If you are tired of the treadmill and not seeing the results you would like, my advice is to change up your workout plan and find a variety of activities to do. As with any repetitive exercise, your body becomes accustomed to the same movements and after a while the muscles build up a resistance to the stress. This means it takes more resistance to get the same results you were getting before. Spinning provides resistance, it builds strength and flexibility, it works different muscle groups and most importantly—it’s fun!
There are classes that provide great visualization props, like large video screens that show scenes of mountains, valleys and streams. In a dark room setting, these videos make it feel like you are on a cycling adventure, making it much more enjoyable and a lot less boring than the constant walking or jogging on the treadmill.
Visualization has always played a big part in my fitness routine. When I’m exercising, I imagine the muscle that I’m working. I visualize it stretching and contracting, getting bigger and stronger. When I am spinning, I really get into the sights and sounds and I find myself disappointed when the class comes to an end, even if I am drenched in sweat!
That’s the great thing about a good spinning class. I can always be assured that I will get a good workout for my heart, my body and my mind. When I am spinning, my worries spin away for the moment. I can really give my muscles a workout and clear my mind at the same time. In addition to that, the release of endorphins makes me feel fantastic.
If you are interested in spinning, you might want to invest in a new pair of shoes, but other than that, you won’t need much more. Most full-service gyms offer spinning classes and many others have stationary bikes that you can practice on to build up your strength and stamina. But, even if you are a beginner, don’t let that keep you from giving spinning a try. It’s easy to get started and it will give you a new cardio activity to keep your body challenged, toned and strong. Check with your gym and sign up for the next class. Since bikes are usually limited, it’s advised to make reservations for the classes.
~ Karen Ficarelli