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Stretching before the commute

by Commute by Bike

Most people would agree that stretching before any exercise is a good idea. I’m not sure how many of us do it, but if you are interested in a pretty comprehensive list of stretches to do before a bike ride, check out the Bike Source.

So do you stretch before the morning commute?

 
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8 Responses to “Stretching before the commute”

  1. HH says:

    While I do not have reference sources handy, but recent studies have shown that stretching BEFORE an exercise is NOT beneficial. In fact, it could be bad because you are likely to stretch a cold muscle. The most important thing before exercising is warming up… that means ride easy and let the muscles gradually warm up to the rigors of the exercise.

    From what I understand, the current science shows that stretching AFTER the exercise IS still consider beneficial, which should be done after a cool down period.

  2. Val says:

    Haven’t been keeping up with the studies, but I have to stretch, or I become immobile. On long rides (70 miles or more) I try to go through a 5 minute stretching routine at every rest stop, which works much better than sitting down immediately and then trying to get back on the bike five or ten minutes later, as I see so many riders do. For commuting, I don’t do anything special, but I always stretch thoroughly before breakfast, and again before retiring. My philosophy is that I want to be able to touch my toes, etc. when I am in my 80s, and the best way to insure that is to do it every day between now and then. Use it or lose it, right?

  3. Fritz says:

    I hop on the bike and go. No stretching beforehand.

    HH is right — stretching before exercise has no effect on injury. Stretch afterwards to decrease pain and soreness.

  4. Al says:

    I’m like Fritz, hop and go – even during the severe cold of the past couple days.

  5. Ahd Child says:

    I hop and go so fast that I don’t even have time to spell “hop” correctly

  6. Warren T says:

    I’d never even considered it. Since I start my morning ride accompanying my 11 year old to his school, I consider that first half mile to be my warm up; he averages only around 8 MPH. Once he is at school I turn and burn.

  7. Fritz says:

    “turn and burn” — heh. Different context than I’m accustomed to hearing the phrase.

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