Happy Thursday! I’m working hard on my fitness (channeling Fergie here) lately, because I know that at some point, my metabolism is going to quit and I want to have a good handle on my fitness so that I can stay healthy. I’ve been really stepping up my workout routine, and SLOWLY introducing healthy food into my diet. I have recently been trying spin classes and it’s been a really fun way for me to become healthier in my life. Let’s jump into this.
SHOP MY OUTFIT:
There are SEVERAL benefits of spin classes. I have been able to go with one of my friends and it is SO fun to do it with someone you know. It can be friendly competition, someone to laugh with when you can’t get your clips out of your shoes (instead of being embarrassed), and someone to chat with about how sore you are when you finish.
Before I started spinning, I looked into the benefits of the class to make sure I would be getting the MOST out of my hour. I already do yoga 3 times a week (check out my post on the benefits of yoga here), and was looking to add more cardio to my workout regimen. Here’s what I found and what I’ve noticed since I started spinning.
SIDE NOTE: I have been spinning at my local Cyclebar. This post is not sponsored by them, but I wanted to let you know where I’ve been personally going if you wanted to look for your own Cyclebar near you.
Depending on how hard you work in a cycle class, you can burn a crap ton of calories. You are using your gluteus maximus, a very large muscle in your body, to do most of the work. The larger the muscle, the more you burn, because you exert more energy.
Those are all really good benefits. Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol is great if you are loosing to become healthier overall, and decreasing fat mass is perfect if you’re looking to lose weight. Cycling targets those hard to work spots like love handles, upper thighs, and lower back. If those are your trouble spots when it comes to losing weight, you should absolutely take advantage of cycling.
This is important for older adults and those who are recovering from injuries. I have bad knees from dancing for so many years, so running makes those old injuries flare up and cause a lot of pain. Cycling doesn’t put pressure on my hips and knees so I am relatively pain-free during this exercise. I enjoy being able to adjust that resistance and intensity to match where I’m at that day.
This is an indoor exercise which means you aren’t limited to certain times of the year, like with outdoor cycling or other outdoor sports. I enjoy the fact that no matter what time of year I am looking to get into shape or continue my workout, I can go to a cycling studio. It makes it harder for you to avoid going and taking care of your body.
If you’ve never been to a spin class, you are in for a treat. They use music to really amp up the experience. You ride to the beat of the songs, which makes it easy to keep up. I often get lost trying to make sure I match my pace to the music that I don’t realize I’m going as hard or as fast as I am. That is AWESOME because I get an even better workout than I would have if I had realized how much I was pushing myself.
I was super excited to hear that spinning not only tones my leg and butt muscles, but also tones my core and ab muscles. So when I’m riding to the music, I’m also building muscle tone in other areas of my body. The instructors cue to you make sure you are constantly engaging your core to get the most out of your ride.
PIN THIS FOR LATER:
Spinning is a crazy awesome way to take care of your body. Combined with my weekly yoga sessions, I have honestly never felt better. I can see my arms, legs and back becoming more toned every week. Now I just need to kick my eating habits into gear. Once I get that figured out, I will be well on my way to being a healthy individual: mind, body and soul.
Do you cycle? What is your favorite way to stay in shape? Let me know in the comments below!