Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer
Riding a bicycle is good for body and soul. Cycling gets you
out in the fresh air, leaves you feeling invigorated, and can do
wonders for cardiovascular health. And you don't have to ride
fast and furiously to benefit from cycling.
Here's what to do to avoid undue muscle aches when you cycle.
To avoid back
and knee problems, take your bike to a bike shop and have the
and seat adjusted to
fit you properly. The seat should be adjusted so that when one
extended and bent
slightly, the ball of your foot contacts the pedal at the lowest
point of its
should be positioned no lower than your seat.
shoulders, back, and legs slowly and gently before and after
For details on how to reduce injuries and accidents when
cycling, see Tip 324 in chapter 14, Be Smart, Be Safe.