Cycling Can Make You a Stronger Runner

It appears that there is a 'competition' between cyclists and runners since both tend to have rules that the other group does not understand. However, for those who are utilizing both sports know the benefits of cycling in matters related to running. More often than not, injured runners are asked instead to ride their bike for healing and physical therapy purposes.

By and large, cycling is very good training for runners. Only a few understand and comprehend the real value of cycling and usually these are the people who are doing cross training between two routines. Accordingly, many experts and specialists state that regular routines of cycling can actually result in making you a better and stronger runner. Moreover, adding both outdoor and indoor cycling to your running routines on a regular basis can largely increase your overall leg strength and endurance causing you to run faster and longer.

Although there is a barrier nowadays between cycling and running, most experienced runners tend to own bicycles. Consequently, they consider this tool to be one of the most valuable equipment they could ever have that is very much beneficial to their running activities. This may significantly improve their leg fitness which is one of the most essential factors for runners.

If you are a runner on your own, whether just a starter or a veteran, you should start cycling because it can make you a stronger runner and you may benefit from these as well generally:


  1. Cycling is great form of active recovery

Every runner experiences extreme tiredness and pain in their overall physique especially in the legs and feet. These kinds of struggles are usually the most hated parts of every runner in their running routines. It is very much constant for runners to experience such kinds of strains after running.

Now, cycling can largely ease these strains since it is a great form of recovery. After running, it is always advisable to do a few rounds of cycling to increase the blood flow and at the same time reduce the pain and stiffness in the muscles.

  1. Improving cardiovascular fitness

Generally, cycling is a very low-impact activity. It does not require full force and stress on your body unlike running which completely will cause you severe tiredness in the muscle afterwards. Although running is the main choice for improving your cardiovascular fitness, complementing it with cycling regularly will help you further improve and maintain what you achieved in running.

Running alone can largely help you with your cardio but it is a great amount of deal when you include cycling in your daily routines. Not only you improve your cardio but you also do it on a very less strenuous way.

  1. Building complementary muscles

As always, doing exercise routines regularly will help you increase your strength and endurance initially. However, you will no longer benefit from it in the long run if you stick with the same routines again and again – which in this case – running. It won’t improve any longer your other muscles. On the other hand, if you do cycling at the same time, you are complementing your running exercises and routines. The muscles that are usually being used in cycling are different from the ones in running. Hence, you are actually further improving and building all your muscles in totality.

  1. Leg turnover will increase like whoa

Running specialists require you to have an average cadence of 174 up to 180 footfalls per minute to prevent injuries and things alike. In addition, know that the best runners globally have a rate of 180 per minute of leg turnover. Similarly, pedaling a bike or simply cycling must be done with a smooth and average rate of cadence.

In parallelism, if you do cycling – your cadence may be transferred to running which apparently is a very beneficial on your running routines activities. Now, if you are just to start with your cycling activities –then it is very much advisable to start at a cadence rate of 90 per minute. Eventually, you may need to increase it in the long run which will cater benefits to you as a runner.

  1. Increased strain being placed on bones and joints

Usually, runners know that running generally place a huge stress and strain on bones and joints causing for certain problems and inconveniences to arise in the long run if not properly attended. While daily and regular running can efficiently help you better to be a good and fit runner in the field, cycling can largely help you with your overall fitness.

It is a common knowledge that cycling pose a much lower strain and stress on the knees and bones but seemingly to benefit your overall fitness as same as to running. Therefore, including a regular cycling routine in your running exercises or even make it an alternative option to your running activities a few times may allow you better to be a more fit and stronger runner.

These points are actually great things to ponder on especially if you are opting or seeking for a greater alternative and complementary activity for your running routines and exercises.


Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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