Use this calorie counter to calculate calories burned when cycling. Select how fast you’re riding, your weight in pounds, and your duration in minutes to calculate calories burned while cycling.
How Calories Burned While Cycling Are Calculated
To calculate calories burned cycling the first metric needed is the intensity of which you are riding. Simply, the harder you ride the more calories you are going to burn in a set amount of time. The second aspect to how many calories you burn when cycling depends upon your weight. First, the more weight you have to propel forward, the more energy that is going to be required. Secondly, an increased body mass requires more energy even when you’re at rest because there are simply more muscles cells, and cells in general, that require energy. The final aspect to calculate calories burned is the amount of time you are riding. The longer you ride, the more calories you will burn.
More is Better? Or High Intensity?
An interesting fact of physics and calories burned is that if you ride 1 mile in 3 minutes at maximal effort, you will burn the same amount of calories if you were to ride that same mile in 10 minutes at a leisurely pace. Higher intensity gives you a “better bang for your buck” in that you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. However, when riding and working out in general, you can’t go hard all the time. You need to balance longer, lower intensity workouts with shorter high intensity workouts.
Calculate Calories Burned Everyday You Ride
Use the calorie counter to calculate calories burned while cycling each day you ride. Keep track and see if you can continue to increase the number of calories you burn cycling each week. Using a journal to keep track of your calories burned along with what you did for a ride is a great option.