Summer is just around the corner. You want to get out and enjoy the weather, but high impact exercise isn’t right for you. Why not jump on your bike and hit the road? Whether for a quick ride around the block with the kids, or a longer high-intensity ride, bike riding is a great way to stay active without jarring your joints. But if you’re concerned about low back pain while cycling, here are some steps you can take to minimize discomfort while riding:
- Use the right bike: That racing bike may look sleek, but it might not suit your needs. Picking a bike designed for the type of riding you want to do will put you in the best position when riding. If you want to ride casually with the kids, pick an upright cruiser. If you want to ride on rough terrain, use a mountain bike with plenty of shock absorbers to cushion those bumps.
- Make sure your bike fits you: A properly fitting bike will alleviate stress and strain on your hips and your lower back. A bike seat that is set too low can cause knee problems and knee pain while one that is too high may have you bending too much at the waist.
- Take it slow: If you haven’t been cycling for a while, go on frequent shorter rides before tackling that next 50-mile jaunt. Break yourself in slowly by gradually increasing the mileage on your rides.
Biking has many of the cardio benefits of jogging with none of the impact on your joints. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and remember we’re here to help if you have any aches and pains that won’t go away.