I love to run outside and I will do it all year around to avoid the “dreadmill”. Even with the challenging DC weather, there are only a few days that we can’t run outside with proper clothes. As much as I love to run, I also appreciate the benefits of cross training. I’ve learned that I need to keep my running to 3 times a week to avoid injury. In the summertime, you will find me riding my bike to cross train but in the winter I take it indoors.
My favorite way to cross train in the Winter is indoor cycling.
Top 5 reasons to give indoor cycling a try
1. It’s warm-
You don’t have to worry about dressing in layers or wearing gloves. You just need to get there.
2. Minimal equipment needed
Sure having cycling shoes and shorts helps but they are entirely optional. All you really need is your water and a towel.
3. It’s social!
You all know that I love to run with my BRF’s but we also like to spin together. Having friends to go with makes it so much more fun.
4. Low impact Cardio & Psychological benefits: You are getting 45-60 min of pure cardio & increasing the strength of your heart and lung capacity. Your metabolism is increasing by the moment. There is no impact so great for runners. The psychological benefit of endorphins rushing through your body is a great stress reliever.
5. Sweaty Mess-How else can you burn 600-800 calories while sitting on your ass?! I love leaving class dripping in sweat and feeling great.
What do you like to do in the winter? Do you change it up?