This winter is a great opportunity for you to try your first indoor cycling class here at Dedham Health. Indoor cycling is a fantastic cardiovascular workout that is very low impact orthopedically on the back, knees, and hip joints.
For 30 minutes of indoor cycling, riders can typically burn 300-400 calories. And for 60 minutes of cycling, anywhere between 500 and 800 calories are expended! Just one cycling class a week over a few consistent weeks can add up to 1000’s of extra calories burned.
Adding just one cycling class a week into your exercise routine can make a very BIG difference in your cardiovascular fitness and help you to push a little harder in all of your other non-cycling workouts as well.
Taking that first step into the cycling class studio can be the biggest challenge of all. It can feel intimidating. The perception is that everyone taking indoor cycling class is in peak Olympic level conditioning. But here at Dedham Health, we have riders of all ages, all fitness levels, and all levels of cycling experience. Everyone taking the class also had to start by walking through the same studio door for the first time, too.
The Dedham Health instructors are in the studio early to help you set up your bike and to ease any first-time nerves. The instructor is there to lead the class and give motivation but, the intensity and the effort you put in is totally up to you. Some riders may be pushing as hard as they can while others may be going at a slower pace and riding only hard as they feel comfortable.
The biggest challenge of taking indoor cycling may be getting used to the bike seat. Especially if you have not ridden a stationary bike in a long time.
A good suggestion would be to start by riding the upright stationary bike in the fitness center 1-2 days a week. Once you feel comfortable sitting on the upright stationary bike for 20-30 minutes without being too sore, you will feel more comfortable being on the indoor cycling bikes in the studio for a 30-60 minutes class.
After you have completed your first class, you will feel an exhilarating sense of pride and accomplishment. You will have set your goal of taking a class, worked hard and accomplished what you sought out to do.
A good cycling class can be a positive physical, mental, and spiritual experience that stretches the boundaries of what you thought you could achieve. And once you have overcome the challenge of taking your first indoor cycling class, you will have more confidence to overcome the challenges we all face every day!
Try something new and join us this winter for one of our many cycling classes!
-Robbie Goldman, Exercise Physiologist at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex