By Talya Adams
I’ve recently been doing a lot of daily riding on my motorcycle as I’ve taken on more work. After long rides, I tend to have aches and pains well into the following day. Whether it’s my hands or my lower back, usually something is sore once I get done with a long ride. Today, I’m going to share my post-ride recovery steps.
I’ve found that water helps and prevents a lot of ailments across the board. Before a ride I try to drink eight ounces of water and after my ride I down another eight ounces. A lot of times cramping in the body occurs because of dehydration and drinking water is a great way to prevent this painful ailment. Many riders also use hydration mixes or drinks of some variety.
Stretching has been a life saver for me. Sometimes when I get off my bike I’m painfully stiff. It can feel like my range of motion is very limited. Even when it’s painful, I gently stretch out my back and my hands after a ride. I’ve found that when I don’t, and I go to sleep, my discomfort is even worse the next morning.
3. Hot Shower
Not only is a hot shower soothing, but it promotes blood flow in the body and relaxes your muscles. Don’t feel like you have to rush this step. Really stay in there and absorb as much heat as you can stand. I find a hot bath is even better as you’re able to soak.
4. Vitamins/Over the counter pain meds
I take a vitamin called MSM to promote joint strengthening and lubrication. I’ve found this to help out given that I ride in such a crouched position. I also like to take an Ibuprofen before I go to sleep to keep inflammation at bay.
Go to sleep, or at the very least get off your feet. The fastest way to rejuvenate your body after a hard day’s riding is to simply rest. If you’re a busy body like me, put on a movie on and occupy your mind while you take a load off.
So, if you experience soreness after rides, give my recovery steps a try. There’s no reason to miss a day on your bike if you have the tools to improve your riding experience and avoid the pain. If you do decide to give my methods a shot, leave a comment and let me know how it works out for you. Also, if you have recovery tips of your own and would like to add please share.
Stay safe in these streets!