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Spinning Cycling for Weight Loss

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 26, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAThere may still be snow outside, but Spring is on the way; so start cycling or spinning to help reach your weight loss goals. In fact, cycling is a fun, low-impact and easy way to lose weight. Here are some of the reasons why it is such an effective.

It Won't Wear Your Joints Out

Bicycling is a nonimpact exercise, which means there’s no jarring on your joints, so even the heaviest rider can climb aboard a bike and pedal. With today’s cycling bicycles, anyone from the most out-of-shape beginner to the recreational racer can pedal for miles (and burn loads of calories) hour after hour.

It Strengthens Your Body's Biggest Muscles

Cycling uses all the biggest muscles in your body—your quads, hamstrings, hip muscles, and glutes. As you ride you also build lean muscle tissue in your lower body, especially in your legs and glutes. That's all essential for burning more fat longer.

It Trains Your Muscles to Burn More Fat

Cycling builds hundreds of thousands of capillaries in your legs, which means you can deliver more oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. Thus the fat-burning cells in your muscle cells also get bigger, so they can use the increased influx of oxygen to burn more fat and produce more energy.

It Produces More Ways to Burn Fat

The endurance training you do on a bicycle elevates your levels of fatty-acid-binding proteins and fat-carrying enzymes so your body is more efficient at shuttling fatty acids from storage into your working muscles. Simply put, the fitter you get, the more oxygen you can use, and the more fat you can burn.

It Increases Your Daily Calorie Burn

Cycling also increases your daily calorie burn. It burns calories while you’re biking. Even at a recreational pace of 13 to 15 miles per hour, you burn 500 to 600 calories in one hour. That's about 4,000 per week if you ride just an hour every day. An hour of walking, on the other hand, burns just 150 to 250 calories while jogging only burns between 350 and 450 calories.

It Continues Burning Calories Long After You're Done

Finally, cycling lets your body to continue burning calories at a higher rate after you’ve stopped, because your body is still working to repair and replenish your muscles. Cycling also builds lean muscle tissue and raises your basal metabolic rate (BMR), the calories you burn while you’re just hanging around, not exercising. Studies show that just 30 to 45 minutes of exercise most days a week can boost your BMR and keep it raised all day.

For more information on cycling for weight loss, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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Spinning for Weight Loss and a Healthier Lifestyle

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAJoin a cycling exercise class and reap the benefits of spinning for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Below are some of the reasons why cycling is great for you.

Spinning makes you Happy

A recent study reported that as little as 10 minutes of cycling improved the mood among 21 men and women, compared to a similar group who did nothing during that time.

Feeling happier can help you beat fat by reducing the likelihood that you’ll reach for a mood boost in a pint of ice cream or use pizza to burn off the blues. Researchers have found that people who are sad tend to not only eat more food but also eat more high-carbohydrate, high-calorie comfort food than those who feel happy.

Spinning Gives You More Energy to Burn

Energy begets energy. The more you move, the more you’ll want to move. Exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue. Sedentary people who participated in an exercise program experienced less fatigue than their still-sedentary counterparts, and the average energy boost was actually greater than improvements reported from using stimulant medications.

Spinning Leads to Better Sleep

Because it gives you so much energy during the day, bicycling will help you sleep better during the night. Getting the right amount of sleep is good news for your weight-loss efforts, because when you don’t give your body the sleep your body craves more food.

Spinning Blunts Your Appetite

Studies of overweight men and women who start exercising show that vigorous exercise actually suppresses appetite for a few hours afterward. Likewise, people generally enjoy a “spontaneous reduction in hunger” when they start exercising, which they noted also consistently led to weight loss.

Spinning Relieves Stress

By exercising, you give your body a healthy outlet for pent-up stress. Aerobic exercise like pedaling a bike uses up excess adrenaline and slows the production of cortisol. It also stimulates endorphins and other good-mood chemicals that lower your anxiety and improve your sense of well-being.

Spinning is Fun

When people want to know the “best” exercise for weight loss, experts will tell you it’s the one you enjoy. And bicycling is highly enjoyable.

Spinning Makes You Healthier

A healthy body functions better, allowing you to live more fully and, of course, burn more calories in the process.

For more information on spinning exercise classes, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury. If you are interested in one of the two free spinning classes we will be offering on Saturday, March 24, at 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM, reserve a seat by emailing Linda at Lmartindale@fieldhousesudbury.com.

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