The Benefits of Adding Spin to Your Routine

A year and a half ago, I couldn’t run a mile.

But that all changed when I fell in love with running – in 2014 alone, I completed 12 races, including two-half marathons and two-triathlons

Safe to say, I definitely found the “running high” that you hear about.

Unfortunately, that comes along with injuries since I was overdoing it so much. I forgot to incorporate cross training, which is where spin comes in. If you’re not into biking, yoga & swimming are also great options!

Cross training is where you do another sport to supplement your running training, helping your muscles get stronger and your body recover from strenuous activity.

Turns out, cycling—specifically spin—is one of the best forms of cross training for runners, since it works different muscles than you use out on the trail or pavement. Here are a few great reasons why you should hop on a bike before you hit the possibility of getting injured:


While you’re still getting an intense workout, you’re working different muscles in your legs than you usually use while running. Spinning also balances the impact from running and gives your knees a break.


Whether you’re on the trail or in a spin class, you have complete control over the resistance and pace you go. You can push yourself as hard as you can or go for an easier ride –it’s completely up to you.


If you head to a local studio, you’ll get an insane amount of support from the instructor and fellow spinners. With the excitement in the room, loud music, and changing lights, it’s easy to give it your all and still have a successful workout.


For more tips, head to, where Lauren shares her journey to choose healthy in the Bay Area through triathlon/half marathon training, meal prep, and cooking healthy recipes. You can connect with her & follow her journey in the app (laurenliveshealthy) or on Instagram (@laurenliveshealthy).

Confessions of a Runner: The Benefits of Adding Spin to Your Routine

By Lauren Shabar, Blogger at LaurenLivesHealthy.Com