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    Biking vs. Jogging

    Will you burn a lot more calories jogging instead of biking? Of course, this is assuming if you jog and bike the same distance. It's obviously easier to exercise longer on a bike rather than on your feet. Therefore, I was wondering if one can lose weight much faster jogging instead of biking. Thanks!

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    Yes, you burn more calories per minute jogging rather than biking but you cannot go for as long and it is much harder on the joints. It does, however, increase bone strength and develops better overall leg strength. I would say it is good to mix in jogging with your biking to have a more well-rounded workout of different muscle groups. Biking is much better though
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    It takes a very long time to build up the volume you need to burn the same calories. By far the best for burning calories is nordic walking. It engages all your muscles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan
    It takes a very long time to build up the volume you need to burn the same calories. By far the best for burning calories is nordic walking. It engages all your muscles.

    All out sprinting would be best for burning calories.

    Jogging or biking? It depends on how much effort you put into each activity. But generally, jogging burns more calories. Biking is much more fun though.
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    Jogging burns more calories, but is jogging fun? No. Therefore, biking is better. QED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo-
    All out sprinting would be best for burning calories.
    I tried your advice and couldn't do more than one time around the track! To make matters worse I can't walk now because my knee hurts. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuan
    I tried your advice and couldn't do more than one time around the track! To make matters worse I can't walk now because my knee hurts. Am I doing something wrong?

    lol. One time around the track would be too much. Warming up and cooling down is important too.

    I used to warm up by running 3-4 laps around the track. After that I used to sprint ~ 100 meters or ~ 12-15 seconds and then walk back to the start which would take me about a minute or so. Repeat for 10-20 times depending on how I felt. Then run 2 laps to cool down. Some times I would be so out of breath and tired that I wouldn't even do the cool down.

    The fat just melted off. This workout never took more than 40 minutes.
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    Man, I fail to remember who the author was... but I read a good article about sprint training. Some people follow it religiously in training for their sports. Wish I remember but trust me it was cool.

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    Tom,

    Jogging the same "distance" will burn far more calories than cycling that distance. But distance is not the important thing. Depending on what one means by a "jog", you are going about 7 mph and a person in the same shape should be able to cruise at around 19 mph on a bike. In the same time, a cyclist will cover far more ground than a jogger. A better measure would be time spent in the activity. Now usually jogging burns more calories than cycling per unit time.

    However, if one looks at competitions, marathons are pretty much the standard in long distance running and they are only 24 miles or so. A similar event in cycling is 100 miles. I believe cycling 100 miles burns more calories than a marathon because it takes a pretty fit rider about 5.5 hours to do a century (on the bike) and a marathon is something over 3 hours, I believe. Also, virtually no one I have ever heard of does a marathon the day after running one. Cyclists do back to back centuries all the time and more. My personal record is 4 centuries in 4 days and I could have done more but my schedule would not allow it.

    The thing is that while cycling generally burns fewer calories per hour, a cyclist can spend far more time cydling day in and day out than a runner can jog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom987987
    Will you burn a lot more calories jogging instead of biking? Of course, this is assuming if you jog and bike the same distance. It's obviously easier to exercise longer on a bike rather than on your feet. Therefore, I was wondering if one can lose weight much faster jogging instead of biking. Thanks!

    As I understand it, you have to bike 3 miles to equal 1 mile of running. That in itself indicated that running requires more energy than biking, however, there is a downside to running. Running places MUCH more stress on your joints that biking does.

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    Last year, until I hurt my left knee from 'speed training', I ran to work every other day instead of biking. I was carrying a backpack with a change of clothing and two water bottles.

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    Thank you for all the replies everyone. I ask this because I am currently trying to drop 35 pounds by summer and was wondering if jogging or biking will make me lose weight faster. What do you guys recommend I do? I hate jogging because it exhausts me like crazy, but I can ride a bike for three hours+. Any help would truly be appreciated. Thanks!

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    If it exhausts you that much you are going too fast. Go slower - try for a 10min/mile pace, barely above a fast walk. Jogging will usually burn more calories in a given amount of time than biking, especially if you add some hills, so if you have time constraints and/or weather constraints, you will likely get more workouts in, and lose more weight, by running. Hills are excellent, even if you walk up and down them.

    One big caveat: If you are 35lbs overweight you risk serious joint injury by taking up running before you have got the weight back down, and would be better off biking, walking up steep hills every day, doing gym work or a combination of all three. Walking hills is suprisingly effective if you have the terrain for it.

    I love trail running more than any other form of exercise but have troubles with one knee now so mostly had to give it up except on the occasional rainy day when I go splash in the mud. BTW, running on trails, dirt, grass, mud, sand, etc will be better than concrete, even asphalt is better than concrete, and do not run on crowned shoulders which will also destroy your knees and ankles.
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    THANKS for the help everyone! I love biking and will choose it over jogging any day, but I think I will mix in some jogging during each week. Also, I definitely understand the joint/knee problems associated with running, but I always thought it was a bit overrated. However, after getting some feedback from you guys, I will not overlook this problem anymore. I will also mix in some walking (up and down hills) after dinner to help burn those calories. Thanks again everyone. Of course, anymore suggestions/tips will still be truly appreciated.

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    Although there have been many studies with jogging's impact on joints, there was a study that came out last fall that showed that jogging in 1 minute intervals strengthened muscles, joints, and bones, and actually reversed joint deterioration.

    If you could run for a minute every 8-10 minutes of walking . . . and include hills a few days a week. Then, do your enjoyable bike ride say 4 days a week, you would have a nice cross-training routine. And, include strength training. Also, running in a swimming pool is a great alternative to get in shape for running without any impact.

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    I run about 25 miles/week and ride (MTB) 3 or 4 days/week if I can. You won't be able to lose weight until you "break through" the uncomfortable period. You WILL get blisters, sore muscles and joints, run out of breath, etc. There is no way around it...that means you're getting somewhere!! If you lose your breath while jogging, you're going too fast. Slow down and take shorter strides...you'll get a feel for it. I know it's an old cliche, but "no pain no gain" is the absolute truth. You'll enjoy yourself once you get in the groove...just stick it out until then.

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    Hi Tom,

    You may want to check out the community forum at http://www.coolrunning.com

    It's running specific, and you'll get alot more training info and support there than here, generally speaking. Sandy brings up a good point about mixing running and walking, especially in the beginning. It's called the Galloway method if I'm not mistaken, and my wife is using it very successfully to return to running after our son was born, so it works for at least one person Just remember to start off slow, warm up, and keep your weekly increases to around 10% in order to help avoid injury.

    Good luck!
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