As the skies begin to darken and temperatures drop, it can be tempting to let your fitness goals slip. It’s easy to lose motivation at this point and find yourself sitting on the couch again. To stay on track this winter, try taking a classic summer exercise—cycling—inside to escape the weather.
Cycling is a popular outdoor option in summer, but it also can be the perfect winter workout for your routine. Moving indoors to cycle means no need to worry about the weather forecast. The room temperature is regulated, the music is pumping and there’s a class of riders helping to spur you on.
Indoor cycling is a low-impact workout, making it a safe way to get your heart pumping in the colder months. It’s also simple to get started. A quick check with your cycling class instructor to make sure your bike is set up comfortably is all you need. You are now ready to get pedaling.
You can schedule cycling sessions at times that work for you, and the classes take less than an hour. This flexibility is great for a winter routine, making it a cinch to fit in regular cardio workouts. And if you’re just starting out on the road to fitness, the smart start guidelines will help ensure you start on the right track.
Don’t be fooled into thinking a stationary bike won’t offer much of a challenge. Cycling classes are crafted to deliver maximum results, mixing up a variety of time trials, flat riding, hills and interval training. The emphasis is on cardio training and pushing you a bit further. Classes like RPM are a great way to keep up your fitness levels and stave off the winter ills that can hit when you’re not looking after yourself. The high-intensity interval training of LES MILLS SPRINT is perfect if you’re looking to up the ante and take your fitness to the next level. You can find a RPM or LES MILLS SPRINT class here. Alternatively, you can jump on a stationary bike at home and work out with LES MILLS On Demand.
The trick to beating the winter doldrums is to stay active and take on new challenges. If you want to keep the momentum going, then look at winter as an opportunity to refresh your routine. Cycling is an ideal indoor workout that keeps you on your toes and can safely see you through the energy-sapping winter months. You can build up endurance and improve your fitness with each class you attend.
If you love the cardio benefits and buzz that cycling delivers, then riding should be in your routine this winter. This safe, low-impact workout will impress you. Set to great music, cycling workouts are fast-paced and results-focused. It’s a surefire way to add some sizzle to your winter routine.
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This piece originally appeared on LesMills.com.
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