With baby blue eyes and the body of a 25-year-old (just FYI, Deschanel is 35), the actress makes for the perfect girl-next-door in the hit sitcom New Girl.
A point to note is that her slender, yet healthy-looking frame greatly contributes to her youthful appearance, and her secret to this physique is really no rocket science. Easy to do, plenty of fun, and a throwback to the basics with a little twist, here are five reasons to ride like Zooey Deschanel in the comfort of a fitness studio, or even at home.
Weight Loss: Spinning classes can help burn between 600-800 calories in 45 minutes and increase your metabolism, depending on the level of intensity, your own effort and enthusiasm, and even the pace of the music.
Muscle Groups: Essentially, cycling targets the core and leg muscle groups, making it an ideal exercise for your abs, thighs and calves.
Endurance: If you are low on stamina, one hour of spinning class is exactly what you need. Riding a cycle is a great way to build cardio endurance.
Relieves Stress: The workout falls outright into the cardio category, and releases happy hormones that alleviate stress while giving you a chance to socialize with those in your class, or have some alone time if you like (just plug in to the music player).
Low Risk: Running is the go-to cardio exercise for weight loss, but it can cause joint and muscle injuries. Spinning class on the other hand is done in a controlled environment, with moderated equipment, at a pace you are comfortable with, and a temperature that keeps dehydration at bay by keeping your body cool.
Just remember, stretching exercises are a must before you hop on to a cycle in order to be limber enough to take on intense pedaling.