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Are you getting tired of the same old gym routine? Weights followed by treadmill, dumbbells, vice versa? It may finally be time to try a different form of exercise this year at Rush Cycle.
Indoor cycling is quickly becoming a mega-popular workout. While you might be writing off a cycling class as way too intense or high-energy for you, they aren’t as intimidating as you might think. Cycling is a great workout within a fun and positive environment! As an added bonus, you’ll feel like you’ve gotten more of a workout from one cycling class than the two hours you usually spend at the gym.
Here are the top seven reasons to add cycling to your workout routine:
A cycling class is way more than simply riding a bike for up to 60 minutes. It’s an incredibly energetic and fun environment that draws in a diverse community of individuals. Classes vary with the type of music played from hip-hop to house music, girl power, and more. You’ll feel like you’re out at your favorite club, but instead, you’re pushing your limits on the bike. Rush Cycle provides a variety of instructors, all with different styles, so you can feel comfortable in taking the class that’s right for you. The instructors are also incredibly supportive of you and your goals, whatever they may be!
Cycling is one of the most efficient cardio workouts. From peddling the bikes at increasing speeds to inclining, you’ll definitely break a sweat. The instructors at Rush Cycle really keep you motivated to pedal all the way to the finish line. You’ll leave class feeling positive, accomplished, and motivated to come back for more.
A great reason to sign up for cycling classes at Rush Cycle is for its supportive and friendly community. Rush Cycle’s members are likeminded and encouraging of one another’s fitness goals. They also have common interests, such as classes, instructors, workout gear, and more. This community is a great way to stay accountable for coming back to class. Cyclists often form relationships with one another, getting food together after class or planning out which classes to take together. The instructors, cycling staff, and other members of Rush Cycle are all great sources for staying committed to your routine and fitness goals. No matter where you may travel or move, you can feel peace of mind about your new cycling routine with Rush Cycle’s various locations throughout the country.
You may think cycling only applies to your legs or glute muscles, but that is not the case. Cycling is a workout that engages every part of the body. During an indoor cycling class, your core will be constantly engaged for the entirety of the workout. You won’t feel the need to partake in an additional “leg day” or “arms day” since your entire body is thoroughly worked.
Exercising helps reduce anxiety naturally through the release of endorphins. Cycling produces a natural high, similar to running. Most cyclists continue going to classes because of the increase in overall mood afterward. If you’re looking to reduce your stress and anxiety levels in a fun environment, Rush Cycle could be your answer!
Whatever your reason for working out may be, it’s always a good idea to track your fitness goals. Through Rush Stats, you can track your progress, including calories burned and total distance. Rush Stats lets you see how far you’ve come since your first cycling class and continue to keep yourself motivated.
Indoor cycling is a fantastic way to maintain fitness goals, meet new people, increase positive energy, and try a new activity. We all have various distractions in our lives, and adding a fun, healthy exercise to your routine, such as indoor cycling, can provide dedication and enjoyment. Everybody needs something to get them through the day, and indoor cycling at Rush Cycle is a wonderful activity to be excited for.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.