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Why Indoor Cycling Has its Risks Too

Cycling indoors has many appeals. You don’t have to face the elements outside, you can hop on the bike in your home or gym pretty much any time of day, and you don’t have to worry about getting hit by oncoming traffic. But although indoor cycling can offer a great workout, it isn’t without its challenges. It is important to know the pros and cons of any workout, especially when it is your main way of getting in shape. Here are a few things to consider before hopping on the stationary bike.

Indoor cycling is definitely hard. Like any workout, some days are better than others. That feeling that your legs are made of lead is one that everyone has experienced. Just shake off the bad sessions and know that a great one is in the future.

Cycling classes can also be expensive. Try to factor in all options before making a final decision when it comes to how you are going to cycle. Some gyms offer a cycling class as part of your membership, while specialized studios can charge per class, or offer you a package deal. Maybe buying your own stationary bike and using it in your home is the most cost-effective way for you. Whatever it is, make sure to explore them all before committing to an expensive decision.

If you are cycling indoors at a vigorous rate you are going to notice that you sweat more than any other exercise you do. This is due to the fact that you are not getting that fresh air to cool you down like you would if you were biking outside. For this reason it is especially important to stay hydrated during the entire session.

Even though you aren’t facing the elements everywhere, it doesn’t mean your bottom isn’t facing one. Getting sore in the saddle is a common issue with beginning indoor cyclers. Once you get stronger it won’t be so much of an issue, but try combating it in the meantime with some padded biking shorts. 

The results are totally worth it. Indoor cycling can change your body in a serious way. It is possible to burn between 400 and 600 calories in a 45-minute long class. It is great for slimming down and building lean muscle, making all the hardships worth overcoming. 

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