When I first started to lose weight I was walking a lot for exercise. I hadn't been bitten by the cycling bug back then and I couldn't jog due to a knee injury. What I've noticed is that I lost weight much faster by walking than I do by cycling. Also, I didn't have to push myself with walking. Just an easy pace that hardly made me break sweat did the trick. The problem with walking was I got bored with it after a while.
It got me thinking. Is cycling actually that good for weight loss? On the bike if I go for hours not pushing myself I don't get much of a workout. When I cycle only short distances I don't feel like i've done much good, but easy walking did have a quick result. I went for a long walk yesterday evening (first time since I got bored with it a year ago) and even though I am now quite fit from cycling, I felt so tired after the walk; more tired than I remember getting when my main source of exercise was walking.
I suspect that cycling's real benefit is not the physical effort but the enjoyment of getting out into new places and new scenery relatively quickly thus we don't get bored with it. There is more incentive to push ourselves to go further and for longer than other forms of exercise because we get to see new scenery. The workout is just the by-product of our trying to explore further quicker.
Do you enjoy cycling mainly for the workout in the way people enjoy going to a gym or do you simply enjoy cycling for itself.