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Riding a motorcycle is one of the most exhilarating experiences on earth, but it can also be uncomfortable and dangerous. The combination of long hours in the saddle, poor posture, vibration, and bumps can all take their toll on your body. 

If you’re a motorcyclist who rides for fun or commuting purposes and spends several hours each week on your bike, here are some tips to help keep you safe and comfortable.

Dehydration: keep drinking water when riding!

Achieving the perfect balance between hydration and keeping your bike’s weight down is not easy. You’ll need to drink water before you start riding, during your trip, after you’ve stopped riding, and before you get back on again.

This will help keep you hydrated as well as prevent dehydration. If this sounds like a lot of extra work in an already hectic day of riding, we suggest you invest in a water purification 

Electrolytes 

You may also want to consider electrolytes: minerals like potassium and sodium that help regulate bodily functions such as digestion and muscle contractions (including those involved in riding a motorcycle). 

If you’re going to be sweating more than usual, it’s essential to replenish your electrolytes (sodium and potassium) through food or drink. These two minerals are lost through sweat and help maintain muscle function. 

They’re found in fruits and vegetables like bananas, spinach and dairy products like milk or yogurt. Electrolyte-rich foods can help reduce cramps after being out in the heat for long periods without rehydrating properly. 

So, add some sports drinks with electrolytes into your hydration routine for long rides (if possible).

Avoid Alcohol 

Alcohol is a depressant and causes drowsiness, which can be dangerous while riding. Alcohol dehydrates you, making focusing and controlling your bike even more challenging. If you’re tired or sick from drinking too much alcohol, it will be even more challenging for you to stay on the road. Even if you don’t get drunk enough to pass out or throw up, alcohol will affect your ability to think enough for safe driving.

Avoiding alcohol altogether before or during riding isn’t always possible—especially if you’re traveling with friends who enjoy drinking at bars or restaurants. 

However, try not to drink too much before a motorcycle ride because of how much harder it makes things later on! 

However, drinking alcohol while riding could lead to dehydration because alcohol inhibits your body from absorbing water properly.

Include magnesium-rich foods

Magnesium is a mineral that is important for many body functions, including muscle relaxation, nerve function, and energy production.

Magnesium is found in many foods. Foods such as leafy green vegetables, legumes (beans), nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good sources of magnesium. 

Dairy products are also good sources of magnesium. You can absorb some magnesium through your skin when it’s applied topically to your skin or hair. 

You can take supplements containing magnesium that may help relieve muscle cramps or spasms if you eat a healthy diet that includes other foods with higher amounts of this mineral.

Keep a snack bar or trail mix 

As a motorcyclist, you’ll often find yourself on long trips. A good snack bar or trail mix can help keep your energy up and make those trips go by more quickly. The key is to have snacks that are high in calories and electrolytes but easy to eat while riding. We recommend keeping some sort of hard candy on hand since it’s easy to carry and will give you a burst of energy when needed most (like right before pulling over for gas).

Conclusion

So, when you’re riding, remember the rule of thumb: drink water, eat salty foods and avoid alcohol. And if you’re munching on trail mix or other snacks while riding? Make sure they have magnesium in them!

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