Cycling or walking:  Which is better for you?

Cycling and walking are both great cardiovascular activities that aid weight loss and keep various health conditions away. Pick one that suits your fitness goals and physical condition.

Health benefits of cycling and walking

They improve cardiovascular fitness, help in weight management and boost mood and mental well-being. It increases endurance and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Muscles targeted

Cycling primarily works the leg muscles,  quads, hamstrings, and calves, whereas walking is a full-body workout as it engages the lower body, core, and even upper body muscles.

Fat loss

Fat loss depends on the duration and intensity of the workout besides fitness levels. High-intensity cycling can help you burn more calories in a shorter time. You can also burn calories by walking for longer durations.

Strength building

Both exercises improve muscular endurance and strength, particularly in the lower body and the core. However, if the goal is to build muscle strength, they may not be effective as they focus on endurance.


Cycling requires a bike and specific terrain or infrastructure. Walking is more accessible and requires minimal equipment.

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