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The Benefits of Indoor Cycling Workouts

With the Tour de France inspiring many of us to get on our bike in far flung destination, Patricia Inácio, Fitness Supervisor at Epic Sana in Portugal, shares with us the benefits of indoor cycling workouts.

What is Indoor Cycling?

Indoor cycling is an activity on stationary bikes with varied manu-al resistance; it is essentially a cardiovascular workout in which the participants are led by an instructor, that creates an imaginary environment, per-formed to the rhythm of stimulating music. To simulate uphill, straight, sprints and various types of terrain conditions, each participant adjusts the bicycles resistance to the rhythm of the music, imagining scenarios and taking into account each person’s capabilities. The average time is between 45-60 minutes.

Cycling is the most widely practiced activity worldwide. It involves high-intensity training and interval training, which provide high-efficiency in burning calories and fat, as well as improving physical fitness levels.

On average, a spin cycling class burns between 500-900 calories, proving to be extremely effective, bearing in mind that the workout is only 45-60 minutes. However, it is important to make proper adjustments to the bike, a bad adjustment can lead to poor posture that can cause injury. You should feel comfortable on the bike. Necessary adjustments in-clude; saddle height, handlebar height and the distance between the saddle and the handlebar.


Samantha and Paul by the beach at Kamalaya, Thailand
Epic Sana's Fitness Supervisor Patricia Inácio shares her thoughts about Indoor Cycling

Benefits of an Indoor Cycling Class:

  • Low impact
  • Increases cardiovascular endurance
  • Reduces stress levels
  • High caloric expenditure
  • Tones legs and abs
  • Helps develop a sense of rhythm
  • No complex choreographies
  • Fun, challenging and motivating

Epic Sana views
Soak up the sun at Epic Sana

Benefits of an Indoor Cycling Class:

Cycling helps burn a lot of calories in a short time, and while on holiday we all know that we all just want to have fun and relax, like go for a walk, go to the beach or sightseeing and we have a tendency to eat a greater number of calories, so this short workout is brilliant. It just takes around 50 minutes of your day. Generally performed indoors, cycling spin clas-ses allow schedule flexibility, so you do not have to worry about the outside weather conditions.

With the added benefit of being a group class, this means that you are never alone and you always have an instructor with you for around an hour to motivate you. Even if you are in another country which the instructor does not speak your language, it is a class that is easy to follow, because it does not have a complex choreography.

Epic Sana pool
Epic Sana

In addition, not much is needed to participate in an in-door cycling class, only suitable clothing and adequate sports shoes

Alternatively, you can ride a bike outdoors, which is another great way to exercise and sightsee at the same time. This can be done with or without a guide. If it is a new place for you, going with a guide is less dangerous, plus the guides know all the best places to visit, they can tell you a little about the destination that you are visiting.

This is a guest blog post by Patricia Inácio, Fitness Supervisor at Epic Sana in Portugal. If you would like to book a holiday at Epic Sana, enquire online here, talk to one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 397 8891 or email us on info@healthandfitnesstravel.com

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