You want to be healthier.
You want to lose weight.
Maybe you just want a new outdoor hobby.
How do you know sport will you fall in love with?
Today we are going to discuss two of the most popular aerobic sports:
Biking vs Running
Biking and running are both great sports, but there seems to be a divide when it comes to which is best for your overall health. Both activities involve rhythmic aerobic activities that involve your entire body.
Cyclists tend to be really passionate about cycling, and runners seem to be very passionate about running.
You’re probably wondering:
“Which will I be the most passionate about?”
Personally, I’m a cyclist, but I will try to be unbiased. Before you dive head first into either, you need to decide which you will be more able to do.
Do you already have a bike? Do you like in a place that’s safe for cyclists? Are you trying to lose weight?
These are all great questions!
To start with, you need to be honest with yourself. If you are not very active to begin with, cycling is a great option because it is much lower impact and you will be encouraged by the sheer distance you can cover in one session.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of cycling trails, running may be a better option.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each?
Running has a ton of benefits to your health and happiness. You actually burn more calories per minute running than you do biking.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, someone weighing 150lbs who runs a 7-minute mile can burn 1000 calories in an hour. That same person peddling away at 16 mph will only burn 850 calories.
Okay, so cycling burns more calories. Great! What could be better than more calories with the same effort?
How about fewer injuries…
Running is much more high impact than biking. Cycling is non-weight bearing so it is better for your knees and joints. If you have a history of joint pain, stop reading right now and go hop on your bike.
I personally have a bad knee, so running any significant distance is almost always painful.
One of the best things about cycling (even though you are burning fewer calories) is if you live in an area with a plethora of cycling trails, you get a chance to travel far enough away to see new things, but you’re going slow enough to enjoy what you’re seeing.
I can’t tell you how many awesome places I have discovered while cycling. For me, it’s been a life changing sport.
Either of these activities will improve your overall aerobic fitness. Better aerobic fitness means a reduced risk of chronic diseases and a longer life span. Sweet!
There is really no easy answer as to which better, but hopefully, now you’re at least leaning one way or another.
Are you a passionate cyclist or runner? Tell us why you LOVE your sport in the comments section below.