Pump your brakes! Indoor cycling classes could be bad news for your heart.
False—despite the headlines you may have seen. When several people ended up in the hospital after participating in an indoor cycling or Spin class, the American Journal of Medicine decided to look into it. Experts say it’s not the workout itself that causes the risk, but how hard you work during it. Short story: Don’t try to be an overnight athletic success. “With any type of exercise, you have to build up to it to do it safely,” says Pamela Ouyang, MBBS, director of the Johns Hopkins Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center. If you don’t have enough breath to talk to someone (even just a few words) while exercising, you need to slow down.