Which is best – cycling or running?
You already know our answer from the start, we would definitely choose cycling.
Our option is partially subjective, so we will bring you both sides arguments and you will decide for yourself what is best for you.
Now, let’s find out what is your goal first!
Do you want to lose weight?
True running burns more calories per mile, but most people can’t run as many miles as they can ride, especially if you’re a little out of shape or have some weight to lose.
When you run you need to lift your body weight up off the earth to propel yourself forward.
Then you have to come back down, striking the ground and absorbing those impact forces. Both of those things make it considerably harder to run five miles than to ride twice or even three or four times as long.
Running is also less forgiving of extra pounds with every excess pound slowing you down.
Excess weight makes hills harder on a bike, but on the flats?
If you are prepared to run as much as you could pedal, you will lose weight easier by running, but if you don’t have resistance and you feel that you will train longer by cycling, than cycling is your winner.
The most important thing is to be able to finish a 30’ – 1 hour training.
Doing either exercise regularly will help you burn the calories necessary for fat loss. The harder and faster you run or bike, the more calories you'll burn.
As an example, if you want to lose 1 pound of fat, you need to burn roughly 3,500 calories. If you weigh 155 pounds and run or cycle at a moderate pace for one hour five days a week, you could burn a pound of fat in less than a week.
But science shows that one exercise may be better for you than the other. In a study published in 2014 in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers observed competitive runners and cyclists during a 3-day period of intense exercise.
The findings showed significantly more muscle damage, muscle soreness and systemic inflammation in the group of runners.
Researchers concluded that cycling puts less stress on the body and cyclists are able to train longer because of this.
The principal investigator Professor David Nieman said he recommends cycling over running for beginners looking to get in shape.
Do you easily get bored of repetition?
If you get bored running in the same park or neighborhood, than you should choose cycling.
You can ride very long distances and change the landscape often, plus you can enjoy the longer trips along with other cyclists.
There are many excursions organized by the cycling clubs and you can enjoy riding within the most astonishing sceneries and various terrains.
There are literally hundreds of amazing bike tours you can take all over the world. If you have a restless heart, cycling is the best for you.
Do you want to meet new people?
This is not our fault, but cycling offers much more opportunities for people to socialize by joining a biking club, for example, or traveling around with the club members.
People are bonding during the challenging or exciting experiences and many single people find life friends or love partners in the place where others follows the same passion as they do.