Cycling vs Running – Which is Better?
Cycling Vs Running, it is the classic debate. Both are well known and well-advised exercises that are enjoyed by people across the globe. They’re both forms of aerobic exercise that can be pursued outdoors and indoors, with the use of additional equipment.
The general rule of thumb is there is a 1:3 run-to-bike ratio; meaning one mile of running at a moderate effort equals three miles of cycling at that same effort level. This would make you assume that running is far better than cycling, but this is not necessarily the case.
It goes without saying that the number of calories you burn is completely dependent upon the intensity and duration of your exercise. Overall running does burn more due to the fact it uses more muscle groups. Despite this, we believe that cycling has the advantage over running as it is much easier on the body.
You’ll be able to exercise for a longer duration as well as the benefit of fewer muscle and joint issues, now as well as later on in life.
To lose weight in a healthy way you need to find the correct ratio of calories consumed, in food and drink, to calories burnt, through exercise or daily tasks. Typically, people lose weight faster through running, due to it burning more calories. But like previously mentioned cycling is easier on the body and allows you to exercise for a longer duration of time; which could lead to more calories burnt.
It’s clear that cycling helps you build muscle in your lower body; a quick Google search of Robert Förstemann will prove that. It is also great for your core muscles. Running on the other hand won’t lead to large muscle bulk, but instead will show more toned muscles.
Cycling is effective resistance training as you’re pushing pedals whilst biking. This can help to build muscle.
Running is slightly different, it requires a collection of muscle groups but doesn’t engage them all in the same way. This leads to muscle conditioning causing them to become stronger from use.
Cycling and running are just as beneficial when it comes to cardiovascular health.
Both running and cycling are aerobic exercises. Meaning that your muscles require oxygen when you’re doing the exercise. This conditions your heart to be more effective at pumping blood, containing oxygen, around your body even when you’re not exercising.
As with any exercise you shouldn’t overdo anything though!
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, neither cycling nor running stand out as a much better option or the obvious choice. It’s all about finding what you prefer and what suits your lifestyle. The important thing is that you stick with it and enjoy what you do!
Both types of exercise do not require a subscription, they also both get you out in the fresh air – both of these are great benefits. Cycling can be much more fun however, as there is nothing like going for a bike ride with a partner or friends. It is also something you can do with your children or as a family. It is also much easier to enjoy the countryside when you are on a bike. You can cycle to a nice pub or cafe and then make your return in a much more relaxed way. So much more fun all around – but we are probably a bit biased!
If in your opinion, cycling sounds the much better option then be sure to check out our extremely wide range of high-quality bikes. Alternatively, get in contact with us on 01435 866118 or drop us an email.
We look forward to hearing from you once you have decided which sport you would like to be a part of!
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