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Running vs. Biking

Bigger Burn: Running vs. Biking

I love my bike and my running shoes equally. But some days, the open road and the wind in my hair call to me, while other days I just want to feel my feet connected to the Earth. Let's see how these two compare when it comes to burning calories.

Bigger Burn: Running vs. Biking

A 30-minute run at 5 mph (12-minute miles) will burn how many calories?

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LeiraElle LeiraElle 6 years
Oh, how I wish I could run! I've injured one knee three times, so I simply can't pick up running. Its a shame cycling doesn't provide the same benefits, BUT I love it, and at least my knees will last a lot longer than a runner's!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
I like biking and running and I make a point to do both. For me, biking ends up being a better workout because I can do it for so much longer. I can run 6mph for 30 - 45 min. before I feel beat. However, I can bike at an average of 12mph (on very hilly terrain) for 2 1/2 hours. Obviously, for me, my biking workout burns more calories.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 6 years
4/4....I surprised myself, so used to working in kilometres!
mrsld mrsld 6 years
Fit- How can I burn off a beer by biking less minutes then running but if I want a work out it is opposite?
genipher85 genipher85 6 years
WOW! I got 4 out of 4 correct! I just guessed for all because I really hadn't a clue. But i figured running burned more than biking...
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I love running. I can defiantly feel it working every muscle in my body =)
katie225 katie225 6 years
i hate running because it's extremely painful and boring. cycling is better for your joints all around, and no amount of running could ever match up to the high i get from a great cycle class! EITHER WAY, everyone needs to do what they LOVE, otherwise they're not going to stick with it. so if you love running, keep doing it! if you love cycling, keep doing it! as long as you stay active and have fun doing it, who cares about the calorie burn? :)
valleycycler valleycycler 6 years
The problem with this poll is that the speeds listed for cycling and running aren't comparable. Running at 5 mph isn't fast, but it's still a workout. Biking at 10 mph, however, is extremely leisurely. You should really be comparing 6 mph running to 14 mph biking, which are both good but not SUPER intense workouts, and are comparable in calories burned.
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