The Many Benefits Of Indoor Cycling
The benefits of indoor cycling, both physical and mental, can be enjoyed by almost anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Perhaps this is why indoor cycling workouts were the most significant new fitness trend of the 1990s, and continue to gain in popularity today. And, while the many benefits may be enough to convince you to try this form of exercise, another equally enticing quality of indoor cycling is that it’s fun! Participants report that time spent during indoor cycling workouts seem to fly by, as opposed to other forms of cardio, and that they gain a real sense of accomplishment after completing a “ride.”
Physical benefits of indoor cycling
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 3 to 5 days of cardio per week, for 30 to 60 minutes each time; this frequency and length of aerobic exercise has been shown to provide maximal benefits to the body including:
Getting the most from your indoor cycling workouts
To reap the most benefits of indoor cycling possible, you need to be sure that you are exercising in the right “zone.” This is determined by measuring how hard your body is working at any given point during your workout, and can be done by two methods:
Mental & emotional benefits of indoor cycling
The benefits of indoor cycling are not limited to physical aspects; cycling bike workouts can do wonders for your mind, as well:
The great variety of indoor cycling workouts
For many people who want to get in shape, cardio is something that simply must be tolerated to reach a goal – but with indoor cycling workouts, cardio is something to look forward to! The variety of different workouts that are possible on a cycling bike are limited only by the imagination. Thanks to the visualizations provided by an instructor or your own imagination, one day you may climb your way through the scenic Swiss Alps, and the next day you may repeat high-cadence, swift-spinning intervals on a flat track.
Selecting equipment for indoor cycling workouts
Owning your own indoor cycle can save you both time and money, and will most likely help you stay motivated to reach your fitness goals. To read more about how to select and purchase an indoor cycle for use at home, read our Indoor Cycle Review Page.
Many people who do indoor cycling workouts at home also benefit greatly from an instructional DVD or video, hosted by a professional cycling instructor, to learn advanced techniques and training tips. Refer to our Indoor Cycling DVD Videos page to find out more about these resources.