benefits of spinning workouts
Enhanced Cardiovascular Fitness
Spinning can be performed as an anaerobic exercise, pulling energy from reserves and building up muscular endurance over an extended period of time. However, there are also aerobic benefits. Spinning classes include both endurance and cardiovascular training.
Heart health is an obvious benefit, as is lung capacity. As we work harder we will learn to work on controlled breathing, as well. This may help with anxiety and help lower the heart rate when in a situation where physical exertion begins to take the breath away.
High Fat and Calorie Burn
The average spin class is 40 minutes long, though some go for one hour. Whether you decide to take a class or work out at home, a 40 minute spinning workout will burn anywhere from 400 to 600 calories. This is an individual thing, determined by a number of factors, including your body weight, the amount of effort you put in and the resistance level you work out at.
Spinning for one hour you can burn 800 calories or more, with some people burning as many as 1,200 calories. With 3,500 calories equal to 1 pound of body fat, doing just two 40 minute spinning workouts per week at a moderate rate of intensity will enable you to lose over 1 pound a month without having to cut your food intake.
Strengthens the Legs and Core
Along with being excellent cardio exercise, spinning workouts do a great job of toning and strengthening the leg muscles and core. While the intensity and resistance level of your workouts should be increased over time, by working harder at a higher level of resistance you will burn extra calories and your muscles will become stronger and tone up faster.
Another major benefit of spinning workouts is that they place very little pressure on the joints, which makes them suitable for even those who are unable to do weight bearing exercise. In fact, the smooth action in cycling strengthens the knees and hips, preventing the muscles from being over stretched and reducing the risk of muscle sprains and tears and joint pain and injuries.
Low Risk of Injury
As mentioned above, spinning workouts are gentle on the joints. Additionally, the seat and handlebars of a spin bike provide upper and lower body support that is not present in many forms of exercise, helping to protect you from common back, foot, knee and shoulder injuries that can occur when doing high impact workouts.
Suitable for All Fitness Levels
Another of the benefits of spinning workouts is that they can be undertaken by anyone, regardless of fitness level or age. If you are new to exercise, you can cycle at a slow pace then, when you become more fit, cycle faster and increase the resistance level of your workouts.
Build Your Mental Strength
Indoor sport such as this one is meant to help you improve your physical shape, as well as your state of mind. Although it is a known fact that all sports are good for your mental health, spinning actively contributes to the brain’s ability to release endorphins. More than that, the way a spinning class is held, entertained and filled up with a great deal of energy is what will help you feel the difference.