You’ve heard of spinning, or spin classes, and you’re wondering if this form of exercise is right for you. Of course, the most important factor is whether you enjoy it, because we’re more likely to stick with workouts that we enjoy. Aside from that, here are six other reasons you should give spinning a try…
Spinning is a good workout for beginners or advanced athletes. No matter your level of fitness, you can reap benefits from a spin class. Yes, it looks intense, but don’t let appearances scare you off! You can adjust a spin routine to suit your ability level. Set the resistance low, slow down a bit, or take a shorter class at first. Always warm up and cool down as you would with any other form of exercise.
Spinning is good for your heart. The combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise confers benefits for your heart.
Spinning is also great for toning your core. Yes, spinning improves lung capacity and cardiovascular performance, but it will also tone your midsection.
Spinning provides a big calorie burn. For those following a weight loss plan, exercise that provides a major calorie burn is key. A vigorous spin class will help you burn an average of 700 calories per hour, although the exact number of calories burned will depend upon your body size, fitness level, and the intensity of the class.
Spinning is more gentle on your joints. The great thing about spinning as aerobic exercise is that you can achieve the same high calorie burn as running, but without the strain on your joints. This makes spinning a workout for someone on a weight loss plan, who has experienced joint pain with other types of exercise.
Spinning can be done anywhere. All you need is a stationary bike and your smart phone or TV. You can watch videos of spin classes, or even design your own routine. And you can do it on vacation, too, if you choose a hotel or resort with a small gym.
If you’re intrigued, give spinning a try! And as always, come see us if you need help putting together a weight loss plan. We can help you set realistic goals and provide the support you need to achieve them.