Warm up propery and reduce the risk of sports injury.Warming up is a crucial part of any exercise or sports activity. The importance of a structured warm up routine should not be under estimated when it come to prevention of sports injury. Warming up prior to mountain bike ride, or a work out,does a number of benificial things, but it’s main purpose is to prepare the body and mind for a stenuous activity. One of the ways it achieves this is by increasing the body’s core temperature, while also increasing the muscle temperature and thus helps your muscle become loose supple and pliable. This also increases your respiratory rate and heart rate and in turn increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your working mucles,tendons and joints. A primer, if you will.
Increasing your endurance on and off your bike to make the climbs feel easier.Riding up our local mountains is not as pretty as it looks, as you know it can be grueling. Weekly we meet for our group rides and sometimes, if not all the time, dread the impending climb. That’s a fact of life, right? Well, this is what you can do to make a big difference.
Warming up and stretching, especially import during the winter.Winter is here and although it may not get that cold, you should still respect the fact that it directly affects your body. As you may remember from my “Winter Leg Training” article, I start off my routine with a 5 minute warm-up and stretch prior to any weight lifting. Now in the gym you are in a very controlled setting and you can scientifically increase your intensity accordingly. This is not the case outdoors before your cold morning bike ride or that single speed night ride.
Winter Training season is almost here and I know you must be thinking of what you can do to improve your fitness level. Maybe not, so this is a reminder with some ideas to get you motivated.
Your body is your most important investment! Here is a look at my daily routine.
Some ideas to keep you lean and fit in 2007