My husband got us a new toy to motivate him to get back into exercise. I have mentioned before that I workout a lot in front of the TV because that is how my husband and I spend some time together at the end of the day.
I use mostly Pinterest workouts because watching a YouTube video and a TV show doesn’t always pan out well 😛
Now with our new stationary bike my husband bought from our favorite place (Amazon, of course) we can get in some exercise during the length of one of our favorite shows (about 25-60 minutes).
Cycling is known to be an amazing cardio workout that is low impact, which is less strain on the joints and decreases the chance of injury. In fact, it helps with flexibility and in turn improves joint mobility, posture and coordination, and strengthens bones.
Another wonderful thing about cycling is that it is a full body workout and engages all your muscles. Your core is tight to maintain your balance, your arms are also engaged to sustain your posture, and, obviously, your legs are constantly moving.
The added muscle engagement revs up the metabolism for a higher calorie burn!
Let’s get moving with some indoor cycling workouts! But first, check out this safety video:
This week I took part of yet another free exercise challenge from the wonderful Gina from Popcorn and Pandas. The challenge was called “Lose the Love Handles-Gain the Confidence” and it comprised of various sets of the following exercises:
- Plank Up Down
- Side Plank Crunch
- Woodchoppers (I used a 10 pound dumbbell)
- Russian Twists (with the 10 pound dumbbell)
- Standing Oblique Crunch (plus 10 pound dumbbell)
- Bird Dog Crunch
So I did my sets for the Love Handle challenge and I added 20 minutes of cycling at the end while watching TV. I kept it to the same pace the entire time and I did it standing up instead of sitting simply because the seat was not comfortable for me. But it can be done sitting as well 😉
The planks on the Love Handle challenge were much harder to do after working out my arms, but it felt good to jump the hurdle at the end!
Leave it to Fitness Blender to also have an indoor cycling workout video:
The video has a warm-up and cool-down portion and I did my Love Handle exercises afterwards with another stretch to follow.
I started with my Love Handle workout and then decided to do a short HIIT cycling workout.
The Global Cycling Network has tons of workouts and tips revolved around cycling, particularly indoor cycling. The following is the video I did:
I particularly liked how they use outdoor scenery to entertain and give you a sense of exploring the world from inside your own home.
My husband and I will be using their videos more often.
The final day of the Love Handle challenge and I wanted to end with a bang! I decided to do my own version of a HIIT workout so what I did was the following:
5-minute warm-up with the stationary bike
1 minute fast-paced cycling in between each ab exercise from the Love Handle challenge
5-minute cool down with the stationary bike
10 minutes of a variation of full-body stretches. Click here for some stretch videos.
Total workout was about 30 minutes and I did all this while watching a TV show with my bro and Amber (close friend and my bro’s girlfriend).
Just sharing the cycling workouts has me pumped to get the Move It Monday party started! Here is how you can join the fun:
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Each Monday I will feature a blogger and/or post to help keep us moving!
Joanne is new to blogging and she has an amazing philosophy:
“My philosophy in life is to find time to do the things that make me happy. Time is a gift and I strive to make effective use of it. I believe in always seeking knowledge, always having goals and aiming to better myself.”
In her post,
Joanne shares her workout routine and how she stays motivated, plus some insight into what she eats to maintain health. Show her some love and support by checking out her blog here.
Have you tried indoor cycling? We would all like to hear any additional tips you may have!