Indoor cycling is an extraordinary way to improve your health and fitness from the comfort of your home. But where do you start? Do you buy an upright bike, recumbent bicycle, bicycle trainer for your road bike, or fancy “smart trainer?” The options may seem daunting but let me help you make the best choice for your needs.
Make sure your bike is in a clean and open space. If possible, place a fan near your equipment to keep cool; and a table to store your water, phone, or other electronics you may need. I would also advise keeping a towel nearby or on the floor to prevent water and/or sweat. Before you begin training, it is also important to ensure your seat, handlebars, and pedals are all positioned appropriately so you can safely perform your exercise routine.
Getting overly excited to go “all-in” and use your new equipment is easy. Instead, try to wean into exercise to avoid injury and overuse. Depending on your fitness level, start with 5 minutes of riding and make steady progress throughout the days/weeks/months. Listen to your body, take rest days and set achievable goals.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make it fun. Listen to music, watch a movie or challenge your peers to stay engaged with your exercise. Remember, at the end of the day, you are looking to get stronger, healthier, and happier; you are not punishing yourself for snacking or being “lazy”. Think of exercise as your play time and mental rest time and associate it with positive results.
Hopefully, this blog answers a few of your indoor cycling questions. If not, feel free to stop by your local Athletico for a full assessment to see if cycling is the right choice for you.
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