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Best form of cardio: Running or biking?

Both running and cycling have extremely dedicated fans and haters. Some people swear by running, saying it helps clear their head and refresh their bodies. Plus, nothing beats a runner's high. Cyclists, on the other hand, argue that riding a bike is a gentler form of exercise. If your aim is to lose weight, running typically burns more calories than cycling, but biking is better for building muscle. Which form of cardio is better?

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If you goal is to lose weight, according to Healthline, running might be the better option over biking: 

In general, running burns more calories than cycling because it uses more muscles. 

Although biking is better when it comes to building muscle, running helps keep athletes' bodies lean and toned: 

Running may be better for toning muscles since it works your whole body....

For many, running is an easy way to enjoy the outdoors and work their entire body. Whether you have a local trail you like to frequent or any sidewalk will do, running is the perfect way to get your heartrate up. 

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Running gets a bad rap as everyone's "dreaded" form of cardio. As one writer puts it for the Odyssey, "This is a sport that is a punishment for other sports." But in reality, once you're used to running regularly, it can be just as simple as riding a bike. According to the Odyssey: 

It isn't about the times, the number of miles, or the most expensive shoes. It's about you. About pushing yourself, your mentality, your limits of what you can do--mentally and physically. 

If you can get past the mental block many people face before going on a run, your body will reward you:

Physically, running strengthens muscles, boosts your immune system, helps you to sleep better, and is great for weight loss. Mentally, it is a great stress reliever, confidence-booster, and it can rapidly treat depression by triggering hormones in your brain to improve your mood.
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But when it comes to overall health, biking can help build muscle in your legs without taking a toll on your joints. According to Healthline:

Pushing pedals while biking is resistance training that builds leg muscles. The top half of your body is also involved, but those muscles aren’t nearly as engaged as the bottom half. 

With biking, you can go much further, much faster—and covering a lot of ground can be it's own reward. Whether you're biking to work or cycling through winding mountain roads, cycling is sure to get you moving. 

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Riding a bike is just more practical than running. The wind you create while biking acts a built-in fan, so you're able to bike to work without arriving drenched in sweat, reducing your carbon footprint as a result.

Biking can also be a social activity. Cycling with your friends around different trails and pitstops can quickly become a favorite past time. According to Get Outside, an organization dedicated to helping people do just that, there are over one billion bikes in existence:

Chances are you'll meet a few while you're out on your own rides too, especially if you're mad enough to be out at 7am on a Sunday. You'll be pleasantly surprised at just how friendly a bunch they are, so be sure to say hello as you pass.

Biking is the ultimate form of exercise and tool for exploration.

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