Cycle For Your Life!
An effective and efficient way to burn calories while improving cardiac health is indoor cycling or as some call it, spinning. This is not just a few minutes on a stationary bicycle in front of the television in the basement….those days are over! Stationary bikes have always had a poor reputation as a way to exercise because, in the home setting, they are either a place to hang clothes or a place to placidly ply the pedals while reading a magazine or watching a sitcom rerun. Spinning is different. It is an energized group activity that pushes people to the limits of their endurance, exercising both muscles and the heart.
Committed runners have athletic bodies with little excess fat. Committed spinners do too, the same way committed cyclists do. The advantage of spinning over other forms of exercise is that it puts very little stress on the joints. Runners experience constant stress on their feet, ankles, knees, hips, and spine as they run. Bicyclists do not torture their feet and ankles, but potholes and bumps do jar the spine and major joints. Both runners and cyclists are in an uncontrolled environment, exposing themselves to the hazards of the trail or the road. In fact, Dr. Todd Battaglia of St. Joseph’s Hospital claims there are more than 200,000 ACL injuries that occur each year in the United States alone and affect individuals of all levels, from recreational athletes to professionals. Spinning offers a safe alternative, being conducted in a controlled, professionally managed environment that offers all the cardio benefits of other forms of exercise, in company with an enthusiastic group of co-conspirators.
Not to mention a cycle class can burn up to 500 calories per session at a rate of seven to thirteen calories per minute! This is much more effective than either running or riding a bicycle out in the town, where stopping for traffic is a necessity. In a cycle class, there are breaks where the bike’s tension is less, but there is no downtime. It is a continuous exercise from start to finish. Without distractions, people experience uninterrupted exercise from the moment a session begins until it concludes with a warm down.
So if you have been hesitant to try a cycle class, hop on a bike and start spinning today!
Article Submitted by Carolyn Fallon,
Carolyn Fallon is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness, and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com!