Both of these aerobic exercises are very healthy, but which one has better benefits? Weigh the pros and cons, and decide for yourself.
Running and cycling are the two most popular aerobic exercises that almost everyone has access to. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, and some people prefer one over the other. Here are the pros and cons for each exercise, decide for yourself which one is right for you.
Running is a very inexpensive and effective exercise. It can be done anywhere, inside or outside, in almost any weather. Jogging and speed walking have similar benefits to running, so keep these two in mind as well while reading the pros and cons
- Can be done anywhere, in any weather
- Works the entire body
- Improves cardio health
- Tones muscles, making them more noticeable (cosmetic)
- Hard on joints
- Needs a specific diet to be effective
- Takes time to get used to
- Injuries are actually more common while running then while biking
Cycling is more expensive then running, and only works the lower body, but is much more exhilarating and is also quite easier to do. Indoor tracks for bikes are hard to find, however, and the helmet can be impractical in hot weather.
- Easier on joints
- Faster, can be done in a busy schedule
- For all ages
- More expensive then running
- Impractical equipment
- No indoor tracks
- Only works the lower half of the body
Use these positives and negatives for each to decide which type of exercise is right for you. Younger children and seniors should probably consider cycling, because it’s safer and easier on their joints. People looking for a more intense workout and who have the time should consider running. Either way, it’s up to you to decide. I hope that this advice helped.