Cycling is classified as an aerobic exercise. Performing aerobic exercise can support cardiovascular health and improve the circulation of oxygen in the body. Cycling is a calorie-burning exercise that can simultaneously be used as a form of transport.
You can burn calories cycling in several different ways -- stationary biking, road biking or mountain biking. The exact amount of calories you burn will depend on your starting weight and the intensity level of the exercise.
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If the weather is bad or you live in a hilly area, you may prefer to use an indoor stationary bike. A person weighing 125 pounds would burn 420 calories during 60 minutes of moderate cycling on a stationary bike. A 185-pound person would burn around 620 calories per hour.
When cycling outside at a speed of around 14 to 16 mph, a 125-pound person would burn around 600 calories during 60 minutes. A 185-pound person would expend around 885 calories.