Indoor cycling may be viewed by some people as the latest fitness fad, but it’s been around for over twenty years. It has proven benefits and many advantages over other forms of exercise. The South African cyclist Johnny G is generally credited with starting the revolution in exercise classes using stationary bikes. Over the past couple of decades, the equipment has evolved from a machine with a heavy weighted flywheel and friction resistance into the sophisticated indoor cycling bikes available for use in gyms or to purchase for use at home.
If you’ve ever begun to work out feeling stressed out, and felt nothing but positive feelings by the end of your workout, you aren’t alone. A study from Princeton University has found that getting exercise changes your brain chemistry. It enhances the release of a neurotransmitter called GABA, whose function, among other things, is to lower anxiety.
Is it time to give your exercise routine a shot in the arm? If you’ve been following the same structured program so long that you can anticipate the next moves long before you work through the current ones, you may be overdue for a change. Fitness experts encourage variety if you want to continue to improve your fitness level.