Mixing up the way you exercise and move your body is important so you don’t get bored of your same routine. If your current fitness routine isn’t bringing you joy, try indoor cycling! In this blog, find out what indoor cycling is and what benefits it offers. Our team at Wisniewski Chiropractic wants to help you keep up with your healthy lifestyle!
What is cycling?
Indoor cycling is a form of cardiovascular exercise that takes place on a stationary bike. When taking cycling classes, they are often in group settings. You may hear these classes referred to as “spin classes.” The goal of a cycling class is for instructors to show you how to properly set up your bike and how to navigate the class.
Before signing up for your first cycling class there are a few things to know. Indoor bikes and stationary bikes are different and, depending on which one you use, your workout experience will be different. Indoor cycling bikes or spin bikes are able to mimic what it’s like to bike outdoors. With this bike, you are able to adjust the handlebars and the seat to make sure you are comfortable throughout the class. Spin bikes are recognizable due to the large flywheel at the front of the bike that is also connected to the pedals. You are in control of the speed when riding, and there is also an option to turn the resistance up or down. Indoor cycling bikes also have a unique feature that requires clip-in pedals that accompany special shoes to ride. Cycling shoes can be borrowed or purchased at most cycling studios.
Benefits of cycling
If you regularly keep up with your cycling routine and classes there are major benefits!
Being consistent is key! To build strength when cycling, you have to cycle for around 150 minutes a week to start seeing a difference. Once you become a regular cyclist and know the routines, results from cycling will become a regular part of your routine if you stay consistent with classes. Your lower body, such as your glutes, calves, hamstrings and quads, is regularly worked during this exercise.
If running on a treadmill isn’t your favorite form of cardio try cycling! Cycling is similar to forms of cardio like running and swimming, and it is a great way to increase your cardio workouts while keeping stress off of your joints.
The amount of calories you burn is all dependent on the intensity and duration of your workout. When cycling, it is possible to burn around 400 to 600 calories a class. It is important to be consistent if you want to lose weight. You should try to attend class three to six times a week to stay active and see a difference.