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Sit Better on the Bike
The lower-body numbness you feel after a bike ride may dull the sensations in your pelvis during the other workout you plan to do with your partner and could cause long-term damage to arteries and nerves in the area. Women's health researchers at Yale University School of Medicine recently found that female cyclists who positioned their handlebars lower than their seats experienced more pressure on the soft tissue of the perineum and had decreased sensation in the pelvic floor. In an earlier study, the same researchers found that those expensive ergonomic saddles don't help in the way they claim to: the ridges around the cutout can actually increase pressure on arteries. Make sure that you're not leaning down low with your bottom in the air and that most of your weight in the saddle is back on your sit bones, not toward the front of your crotch.
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