People often wonder exactly how many calories are burned during their biking exercises, based on time and distance. This article will aim to answer some of those questions, and provide some useful tips along the way.
One of the most popular questions in this area is: how many calories do you burn by riding a bike 5 miles? This question obviously has a huge number of variables attached to it, the most important being: the speed with which you are biking, the gear you are in, the incline of the slope, your weight, height and gender. There are other factors involved as well, such as your posture and whether or not you are standing on the pedals – especially during incline. A man of 170 pounds can expect to burn between 150 and 200 kcal by riding a bike for 5 miles. This is based on a medium-to-high pace of 15 mph.
If you can keep up the same pace throughout your workout, it is rather easy to answer questions such as: how many calories do you burn by riding a bike for 10 miles. An average sized male riding at medium speed will burn about 300-400 kcal. This number can vary greatly, depending on how fast you are going and how steep the incline is. Spinning instructors often encourage students to stand on the pedals during difficult inclines. This will multiply the power available in your legs and train a different set of muscles compared to those used during seated biking.
The above question has some variations, such as: how many calories do you burn by riding a bike for an hour? Once again taking the above variables into account, an average amount of calories burnt for a man of 170 pounds, riding at 13 mph is about 600-650 kcal. If he were to increase this speed to 20 mph, he can expect to burn 1100-1200 kcal. So how many calories do you burn riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes? If you manage to keep up a gruelling pace all throughout, you can expect to burn around 600 calories, but if you take it easy, you will burn about half of this.
If you are using a stationary bike, remember to vary the resistance regularly in order to simulate real biking conditions. It is also advisable to change up the pace of your biking and experiment with how long you can keep going at your maximum heart rate (as based on your age). This will increase stamina faster than spinning at the same pace all throughout your workout.