Posted: 12 Jun 2013
In today’s world of professional sport many would agree that you have to be a serious athlete to be successful, whatever the sport. In some sports such as horse racing and boxing it’s part of the ruling or it’s a necessary requirement that you have to be a certain weight to compete. In other sports such as golf and motorcycling it isn’t essential but can it be to the competitor’s advantage?
After a widely reported loss of three stone since Christmas, Michael Dunlop is enjoying his most successful season yet - clinching his fourth win from four starts at this year’s Isle of Man TT. So just how important is it for motorcyclists and motorcycle racers alike to keep fit and healthy?
Importance of Hydration
Under a helmet and leathers, especially in the summer months, you are likely to be losing a lot of water through sweat that you’re not replacing when riding. This leads to dehydration, which can affect your physical and mental performance.
Staying fit and healthy or embarking on a fitness programme requires good nutrition to complement your physical exertion. As a motorcyclist this is equally important.
Keeping fit means many things to different people, and one person’s idea of strenuous exercise will not be someone else’s! When your body is tired, reaction times are slower and your ability to make judgments while on a bike can be compromised.
Cardiovascular exercise is a good way to improve overall fitness and activities such as running, cycling and swimming all increase heart rate and enable the heart and lungs to get oxygen to the muscles more effectively. Endurance is particularly important for a motorcyclist too, especially upper leg muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings and lower back muscles and abs should also be focused on for core stability.
Here are our top tips for maintaining fitness: