Indoor cycling has five incredible health benefits. A well-directed indoor cycling for almost 30 minutes each day keeps the heart rate in the vigorous range for almost an hour. Over time, continuous cardiovascular activity (including interval training often practiced in 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. Secondly, indoor cycling gives
you ‘runner’s high’, that’s the rush you get when you are at it. It is the release of the 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 response. Thirdly,
indoor cycling gives you 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: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus, and even the calf muscles. Working out these muscles will also help to strengthen the surrounding bones, tendons and ligaments. Outside the indoor cycling room, this increased strength means you’ll be able to perform your daily activities with greater ease. Furthermore, indoor cycling results in a major calorie burn. According to spinning.com, individuals can burn anywhere between 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 whittle down your body fat. Lastly, indoor cycling has a low impact for such a high-intensity workout.
Many people who have recently recovered from orthopedic injuries (and who have been cleared by their physician) 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. When your bike is set up properly and you have appropriate footwear, you’ll never have to worry about leaving an indoor cycling class with throbbing knee pain or stiffness in the hip joints. The circular motion allows for proper flexion and extension, while avoiding the pounding often brought on by other activities such as running or traditional aerobics classes.