Walking is a simple activity that can lead to steady weight loss.
Finding a form of exercise that you enjoy is paramount when you're on a quest to lose weight. Although successful weight loss also often relies on your ability to cut down on your caloric consumption, the calories you burn during exercise can lead to positive results when you weight yourself each week. It's possible to use walking, biking or both as you attempt to lose weight. Neither exercise is technically superior to the other, but biking yields a higher calorie burn.
Find What Works For You
A long list of factors contribute to the validity of any exercise that you plan to use for weight loss. Although factors such as the activity's caloric burn, joint impact, convenience and ease should each play a role in your decision, the simple matter of how much you enjoy the activity is also significant. Regardless of one activity's advantages, if you dislike it but prefer another, the one you prefer is the best choice for you. When you enjoy your form of exercise, you're more apt to pursue it regularly.
Pedaling Burns More Calories
If you consider the rate at which an activity burns calories to be the chief factor in choosing an exercise for weight loss, riding a bike is better than walking. A person who weighs 190 pounds and spends 60 minutes biking around 15 mph burns about 863 calories, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. In 60 minutes of walking at a brisk pace of 4 mph, the same person burns about 345 calories. Given that a deficit of 3,500 calories leads to the loss of 1 pound of fat, biking is a quicker way to reach this goal.
High Tempo Means Lower Duration
Biking's higher caloric burn should lead to weight loss quicker than walking, and an added advantage is that you won't have to devote as much as time biking as you would spend walking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking is a moderate activity, while biking at a tempo greater than 10 mph is a vigorous form of exercise. For weight loss, plan to bike around 150 minutes per week. If you wish to walk instead, you'll need to exceed 300 minutes per week.
Biking and Walking Shouldn't Cause Pain
One of the perks of choosing either walking or biking as you attempt to lose weight is that each activity has a low joint impact. Some forms of exercise, such as running, can lead to pain in your knees, but you won't likely experience this issue while walking or biking. Although you can walk or bike outdoors, you can also perform each activity at the gym, on a treadmill and stationary bike, respectively. Doing so allows you to seek the help of a personal trainer who can guide you in your weight-loss journey.