Have you ever tried to go on a ride while your body is sore and your muscles are tight? It isn’t fun.
Or what about when you come back from a ride? Your body feels pretty stiff I bet. If the rider has poor posture or simply from sitting in one position for a while, tension within muscles can occur.
Motorcyclists need to be flexible so they can put their bodies in certain positions that allow them to lean and hold certain positions. Tight muscles make it harder to move and being able to have mobility and fast reflexes is extremely important on the bike for one’s safety.
In the body, something we have something called fascia. This is a thin connective tissue that covers many of our organs such as muscles, nerves, and spinal cord but it also connects our bones together (ligaments), and muscles to bone (tendons). To put it simply, think about a woven covering that’s tightly knitted around your muscles and that’s the fascia. So when this is tight, your muscles have a hard time contracting or lengthening. So what can you do about this? Try doing self-myofascial release, also known as foam rolling. Foam rolling increases blood circulation and focuses on releasing tension in tight muscles.
Tight muscles, can lead to an injury if not properly taken care of. Foam rolling will help keep your muscles from feeling tight by releasing trigger points (muscle knots or tightness), improving blood flow, and muscle function. Think of it as a (much cheaper) deep tissue massage that you can control.
Foam rollers are very inexpensive. Starting out sitting on the floor with the roller under your hamstrings, slowly roll each of your legs using your arms to rock back and forth for about 30 seconds and repeat this for your quad muscles. You will also want to roll out your back especially after a ride. To do this, simply start with the foam roller on your upper back/shoulder blades and use your feet to rock back and forth rolling the full length of your back for 30 seconds. You can also look this up on YouTube for a how-to video!
Foam rolling is a quick and easy way to relax your muscles after a long ride!
Article By Cassandra Carillo