Riding and running are two of the aerobic activities the wife and I practice as a means of improving our physical fitness. While we enjoy both, they each certainly have their pros and cons.
Outside of good shoes, a must, there aren’t a lot of expenses associated with running. Additionally, a significant benefit of running is it can be done without a lot of preparation and a good workout can be had in 20 minutes. Rolling out of bed first thing in the morning, throwing on some shorts, a shirt, lacing up the shoes and getting in a 2 – 3 mile run before work takes very little time out of the day.
Running and Riding
Conversely, riding can be considerably more expensive, the preparation for each ride, and the ride itself, takes more time. While a good run can take a mere 25 minutes – preparation and execution – out of your day, a comparable ride (i.e. aerobic benefits) might take more than an hour.
His Trusty Mount
Her Trusty Mount
While the benefits of running are many, the activity has the potential to take its toll on the body. Biking, on the other hand, is far lower impact and engages the muscles in the legs without as much force coming down on the knees, ankles, and feet.
As with other aerobic activities, riding is a great way to increase your stamina and endurance, reduce stress, reduce risk of heart disease, strengthen bones and joints, strengthen your immune system, decrease your appetite, decrease your blood pressure, and decrease your bad (LDL) cholesterol while increasing your good (HDL) cholesterol.
Considering the time involved with each activity, the wife and I typically run prior to work on weekdays and get in our bike rides on weekends … such was the case today. As the moon lingered and as the sun started to rise at 6:25 this morning, off we went.
A Lingering Moon
The Rising Sun
One hour and a little over 12 miles later we returned home for a banana, apple, pineapple, and blueberry breakfast smoothie.
Whether you ride or run … or both, the most important thing is to do something. Keep moving and improving. Stay savvy, my friends and live well.