Lately I feel as though I’ve been neglecting the fitness lovers out there. After all it’s diet plus exercise that helps start the cycle towards a healthier life. I passed by Fitness Formula Club walking to work today and thought of all the different fitness classes you can take to stay healthy and fit. There’s Zumba, Yoga, and Pilates, but one exercise I haven’t really done is spinning. For a while I had no idea what the difference is between a stationary bike and spinning, but that’s nothing a little research can’t fix! Fitday.com and spinning.com gave me excellent information on this interesting exercise.
Spinning classes are exercise classes where many people work out on stationary bikes. The difference between spinning and a normal exercise bike is that you can change the tension level on the bike. Spinning exercises can be one of the most intense interval sessions but it can also be quite fun. There is a social aspect to this class because you workout amongst many people with an instructor and music. Sessions last for about 45 minutes, but trust me: that is plenty of time to get the exercise you need.
There are many benefits to spinning classes that makes this form of exercise worthwhile. You burn many calories during spinning classes; a 45 minute spinning class can allow you to burn around 500 calories. The amount of calories depends on the intensity, or tension, and increasing the intensity increases the amount of calories burned.
You are also able to build muscle tone when spinning because you focus on the core muscles as well as the glutes and thighs. While pedaling you are working your thighs and calves, and by maintaining the correct position you are working your abs. Pedaling faster allows you to burn more fat while pedaling slower with a higher tension allows you to work your muscles. Spinning classes increase your cardiovascular endurance as well.
Spinning is an exercise that is recommended for people that suffer from arthritis because spinning doesn’t put pressure on your knees and joints like other aerobic exercises do. By going to spinning classes, there is less risk of injury than when running or jogging. Just remember to stretch so you won’t pull any muscles! Another benefit is that it is easy to track your progress because some machines have ways to track your calories burned, mileage, and pulse as a motivator to keep moving. Plus it is available year round so when you can’t bike in the winter you can always attend a spinning class!
The American College of Sports Medicine says that an indoor cycling program done at least 3 times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session can provide these benefits:
- Better sleep patterns
- Healthier cholesterol
- Improved lung efficiency
- Added bone density
- Increased energy
- And more!
After my research I’m excited to try more cycling classes. Are there any cycling experts out there who would recommend this form of exercise? Share your thoughts and be sure to comment, like, and follow our page. Have a great day everyone!