Do you turn right better than left or maybe the other way around? Do you have a little more mobility on one side than the other? Are you more stiff on one side than the other?
The body is designed to be symmetrical. However, we do a lot over time to throw off that balance. Do you always talk with the phone in the same hand? Do you always carry bags with same hand? Is your mouse on the right side and maybe in an awkward spot for your shoulder? Many of you just looked at your hand and arm....
Many of us have done a little bit of damage on a daily basis. I can give more examples like the ones above. All files on one side, carry the kid on same side, monitor to one side, lay on the couch on same side and the list goes on. We do small things subconsciously that hurt us in the long run. And yes, this could cause issues on one side and maybe even have you struggle on the bike. How? By limiting mobility of a side or throwing off you symmetry and balance.
What can you do to recover? Foam rolling correctly and other recovery tools can help. I am studying a new technique and tool which I will share in the future so make sure you keep coming back here!. You can also just be conscious and aware. Do you keep your back against your chair at work with good posture? You just straightened up didn't you?
Also, use your opposite hand to control the mouse for simple tasks. To start try scrolling through emails or web pages. Work your way up to using both hands equally. Don't sit on your wallet all day, use a head set for phones and alternate the hand you use to carry items. Mind your posture and take breaks during the day if you sit for long periods.
The moral of this article is that what we do off the bike and in other parts of our life can create an imbalance and physical issues on the bike. While most of us only get the weekends to ride or race we need to be aware each day of what we do and stay focused to have our bodies ready when the weekend comes.