6 Health Benefits of Indoor Cycling
Indoor cycling, also known as “spinning,” has a long list of health, fitness and lifestyle benefits fit into one style of workout. An indoor cycling class focuses on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery, using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting.
From looking good to feeling good, check out how spinning provides health benefits for the body and mind:
In an indoor cycling class you will work out way more than just your legs. People are attracted to spinning because it is a full body workout, applying high-intensity routines and repeated movements to strengthen and tone muscles throughout the entire body.
The use of choreographed repeated movements will define and lean out your arms, legs and core. Because there are no heavy weights involved, the intense cardio-based workout will sculpt the body without the risk of “bulking”.
2. Cardiovascular Endurance
Due to the focus on metabolic intervals, indoor cycling is great for cardiovascular endurance because it gets your heart rate up quickly, in order to get the most out of a one hour workout. Light to heavy resistance is used to challenge your legs, heart, and lungs without causing muscle fatigue or dizziness.
3. Burn Calories While Having Fun
Indoor cycling is a high-intensity workout allowing you to burn over 600 calories in just one hour!
The interval-training aspect of spinning is a great way to burn calories as you are changing pedaling speeds and resistance, all while engaging your upper body in a choreographed routine in sync with your leg movements.
4. Low Risk of Injury
Spinning workouts may be modified for people of all fitness levels. You’ll have full control of your bike’s resistance and your own speed to avoid fatigue during a class.
Compared to other high-impact cardio-based workouts, spinning does not put pressure on your knees and joints like running or other aerobic exercises. It is recommended for people of all fitness levels, and is even beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis and are limited in exercise options.
Warming up and cooling down are essential for a good workout and both are often skipped in exercise. Spinning instructors will ensure that this gets done to avoid injury during or after a class.
5. Enhance Mental Strength
Your mind will always try to give up before your body will. Spinning teaches you to control your breathing, challenge yourself, and lower your body’s breaking point.
Being part of a class will motivate you to push yourself way more than working out alone will. Push through those tough routines along other riders to enhance your body and mind.
6. Relieve Stress
All types of exercise cause the brain to release endorphins that will relieve stress. However, spinning is especially beneficial for this because of the intensity, energy, music, and community aspect.
Classes are led by an instructor whose high-energy is contagious. Your mind will get lost pedaling to your favorite tunes, making the class time go by quickly. A workout is less strenuous if you’re having fun, and that’s what spinning classes are designed for.
The community element will make it fun for anyone who enjoys getting social after a nice sweat-sesh. We promise that you will be feeling euphoric after every class.
Book a free spinning class if you have the desire to look good and feel good, all while having fun!