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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Post-Cycling Muscle Recovery Is Key To Health

Cycling is one of the most popular outdoor sports globally, attracting enthusiasts of all ages for both leisurely rides and competitive races. It has numerous mental and physical health benefits, but it is important to follow a post cycle ride recovery process.

Cycling, particularly at high intensity, can cause muscles to tighten and fatigue. Pro bike riders know all about recovery and have strict regimes to allow their bodies to adapt and become stronger after a race, but amateur cyclists may not have the time or resources to do the same. After a bike ride, taking the time to cool down and recover muscles is important for any cyclist. Not only does it help to prevent injury, but it also enhances the overall performance.

World Health Day is an annual event, taking place on 7th of April. It is significant for cyclists and health advocates, as it raises awareness about health issues and promotes for inclusive healthcare access. This year, the focus is on inclusive healthcare for everyone, regardless of their background.

On Sunday, 7th of April, cyclists and health advocates worldwide will come together to celebrate World Health Day. They'll highlight how cycling promotes physical and mental well-being, emphasising its importance in leading a healthy lifestyle.

To celebrate World Health Day, leading cycle and e-bike insurer cycleGuard shares few effective tips to help with recovery post cycling.

“Whether you've blasted a mountain track or racked up the road miles, rest and recovery after cycling is extremely important” says James Whitten, Marketing Manager at cycleGuard.

Cool Down

After a tough ride, it's crucial for cyclists to help their bodies and leg muscles to recover. Cycling for a while expands the blood vessels, and suddenly stopping can cause blood to pool, leading to drowsiness and light headedness. To help with recovery, cyclists should continue cycling for 10-15 minutes at an easy pace to return their body to its pre-exercise state. Cooling down helps to remove waste from muscles and ensures proper blood circulation, reducing the risk of dizziness or fainting after exercising.

Muscle Recovery

Although a professional post-ride massage may be impractical for most amateur riders, at home muscle massage with a foam roller can be just as effective. Massaging the legs after a long ride helps to prevent muscular knots, flushes out fluid and waste products, and promotes blood flow to accelerate the muscle recovery process. If one does not own a foam roller, a couple of tennis balls can do the trick.


Getting a proper nutrition before and after cycling is crucial. After any intense workout, it's essential to replenish the body's fuel. Carbohydrates, protein, and water play a key part in this process. Following the cooldown, the next priority should be consuming some form of protein. Protein is beneficial for muscles as it reduces the risk of exercise-induced muscle damage and supports muscle recovery and growth.

Chicken, fish, eggs, milk, and nuts are excellent choices, but if a post-ride meal is not feasible within an hour, using protein powder is fine too.

Additionally, consuming carbohydrates soon after strenuous exercise aids in muscle recovery. It is also important to stay hydrated throughout and after the ride.

“There are plenty of simple actions you can take to give your body and muscles the fuel and rest they need for you to stay fit, motivated and injury-free “adds Whitten.

Read more cycling recovery tips here


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