CYCLING – YOU LOVE IT: the awesome cardio, the strength, the challenge, the endorphins.
Cycling is a tough sport – and it is super tough on your body. Bluntly, putting someone in such an unnatural fixed, forward flexed position doing an endlessly repetitive movement for hours with loads of vibration coming up through the bike frame has got to be one of the quickest ways of creating muscular-skeletal problems that I know.
All those miles hunched over the bike will shorten your hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, calves, groins and ITB. Stiffen your ankles. And create chronic over-lengthening and weakening of the lower and upper back. And mostly all that shortening is going to show up as back pain, knee pain, neck and wrist pain.
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