Ever wondered what all the craze for spinning is about? What does it do for your health? If you love to mix up a bit of fun and adrenaline pumping music with serious exercise, then spinning might just be the perfect option for you. Here are some of the reasons why.
Burn Calories and Lose Weight
A 45-minute spinning class burns up to 600 calories, depending on your pedaling intensity. The heart rate spikes as you crank up the dial to climb those kills. Zip through a flat at maximum speed. Slow heart rate with a short cool down in between. The interval workout gets your heart rate going and burns more calories in less time. Expect to shed a few pounds and keep them off in just a few short weeks.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Interval training gradually builds up endurance. Learn to control your breathing while pacing yourself. This leads to stronger heart and lungs, as well as better cardiovascular health overall. You’ll be at a lower risk of heart disease.
Build Lean Muscles
If you’re spinning regularly, you’ll come away with toned calves and thighs. Pedaling focuses on leg muscles and alternates between high and low intensity workouts. You’ll be proud to show off those newly toned, muscular legs.
Stronger Abs and Core Muscles
The abs and core muscles are getting a grueling exercise when you’re on the saddle for an hour. The instructor will correct your posture throughout the ride. The torso’s side-to-side movement sends power to the legs, enabling it to pedal. Riding a stationary bike works the torso’s side and center – great for abdominal strengthening.
Go at Your Own Pace During Spinning
Finding exercise partners can be difficult. You may be fast at running track but can’t keep up with your friends on a bike ride. Spinning classes take those worries away and lets you set the pace. No one gets left behind.
Recover from Injury
Physicians recommend spinning to people who are recovering from injury because it’s a low intensity workout. The stationary bike is set up for your height. If you wear appropriate gear, pedaling takes the pressure off the ankles, knees, and lower back. It slowly builds up muscles to strengthen injured areas. Before you start, make sure your physician has signed off on you getting back on your feet before getting on the saddle.
Improve Mind Health
Spinning can appear to be daunting. “Can I keep up with the group?” “What if it’s too challenging?” “I look like a beginner compared to the pros around me.” These thoughts may have crossed your mind. The truth? Yes, spinning is hard work. But it is only as hard as you can handle. Test your limits under a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Go in with a can-do attitude and release pent-up stress from the long work-week.