Here at Sojourn, we bike. So if asked which is better for the body – bicycle tours or walking tours? You can pretty must guess what our answer might be.
Both are excellent cardiovascular activities, both are great ways to see countryside. According to the Mayo Clinic, both types of exercises burn nearly an identical number of calories: a 160-lb. person biking at a leisurely pace of 10 mph or less can burn 292 calories; the same person walking at 3.5 mph would burn 277 calories per hour.
But bike tours offer certain magic you might miss on foot. Here are the pros as we see them (there aren’t really any cons, as both kinds of outdoor adventure vacations are great for your body):
- Bike tours offer low impact activity, so it is kinder to the legs and joints and helps preserve cartilage
- Biking strengthens thighs, hips and the derrière – if your ride includes hills, your arms and upper body will benefit if you stand to pedal
- Bicycling reduces stress
- According to the British Medical Association, bicycling just 20 miles a week reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%
- Bicycling makes you happy
- Bicycling is fun
- OK, these last two reasons are completely biased
The main muscles used in bicycling are, the calf muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteal muscles. Bicycling actually uses fewer muscles than does walking, which means you’ll have more energy for more adventure. Generally, weight-bearing exercises burn more calories per session than non-weight bearing activities.
- Most of us already know how to perform this popular form of aerobic exercise
- Walking involves many, many muscles – the most important are the sartorius, quadriceps, rectus femoris, vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius and tibialis anterior
- Walking is a weight-baring exercise
- Vigorous walking can be the ultimate exercise for weight loss and cardio health
- No equipment is necessary
- Based on empirical data, walking on air appears to burn the most calories…
In the end, the great thing about Sojourn’s bike tours is that you’ll get a chance to do both. You might even get a chance to kayak or raft, and that can burn as many as 240 calories per hour calories while you rest your hamstrings…
image credits: loveofbikes.com, healthweightloss.edublogs.org