Every cyclist hates it when they are unable to go outside. Sometimes it is the bad weather, other times it’s our daily obligations or injuries that prevent us from partaking in our favorite pastime. On a personal note, my wife always feels cooped up during winter months, and we would spend countless days just watching movies, trying out some light SportsStack online sports betting, experimenting with cooking and the like. So, here are a few things you can do when you can’t ride.
It is important to keep yourself fit, both for your health and the shape you will need the next time you are able to ride. Here are a few options, though you are more than welcome to find out what works best for you.
Of course, it is not the same. However, you have the benefit of exercising the same muscle groups as if you were out there. Granted, it is easy to lose some motivation, so we recommend either watching a movie while you cycle, listen to music to get pumped, or play a track with nature or city sounds and close your eyes, as you surrender to the experience. That way, when you can go outside again, you will not fall far behind.
When it comes to physical therapy, it takes many forms. Before attempting any type of strenuous activity, especially after an injury, you should consult with your doctor regarding whether or not you are okay to exercise in this manner. The wonderful thing about swimming as a type of exercise is the fact that, whether you want it to or not, it requires you to use most of your muscles to keep afloat. You are more active than you would be with a mere walk or a jog, and your heart and lungs will definitely feel that when you get back on your bike.
When all else fails, there is hiking. Go uphill and challenge your body to keep up with a moderate amount of strain. It will not exert your capacities in the same way a cycling competition would, and you can take a break any time.
On the other hand, you may be stuck. In that case, it is a good idea to keep yourself occupied with another hobby, at least for a while. Take up cooking, learning a new language (there is a ton of websites and apps just for that!), or, if you can’t get away from cycling as a whole, tune in to the latest competitions and news. You will be up to date with the latest affairs and you might get inspired. Before you know it, you will be back on your wheels, riding on the road.