Yoga is as a fantastic activity for those seeking to increase their flexibility. Since a high number of cyclists suffer from tension associated with hours spent behind handlebars, it’s a great idea to incorporate some yoga into your schedule.
As well as developing range of motion and flexibility, yoga builds deep muscle strength, also helping to re-align your spine and create symmetry across your body.
We’ve worked with Cherries Montmorency to being you a yoga series, developed and demonstrated by Abi Carver of Yoga15. She explained: “Unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we no longer bend, stretch and reach sufficiently throughout the day to keep our bodies supple and healthy. To stay agile and pain-free, we need to incorporate consistent flexibility training into our exercise programs."
Outlining the goal of the yoga series, she added: “The aim is to be strong at your end range of motion. To run, jump, climb, lift, push, pull, crawl, squat and throw effectively. Not to be spectacularly bendy but too weak to take full advantage of your flexibility."
Eating for Recovery
Yoga is a fantastic form of active recovery that will help to get the blood flowing to your muscles after a tough ride as well as stretching out tight areas and building muscle to help prevent future damage. However, of course what you eat and drink plays an important role too. Cherries Montmorency are the experts here. Tart cherries are said to play a major role in reducing inflammation, as well as preventing illness by boosting the immune system – we rounded up these benefits and more here.
Perfect Cherry Recipes:
Watch: Yoga for Flexibility
Inspired to get flexible? Got your cherry juice down the hatch and ready for more recovery? Here's a look at Abi's yoga sequence, specifically designed to help you develop your flexibility...
Yoga For Flexibility: Looking for more sessions that are perfect for cyclists? Download the full Yoga For Flexibility series here.