the heart of the Gem State.

It's 518 miles of off-road fun, and offers a 228 mile singletrack option. Oh, and there's more than 50 hot springs alonng the route.

Sign me up!

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