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Bicycle Exercise Vs. Jogging

author image Christian Cianfrani
Christian Cianfrani has been a fitness professional and military training officer since 1998. He was the physical training officer for Army Aviation. Cianfrani has received the Army Platinum Fitness Award and USATF medals. He is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute and is studying for his Master of Science in sports conditioning at the Arizona School of Health Sciences.
Bicycle Exercise Vs. Jogging
Bicycle exercise and jogging have similiarities and many differences. Photo Credit: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Jogging and cycling are forms of exercise that can burn many calories. They can be of great distance for cardiovascular, intervals for fat loss, and hills for high-intensity training. Jogging and cycling also have many differences that really come down to a preference. Athletes of other sports will typically use jogging as exercise since running is part of most sports. Cycling is normally for people who enjoy cardio without the impact of running.

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Calories Burned

Most people who compare the two forms of exercise are concerned about how many calories are burned. It would be more accurate to compare the amount of time spent rather than the distance. Hills, wind and form are among other factors to consider for calories burned. Using correct form while running and cycling is saving economy of energy. For now, let’s assume to compare calories burned based upon the same weather, hills, intensity and using correct form. Dr. Edward Coyle of University of Texas determined that riding 20 miles on a bicycle is similar to running about 5.6 miles. For every mile of running a cyclist would have to ride about 3 1/2 miles. Keep in mind that many other small factors can change this outcome.

Body Fat Loss

Running is more weight bearing than cycling making the intensity higher for every single step. Cycling has its ups and downs of intensity because you can cruise downhill or simply stop pedaling at some moments. Although cycling on hills can build muscle of the legs because it is more isolated than jogging. Building muscle is how we really lose body fat.


Jogging is more functional than cycling because the only time you need cycling is when you actually cycle. Running is a part of almost any sport not to mention real-life situations. Cycling is mainly all in the sagittal plane because all of the movies are flexion and extension. The hip flexes, the knee extends, ankles dorsiflex and plantiflex, the hip extends and the knee flexes. The arms in cycling only work to support the movement of the legs. Running uses all the joint actions of cycling but can be altered in different planes of motion. Joggers can run lateral for abduction and adduction movements of the frontal plane. Runners can also use rotation of the hips and trunk for the tranverse plane. Running backward is another form of the sagittal plane but will dominate the quadriceps. Because all planes of motion are used in sports and life it makes running more functional.


Cycling and jogging can decrease your resting heart rate, promote body fat loss and increase stamina. Running can prevent osteoporosis and improve posture.


Running can lead to injuries from the impact and cycling provides little function to the movements of sports and life.

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