You've probably seen the packed dark rooms of a cycling class, loud music, and an overly excited instructor! If you been on a bike in one of these class you know you are going to work hard and leave stronger! If you haven’t been, you are probably wondering what all the buzz is about. Here are just some of the benefits of cycling:
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that healthy adults aged 18-65 years old should participate in aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week or vigorous intensity, aerobic activity for a minimum of 20 minutes, 3 days per week.
Defy Gravity’s cycle classes range from 30 to 45 minutes and are designed to keep your heart rate up. Continuous cardiovascular activity (including interval training - hello Tabatas!) can help lower your risk of coronary artery disease, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and lower your overall resting heart rate.
Increased Muscular Endurance
Muscular endurance refers to the ability of a muscle to continually and repeatedly exert force over an extended period of time. In indoor cycling classes, 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 cycling room, this increased strength means you'll be able to perform your daily activities with greater ease. Walking a quarter mile to your car with shopping bags while talking on your cell phone or up the stairs to Defy will be a no-brainer for you!
Lower Stress Levels
You've probably heard of the expression "runner's high." It's not uncommon to see many runners in indoor cycling classes. That's because you get the same rush in an indoor cycling class: a release of those happy-mood inducing neurotransmitters known as endorphins. Endorphins are known to create feelings of euphoria, lower your stress levels and enhance the body's immune response.
Major Calorie Burn
If your fitness goals include weight and/or fat loss, then cycling is PERFECT for you. 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 away your body fat. With Defy's consoles on the bike you will get accurate information so you know exactly how hard you are working and how many calories you are burning.
For such a high-intensity workout, indoor cycling is surprisingly low impact. Many people who have recently recovered from orthopedic injuries (and 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 and resistance, 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.
With all these great reasons to cycle I will ask again:Why Cycle?
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