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Old 09-11-15, 10:26 PM   #1
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Walking less?

Do you walk much less since taking up bike commuting or simply cycling/bicycling/bike-riding? I used to walk a lot, but since riding bike regularly, much much less now. Not even needing to walk to subway stations, let alone long distance walking. Maybe missing something healthwise long term, bone density etc
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When I need to get to the train station, I usually want to get there in the shortest amount of time possible. Using the bike does that. So does running. Walking takes 3x or more as long as biking and twice as long as running.. Personally, I don't think that is the best way of getting a workout. So my wife and I get to the gym 3x/wk and we do a comprehensive full body workout with weights (bone density, check) and she swims for 30 min, or runs on a treadmill, or both!! And I use elliptical machines or the rowing machines. We don't bike or walk to keep fit. We keep fit in the gym so when we bike, or need to run for a train (1/2mi.), or bring 120lbs of groceries home without a car, we can do these things without even breaking a sweat. YMMV.
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I'm walking less now that I'm riding more because I tend to combine some of the trips I used to do while walking with my drive to or from work. I thought I'd do some of those by bicycle when I resumed riding again but it's just easier to stop by some place I'm driving by than to worry about taking all the stuff off I'd worry about people stealing while I'm shopping.
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Old 09-12-15, 11:32 AM   #4
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I hate walking but I am skateboarding more now that I'm commuting. I take the train with my bike during the week, but one day a week I park at the train station and hop on with my longboard skateboard and skate the 1 1/2 miles to work which is all flat. It's a fun way to mix it up a little for my commutes so I don't get bored.

There is a guy who runs to our train station 5 miles from his house in the morning and then runs home every night. That's what he chooses so to each their own.
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Definitely, without a doubt. My life used to be all about walking and riding the subway, but now I seldom walk more than a few blocks, and I can go months without taking the subway. I'll take a bike for any trip more than a few blocks, to 10, 15 miles and more (I've "commuted" over 60 miles). Now that the city has bike share, traveling by bike is even easier; I can take a bike even when schlepping my own bike would be inconvenient or impossible. Riding a bike for me has never been about health, so I've never thought about what difference biking vs. walking might make.
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Hmmm....
It is hard to consider a baseline since I've been biking for so long.

I suppose one difference is that I usually park the bike closer to wherever I'm going, so when I was driving, I would have to walk across the parking lot.

It has been a while since I've been jogging. I used to both jog and bike. But, perhaps now that I've got my weight under control again, I'll head out for a few jogs this fall/winter.

I do walk my bike at times... just when I feel like it. I used to walk the bike across gravel, but have stopped doing that so much.

Oh, I've camped with a bike, but I haven't figured out hiking/backpacking with a bike. So, perhaps that has changed.
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Old 09-12-15, 02:06 PM   #7
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Not at all. Riding has replaced many of my driving-to-work miles, as well as my running miles thanks to a mysterious injury, but has not replaced any of my walking miles. In fact, because I can't run much anymore I am walking more on the treadmill to get some weight-bearing exercise on my legs.
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I wear a pedometer, so I have a pretty good idea of how much I walk. I used to be very diligent about getting in 10k steps per day. Now that I ride 12-15 miles each day, I don't have a step goal, but I do look to see how much I walk. It looks like I'm averaging about 6k steps per day. Some of those are steps I lost making the long walk from the parking lot to my office!
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I suppose one difference is that I usually park the bike closer to wherever I'm going, so when I was driving, I would have to walk across the parking lot.
^^^THIS^^^

I used to park at the far fringes of the lot and walk to the store. My waistline shows that it's more effective to bike to the store and lock-up five feet from the front door, then pedal the load home.
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Not for me, due to a medical condition, walking is just plain painful. Next year my place of work will move to two blocks from my house, I can see it being built as I type this. I will still ride to work. If I try to walk that far I will arrive grumpy.
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I think yes. Since last May when a colleague started riding for Bike Month, we've been doing more or less weekly rides on weekend mornings. Before, I would have spent this time on a dog walk.

OTOH I've been taking every opportunity to take dog walks with the baby in his papoose on evenings of days I couldn't ride.
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Walking less? Nope. Still walking 4 to 6 miles a day on my treadmill desk at work!
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About the same.
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I don't know about more or less, but I do know that when I walk long distances I constantly wish I were coasting instead.
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Do you walk much less since taking up bike commuting or simply cycling/bicycling/bike-riding? I used to walk a lot, but since riding bike regularly, much much less now. Not even needing to walk to subway stations, let alone long distance walking. Maybe missing something healthwise long term, bone density etc
I probably walk somewhat less, but I really enjoy walking places so I find reasons to do it.

As far as health goes, I believe that multiple types of physical activity are better than one.
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Old 09-14-15, 09:28 AM   #16
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being a bike commuter for 8 years now, it's hard to remember, but being that i was car-free and exclusively used my feet and transit for about 10 years before "rediscovering" bicycles, it's probably a safe bet that i walk less now.

however, walking is still a pretty big part of my life. i'm married with children now, and even though we own a car, i try to use it as little as possible. my wife and i take our little one in her stroller to run errands around the neighborhood all the time. and our daughter's day care center is only 2 blocks away so i walk her over there every morning before hopping on my bike and riding off to work. walking is an infinitely more civilized and more interesting way to get around town than driving.
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Yep, I've been walking less since retaking up bike commuting in '08. Prior to that I was walking 3+ mi/day mainly for exercise. A few months later the average was probably 1 mi/day.

My chiropractor commented that I needed to walk more. So I started to walk at lunch. Then work moved and I'm averaging 1.5 daily walking at work. Then either golf or a little hiking on the weekends.
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