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.

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  1. I totally agree , I cant wait to take the baby too x

  2. Hi, you can’t beat a nice bike ride on a lovely day. I need to get cycling again I can’t run either and as you said it’s s great way to burn those calories, Chloe #TeacupClub

    1. Lolamia

      I know there is no better way to spend a sunny day really! Yes great way and build them muscles! x

  3. Biking is amazing! When I was living in Turin, I was living on a bike! Like going everywhere with the bike! Was so convenient! I was so fit back then ahah! But I also had the bike sharing so it made it easy. Not so much since I moved to the UK. BUt yeah, totally, agree, biking is better than running! xx C&K

    1. Lolamia

      Biking is the best and a really great way to see the sights! Hahaha its such a great way to get around and get fit! Oh yeah running is so much harder cycling and cycling gets you nice places x

  4. I would actually love to cycle, but on a stationary bike haha! I’m not sure I’d even remember to ride a bike now.

    1. Lolamia

      Haha it takes out all the fun then. I dont drive and everywhere nice takes forever by walking so its great to ave a bike x

  5. Aw wow this was an amazing post. I love your writing style and I definitely agree with you! x

    1. Lolamia

      Thank you so much. Its slowly developing as I go along! x

  6. I can’t wait til my knee’s recovered from its inhury and I can get out cycling!
    I’ve been stuck inside using a static bike!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    1. Lolamia

      Oh I do hope you get better. I suffer so badly with my knees however I have found that yoga, cycling and swimming is the best for an injury! x

  7. I’d love to go cycling in the summer but I am somewhat terrified of it at the same time… the last time I cycled I had a rather nasty tumble, and I worry that it’ll happen again! Plus I’d also have to wear a helmet which makes me look like an idiot haha.

    1. Lolamia

      Ahhh yes a nasty fall can do that, however you must get back on it to conquer that fear! No that is the best I seriously need to invest in a helmet it can save your life! x

  8. Definitely agree with you! Haven’t done it in a while myself though!

    Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

    1. Lolamia

      I just find it a lot more pleasurable and you go further on a bike! x

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