The 6 Benefits of Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling is a great way to get fit and push yourself towards your goals. It also has several benefits over outdoor cycling that you might not be aware of.

 

Low Impact Cardio Exercise

Indoor cycling is a fantastic cardio workout. You can burn up to 400 calories an hour and it strengthens your lower body. However, unlike some other cardio workouts, it’s gentle on your back, hips and knees. It doesn’t put a lot of stress on the joints, which helps if you are trying to lose weight or if you have joint problems.

 

Save Time

Even if you have the best of intentions,  it can still be a pain to get going as it can take time just to get out the front door. With indoor cycling, you don’t have these issues. 

There is a lot of preparation that goes into cycling outdoors. This can be from what you’re going to wear to planning a route. Getting your bike out of storage and dealing with the dreaded flat tyres.

Cycling indoors gives you a level of freedom and flexibility that allows you to get straight to your workout. You don’t need to get the bike out, wear particular equipment or plan your route. You simply just hop on and start cycling.

 

Avoid the Rain, Wind and Snow!

Sometimes the weather can put you off. While cycling is great, the outdoors and the thought of getting wet, muddy and cold can put you off from getting started – with indoor cycling, that’s not an issue!

Cycle indoors in an air-conditioned zone and enjoy the delights of your bike ride without the need to scrub off all that mud and potentially damage your cycling clothes. The only water you’ll need to deal with is the sweat from a great workout.

 

No need to stop

Cycling indoors means that there are fewer obstacles for you to be aware of. You won’t need to stop to cross a road, slow down to make way for pedestrians or swerve out of the way. 

By cycling indoors, you reduce the need to stop as your stationary bike won’t be putting yourself or anyone else in any real danger. When it comes to indoor cycling, the only thing you need to focus on is yourself and your goals. There’s no need to stop until you’ve met them.

 

Play Games While You Train

The great thing about modern technology is that it can enhance your workout and indoor cycling is no different. Indoor cycling machines don’t just show you real-time information on how your ride is going but can also up the ante by providing you with targets based on a variety of factors – turning your workout into a game and pushing you to get the most out of your cycle.

Indoor cycling equipment will not only track distance but also record high scores, showing you how you’re performing against yourself and others. It’s a great way to push yourself even further, especially if you’re competitive. 

 

Safety

You can’t compromise when it comes to safety. There is a big difference between cycling outside. Where there are all kinds of hazards, and cycling indoors in a safe environment.

Cycling out on the road will mean cars, motorbikes, obstacles, other cyclists and pedestrians. You need to be 100% focused all of the time to ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or anyone else. 

However, by cycling indoors you vastly reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others. The indoor cycling bike means that you can put your full focus into your form. And hitting your next target and not on what’s going on around you.

 

Indoor Cycling Is A Great Addition To Your Workout

Indoor cycling is a perfect way to work out. It keeps you safe, allows you to set specific targets with advanced technology, and ultimately, gives you a great cardio workout no matter what the weather is like outdoors. 

At Gym Plus we offer members access to a wide range of modern indoor bikes or you could try one of our very popular Indoor Cycling classes or Les Mills Virtual Cycling classes.

 

 

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