9 Tips for Cyclists

This past weekend, Colleen assisted at the Bikes for Bibles event on Manitoulin Island, volunteering with first aid, massages and treatment of injuries.

If you’re planning on an extended bike ride this summer, here are some tips to help keep you safe and healthy.

  • Train for the event! Long rides put strain on your heart, so don’t just jump into a long event.
  • If you have a heart condition, talk to your doctor before signing up.
  • Warm up before you start, stop and stretch after your first ten minutes, and then clip in for the long haul!
  • Stay hydrated – exercising depletes water, electrolytes and other essentials from your system. Drink chocolate milk, or make a Gatorade replacement by adding a dollop of maple syrup to your water.
  • Wear a CamelBak water pack and sip from it often while exercising for long periods rather than gulping a lot of water at once.
  • Wear your helmet. This should go without saying, of course.
  • Switch your grip on the handlebars from time to time to avoid straining your shoulders.
  • Don’t neglect your sunscreen.
  • If you run into trouble at the event, tell the nurse or paramedic if you have any conditions or are taking any medication.

 

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