If you’ve ever walked past the indoor cycling room before and wondered just why people would choose to sweat it out in one of these ever-popular group fitness classes versus just riding a bike on the fitness floor on their own, or chugging away on a treadmill or elliptical – this is for you.
Everyone has their own reasons for cycling indoors, but there are some overwhelmingly popular benefits that keep most people in the saddle and turning the pedals long after their first class. Let’s look at the most common reasons people choose indoor cycling:
Calories! For most of us, we want the biggest bang for our buck when it comes to gym time, and indoor cycling classes offer just that. According to spinning.com, you can expect to burn anywhere between 400 and 600 calories during a 45-minute class. The added motivation of the instructor and people working hard all around you typically pushes you harder than you would push yourself on the treadmill.
Heart Health. We all know by now that the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the Surgeon General’s office recommend that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. The benefits of this cardiovascular work are significant:
Lowers your risk of coronary artery disease.
Helps to lower blood pressure.
Helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Helps to lower your resting heart rate, increasing your heart’s efficiency.
Stress Relief. The stress relief benefits of indoor cycling are significant and many.
First, there’s no fancy footwork to follow – almost anybody can ride a bike, and an indoor cycling bike is MUCH easier to ride than the one you used to speed around the neighborhood on as a child. Not having to learn complex movements means your brain is free to focus on your effort and how you feel.
Secondly, indoor cycling releases endorphins, neurotransmitters known for enhancing your mood (if you’ve heard of “runner’s high”, this is what they’re referring to). Endorphins can:
Lower stress levels.
Enhance the body’s immune system.
Create feelings of euphoria.
We could go on and on. There are so many reasons you’d want to give indoor cycling a chance. It’s low-impact meaning it’s safer for your joints and for people recovering from (or just plain trying to avoid) injuries. You control the intensity of your workload, so you really control the overall effectiveness of your workout. You increase muscular capacity (which has such a huge range of benefits it would take us SEVERAL articles to cover them all).
So, why should you consider giving indoor cycling a spin (sorry – we couldn’t resist the pun)? Because it’s really, really good for you, almost anybody can do it, and because right now you can access FREE, no-obligation spin class at Elevate Fitness in Dewitt or Liverpool by filling out the short form below!
So grab a towel, your water bottle and prepare for those endorphins to kick in! See you in the spin room!