02 Apr 5 Benefits of Indoor Cycling
The dimly lit studio. The pulse pounding music. The motivating group atmosphere. That feeling you get when you do something you never thought possible. These are just a few of the things people love about their workouts at Zoom, but did you know there are five major benefits of indoor cycling you may not even notice when you’re absorbed in the beat of your ride?
- Cardiovascular: Indoor cycling classes steadily keep your heart rate well within a vigorous range for approximately 45 minutes. Over time, continuous cardiovascular activity (including interval training often practiced during indoor cycling) can help lower your risk of coronary artery disease, can help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol and can help lower your overall resting heart rate.
- Lowered Stress Levels: You’ve probably heard of the elusive “runner’s high”. It’s not uncommon to see many runners in indoor cycling classes. That’s because you get the same rush in an indoor cycling class – a release of those happy-mood inducing neurotransmitters known as endorphins. Endorphins are known to create feelings of euphoria, lower your stress level and enhance the body’s immune system.
- Increased Muscular Endurance: This refers to the ability of a muscle to continually and repeatedly exert force over an extended period of time. In an indoor cycling class, this happens when you pedal against resistance, which can greatly increase the endurance of the muscles in the legs: including the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus and even the calf muscles. Working out these muscles will also help to strengthen the surrounding bones, tendons and ligaments.
- Major Calorie Burn: If your fitness goals include weight and/or fat loss, you’ve come to the right place! According to www.spinning.com, individuals can burn anywhere from 400-600 calories per average 45-minute class. Since it takes 3,500 calories to burn one pound of fat, just 5-8 indoor cycling classes, combined with a healthy diet can help you decrease your overall body fat and increase your overall confidence.
- Low Impact: For such a high-intensity workout, indoor cycling is surprisingly low impact. Many people who have recently recovered from orthopedic injuries turn to indoor cycling to help them get back on track. When done correctly, there is minimal impact on the hip, knee and ankle joints.
There you have it! Not only is indoor cycling a fun alternative to typical workouts, but it also has some amazing health benefits when done consistently. So, grab your shoes, a water bottle and some friends and come visit us this week at Zoom to reap all the benefits that indoor cycling has to offer! Your mind, body and soul will thank you.