Happy Hump Day! Cycling is one of my favorite workouts. It’s challenging, fun, and is great for toning your legs. Whether I’m hitting up a Soul Cycle class or getting outside to ride the open road, I know cycling will always kick my ass! That being said, it is super important to strengthen AND stretch the muscles that are targeted in a cycling workout. Recently, I had the opportunity to contribute to an awesome and informative article in The Active Times — Strengthen and Relieve Tension: The Best Yoga Poses for Cyclists.
According to the article by Catarina Cowden: “Cycling can be an intensive workout that puts pressure on important muscles of your body. Knowing how to relieve tension, strengthen specific areas and increase flexibility are important elements to training. A great way to complement the rigorous training that comes along with cycling is yoga.”
The article features 10 yoga poses for beginner to advanced cyclists! Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect…
WIDE-LEGGED STANDING FORWARD FOLD WITH CHEST EXPANSION:
How to do it:
- Begin with your feet wider than shoulder width, toes pointing slightly in.
- Interlace your fingers behind your back.
- Inhale, lift your chest. Exhale, fold forward, hinging at the hips. Reach your hands overhead.
- Relax your neck.
- Gaze behind you.
- Actively squeeze your palms together.
- Bring your weight into the balls of your feet.
- Hold for 8-10 breaths.
Why do it:
Wide-legged Standing Forward Fold With Chest Expansion is great for relieving neck and shoulder tension, which are both common in cyclists. It stretches your hamstrings and back in addition to opening your chest.