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The Benefits of Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling is essential any kind of cycling that is done on a stationary bike and of course indoors. It is typically done in a group class. The focus of the class is to develop endurance through interval and strength training with the use of a stationary bike. The bike used in indoor cycling is not the same as an ordinary bike. Indoor cycling has and upgraded bike, that has a heavy weighted flywheel, friction resistance, and chain drive which gives the biker experiences identical to outdoor biking while in the comfort of an indoor environment. There are several different styles and makes of stationary bikes but they all have the same similar structure to them.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has stated that indoor cycling is one of the exercises that will offer you an opportunity to expend enormous energy with little effect on your hips, ankles, and knees. If you are used to indoor cycling, you will know that in can be one of the most challenging exercises, though it can be fun sometimes. Of course, as with most gym equipment there are many great benefits that come from using it, if you are a fan of cycling then you may be interested to read about this benefit.

Little impact

This activity has little impact on the hips, knees or other sensitive parts and joints. This makes it’s a great workout for persons recovering from injuries as they will find it a great way to stay fit while recovering. When done the right way, indoor cycling will add little or no pressure on the hip, ankle joints, and knee, unlike running which involves pounding on the ground, indoor cycling has no pounding effect and is safe both for those who are well and those who are trying to regain their health. Even if you do not have an injury but are looking for a workout that will keep your body in top condition this is a great workout for you.

The Endurance of the Muscles in the Body

The ability of the body to continuously and often exert force for a long time is known as muscular endurance. The act of pedaling on an indoor bike continuously will eventually add to your muscles’ ability to endure. This workout strengthens your hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus, and the calf muscles at the same time. Other surrounding muscles get stronger as you use the indoor bike as well. This exercise is a great way to increase your endurance in a safer environment than on a road bike.

Stress Levels

Just like the runner’s high, indoor cycling relieves stress and gives the person a feeling of happiness. The rush of adrenaline and the flow of endorphins that comes from working out create a good feeling which combats stress and promotes a healthy and happy body, a benefit that comes from all forms of exercise.

Cardiovascular Workout

About 150 minutes of exercise of moderate intensity is recommended to healthy adults per week by the ACSM. This recommendation can be reached if you take about 20 or 60 minutes three times each day. Indoor cycling is one of the best ways to reach this goal. It is an exercise that can be done by most people and throughout the year, rain or shine.