A strong core and boosted mobility will get you riding longer and more comfortably - here are four simple exercises that will help.
While there are a lot of factors that can contribute to back pain (such a poor bike setup, or mashing big gears), poor mobility and core strength are the most common culprits. Often when we're crunched for time, we prioritise our workouts on the bike over everything else.
But whenever possible, it's important to get in other workouts to help you get the most out of your rides. Your core is what stabilises your body as you ride, and a strong one allows you to put more power into your pedals. And your flexibility can not only help you get into a more aero position, but it also helps prevent muscle strain and soreness.
These four mobility moves take less than 10 minutes and can be done before or after your ride (try both for maximum pain relief). You don't need any special gym equipment or weights, just a yoga mat and some space to stretch out.
It's important to keep in mind that these moves shouldn't be causing you any pain as you do them. You should be only push yourself until you feel a slight stretch and build up that mobility over time. Video courtesy of our American sister title Bicycling.