If you belong to a gym, then you have probably noticed that there are a ton of different workout options to choose from. When it comes to improving cardiovascular health, gyms offer a wide array of machines to get the job done, from treadmills to elliptical machines to stationary bikes. While many people consider the treadmill to be one of the best workouts, a Spinning® class can actually burn more calories in some cases, while placing less strain on your body.
While treadmills provide a great substitute for walking or running in difficult weather, treadmills can often be hard on your joints. Working out on a treadmill is considered a weight-bearing exercise. That means as you are moving on the machine, your ankles and knees are under the weight of the rest of your body. That constant pounding over a long period of time can lead to injury. By contrast, a Spinning® bike is a non-weight bearing piece of exercise equipment. It’s considered low-impact, which means less pressure on the knees and ankles, resulting in less chance of injury from repeated use.
Another downside of using the treadmill is that it can get boring pretty quickly. We all know how difficult it is to get to the gym when our workouts become monotonous. That’s why signing up for a Spinning® class is a better choice. Not only do you have the camaraderie of other people in the class to help keep you motivated, but every workout is different. Your instructor will often have the workout timed with different music to keep you motivated, and will lead you through different phases of resistance to simulate activities like climbing up a hill, riding fast along a flat road or hovering out of the seat.
But the best advantage to signing up for a Spinning® class is the benefit to your health. In a Spinning® class as short as 40 minutes, individuals can burn anywhere from 400 to 600 calories. In addition to burning calories, you are also building strength. The most obvious muscles used during an indoor cycling workout are the calves, gluteal, quadriceps and hamstrings. But you are also working your lats, biceps and triceps when you stand up on the bike. In addition, indoor cycling is an excellent exercise for your core, the area that most people wish was flatter and stronger.
Indoor cycling classes are especially great for people who are new to the sport, because while you are in a group setting, you can still go at your own pace. You alone control your bike’s resistance. It doesn’t matter how fit or flexible you are. You are assured a great workout in as little as 40 minutes. Who doesn’t want to spend less time at the gym while getting greater benefit?
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