I'm a "newbie" here. Been running for almost 30 years and biking on and off for the last 5 years. The older you get the more you appreciate the workout of riding a bike compared to the pounding the legs take running. I run and bike to burn calories, stay in shape and stave off getting old! I'm 53 and feeling like a 30 year old so I must be doing something right!
My question: I know that walking or running a mile burns about 100 calories. Is there any such equation for biking? I can do a 2o miler on the bike and because I'm not all beat up I come away thinking I've somehow "cheated".
I believe its 100 for run (under 10 minute mile)
90 for bike (no cadence info off the top of my head)
60 for walking 1 mile at 3.1 MPH.
That what you were asking?
Leisurely cycling (10 mph) burns about 400 calories in an hour. Moderate about 900 and vigorous (16-19 mph) about 1200. These of course vary greatly by body weight, etc.
There are many calorie calcualtors on the web. Here's one: http://www.caloriesperhour.com/
Thanks for the link.
I punched in a 7 mile run in 1 hour which is about an average run for me. It came out to just under 700 calories burned for my age, weight, etc.
The 20 mile bike ride I did this morning in 1:16 computed to 747 calories burned. So...plugging in running for 1:16 I got a burn of 859. I guess the bottomline is that one should go by time and effort...and obviously not miles covered... and the calorie burn is not that far off from running and biking.
Thanks again for the link.
you're welcome Jim. You are right about time and effort rather than distance. My heart rate monitor shows me my time in the zone as well. So I know how much aerobic quality exercise I get for a given amount of riding as well.
Originally Posted by Jim J