The Comparison Of Running To Cycling

Hope you enjoyed the last blog on photochromic lens. Now this blog we'll be discussing the differences and advantages of cycling vs running. Hopefully this information will help you decide which would be best for you.

Cycling and running are some of the ways people exercise to get or stay in shape. It can be done outside, inside on a treadmill or in place. Running though is harder on your joints. In general it burns more calories however this is not always the case. We will discuss this point later in the blog. Well, you may ask which is better then? It depends on your goals and how you plan on achieving them.

In terms of cardiovascular they are both considered an aerobic exercise. They both help build heart and muscles. When your heart muscle is in shape it can help pump more oxygen in your body effectively. However you may want to limit your vigorous cycling or running workouts to no more than 60 minutes daily or 5 hours a week. If you do more than 60 minutes or 5 hours weekly vigorously it could have negative effects. (overview of multiple studies).

In general, running burns more calories than cycling because in running you use more muscles.  However in cycling you can go further in a shorter period of time and longer distance meaning you can burn as many or more calories. Also your age, weight, gender, physical fitness and other factors help determine calories you'll burn while exercising. So muscle building is an important aspect of calorie burning too.

Running or cycling will not create a lot of bulk. Running you use all your muscles and it will strengthen and tone your muscles. Unlike cycling uses your leg muscles more and the upper body muscles very little. To offset this you can do weights or calisthenics before or after cycling and can be done as a cool down afterwards even.

Being tone is another factor that is important in cycling or running. The more tone you are the more you can accomplish. Being tone is the results of low body fat.

Working out four to five time a week can be an effective way to tone up or stay tone. The key with toning is to exercise for a long amount of time without reaching muscle fatigue.

Cycling is a good way to lose weight. To lose weight, you need to find balance of calories in and calories out. A study found evidence suggesting both cycling and running suppressed appetite in young men (Pub Med).

Other Factors To Consider:

When choosing whether to pursue cycling or running, consider these additional factors:

    • Health
    • Cost
    • Conditions

Cycling is gentler on the body, but it can increase low back pain. Injury is more common in running.

When comparing the two, compare a moderate running effort to a moderate cycling effort. The general rule of thumb is there is a 1:3 run-to-bike ratio. For ever 3 miles cycling equals 1 mile running.


Either cycling or running is s good exercise. However the one you enjoy and will do consistently is the one you need to do because consistency is the key to all workouts.

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