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RUNNING OR CYCLING?

Friday, October 25, 2013

I recently read an article from Ask Well Health regarding this and according to the article both are excellent forms of exercise. Both are rythmic and involve large muscle mass.

The differences: Running burns more calories per minute, although the difference slims if the cycling is vigorous. Both can dull appetite, at least temporarily.

Running has a downside; injuries are common.

Biking is gentler and because it is non weight bearing it is better for your knees and joints and doesn't cause muscle soreness.

Both of these will improve aerobic fitness which is closely related to a reduced risk of chronic disease and a longer life span.

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PAPAMIKIE 10/31/2013 6:34AM

    I do both. Running does not have to be hard on the knees, hips, etc. but many people run badly, but this I mean they run in a way that causes injuries and the do too much too soon. I am a Chi Running instructor. I was running before I came across Chi Running. One thing about Chi Running and Chi Walking, they are like yoga, Taijiquan, and other practices that tend to correct how we move they take time and effort to do.

We have a Chi Running Team here if you are interested and also a Tai Chi Team (Taiji or Taijiquan). Both teams are about learning to listen to your body, to move from your core and to do it all safely.

Good running and be careful out there
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MJ7DM33 10/28/2013 10:44PM

  Thx for the info!

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MADEIT3 10/27/2013 2:27PM

    I tried running today - well jogging actually - and could feel it almost immediately in my hips. I have a mountain bike in the barn - think I'll get it out and see what happens.

Thanks for posting this!! Timely for me.

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DRPOOH63 10/26/2013 6:40AM

    I like both and have read many articles on the benefits of doing both. The key is honestly to do what you love - like walking a golf course!! emoticon

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WILSHAR7 10/25/2013 6:19PM

    I tried running, but for some reason I just can't seem to keep it going. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I have a bike. Maybe I should try that with my children.

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KMVBBAM 10/25/2013 10:21AM

    I love bike riding outside, I feel so free. I also like moving my stationary bike out in front of our television in the winter. While I watch tv with the husband, I can get additional exercise in for the day.

I also have been trying to walk/run to build up my stamina. Usually shin splints come into play but they say I may be taking to big of steps.

My favorite is the elliptical. I sweat more and burn more calories.

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SHESMITH1 10/25/2013 9:34AM

    I enjoy cycling more than running. I think it takes me back to my childhood when my cousin and I rode our bikes everywhere. I also burn many more calories because of the distance I go on a bike versus the distance of my "wogs." However, I have to do my wogging in an attempt to slow down the progression of osteoporosis.

Thanks for the blog! You always provide such useful info.

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JACKIE542 10/25/2013 9:30AM

    I love riding my bike. Hope to get back to it very soon.

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KABMPH 10/25/2013 8:04AM

    I don't really, truly enjoy either. I think running is too hard on my joints and I don't like the way people get SO into it. (That's on me -- athletic types have always intimidated me. I don't like how competitive people take over every sport.)

I think bike riding on country roads is fun. I live in an urban area and dodging cars is no fun. Neither is how the competitive folks have taken over the trails where I live. I had a bike, briefly, and then realized that riding a bike where I live is too much of a hassle.

I sometimes take Spin class at the gym.
But for cardio, I like to walk, do Zumba, and step aerobics!

Does it have to be one or the other?

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