Spinning And Its Health Benefits

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Spinning is more than just an indoor cycling exercise; it is a unique, high energy fitness experience. Spinning bikes use a weighted flywheel and other custom-designed features to emulate the experience of riding on a real bike on natural terrain. Spinning classes have popped up all over the country, adding a communal element to the workout.

Any healthy exercise will deliver results when performed regularly and accompanied by a healthy diet. But while some exercises can be difficult, painful or monotonous, Spinning is always fun and challenging. If you have given any thought to taking a spin class, consider some of the benefits that the exercise provides.

Anyone Can Do It

Spinning is low impact. It places very little stress on the knees and feet, while still benefiting a full range of muscle groups. The potential for injury is extremely low, and since the bike allows you to go at your own pace, you need not worry about over-exerting yourself. Just use the machine according to your own fitness needs.

It's Great for Losing Weight

After 60 minutes of high-impact indoor cycling, participants have been known to burn up to 1,000 calories. Even a simple 30-minute workout can burn 500 calories, which is extremely difficult to achieve on a treadmill. If you're trying to lose weight, you want to find exercises that can help you to burn the greatest number of calories in the shortest amount of time, without creating too great of a physical strain. Spinning fits the bill perfectly.

Spinning Promotes Heart Health

As far as cardiovascular exercises go, Spinning is second to none. The workout promotes heart health and improves lung capacity. The fat burning benefits also serve to combat obesity, which further reduces one's risk of heart disease. And with heart disease being the #1 killer of Americans, this benefit can hardly be overstated.

Spinning Builds Strength in the Legs

Not all cardiovascular exercises are also capable of building muscle, but Spinning strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and even the abdominals. When combined with the fat loss benefits, it results in a more overall turned physique, which is always a great quality to have when beach season rolls around.

Your Mental Health Also Benefits

Let's not forget about the importance of mental health for overall wellbeing. Research shows that regular exercise is important for promoting good mental health, and the group environment of a Spinning class adds a beneficial social dynamic, which improves mood, motivation and output. Try a Spinning class for yourself and see what it can do for you.

If you have any Spinning class questions, visit your local gym and ask if they have a program available. Spinning has become one of the most popular fitness programs in gyms across the world, so you should have little trouble finding a class in your area. So get out there and get into the best shape of your life!

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Peter March 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

As a huge fan of cycling and fixed gear bicycles, I’ve already tried spinning for the winter months. Honestly, I have to tell you that I thought it was some kind of lady-sports but when I’ve joined the local group I really got sweaty at the training. It is a really effective training method for cyclists, the only thing I feel sorry about that I cannot view the beautiful country…
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Elle March 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I know many people who think of spinning as just “indoor cycling” when it’s actually much more than that (and lots of fun).

I personally prefer being outdoors where I can enjoy the scenery, but spinning is great for the winter months.

I love how motivating the spinning instructors can be. They really push you to step it up a notch when you’re starting to feel tired.

I think spinning is great for people who find normal cardio exercises at the gym boring. The upbeat music they play at spin classes really help.

Thanks for such an informative article!
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Dan Dekker May 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Love this article! You are right anyone can spin. When I first got started I was nervous I would look dumb or embarrass myself, but that was completely opposite. I enjoyed every minute of it and now after 5 years I still look forward to going and my health is 100 percent better. Spinning has so many benefits.

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Emily October 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

A very good guest post on your blog! and yep anyone can spin.

Keep the awesome work at Jungle of life!

Thanks!

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