Training for Your Cycling Tour Sans Bike

Training for Your Cycling Tour Sans Bike

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Training for long distance biking clearly involves spending extensive amounts of quality time on your two wheeled best friend. However, to get the most out of an upcoming bicycle tour, there are more aspects you should consider adding to your training regime.

Cross training for your event can allow you to increase your overall strength and allow your body to improve without the repetition of only one training source. It can also give you a mental break from your bicycling to ensure you have a fresh outlook when you climb back on the seat. Cross training a couple days each week would be ideal. Include cardio activities that broaden your movements. Jogging and dancing are both fantastic ways to keep your heart pumping and the blood flowing. If potential injuries are of a concern to you, swimming gets your heart rate up with low impact movements that can increase your flexibility while increasing your lung capacity.

Engage in core strengthening exercises a few times each week to benefit muscle groups that are integral in cycling such as your abdominals, hip flexors, back and glutes. This may include exercises such as planks, squats and lunges. If you opt for weightlifting, however, avoid over-exertion by engaging in that particular activity once per week only. Be sure you give yourself at least one day each week to rest and allow your muscles to recover. Find more tips on training for a bicycle tour with the following infographic.

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