By Jordan Brannon
Indoor cycling is easily one of the most popular workouts worldwide. It is enjoyed by millions of people from all walks of life, and experienced in a wide variety of fitness environments. The popularity of indoor cycling is largely owed to the excellent health benefits of the activity and the satisfying emotional experience of the workout.
Exercising on an indoor stationary bike is very good for your health, particularly your cardiovascular health. When you work out on an indoor bike, your heart works harder to supply the rest of your body with oxygen-rich blood. Upon repeated workouts, your heart becomes stronger and better able to handle increased demands, which translates to other exercise routines and activities. A strong heart is excellent for your cardiovascular system and greatly lowers your chances of developing heart disease. Along with your heart, your lungs benefit from increased strength as well.
With regular exercise on an indoor stationary bike, your metabolism will increase. Not only will you be burning calories, but you will digest foods more quickly and use energy more efficiently, which helps with weight loss and weight maintenance. A better metabolism helps your body regulate energy and can help prevent diabetes. Exercising on an indoor stationary bike also increases bone density and works out muscles, and is a great way to get your cardio workout without being hard on your joints.
Indoor cycling provides a variety of psychological benefits. The Spinning program is made possible for highly trained instructors who know how to motivate riders with positive feedback, challenges and motivating music. The indoor cycling experience can be a very rewarding experience psychologically; riders must meet their own individual exercise goals, increasing pedal resistance along the way.
After an exercise session, your brain releases endorphins, which provide a feeling of well-being that is conducive to maintaining overall happiness. Indoor cycling is a great way to manage stress and depression. Your body produces more mitochondria over sustained periods of exercise, which helps you produce more energy for day-to-day tasks. This can help you cope with fatigue and enjoy better levels of energy during the day.
Indoor Cycling over Outdoor Cycling
Besides the convenience of indoor cycling, many cycling enthusiasts prefer the flexible nature of the indoor stationary bike. You don't have to worry about weather conditions or heavy traffic. Depending on your bike route, exercising outdoors can be counter-productive if you are exposed to high levels of air pollution, so being able to bike indoors with clean air is a big plus.
Indoor cycling is a highly rewarding workout that offers many physical and psychological benefits to its enthusiasts. But don't just take our word for it. Kick your health into high gear. Take a Spinning class and get started today