Pump your brakes! In­door cy­cling classes could be bad news for your heart.

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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.

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