Well, in this article, we are going to cover the quick and short answer.
So if you are mostly cycling to lose weight, you might want to hold onto that bicycle until you read this.
Which Is Better?
I know this is a touchy subject, and everyone will most likely say “your answer is biased”. To avoid that, let’s approach this questions from a scientific or logical perspective…
When it comes to calorie burning, studies have shown that running may a bit ahead when it comes to calorie burning per minute compared to cycling. However, let’s we cannot look at this in a vacuum.
The problem with running is that it is a high-impact sport, which means that you can’t last that long compared to cycling (cycling is a near-zero impact exercise).
In short, running may be a bit of ahead in terms of burning calories per minute, but you can last way longer with cycling; which results to more calorie burning.
Running may be easy to do as almost knows how to run. However, building endurance so you can last longer takes a lot more time when compared to cycling.
Cycling is pretty easy in terms of progression. In short, given the time span of two months, you can ride longer, faster and burn more calories compared to running.
The limiting factor of cycling is the cost. Bicycles may go as high as a couple of thousands, but you can start with a couple of hundreds. However, you will have to spend money to start cycling.
On the other hand, running is pretty cheap as the most important thing about it is the running shoes. On the downside, there is a limit in terms of one’s weight. For example, it is very hard for 600 lbs. person to start running effectively;but with the right bike, you can put them on a bicycle and they can start burning calories.
Which is better? Well, that depends on your budget, preference and goals. However, if you have plans of getting fit for longer periods of time and you can spend a bit of money, then cycling is the better answer. This is because you can burn more calories as you can ride longer and the progression curve is much faster.