Quick Tips for First-Time Cyclers


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Dr. Sanjiv M. Narayan, a graduate of the University of Birmingham medical program, joined Stanford University as a professor of medicine in 2014. In this position he has played a driving role in the development of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. Outside of work, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan stays active by cycling and swimming.

Cycling is a great way to experience new places while receiving a comprehensive workout. However, first-time cyclers may face a number of unexpected challenges.

For those who seek to get right into group cycling, for instance, riding in a paceline can be an unnerving experience. It takes some time to get used to riding so close to other cyclists. Instead of attempting to overcome anxieties associated with potentially crashing into other riders, individuals can simply hang near the back of the line, making use of the additional space and easier pace. As riders grow more confident in their positioning, they can move further up the line.

A more generalized tip is to effectively manage one’s recovery. Rest days are highly important, especially for new and young riders with less endurance. Cycling is an enjoyable, beneficial hobby, but cramming too many group and solo rides into one weekend can result in difficult riding conditions at best, and serious injuries at worst. Riders can consult with more experienced cyclists, and their physician, on an appropriate ride and rest cycle.


Two Mistakes to Avoid for Beginning Swimmers


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Medical researcher Dr. Sanjiv Narayan is the cofounder Topera, Inc., a recent acquisition of Abbott Laboratories. Prior to Topera’s sale to Abbott, Dr. Sanjiv Narayan worked for more than a decade to develop the technology on which the company was built. Outside his professional life, he enjoys swimming.

Beginners, whether children or adults, tend to make certain mistakes when learning to swim.

The first common error is holding the breath while swimming. It’s a common practice that’s taught, but in truth, it’s damaging to the muscles, because it deprives them of oxygen during exertion. It is the equivalent of holding one’s breath while running. Instead, a swimmer should take a deep breath in through the mouth, with the face out of the water, and then exhale slowly through the nose. Humming while breathing out of the nose can help, because it forces the swimmer to exhale at a constant pace.

Many swimmers wrongly bring their heads up out of the water while drawing in a breath. This may seem like the best method, but it puts undue amount of strain on the neck and shoulders, which can harm the body’s overall alignment. Instead, the swimmer should turn his or her head to the side, with the chin tucked in, and breathe with the mouth out of the water. This is best accomplished by rotating the head to the same side as the arm that is currently out of the water and performing the stroke.