The Motivation Station
It’s that time of the year again—Tour de France time that is! You can tune in on the tube to catch all the action, but even though this isn’t the European countryside, you also can have a little excitement of your own. Cycling on a stationary bike at In-Shape can help you get to good health faster. Plus this exercise can be done year round and with friends of all levels. Here are 6 great reasons to get up and start riding today:
It Burn Calories
A cycling workout of 45 minutes can allow you to burn around 500 calories. Did you know even at challenging levels other cardio equipment couldn’t help you burn that many calories in such a short time?
It Relieves Stress
Any type of exercise will help you feel less stressed, but a cycling class can be a more efficient stress reliever than most types of exercises. Why? Because it’s an intense workout and in a class you can meet new people and socialize.
It Improves Your Cardiovascular Health
Heart health is an obvious benefit of cycling, as is lung capacity. As we work harder, our bodies learn to work on controlled breathing. This not only helps with anxiety, but helps lower our heart rates when we’re exercising, too.
It’s a Low-Impact Workout
Cycling is a low-impact exercise, which means it won't put pressure on your knees and joints like other aerobic or running exercises do. Cycling is also highly recommended for people who suffer from arthritis.
You’ll Get Toned Legs
It won’t take long for your efforts on the bike to pay off—and we’re talking about your legs. Cycling uses large muscle groups in your legs, so that your thighs, hamstrings and calves begin to tone up. Just three cycling sessions a week will give you awesome results.
You’ll Work Those Abs
Besides toning up your legs, cycling also works out your abdominal muscles. You may not see immediate results, but over time you will feel your entire body begin to tone up—your abs included.