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Sitting Up Straight Will Get You A Better Ride

bad-postureHave you ever been at a rally and taken a good look around? Most of the folks aren’t exactly the most stand-up group… literally.

What I mean is that your motorcycling brethren are usually slouchers.

And it’s not just bikers. Most of us have poor posture, too.

Here’s why:

Simply resting back on your gluts (your butt) can wreak havoc on your spine. I can’t tell you how many people I ride with have complaints about lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, numb hands, etc.

I’m not saying motorcycling is totally responsible for back pain… but it sure doesn’t help.

And with over 50 percent of the population suffering some sort of back problems, odds are you know exactly what I mean.

Unfortunately a big chunk of our day is spent in a chair. Think about it: You sit in a car (or on a bike) going to work; then you sit all day at work. You clock out and then end up at home on the couch.

Now factor in the time spent in your super low-drop-seat, ape-hangered, forward-controlled, suicide-shifted, foot-clutched bike to the equation, and POW… you got back pain. Back pain equals neck pain. Neck pain can equal numb fingers… it’s all connected.

Not everyone has the crazy seat positions I mentioned.

But almost everyone I see riding is slouching or round-backed and forward-shouldered… no matter what they’re riding.  It’s true even on the most basic stock bike setup.

What is needed is balance. While these riding positions feel comfortable at the time, believe me, you’ll pay for it later. I ride rigid myself, and my friends always give me grief about sitting upright. But guess what? At fuel stops (especially on long rides), I stretch out, do some exercise moves and still feel great six hours later. And my buddies? They were moaning, ‘My back, my aching back,’ on their softails.

Too bad they didn’t follow my lead instead of hassling me.

Anyway, most cruiser riders should make a conscious effort to sit up straight, pull their shoulders and head back, and perform corrective exercises and stretches regularly.

Heck, I’d never ask people to give up their rigids, stretched customs or 2-foot ape-hanger bikes. After all, it is all about the look-right?

And if you ride a sport bike, you’ll probably need extra neck stretches as well as weight exercises to feel right. You can’t do much repositioning on a sport bike, as you’re usually ‘locked in’ when riding.

Here’s the goal:

Get you into riding more comfortably and in a healthier way.

Sometimes just by changing a bad habit or two and a few simple exercises can help relieve low back pain and neck and shoulder pain.

Actually, these little moves will improve not just your motorcycle riding life, but your everyday life, too.

Try it. All you have to lose is your back pain.

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Motorcycling with Low Back Pain

Motorcycling with Low Back Pain


Motorcycle riders with low back pain, here’s some good news. You don’t have to kiss your bike riding days goodbye because of those aches and pains. You can solve your back problems with the most natural methods without ever opting for surgery.

Upper back pain and especially low back pain are the most common problems of serious riders who spend a lot of time on their motorcycles. For those who use theirs to commute on a daily basis, riding takes its toll on the spine and on the back muscles. The causes of low back pain can include sitting up on a vehicle that vibrates constantly, you can be sure that something will start to hurt… motorcycling with low back pain is almost guaranteed.

If you love to travel on your motorcycle, read on for a few tips on how you can help prevent those neck, shoulder, upper and low back pain with a few steps.

While riding, take breaks and change your sitting position every now and then. You can move up or back to change your position and remember to have a less tight hold.

It pays to invest in a good seat for your motorcycle and to constantly do some leg stretches while you ride from one place to the other.

If you want to really strengthen your back muscles so it can endure more and so you won’t end up with a lot of low back pain, consider exercise. Yes, with the right exercise, you can get those muscles forming and even start looking better on your big bike.

To target those lower back muscles, the exercise you should get into are the ones that strengthen and help form abdominal muscles. Forget about getting ripped all of a sudden. Just take it one step at a time. Remember you goal: Eliminate the causes of lower back pain.

You can pay to learn how to prevent low back pain with abs exercises or you can grab a free copy of “The ABsolute Truth.” This DVD also comes with a free weight loss guide and audio CD.

Why spend money on pain relievers, massage therapies and even surgery when you can start by preventing all kinds of pains like low back pain and learning free ways to do it today?

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Motorcycling With Low Back Pain

Motorcycling With Low Back Pain


Nothing beats riding your motorcycle on any day, but serious riders have to deal with a few problems like upper and lower back pain. Back pains are one of the most common problems and these even include neck problems.

There are many reasons why the neck and back pains occur and it is mostly attributed to riding motorcycles for long periods of time. This takes its toll on the spine and back muscles. Another contributing factor is the vibration of the vehicle while it is being used.

If you are a serious rider yourself, having some neck, upper or lower back pain will not stop you from using your bike. But you will need to address the problem because it could get worse in time and you might end up in too much pain to even move. There are several suggestions and solutions available so keep reading.

Chronic upper and lower back pain can affect anyone’s lifestyle. Some may even start gaining weight being unable to move around as much. Others get frustrated and depressed being in constant pain all the time.

There are many ways to manage and even get rid of upper and lower back pain that will benefit not just motorcycle riders, but also everyone else who suffer from pains sometimes or regularly.

You can check out the “Lose the Back Pain System” video online to understand more about back pains and their solutions.

There are many ways you can relieve neck, upper or lower back pain like prescription medication and surgery. But before you even consider these, why not try out first the most practical and natural solutions first?

Serious riders spend a lot of time travelling in their motorcycles and so the suggestion is to take breaks. Stretching the legs and the back also help prevent serious back pains.

Why take pain relievers when you can prevent, manage and even get rid of all kinds of back problems any day? Remember, these pain relievers can help, but the effects are only short term.

Find out more about the causes of neck, upper or lower back pain and exhaust all natural methods or solutions before anything else.

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