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LADYVALK SparkPoints: (195,654)
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4/9/10 4:01 P

I do both and enjoy both.. it all depends on how your heart rate is doing as to how many calories you burn.. I try and do a little of both each day.

4/9/10 2:40 P

i like biking places

GOKU12 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/9/10 1:35 P

I find that both are great workouts, and make sure to have some music going to motivate me and keep my pace up while I'm exercising.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (185,848)
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4/9/10 10:53 A

Personally, I walk and a ride a bike. I love doing both. However, if you prefer riding a bike to walking, then you should ride your bike. Do what you enjoy.

Exercise isn't just about how many calories we burn in X amount of time. There are many other benefits. Therefore it's important to find an activity we really like. because when we like something, we look forward to doing it each and every day. Remember, the exercise doesn't stop once you lose the weight. A person needs to be active in some way for their entire life.

Weight loss is all about what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

so, if you prefer riding a bike, enjoy your ride. don't feel you have to do something just to burn calories. that's not what exercise is for.

ROOBOY0000 Posts: 513
4/9/10 10:33 A

Either walking or biking may end up burning more calories. The calories burned depend on your heart rate and duration of exercise.

I would do the one you like doing the best.


RIVEKKAH Posts: 1,943
4/9/10 9:47 A

Both are good for you. And alternating is a great way to mix up your cardio. I don't know the conversion for walking but I know that 3 miles on a bike has the exercise equivalent to 1 mile running.... Maybe that will help put things in perspective.

I mix things up, but that's b/c I have very little cartilage in my knees from repeated stress on them. The biking grinds my bones a lot less.

LETOVERN Posts: 2,603
4/9/10 9:22 A

You can do both. Alternate the days you do them, or take a brisk walk before or after you bike with the kids. Walking is weight-bearing, and there is a lot of benefit in that [biking isn't weight bearing]. Biking works some muscles that walking doesn't--both are useful.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
4/8/10 10:51 P

doesn't matter what you do, keep cardio aerobic by making sure you can carry a conversation.. if you work so hard you can't carry a conversation your working anaerobic..

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,361
4/8/10 8:15 P

The particular form of exercise doesn't matter - what matters in terms of calories burned is how fast and how long you walk or ride.

And what is best for weight loss is whatever form of exercise you think you can stick to in the longer term. And it sounds like you find riding with your kids more enjoyable, and thus something you are more likely to stick to. (Plus of course the great example about being physically active you are setting for them).


GAUSLEY Posts: 6
4/8/10 8:10 P

Hi. There is definitely a difference between biking with the kids and doing something much more intense like a spin class or riding up and down hills. I have personally found the spin class to be one of the better workouts and a huge calorie burner.

But that shouldn't deter you from being outside and just keeping the body moving. I would say do it all if you can :)

LISA667 Posts: 298
4/8/10 7:26 P

If you map your route (Under the My Fitness)and put in your time, Spark will tell you how many calories you are burning. A lot depends on how far you've ridden, your speed, and your resistance.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 22,475
4/8/10 7:01 P

Too many variables....

How much do you weigh?
What terrain are you biking/walking?
How fast are you biking/walking?

Spark can give you the specifics, if you plug in the information!

Edited by: LUANN_IN_PA at: 4/8/2010 (19:02)
JUHOEG SparkPoints: (0)
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4/8/10 6:39 P

walking-2 miles per day,if possible

AG12345 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/8/10 6:38 P

I have been walking for the past 3 weeks. Last week I started riding bike. Which one burns more calories? When I was walking I lost 3 lbs. since I started riding bike I have not lost any weight!!! I would rather ride bike with my kids but if walking is better for my weight loss I will do that. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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