Riding a bike is intense exercise, and you burn a lot of calories doing it. But how many calories do you burn cycling? This post shows you how to calculate how many calories you burn while cycling.
The short answer to the question of how many calories you burn cycling is: really a lot of calories! For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and you bike at an average easy pace, you will burn up just over 400 calories in an hour. That’s a lot of calories burned cycling – enough that if you bike an hour or two a day, which happens naturally if you’re commuting, it becomes pretty hard to put on weight – and relatively easy to lose weight.
Work out How Many Calories are Burned Cycling in an Hour
To work out how many calories you burn in an hour, while cycling at an easy, average pace of between 15 and 20 kilometers per hour (10 to 12 miles per hour), do this:
- Start with your weight in pounds, e.g. 180 pounds
- Divide this by 2.2 to give you your weight in kg, in this case, 81.8
- Multiply 81.8 by 6, to give you 490 calories per hour – pretty cool!
Of course, if you go faster, you burn even more calories – so get on your bike and get going! And the more weight you lose, the faster you will go, the more calories you will burn, the more weight you will lose, the faster you will go … it’s great to be stuck in a GOOD cycle! With so many calories burned cycling, it’s no wonder so many cyclists end up in such GOOD SHAPE!
How Much Weight can you Lose by Cycling?
If the average person cycles for three hours a week, he or she will burn off an extra 1,470 calories a week. In a year, this will amount to 76,440 calories burned cycling. A pound of body fat equates to approximately 3,500 calories. So 76,440 calories burned could see you losing 22 pounds a year – without cutting down on food. Of course, it will work even better if you also adopt a healthy eating plan. Here’s more about the healthy eating plan Maggie and I adopted, and a free recipe too.
Here are a lot more posts about how to lose weight cycling. Check them out.
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