To Spin or not to spin!

spinChances are you’ve probably heard someone talking about that amazing spin class they go to. You’ve probably also wondered how sitting on a stationary bike in a dark room, sweating to chart music could be fun?

Spin classes are as challenging as they are exhilarating. Benefits of a class include weight loss, improved strength, and endurance. These benefits are enhanced when indoor cycling classes are combined with other cardio and resistance workouts, but you can easily use an indoor cycling class as your main workout.

Spin classes are notoriously challenging, which means you’re likely to see results, especially if you commit to regular classes.

So what are the other benefits of a spin class?

It’s low impact:

Although spinning can be a high intensity workout it is actually classed as a low-impact exercise, so it won’t put much pressure on your joints the way normal running exercises do. So even if you have a knee injury, you can still do a spin class without worrying about making the injury worse and as the bike is stationary there is no risk that you will come off or collide with another cyclist.

Burn those calories:

Spinning is a great way to burn calories quickly, as a class is usually around 45 minutes, and in that time you can burn up to 500 calories. Obviously, that all depends on how hard you work, so the higher the intensity of the workout the more calories you burn. it doesn’t exactly take a brain surgeon to figure out that the harder you work the greater your results.

Improve your cardiovascular fitness:

Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to provide oxygenated blood to our muscles allowing them to produce energy so we can move. Basically the more cardiovascular fitness you have the easier it will be for you to move and stay active. It will also lessen your chances of getting Coronary Heart Disease and other cardiovascular health problems. It’s similar to other forms of cardio, such as running, swimming, and elliptical training. and is ideal for people who want a cardio workout without putting too much stress on their joints.

A great stress reliever:

Working out with a group while listening to loud music and following the cues of your instructor can help you free your mind from to-do lists, mental loops, and anything else taking up brain space. it has been scientifically proved that exercise can help to reduce stress, it makes you feel good about yourself and increases your confidence, all of which help to reduce stress levels. After giving your mind a break, you may feel refreshed and energized.

As with all exercise you still have to be careful:

Don’t push yourself too hard, especially in the beginning. While you can try to keep up with the class, you also have to listen to your own body. This is especially important if you have any injuries or medical concerns that could interfere with cycling.

Make sure to drink plenty of water leading up to each cycling session. Drinking water in the days before and after helps you stay hydrated.

If you have a desk job and already spend a lot of time sitting, make sure to balance spinning with other activities, like stretching, strength and resistance training, and exercises where you move your body through your full range of motion.

Taking a moderate approach is the best way to stay safe and avoid injury. Build up slowly so that you don’t risk burning out by pushing yourself too hard, too soon.

It’s normal to feel especially fatigued and sore after the first few classes, but you may find that you’re able to withstand longer and more intense periods of cycling. Talk to your Chiropractor if you have any concerns.

If you would like some further information or would like to speak to a member of our team please call us on: Hitchin 01462 420077 or Luton 01582 579687, alternatively e-mail us at: hitchin@healesclinics.com or luton@healesclinics.com

 

 

 


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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