If you're big into working out and reading Well+Good, there's a good chance you've heard of SoulCycle and its delicious, cult-like following. Each class is full of energy and prepares your mind for a kick-ass workout to the point where any pain you feel just falls by the wayside.
In case you've never been to a SoulCycle class, imagine it as something like this: a small room with a ton of stationary bikes and eager riders, cycling with intensity to the hottest music on full blast. The room is lit only with a warm red light and candles. Words are scrawled on the walls that are empowering reminders that you have what it takes to kick ass in that class (like athlete, legend, and warrior).
It's definitely worthy of its cult-like following and hyped image, but it costs a mean $35 per class. Still though, if you're looking for a workout that's not only fun but scorches calories and tones you up, this should be your go-to. You just have to be willing to invest.
Aside from its crazy calorie-scorching potential, cycling has more benefits for your body, like helping to reduce stress, improving circulation and heart health, and making your bones stronger. Another perk it has? Giving your sex life a boost.
Exercise boosts body image
According to a study done by the University of Arkansas, people who exercised regularly were more inclined to see themselves as sexually desirable when compared to unfit participants. People who hit SoulCycle often (or any form of exercise) and take care of their body in order to be healthy and fit are more likely to have better body image and self-confidence. This can play a huge role in the bedroom because when you're all up in your head about your body, it can take away from the moment, making it harder to reach orgasm!
Exercise gets you in the mood
Hitting a SoulCycle class can help you unwind after the day, and let go of any stress of negative feelings attached to you. This is true of many different forms of exercise, such as running, yoga, or swimming, but the magic of SoulCycle is that it not only works your body but also helps keep your mind healthy.
It's called SoulCycle for a reason, and that's because the class incorporates a couple of meditative exercises such as visualization and exercises that help releases negative energy. You're truly working for a mind-body-spirit connection when you're on one of the bikes. Letting go of stress can help you feel relaxed and happier, which can make you feel more inclined to get it on. Stress can kill your sex drive, but SoulCycle is here to help.
It helps with strength and stamina
This class kicks your ass, no doubt. While your thighs might be crying while you're on the bike, just push yourself to get through it. You're helping to make your body healthier and stronger, and with that comes increased stamina. If you're not sure why that would matter, let's just say stamina is the key to some pretty steamy sex.
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