Recently I have invested in some bikes, as there is nothing I love more on a nice summers day than a quiet bike ride in the country along with picnic. However that is not the only reason I made this purchase. It is mainly because I think that cycling is better than running. My friend is a keen runner, and can go on forever whilst I tend to lag behind. For as long as I can remember I have had a problems with my knees. It is said to be a thinning cartilage and can prove to be a right pain in the ass, or more like knee. It swells, I get shooting pains and altogether can be an all round nightmare when it comes to exercising. I have found that those exercises that avoid putting pressure on my knee such as swimming and cycling, have proven to work best.
Both running and cycling are well know to be the fastest way to burn calories and lose weight., so how do you pick which one works for you? On average it is said that you will burn slightly more calories whilst running as you are carrying your body weight. However cycling has proved to be great stamina training, as the lower impact means you can cycle for longer, thus technically you could burn more calories, as you can work out for longer. With cycling you are a lot less likely to suffer from injuries. It is a non weight baring activity, therefore generally better for your knees and joints. You must however make sure your legs can not fully straighten to minimize the injuries. In general runners will suffer greater muscle damage, inflammation and delayed onset muscle soreness. There have been many studies to prove this. Cycling is also great for those wanting to build muscle, as cycling is powered by your glutes, quads and hamstrings. Realistically both are great cardiovascular exercises that strengthen the heart and will improve your overall health. They will both help you loose weight and also maintain your weight loss, especially if you mix it with some of our healthy recipes. It is entirely up to personal preference.
Yet these are not the only benefits of cycling. Biking can get you place to place, and a lot quicker than running and walking. This means on relatively nice days you can take trips to lakes, reservoirs and through the countryside. Places that running may not allow, but you can get to easily by car. It is always nice to have a bike ride, you can get from A to B without breaking a vicious sweat. There it is, as I say it is up to personal preference, as I mentioned my partner much prefers running, however I feel the benefits of cycling outweigh the benefits of running. Especially for those with knee injuries.