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5 Benefits of Indoor Cycling

2020 introduced group cycling to the at-home fitness market. Now that a myriad of group cycling classes can be streamed to your living room, you’re probably wondering “What exactly are the benefits of indoor cycling?” Well, you’re not alone. Here are the top 5 reasons to stay in shape at home with a great group cycling class.


Cardiovascular exercise is a powerful way to fight depression, mental stress, and reduce anxiety before bedtime.

Weight Loss

The “Quarantine 15” is real! Except those 15 extra pounds may be closer to 20… according to

a recent study, metrics from personal bluetooth connected scales suggests that quarantined adults gained more than a half a pound in body weight every 10 days.

That can add up quickly in absence of the physical activity that is part and parcel of normal everyday life. Fitness expert Will Torres estimates that a 45 minute cycling class will burnbetween400-600 calories. If you’re looking to burn extra calories while at home, you might want to consider signing up for a group cycling class.


Low Impact Activity


Running is another activity that has seen a recent surge in popularity. Unfortunately, running on hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt can be stressful on your joints and connective tissue in your knees and ankles. Cycling is a great way to get your cardio in without stressing your joints.











Stress Reduction

The American Psychological Association has recently warned of an impending mental health crisis due to stress. So what can you do to help reduce stress and improve your mental wellbeing? Cardiovascular exercise is a powerful way to fight depression, mental stress, and reduce anxiety before bedtime. Research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health indicates that even a small amount of exercise can make a big difference in the state of your mental well being. Regardless of age and fitness level, exercise is a powerful tool when it comes to improving your mental health.


Regardless of age and fitness level, exercise is a powerful tool when it comes to improving your mental health.



Entertainment Value

Fun is scarce during the pandemic. Clubs, gyms, and venues are either closed or operating at a very limited capacity. What could possibly be fun about fitness? Well, cycling classes have come a long way from the early days of packing into a small, candlelit room with 40 other participants. Competition has led to innovative classes that are pushing the boundaries of audio- visual technology. Some instructors are partnering with DJ’s and lighting directors to create a compelling and immersive experience.


Improved Health

A nasty by product of our reduced activity levels during the pandemic is the potential damage done to cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease prevention requires at least “150 minutes per week of accumulated moderate-intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activity) to reduce ASCVD risk.” Cycling is a great way to make sure that you’re investing in your physical wellbeing in addition to your mental wellbeing.





Sources

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2. Stress in America 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis, American Psychological Association


3. Choi KW, Chen C, Stein MB, et al. Assessment of Bidirectional Relationships Between Physical Activity and Depression Among Adults: A 2-Sample Mendelian Randomization Study. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(4):399–408. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.4175


4. Mattioli, A., et al., COVID-19 Pandemic: the Effects of Quarantine on Cardiovascular Risk, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2020, 74, 852-855



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