Benefits of Indoor Cycling
People will know about the main benefits of cycling instead of driving a car to work. Very few people though discuss the key benefits of cycling indoors. There are more than you first may think. We thought they were worth a much closer work.
We have made a list below, so as you can see them at a glance. We then go into further detail down below that. I hope you find this article interesting.
- Indoor cycling helps improve your general physical and mental health
- Regular exercise on an indoor bike also helps keep illnesses at bay
- Indoor cycling can help you lose pounds, and help you lose weight
- Indoor cyclists do not have to worry about getting knocked over by car users
- They also don't have to worry about car exhaust fumes
- Family members can also take advantage of the exrcise bike and is also fun
- Indoor cycling helps burn fat quickly
- A good workout can also help you sleep faster and more deeply
- Indoor cycling is a great cardio-vascular workout
- Indoor cycling is also great for toning the legs and bottom
- Indoor cycling while pregnant helps both mum and baby
- Indoor cycling can help people recover from injury
- Indoor cycling can help people get ready for an operation
So as you can see there a whole range of health benefits and indeed psychological benefits from cycling. It is hard to beat both a healthy mind and a healthy body. One way of ensuring that can happen, is to exercise a regularly as you can. A good way of doing that is to own your own exercise bike, and save money on expensive gym fees.
Cycling Benefits- Indoors vs Outdoors?
Now I do of course like to cycle outdoors, but that does come with a whole range of risks. You hear every day about someone getting knocked off their bike in an accident. Add to that, you also need helmets and the right gear to get yourself seen.
With indoor cycling there is none of that to worry about. I haven't even mentioned the fact yet that in the winter the UK weather can be very bad. Cycling indoors takes away that problem, as you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Much as I love to cycle outdoors, you do here almost every day, about someone being killed in an accident. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, in 2014 there were 113 deaths, 3,401 serious injuries, and 17,773 slight injuries in the UK of cyclists.
These were just those accidents that were reported to the police, so heaven knows what the true figures are. At least you know when you are indoors, the risk of anything like that happening all but disappears.
I haven't mentioned car fumes and pollution. Although riding in a city is a fast way to get around, some of the pollution figures in the UK are pretty scary. Emissions from cars are being improved all the time, but they still leave a serious footprint. According to the experts, Glasgow, London, Scunthorpe and Leeds top the list for the most air polluted cities in the UK.
Hopefully I have not depressed you, so let's have a close look at the main benefits of cycling indoors.
Benefit 1 - Sleep Better
Any type of exercise really can help people sleep a great deal better. It naturally tires the body out. There is a lot of supporting evidence, that a workout of around 20 minutes on an exercise bike, helped people sleep faster and deeper. It is hard to beat a good night's sleep.
Now the same can be said for other types of exercise. Even a simple walk for a couple of miles helps with stress, and also with breathing. That also strengthens the legs and helps keep us active. An indoor bike is just a more convenient way of doing that without leaving the house.
Benefit 2 - Weight Loss
Are you more likely to lose a few pounds riding an exercise bike 2-3 times a week, or sitting on the sofa watching TV? I know I don't need to answer that for you as it is pretty obvious. A good cycle helps build up a sweat, generate body heat and burn fat.
There is no doubt, that if you regularly use your indoor bike, then over time you can certainly lose a few pounds. It does however take self discipline, to get on the bike on a regular basis, and do your workout. You should of course always try to continue and improve distances, and the time taken to do those.
Almost every exercise bike has a calorie burning counter on it. That is a great way to be able to easily how your efforts are working. It is always a good thing to see these being burned off. It is a great incentive for many people trying to lose weight, to make a note of this, and see how their activity progresses.
Benefit 3 - Body Toning
One of the key benefits of indoor cycling is that it can help to tone the body. This is especially true for the lower body. So if you think of the calf muscles, thigh muscles and the hips, that is where this type of exercise is the most effective.
They can also help with the abdominal muscles as well. I would however suggest that riding an indoor cycle should not be your only form of exercise. Doing this alone can tend to give you very strong muscles in the thighs and calves. That is not necessarily a good thing for activities like running or playing football.
Cycle and other types of basic exercise
Include other basic exercising
Sports like that require agility, and you don't want to be muscle bound when playing those. Indoor cycling should therefore be mixed in with either general exercises, such as sit-ups, squats, running or swimming.
If you are a certain age, where being active in sports is no longer an issue, then hopping on your indoor cycle 2-3 times a week is a good way of keeping fit.
Health Benefit 4 - Recovering from Injury
The reason many people buy exercise bikes is to help them recover from injuries. If you have torn muscles, broken bones or are recovering from an injury, indoor bikes can be very helpful.
Many physiotherapists recommend using these as a good means of building up strength in the legs, without causing any further damage.
They will typically recommend a recumbent style of exercise bike.
That type of bike strongly supports the back, and yet allows you to cycle, without causing any damage to the back. Normal upright bikes are not recommended for that, but manufacturers have especially designed recumbent bikes, for this specific purpose.