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Does bicycling burn more fat than running?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
No: Typically it does not. With cycling you have the machine doing a great deal of the work. Also, it is primarily leg related exercise. The bike acts as your stabilization mechanism, as well. Running requires arms, legs, core for stabilization, more shoulder and torso movement and has no mechanical assistance. However, cycling very hard and fast can burn plenty of calories equivalent to running.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not true. At equivalent heart rates and age, more calories are expended cycling. Plus lack of body impact enables cyclists to cycle longer than any runner. The Cycling Doc for Bicycling Magazine!
May 30, 2015
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
More calories!: Cyclists have better VO-2 max than runners 9distance). The two best are rowers and cross country skiers!
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Running is more: Cycling you will generally burn around 250 - 300 calories in 30 minutes, whereas running can burn up to 450 calories/30min.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
I can burn close to 1500 kcal in 15 minutes of mountain biking all out!
May 30, 2015

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