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Depends on what you mean by better.

Biking is better if you want to go places, as you're moving faster.

If you need to carry things, a bike lets you put stuff on the rack, in a basket or in a pannier.

But moving at speed means there's a higher risk if you should fall.

And of course you need a bike and somewhere to ride it.

Walking is better, as there's no bike to worry about. It's just about always possible to find somewhere to walk. And if you should fall, there's less risk of injury.

From an exercise perspective, it's not about what you do, it's about how hard and how long you keep at it.

Whether if you ride yourself sweaty and winded, or walk yourself sweaty and winded, you get the same amount of exercise for the same time spent exercising.


It depends on what you're trying to do and your needs.

Walking is an "exercise" that humans have used forever. It involves quite a few muscles and seems to be the ultimate in weight loss and cardio health.

However, cycling is a close second and if you have knee, hip or foot problems, cycling has the advantage of putting low force on those joints while still giving you a reasonable amount of cardio workout... but you have to "push it" to get the benefit.


Walking is a weight-bearing activity. When you walk, your body uses its own weight to add resistance, thus increasing muscular activity. The body also uses its own weight against gravity when you walk. When cycling, the body weight is supported, and you use fewer muscles then when walking.


Biking is better than walking. This one thing I know, that I walked for years while fighting cancer and my cancer markers stayed the same, that is within five points. I began a spinning and biking exercise program proximately five months ago, and for the first time in almost six years my cancer markers have dropped dramatically. The difference between biking and walking is how much exertion you put forth. While walking it is pretty much at a steady pace. When spinning and biking you have intermittent periods where you get into not only an aerobic state but also into anaerobic periods for short a time. It is my experience that it is this tremendous burst of energy and higher heart rates that make you sweat and the blood pump through your body, that is so essential. I can say for myself that it has made all the difference in the world towards my immune system and cancer markers going down.

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Once upon a time I did both. But at age 70, with Arthritis in my upper and lower back as well as various other health issues, I have had to choose. I no longer have a bicycle and walking becomes quite painful after the first mile, so I have a stationary bike that monitors speed, distance, calories burned, and time riding. It works great for me. I ride 15 miles in just over 45 minutes and burn between 525 and 550 calories. Suits me just fine.

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It really depends on riding style. I ride a KX 250 2004 and i own a Norco Drop mountain bike. I ride my dirt bike on rough trails and cross country tracks and if im really pushing to go faster i get very very tired. this is because you are hitting braking chop faster and cornering harder so this meens you must hold on harder and manuver the bike alot more.Biking on the other hand is alot different it depends on things like weight of the bike, terrain and how fats you want to push to go. what i am trying to say is they both can be just as physically demanding as one another. because you can ride a dirt bike slow and easy and pedal really hard on a bike and compairing it that way biking is more excerise.same goes for a dirt bike if you are pushing to ride harder and faster and then go biking and just take it easy. its not an accurate comparison. they also work a differant group of muscles. my opinion is that Dirtbiking is more muscular and biking is more cardio.

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