Thursday, 17 January 2013

Indoor Cycling and its Effects on Your Body

Performing cardio exercises regularly is highly recommended to maintain a healthy body. Indoor cycling is one of the popular cardio workouts today because it’s very convenient. Simply hop on a stationary bike and get your workout started. In addition, the bikes are available in various sizes, some of the models are so compact, they can fit in a tiny closet.

Here’s What You can Get for 30 to 40 Minutes of Indoor Cycling:

1.     Lose or maintain weight effectively
If you are looking to lose weight or trying to maintain a healthy weight, then indoor cycling is definitely the workout for you. Performing this exercise for about 30 minutes will help you to burn a good amount of calories, even when you’re not really trying. Of course, if you are looking to really burn a lot of calories, you need to pedal faster and increase the bike’s resistance. If you want to increase your heart rate, you can sprint or stand on the bike. Doing short intervals will also give you the same effect.

2.     Low impact and gentle on the body
The fact that indoor cycling is a low impact exercise makes it ideal for those who are prone to knee injuries, even pregnant women. Individuals who have knee problems, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis can still perform this exercise. Anyone suffering from these conditions who don’t exercise tend to suffer from balance problems, but by doing stationary cycling, they have the chance to perform a cardio workout without worrying about falling or having issues with steering a regular bike. Basically, they can practice staying balanced without worrying about obtaining an injury.

3.     Good for your overall health
Cycling is both an anaerobic and aerobic exercise. This workout reduces your chance of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. If you exercise routinely, you are also effectively managing chronic conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

4.     More health and physical benefits
Indoor cycling also strengthens your lungs, heart, and immune system. In addition, it also improves your stamina, builds strength, and tones your glutes, calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps. This exercise is also recommended for older adults to enhance their flexibility and mobility.

As you can see, indoor cycling has a lot of benefits to offer. Finding an exercise that works for you and provides the effects you are after is important, if you want to keep your exercise regime. Plus, the great thing about stationary biking is that you can do it whether it is raining, snowing or shining outside. The weather won’t be able to prevent you from getting the exercise you need, since you will be doing it indoors.

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