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Spinning, More Than Just A Stationary Bike
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Many places offer spinning classes. What are the benefits of a spinning class as opposed to other classes? This week we will explore those benefits. Spinning involves a stationary bike that has different tension levels. The biggest benefit to spinning is the calorie burn. In one 45 minute class you can burn up to 500 calories. This can differ depending on how high you have your tension level and how fast you are moving. The higher the intensity the more calories you will burn during your spinning class.

A spinning workout may help you build some muscle tone. The workout will focus on the core muscles, as well as the buttocks and thighs. You can increase and decrease the tension of the bike; this is similar to riding up and down a hill. While you pedal, you will work your thighs and calves. When you pedal faster, you are burning fat. When you pedal slower and have a higher tension, you will work your muscles.

If you take a spinning class more than once a week you will increase your endurance. Cardio endurance can help you with the everyday task of climbing the stairs to your office every day. Have you noticed that since you started taking spinning class you are getting less out of breath as you walk to your office or when you are walking up your driveway after getting the mail? Well you can thank your spinning instructor for that!

Believe it or not, spinning is a low impact exercise. Unlike running or other aerobic classes, spinning does not put stress on your joints. Spinning is often recommended for people that suffer from arthritis or joint injuries due to the low impact. Just because spinning is considered low impact do not think for once second that spinning is an easy work out. Trust us, you will work up a sweat.

Exercise in general is known to relieve stress. However, a spinning class can be a more efficient stress reliever than most types of exercise. This is due to the fact that the workout is intensive and it is a class where you can meet people and socialize. Spinning classes are held by an instructor that will motivate you throughout the workout. In addition there will be music, which makes the class more entertaining.

The best benefit of all is that spinning can be done all year long!! So even though it may be snowing, icing, raining, or very hot and humid, you can still get your work out in. With all these wonderful benefits to love, we encourage you to try a spinning class near you! Don't be afraid, one benefit of spinning we forgot to mention was that it is so much fun, you won't realize you're exercising! For more information, call the Wayne County YMCA at (570) 253-2083 or visit us online at ymcawayne.com.

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