Living in the United Kingdom, it’s hard to escape the excitement and buzz around the Tour of Cambridgeshire which took place in June. Closely followed by the world famous Tour de France throughout July, it’s easy to see why so many people become so passionate about cycling.
Physical benefits of cycling
Indoor Cycling is great for your body because it uses all of the several muscle groups. It’s good for increasing your lower body strength, as well as building your stamina. It gives your heart, blood vessels and lungs a workout because it’s an aerobic form of exercise. It’s probably not going to come as a surprise that intense spin classes can be great for weight loss too. A 45 minute cycling session can potentially burn 400 to 600 calories, and also helps to speed up your metabolism. Indoor cycling is particularly great because it is a low-impact activity, causing minimal impact on your hip, knee and ankle joints, especially in comparison to running.
Regardless of your fitness level, Spinning unifies groups of people through hard work and dedication. You don’t just sit in class unaffected by your neighbor, you and your neighbor begin to motivate one another. In those moments, you become more than a group of riders – you become a team.
Riding together also gives you the opportunity to encourage others. You can inspire those who have not yet reached your level of fitness, while those stronger than you inspire you. Working together, everyone who rides can reach his or her goals and share in the benefits of Spinning together.
As you power through each class level, it can be easy to lose track of the finer details your instructor provides. Luckily, the Spinning program was designed to use verbal and visual cues that reinforce the more important details. Similarly, your instructor should know how to create positive mental distractions, which helps keep your performance and morale up as the time flies. The mental clarity and endorphin rush many riders experience during these final moments is a signature of a challenging, yet rewarding ride.
Enhance Your Mental Strength
Spinning does two things particularly well regarding mental health:
- #1: The warmup and cool down are great ways to relax. Before and after putting your body through a strenuous Spinning class you can close your eyes, work just a little, and allow the physical exertion to become a catharsis for releasing pent-up emotions.
- #2: Spinning can help you develop a “can-do” attitude. Spinning also builds mental strength. When you ride, there are good days and bad. The important thing is that you carry through with your regular Spinning routine. Push through difficult times, work up the hill climbs and ride through the endurance training. Mental self-discipline is something often gained from Spinning and can often be applied to other areas of life involving self-control or confidence.
Don’t wait! Start your indoor cycling journey today to take advantage of the long list of physical, mental and lifestyle benefits of Spinning!