A new found love for cycling had me wondering how many cycling miles equate to one mile running. So, I’ve done some low budget research, with a pretty small sample. The results were much better than I’d hoped.
I mentioned in my last post, just how much fun I’d been having on the stationary bikes at the gym. After a foot injury and more than two months without doing any cardio work whatsoever, it’s great to finally be back on the saddle – literally.
After two bike rides of 18 miles per hour and one 25 mile workout, I’d gathered a few valuable statistics;
- 60 minute cycle: 17.88 miles / 936 kcal (per minute that’s 0.28 miles / 15.6 kcal)
- 90 minute cycle: 25.59 miles / 1178 kcal ( per minute that’s 0.28 miles / 13.1 kcal)
Today I had my first rehab run, yes, I’m back on the road (well, the treadmill). Here are the results;
- 65 minute run: 7.21 miles / 957 kcal (per minute that’s 0.11 miles / 14.72 kcal)
The first thing you’ll notice is that the calories burnt per minute is pretty much the same. The best thing about that is that it makes further calculations easier without having to worry about a spreadsheet. The second best is that it means that I worked just as hard on the stationary bike as the running machine.
You’ll note that in my last post, my Google research concluded that 3-5 miles on a bike would equate to 1 mile running. Here for your reading pleasure are the results of my low budget research;
- 0.28 miles per minute (cycling) / 0.11 miles per minute = 2.54
That’s right, 2.45 miles on the stationary bike is equivalent to 1 mile running on the treadmill.
Sure, there are other metrics that can be measured including resistance and incline, but for now, my simple research is complete. I’ll continue to gather statistics and make new comparisons in a month or so.
If you’re looking for some cycling motivation, head over to Fit Recovery.
Which exercise would you rather do to keep fit? Running or cycling?