A proper warm up is key to staying healthy and strong as a paddler. If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France, you’ve probably seen the riders warming up for an hour or more before the race, only to them get in their bikes and ride for 6+ hours at speeds you and I can only imagine. Then, after finishing the stage they cool down for another hour.
They know something.
They know that jumping on the bike cold doesn’t lead to their best performance. They know that riding cold, or failing to cool down properly, can lead to injury.
Why should you be any different?
Just because you’re not riding in Le Tour doesn’t mean you should treat your body with the same care.
Try my favorite active warm ups for paddlers
If you want to see these warm ups in action, they’re included in the Power to the Paddle DVD.