Indoor Cycling, also known as spinning®, is becoming increasingly popular. Wondering why? Take a look below.
The benefits of Indoor Cycling
1. Effective way of losing weight
Indoor Cycling is an intense workout with which you can burn a lot of calories if you do it right. During a one-hour Indoor Cycling workout, you can burn anything from 400-900 calories depending on your weight, height, gender, and experience. It’s a very effective way of burning a lot of fat in a short amount of time, so many people start Indoor Cycling for this reason. Did you know they connect with each other through the Strava app?
2. Better fitness
Indoor Cycling relies on both your aerobic and anaerobic fitness. This means you’ll increase both your endurance/stamina and your speed/power. Your cardiovascular fitness is improved because your heart rate remains high during the entire workout. If your fitness is good, you are less likely to be tired and you often feel better mentally. You reap the benefits in everyday life, even when you’re not exercising.
3. Improved cardiac and pulmonary function
When you follow an Indoor Cycling class, your heart pumps faster and it also pumps more blood around. You breathe more air in and out. So you train your heart and lungs and improve their condition. So by cycling regularly, you can significantly improve your cardiac and pulmonary function. You will notice that your overall fitness improves rapidly, you have more energy and your blood pressure drops. And who doesn’t want a fit(ter) body?
4. No problems with the weather
Venturing outside in the dead of night isn’t an ideal situation and rain, wind, hail, or snow in the winter months can cause you to change your training schedule regularly. With Indoor Cycling, you exercise indoors, so you’re not dependent on the weather. This also means you can’t use this as an excuse to skip a workout…
5. Lower stress levels and better immune system
An Indoor Cycling workout gives you a true endorphin boost. Yes, that’s the substance that makes you feel so good after a hard workout. The neurotransmitters in your brain ensure lower stress levels, a better immune system and a good mood – and if your partner/housemate/kids/parents need any persuasion to buy you a bike the promise of a perma happy existence should do it.
6. Strong/sculpted legs
The push/pull motion of cycling will increase the muscle tone in quads, calves, hamstrings, and glutes. Cellulite is reduced and so if you’re looking for sculpted pins and a peachy derriere hop on your bike! Your lower body strength will hugely increase so small things like getting up from the sofa or squatting down to pick something up will become a walk in the park.
7. Control your own training
Morning or evening, you decide when you train and how tough your workout is. You can decide to stay seated when the trainer stands up or vice versa. Or you can lower the resistance temporarily without someone checking to see if you’re taking a little break! If you are just starting Indoor Cycling, it is advisable to listen carefully to your body. Don’t overdo it…
8. Less taxing on joints
Indoor Cycling is not very taxing for the hips, knees, and ankles, especially when you compare it to running, for example. Do you have an injury or are you on the older side? Even then cycling is a nice replacement as a cardio workout.
9. Improved muscle strength
Indoor Cycling classes are very good for improving muscle strength in your core and lower body. The pedaling movement is aimed directly at your leg muscles, while staying in the right position on the bike works on your abdominal muscles and lower back. Faster, low-intensity pedaling promotes muscle toning while slower, higher-intensity pedaling strengthens your muscles.
Indoor Cycling is an effective time-saving training method as you don’t have to figure out a route or go out of town to continue cycling. From desk to bike to shower you can be done in under an hour having had a fantastic workout.
But what do you actually need to get started? Find out more!