Kings Of The Road – Running Vs Cycling, Who Wins?
For fitness at its most pure, which cardio discipline puts in the most legwork? MH asks whether you should pound pavements or push pedals to see the best results.
“As well as being accessible, running leads to increased bone density, protecting you from osteoporosis further down the track”
– Leo Savage, Third Space gyms
Hall Of Fame – Mo Farah
- 4 Olympic Gold Medals
- Marathon Personal Best – 2:08:21
- Weighs 58kg
As well as enhancing endurance, combining running with garlic extract boosts ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and lowers blood pressure – Azad University, Iran
- Shin Splints
- Heavy On Joints
- Treadmill Boredom
When done at the same level of perceived effort, you’ll shift slightly more belly fat running than you will do in the saddle – University of Birmingham.
- 6 Olympic Golds
- Squat Personal Best – 240kg
- Thigh size – 69cm
Training Buddy – Beetroot Juice
Down a shot of beetroot juice a few hours before cycling, and the nitrates will help you shave 2% off your time and last 16% longer – University of Exeter.
- Costly Equipment
- Fertility Issues
- Puncture Problems
Just finished on the squat rack? You’ll lose fewer hard-won gains to cardio by combining weights training with cycling, rather than running – Stephen F Austin State University.
THE MH VERDICT
Cycling Wins! Pavement purists may point to running’s superior fat-burning credentials but cycling’s muscle and endurance building benefits bag it the yellow jersey. Plus, you can get your cardio kick during your morning commute.