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Do the things you really want to do
with a Personal Loan from ADCU
TO RUN or ride? That is a ques-
tion that a lot of people looking at
exercise struggle with.
Undoubtedly, they are both very
beneficial to your overall health and
wellbeing and have similar benefits.
But they are also different in some
key areas. Here is a guide of pros
and cons to help you decide what is
best for you.
Running can be one of the best
ways to lose weight and improve
your cardiovascular fitness because
of its intensity and the overall work-
out you receive. Cycling can deliver
the same results, with the difference
being in the type of training you do
-- whether it is cycling for recrea-
tion, intensive training or racing.
Any exercise is good for your
mind. Many runners take to the
trails for the purpose of mental
release. Some run to consolidate
a day's work or focus on the day
ahead, to burn off nervous energy,
or to just get away from the phone
and email. Runners can also experi-
ence 'runners high' -- a feeling where
running becomes effortless. Cycling
has the same mental benefits, but
not the 'high'.
Cycling and running have their good and
bad points, but both are better than not
exercising at all, writes LAC Aaron Curran.
Both running and cycling can be
very social pastimes for those who
enjoy others' company while exer-
cising. It can also help you judge
whether you are improving or stag-
nating. It is quite common to see
cyclists at cafes after a long morning
ride or runners in club runs along
bush trails and around lakes.
In urban areas, cyclists can
save time and money by ditching
the car and opting for pedal power
instead. Then, there are health costs
associated with doing no exercise
at all. According to a government
report, about $2.4 billion a year
goes towards treating obesity. The
indirect costs -- lost work productiv-
ity, absenteeism and unemployment
-- are even higher at about $9 billion
This is one of the main differ-
ences between cycling and running.
Running is a high-impact sport
and can cause stress fractures, shin
splints, runner's knee and plantar
fasciitis -- a condition that causes
heel and arch pain. So, if you have
any pre-existing injuries or con-
cerns, then conducting a low-impact
exercise like cycling is probably the
better way to go.
Buy a pair of good running shoes
and you are ready to go. No expen-
sive equipment is required.
Unfortunately, cycling mostly is
not done on the cheap. You have the
bike that can cost as much as you are
willing to pay, not to mention shoes,
lights, clothes, helmet and wear and
Pack your running gear into a
bag and you can run anywhere. With
cycling, you must buy a bike carrier
and go by car or aircraft.
Caution must be taken when run-
ning in extreme weather. There have
been huge improvements in sporting
apparel in recent years, so experi-
enced shop staff will be able to offer
you advice on what is appropriate
for your intended use.
If it is hot, make sure you wear a
hat and sunscreen, and take plenty
of water if you're going to be out for
an extended period.
Generally, it is suggested that
you drink 150-200ml every 15-20
minutes, but this will vary depend-
ing on your intensity, weight, tem-
perature and humidity.
Both cycling and running are
beneficial to your health, no doubt
about it. But it can come down
to what you enjoy the most, what
suits your body -- and your wallet
-- and to what best works for you
while minimising the possibility
DIFFERENT STROKES: Running is a good way to lose weight but can lead to more injuries, whereas cycling is a
popular social sport but can be expensive. Choose what's best for you.
Photos: LAC Aaron Curran
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