Several years ago, I wanted to place in the top 3 in the Mount Evans Hill Climb, so I spent every spare minute on my bike. Cross training did not cross my mind (pardon the pun). That same year, I took my then boyfriend on a trip home to Montana. I wanted to show him Glacier National Park and do some hiking. True to form, we hiked the steepest trail we could find, passing as many other hikers as possible. We reached a beautiful vantage point in record time, took some pictures and started hiking back. Within a quarter mile (maybe less) I had developed “sewing machine legs.” I looked like someone with a neurological disorder. I stumbled the rest of the way down, mostly peg-legged and collapsed on the nearest bench.
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Problems while riding could be because of your bike, or your body. If you have tightness, weakness, or imbalances, you could fuss with your bike forever and still be in pain. That is where ALTA comes in. A Functional Movement Screen quickly identifies problems with your body. Finding and fixing those …it’s your ticket to a pain free ride!
Exercise is making headlines every day. And, living in Boulder, I witness and participate in a spectrum of strength and cardiovascular exercise. Some people exercise for hours and hours each week, or even hours and hours each day. Some of those folks like to compete, while others are happy to be outside just enjoying the day. So, what is the BEST way to exercise? What kind of exercise is BEST? How much exercise is BEST?
What image does the term, “support stockings,” conjure in your mind? Grandma’s ankles spilling over her clunky, black, lace-up shoes? A highwaisted German tourist in sandals? Sausage toes peeking through an oatmeal colored hole accessorizing the ever-so-fashionable hospital gown ensemble? Think again.
Personally, I can go on and on about the benefits of cycling, and so can my family. “Mom is so much happier after a ride to Jamestown; it’s a great time to hit her up for cash.” If you Google benefits of cycling, they are plentiful.For example, go ahead, stop at Spruce Confections on the way home – you just burned 488 calories in an hour. And, while you are burning those calories and getting stronger, you can listen to the lovely rush of water from the Left Hand Canyon creek, see amazing cliffs as you reach Buckingham Park and smell the pines. Every sense is so alive that your quads hardly notice…. Okay, I got carried away.
“I wonder why my knees feel so much better when I finish a bike ride than when I run?” “Do you have arthritis?” “Dunno – but my knees get stiff. I don’t really have pain, but I sure can feel creaky, especially when I stop running and sit for a while. I walk like an old lady when I first get up. Is that arthritis?” What is arthritis and how do you manage it?