Which one is for you?
It seems to be a never-ending talk especially among fitness and health enthusiasts about which is the better activity: biking or running? We discuss many of their benefits as well as their disadvantages. How do these two compare with each other as an exercise for health or weight loss?
To start with, both running and biking are excellent forms of aerobic exercises that involve large muscle mass. However, of course, there are apparent differences between these two. Let’s examine them one by one.
Burning calories and full body workout
Generally, in terms of burning calories, it is running that does the job better than cycling does by per minute; it burns more calories in less time than cycling does. Even if you do more vigorous and intense cycling, the difference would be likely just minimal. Plus, with running, you get the optimum full body workout than you obtain with cycling.
According to the computations conducted by American College of Sports Medicine, a person who weighs 150 pounds and does a brisk running at seven minutes per mile will burn about 1,000 calories per hour. This is in comparison to a person (weighing the same pounds) who does a steady biking at 16 to 19 miles per hour, resulting into about 850 calories burned.
Metabolic level and convenience
Running also does better than even the fastest cycling at metabolic level. We can also consider the fact that when you’re biking down the hill, your body is basically at rest because you’re just gliding along and not really that into intense physical action.
If you’re going out to have an outdoor workout, all you have to do is just to head out your front door and go have a race right away, unlike with biking when you have to consider your driving time.
In terms of level of enjoyment, running is a pleasant enough activity. But if you want to have that element of speed and danger, this is where cycling is better at. Especially if you’ve got a road or mountain bike, you will be able to reach astonishing speed whenever you’re biking down a steep hill. The experience would be really exhilarating and lets you know that you’re alive.
Biking outdoes running from a time management perspective. Especially when you’re commuting to a certain destination, biking takes you a lot faster than running. Aside from that, biking also enables you bring things e.g., when you’re on the way to the laundromat twelve blocks away and you have to bring a pile of clothes. However, one advantage of running is that you don’t have to bother leaving your bike outside when you’re having coffee and worry about it being stolen.
Intensity level and likelihood of injuries
However, another downside of running is that it’s more associated with injuries and muscle soreness. Biking, meanwhile, is a gentler activity because it doesn’t put too much pressure and weight on your knees and joints. And it’s far less painful on the muscles, except the muscles on your rear perhaps?
There is no easy answer which between biking and running is better because it depends on the individual’s needs and preferences, as well as their physical condition. Whether you choose biking or cycling, both of these activities will definitely enhance your aerobic fitness, mental soundness and even a better disposition. And when you have your overall fitness and health improved, you’ll have more chances of reduced risk of certain diseases such as heart ailments or stroke, thus prolonging your life span.
- Which Is Better: Biking or Running? | Women’s Health Magazine
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