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Fitness Switchup: Yoga Instead of Biking

We are well into Spring, so it might be time to dust off your old fitness routine and try something new. Since a little fitness switchup can help beat boredom and overuse injuries, cross training is the way to go.

If you are bored with your bike, might I suggest you give yoga a try. All that hunching over your handle bars creates a tight body, molded into one shape with your muscles and joints only working in only one direction. Yoga will lengthen tight muscles, challenge your sense of balance, and work your core — three things to help your riding when you decide to get back on the bike. Another surprising benefit is breathing. To see why,

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Breathing in yoga is smooth and controlled, filling up all of your lungs and stretching the little muscles around your ribs. In yoga you practice breathing into your lower lungs and expanding the back ribs. Learning how to breath more efficiently can benefit your biking, when climbing hills and sprinting. So hop off your bike and onto a mat.

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I hope this is a new feature, because it's really handy to know what else you can do to complement your favorite routines and counteract the negative physical aspects that can come with it.
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