When Peleton offered a FREE two month trial, I jumped on it. Of course, then I had to buy a stationary bike.
I chose not to continue once my trial membership ended. But I still continued to use my bike on days when I do not run – so about three times a week.
Here’s FIVE reasons why:
1.To nurse injuries and to prevent future ones.
Even if you are not injured, indoor cycling is a low-impact workout, allowing your body time to recover from hours of pounding on the pavement or on the treadmill.
You can also use the bike as a warm up or cool down before and/or after a hard run.
2. To increase overall endurance.
Because it is low impact, you can spend more time on your bike than you would running on the road. This will boost overall endurance without hurting your muscles or joints.
And you can easily change the resistance and the incline (without having to search out a hill) to intensify your workout.
3. To Build Up Other Leg Muscles.
As a runner, you might think that you already have strong hamstrings, hip flexors, and calves. Those are the muscles that runners use. But during indoor cycling, you’ll build additional quad and gluteal strength. I was surprised when I started using my bike, how tired my legs were. Then I realized that I was using new muscles for the first time.
Hopefully these biking workouts will make me a stronger runner.
4. It’s Private so you can wear as little as you want.
Yup, I’m not a heavy sweater but on the bike, I seem to sweat more.
You will never see me out running in just a sports bra but in my bedroom, alone on the bike. YES! Yes! So liberating!
5. To connect with virtual friends.
Every Saturday morning at 9:30 am EST, a group of runners get on their bikes and pedal and chat for 40 minutes. We even have runners from England and the Netherlands that join in.
Happy Running! Do you ride a indoor bike? Do you connect virtually with friends when you bike? Do you just wear a sports bra when you ride? Any other benefits besides the ones I’ve listed? Please share.
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