Spin class workout(s) are a major trend in exercise that shows no signs of abating, with thousands of people across the nation signing up for classes at studios like SoulCycle and Flywheel.
It’s a fun, addictive way to get in shape or maintain your health, with instructors, music, and the spirit of the group to motivate you. And new innovations like water cycling and team competition studios are keeping spinning fresh.
If you’re considering signing up for a spin class but you’re on the fence, here are seven major benefits of indoor cycling that might help you make up your mind.
1. Stress Relief
Exercise of any kind relieves stress, but a spin class is particularly effective at doing so for a couple different reasons. For one, it’s an intensive cardio workout, which has been shown to release more stress-blocking endorphins than lifting weights.
For another, the group atmosphere, with everyone pushing each other to do their best, is a morale-boosting thing in and of itself.
Studies have shown that people who exercise in groups report greater stress relief and improved mood.
2. Leaner and More Defined Legs
If you’re looking to get your lower body in shape, there are few exercise methods better than spinning. And it won’t cause you to get too bulky since most studios use interval exercises that do more to shed weight and define muscles than build them up.
3. New Music
Every spin class instructor has their own unique taste in music, so finding one who matches up with you might help you stay committed. The best instructors are proficient DJs as well, meaning rather than sticking to top 40, they’ll throw in some deep cuts to mix things up.
So, while you exercise, you’ll also be expanding your musical taste!
4. Quick Calorie Burning
While other exercises like jogging require a big-time commitment to burn any significant amount of calories, a spin class cuts calories quick, which is important for weight loss. The average person can burn 500 calories in just one 45-minute class.
5. Low Impact Exercise
Another negative of jogging and other aerobic exercises is the impact on your joints, especially your knees. Spinning is a low-impact workout, making it perfect for people concerned about their joints (or arthritic people for whom other aerobic exercises are downright painful).
6. Adjustable Difficulty
Most spin studios have bikes that allow you to increase or decrease the intensity of your workout, by adjusting the tension of the bike. In essence, you can choose whether you want to feel like you’re riding on a flat surface, pedaling up a steep hill, or coasting down an incline. This means if you’re getting back into exercise after a long break, you can ease yourself into the workout without straining yourself too much at your first class.
7. Increased Endurance
Spin classes will help you build up cardio endurance, which allows you to move greater distances without getting exhausted or losing your breath. Not only is this useful for climbing stairs, cardio endurance is an important measure of your overall health.
Spinning can help you stay healthy and happy for the long haul.
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