Riding a bike without lower back pain

When the sun is out and there's a nice breeze blowing, a relaxing bike ride can be the ideal activity. Alternately, the summer can also be a good time to take to your cycle if you're a professional cyclist looking to train, or some other athlete who needs the exercise.

A bicycle, of course, is basically a seat on wheels, and we all know how bad sitting in the wrong posture can be. If you already have poor posture, time spent on the bike in a bad position can possibly make it worse.

"Time spent on the bike in a bad position can possibly make your posture worse."

Cycling Weekly mentioned several ways to get a better back, including working on your posture before you even climb onto the bike seat. It may be good to think of maintaining your posture as an all-day effort, not just one that begins when you're biking. The article also suggested exercises like planking, which could be generally helpful for your muscles and posture, as well as the all-important core.

One more thing to keep in mind is that the pain in your back might not actually be just because of your back. Speaking to Bicycling, Dr. Matthew Silvis said that the cause may actually be lower down on your body than you think.

"Often the culprit is not the back, but the pelvis," Silvis said. "You want to be able to sit on the saddle with proper pelvic positioning—a slight forward tilt—so you can maintain a neutral and not overly flexed spine."

When you want to improve your form, take some time to see whether or not you're carrying yourself properly. For advice and care tips, you can consult your health care provider at Bronston Chiropractic or our Medical Division Community Care Clinic.