Cycling vs Running: Health benefits

Cycling and running are two forms of exercise which are appreciated and enjoyed by people across the globe. They’re known as aerobic exercise. Both of these forms can be practised outdoors, it can be either on streets or nature trails. They are also a form of leisure exercise. Taking sides for either cycling or running is a bit difficult as the entire population is divided in the middle when asked about it. Hence, for today’s blog let us put all the facts out very clearly so that you can make a better choice for yourselves.

  • Cardiovascular Health:

In terms of cardiovascular health or cardio health in other terms, both running and cycling are almost equally beneficial. It prepares your heart by strengthening its muscles so that it can pump out more amount of blood. Doing regular cardio teaches the heart to pump more blood efficiently all the time and not just when you are exercising. So, if you cycle to work, then you are engaging yourself in more cardiovascular activity, burning more calories and thus improving your cardiovascular health multiple folds. Both running and cycling help improve your cardiovascular health.

  • Burn the calories:

One of the most important aspects of exercise for the millennials is the number of calories they burn. Burning the calories have taken the front seat for almost everyone when it is about exercising. Health conscious individuals always keep looking for new ways to burn calories. And what more natural way to do that, than to cycle or run. On an average, cycling burns 450 – 750 calories per hour while running burns 100 calories per mile. While running requires the whole body to be involved in the process, cycling is much lighter and easier a task to perform. Thus, while running is quite easy for young individuals, cycling is convenient for individuals across all ages.

  • Muscle building:

A misconception among a lot of people is that they can build muscles only if they work out in a gymnasium. But science says otherwise. Cycling and running are two easiest exercises which help you build muscles without needing any fancy equipment. It has also been proven that both the exercises help you build different muscles in different regions of your body. Running, helps you build muscles throughout your body. It is so because running involves the whole body to be a part of the activity, from the torso up until the toes. Cycling, on the other hand, helps you build very specific muscles. It helps you build the muscles below your torso, while it also helps to build the arm muscles. Such focused muscle building is one of the major desires of the young millennials these days, and it cannot get any easier to do so.

  • Muscle Toning:

Apart from building muscles, the other most sought-after aspect for health and sports enthusiasts is having toned muscles. Thus, to have the same, they need to go through the rigorous routines of several kinds of exercises. Cycling, on the other hand, has proven to be one of the easiest ways to achieve that. Cycling, as the studies have shown, help you tone very specific muscles. The most important ones being the leg and thigh muscles. Studies have also shown that cycling improves the mid-torso muscle toning as well. It has further been proven that cycling on a regular basis actually does help you tone your muscles better than workout sessions in the gymnasium.  Running, on the other hand, does not help tone your muscles much, although it does help you get bulky muscles.

  • Body Fat

In today’s world of fast food and packaged food and frozen food,  we are constantly accumulating fat, even without knowing it most of the times. Obesity is one of the major health concerns for the millennials. And to curb that, people have been opting for different methods and strategies, which include yoga, workout, cha-cha etc since quite some time now. Cycling has gained a separate stature of its own amongst all these methods of checking body fat. It has been known for a long time that you can lose body fat quickly if you run regularly. But it has also been proven that if you cycle on a regular basis, the number of calories that you burn eventually exceeds that of running and hence, the amount of fat that you lose if significantly higher. Thus, cycling is one of the major activities which can help you burn fat, without having any side effects. Also, while running helps you lose fat and calories very quickly, cycling helps you lose fat and calories and on top of that help you tone your muscles as well. And thus, with cycling, it has always been a plus one.  

  • Expenditure

A regular three months gymnasium membership in a developing country like India costs approximately five thousand rupees. Data shows that most of the people who begin working-out in gymnasiums in hope of losing weight, gain and tone muscles, lose hope even before the three months are complete. Because it is understandable that working-out with such equipment is not everyone’s cup of tea. And thus, somethings that are always available as options are as good as free, do not need any special equipment, have no side effects, and does not let people lose hope. And the options are, running and cycling. While running might just have zero investment, unless you plan to buy shoes and running gear, cycling might have an initial expenditure. Although, buying the bicycle, the helmet, and if you are a serious cycling enthusiast, then the cycling gear, can be a bit expensive, to begin with, but then that is a one-time investment that bears fruits as long as you would want it to.

Thus, it is evident that cycling and running, both are options more than worth exploring if you are conscious about your health and you would want to do something to improve that without having any side effects. Both these activities can be joyous as well as beneficial simultaneously, wherein running is a part of a certain spectrum as a leisure-cum-healthy activity, while cycling is considered the same across the spectrums.

Author: Yulu

Yulu's vision is to reduce traffic congestion by providing a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution for the first mile, last mile, and short distance commute. We strongly believe that short commute mode can be made more Efficient, Affordable and GREEN, thereby ensuring that future generations will have a healthy environment to live. We want to replace big personal vehicles with a smaller form factor that does not require fossil fuel. We are using IoT technology to create a vast network of shared dockless bicycles that can be rented easily by a user-friendly app in pay per use business model. We are a mission-driven company based out of India with a solid founding team and big ambitions. At Yulu we believe that every day is a mission and success is exciting when its attained with fun and as a team. If you want to solve the problem of traffic congestion, reduce pollution, positively impact the society, let's have a conversation to partner in our journey to shape a new India for our future generations.

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