Running Vs Cycling To Burn Fat

If you cycled at the same intensity as you run, which activity would burn more fat? A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism attempts to answer that question. Researchers had 10 male triathletes run and bike at 60%, 65%, 70%, 75% and 80% of their maximum workload and matched each session for intensity. They discovered that running oxidized significantly more fat, although cycling will raise your heart rate higher than running will.

The Bigger Picture: This study makes running seem like a very attractive option for active people following up on New Year's weight loss resolutions. Even so, you shouldn't restrict your plan of attack to a single activity. Mixing in some cycling, swimming and weight lifting will go a long way toward keeping you interested while contributing to a more balanced overall result.
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