Walking and Cycling: Two Activities That Complement Each Other

If you’re discovering the joys of walking again thanks to your new Walkslide, you’re probably wondering what other physical activities can further enhance your newfound wellness. Walking goes beautifully with a variety of other types of exercises – including cycling. Let’s take a moment to examine how these two forms of fitness training can work together to optimize your health.

Calorie burning: Both walking and cycling burn calories to help you lose weight or keep extra pounds off. Cycling actually has the edge in this department once you develop the strength and skills to maintain a relatively zippy speed, although you can burn about as many calories by race-walking as you can on a leisurely 10-mph ride.

Bone density: Walking is a great exercise for building and maintaining bone density. This is something cycling can’t really help you with, because it requires stimulation of the bone tissue by gravitational forces. Walking stresses the bones in a way that helps ward off osteoporosis and other bone density disorders. (You can get some of this stimulation on your bike, however, by pedaling from a standing position, as you might if you were pushing yourself up a steep hill.)

Muscle development: Both walking and cycling can help you build muscles – but different muscles. Cycling does a superb job of exercising your quadriceps and gluteal muscles, and to a lesser extent the calves, as well as the hamstring on the backs of your thighs. Walking is most effective for exercising the calf muscles, hip flexors, abdominal muscles and all those little muscles that help control balance. (And when you use the resistance arms on your Walkslide, you also give your arms and shoulders a workout.)

As you can see, walking and cycling make a great team for helping you stay healthy. And best of all, they’re both fun!