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Feeling a bit amped up lately? Research shows exercise could be the key to feeling less stressed. Getting the heart rate up releases feel good chemicals in your brain, and that could be the key to being happier more often. Luckily, stress is here to stay, #winning! So what can we do about it? How can we reduce its effects? One word: move. Exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue, improve your states of alertness as well as concentration in addition to enhancing our overall brain function. The mind body connection is critical to not only move, but feel our best as well. This is why movements that produce edorphins (the brain's natural pain killers) are important. Consistent aerobic exercise


The most important component on your bike is your posterior chain. Its not something you can buy at your LBS (that's bike speak for Local Bike Shop), but if you don't have one, you won't ride as well and you just may end up with some aches pains that get in the way of having fun in the saddle. Since riding a bike takes places in the front half of the body, the muscles in the back half of the body can be taken offline. Meaning, the repetitive stress of the seated position as you repeatedly flex the hips riding can shut down the posture muscles in the back half of the body, or the posterior chain. Lose these, riding is lot less fun and performance gaps widen. Luckily, there are ways to manage


Now that 2017 is here, a ton of people are going to start signing up for century rides, metric centuries and grand fondos all over the country. This is a great way to get together with friends, enjoy some beautiful scenery and subject your body to a lot or repetitive stress that could lead to performance reducing muscle imbalances. The key to surviving 100 miles on the bike starts with what you do off of it. That's where this post comes in. I've worked with 100's of cyclists over the years, and the one thing they've all go in common is if they worked on keeping their glutes strong, hips mobile and stayed on top of the posture muscles in the back half of their body, they faired a lot better f