Happy March! Spring is right around the corner (we hope) and if you’re like most people, you may have gained a few pounds this winter.
"Although seasonal weight gain varies from person to person, there have been surveys that show an average of a five to seven pound gain in weight in winter," says Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
Riding at Spynergy is a fun, safe and effective way to leave winter pounds behind.
Indoor Cycling Can Shred Winter Pounds
Estimates vary, but you can expect to burn between 450 and 650 calories during an indoor cycling class, and as many as 850 calories depending on how much you weigh and how hard you’re working. Unlike many workouts, classes at Spynergy keep you motivated and working intensely for 50 minutes. They also use principles of high intensity interval training to maximize calorie burn (and cardio stamina improvement) and to insure that your body will keep burning calories for hours after you get off the bike.
However, it’s important to combine healthy eating with a Spin® workout – as the saying goes, great abs aren’t made in the gym, they’re made in the kitchen. Check back for an upcoming blog post on choosing healthy snacks to fuel your workout, and be sure that you’re drinking a lot of water.
Another great benefit of a Spynergy class is that you will drink a lot of water – you’ll need to, and you’ll want to! Drinking water before your class will likely speed the rate at which you burn calories: one German study found that both men and women who drank 17 ounces of water before their workout increased their metabolic rates by 30%. But don’t just fill your water bottle before class – fill it after class, too, and keep drinking.
A class at Spynergy will also reduce stress and elevate your mood – both of which will make you less likely to reach for a cookie (or five). And finally, the type of exercise you do in an indoor cycling class has been shown to increase your levels of satiety hormones, which counteract ghrelin. Ghrelin is an appetite hormone that stimulates hunger, and vigorous exercise, especially when performed consistently, will fight the effects of ghrelin, decreasing hunger and helping you to eat less.
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Spynergy has provided indoor cycling classes for Wellesley, Newton, Needham, Boston, Chestnut Hill, Weston, Natick and Metro West since 2005. Spynergy provides a great cardio workout, great fitness and great fun!