WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE INDOOR CYCLING?
Author: Barbara Kinney, BSN, RN
I find that I spend quite a bit of time discussing physical fitness and nutritional strategies as a cornerstone to preventative health in the community. I admit, I do get frustrated at times when I hear all of the excuses as to why someone CAN’T exercise. The truth is that many people are comfortable living sedentary lives and do not see the benefit of cardiovascular activity. But, as a registered nurse who has seen what chronic illness does to the body, I can attest that it is crucial to stay active, maintain a healthy weight, and do our best eating a nutritionally balanced diet. You need to know that MOST chronic diseases are a result of obesity, lack of physical fitness, and poor food choices. So, why did I choose Indoor Cycling?
1. Burn Calories
Did you know that one session of Indoor Cycling can burn on average 500 calories? That’s right, you can SLAY 500 calories! So, what other exercise can you do in 30-45 minutes that will burn that many calories in one session?
2. Time Flies When You Are Having Fun
Yeah, Indoor Cycling is actually fun! As you follow along in the session, the atmosphere with the lighting and music along with the instructor creating a fun upbeat mental distraction, literally forces the time to pass like minutes. In fact, the energy inside the studio can be so electrifying that you will begin to feed off the energy of the other riders when you begin to feel fatigued and will find that working out in a group will inspire you to SLAY your fitness goals even more.
3. Cycle at Your Own Pace
So, here is the deal. You have taken other group fitness classes, and everyone can see when you miss a step or get off track. It can be very embarrassing, right? Well, in an Indoor Cycling class, the lights are low and everyone is grooving and moving to the beat on their cycles, so nobody seems to notice if someone else is cycling at a slower pace or is off beat. You can never feel out of place for not knowing the steps to the routine, because there aren’t any!
4. Indoor Cycling is Low Impact
That’s right, Indoor Cycling is a low impact exercise, which makes it different from treadmill, elliptical, stair stepper, and plain out running on concrete. The traumatic impact on the knees experienced from these other methods of exercise is virtually non-existent when Indoor Cycling. Not only does Indoor Cycling prevent injury, it is actually used in rehabilitation for injuries. It is also a great workout for people suffering from arthritis.
5. Achieve a Toned Body
Not only does Indoor Cycling help you achieve your weight loss goals due to the amount of calories you SLAY per session, you can also gain toned legs and abs! That’s right, Indoor Cycling uses large muscle groups in your legs including your thighs, hamstrings, and calves. Plus, you will feel and see your entire body begin to tone up over time, including your ABS!
6. Improve Cardiovascular Health
Indoor Cycling includes both endurance and cardiovascular training, so the heart health benefit is more than obvious.
7. Mental Health
Indoor Cycling helps to lower anxiety levels as you feel the natural endorphins kick in during and after your session. Every day that you include Indoor Cycling into your regimen, you will feel better and have more energy to SLAY your day and tackle the long to-do-list most of us have to complete.
So, tell me again why you CAN’T exercise. It is time to take charge of your health. OWN it! Decrease your risk for chronic illness! Decrease anxiety! Decrease obesity! Increase your quality of life! SLAY YOUR FITNESS GOALS AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!