Hey my fitness pals, got another good read for you. Where I live in Leeds we have a fair bit of fitness chums out there ranging from Rugby players, Football players, Tennis, Runners and Cyclists but the two most popular ways of keeping fit that I see around here that stand out for me are cyclists and runners! They are like everywhere I turn at any and every given time.
Now I’m a cyclists myself but I used to run so when i’m on my way to the gym for instance and I ride my bike along the canal its full up of either cyclists or runners and although I used to run to the gym before I’ve kinda grown partial to cycling but the other day when I was in the gym i opted to go for a run on the treadmill (which I’m normally good at) but after a few mins i was out of breath which shocked me as I do cycle a good length and speed so how or why am i huffing and puffing on the treadmill. This lead me to ask which is better cycling? running? or both?
So check out my blog or ‘Cycling Vs Running‘
Cycling is one of the best all-around activities for improving our health. From head to toes, cycling’s health benefits are hard to beat.3
As a form of exercise, cycling has broad appeal. Toddlers, pensioners, the able-bodied or people with disabilities can all enjoy cycling if they have the right equipment. Read our guide to cycling for beginners, which includes tips on staying motivated.
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It saves you money, gets you fit and is good for the environment.
It’s a low-impact type of exercise, so it’s easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities. But it still helps you get into shape.
For example, someone who weighs 80kg (12st 9lb) will burn more than 650 calories with an hour’s riding, and tone their legs and bottom. If you ride up hills or off-road, you’ll also work your upper body.
7 Health Benefits of Cycling
1. Cycling is good for your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease.
2. Cycling is good for your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.
3. Cycling is good for your waistline: You can burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace, and cycling has been associated with helping to keep weight gain down. And cycling has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.
4. Cycling is good for your lifespan: Bicycling is a great way to increase your longevity, as cycling regularly has been associated with increased ‘life-years’, even when adjusted for risks of injury through cycling.
5. Cycling is good for your coördination: Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coördination skills.
6. Cycling is good for your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.
Now Lets talk about Running…..
It goes without being said that some of the biggest benefits of running are physical. Running helps with weight loss, burning calories, strengthening muscles, improving your energy level, lowering your heart rate, increasing your life expectancy, just to name a few. I find that most people I talk to focus too much on finding the right diet to lose weight (or one of the many other physical running benefits) when they could just run for 30 minutes 2 – 4 times per week and meet the same results. I realize that I’m biased because I actually enjoy running as a form of exercise, but I think it’s realistic for most people to join running into their daily or weekly routine on some level. You’ll see the benefits, I promise!
1. Healthy heart. Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscle an effective workout. By running regularly you can improve circulation, and cut the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.
2. Weight loss. The average runner burns 1,000 calories an hour during a training session. So expect to get thinner, which will in turn help you run faster.
3. Osteoporosis. If you run on a regular basis you are continually taxing your muscles and bones so the bones are stimulated to stay stronger and do not easily weaken with age. So bye-bye osteoporosis.
4. Mental health. A regular running habit will you lift your mood and build self-esteem. It also increases your self-confidence as you reach fitness and/or weight loss goals. Running can help relieve mild depression.
5. Happiness. Endorphins engendered by exercise mean that people who run are often happier than those who don’t: ever felt that sense of elation during or after a run (known as the runner’s high)? Running regularly can also improve patience, humour and ambition, and make you more good-tempered and easy-going.
6. Anxiety. Runners generally have a lower level of anxiety than those who don’t run. One study suggests that regular training reduces the activity of the serotonin receptors in the brain which regulate mood. Reduced sensitivity of these receptors to stimulation might explain the positive effects of exercise on anxiety.
7. Immune system. If you are a runner you will find that you have a stronger immune system, which means you’ll suffer less from minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, fatigue, menstrual discomfort, backache, and digestive disorders.
8. Brain power. You can increase your mental functions by going running as it boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients, making you more productive at work.
9. Complexion. Running stimulates your circulation, improving the transportation of nutrients around your system and flushing out waste products. This will help make your skin clearer and give you that distinctive runner’s glow.
10. Fat burn. By running you are building lean muscle, changing your body composition and your metabolism. Lean muscle weighs heavier than fat, but burns more calories even when you’re resting, so cultivate a regular running habit and you should see a gradual, healthy inch loss.
So now you have read this, drop your comments and you tell me which you prefer and why, I love both the two myself, but then i’m just greedy!! lol
- Which exercise is better – running or cycling? (blogs.montrealgazette.com)
- Cycle of Cycles. (kaahaaniyan.wordpress.com)
- Cycling or Running? Which Is Better for Weight Loss? (sporteluxe.com)