Many of us are continually looking for ways to incorporate an exercise program into our hectic lives. We know we should. We know we must. Yet, somehow life, living and the pursuit of a livelihood manage to take center stage.
We may do a few miles on the treadmill. We try to squeeze in a couple of sets of arm curls or lunges. For many of us, the pursuit of a good workout is an elusive chase as we try to fit in a walk on our lunch hour along with a trip to the dry cleaners, a stop at the post office and – gasp! – a few minutes to actually eat lunch.
If you can stand one more option for finding an exercise to fit your needs, you may want to consider joining a spinning class. Spinning is a low impact, high energy, huge calorie burning, cardio routine involving a stationary bicycle in an instructor led classroom setting. You, along with perhaps a dozen or so of your like-minded compatriots can spend a session (usually 45 minutes to an hour) pedaling your heart out while the drill sergeant of an instructor barks out orders to increase tension, speed up, stand up, or slow down over blasts of high volume, high percussion music in a darkened room.
According to Spinning.com, the heart rate training that spinning provides is the most effective way to train properly, build strength and endurance and improve overall fitness. With just a few easily learned hand positions and body positions, you can be on your way to a healthier, trimmer and more energetic you.
It’s great! The frenzy of the crowd is sure to motivate you. The beat of the music helps you to pump that pedal with purpose and determination. The instructor, for sure, will see to it that you don’t even consider lagging behind. With just a few simple positions and movements to learn, you will be a pro (albeit a bit sore) after the first lesson.
The benefits of spinning are enormous. In addition to being a perfect cardio workout, spinning burns calories at a rate that is hard to equal in most other forms of exercise. According to Glamour.com, a 138 pound person, spinning at a moderate level for 60 minutes can easily burn 700 calories. Spinning builds muscular strength throughout the body, increases stamina and provides a strong basis for overall fitness.
Committing yourself to a class has added benefits as well. The Drill Sergeant, also known as your instructor, will keep you on track and hold you accountable for your time and energy output. Exercising with a group holds you to an assigned time table, making exercise another appointment you must keep in your busy schedule. This relieves you of the excuse of trying to “find time” to exercise. And, since misery loves company, you can share the pain (and the glory) of this grueling hour of exercise with your fellow spinners.
At the end of the day, it’s a pretty good feeling.
SOURCES: www.spinning.com, www.glamour.com