Fitness

Cycling.

I recently wrote a post about my love for fitness. It took me a long time to love fitness. I have tried a lot of classes, exercises moves, and machines in order to find a combination that I enjoy. And my work out routine is constantly changing because I get bored easily. I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts outlining and critiquing the various things that I have tried.

So for this post I am going to focus on cycling. 
Description: A dim lite studio with rows and rows of slim bikes (usually these bikes are better than what you will find in the normal gym area). Each bike is adjustable, so you can get the perfect fit for your body. The instructor is on a bike in the front of the room, facing the rest of us. At my gym, the choreography and music of each class is decided by each individual instructor.

Duration: 55 minutes

Level of like (10) or dislike (0): 6-8. Some days I really love cycling. Other days I really hate it. For a long time I really loved cycling. I never missed a class. But then I got bored, and I stopped going as frequently. The problem for me is that the time seems to go by really slowly. Although lately I have found an instructor who plays great music, and sets up the choreography so it feels like the class is going by pretty fast. The best part about cycling is after the class is over, I always come out feeling really strong, and proud.

Benefits:
-Cycling is a great low impact exercise, and easy on the joints, such as knees or hips.
-Even though it’s low impact, it’s a high calorie burn, and can jump start the metabolism.
-It really tones up your leg muscles. I definitely noticed a difference when I started cycling.
-It’s really great on the heart, and lowering chances of heart disease.

Advice for first timers: Be prepared for a sore tushy! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For cycling to be really effective you must have the perfect fitting bike. I think it’s really smart for people to ask the instructor for help adjusting the bike. It’s a really easy class to modify. You can adjust your resistance to whatever number is challenging for you, and the best part is that no one has to know what your resistance level is!