Indoor cycling is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels, as it is one of the safest workouts you’ll find. But even indoor cycling can cause injuries if you fail to heed the proper safety precautions. Common indoor cycling injuries include Achilles tendinitis (characterized by localized pain in the Achilles tendon), Patellar tendinitis (along the kneecap and shinbone) and handlebar palsy (a compression of the ulnar nerve at the hand and wrist). Other injuries include sudden soreness, neck pain, lower back pain and foot numbness.
Avoiding Common Indoor Cycling Injuries
Avoiding injury is about following basic guidelines and listening to your body. When situating yourself on the bike, make sure that your hands can easily grasp the handlebars, and that your feet can easily reach the pedals. While riding, your knees should always be bent slightly, and your spine should always stand completely straight. If you find it difficult to achieve a comfortable position with the proper posture, adjust the bike accordingly. If you’re taking a Spinning® class, ask the instructor to assist you.
The Importance of Cycling Shoes
A pair of spin shoes can minimize injury by enabling you to clip into the pedals. This allows for greater control, greater positioning, and an overall more effective ride. Spinning® carries some of the most durable, comfortable shoes available, all sold at discount prices. Check them out and see why they make such a difference not only in terms of safety, but in terms of results.
As with any workout, you want to make sure that you don’t overdo it. A 60-minute rigorous cycling session, performed 3-to-4 times a week, is plenty for the average person. You want to build up a nice sweat, and you want to constantly challenge yourself and exceed your limitations, but at the same time, pay attention to your body. If you start to feel dizzy, or if a certain body part starts to feel sore, just call it a day. And if you experience hip or knee pain, take a few days to rest and recover.
Seeing a Physician
Many health experts recommend that you receive a physical before beginning any kind of exercise or workout regimen. And while this is great advice, it’s especially important if you have a history of medical problems or previous injuries. Always heed your doctor’s recommendations.
Start Cycling Today
The benefits of indoor cycling are enormous. If you want to completely transform your body, or just begin an exercise regimen that’s a cut above your usual boring routine, check out our full line of Spinner® bikes. You can also use the Search form at the top of this page to find a certified Spinning® class in your neighborhood. Join the revolution!