Stretching is a great way to correct muscle imbalances, loosen those tight muscles, and warm your body before an exercise.
Riding is much like exercising because you use your entire body to control the bike so stretches are key for making it a comfortable ride.
There are different types of stretching a motorcyclist can do before leaving on that ride and hitting those twisties. We will keep this simple because we are all anxious to go and hit the road but take your time with stretching as these can be beneficial to your ride!
Remember, when stretching you might have some discomfort but never any pain. These stretches will take less than 4 minutes of your day!
Bridges: Bridges are great for stretching hip flexor muscles when they are tight. Since riders are generally sitting for a long period of time on the bike, these can help opening up the hips. Lay on your back with legs bent and hands at sides. Push up through your heels until your lower body is off the ground and your hips are straight with your legs and core. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Hamstring stretch: Sitting on the ground with one leg straight and the other bent, reach for your toes on the straight leg (ankle, or calf depending on flexibility), and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat this on the other leg. Do this stretch 2 times.
Shoulder stretch: Standing with your arms at your sides, reach one arm straight in front of you and move across your chest. Lock your other arm under the stretched arm to hold in place. This will stretch in the shoulder blade area but also uses the muscles in the arms as well. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Tricep stretch: Standing with arms at your sides, reach one arm above your head and bend your elbow. Your hand will be behind your head. Take the opposite arm and hold your elbow on the bent arm, slightly pressing down. This will stretch your triceps. Hold stretch for 15 seconds and repeat on the other arm.
Upper back stretch: Stand with both arms at sides. Lace fingers together in front of you and stretch overhead. Palms of your hands will be facing toward the ceiling. This will stretch the upper back muscles. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
Abdominal rotation: Sitting on the ground, with both feet straight in front of you, bend one knee and bring it closer to your body. Take the opposite arm of your bent knee and place it behind your knee twisting your torso. This will stretch your abdominal muscles. Place your other arm on the floor behind your to keep balance. Hold this for 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Article By Cassandra Carillo