If you’re new to cycling, or even if you’ve been riding for a while, you may not be engaging your core muscles correctly. This can lead to back pain, poor posture, and decreased power. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you’re engaging your core while cycling. Here are 9 tips to help you get started:
1. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
2. Place your hands on your lower stomach, just below your belly button.
3. As you inhale, slowly lift your head and shoulders off the floor.
4. Exhale as you curl your chin toward your chest and press your lower back into the floor.
5. Hold this position for a few seconds, then slowly release and return to the starting position.
6. Repeat this 10-15 times.
7. Once you’ve mastered the basic curl, you can try adding a twist.
8. To do this, start in the same position as before, but as you exhale, twist your torso to the right, then to the left.
9. Remember to keep your lower back pressed into the floor throughout the exercise.