Cycling For Health and Women’s Fitness

If you are looking for the ultimate aerobic workout to add to your women’s fitness and exercise program, give indoor cycling a whirl.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this indoor cycling exercise, I’ll try and explain it a bit. Indoor Cycling is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed stationary bicycle called a spinning bike. In a class of other stationary cyclists, you pedal while motivating music plays and an instructor talks you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout. Emulating hill climbing and traveling down hill, you are sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. Cycling helps you to focus inward and to work on your mind and your body. This is an ultimate workout for any women’s fitness program.

Cycling burns a big bunch of calories, if you feel the need to count them that is. An average 340 to 450 calories can be burned in 45 minutes. Cycling is an awesome aerobic workout that causes your heart to pump to a healthy and fast pace. It also tones your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and outer thigh muscles.

The great thing about cycling on a stationary bike is that you are in complete control. You adjust the tension and you determine your speed. However, be prepared to be mesmerized by the visualization process which may magically transform you into the heat of the race.

It’s good to note that indoor cycling doesn’t require a tremendous amount of coordination like other aerobic activities. This just makes it easier to concentrate on your form for total women’s fitness benefits.

Get some good shoes with a hard rigid sole that are functional for a cycling class. The pedals can be hard on your feet, so check with the shoe salesman for the best suggestions on what they offer. You might want to do your own research for the best shoes for you. Since this is about the only piece of equipment you need for cycling, invest a little money to get a shoe that will benefit your cycling experience.

I always get the best workout when I attend indoor cycling classes. But I’ll let you in on a secret… I was drenched in sweat after the first 20 minutes of my 45 minute class! It was challenging and I loved the way it made me feel.

As a personal trainer with a passion for women’s fitness, I’m always on the lookout for aerobic exercise

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