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Is Indoor Cycling as Beneficial as Outdoor?

Cycling is one of the most popular exercises for a reason. It helps lower body fat levels, increases your metabolism and builds muscle, which allows you to burn more calories, even while at rest. Importantly, for a work out, it works your core muscles, including your back and abdominals.

The health and wellbeing theme is particularly appropriate as it underlines an element to bike riding that is often forgotten.

Cycling can ease feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety. A survey by Cycleplan, which examined the health benefits people experienced after taking up cycling, found 75% of cyclists noticed an improvement in their mental health since getting on the saddle, with 8% even saying it helped with their depression or anxiety.

Indoor Cycling Is Just As Beneficial

There are also many benefits to be enjoyed from indoor cycling on exercise bikes. Some that may be unavailable with outdoor cycling.

Outdoor cycling comes with more safety concerns that means you can’t truly zone out and let your legs to do the work. For some, indoor cycling can be akin to meditation. Dr. Patrick McCartney at Kyoto University supports this view, telling Cycling Tips; “The monotony of cycling allows one to enter a truly blissful state of mindlessness where the thoughts begin to recede and appear to have disappeared, completely. This sense of thoughts being moved to the background is essentially what meditation is for me.

Our indoor bikes at 3D Health Club were designed by athletes and have been perfected through years of design innovation, providing an unlimited workout that meets your needs. They use air resistance that automatically keeps up with you as you push, pull and pedal with greater speed and force. The harder you go, the greater the benefit.

They also come with a 40lbs weighted flywheel on the front to mimic the outdoor feeling and to build your momentum whilst cycling, which has the effect of making it just a little bit more pleasant than pushing your own body weight up a hill.

Cycling remains a great way to keep fit and improve your wellbeing, whether you do it in indoors or out. And if you don't own a bike, you’re always welcome to use ours!

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