Cycling Exercise When You Are Very Overweight or Obese

Cycling can be a great form of exercise, especially for people who are overweight or obese. It places minimal stresses on the joints compared to walking or running, which can make it easier for people with a high body weight to get started with an exercise program. Here are some reasons to use an indoor cycling class to get started at exercising.

It's inside!

Cycling can be a lot of fun in the great outdoors, but it can be hard to get motivated when you look out the window and the rain is bucketing down. Indoor cycling is in a climate controlled indoor space no matter what the weather is like outside. This makes it easier to stay motivated and keep exercising all year round, which is an important part of getting the health benefits of exercise. 

Everyone can work to their personal intensity

The intensity is set in part by how fast the person is cycling and how much resistance is placed on the bikes. This means that someone who is new to cycling can still participate in classes at their own pace. Many participants also use heart rate monitors so that they can pedal hard enough to keep their heart rate in a given zone so that they can keep an eye on how hard they are working and maintain their intended intensity. This can be useful as people build fitness so they can keep pushing themselves harder. 

It's social

Working out in a class with other exercisers is fun and safe. Cycling by yourself can be a little lonely, and some people don't feel safe cycling as a solo cyclist, especially if they are very large. Doing an indoor cycling class is a safe option for any time of the night or day, and you can even bring along a pal for moral support. Many people also like the feeling of working out in a group with an instructor to keep motivating them and people around them. There is even usually a funky soundtrack to keep class participants feeling pumped up and to keep the mood feeling fun and enjoyable.

If you are obese and want to get started on an exercise program to improve your health, an indoor cycling class can be a great option. It is a safe, fun and personalisable option which can suit people with any fitness level. Why not try a class soon?