A sedentary lifestyle compounded with poor nutrition has allowed obesity to become one of the leading causes of heart disease, diabetes, high-cholesterol and high-blood pressure. Thankfully, engaging in regular physical activity (especially cardio) can help to decrease the chances of obesity and its related diseases, and it doesn’t have to be torturous to get you the results that you want!

Cycling is a great aerobic exercise that isn’t hard on the joints and can be enjoyed by individuals of all fitness levels. Riding a stationary bike, for example, allows you to control how much resistance and pressure you put on your body, while also helping you keep an appropriate pace.

That being said, cycling isn’t just a good way to get some cardio into your workout regime. It also offers many other benefits that can improve your overall health. Attending regular spin classes can be an effective way to relieve stress and anxiety while increasing strength and flexibility. Furthermore, cycling on a stationary bike is a form of low-impact activity that provides various training options for people with a limited range of motion, or those suffering from joint pain and arthritis.

GoodLife offers two different kinds of cycling classes: RPM™ and Ride.

RPM™ is an indoor cycling class, set to the rhythm of motivating music. It blasts calories and builds aerobic fitness quickly.

This class is great for people who need a little extra motivation to make it through that last mile. The fun, energetic group atmosphere breeds a sense of community, which tends to help push newer members right out of their comfort zone and into a limitless state of mind.

Ride is GoodLife’s indoor freestyle cycling class aims to increase your cardiovascular health and overall strength. This low-impact, yet high-energy program takes you through a series of flat roads, hills, sprints and drills to make sure that you work your biggest muscle groups. Ride’s multi-level class uses the power of music and fun moves to ensure that you leave it all on the bike, every single time.

If you’re a little intimidated, don’t be. Cycling isn’t reserved for ultra-fit triathletes. You have total control over your pace and resistance levels—meaning it can be as intense as you want it to be. Over time, you’ll begin to strengthen supporting muscle groups, helping to improve your overall posture and coordination. Eventually, you’ll notice increased stamina and energy levels, allowing you to participate at a faster pace with more resistance.

Cycling doesn’t require a major time commitment either. In just one class you can burn up to 675 calories. So, if you’re looking for a time efficient way to use major muscle groups, burn calories and reduce stress, look no further than GoodLife’s cycling studio.