Our bodies adapt to being on the bike. Our nervous system locks in to the posture and repetitive movements, setting those positions as habitual postures. This improves our efficiency of movement when on the bike, but does not lead to a balanced system to move once we get off the bike.
It only takes a few minutes post ride to release that tension out of your system and reset. Here are a few critical areas of the body and movements to go through post ride. Your hips, thighs, spine, shoulders and neck will love you for it and reward you on and off the bike.
Basic Post Ride Tissue Mobility Program
Low lunge set: Low lunge; rock back; Low lunge with rotations
Cervical Lengthening set: Chin tuck; head lift; Turning head around central axis
Supine Crossover Hip Stretch and Shoulder Reach
Adjustment to Stretch to Avoid Hip Impingement
Thoracic Spine Mobilizations with Roller
Reach and Roll Lying on Roller