Weight loss continues to remain a big health concern for many. With the pandemic, the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight has been reinforced. But losing weight is not as easy as it may seem. The endless choices, plans and programs all confuse a person. With new fads come new question. The latest being cycling vs walking. So which is better better for losing weight? Read on.
Cycling vs Walking – which burns more calories?
Well, let’s try and reason in the simplest manner. Burning more calories is important for weight loss. And when it comes to comparing between walking and cycling, cycling wins hands down. But there is a catch.
As per Harvard University, a person cycling at a speed of about 12 to 13.9 miles per hour or about 20 km per hour for 30 minutes would burn about 298 calories. This, however, would depend on your weight and age as well as your BMI.
As per an online calculator, a male of 30 years of height 175 cm and weight of 90 kilos riding at a speed of abut 15 km per hour would burn about 237 Calories in 30 minutes. In comparison, however, the same person walking at a brisk pace of 6 km/hour would burn about 205 Calories. Hence, it can be safely said that cycling burns more calories than walking. But is it more effective?
Weight Loss: Cycling vs Walking
Before you go and buy a bike, ask yourself – which one can you do consistently. While cycling is fun and more effective, it is also a commitment and may not be that feasible. The key to weight loss remains consistency. If you do not have access to proper cycling paths or cannot do it regularly, then it may not be the solution. Walking daily is definitely better than cycling once a week.
In the end, the important thing to remember is that each person’s weight loss journey is different and no two people can have the exact same routine. It is hence important to find your balance and pick a program that works for you.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.