Spinning allows for a great cardio workout no matter how easy or intense. For a more holistic workout and improved muscle tone however, keeping your core engaged can help make your abdominal muscles and lower back muscles stronger.
Unlike running, swimming and dancing, or sports like tennis that keep your torso active and engaged, spinning keeps you in a forward bend throughout the workout, efficiently focusing on keeping your heartrate up.
Keeping your core engaged while spinning doesn’t just make for a better workout, it can also keep you from possibly over-working your lower back muscles and causing early fatigue.
But what’s the right way to do it?
(Because there is a wrong way you may be following to “engage” the core.)
The trick while spinning, is to keep your awareness on your core through your workout to ensure they’re not slack. Yet the aim is to ensure your muscles are relaxed, and not tensed like you were bracing yourself for a punch.
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This way, you keep your core engaged and your body in good alignment all through your spin session, without harming yourself.
And if you’d really like to push your core, finish your spin session with a few rounds of planking. Focus on engaging and squeezing in all your core muscle groups during your plank.
And while spinning, stay aware yet relaxed.