How many calories burnt cycling?
Cycling is a popular form of exercise. It is a top cardio workout, which strengthens your legs, hips, glutes and core while increasing your heart rate. So if you’re looking for a low impact, lower body workout, then this is the one for you.
Whether you enjoy cycling on a track or indoors at the gym, cycling is as good as a cardio workout gets. You’re guaranteed to get your heart rate up with cycling, it is estimated that you burn up to 400 calories per hour, but this varies depending on different physical factors.
Calculating Your Calorie Burn
Whilst running is a more effective way to burn calories, you are still guaranteed to burn a good amount of calories on your ride. As a general rule, the faster your speed, the more calories you’re likely to burn because your body uses more energy to go faster.
The number of calories you burn while cycling is mainly dependent on your weight, the speed you cycled at and the time you spend cycling. The more body weight, the more energy is required to peddle which increases the number of calories burned, and the longer you spend cycling the more calories you burn. As with most forms of exercise, there will be differences between the calorie burn for men and women, with men usually burning more.
You can use a calorie burn calculator to estimate how many calories you have burned during your ride; taking into consideration all of these factors. There are many fitness apps that you can use for cycling that track your route, your heart rate, distance and time to help you calculate your calorie expenditure.
Another great way to calculate the number of calories you burn is by using a fitness tracker. Apple Watch and Fitbit Charge are two great options, however, Garmin watches are more tailored towards cycling and have some great features
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