Indoor cycling is a great form of exercise that can really challenge your fitness level, at the same time, give you amazing physical and psychological results. To maximise its benefits, it is important to listen to your body, progress your intensity gradually and focus on your form and exercise execution during the workout. Hydrate well before, during and after the class and have the correct pre- and post workout meals/snacks.
Benefits of Indoor Cycling
- An excellent form of cardio workout
You can greatly improve your endurance in a 45-minute indoor cycling class while performing various positions on the bike while changing the pace and resistance. You can get a continuous form or interval training type of aerobic workout depending on the goals and structure of the class.
- A great way to reduce stress
The fun vibe of the class, fantastic playlist and and energetic instructors can uplift your moods and can help reduce your stress. You can feel the adrenaline rush especially if you enjoy the music with each pedal stroke.
- Helps improve sports performance
Indoor cycling is a good form of cross-training that will strengthen other muscle groups especially if you are into endurance sports like running, swimming and outdoor cycling.
- Helps control weight and improve body shape
You can burn a huge amount of calories (400 to 700 calories in a 45-minute class) because your heart rate goes up high during and even after the class. Some indoor cycling classes use hand weights for more calorie-burning workout plus muscle-toning effects for the upper body and core.
- Plays a role in injury prevention and management
Indoor cycling moves can help strengthen your core and the whole body especially your lowers. Focusing on proper form, execution, pace and resistance will help develop muscles that protect your back and knees. The workout protects your knees from impact thats why it is suitable even for older group of exercisers.