Top 3 Reasons Why Cycling Can Be Better Than Running
Have you ever wondered what the advantages biking has over running?
There are many different reasons you are reading this article... One of which is you feel very strongly about either biking, or running. If that's you, keep in mind that this article is centered around the advantages that cycling has over running. That is not to say that running doesn't have certain advantages over cycling, but that's not what this video is about.
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of the article I would like to tell you that we have this article in video and audio format, both of these are going to be a little more in-depth because it's easier to consume visual and audio content for you guys. You can watch the video or listen to the audio by clicking one of the two option at the bottom of this article.
Now, let's hop right in...
Advantage #1: Biking is Much Lower Impact On The Joints
I'm not saying biking is safer in general, because there are quite a few incidents a year where a biker gets hit by a car. What I am saying though, is for the physical activity and how it affects your body, specifically your knee, ankles, and back, biking in immensely better for you than running. In fact, every impact you make with the ground while running puts a force of roughly 2.5 times your body weight on your joints and back. Biking is exponentially less force on your joints than that, meaning you can go much further distances biking while having marginally less irritation to the joints when running just a couple miles.
Another thing to think about is the workout volume. In all forms of training, increased volume equals increased fitness gains. With biking you can get exponentially more volume than running. This leads to stronger looking legs because biking is a quads, glutes, and hamstrings workout.
Advantage #2: Moving Faster
This advantage is more opinionated than factual, but I thought I'd add it in here.
In cycling you get to move much faster. The average speed for a running is about 6mph, with top out speeds for most runners being 10-12 mph. Now with cycling you see the average speed increase to roughly 20mph depending where you ride, and mast speeds as high as 25-35mph for the average rider. Whenever you get to these speeds it's exhilarating and makes the workout feel less like a workout, and more like a fun scenic outing.
Advantage #3: Bring More Things With You
This one seems like a really small advantage, but in a lot of ways ends up being a big reason many people choose cycling over running.
When you're cycling you can carry many things that I wouldn't say you "can't" carry while running, but it certainly makes it 10x more difficult. A few of the items that you really can't bring while running are a change of clothes (for real), a plethora of food and water, emergency items likes a first aid kit or satellite phone, etc. Like I said, those items aren't thing you "can't" bring with you on a run, but try to bring any of those things with you on a run and you'll see where I'm coming from...
Regardless of whether you run or bike...
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