Weighty Decision: The Walk Commute or The Bike Commute
Not sure what happened, but I’m back at _____ lbs…Or, around a 25-pound extra footprint I’m unnecessarily leaving behind everywhere I go–my apologies.
If I’m to burn some of this extra weight off, I’ll need to work some additional exercise into my commute, typically a 2-mile return commute. What are the choices?
- 2 miles at a 4-mph pace and at my weight will burn 233 calories. A slightly slower pace for a 20-minute mile and I’ll burn 186 calories…both equal a beer!
- If I choose to be lazy and bicycle the 2-miles at 10-12-mph pace, I only burn 99 calories, however, if I take an extended tour and tack on 20 minutes the burn increases to 280-calories…more than covering that beer!
It is good to have choices.
Calculate the benefits of your car-free commute at any number of online calculators, the most robust I found is here.
Do you see your commute as a calorie burning opportunity?
NOTE: I’m fully aware I’ll need to do a little more to slim up than just walk to work–thank you very much. Also fully aware that beer isn’t necessarily the best thing for a diet, however, in moderation, it is a nice coping mechanism.