Spinning uses a stationary bike, can be done alone or with a group, and typically lasts about 45 minutes or so.
The idea is that you set a routine, and then ride through various intensities and resistance levels until you reach the end of your time frame. If done properly, a single spinning session can burn 450 calories or more. However, if you've hit a plateau with your spinning, then it might be time to change things up a bit.
Spinning, as a workout, is a great thing. It's fairly easy to get into, and it is low-impact. Even better, it has quick results for those who are just getting into it. You can do it as part of a group, or if you want to go for it alone, you can also do it on your own. However, while spinning can slim you down initially, it's important to remember something about the human body - it adjusts pretty rapidly to something we do all the time. So, if you're spinning 2 or 3 times a week, that's great. However, you're going to plateau pretty quickly if you let your body adjust to the intensity, and then leave it right where it is.
If you've noticed that you're going through the same workout, but you aren't sore anymore, that's the first sign that you've adjusted. The second sign will be that, while you're not gaining any more weight, you aren't losing much, if any. That realization can be depressing, but it's up to you to get your body into the shape you want it to be in.
Spinning is a great start to getting fit, and it can be a major asset provided that you keep increasing the intensity of your workouts. With that said, spinning is one piece of a much bigger puzzle. If your body does the same workouts on the same days, and you never add more, then you're going to be treading water with your muscles. Which is why, if you've embraced spinning as your workout of choice, you should add some side dishes to it for better results.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, if you want to work your body harder, then it might be a good idea to do some other aerobic workouts as a spinning warm-up, go through your routine pushing as hard as you can, and then cool down with some light weights or ab workouts. If you're spinning 3 days a week, it's also important to do something on your off days so that your body doesn't get complacent. A yoga set, or body weight workout at home, can make a huge difference in your gains, and when it comes time to step on the scale.
Another important thing you need to do to increase the effectiveness of your workout is to take a long, hard look at your diet. Exercise and diet are two halves of the same whole, and they have huge effects on one another. Even small changes such as cutting down on sugar, or cutting out soda, can send ripples through your body. Weeks, or months, down the line, those ripples can be responsible for helping you trim inches off your waistline.
Achieving your fitness goals are never easy. Your body is going to fight you at every step, and every time you find something that helps you make progress, you'll only be able to go so far before you have to change your strategy. The key thing to remember with spinning, though, is that as soon as it starts getting easy, it's time to go even harder than you were already.
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