More and more people are becoming obsessed with indoor cycling, and for good reason! Not only are our spinning classes in Deerfield incredibly fun and exciting, but one of the best workouts that you can get, no matter what the weather is like outside. But, with a great workout comes the inevitable soreness. Especially if you’re new to spinning, there will be sore muscles that you didn’t even know you had. Even your bum will be sore! This specific pain will go away in time, we promise, but if you push yourself in class then you’re likely always going to be a little sore. The good news is that there are things that you can do to ease the soreness.
While it’s important to follow proper form and not to push yourself too hard during your cycling class, what you do after class is just as important to your comfort and proper recovery. In this post, we’ll give you a few helpful tips to make sure you’re ready to keep on pedaling towards your fitness goals when you return to our boutique fitness studio. If you haven’t already, sign up for a cycling class now!
Stretching and Cool Down
Stretching before and after your spin workout will help prevent muscle stiffness and aid in your recovery. It’s also important to take the cooldown seriously. We understand that you’ve given your all during class, so pedaling at a slower pace at the end helps remove lactic acid from your muscles and will help reduce the level of soreness that you’ll experience.
Give Yourself Time
You have a busy life, we get it, and we know that you want to stay focused on your health and fitness, but it’s crucial to your overall well-being to give yourself time to heal and recover from your workouts. Especially if you’re experiencing an excessive amount of soreness, don’t push yourself and learn to relax! If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at greater risk for injury.
Who doesn’t love sleep? Not only does curling up in your blanket and escaping to your dreams feel incredible, but it’s great for your recovery as well! Sleep is a critical regenerative process where your body gets to restore, recover, and build the muscles that you’ve been working on. Without getting the right amount of quality sleep each night, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the progress that you’ve been hoping for.
Eat and Drink Right
It should be obvious, but you’re not going to reach your fitness goals if you go scarf down a double cheeseburger immediately after your cycling workout. If you’re really looking to lose weight and gain muscle, you’re going to want to give your body the proper nutrition that it needs. Protein is known to help build your muscles, while foods rich in omega-3s (like salmon, walnuts, and avocado) will help ease your soreness. It’s also important to stay hydrated and drink as much water as possible. Cherry juice is also known to be beneficial with muscle damage and/or pain.
So don’t let a little soreness prevent you from joining our spinning class in Deerfield! As long as you follow these tips and don’t push yourself too hard, remember that the soreness just means that your muscles are growing! We can’t wait to help you get your butt in gear, so sign up for a cycling class now!