As well as a healthy diet you need to be physically active in order to loose weight. Walking or cycling to work is a good start. Not only does it save on petrol and help the enviorment, it helps burn those calories.
The Live Strong has some calculations on which would be best for weight loss – running or cycling.
The amount of calories you burn in either exercise depends on your fitness level, your current weight and the intensity at which you work. A 150 lb. person cycling moderately (about 13 mph) burns about 400 calories in just 40 minutes. Running burns more calories because it requires you to support your body weight. The average 40-minute run for a 150 lb. person will burn about 500 calories. Performing either activity on an incline amps up the calorie burn.
That would suggest that running is the best – with one important caveat. This really depends on your ability to run. I know I’d cycle for 40 minutes but I’d not run for 40 minutes. I’d get bored. My feet would hurt. It would be no fun. I know I’d cycle.
Of course, the very best way might be to set yourself up as a cycle haulage firm.
In Pure Spirit
Where do you stand – if you’ll excuse the term – in the debate “running or cycling” when it comes to weight loss?