How does cycling help running?

Runners

If you are looking to get fitter in 2020, then combining cycling with running might the answer. When you combine multiple sports, it is called cross-training. But what are the benefits of combining one sport with another, and particularly with cycling and running?

Improves your cardiovascular health 

Cycling is a great way to improve your overall fitness. With regular rides, you will become more effective and efficient at delivering oxygen around your body. This increases your fitness and means that you will have more energy to tackle a short run. If you are a beginner to running, try and take part in your local Parkrun which is an organised, free and weekly 5km run.

Runners

Builds your strength

It’s pretty obvious that cycling uses different muscles to running. When you cycle you mainly use your glutes and quads whereas running mainly uses quads, hamstrings and calf muscles. Using these different muscles will strengthen your legs which will lead to a better overall performance when you go for a run.

To build up your muscles when you cycle, force yourself to ride up hills. Riding uphill requires you to push your body weight and bike weight with your quadriceps and hamstrings, which forces your body to work harder during your workout.

If you are new to cycling or want to get back into it, our electric bikes are perfect. An electric bike at its core is a regular push bike. They just rely on extra components that work together to allow it to operate; electric motor, battery, the sensor and the electric display. All our electric bikes use pedal assist, so the rider still gets a workout, but with an added boost to make their ride easier.

Woman test riding electric bike

Reduce repetitiveness and injury 

Whilst cycling is a great way to exercise, taking part in just one sport can sometimes feel a bit repetitive. Running is a great way to mix up your routine, whilst improving your fitness at the same time.

Cross-training using multiple sports is a great way to reduce injury as well. By using different muscles, you reduce the amount of impact your muscle and joints absorb. Therefore, decreasing your risk of injury.

Injured runner

Help with recovery 

Mixing up different sports in your work-out, will help you with recovery if you are injured. By using different muscles it will help your body to recover from any injury whilst still keeping fit and active. If you are training whilst in recovery, make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard. Going for a slow run or ride is the best way to limit any further damage.

Cyclists and runners

Enjoy a quick workout

With winter here, it can be difficult to fit in a ride with the dark mornings and reduced daylight hours. When time is not on your side, a quick 30-minute run will keep you fit. You can build up your endurance by running in quick intervals throughout one day. Try and leave at least 30 minutes in-between each run to really build up your stamina.

We hope this has encouraged you to try running alongside your regular cycle routine. Best of all, running is free, requires no equipment and you can still take part in groups. So, grab a cycling buddy and try another way to get your cardio fix!

 

Stretching

We hope this has encouraged you to try running alongside your regular cycle routine. Best of all, running is free, requires no equipment and you can still take part in groups. So, grab a cycling buddy and try another way to get your cardio fix!