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How Many Calories Does 60 Minutes of Cycling Burn?

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Deborah Green has been providing online content in the health and fitness industries since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language teaching from Sussex University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in health studies from The Open University.
How Many Calories Does 60 Minutes of Cycling Burn?
Cycling is an aerobic exercise. Photo Credit: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

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.

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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.

Indoor Biking

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.

Outdoor Biking

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.

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