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    02-25-2012, 12:43 PM

Do any of you do stretches and do you find them helpful?
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    03-04-2012, 03:23 PM
I do back stretches but not just before riding. I do them every morning. BUT I have noticed that they help a lot when I ride because I used to get a sore lower back after riding. My friend (massage therapist) told me if I would stretch it out every day it wouldn't tense up when I was riding. She was right. I also stretch and ice my wrists every day since carpal tunnel is sneaking up on me and riding aggrivates it.
    03-05-2012, 10:09 PM
Yoga is really great for stretching and loosening up. Yes, it was very helpful when I was doing it regularly, I haven't been doing it at all this winter and notice a huge difference. After reading your post and writing this, I'm thinking I really need to get back into the routine!
    03-09-2012, 01:52 PM
Green Broke
I'm 16 and stretch every morning. It builds muscle, which is awesome, and get's all the kinks out before I actually do something. I normally stretch my hips as soon as I get into the saddle (grabbing my lower leg and pulling it up as far as I can get it). It relaxes my seat and helps with my hips, which hate me.
    03-09-2012, 04:15 PM
I don't stretch, thing closet is me cracking my knuckles. And then me going and doing the push your back and it will crack sometimes if its hurting. And usually when I sit its on a vertebra and it will pop back to place. I got horrible posture walking and sitting.
    03-09-2012, 04:15 PM
Green Broke
I should...but I never do. No wonder I am a walking pain magnet.
    03-09-2012, 04:16 PM
Green Broke
Lol VTT, I am a craaaaazy back, knuckle, neck, knee, foot and really anything cracker. Its bad.
    03-09-2012, 04:52 PM
VB! That's nuts! I can also crack my ankles too. And my knee is bad so im always in bad pain.
    03-09-2012, 07:10 PM
Green Broke
Yeah everyone tells me it's bad for
    03-27-2012, 03:06 AM
I have to stretch during xcountry/track but I end up doing it all the time. It feels quite amazing afterwards and I feel all flexible too (yet no not really anymore flexible then before). Eww.. I hate cracking knuckles.. just grosses me out.. i'll crack my back occasionally when needed and my knee just cracks whenever it feels like it wants to.

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