Spin class, cycling, bicycling or whatever you want to call it, we can all agree that it is a great workout. It is a great example of interval training because it is an aerobic exercise that includes high and low bursts of activity. This type of activity is great for the body in that it creates some serious sweat and boosts the metabolism.
It can create quite the ego and confidence too. Not too shabby for an hour of spin class or a morning of cycling on the streets. Additionally, cycling works the body physically too.
A large benefit when it comes to cycling is that it can lower blood pressure. And even better it can lower the high LDL “bad” cholesterol.
By cycling, it can help one to lose weight, not just lose weight but in a good way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, losing as little as 5 percent of total body weight reduces the risk for disease. However, cycling takes it a couple steps further. The more intense the intervals, the greater good for your body. These types of intense intervals stimulate the production of some of your hormones by up to 450 percent and even after for up to 24 hours after you finish your workout.
Endurance and Muscle Gains
When it comes to losing weight, a concern for some people is that they lose their muscles too. This doesn’t have to always be the case and one of the cases that breaks that common perception is cycling. Cycling actually challenges your aerobic and anaerobic systems. This is when you can lose some weight and keep your muscle strength too. Cycling activates a lot of the lower body like the hamstrings, glutes, quads, calves, as well as the abs and some upper body too.
No matter which way you spin it, cycling is good for your body–like what I did there!
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